Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. rides best 2015 finish into Richmond

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is 300/1 to win at Richmond
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – Richmond Advance
Team: No. 17 Fifth Third Bank Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Nick Sandler
Twitter: @PR17RFR @stenhousejr @FifthThird and @roushfenway


Stenhouse Jr. at Richmond International Raceway

o Stenhouse has four career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) starts at Richmond with an average starting position of 17.2 and average finishing position of 22.5.
o In 2013, Stenhouse scored his first career NSCS top-10 finish as a rookie at Richmond.
o In the past five races in the 2015 season, Stenhouse has scored four top-15 finishes, including one top-five (Bristol).

Last week at Bristol
Stenhouse Jr. drove his Zest Ford Fusion to a fourth-place finish in Sunday’s rain stricken Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway and jumps three positions in the NSCS driver standings. In his last three NSCS starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, Stenhouse has scored two top-five finishes and one top-10 finish.

Last time at Richmond
After leading the Roush Fenway Racing qualifying efforts for the final race to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Stenhouse Jr. battled an ill-handling machine for a majority Saturday night’s race forcing him to settle for a 26th- place finish.

Fifth Third Bank
o Fifth Third Bank has been a partner of Roush Fenway Racing since 2012.
o Fifth Third Bank is a U.S. regional banking corporation, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio at Fifth Third Center, and is the principal subsidiary of holding company Fifth Third Bancorp.
o To find the nearest Fifth Third Bank branch near you – visit
o Fifth Third Bank will also serve as the primary sponsor on the No.17 machine next weekend at Talladega.

Stenhouse Jr. on racing at Richmond:
“We are coming off a great finish at Bristol so we are definitely looking to carry that momentum into Richmond this weekend. I love racing at night. We struggled at Richmond last year but we think we have a good package going into this weekend. It’s a long race but just like at Bristol last week, if you can stay on the lead lap then you should be able to leave there with a solid finish.”

Nick Sandler on racing at Richmond:
“After our top-five finish, I know the entire No. 17 team is looking forward to Richmond. Richmond is tough because you practice during the day but race at night so you don’t want to over adjust. In practice we will focus on what Ricky needs overall in the car. Pit strategy and track position are key because it is so easy to go a lap down but I think if we can stay on the lead lap like Bristol that we can leave Richmond with another top-15 finish. That’s our goal.”

- Roush Fenway Racing

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