Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 2014 driver profile
January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com
After winning back-to-back NASCAR Nationwide Series titles Ricky Stenhouse Jr. moved up to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and captured the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award finishing ahead of Danica Patrick and Timmy Hill. He scored his first series Coors Light Pole for the AdvoCare 500 at the super-fast Atlanta Motor Speedway. Another highlight of his freshman year was a third-place finish in Talladega Superspeedway’s fall Camping World RV Sales 500. Stenhouse totaled three top-10 finishes. Stenhouse finished 11th in his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series outing driving a Wood Brothers Ford in the 2011 Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
For 2014, Stenhouse reunites with Mike Kelley, his crew chief during his NASCAR Nationwide Series championship seasons. The Stenhouse/Kelly NASCAR Nationwide Series team clicked in 2012 collecting six wins, 19 top fives, 26 top 10s and four poles with an average finish of 5.8. The previous season was only slightly less dominating as Stenhouse won twice coupled with 16 top fives, 26 top 10s and three poles. Five accidents in the first 12 races of the 2010 season nearly ended the Mississippi native’s NASCAR career, but team co-owner Jack Roush’s patience paid off when Stenhouse righted the ship and won the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ Sunoco Rookie of the Year title.
In 2007, before moving to NASCAR, Stenhouse won Rookie of the Year honors in the United States Auto Club’s national sprint and midget divisions driving for Tony Stewart’s TSR team.
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
Car: No. 17 Zest/Fifth Third Bank/Nationwide Insurance Ford Fusion
Birthdate: October 2, 1987
Hometown: Olive Branch, Miss.
Team Owner: Jack Roush, John Henry
Crew Chief: Mike Kelley