Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – Nashville 300 ADVANCE
Team: No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang: HAS NASHVILLE BEEN A LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP FOR YOU? “It has not been our specialty, for sure. I love Nashville and the city and the fans that come out there, but I haven’t gotten along with the racetrack too well. We haven’t been there with the Mustang yet, and I feel like I’m a little stronger in the Mustang. I feel like our team has a little better handle on the Mustang, so I’m looking forward to getting there. I think we’ve got a good setup for us with the stuff we’ve been working on. The Roush Fenway guys have been working really hard on it, so I’m actually looking forward to getting back there and kind of redeeming ourselves there.”
Mike Kelley, Crew Chief, No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang: “Nashville is a tough little track because it races kind of like a mile-and-a-half but it also is a heavy braking track. It’s concrete so it throws a lot of little things at you. Brakes are important there but you’ve got to have a good enough aero-balance because it’s high speed. That was probably one of the toughest races of my career last year because we had a really good car in practice and we were in a situation where we needed to qualify in on time and spun out in qualifying and missed that show and for an organization the size that we are and the amount of clout that we have in the garage to load up a Roush Fenway car, that was a gut-checker. We’re not in that position right now but that race played a lot in the role of getting our season turned around and getting us on the right track last year. There’d be nothing better than to go back there and come out of there with a win and get Ricky one of those guitars.”
Stenhouse Jr. is fourth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship standings, eight points behind leader Jason Leffler and one ahead of fifth-place Reed Sorenson…The top seven drivers in the standings are separated by just 12 points…Stenhouse Jr. has led at least one lap in the last four consecutive races…He made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in the 2009 spring race at Nashville…His average finish in four superspeedway starts this season is 6.75, highlighted by a fourth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway (Fontana, Calif.)…Will be making his 32nd career superspeedway start in the Nashville 300 …Has racked up 12 top-10 finishes in those races and led seven times for 97 laps (127.058 miles).
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.