Stenhouse Jr. Reflects On Career With Jack Roush

Stenhouse Jr. Reflects On Career With Jack Roush

By James Jackson

February 2, 2019

Charlotte, NC - The man known as the “Cat in the Hat” Jack Roush was on hand at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Friday night to be inducted into the Class of 2019 Hall of Fame. As Roush made his way onto the red carpet, he was joined by a lot of his former drivers like Matt Kenseth, Jeff Burton, Mark Martin and even Greg Biffle.

Among the gaggle of drivers accompanining Roush was Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who has spent his entire career with Roush-Fenway Racing. Stenhouse spoke with Under Review about what it means to drive for Jack Roush.

“It’s been an honor” Stenhouse Jr. said. “Obviously the only owner that I’ve driven for. Coming over here to North Carolina and running stock cars, before any other opportunities came about Jack put me in a car and ran me in the ARCA Series, unsponsored. He ran it out of his pocket and was really committed to bringing younger kids up. Whether that meant doing it on his own dollar or not, so that meant a lot to me and my family.

“Our relationship throughout the ten or eleven years now that I’ve been there it’s just really grown. I have a certain level of respect for what he’s done in the sport…

“I’ve enjoyed winning races and championships for him. We’ve struggled and came out the other end so we’re looking to continue to do that.”

Stenhouse is a back-to-back Xfinity Series champion and has two Monster Energy Cup Series wins to his credit under the Roush-Fenway Racing banner.

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