Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – Aaron’s 312 FAST FACTS
Team: No. 6 Blackwell Angus Ford Mustang
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Chassis: RK-665 THE STATS
Date Event S F Laps Status Winnings 4-25-10 Aaron’s 312 3 29 118/120 Running $25,668
Races Wins Top-5s Top-10s Money Cumulative 1 0 0 0 $25,668
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 6 Blackwell Angus Ford Mustang: HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO RACE RESPECTFULLY AT TALLADEGA BECAUSE THE TRACK IS SO WIDE AND SO SMOOTH? “It’s hard. Speedway racing takes a lot of patience and I’m learning that more and more. Every race takes patience but it seems like the superspeedways demand more patience. With the way we drafted at Daytona with two cars tied up together I feel like it kind of takes a little bit of that out of play but definitely have to be in the right position at the right time still. Running up front there with the guys like Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch, I think they have a little bit more respect for me. Trevor [Bayne, Roush Fenway Racing teammate] and I both were really fast together but outside of that I really didn’t have anybody that would go with me [smiles]. I’m definitely looking forward to getting to Talladega. I’d like to work with one of our teammates for sure but I feel like I got a little bit more respect and get some different drafting partners.”
Mike Kelley, Crew Chief, No. 6 Blackwell Angus Ford Mustang: IS THERE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WAY YOU PREPARE CARS FOR TALLADEGA VERSUS DAYTONA? “Not as much anymore with the changes that Daytona made to their track this year. The thing about Talladega that makes it a little easier for us is the track size and shape is a little more forgiving with this new two-car draft. It’s not as tight entering and exiting the corners.”
IS IT FRUSTRATING THAT SO MUCH IS OUT OF YOUR CONTROL AT TALLADEGA? “It’s tough when you know that at any given moment that thing could come back on a rollback and everything you’ve built is gone. We’ve been really fortunate, knock on wood, with the programs that I’ve been on the last few years that we’ve been able to have fast enough cars to stay out of the big wrecks. We build ‘em to race and we build ‘em fast and let it take care of itself and if you happen to get caught up in something you can’t let it pull you down. It’s like going to the Roulette table and betting all on red or black. It is what it is.”
Stenhouse Jr. leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship standings by 14 points over second-place Jason Leffler and is 24 ahead of third-place Justin Allgaier…Will be making his fifth Nationwide Series restrictor plate start this weekend and has started 10th-place or better in each of those races…His five top-10 finishes are best among Nationwide Series regulars…Has completed 1,168 of 1,170 total possible laps this season (99.8 percent).
Name Duties Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Driver Mike Kelley Crew Chief Seth Barbour Engineer Richard Letendre Car Chief Chris Letourneau Front Tire Changer Kyle Coolidge Front Tire Carrier Kevin Kramzer Jack Man Josh Frankos Rear Tire Changer Jon Bernal Rear Tire Carrier Brian Carr Gas Man/Truck Driver CB Gilbert 2nd Gas Can Spotter Mike Calinoff Larry Lally 2nd Truck Driver Edgar Alleman Engine Tuner/Support Lance Allen Pit Support Joe Elliott Pit Support Kenny Deguisto Pit Support Jeff Cordero Pit Support
About Roush Fenway Racing Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR’s largest team operating seven motorsports teams. Four in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; and three in the Nationwide Series with Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Trevor Bayne. 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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