Stenhouse Returning To Silver Crown
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will return to the USAC Silver Crown Series when the tour visits Memphis Int’l Raceway on June 29.
The Olive Branch, Miss., native will drive a USAC Silver Crown Series car for RE Technologies.
Stenhouse is no stranger to MIR as he started racing go-karts at the tri-oval at a young age. In 2003 the up-and-coming driver was named the Memphis Motorsports Park (now MIR) Rookie of the Year. The following year, a 17-year-old Stenhouse would make his USAC debut at the famed .75-mile facility. In 55 USAC starts between National Midgets and the Silver Crown, he would amass seven wins, 19 top-five and 30 top-10 finishes.
Stenhouse eventually caught the attention of NASCAR team owner Jack Roush and in 2008 Stenhouse started his career with Roush Fenway Racing. He currently drives the No. 17 Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and is in his second full-time season in NASCAR’s elite series.
“I am really looking forward to racing at Memphis and driving the RE Technologies car,” said Stenhouse, who won the 2011 and 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series championships. “I drove for Roger Johnson and Chris Santucci early in my career and they have helped me tremendously. The last time I raced a Silver Crown Series car on asphalt was in 2006 so it should be a lot of fun. This is my home track, where I first ran a go-kart so I’m looking forward to getting back there and racing again.”
Stenhouse will join 2013 USAC Silver Crown Series champion Bobby East as well as Tracy Hines, A.J. Fike, Kody Swanson and several others for the event. The last time Stenhouse competed in the Silver Crown Series was 2008 when he took fourth for car owner RE Technologies, who will field the car for him next weekend. RE Technologies has four Silver Crown victories with Stenhouse and Cameron Dodson.