Daytona: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. preview

* The Man...Rookie Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. makes his Daytona NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in the No. 6 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion this Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. The Olive Branch, Mississippi-native has one career start (ARCA...

* The Man...Rookie Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. makes his Daytona NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in the No. 6 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion this Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. The Olive Branch, Mississippi-native has one career start (ARCA Series) at the 2.5 mile track by the beach finishing 25th after getting caught up in an accident.

* The Crew Chief...Veteran Crew Chief Ben Leslie begins his first season calling the shots on the No. 6 CitiFinancial team in 2010. Leslie, who has worked with the likes of Kurt Busch, Ricky Rudd and Mark Martin, will provide leadership to rookie driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and stability to a crew that makes the jump from the truck series (Colin Braun's 2009 team).

* The Machine...The No. 6 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion team will use primary chassis # RK-344 in the DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway. This chassis has been run three times in Nationwide competition -- most recently in Daytona when David Ragan piloted it to an eighth place finish in February 2009.

* Yellow Fever...Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year Contender Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. hopes to deliver Roush Fenway Racing its 12th over rookie title. The organization already boasts a series best four rookie titles on the NASCAR Nationwide circuit.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. on racing at Daytona International Speedway

"Running at Daytona International Speedway is definitely a huge stage, one that I've been on (2008 ARCA Series). I'm familiar with the track and am excited about being out there the day before the Daytona 500. There's a lot of hype about Daytona and it's just an awesome race to be in. Being able to run with veterans like Carl (Edwards) and Tony (Stewart) will give me a lot of experience which is something I need. I want to get the first five races under my belt and then race hard but it all starts in Daytona."

Crew Chief Ben Leslie on Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

"Ricky is pretty amazing. He's a really good, down-to-earth guy. He was brought up in a very family oriented household. He appreciates people's hard-work and from a competitive standpoint he has as much or more talent than I've seen in a young driver in a long time. Ricky is talented enough and savvy enough to where he has speed but he just needs to understand what positions to put himself in during the race. He needs to understand when to take chances and when not to, which is going to come with bumps and bruises along the way."

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kurt Busch , David Ragan , Mark Martin
Teams Roush Fenway Racing