Concord, N.C. (April 23, 2009) – After an impressive Nationwide Series debut in Nashville two weeks ago, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. will make his way back to where he came from – in a Sprint car on a dirt track. This Friday, April 24, Stenhouse will join the World of Outlaw’s (WoO) at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. The same track where the 21-year old began his career.
“I got my first Sprint car win at West Memphis in August of 2003,” said Stenhouse. “I was racing for my Dad and it was a pretty big deal. I’m looking forward to getting back in my Dad’s car this weekend and competing with some of the best dirt track racers in the world. It will be cool to have a lot of fans there along with a lot of the same people I raced Sprint cars and even Go-Karts with when I was getting started. Probably the coolest thing is that there’s no pressure. I can go out there and have fun.”
Many Sprint car legends have raced at the track since it opened 60 years ago and this Friday’s race is no exception. Stenhouse will be competing against WoO champions and regulars such as Donny Shatz, Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell, a challenge that Stenhouse is up for.
“These guys are fast.” Stenhouse continued, “They race winged-Sprint cars every week on dirt so they very rarely make a mistake. You can’t afford to make mistakes when you race with these guys if you want to run well. The competition will be tough but I think Dad has prepared a fast race car and I feel like we will be competitive.”
The celebrated ¼-mile dirt track is known for its tight quarters. It’s a track where the leaders spend ample amounts of time in traffic and where you must run a mistake-free race just to be competitive.
“West Memphis is small and tight,” commented Stenhouse. “Passing is really tough there because the competition is so good. You need to qualify well, run up front and make your own way around the cars in front of you. You have to be on your game because on the small chance those guys make a mistake, you need to be there to take advantage of it.”
When asked if he plans to run more Sprint car races in 2009 Stenhouse replied, “I’m just taking it one week at a time right now. As I add more races to my schedule I’ll update my web site (www.stenhousejr.com) and Facebook page.”
Stenhouse is also preparing for his next Nationwide race in the No. 16 CitiFinancial Ford. The Roush Fenway Racing stand-out will return to Nashville Superspeedway on June 6 with more knowledge and hunger for a top five finish.
“I learned a lot at Nashville,” said Stenhouse. “I learned I need to be more patient and that I can’t make up every position on my own. I’m definitely looking forward to returning to Nashville because I think we will be faster than we were. I just need to finish the race. If I run a clean race and the pit crew performs like I know they can on pit road, we should have the CitiFinancial Ford up front.”
Tickets are still available for Friday’s WoO race. All tickets are $35 and can be purchased by calling (901)840-1970 or (901)508-6200 or visiting www.riversideinternationalspeedway.com.
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.