Nashville II: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. preview

* The Driver...Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will make his fifth career start (most of any track on circuit) at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday. Earlier this year in Nashville, Stenhouse started 18th and finished 31st. In 2009, Stenhouse finished 23rd...

* The Driver...Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will make his fifth career start (most of any track on circuit) at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday. Earlier this year in Nashville, Stenhouse started 18th and finished 31st. In 2009, Stenhouse finished 23rd and 32nd in two Nashville starts. He also finished seventh in one ARCA start in 2008.

* The Machine...The No. 6 Ford Fusion once again is white this weekend. It is the sixth of 15 unsponsored races for Stenhouse. CitiFinancial is the primary sponsor for 19 races in 2010. The team will use chassis #RK-357 in the Federated Auto Parts 300. In February, Stenhouse finished 30th with this chassis in Las Vegas and he finished 37th in Darlington earlier this month.

* Now Appearing...Stenhouse will be signing autographs at Nashville Superspeedway from 1:00 p.m. -- 2:00 p.m. local time at the Nationwide Mobile Display in the Midway on Saturday, June 5, 2010.

* Getting in on time...The No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing team sits 33rd in NASCAR Nationwide Series owner point standings after 12 races and must qualify on time at Nashville Superspeedway. The top-30 teams are locked into the event.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on racing at Nashville Superspeedway:

"It gives me a lot of confidence going back there. Even though we didn't get the finish we wanted earlier this year, we were pretty fast. We were also pretty fast there last year in both Nationwide races and I finished seventh in an ARCA race in 2008 at Nashville. I feel like it's going to be a good place to get back on track. I don't have to learn the track so it'll be full speed ahead as soon as we get there. Going into to turn one is kind of narrow on entry with the soft walls there. You can drive it there pretty hard and you've got a lot of room on the exit of turn two. The lower you keep it, the better off you are. You almost have to back up your entry into turn three because it's tight getting in there. You really have to get into the gas up off of turn four, so that is where you will make up some time but it's also a place where you can get into trouble so you have to be up on the wheel."

Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at Nashville Superspeedway:

"I am looking forward to going to Nashville this weekend. It's awesome to run under the lights. Ricky (Stenhouse Jr.) has some laps around there so we'll be ahead of the game as soon as practice starts. Normally he is learning the track during the first part of practice, but since he's run in Nashville before, we'll be able to hit the ground running as soon as we unload. While we still have to qualify on time, I feel confident we'll be fast right off the truck so we should be good to go there."

-source: rfr

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