Bristol II: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. preview

* The Driver...Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will make his second career NASCAR start at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday evening. In March, Stenhouse led four laps and finished 25th at BMS. * The Machine...The No. 6 Ford Fusion will sport the ...

* The Driver...Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will make his second career NASCAR start at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday evening. In March, Stenhouse led four laps and finished 25th at BMS.

* The Machine...The No. 6 Ford Fusion will sport the familiar CitiFinancial colors this weekend. CitiFinancial is the primary sponsor for 24 races in 2010 for Stenhouse. The team will use chassis #RK-374 in the Food City 250. In April, Stenhouse used this chassis at Nashville Superspeedway where he started 18th and finished 31st.

* Now Appearing...On Wednesday August 18, 2010, Stenhouse will be appear in his hometown of Olive Branch, MS for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. day. He will be at the local CitiFinancial Branch from 3:00 p.m. -- 5:00 p.m. local time where the Mayor will honor him. Stenhouse will sign autographs and then appear at Homer Skelton Ford from 6:00 p.m. -- 8:00 p.m. local time. Both events are open to the public.

* Locked In...The No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing team is 23rd in owner points and for the seventh consecutive week is guaranteed a spot in the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday evening. The top-30 teams are locked into the event.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway:

"It gives me confidence going back to a place that I have raced at before. Even though we didn't get the finish we wanted at Bristol in the spring, we were pretty fast. I know what to expect this time and should be better as soon as we unload. Roush Fenway Racing has been to victory lane in Bristol many times and Mike (Kelley) is successful there so I feel like the No. 6 CitiFinancial Ford will be up front when it counts this weekend."

Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway:

"I love Bristol. It's such an awesome place to race and an even better place to win at. Things happen fast in Bristol so the key is to be near the front all night long. There are a bunch of unknowns out there, but when you worry about it and start protecting yourself, more than likely you'll put yourself in a tough spot. Usually the cars up front get in the least amount of trouble. Ricky needs to race hard but he also needs to be smart. The guys on pit road have to do their jobs because track position is critical at Bristol. Our company has good success at Bristol so we're looking forward to getting there and getting dirty."

-source: rfr

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