Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Road America Advance

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – Bucyrus 200 ADVANCE

Team: No. 6 RickyvsTrevor.com Ford Mustang

Crew Chief: Mike Kelley

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American Muscle

Chassis: RK-659

THE QUOTES

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 6 RickyvsTrevor.com Ford Mustang: “Road America is a fun racetrack. I drove there last year and a couple years before that so I’m pretty familiar with the racetrack, which is a good thing. I felt like we had speed there last year but had a transmission problem. We’re looking for a good showing. It’s a fun race and a fun weekend.”

YOU GREW UP RACING ON SHORT TRACKS AND IN SPRINT CARS. HOW DIFFICULT WAS THE TRANSITION TO THE HEAVIER STOCK CARS AND THE ROAD COURSES? “It’s huge. Going from dirt to asphalt to heavier cars has been a huge learning experience for me. I’m still learning each and every time I go out on the track and then when you transfer that over to a road course where you’ve got all different types of corners and things you have to do, shifting and things like that, it throws another element in there. It’s a big learning experience.”

Mike Kelley, Crew Chief, No. 6 RickyvsTrevor.com Ford Mustang: “Road America is a really long course. It’s really weird. The driver takes off and you don’t see him again for a long time. It takes a lot of spotters. It’s a beautiful road course. It’s through the woods and it’s kind of like a fair atmosphere. It’s a short race, 50 laps, so you can’t get behind and the race, in laps, will be over before you know it.”

HOW DO YOU SET THE CAR UP AT ROAD AMERICA? “You go with a neutral setup. We go with something that’s comfortable for Ricky that he can get in and off the slow corners but not be too free on the high speed corners. He’s a decent road course racer. Our goal is to go there and maintain a good points day, not let anything crazy happen, make sure the race car stays on the track and the motor keeps running all day. I almost look at the road course races as a prevent defense. We’re going there to not lose points.”

THE FACTS

Stenhouse Jr. leads the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship standings by two points over second-place Elliott Sadler and is four ahead of third-place Reed Sorenson. He leads fourth-place Justin Allgaier by 17 and fifth-place Aric Almirola by 54 points…This is the third time in 2011 that Stenhouse has led the series championship standings…His best finish in two previous road course races was 24th last year at Montreal…Has racked up four top-five finishes in the five races…Stenhouse has more top-10 finishes (11) and more bonus points (13) than any other NNS regular…Has led at least one lap in each of the last five consecutive races and 12 times in 10 races this season for 176 total laps…Average starting position for Stenhouse this season is 6.6 while his average finish is 9.9…Has completed 97.9 percent of total possible laps this season (2,839 of a possible 2,901).

THE TEAM

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 Will Sturgill Jack Man Josh Frankos Rear Tire Changer Jon Bernal Rear Tire Carrier Brian Carr Gas Man/Truck Driver CB Gilbert 2nd Gas Can Mike Calinoff Spotter 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 Geoff Doucette 2nd Spotter

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