Stock Car Racing
#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
|Sponsor||Fastenal, Fifth Third Bank, SunnyD|
|Crew Chief||Brian Pattie|
|Hometown||Olive Branch, Miss.|
|Birthday||OCT 2, 1987|
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had a breakout season in 2017 and looks to continue that momentum as he enters his sixth full season driving for car owner Jack Roush in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
The driver of the No. 17 Roush Fenway Fusion captured the first win of his MENCS career when he passed Kyle Busch on the final lap at Talladega Superspeedway in May. He followed that up with a second restrictor-plate victory two months later at Daytona when he took the checkered flag in the annual Coke Zero 400.
Those two wins put Stenhouse in the NASCAR Playoffs for the first time in his career, where he advanced to the Round of 12 before being eliminated.
Stenhouse has a track-record of success, which includes NASCAR XFINITY Series championships in 2011 and 2012, and Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2013.
- Stenhouse is one of six drivers to win a NASCAR championship for car owner Jack Roush, joining Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch and Chris Buescher.
- He also became only the sixth driver to win back-to-back NASCAR XFINITY Series championships, joining Sam Ard, Larry Pearson, Randy LaJoie, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Martin Truex Jr.
- Before getting into the stock car ranks, Stenhouse drove for Tony Stewart in the USAC National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget series.
DID YOU KNOW?
Stenhouse is one of seven drivers in NASCAR history to win the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in both the NASCAR XFINITY and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The others are Erik Jones, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Johnny Benson, Ricky Craven and Jeff Gordon.