Chicagoland: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. preview

* The Driver...Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who is coming off a career-best third-place finish in Daytona last week, makes his first career NASCAR start at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday. The rookie has one ARCA start at Chicagoland Speedway. He started...

* The Driver...Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who is coming off a career-best third-place finish in Daytona last week, makes his first career NASCAR start at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday. The rookie has one ARCA start at Chicagoland Speedway. He started on the pole and led 67 laps en route to a second-place finish in 2008.

* The Machine...The No. 6 Ford Fusion once again carries the CitiFinancial colors this weekend. CitiFinancial is the primary sponsor for 21 races in 2010 for Stenhouse. The team will use chassis #RK-296 in the Dollar General 300. Stenhouse used this chassis in Bristol (3/10) where he started 24th and finished 25th and in Dover (5/10) where he started sixth and finished 18th.

* Now Appearing...Stenhouse will be signing autographs at a CitiFinancial branch in the Chicago area. On Thursday July 8th, he will be at 152 Town Center Dr., Matteson, IL from 3:00 p.m. -- 5:00 p.m. local time. On Friday, July 9, 2010, Stenhouse will appear in the Fan Zone on behalf of Chicagoland Speedway from 5:15 p.m. -- 5:30 p.m. local time.

* Locked In...With Stenhouse's third-place finish in Daytona, the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing is 30th in owner points and is guaranteed a spot in the Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday night. The top-30 teams are locked into the event. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:

"I am really looking forward to going to Chicago this weekend. We are coming off our best finish of the season (third-place in Daytona) and I have raced at Chicagoland Speedway before, so I feel like we've got some good momentum. We led a lot of laps in the ARCA car back in 2008 at Chicago so I am pretty familiar with the track. We are in the top-30 in owner points and locked into the show so I feel like we will be able to work on our race set-up a little more than we have been able to in the past few weeks. The CitiFinancial guys are pumped up and I can't wait to build on our great run from Daytona."

Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:

"The big thing about this week's race in Chicago is that we have a little extra hop in our step because of the awesome run in Daytona. I've been saying for the last month or so, our cars have been fast but we just haven't been getting the finishes that we deserve. Ricky (Stenhouse) did an awesome job in Daytona and these guys can't wait to give him another fast Ford for Chicago. As a crew chief, it's great to see the guys smiling again and excited about coming to work."

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. , Mike Kelley
Teams Roush Fenway Racing