Nashville: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. preview

* The Man...For the first time since the season opening race in Daytona, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is finally going to a track where he has raced before. He drove to a seventh-place finish in an ARCA race in Nashville in 2008 and Saturday's race will be...

* The Man...For the first time since the season opening race in Daytona, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is finally going to a track where he has raced before. He drove to a seventh-place finish in an ARCA race in Nashville in 2008 and Saturday's race will be Stenhouse's third Nationwide Series start in Nashville. In two NNS starts in Nashville last year, Stenhouse finished 23rd and 32nd.

* The Organization...Roush Fenway Racing has four wins, 11 top-fives and 19 top-10's in 33 Nationwide Series starts on the 1.333 D-shaped Nashville Superspeedway.

* The Machine...The No. 6 Ford Fusion will have the familiar colors of CitiFinancial on board this weekend. This is the third of 18 races that CitiFinancial will be the primary sponsor for Stenhouse. The team will use chassis # RK-374 in the Nashville 300. This chassis was last used in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition in 2008 at Nashville Superspeedway; David Ragan finished 21st.

* Sign Here...Stenhouse will be signing autographs on Thursday, April 2nd at Camping World -- The Grand Ole Opry Location from 7:15 p.m. EST -- 9:00 p.m. EST in Nashville. Stenhouse will also be participating in a "tweet-up" at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, April 2, 2010 after qualifying at the Nationwide Display.

* Rearview Mirror...The No. 6 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion team sits 32nd in NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings. Stenhouse, who led for the first time in 2010, completed 267 of 300 laps and finished 25th in the Scotts Turf Builder 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway two weeks ago.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on racing at Nashville Superspeedway

"It gives me a lot of confidence going back there. We were pretty fast there last year. 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. It is a fun track. 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 Ben Leslie on racing at Nashville Superspeedway

"We tested at Nashville Superspeedway with the COT (car of tomorrow) and I have done some driver development there but never worked on anything in competition there so it's going to be a new experience for me. At the end of the day, it's still another oval, it's concrete and you turn left. I am looking forward to it. I know Ricky has been there before as well, so we should be able to hit the ground running as soon as practice begins"

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers David Ragan , Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Teams Roush Fenway Racing