Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|
Stenhouse at the 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350
Richard Lynn Stenhouse Jr.|
October 2, 1987
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||165 lb (75 kg)|
2011, 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion|
2017 GEICO 500 winner
2017 Coke Zero 400 winner
2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year|
2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career|
|216 races run over 8 years|
|Car no., team||No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing|
|Best finish||13th (2017)|
|First race||2011 Coca-Cola 600 (Charlotte)|
|Last race||2018 Hollywood Casino 400 (Kansas)|
|First win||2017 GEICO 500 (Talladega)|
|Last win||2017 Coke Zero 400 (Daytona)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|108 races run over 6 years|
|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)|
|Statistics current as of October 21, 2018.|
Richard Lynn Stenhouse Jr. (born October 2, 1987) 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, and won back-to-back Nationwide Series championships in 2011 and 2012. Stenhouse was the 2013 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year.
- 1 Racing career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 In media
- 4 Motorsports career results
- 5 References
- 6 External links
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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; 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.
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. Trevor Bayne is expected to replace Stenhouse in the Nationwide No. 6 car for 2013.
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. 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.
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 10s 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.
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 10s in the year, it took 5 in 2016. On March 1, 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.
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. 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. 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. In the Playoffs, at Chicago he had a rough showing with a not so strong car and commitment 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 got 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.
2018 started with decent results for Stenhouse, as he had consistent runs throughout the season. However at Daytona, Stenhouse was mainly to blame for 2 accidents, and he was caught up in 3 crashes, ultimately finishing 17th, after winning the first two stages, and receiving a security escort after the race.
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.
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 devout Baptist.
Motorsports career results
(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
|2012||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||20||20|
K&N Pro Series West
|NASCAR K&N Pro Series West results|
* 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|
|2008||Roush Fenway Racing||99||Ford||DAY
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Career Statistics
- "2008 ARCA driving statistics". Racing-reference. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
- "2009 Nationwide Series results". Racing-reference. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
- "Stenhouse claims first career victory at Iowa". Sporting News Wire Service. NASCAR. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
- Spencer, Lee (January 6, 2012). "Stenhouse, Dillon bring new excitement". Fox Sports. Retrieved February 6, 2012.
- Livingstone, Seth (November 19, 2011). "Stenhouse Jr. wins Nationwide championship". USA Today. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
- Pockrass, Bob (January 6, 2012). "Ricky Stenhouse to run Daytona 500 for Roush Fenway in No. 6 car". SceneDaily.com. The Sporting News. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
- "Stenhouse Jr. Gets Eco Boost Sponsorship". SPEED Channel. Fox Sports. February 15, 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
- "Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wants to learn more in NASCAR before biggest step". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. March 7, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
- "Defending series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. dominates in Nationwide win at Las Vegas". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. March 10, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
- "Sprint Cup leader Kenseth to leave Roush Fenway Racing at end of season". CBS Sports. June 26, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
- Pockrass, Bob (June 26, 2012). "Matt Kenseth leaving Roush Fenway Racing; move to Joe Gibbs Racing may be imminent". Sporting News. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
- "Stenhouse earns first career Sprint Cup pole". NASCAR. August 30, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
- NASCAR (November 17, 2013). "Stenhouse Jr. wins Sunoco Rookie of the Year". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-11-17.
- Wilhelm, Chase (May 6, 2017). "Ricky Stenhouse Jr. beats out Dale Earnhardt Jr. for Talladega pole". Foxsports.com. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
- Wilhelm, Chase (May 7, 2017). "Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 'parked it' to end drought for Roush Fenway Racing". Foxsports.com. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
- Spencer, Lee (July 1, 2017). "Stenhouse wins wild NASCAR Cup race at Daytona". Retrieved July 2, 2017.
- Weinstein, Arthur (July 9, 2018). "Ricky Stenhouse Jr. gets security escort after sparking 2 crashes at Daytona". Sporting News. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
- Pockrass, Bob (December 19, 2017). "Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. end relationship after 5 years". ESPN. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
- "Ricky Stenhouse Jr., IndyCar Drivers Take On 'American Ninja Warrior' Course". New England Sports Network. June 14, 2016. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
- Perez, A.J.; Hembree, Mike (May 19, 2017). "NASCAR drivers will handle broadcast duties during Xfinity race at Pocono". USA Today. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
- "Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. – 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ricky Stenhouse Jr..|
- Official website
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. driver statistics at Racing-Reference
- RoushFenway.com article on first ARCA win
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| NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year
| NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year