Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – Royal Purple 200 ADVANCE
Team: No. 6 RickyvsTrevor.com Ford Mustang Crew Chief: Mike Kelley Chassis: RK-644
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 6 RickyvsTrevor.com Ford Mustang: WHY DO YOU LIKE RACING AT DARLINGTON? “That place is fun. It’s narrow but you can really drive it hard and normally the harder you drive it the better off you are, except I think I was driving a little too hard the last time I was there [smile]. We were really fast, just got to make sure not to over-drive Turn 3. That seemed to get us in trouble there. And you’ve got to stay off the Turn 2 wall.”
IS THERE ONE SPOT ON THE TRACK THAT’S MORE CHALLENGING THAN ANY OTHER? “Turn 3 is pretty tough. You’ve just got to make sure you get slowed down enough to get it into Turn 3. It’s a lot tighter than one and two.”
THERE IS A LOT MORE CONFIDENCE WITHIN THIS TEAM AND HIGHER EXPECTATIONS THIS SEASON. WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST REASON FOR THE TURNAROUND IN SUCH A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME? “As an organization I think it’s just a testament to how hard Roush Fenway and Ford Racing and all the engineers have worked over simulation and the engine package and chassis package. Our team is staying focused. We know we can do it. We’ve got the speed and if we stay focused and minimize our mistakes we know we can win this championship and win some races. That’s what we’ve been focused on all year.”
Stenhouse Jr. is tied with Aric Almirola for fifth-place in the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship standings, 17 points behind leader Justin Allgaier and four behind fourth-place Reed Sorenson. He is 28 points ahead of seventh-place Trevor Bayne and 31 ahead of eighth-placed Brian Scott…Stenhouse Jr. has racked up more top-10 finishes (six) and more bonus points (five) than any other NNS regular this season…The No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing team will use the same Ford Mustang Friday night at Darlington that Stenhouse Jr. drove to an eighth-place finish at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway (race No. 3)…Will be making his 33rd NNS superspeedway start at Darlington.
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.