Ricky Stenhouse Jr – Quicken Loans 400 Advance
Team: No. 17 Zest Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Scott Graves
Primary Chassis: RK- 814 – last raced at Martinsville– finished 25th.
Backup Chassis: RK- 811 – chassis raced numerous times by No. 99 in 2012.
· Stenhouse Jr. at Michigan International Speedway
o Stenhouse has three Nationwide starts at MIS earning one top-five and one top-10 finish.
o Stenhouse will make his first career Sprint Cup start this weekend at Michigan.
o Stenhouse Jr. is currently 20th in the point standings, 34 points out of 10th.
· The Car
o Chassis RK-814 is the same chassis that the No.17 team ran at Martinsville finishing 25th after getting caught in an accident early in the race.
o The backup Chassis RK-811was 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 Jr. on racing at Michigan:
“A strong run at Michigan would be huge. We always look forward to Michigan because it’s in the backyard of Ford and Roush Industries. We struggled last week so we need to rebound this weekend. Michigan is a fast two-mile wide track. Track position is essential so hopefully we can qualify well on Friday and stay up front for the duration of the 200-lap race.”
Scott Graves on racing at Michigan:
“Since the repave last year, Michigan is fast. In the past, the race has come down to fuel mileage so we will have to be smart with pit strategy and keep our Zest Ford in contention. We all want to win at the ‘home track’ of Ford and Roush Industries so I couldn’t think of a better place to get our first Sprint Cup win.”