Concord, N.C. (April 23, 2009) – It was like riding a bike when Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. tightened his belts and took to the track with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Friday night at Riverside International Speedway. Stenhouse, who only has one Sprint car race under his belt in 2009, dazzled fans when he drove his No. 40R car from 10th to fourth in the feature.
“We’re very happy with how it went,” said Stenhouse following the race. “Dad (Ricky Stenhouse, Sr.) had this thing working perfect. I enjoyed coming back here. I have a lot of laps around here and it was good to add a few. It took a few laps to knock the rust off, but once it came back, it was there.”
Stenhouse started the evening by qualifying 12th rounding the ¼-mile track in 12.079 seconds while Tony Bruce, Jr. captured the pole with a fast lap time of 11.598 seconds. Stenhouse’s qualifying effort placed him in the fourth heat of the night and in commanding fashion the standout took the win advancing him to the Crane Cams Dash and the A Main.
“We were a little too tight in qualifying,” said Stenhouse. “We won the heat by quite a bit and then when we were pushing out for the Dash my Dad noticed that we had broke a bird cage. We tried to fix it before the Dash started but didn’t get out there in time so we started 10th in the feature instead of eighth.”
A minor set back for the father-son team who were looking for only one thing, to win the A Main. Riverside is known for its tight quarters and lack of passing so Stenhouse knew he had a tough road ahead but he was up for the challenge. Stenhouse moved to seventh about mid-way through the race but WoO champion Sammy Swindell was hot on his heels.
“I was running the middle and Sammy was running the bottom,” recalled Stenhouse. “I knew he was coming and I had to try something different or he was going to pass me.”
A brief caution flew and on the restart Stenhouse assumed the top line moving from seventh to fourth, leaving Swindell in the dust. Stenhouse was rapidly catching the second and third place cars of Bruce and Brooke Tatnell but time ran out on the 40-lap feature. Stenhouse claimed fourth while Tim Kaeding took the win followed by Bruce and Tatnell.
“It was a lot of fun out there tonight.” Stenhouse continued, “I think you might see us running a few more races before the summer is over.”
Check back at www.stenhousejr.com for additions to Stenhouse’s open-wheel schedule and tune in to ESPN2 on June 6 when Stenhouse races the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford at Nashville Superspeedway.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR’s largest team operating nine motorsports teams. Five in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; three in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Colin Braun; and one in the Camping World Truck Series with Braun.