NASCAR Xfinity: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. returns for Phoenix
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR)
By AMANDA VINCENT
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the 2011 and 2012 NASCAR Nationwide (now-Xfinity) Series champion, is making a one-race return to the series by driving the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in Saturday’s Ticket Galaxy 200 race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back in the Xfinity car this weekend at Phoenix,” Stenhouse said. “With this being one of the Xfinity Chase cut-off races, I think having the extra car for RFR could be beneficial for Ryan (Reed) and Bubba (Darrell Wallace Jr.), just in information sharing, as they are trying to advance.”
the Phoenix race is the second-to-last race of the Xfinity Series season, making it the final elimination race before the Nov. 19 season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in which four drivers will race for the 2016 Xfinity Series championship. RFR Xfinity Series regulars Ryan Reed and Darrell Wallace Jr. are among the eight drivers still in the chase. Four will be eliminated at Saturday’s checkered flag.
The Ticket Galaxy 200 will be Stenhouse’s second Xfinity Series start since claiming his two series championships and then making the move to full-time Sprint Cup Series race. It will be his first Xfinity race since running at Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth in 2013. In 107-career starts in the series, Stenhouse’s Xfinity stats include eight wins, 39 top-fives and 62 top-10 finishes.