Stenhouse Jr. Leads Rookie of the Year Battle Heading into Fontana

CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 7, 2010) – When Ricky Stenhouse Jr. left Auto Club Speedway back in February; his confidence was shaken after an accident sent him home with a 39th-place finish. This weekend, he returns to the California track with serious momentum on his side and the lead in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings. Following his sixth-place finish last weekend in Kansas, Stenhouse is on top of the rookie standings for the first time this year. He leads Brian Scott by five points with six races left in the season.

In a remarkable turnaround, Stenhouse has erased a 35-point deficit over the last 15 races and is poised to give Roush Fenway Racing its 12th overall rookie of the year title and fifth in the Nationwide Series. For Stenhouse, the last month has been crucial for his young career. Over the last four races, he has one top-five and three top-10s with an average finish of just over seventh during that span.

“We have been running well lately and we’ve got to keep it going,” said Stenhouse. “With the way the season has been going for us, it’s about time we are showing our potential. It means a lot to me that Jack (Roush) has supported me and this team throughout the season. Winning the Raybestos Rookie of the Year would be a huge honor and it’s something I want to deliver to Jack and all the guys on this No. 6 team. To join the likes of Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards as previous rookie winners would be awesome. These guys are not only great drivers but they are great teammates to have at Roush Fenway Racing.”

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Catch Stenhouse and the No. 6 team in the CampingWorld.com 300 at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 9, 2010 with race coverage beginning at 4:00 p.m. EDT on ESPN2.

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About Roush Fenway Racing

Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR’s largest team operating nine motorsports teams. Four in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; and five in the Nationwide Series with Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Trevor Bayne, Colin Braun, Brian Ickler, and Paul Menard. For more information on any of the Roush Fenway Racing teams, log onto www.RoushFenway.com. Become a fan of Roush Fenway Racing on Facebook by going to http://www.facebook.com/roushfenway and follow us on Twitter @roushfenway. For sponsorship inquiries please contact Robin Johnson at 704.720.4645.

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