Ricky Stenhouse Jr. fell more than 10 positions in the final few minutes of the first round of qualification for the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono Raceway. He tried to roll out for a second attempt, but failed to make it to the green flag in time to post a last-minute lap.
Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) has secured a multi-year partnership extension with primary partner the Fastenal Company that will continue Fastenal’s position as the anchor partner of the No. 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team and driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has appeared to be on the cusp of improving in his last three NASCAR Cup starts. He qualified in the top 10 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, Kansas Speedway, and Dover International Speedway, then ran well, but slipped in the closing laps. Still, he finished with a worst of 16th in those events.
Last fall Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scored the first Dover International Speedway top-10 of his career after starting the AAA 400 in 27th. It was also only the second time in his career that he finished on the same lap with the leaders on this track.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. knew exactly what iconic No. 17 car he wanted to race in this year’s Southern 500 Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway. It had to be the orange and white No. 17 that Darrell Waltrip drove to his first win in 1975.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been the most consistent driver for Roush-Fenway Racing this season with one top-five, another top-10, and a top-15 in five starts.
In a photo finish, Ricky Stenhouse Jr nipped Chase Elliott at the end of the Auto Club 400 to finish fifth.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (#17 Fastenal Ford Fusion) has three-career Sprint Cup starts at Las Vegas with an average starting position of 14.7 and average finishing position of 24.7.
Saturday night's exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway will mark Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s third career start in the Sprint Unlimited.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has finished better than he started in all but two of his 12 starts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways. The two races in which he failed to finish better than he started both came at Daytona.
Going into his fourth season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will have the same crew chief, Nick Sandler. They scored one top-five and three top-10 finishes in the 2015 NSCS season.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. improved as the 2015 season progressed. He scored only three top-10s during the year, but two of these came during the final 10 races of the season and he finished on the lead lap in half of those events.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (#17 Fastenal Chevrolet SS) finished 22nd in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The accident that effectively ended last week’s Quicken Loans 500 at Phoenix International Raceway claimed Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and ended a 13-race streak of events in which he was running at the end. He was credited with 41st.