Ricky Stenhouse Jr – STP 400 Advance
Team: No. 17 Zest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Scott Graves
Primary Chassis: RK- 820 – last ran at Vegas- finished 18th
Backup Chassis: RK-811 – chassis for the No. 99 in 2012
· Stenhouse at Kansas
o Stenhouse will make his first Sprint Cup career start at Kansas this weekend.
o Stenhouse has three Nationwide career starts at Kansas, earning one win, two top-five and two top-10 finishes.
o Stenhouse is currently 20th in the Sprint Cup standings. 107 points behind the leader.
· The Car
o Chassis RK-820 is the same chassis that the No.17 team ran at Las Vegas finishing a respectable 18th. This chassis was also used in the Charlotte preseason test.
o The backup Chassis RK-811 was a chassis that the No. 99 ran numerous times in 2012.
o High Ridge Brands is the name of the parent company/private equity firm.
o Zest’s first year in NASCAR was 2012 when they sponsored the No. 17 Ford.
Stenhouse on Kansas:
“I’m looking forward to racing at Kansas Speedway this weekend. We tested there a few weeks ago and I feel confident in our 1.5-mile track program. Kansas is a fast, smooth track which I like. After the past two weekends, we can only get better. It would be awesome to get our first top-10 finish this weekend with all the Zest plant managers there and with the plant being so close to the track.”
Scott Graves on Kansas:
“We had a successful test at Kansas a few weeks ago and learned a lot so hopefully those notes will lead us to our first top-10 finish of the season. As an organization we have been working hard on our 1.5-mile track program. The past two weekends have been tough so we need a top-10 finish this weekend to gain some spots in the point standings.”