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NASCAR Cup: Roush Fenway Racing plans to keep Ricky Stenhouse Jr. through 2021

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JULY 01: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #17 Fifth Thrid Bank Ford, affixes the winner’s decal to his car in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 59th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 1, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

By AMANDA VINCENT

Roush Fenway Racing signed contract extensions with three primary sponsors of its No. 17 Ford team of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series — Fastenal, SunnyD and Fifth Third Bank — through the 2021 season to keep Stenhouse funded and behind the wheel of the No. The race team also announced Tuesday that Fastenal would be increasing its involvement.

“Strong partners are the foundation to the success of any NASCAR team, and we believe that we have the best in the sport,” Roush Feneway Racing President Steve Newmark said. “Every employee of Roush Fenway recognizes what these companies do for us, on and off the track, and we’re honored to have all three of these top-level brands committed to our program for many years to come.”

Tuesday’s announcement came a day after Stenhouse’s best finish of 2018, eight races into the season — a fourth-place showing in the Food City 500 at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway on Monday.

“It’s an exciting day for everyone here at Roush Fenway Racing,” Stenhouse said. “I’m thankful for all their support over the years, and I’m really looking forward to continuing our partnership with Fastenal, Fifth Third Bank, and SunnyD for three more years. I’m grateful they took a chance on a rookie driver. I look forward to many years to come and hope we can all battle together for a championship.”

Stenhouse has been with Roush Fenway Racing throughout his NASCAR national-level career, with the exception of his Cup Series debut behind the wheel of the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford in 2011. He won two Nationwide (now-Xfinity) Series championships with RFR in 2011 and 2012 and moved to the Cup Series full-time in 2013. Stenhouse claimed his first two-career Cup Series wins last year at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, resulting in his first qualification for the postseason playoffs.

Including his two wins, Stenhouse has 12-career top-fives and 27 top-10s in 192-career Cup Series starts.

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