2006 World of Outlaws Sprint Series Racers At A Glance: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Orlando -- Dec. 1, 2005 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. might be only 18, but he already has 12 years of racing experience. In 2006, he plans to put it all to use on the World of...
2006 World of Outlaws Sprint Series Racers At A Glance: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Orlando -- Dec. 1, 2005 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. might be only 18, but he already has 12 years of racing experience. In 2006, he plans to put it all to use on the World of Outlaws Sprint Series circuit, where he will compete in what will be a hotly contested battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award.
A native of Olive Branch, Miss., Stenhouse Jr. became a karting star at a young age. While he wracked up nearly 50 victories and posted almost 100 podium finishes in a kart, his career path was beginning to take shape. At 15, he climbed aboard his Dad's 410 sprinter on an open practice night at Delta Bowl Speedway. After an impressive performance, he became the driver only a few days later.
Stenhouse Jr. has continued to follow his racing instincts and by 2003 he was voted the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame poll's 360 Driver of the Year after posting a victory with 14 top-10 runs.
Among his victories the following season, Stenhouse Jr. earned a win in an American Sprint Car Series National Event. That led him to 2005 when he raced with several series, including seven times against the World of Outlaws. In addition, Stenhouse Jr. found success with the United Sprint Car Series, where he finished third in points in the Mid-South Region and recorded three wins and 10 top-fives. In races with the ASCS last season, Stenhouse Jr. finished in the top 12 in the series' national standings. In all, he had four victories, 23 top-fives, 34 top-10s in '05.
That combination of success and experience has Stenhouse geared up for the 2006 World of Outlaws trail.
"I've been watching sprint cars since I was probably six weeks old," said Stenhouse, who is driving for the B&S Motorsports Team owned by former 360 racer Jeff Buckner. "To be able to run with the Outlaws and know that I'm a part of them is going to be pretty cool. I've raced with them a bunch and I know they're tough, but I think this year we've got the equipment to run up front."
Stenhouse Jr. believes his J&J Chassis could give him an advantage, especially if he can gain some insight from a couple of other top Outlaws competitors that have had quite a bit of success in J&Js.
"I'm not sure that I'm going to have an edge over anybody, but we're working real hard and getting everything done with our J&J cars," Stenhouse Jr. said. "Donny Schatz and Craig Dollansky also have J&Js so just talking with them and getting their feedback will help. They've been to all these tracks and I'm sure they can help us out quite a bit."
The chance to compete on tracks where he has not raced might be what has Stenhouse Jr. most excited for the 2006 season.
"When I go out racing, I'd rather go out and travel, see new tracks and people, get more fans," he said. "I just like going to a bunch of different tracks in one season."
Revving up his B&S Motorsports team for 2006 is the addition of primary sponsor, The Beast Energy Drink. A nutritional and energizing beverage, The Beast will no doubt have Stenhouse Jr. ready to attack the track beginning with the season-opener in February at Volusia Speedway Park.
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