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Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
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Stenhouse at the 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350
Born Richard Lynn Stenhouse Jr.
(1987-10-02) October 2, 1987 (age 30)
Memphis, Tennessee
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg)
Achievements 2011, 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion
2017 GEICO 500 winner
2017 Coke Zero 400 winner
Awards 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year
2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
183 races run over 7 years
Car no., team No. 17 (Roush Fenway Racing)
2017 position 13th
Best finish 13th (2017)
First race 2011 Coca-Cola 600 (Charlotte)
Last race 2017 Ford EcoBoost 400 (Homestead)
First win 2017 GEICO 500 (Talladega)
Last win 2017 Coke Zero 400 (Daytona)
Wins Top tens Poles
2 26 2
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
108 races run over 6 years
2016 position 99th
Best finish 1st (2011, 2012)
First race 2009 Nashville 300 (Nashville)
Last race 2016 Ticket Galaxy 200 (Phoenix)
First win 2011 John Deere Dealers 250 (Iowa)
Last win 2012 Kansas Lottery 300 (Kansas)
Wins Top tens Poles
8 63 8
Statistics current as of November 19, 2017.

Richard Lynn "Ricky" Stenhouse Jr. (born October 2, 1987)[1] is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 17 Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing. Stenhouse was the 2010 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year,[2] and won back-to-back Nationwide Series championships in 2011 and 2012. Stenhouse was the 2013 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year.

Racing career

Early career

Stenhouse began kart racing at the age of six, and acquired 47 wins and 90 podium finishes by the time he moved into sprint car racing in 2003.[3]

Beginning his sprint car racing career in 360 cubic inch winged sprint cars, he won the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Driver Poll and Dirt Winged Sprint Car Rookie of the Year in 2003.[4] He began racing in the USAC sprint car series in 2004, and in 2006 won National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Driver Poll Wild Card in both the 360 and 410 winged sprint car divisions. Stenhouse won dual Rookie of the Year honors in the United States Auto Club sprint car (finished 6th in the standings) and midget (finished 3rd in the standings) series in 2007.[5]

In 2008, he began his major-league stock car racing career in the ARCA Racing Series, driving for Roush Fenway Racing. On May 10, 2008, in only his sixth race in a stock car, Stenhouse won his first ARCA RE/MAX Series event at the Drive Smart! Buckle Up Kentucky 150 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky. He had two wins in 21 races and finished fourth in the season ranking as a rookie.[6]

NASCAR

2009-2012

Stenhouse's 2009 Nationwide Series car at the Milwaukee Mile

In 2009, Stenhouse began competing in partial schedule in the Nationwide Series at events that conflicted with the Sprint Cup schedule. He had his first Top 10 finish at Kentucky Speedway when he finished ninth. At the following race in Milwaukee, he led 46 laps in the later stages of the race and finished fifth.[7]

2010 started out in horrible fashion for Stenhouse, but he showed signs of life as the year went on. After crashing out of four out of the first ten races of the season (and crashing in practice, too), Stenhouse was replaced by Brian Ickler for three races and Billy Johnson drove at Watkins Glen. After taking on veteran Mike Kelley as crew chief, Stenhouse immediately responded with a third-place finish at Daytona. He proceeded to take seven top tens and was locked in a tight battle for Rookie of the Year (ROTY) with Brian Scott. With Scott struggling after his release from Turner Motorsports, Stenhouse took the ROTY award after a fourth-place finish at Homestead.

2011 Nationwide championship car at Road America

On May 22, 2011, Stenhouse held off charges from Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski for the final 18 laps to claim his first win in the John Deere Dealers 250 at Iowa Speedway, his 51st start in the Nationwide Series.[8]

Stenhouse made his Sprint Cup Series debut at the 2011 Coca-Cola 600 substituting for fellow Roush teammate Trevor Bayne. Stenhouse finished 11th in the Wood Brothers Racing entry.[9]

Stenhouse had dominated the Kroger 200 Nationwide Series race at Lucas Oil Raceway before being passed by Brad Keselowski late in the race. Stenhouse took his second Nationwide win at Iowa in August, again holding off teammate Carl Edwards, but in a more bizarre fashion as Stenhouse's engine blew coming off of turn 4. Edwards subsequently rear ended his teammate, pushing him across the line to the win.

At the end of the 2011 season, having scored sixteen top-five finishes, Stenhouse won the Nationwide Series championship by 45 points over Elliott Sadler.[10]

2012 Nationwide car

Stenhouse drove the No. 6 Sprint Cup Series car for Roush Fenway Racing in the 2012 Daytona 500,[11][12] finishing 20th.[13]

In the Nationwide Series the previous day, Stenhouse had been caught up in a 10-car wreck on the final lap of the series' season-opening event; a week later he finished 3rd at Phoenix, while a week after that Stenhouse won his first race of 2012 at Las Vegas, winning the Sam's Town 300, holding off Mark Martin to take the checkered flag;[14] he would win races at Texas Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway before suffering a run of bad luck starting at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Stenhouse would score 3 more victories at Atlanta, Charlotte, and Kansas. He once again held off Sadler to take his second consecutive Nationwide Series championship.

2013-2015

On June 26, 2012, Roush Fenway Racing announced that Stenhouse will drive the No. 17 car in the Sprint Cup Series full-time for 2013, replacing Matt Kenseth.[15]Trevor Bayne is expected to replace Stenhouse in the Nationwide No. 6 car for 2013.[16]

Stenhouse during practice for the 2013 NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway
Stenhouse competing in the 2013 STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville Speedway

To prepare for the 2013 season, Stenhouse ran in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway where he finished 12th, the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway where he finished 35th because of engine problems; but he was running near the front of the field. He also ran in the season finale Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in which bad luck struck again as he cut a tire and smacked the wall, similar to what happened to Marcos Ambrose two races before, in Texas. In all of these races he ran in the No. 6 car of Roush Fenway Racing sponsored by Cargill, Best Buy, and Fifth Third Bank respectively.

In 2013, Stenhouse competed full-time in the No. 17 Ford Fusion in the Sprint Cup Series. He was paired with rookie crew chief Scott Graves, who was formerly an engineer for Roush Fenway Racing. Stenhouse placed 12th in his second Daytona 500 (his first with the No. 17 team) despite suffering crash damage on lap 134. Stenhouse led his first lap of Sprint Cup competition at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Later in the season Stenhouse had his breakout race at Kansas, where he qualified third and led 26 laps, before finishing 11th.[] In qualifying at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Stenhouse won the pole position with a 29.227 lap time.[17] Stenhouse recorded his first top ten finish with a 10th-place finish at Richmond, followed by an eighth-place finish at Chicagoland. His best finish of the season was a third-place finish at Talladega behind Jamie McMurray and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Stenhouse was eventually named Cup Series Rookie of the Year.[18]

In 2014, both Stenhouse and Roush-Fenway suffered though a dismal season. Stenhouse's best finish was a second place showing at Bristol in the spring, a race won by teammate Carl Edwards, one of the few impressive showings by Roush in 2014. Stenhouse failed to qualify at Talladega in October and finished 27th in points.

After a slow start in 2015, Stenhouse nearly won the Food City 500 where he came home in 4th. After a weak summer, he had a consistent runs of 15th or better in 6 of the last 10 races, including two top 10's at Dover and Talladega. After poor performances at Martinsville and Phoenix where he was as high as 22nd in the points, he fell down to 25th at season's ending.

2016-present

Stenhouse Jr. racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2015

Stenhouse got off to a better start in 2016 than 2015 including a Top 10 run in Atlanta. He got his next Top 10 at Fontana, in 2015 It took 29 races to get two Top 10's in the year, it took 5 in 2016. On March 1st, his team announced that Sunny D would be his sponsor in select Cup and Xfinity Series races. On August 21, 2016, Stenhouse recorded a then-career-best 2nd-place finish in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.[19]

After a gamble to stay out, Stenhouse restarted 2nd with two to go at Phoenix on the Green White Checkered. He stacked up the line and caused Ryan Newman to cruise away to the finish. After a flat tire early on at Richmond he rebounded to finish 4th. At Talladega's 2017 GEICO 500, Stenhouse won his second career Cup Series pole and his first since the 2013 Cup Series season. It was also RFR's first pole of the 2017 season.[20] Stenhouse led the opening laps and then stayed mid-pack for the rest of the race. After Stenhouse avoided an 18-car pileup he found himself in second place chasing Kyle Busch. After the final restart, Stenhouse passed Busch on the final lap for the win. It was his first Cup Series win, while RFR snapped its 101-race winless drought, dating back to Carl Edwards' victory in the 2014 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.[21] Stenhouse later picked up his second victory of the year at Daytona in July, passing David Ragan with two to go, further solidifying his spot in the 2017 Playoffs.[22] In the Playoffs, at Chicago he had a rough showing with a not so strong car and committment line penalty which he ended up in 25th. In the next race at New Hampshire he hit the wall on Lap 3 but recovered to finish 15th on the lead lap to tie Austin Dillon on points for the last spot. At Dover in the elimination race, he struggled early starting in 14th, falling back to 23th and off the lead lap but took a risk of staying on the lead lap and getting a caution while in third place and finished 4th in Stage 1 getting 7 Stage Points. He would not earn any Stage Points in Stage 2, but finished 19th while Ryan Newman finished 13th which proved enough for Stenhouse Jr. as he finished above Newman by 2 points for the last playoff spot in the Round of 12 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Stenhouse was eliminated in the second round after failing to perform well enough in the races.

Sprint car and midget racing

Outside of NASCAR, Stenhouse is a car owner and part-time competitor in sprint car and midget racing. In 2012, he formed Stenhouse Jr. Racing and fielded the #41 car for Jason Johnson in the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS). In 2017, he partnered with Matt Wood to form Stenhouse Jr.-Wood Racing and fielded the #17w car for driver Joey Saldana in the World of Outlaws sprint car series.

After his first NASCAR Cup Series win at Talladega in May 2017, Stenhouse became one of only eight drivers to have won in the NASCAR Cup Series as well as in the USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint Car, and National Midget series, joining Mario Andretti, A. J. Foyt, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Larson, Ryan Newman, Ken Schrader, and Tony Stewart.

Personal life

Stenhouse was born in Memphis, Tennessee and was raised in Olive Branch, Mississippi. He is the first Mississippian driver to attempt a full-time schedule since Lake Speed in 1997. He started out on dirt then made a transition to stock cars in 2008.

Stenhouse is a huge Ole Miss Rebels football fan. In 2014, he led the Rebels onto the field before the annual Egg Bowl game versus in-state rival Mississippi State.[23]

Stenhouse is a devout Baptist.[24]

In media

In 2016, Stenhouse competed on the show American Ninja Warrior that first aired on June 13; he did not make it past the second obstacle.[25]

In June 2017, Stenhouse was a pit reporter for the Fox NASCAR broadcast of the Xfinity Series race at Pocono Raceway. A Cup drivers-only coverage, he worked alongside Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney.[26]

Motorsports career results

NASCAR

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * - Most laps led.)

Monster Energy Cup Series

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 MENCC Pts
2011 Wood Brothers Racing 21 Ford DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX TAL RCH DAR DOV CLT
11
KAN POC MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA DOV KAN CLT TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 54th 01
2012 Roush Fenway Racing 6 Ford DAY
20
PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX KAN RCH TAL DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON KEN DAY NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA DOV
12
TAL CLT
35
KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM
39
61st 01
2013 17 DAY
12
PHO
16
LVS
18
BRI
16
CAL
20
MAR
25
TEX
40
KAN
11
RCH
16
TAL
13
DAR
18
CLT
14
DOV
13
POC
26
MCH
16
SON
27
KEN
17
DAY
11
NHA
34
IND
25
POC
34
GLN
18
MCH
19
BRI
18
ATL
16
RCH
10
CHI
8
NHA
24
DOV
17
KAN
30
CLT
13
TAL
3
MAR
31
TEX
16
PHO
12
HOM
22
19th 909
2014 DAY
7
PHO
18
LVS
27
BRI
2
CAL
34
MAR
40
TEX
26
DAR
20
RCH
38
TAL
10
KAN
22
CLT
26
DOV
41
POC
15
MCH
27
SON
31
KEN
25
DAY
41
NHA
9
IND
24
POC
18
GLN
20
MCH
15
BRI
6
ATL
20
RCH
26
CHI
17
NHA
39
DOV
19
KAN
19
CLT
24
TAL
DNQ
MAR
15
TEX
23
PHO
17
HOM
22
27th 757
2015 DAY
29
ATL
36
LVS
29
PHO
12
CAL
15
MAR
40
TEX
15
BRI
4
RCH
28
TAL
26
KAN
24
CLT
37
DOV
37
POC
42
MCH
25
SON
20
DAY
19
KEN
11
NHA
17
IND
35
POC
41
GLN
34
MCH
26
BRI
21
DAR
38
RCH
16
CHI
18
NHA
13
DOV
8
CLT
14
KAN
13
TAL
9
MAR
39
TEX
21
PHO
41
HOM
22
25th 712
2016 DAY
22
ATL
10
LVS
12
PHO
37
CAL
5
MAR
32
TEX
16
BRI
16
RCH
26
TAL
16
KAN
13
DOV
14
CLT
15
POC
15
MCH
29
SON
26
DAY
5
KEN
40
NHA
10
IND
12
POC
18
GLN
38
BRI
2
MCH
27
DAR
18
RCH
18
CHI
25
NHA
24
DOV
11
CLT
20
KAN
19
TAL
5
MAR
40
TEX
16
PHO
23
HOM
30
21st 772
2017 DAY
31
ATL
13
LVS
33
PHO
4
CAL
22
MAR
10
TEX
14
BRI
9
RCH
4
TAL
1
KAN
11
CLT
15
DOV
39
POC
11
MCH
8
SON
38
DAY
1
KEN
14
NHA
14
IND
35
POC
16
GLN
20
MCH
18
BRI
14
DAR
29
RCH
19
CHI
25
NHA
15
DOV
19
CLT
13
TAL
26
KAN
29
MAR
10
TEX
12
PHO
8
HOM
15
-* -*
Daytona 500
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2012 Roush Fenway Racing Ford 20 20
2013 28 12
2014 34 7
2015 32 29
2016 19 22
2017 23 31

Xfinity Series

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NXSC Pts
2009 Roush Fenway Racing 16 Ford DAY CAL LVS BRI TEX NSH
23
PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH
32
KEN
9
MLW
5
NHA DAY CHI GTY
30
IRP
QL+
IOW
22
GLN MCH
19
BRI CGV ATL RCH DOV KAN CAL MEM
QL+
TEX PHO HOM 62nd 677
17 CLT
40
2010 6 DAY
36
CAL
39
LVS
30
BRI
25
NSH
31
PHO
9
TEX
29
TAL
29
RCH
20
DAR
37
DOV
18
CLT
40
NSH
DNQ
KEN ROA
26
NHA
16
DAY
3
CHI
19
GTY
9
IRP
11
IOW
14
GLN MCH
13
BRI
22
CGV
24
ATL
10
RCH
4
DOV
11
KAN
6
CAL
29
CLT
14
GTY
23
TEX
11
PHO
9
HOM
4
16th 3419
2011 DAY
8
PHO
7
LVS
8
BRI
14
CAL
4
TEX
8
TAL
38
NSH
5
RCH
21
DAR
10
DOV
4
IOW
1
CLT
4
CHI
14
MCH
2
ROA
8
DAY
27
KEN
9
NHA
4
NSH
2
IRP
3*
IOW
1
GLN
15
CGV
26
BRI
11
ATL
3
RCH
3
CHI
8
DOV
5
KAN
5
CLT
9
TEX
6
PHO
5
HOM
2
1st 1222
2012 DAY
19
PHO
3
LVS
1*
BRI
6
CAL
2
TEX
1
RCH
4
TAL
3
DAR
6
IOW
1*
CLT
26
DOV
32
MCH
25
ROA
11
KEN
8
DAY
2
NHA
5
CHI
2*
IND
9
IOW
5
GLN
4
CGV
12
BRI
2
ATL
1
RCH
2
CHI
1
KEN
17
DOV
9
CLT
7
KAN
1
TEX
4
PHO
3
HOM
6
1st 1251
2013 16 DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX RCH TAL DAR CLT DOV IOW MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ATL RCH CHI KEN DOV KAN CLT TEX
17
PHO HOM 115th 01
2016 Roush Fenway Racing 60 Ford DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO
3
HOM 99th 01
+ - Qualified for Matt Kenseth

K&N Pro Series West

NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Pts Ref
2014 Bill McAnally 99 Ford PHO IRW S99 IOW KCR SON
4
SLS CNS IOW EVG KCR MMP AAS PHO 52nd 40 [27]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ARCA Re/Max Series

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * - Most laps led.)

ARCA Re/Max Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 ARMC Pts
2008 Roush Fenway Racing 99 Ford DAY
25
SLM
6
IOW
19
KAN
2
CAR
3
KEN
1
TOL
7
POC
1*
MCH
2
CAY
3*
KEN
13
BLN
7
POC
30
NSH
7
ISF
2
DSF
5
CHI
2*
SLM
17
NJE
2
TAL
28
TOL
25
4th 5155

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