Indy ORP: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. preview

* The Driver...Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will make his first career NASCAR start at ORP on Saturday night. He has experience on the short track in sprint cars, midgets and Silver Crown cars. Stenhouse also practiced a Nationwide car in 2009 for Matt ...

* The Driver...Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will make his first career NASCAR start at ORP on Saturday night. He has experience on the short track in sprint cars, midgets and Silver Crown cars. Stenhouse also practiced a Nationwide car in 2009 for Matt Kenseth at ORP. Saturday marks Stenhouse's 25th career NASCAR Nationwide Series start.

* The Organization...Roush Fenway Racing has two wins, nine top-fives and 13 top-10s in 18 Nationwide Series starts at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Stenhouse's teammate Carl Edwards is the defending race winner.

* The Machine...The No. 6 Ford Fusion once again carries the CitiFinancial colors this weekend. CitiFinancial is the primary sponsor for 23 races in 2010 for Stenhouse. The team will use chassis #RK-688 in the Kroger 200. In April, Stenhouse started 15th and finished 20th with this chassis in Richmond.

* Locked In...The No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing team is 25th in owner points and for the third consecutive week is guaranteed a spot in the Kroger 200 at ORP on Saturday night. The top-30 teams are locked into the event.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:

"I am looking forward to ORP this weekend. This CitiFinancial team has been on a roll as of late and I feel like we will continue it on Saturday. The racetrack is tight and things can happen pretty fast so we will have to be on top of our game from the time we unload until race time. I have experience at the track in various forms of racing (USAC) so I feel like I will be ahead of the curve from a competition stand point. Last year, I practiced the car for Matt (Kenseth) so I do have a few laps in a Nationwide Series car. We've been running well lately so that makes me and this entire CitiFinancial team excited about the weekend."

Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at O'Reilly Raceway Park:

"O'Reilly Raceway Park is always fun to go to but it is a challenge. As a crew chief, I have some experience at ORP and our company has a pretty good track record so I look for big things from Ricky (Stenhouse) and this entire CitiFinancial team. We've been pretty consistent over the last month or so and our hard work is starting to show and I don't expect anything to change this weekend. Since we are locked into the race, it will give us more time to work on race runs as opposed to focusing on having to qualify for the race."

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Carl Edwards , Ricky Stenhouse Jr. , Mike Kelley
Teams Roush Fenway Racing