Fontana: Dicky Stenhouse Jr. preview

* Rearview Mirror...The No. 6 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion team sits 36th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings after driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr completed just 68 of 120 laps in the season opening race at Daytona International Speedway last...

* Rearview Mirror...The No. 6 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion team sits 36th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings after driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr completed just 68 of 120 laps in the season opening race at Daytona International Speedway last week. Stenhouse was an innocent victim of a 10-car accident that occurred on track in front of him.

* The Man...Rookie Ricky Stenhouse will make his first career start at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday when the NASCAR Nationwide Series hits the two-mile speedway in Fontana, Calif. for the Stater Bros. 300.

* The Organization...While Stenhouse will make his first laps at Auto Club Speedway, Roush Fenway Racing has had success in Fontana with six wins, 18 top-fives and 29 top-10's in 45 starts.

* The Machine...The No. 6 CitiFinancial Ford Fusion team will use primary chassis # RK-217 in the Stater Bros. 300 at Auto Club Speedway. This chassis was used twice in 2009 Nationwide Series competition. Stenhouse finished ninth in Kentucky and 30th at Gateway with this chassis.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on racing at Auto Club Speedway

"I'm ready to get back in the car after last week -- California can't come soon enough. With the car that we're taking, the guys have worked really hard on it and I think it's going be good at California. It gives me a lot of confidence to know that we've tested it and we know how it runs and I'm really looking forward to getting back in it. We've run this car twice; at Gateway and Kentucky. We were running in the top-five in Kentucky and ended up ninth, so it's a good car. It just puts more confidence in me that we've ran well with the car in the past and there's no reason we can't do it in California this week."

Crew Chief Ben Leslie on racing at Auto Club Speedway

"It's not restrictor plate racing, it's not drafting, it's back to working on your car. You can work on both ends of your car, you don't have all the constraints that you do with restrictor plate racing. We've got to get the thing driving good for Ricky and we feel pretty confident that he's going have plenty of speed. Since he hasn't raced in Fontana before, it'll take him some time to get used to the track. He'll pick it up quickly, I have confidence in him."

-source: rfr

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