Concord, N.C. (December 18, 2008) – With the holiday season upon us, and some time away from the race track, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. sat down to talk about some of his favorite holiday memories. Here’s what he had to say:
Q: What are some Christmas traditions at the Stenhouse home?
A: Every year we get together as a family. We get up Christmas morning and go over to my aunt’s house because my cousins are the youngest in the family. Everyone used to come over to my parents house when my sister and I were younger but now we go to my aunt’s. We have breakfast as a family, hang out and open presents. I look forward to it.
Q: What’s your favorite Christmas memory?
A: Probably when I was six. I got my first go kart and that was good time. That’s when I really started racing and now I’m with Roush Fenway. I guess Santa did a good thing.
Q: What are your plans for this holiday season?
A: I’m going home to Olive Branch (Mississippi) to spend time with my family and friends. My family has a few friends that we exchange gifts with so there will be a couple nights that we’ll visit friends for dinner and then open gifts. Then like I said, we’ll go to my aunt’s house Christmas morning and just hang out with the family on Christmas day. It will be nice to be home for a while.
Q: What did you ask Santa for, for Christmas?
A: I asked for some golf stuff and some clothes. There’s not much I need.
Q: What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?
A: One of my favorites is “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” by Elmo and Patsy. I love that song! I also like “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”.
Q: What is your favorite Christmas movie and why?
A: Definitely “A Christmas Story”. I love the scene where the kid sticks his tongue to the freezing pole. That was pretty funny. And I just saw “Four Christmases” with Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon. That was a pretty funny movie.
Q: What is your favorite thing to eat this time of year?
A: Someone in our family makes this hash brown casserole that we eat for Christmas breakfast. It’s pretty delicious.
Q: What is your New Year’s resolution?
A: I don’t really do resolutions but I guess if I had to make one it would be to continue my winning streak. I’ve won a race each year so far and I don’t want to break that streak. Hopefully we can keep that going in 2009.
Q: Any holiday wishes for your fans?
A: I want to wish all my fans a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you to each and every one of you for your support in 2008. If it weren’t for the fans, we couldn’t go racing every week so I’m thankful for all of you. Whether I’m on dirt, or pavement, you are the best fans around and I look forward to an even better 2009 with all of you.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR’s largest team operating 13 motorsports teams. Five in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; four in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun; and three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun, Travis Kvapil, Bobby East and John Wes Townley; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.