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Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/2/1987

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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.
Said Stenhouse: "This is the first year that I will have the same crew chief on the box which I think is really important. Nick and I worked really well together last year and I think our team will continue to grow this year." The new aero package for the 2016 season is one that Stenhouse likes. The teams tested this package last year in Kentucky and Darlington where the 2013 NSCS Rookie of the Year had two solid performances.-Roush Fenway Racing Feb 4 - 4:57 PM

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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.

Stenhouse’s percentage for finishing on the lead lap during the regular season was only about 38 percent as the Roush-Fenway Racing organization suffered through a rebuilding year. They should be able to rebound slightly in 2016, but fantasy owners will probably wish to wait until the season is well underway before committing resources to the No. 17.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 05:51:00 PM

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 Roush Fenway Racing driver started 16th in the lineup and completed 266 laps of the 267-lap event. Stenhouse, who competed in all of the season's 36 races, scored one top-five, three top-10s and closed out the season 25th in the final 2015 Sprint Cup Series driver championship standings.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 10:45:00 AM

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.

During that streak of races in which he was running at the end, Stenhouse scored two top-10s and was on his way to being a consistently good fantasy value. He finished eighth at Dover International Speedway and ninth at Talladega SuperSpeedway, which was part of a five-race string of races for which he completed all the laps.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 05:20:00 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has one perfect record at Talladega SuperSpeedway. In five starts, he has finished better than he qualified every time. This week in the 500 he advanced from 17th to ninth at the checkers.

That is also Stenhouse’s third top-10 and fourth top-15 in those races. He is often overlooked, but should be on fantasy owners radar screens with the series returns to the plate tracks in 2016.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 09:32:00 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr finished eighth in the AAA 400 at Dover and earned his second top-10 of the season. His other top-10 came on the high-banked short track of Bristol Motor Speedway, which is sometimes considered a sister track to Dover.

Stenhouse’s next best opportunity to score a top-15 will probably come at Phoenix International Raceway in the next-to-last race because two of his better efforts came on that track this spring and New Hampshire Motor Speedway last week.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 08:44:00 PM

If Ricky Stenhouse Jr. can avoid crash damage this week at Dover International Speedway, he should record a top-20 finish. His last three efforts on this high-banked track were marked by crash damage, with two sub-35th-place finishes as a result.

Stenhouse also managed to hang on to a 19th-place finish last fall and his first three attempts were between 12th and 17th. Stenhouse is worth the risk in most fantasy games and should record positive place-differential points after starting 27th.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 04:01:00 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will make his 100th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) start this weekend at Bristol, a track where he has seen success scoring two top-five and three top-10 finishes in his last three starts.

In March of 2014, with less than 80 laps remaining, the Olive Branch, Miss. native restarted fourth and steadily marched his way up through the field, setting his sights on teammate Carl Edwards who was leading the 500-lap race. After an unexpected caution came with two laps remaining followed by a rain shower, Stenhouse settled for a second-place finish; his best career NSCS finish.-Roush Fenway Racing
Wed, Aug 19, 2015 04:56:00 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start 33rd for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. This will be his second start from the 30s in five attempts.

Stenhouse also struggled in this race last year and could only manage to improve to 27th. Roush-Fenway Racing has been traditionally strong at Michigan, but this has not been a typical year.
Sat, Jun 13, 2015 09:52:00 AM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Geico 500. His top speed was 200.780 mph.

Fastest laps at Talladega are recorded in the draft and are not generally indicative of strength or the lack thereof. Topping 200 mph was notable accomplishment, however.
Fri, May 1, 2015 02:59:00 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 20th in his first plate race in 2012. That result came in the Daytona 500 and he waited until his rookie season to make a second start on this track type. His next six plate races all ended in top-15s until an accident in the 2014 Coke Zero 400 put him off course.

Stenhouse then failed to qualify at Talladega SuperSpeedway under the knockout-style format and sustained crash damage in this year’s Daytona 500 before finishing 29th. If he can correct his course, he should be on track to score another top-15.
Fri, May 1, 2015 11:56:00 AM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. survived several incidents early and kept his nose clean late to finish fourth in the Food City 500. It was his third straight top-10 finish after recording a second last spring and sixth last fall.

Stenhouse went unnoticed by most fantasy owners after he struggled a little in Bristol practice, but those who kept the faith were rewarded. He will be front of mind when this bullring rolls around again.
Sun, Apr 19, 2015 10:52:00 PM

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.
Fri, Apr 17, 2015 08:58:00 AM

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.
Fri, Apr 10, 2015 02:23:00 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.
Fri, Apr 3, 2015 09:57:00 PM