Las Vegas: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. preview

* Rearview Mirror...The No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Fusion team sits 37th in NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. completed just 117 of 150 laps in the Stater Bros. 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. last week.

* Rearview Mirror...The No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Fusion team sits 37th in NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. completed just 117 of 150 laps in the Stater Bros. 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. last week. Stenhouse was an innocent victim when John Wes Townley spun in front of him on track.

* The Man...Stenhouse will make his first career start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday when the NASCAR Nationwide Series hits the 1.5-mile speedway for the Sam's Town 300.

* The Organization...While Stenhouse will make his first laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, Roush Fenway Racing has hit the jackpot in Sin City with five wins, 14 top-fives, 23 top-10's and five poles in 31 starts.

* The Machine...The No. 6 Ford Fusion will be white this weekend, the first of 16 unsponsored races for Stenhouse who is running the full season. The team will use primary chassis # RK-357 in the Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This chassis was used twice in 2009 Nationwide Series competition. Carl Edwards finished second in both races at Bristol last year.

* Showtime...Stenhouse will put his cooking skills to the teston Thursday at ESPNZone in New York New York Hotel & Casino. As a part of the Raybestos Rookie of the Year campaign, Stenhouse along with rookies from the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series will cook for and be judged by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

"I've never raced in Las Vegas but I was there last year when Greg (Biffle) won. That was a great race; my teammates Greg and Carl (Edwards) were battling it out for the win. Even though I've been there before, I haven't made any laps around there so it'll take a few laps to get used to it like it did in California last week. I have played it on video games but that's never exactly how it is, but it did get me a little familiar with some of the surroundings. We just have to go there and get the job done. I feel like its tough because the other people we're racing, it seems like everyone has raced there before, so it's definitely tough. I've got to figure out my line and how far to run the No. 6 Ford in, I've got to learn a lot in a short amount of time, it's definitely difficult but I've got to get it done."

Crew Chief Ben Leslie on racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

"Las Vegas is an exciting place to go and race and the team gets amped up about going there. We feel like we have something to prove after our poor performance in Fontana (California). In the past, Roush Fenway Racing has had a lot of success at that place, but we're not resting on our laurels and we can't let any grass grow under us. We've got to keep digging. Our luck to this point has been pretty bad, but it's racing luck. Some of it has been by our own doing but most has been out of our control. Hopefully we can have some good luck this week in Vegas."

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Carl Edwards , Ricky Stenhouse Jr. , John Wes Townley
Teams Roush Fenway Racing