Ricky Stenhouse Jr, who finished fourth in the 2008 ARCA standings, will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in Saturday's Nashville 300 at Nashville Superspeedway.

Stenhouse won't be jumping into just any car either, as his mount for the weekend will be Jack Roush's #16 Ford which currently sits fifth in owner points after Greg Biffle took it to victory lane at Las Vegas in February.

"I'm really looking forward to this weekend," said the 21-year old Stenhouse, who is scheduled to make seven starts this season, "I've been hanging out with the guys at the shop, and everyone has been great. With the way these cars have been running this year, I don't see any reason why we shouldn't be in the top ten on Saturday."

Stenhouse will be driving one of three Roush Fenway Racing cars Saturday, joining Carl Edwards and David Ragan in the field. Edwards has three wins at Nashville and is the series points leader, while Ragan is currently third overall. All three drivers will be vying to get Roush his 100th win in the Nationwide Series.

Stenhouse is also scheduled to make starts at Kentucky, Milwaukee, Gateway, Iowa and Memphis, along with a second start at Nashville, and crew chief Eddie Pardue is delighted to see youth being given a chance.

"Ricky is a very talented driver, there's no doubt about that," he said, "He doesn't have a lot of stock car experience, but you'd never guess that after talking to him. He's very smart, but very willing to learn at the same time. We're all excited to have him in the car. He has a great attitude and, if his ARCA record is any indication, we should see some good finishes out of him this year."

by Bill Marx
Sporting News NASCAR Wire Service


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