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Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Team: Roush Fenway Racing-17
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/2/1987

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun while leaving the pits early in Saturday morning’s practice session for the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He spun into the racing groove, but did not collect another driver.
The track was cold and slick before very many cars got a lap in. Stenhouse should be fine once the asphalt takes some heat. Sep 24 - 9:11 AM

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. should be considered a great dark horse this week at Chicagoland Speedway for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400. Before crashing at Kentucky on lap nine of 267, he scored five straight results of 10th through 16th on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

Most of these strong runs came as the result of solid qualification efforts, 16th or better. This week the roster has been set by owner points and Stenhouse rolls off the grid 23rd. If he practices well, he should be considered a great dark horse for a top-15 who will also earn at least eight place-differential points.
Sep 16 - 6:49 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has scored only one top-10 on two-mile tracks at the Cup level during his career. The good news is that came earlier this season; the bad news is that it came at Auto Club Speedway.

Stenhouse’s average finish on this track type is 21st and Stenhouse has finished below that mark in his last three Michigan International Speedway starts. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere for this week’s Pure Michigan 400 dark horse.
Aug 26 - 1:10 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. came up one position shy of winning the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, which would have locked him into the Chase. Still, his runner-up finish was the second time in his career that he finished second on this track. Stenhouse finished second to Carl Edwards in spring 2014.

Stenhouse followed race winner Kevin Harvick from the back of the pack. Stenhouse qualified 25th with Harvick in 24th on the grid. Stenhouse’s path to the front was much more adventurous because he lost two laps during the afternoon. For the second straight race, Bristol turned into a dark horse affair with Stenhouse, Chris Buescher, and AJ Allmendinger all scoring top-10s.
Aug 21 - 7:58 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. failed to advance to the second round of qualification for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. His lap of 128.279 mph was good enough for only 25th.

Stenhouse was one of this week’s top dark horses based on his performance in April in the Food City 500. He will earn positive place-differential points this week, but will struggle to finish in the top 10. Fantasy owners might want to look elsewhere for their sleeper.
Aug 19 - 6:16 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spun in the final minutes of practice for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, but managed to keep his Ford off the wall.

Stenhouse followed his teammate Greg Biffle into the spin cycle. All Roush-Fenway Racing finished strong this spring and are trying to sweep the season. A lot has changed in the past four months.
Aug 19 - 1:58 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has been considered one of the top dark horses in pre-race coverage, but was not able to back that up in the first practice session. His time of 123.043 mph was only 28th on the average speed chart.

Worse still, only 33 drivers went that far, which is the equivalent of 33rd if all 40 had posted at least 10 laps. The good news is that he had some strong company at the back of the pack with Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon behind him on the average speed chart.
Aug 19 - 1:19 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has sustained some crash damage in eight of his 22 attempts this year, which equates to 36 percent of the time.

Most of Stenhouse’s accidents came in a span of six races from the April Texas Motor Speedway Duck Commander 500 though May’s Dover International Speedway AAA 400. He was involved in at least six separate incidents in those six weeks, but often managed to keep his car together and finish in the top 20. Notably, one of his worst finishes in that span was a 26th at Richmond International Raceway when he avoided contact.
Aug 10 - 7:09 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. enters the Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway with three straight top-15s on NASCAR’s minimally-banked courses. He finished 15th in the Axalta 400 on this track, 10th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and was 12th last week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

To earn his 15th at Pocono this June, Stenhouse had to overcome a 25th-place qualification effort. This week, he lines up 14th and without the potential for some place-differential points he might not be as great a value. He should be used only if he fits a final niche on one’s roster.
Jul 30 - 4:10 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has gotten progressively better in five flat track starts this year. He started the season 37th at Phoenix International Raceway in the Good Sam 500, improved to 32nd at Martinsville Speedway, 26th at Richmond International Raceway, broke into the top 15 at Pocono (15th), and was 10th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last week.

There is still some room to advance, but even another solid top-15 would make him a decent value in the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard.
Jul 23 - 1:44 PM

At the beginning of the week, Rotoworld’s coverage suggested Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and the entire Roush-Fenway Racing organization would make good dark horses. The No. 17 finished 10th, following teammate Greg Biffle into the top 10.

Trevor Bayne had one of the strongest records at New Hampshire Motor Speedway based on laps spent with the leaders, but he finished only 23rd. Still, he was on the lead lap and that is a respectable result.
Jul 17 - 8:30 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. suffered through three consecutive flat tracks races at Martinsville Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway last fall, and on that same track this spring with crash damage. His fenders were intact this spring at Martinsville, but he managed to finish only 32nd—six laps off the pace. Finally in the Toyota Owners 400 this April, he went the distance and turned his fortune around.

There was minimal attrition at Richmond International Raceway, so Stenhouse finished only 26th. He was much better at Pocono this June, however; he finished 15th and earned 10 place-differential points to go along with his top-15 result.
Jul 16 - 10:42 AM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished fifth in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, which was the first time this season that Roush-Fenway Racing placed two drivers in the top five. Trevor Bayne finished third.

In fact, they have not been able to place two drivers in the top 10 previous to this week. Stenhouse had top-10s at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway. Bayne was top 10 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Talladega SuperSpeedway, and Dover International Speedway. Prior to tonight, Greg Biffle had not scored a top-10, but he also had a solid run in eighth.
Jul 2 - 11:40 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. posted a lap of 192.320 mph in the final round of qualification for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway and will line up fourth on the grid—his career best start on this track.

Stenhouse has one previous top-10 finish at Daytona, but that came after he started 34th on the grid. He also has a previous top-10 start that ended in an 11th in this race in 2013.
Jul 1 - 6:19 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has one of the five worst place-differentials with an average loss of nearly six positions each week. This has been a consistent pattern, with all but four of his first 15 races this season ending worse than it started.

Stenhouse has earned 10 results of 16th or better, which has ameliorated the damage some. His average finish of 18.5 makes him marginally attractive in games that only offer points for finishing results, but when one factors in his negative place-differential, it is a net result equivalent to an average finish of 24.4.
Jun 15 - 4:11 PM