NASCAR & Auto Racing

Roush signs young Mississippi sprint car driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

CONCORD, N.C. – Sprint car star Ricky Stenhouse Jr. signed with Roush Fenway Racing on Wednesday and will move to stock cars next season.

Stenhouse, who turns 20 later this month, will run the full ARCA schedule next season in a car fielded by Roush Fenway.

“I’ve been waiting for this for a while,” Stenhouse said. “Since I was 6 years old and starting to race, this is what I’ve wanted to do. To be racing for Jack Roush, John Henry and a team like Roush Fenway Racing, it’s a dream come true.”

Stenhouse, from Olive Branch, Miss., raced for Tony Stewart Racing this season in USAC’s National Sprint Car and National Midget Car Series’.

He won two races and had 14 top-10 finishes in 22 Sprint car starts, and ranks fifth in the standings. In the Midget Series, Stenhouse has five wins in 23 starts with 15 top-10 finishes. He’s third in those standings.

He plans to fulfill his USAC obligations, but start testing with Roush Fenway in the coming weeks.