Biography - About Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will be entering his second season with JTG Daughtery Racing driving the No. 47 Camaro. His teammate will be Ryan Preece. 2021 will be his ninth full-time season in the NASCAR Cup Series after breaking in with the team now known as Roush Fenway Racing in 2013.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - Racing Career
Stenhouse began racing karts at six years old and had over 50 A Main victories and 90 podiums by the time he was 15. He won the 1998 Indoor Thunder Go-Kart Nationals A Main and the 1999 Tulsa Shootout A Main. He moved to 360 winged sprint cars in 2003, winning the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Driver Poll.
He has ties to Hall of Famer Tony Stewart, racing for him in the USAC National Sprint Cars and USAC National Midget Series. Stenhouse won five midgets and two sprint car events. He continues to run open wheels and has competed in the renowned Chili Bowl Midget Nationals A Main.
Named the 2013 Cup Series Rookie of the Year in 2013, Stenhouse won consecutive Xfinity Series championships (2011-12) as well as top rookie in 2010. His second title jettisoned him into the Cup Series after he recorded six wins, 19 top-ten, and 26 top-ten finishes, along with four poles.
Stenhouse did not race in the Camping World Truck Series, leaping to Xfinity after a full ARCA Menards season with a pair of victories, both for Jack Roush, and ten top-fives. His only event in the K&N Pro Series West resulted in a fourth-place finish driving for Bill McAnally.
A veteran of 292 races, Stenhouse has two wins, both coming in 2017, the only year he has made the playoff field. They came in the GEICO 500 at Talladega Speedway from the pole and the July Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
Stenhouse won the 2018 Mobile 1 Driver of the Year Award for the most overall positions gained that season. In his first race with JTGD in 2020, he won the pole for the 2020 Daytona 500; however, he finished P20.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - Records
2011, 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion
2017 GEICO 500 Winner
2017 Coke Zero 400 Winner
2020 Daytona 500 Pole Winner
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - Awards and Accolades
2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year
2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - Family
Richard Lynn Stenhouse Jr. was born on Oct. 2, 1987 (now 33) in Olive Branch, Mississippi and now lives in Mooresville, NC. He is not married but dated former IndyCar and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, racing against her for the 2013 Sonoco Rookie of the Year, which he won. He became the fifth Roush Fenway Racing top series rookie, the most of any team.