Roush Fenway Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has become the 4th driver to join the field for Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway after the withdrawal of after David Gilliland’s Front Row Motorsports team, because of a lack of sponsorship. The event, limited to a field of 25, is open to all 16 Chase teams from the previous season along with pole winners from last year, former Unlimited winners and former Daytona 500 winners. Any vacancies go to the highest remaining drivers in points. Although Brian Scott, Brian Vickers and AJ Allmendinger were eligible to compete, they will not be taking part in the race, and their spots have gone to Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, and Casey Mears instead.
Born October 2, 1987, Richard Lynn “Ricky” Stenhouse Jr. He currently drives the #17 Nationwide Insurance / Zest / Fifth Third Bank-sponsored Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Stenhouse was the 2010 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year and won back-to-back Nationwide Series championships in 2011 and 2012. Stenhouse was the 2013 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year. Despite this, 2014 was a poor season for Stenhouse, in which his best finish was 2nd place at Bristol won by Rousch Fenway teammate Carl Edwards last spring. In all, Ricky failed to qualify in one race, and ended the year 27th in points.
The full entry list for the 2015 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona includes: 1-Jamie McMurray (Chip Ganassi Racing/McDonalds); 2-Brad Keselowski (Team Penske/Miller Lite); 3-Austin Dillon (Richard Childress Racing/Dow Chemical); 4-Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing/Jimmy John’s + Budweiser); 5-Kasey Kahne (Hendrick Motorsports/Great Clips); 10-Danica Patrick (Stewart-Haas Racing/GoDaddy); 11-Denny Hamlin (Joe Gibbs Racing/FedEx Express); 13-Casey Mears (Germain Racing/GEICO); 14-Tony Stewart (Stewart-Haas Racing/Mobil 1 + Bass Pro Shops); 15-Clint Bowyer (Michael Waltrip Racing/5-Hour Energy); 16-Greg Biffle (Roush Fenway Racing/Ortho); 17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Roush Fenway Racing/Fastenal); 18-Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing/M&Ms); 19-Carl Edwards (Joe Gibbs Racing/Arris); 20-Matt Kenseth (Joe Gibbs Racing/Dollar General); 22-Joey Logano (Team Penske/Shell-Pennzoil); 24-Jeff Gordon (Hendrick Motorsports/AARP Drive to End Hunger); 27-Paul Menard (Richard Childress Racing/Peak-Menards); 31-Ryan Newman (Richard Childress Racing/Caterpillar); 41-Kurt Busch (Stewart-Haas Racing/Haas Automation); 42-Kyle Larson (Chip Ganassi Racing/Target); 43-Aric Almirola (Richard Petty Motorsports/Smithfield); 48-Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick Motorsports/Lowe’s); 78-Martin Truex Jr. (Furniture Row Racing/Furniture Row); and 88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Hendrick Motorsports/Nationwide Insurance);