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Team: Roush Fenway Racing-17
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/2/1987

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been remarkably strong at Bristol in his four previous attempts. He swept the top 20 as a rookie and the top 10 as a sophomore.
Stenhouse came within one position of winning last spring’s Food City 500; he was forced to settle for second after starting 21st. He also started 21st in the fall and finished sixth. All four of his previous attempts on this track ended in results better than his starts. Apr 17 - 8:58 AM

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 23rd in last fall’s AAA Texas 500, but what made it notable is that he finally completed all the laps of competition on this track for the first time in four starts.

Paradoxically it was not his best finish, however. Stenhouse crossed under the checkers 16th in fall 2013 after falling two laps off the pace. In order to earn a top-20 this week, he will almost certainly need to finish on the same lap as the leaders.
Apr 10 - 2:23 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. entered the STP 500 with back-to-back top-15s at Phoenix and Auto Club, but crash damage relegated him to 40th on the short track of Martinsville.

Roush-Fenway Racing has been struggling most of the season, but they are beginning to show some signs of recovery. Stenhouse was not expected to lead their charge, but if he can return to the top 15 in his next couple of starts he will become fantasy relevant.
Apr 3 - 9:57 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been running at the end of every Martinsville race he started, but in his first three attempts he failed to finish on the lead lap. Last fall, he finally went the complete distance and finished 15th.

Stenhouse still has some room to improve, so he should be considered a decent value in most fantasy games. Another mid-teens finish makes him worthy of a start, but puts him in heavy competition with several others at his level.
Mar 27 - 11:57 AM

In two previous attempts at Auto Club Speedway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has an average start of 26.5. This Sunday, he will roll off the grid 27th for the Auto Club 400.

Stenhouse’s average finish in those two races is also 27th with a best of 20th in 2013 and a worst of 34th. If he maintains that average, he will not be very useful for fantasy owners.
Mar 21 - 10:21 AM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has not yet scored a top-10 at Phoenix and he has only one top-15 in four starts, but in the right circumstances he could be a good value. His worst result on this course was an 18th in last spring’s edition of this race.

Stenhouse has finished on the lead lap in every one of his starts and more importantly, he finished better than he qualified in the last three races. He will line up 14th on Sunday and could be a great value if he keeps that trend alive.
Mar 14 - 12:21 AM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will concentrate on finishing better than 20th this week at Atlanta. In 22 previous starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, he has finished worse than he qualified in nearly 75 percent of his attempts.

In his two previous Atlanta starts, he has fared better. Stenhouse won the pole in 2013 and finished a more-than-respectable 16th. Last year, he improved from 26th to 20th and that grid position might have been a more likely result in qualification this week if not for the large number of cars that failed to clear inspection.
Feb 27 - 10:09 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the first open session of practice for qualification and the Gatorade Duels. His top speed was 202.643 mph.

That eclipsed Kurt Busch’s previous fast speed set in Sprint Unlimited practice, but there were twice as many cars on the track and more opportunities for groups to catch groups in the draft. Ten drivers eclipsed the 200 mph mark.
Feb 14 - 1:28 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was a late entry into the Sprint Unlimited and he will be looking for some redemption Saturday evening. Last year he crashed on lap 35 of 75 and finished 15th.

Stenhouse showed some strength along the way, however, because he recorded an average running position of 9.5. He is generally strong on plate tracks and could be one of the most pleasant surprises this year.
Feb 14 - 9:22 AM

In the past few years, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been one of the best values on restrictor-plate, superspeedways, but he demanded attention on NASCAR’s short tracks last year as well. He finished second and sixth in Bristol’s two races and scored a top-10 at New Hampshire.

Stenhouse further underscored his appeal with another top-15 in one of Martinsville’s races, which makes him a driver to watch on tracks one mile or less in length. Players should only utilize him when he has good practice times on these tracks and starts in the mid-20s or better, however.
Feb 10 - 10:01 AM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is the fourth driver to be added to Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited to fill the 25-car field.

Stenhouse is in the race after David Gilliland’s team withdrew. A spokesperson for Front Row Motorsports said the team did not have sponsorship for the event and elected to skip it. Others who were eligible to compete in the 75-lap exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway but won’t are Brian Scott, Brian Vickers and AJ Allmendinger. Replacing them are Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Casey Mears and Stenhouse.-NBC Sports
Feb 9 - 10:36 PM

Roush Fenway Racing has announced its 2015 crew chief lineup and the No. 17 Fastenal team will be led by Nick Sandler, who spent the last four seasons working as the head engineer for the No. 99 team under Jimmy Fennig.

Mike Kelley, who served as the team’s crew chief last season will make the shift to car chief in 2015. Kelley and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. have a long history, with the pair teaming for back-to-back championships in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) in 2011 and 2012.-Roush Fenway Racing
Jan 6 - 1:04 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s No. 17 team has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered during pre-qualifying inspection Nov. 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

This infraction is a P3 level penalty which is outlined in Section 12-4.3 of the 2014 NASCAR rule book: 20-12 – Suspension: All front end and rear suspension mounts and mounting hardware must not allow movement or realignment of any suspension/drive line component beyond normal rotation or suspension/drive line travel. Crew chief Mike Kelley has been fined $50,000 and placed on NASCAR probation for six months starting Jan. 1 through June 30, 2015. Additionally, car chief Patrick Magee has also been placed on NASCAR probation for six months starting Jan. 1, 2015.-NASCAR Media
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 07:59:00 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Justin Allgaier, and Reed Sorenson failed to qualify for the Geico 500. In the new style of qualification, the timing of one’s final lap is crucial and these three drivers failed to cross under the flag stand in time for their last lap to count.

Keep an eye on the roster, because there is a chance that Roush-Fenway Racing will try to buy a starting position for Stenhouse by encouraging another team to withdraw, or will rent a seat from a qualified team. Make sure that the game you are playing gives points for cars with driver changes, however.
Sat, Oct 18, 2014 05:46:00 PM

In three starts at Talladega during his career, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has a perfect record of top-15s. His worst finish of 13th came in his inaugural race last spring.

Stenhouse had a similar record going at Daytona this July, but he was caught up in an early accident. If the Geico 500 does not have a "Big One," Stenhouse should be one of this week’s best values. Last year, this same race had only three cautions: one for fluid, and two for minor, two-car accidents.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 09:21:00 AM