Road America: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. preview

* The Driver...Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who makes his first career NASCAR start at Road America on Saturday, is one of a handful of drivers to run competitive laps on the four-mile road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. He competed in an SCCA class...

* The Driver...Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who makes his first career NASCAR start at Road America on Saturday, is one of a handful of drivers to run competitive laps on the four-mile road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. He competed in an SCCA class event at Road America in 2006. In 2008, on the road course at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Stenhouse started ninth and finished second in an ARCA race.

* The Machine...The No. 6 Ford Fusion once again carries the CitiFinancial colors this weekend. CitiFinancial is the primary sponsor for 20 races in 2010 for Stenhouse. The team will use chassis #RK-424 in the Bucyrus 200. Stenhouse tested this chassis at Road Atlanta on June 1st and David Ragan used this chassis at Watkins Glen in 2009 and finished eighth.

* Now Appearing...Stenhouse will be signing autographs at Road America from 6:15 p.m. -- 7:30 p.m. local time on Pit Road on Friday, June 18, 2010.

* Getting in on time...The No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing team sits 33rd in NASCAR Nationwide Series owner point standings after 14 races and must qualify on time at Road America. The top-30 teams are locked into the event.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on racing at Road America:

"Road America is a long track. It's going to take a lot of patience for practice and the race. You have to run consistent laps and try to slow everything down inside the car to have solid laps. It's also going to take a lot of concentration all weekend. For me, it's good that I have been there before. I know which way the track is going and the elevation changes, so I feel like I am ahead of the game a little bit. It's good to be back in the CitiFinancial Ford this weekend and I am confident we'll have a good run on Saturday."

Crew Chief Mike Kelley on racing at Road America:

"Road course racing is different but it is fun. We tested at Road Atlanta earlier this month and that went really well so I am looking forward to this weekend's race. We have worked real hard on our road racing program over the last couple of years so we should be good right off the truck. We get an extra day of practice so we'll be able to shake the car down and Ricky (Stenhouse Jr.) will be able to get some valuable seat time at Road America."

-source: rfr

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