Stock Car Racing
#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
|Sponsor||Fastenal, Zest, EcoBoost, Cargill|
|Crew Chief||Brian Pattie|
|Hometown||Olive Branch, Miss.|
|Birthday||OCT 2, 1987|
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is entering his fifth full season driving for car owner Jack Roush in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and he’s undoubtedly coming off his best year from a statistical standpoint.
The driver of the No. 17 Roush Fenway Fusion had six Top-10 finishes and four Top-5 efforts, which are single-season highs for him at NASCAR’s top level. He had a career-best second-place run in the Night Race at Bristol in August, and finished 21st in the final point standings, which was a four spot improvement from 2015.
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 after finishing 19th in the final point standings.
Stenhouse joined the Roush Fenway Racing organization in 2008 when he drove a full season of ARCA, winning twice in 21 starts. From there, he moved up to XFINITY, where he ran seven races for the team in 2009 and all but three of the 35 events in 2010.
A native of Olive Branch, MS, Stenhouse made his Monster Energy Cup Series debut in 2011 when he substituted for an ailing Trevor Bayne in the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion of the Wood Brothers. He qualified ninth for the Coca-Cola 600 in May and finished 11th. Stenhouse also raced four times in the No. 6 Ford for Roush on the Cup side in 2012, with a 12th-place finish at Dover as his highest effort.
· 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 became the sixth driver 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 Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Johnny Benson, Ricky Craven and Jeff Gordon.