Number 17 Ford
Roush Fenway Racing
Best Buy / Wells Fargo / Zest
October 2, 1987
Olive Branch, MS
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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. made his NASCAR Sprint Cup series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2011. Ricky qualified for the 2011 Coca-Cola 600 in ninth place in the Wood Brothers' famous #21 the same year that Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500 for that team. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ran all day and brought it home in eleventh. This was an extremely impressive run for his first time racing with the big boys.
The following year Ricky Stenhouse Jr. jumped over to Roush Fenway Racing where he made four 2012 Sprint Cup series starts. These were largely forgettable runs but Ricky Stenhouse Jr. continued to gain experience. He posted a middle-of-the-pack twentieth place effort in the 2012 Daytona 500 which was won by his Roush teammate Matt Kenseth. He backed that up with a season-best twelfth place effort in Dover before finishing the season with a pair of late season DNFs in Charlotte and Homestead.
2013 marks Ricky Stenhouse Junior's official leap to the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. He will replace Matt Kenseth in the Roush Fenway Racing Best Buy #17 as he takes on the full NASCAR Sprint Cup series grind for the first time.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will face one main competitor in the 2013 Rookie of the Year battle. Danica Patrick also moves up to a full-time Sprint Cup series ride from the NASCAR Nationwide Series and both drivers will compete head-to-head for the 2013 rookie of the year honors.
2008 - Ran Full ARCA Season finishing Fourth in Points with Two wins
2009 - First NASCAR Nationwide Series Start
2010 - NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year
2011 - First NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Start
2011 - NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion
2012 - NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion
2013 - First Full NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is the classic story of how to get started in NASCAR. Born in Mississippi Ricky Stenhouse Jr. started racing go-karts at just six years of age. He showed some real talent behind the wheel of the karts and scored dozens of A-main victories which lead him to bigger and better things. Stenhouse was winning sprint car races before he was old enough to vote.
The same year he turned sixteen Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Dirt Winged Sprint Car Rookie of the Year title. He went on score multiple wins in the USC Sprint Car series before moving on to the USAC Sprints where he continued to win. He got the opportunity to run the Silver Crown cars in addition to his sprint car passion and it was in the Silver Crown series where he caught the eye of Tony Stewart who offered him a ride in Tony's USAC Sprint and Midget series cars.
In 2007 Stenhouse continued to find success in the USAC series clinching Rookie of the Year honors in both the USAC Sprint Car and USAC Midget series in the same year that he turned twenty years old.
Stenhouse's meteoric rise continued in 2008 as he moved to the ARCA series that season and posted another very impressive season for his new team owner Jack Roush.
From there the climb towards the top continued with the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year honors followed by the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship which he then successfully defended in 2012 with a second series title.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. moves into NASCAR's premier series for the 2013 Sprint Cup season. He lands safely in one of NASCAR's top teams and should have all of the tools to be successful right out of the box.
If he can duplicate his success from many seasons past Ricky Stenhouse Jr. just might be NASCAR's newest superstar.