Roush Fenway Racing development driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will take the next step in his career as he competes in seven Nationwide Series races in 2009 in the team's #16 Ford.

Stenhouse, 21, drove for Tony Stewart's USAC team in 2007 before joining Roush Fenway as a driver in ARCA. Stenhouse won twice and was in the running for the ARCA title last year before being involved in a dustup with Scott Speed in the final race of the year.

Stenhouse will share Roush Fenway's #16 entry with Sprint Cup drivers Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth, as well as Camping World Truck Series driver Colin Braun.

All seven of Stenhouse's scheduled races are standalone events: Both Nashville races, Kentucky, Milwaukee, Gateway, Iowa and Memphis.

"My main goals this year are to try and finish all the laps and finish every race," Stenhouse said. "I think if we can finish inside the top-ten, eventually that will turn into top-five finishes and eventually wins."