Familiar Surroundings for Stenhouse in Nashville
CONCORD, N.C. (April 1, 2010) -- For the first time since the season opening race in Daytona, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will compete on a track where he has raced before. Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Nashville Superspeedway will be the rookie's fourth start on the 1.333-mile track. Having that valuable seat time and experience is critical to a young driver's development which is something Stenhouse is looking forward to this weekend.
"It gives me a lot of confidence going back there," said Stenhouse. "We were pretty fast last year in both Nationwide races and I finished seventh in an ARCA race in 2008 at Nashville. I feel like it's going to be a good place to get back on track. I don't have to learn the track so it'll be full speed ahead as soon as we get there. I feel like being comfortable with the track is going to be a big help. The last three races we went to was tough because it was my first time at those tracks, but Nashville is a place that I am familiar with so I can't wait for the weekend."
Through the first four races of the season, pit boss Ben Leslie has preached patience to Stenhouse, but this weekend the veteran crew chief knows his young driver already has a baseline at Nashville Superspeedway and will hit the track poised for success.
"I think it'll help Ricky's confidence to go to place he raced at before," said Leslie. "He knows where the line is and how to get around the place. He had some success there last year. He qualified really well there but had some bad luck in the race. When he hits the track for the first lap he knows where the breaking points are and it'll help him feel more comfortable than in the last three races.