Bristol: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. preview

* The Man...Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who tested an ARCA car at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2008, will be making his first career start at BMS on Saturday when the NASCAR Nationwide Series hits the .533-mile short track for the Scotts Turf Builder ...

* The Man...Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who tested an ARCA car at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2008, will be making his first career start at BMS on Saturday when the NASCAR Nationwide Series hits the .533-mile short track for the Scotts Turf Builder 300.J

* The Organization...While Stenhouse will make his first competitive laps at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, Roush Fenway Racing has five wins, 18 top-fives, 23 top-10's in 48 Nationwide Series starts on the high-banked half- mile track.

* The Machine...The No. 6 Ford Fusion will be white this weekend, the second of 17 currently unsponsored races for Stenhouse who is running the full season. For 18 races, CitiFinancial will be the primary sponsor. The team will use chassis # RK-296 in the Scotts Turf Builder 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. This chassis was used five times in 2009 Nationwide Series competition scoring four top-10 finishes including David Ragan's win in Bristol last August.J

* Sign Here...Stenhouse will be signing autographs on Friday evening at Bristol Motor Speedway during Food City Family Race Night activities from 6:30pm -- 8:00pm. The No. 6 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion will be on hand for the event.

* Rearview Mirror...The No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Fusion team sits 36th in NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings. Stenhouse completed 152 of 200 laps and finished 30th in the Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway two weeks ago.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway

"We're definitely ready to go. The guys have worked hard on the cars and they are better than what we had in the first three races. I'm looking forward to getting to Bristol. We tested there in 2008 in the ARCA car. It was crazy the first time I went out there, I don't think I took a breath for like 10 laps. I will just have to pace myself. It's a fun racetrack. It gives me a lot of confidence to be in the car that David (Ragan) won in last year. Right now we're not in the mode to try and win every race but then again it gives you confidence to run well when you have a car that has had success at a track before."

Crew Chief Ben Leslie on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway

"Bristol is tough because there are a bunch of unknowns out there, but when you worry about it, the more and the more you try to protect yourself. Then, more than likely you'll put yourself in a bad spot or you wind up getting caught up in bad stuff that you might not be in if you are racing hard. At the end of the day you have to race. Usually the cars up front get in the least amount of trouble. After two weeks off, we need to get back in the routine. We need to redeem ourselves a little bit based on our poor finishes. We're looking forward to getting to Bristol and getting dirty."

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers David Ragan , Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Teams Roush Fenway Racing