Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

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Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Born(1987-10-02) October 2, 1987 (age 24)
Olive Branch, Mississippi, United States
Achievements2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion
Awards2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
2 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
Car no., teamNo. 6 (Roush Fenway Racing)
2011 position54th
Best finish54th - 2011
First race2011 Coca-Cola 600 (Charlotte)
Last race2012 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
WinsTop tensPoles
000
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
100 race(s) run over 4 year(s)
Car no., teamNo. 6 (Roush Fenway Racing)
2011 position1st
Best finish1st – 2011
First race2009 Nashville 300 (Nashville)
Last race2012 Kentucky 300 (Kentucky)
First win2011 John Deere Dealers 250 (Iowa)
Last win2012 Dollar General 300 (Joliet)
WinsTop tensPoles
7567
Statistics current as of September 22, 2012.
 
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Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Born(1987-10-02) October 2, 1987 (age 24)
Olive Branch, Mississippi, United States
Achievements2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion
Awards2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
2 race(s) run over 2 year(s)
Car no., teamNo. 6 (Roush Fenway Racing)
2011 position54th
Best finish54th - 2011
First race2011 Coca-Cola 600 (Charlotte)
Last race2012 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
WinsTop tensPoles
000
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
100 race(s) run over 4 year(s)
Car no., teamNo. 6 (Roush Fenway Racing)
2011 position1st
Best finish1st – 2011
First race2009 Nashville 300 (Nashville)
Last race2012 Kentucky 300 (Kentucky)
First win2011 John Deere Dealers 250 (Iowa)
Last win2012 Dollar General 300 (Joliet)
WinsTop tensPoles
7567
Statistics current as of September 22, 2012.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (born October 2, 1987)[1] is an American NASCAR driver. He currently drives the #6 Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing in the Nationwide Series. Stenhouse was the 2010 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year[2] and the 2011 Nationwide Series champion.

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Career

Early career

Stenhouse began racing stock cars in ARCA in 2008 for Roush Fenway Racing. On May 10, 2008, in only his sixth race in a stock car, Stenhouse, Jr. 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.[3]

NASCAR

For 2009, he 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.[4]

2010 was an up and down year for Stenhouse. After crashing out of four out of the first ten races of the season, Stenhouse was replaced by Brian Ickler for three races and Billy Johnson drove at Watkins Glen. After taking on veteran Mike Kelly 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.[5]

Stenhouse made his Sprint Cup Series debut at the 2011 Coca-Cola 600 substituting for fellow Roush teammate Trevor Bayne. Ricky finished 11th in the Wood Brothers Racing entry.[6]

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 Elliot Sadler.[7]

Stenhouse drove the No. 6 Sprint Cup Series car for Roush Racing in the 2012 Daytona 500,[8][9] finishing 20th.[10]

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;[11] he would win races at Texas Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway before suffering a run of bad luck starting at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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.[12] Trevor Bayne is expected to replace Stenhouse in the Nationwide No. 6 car for 2013.[13]

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Motorsports career results

NASCAR

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

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

NASCAR Nationwide Series results

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References

  1. ^ Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Career Statistics
  2. ^ http://nationwide.nascar.com/nationwide-series/drivers/dps/rstenhou00
  3. ^ "2008 ARCA driving statistics". Racing-reference. http://racing-reference.info/drivdet?id=stenhri01&yr=2008&series=A. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  4. ^ "2009 Nationwide Series results". Racing-reference. http://racing-reference.info/drivdet?id=stenhri01&yr=2009&series=B. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  5. ^ "Stenhouse claims first career victory at Iowa". Sporting News Wire Service. NASCAR. http://nationwide.nascar.com/nationwide-series/news/110522/rstenhousejr-iowa-win/. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Spencer, Lee (January 6, 2012). "Stenhouse, Dillon bring new excitement". Fox Sports. http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/story/Ricky-Stenhouse-Jr-Austin-Dillon-carry-banner-for-new-generation-of-stars-010512. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  7. ^ Livingstone, Seth (November 19, 2011). "Stenhouse Jr. wins Nationwide championship". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/motor/nascar/story/2011-11-19/nationwide-series-ford-300/51314506/1. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  8. ^ Pockrass, Bob (January 6, 2012). "Ricky Stenhouse to run Daytona 500 for Roush Fenway in No. 6 car". SceneDaily.com. The Sporting News. http://www.scenedaily.com/news/articles/sprintcupseries/Ricky_Stenhouse_to_run_Daytona_500_for_Roush_Fenway_in_No_6_car.html. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  9. ^ "Stenhouse Jr. Gets Eco Boost Sponsorship". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. February 15, 2012. http://nascar.speedtv.com/article/cup-ricky-stenhouse-jr-gets-eco-boost-sponsorship-nascar-sprint/. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  10. ^ "Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wants to learn more in NASCAR before biggest step". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C.. March 7, 2012. http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/auto-racing-package-ricky-stenhouse-jr-wants-to-learn-more-in-nascar-before-biggest-step/2012/03/07/gIQABIYJxR_story.html. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  11. ^ "Defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. dominates in Nationwide win at Las Vegas". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C.. March 10, 2011. http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/defending-series-champion-ricky-stenhouse-jr-dominates-in-nationwide-win-at-las-vegas/2012/03/10/gIQAHHi53R_story.html. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  12. ^ "Sprint Cup leader Kenseth to leave Roush Fenway Racing at end of season". CBS Sports. June 26, 2012. http://www.cbssports.com/nascar/story/19424699/sprint-cup-leader-kenseth-to-leave-roush-fenway-racing-at-end-of-season. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  13. ^ Pockrass, Bob (June 26, 2012). "Matt Kenseth leaving Roush Fenway Racing; move to Joe Gibbs Racing may be imminent". Sporting News. http://aol.sportingnews.com/nascar/story/2012-06-26/matt-kenseth-joe-gibbs-racing-kenseth-leaving-roush-racing-ricky-stenhouse. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Brad Keselowski
NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion
2011
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Achievements
Preceded by
Justin Allgaier
NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year
2010
Succeeded by
Timmy Hill