Charlotte: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - team interview

Stenhouse Jr. Returns to a Familiar Place This Weekend CONCORD, N.C. (May 27, 2010) -- The 2010 season has been a steep learning curve for Ricky Stenhouse Jr., but this Saturday he returns to a track where he has raced at before. So, when the...

Stenhouse Jr. Returns to a Familiar Place This Weekend

CONCORD, N.C. (May 27, 2010) -- The 2010 season has been a steep learning curve for Ricky Stenhouse Jr., but this Saturday he returns to a track where he has raced at before. So, when the rookie driver rolls into the Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend he will bring an added confidence with him. Despite being 32nd in owner points and having to qualify on time again this weekend, the young wheelman is staying positive. Stenhouse, who will make his second career start at Charlotte Motor Speedway, discusses the upcoming weekend.

Q: For the first time in a while, you are going to a track (Charlotte Motor Speedway) where you have raced before, what's your mindset for this weekend?

A: My mindset is good and my confidence is high because I have raced there before. Even though it was just once, I still feel ahead of the game. The last time we were here we had some speed in the car so that is a positive. We started seventh and drove up in the top-five but we got crashed from behind. I remember being tight in that race so I'll be prepared for that this weekend. Overall, it's a comfort factor knowing that I have been to the Charlotte Motor Speedway before. Since Roush Fenway Racing has such a great track record, I am really pumped about what is in store for this CitiFinancial team.

Q: Having raced in Charlotte before, how do you approach the weekend?

A: Even though I have been to the Charlotte Motor Speedway before, I will approach it with an open mind for sure. Last year, we were conservative, but I don't expect that to be the case this weekend. Even though we have to qualify on time, I feel like we can go in there and really have a shot to be competitive. The last few weeks we've shown that we have enough speed to make these races so this weekend the approach will be the same, work on race mode and then do a couple of mock qualifying runs. I'm excited about this weekend.

Q: You had a good run going in Texas before the accident and with Charlotte being very similar, how does that help you and this team heading into the weekend?

A: You can take a bunch from Texas and apply it to Charlotte. They are both mile and half tracks and high banked and that is something that I like. They both carry a lot of speed and I feel like our CitiFinancial Ford was fast in Texas and have no reason to think it won't be fast this weekend in Charlotte. In Texas we were tight so that is something Mike Kelley (crew chief) and I have talked about for this weekend. We've got to make sure we are a little more free in the race.

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr.