Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finds new home for 2020 NASCAR season
The two-time NASCAR Xfinity champion will race for JTG-Daugherty
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s impending NASCAR free agency didn’t last too long — JTG-Daugherty Racing revealed that it had signed the two-time Xfinity Series champion to a multiyear agreement.
Stenhouse will replace that driver that replaced him at Roush-Fenway Racing, taking over for Chris Buescher in what is currently the No. 37 Ford. Stenhouse will team with returning driver Ryan Preece starting with Daytona Speedweeks in 2020.
“We’re very fortunate to have Ricky join us next season to continue to elevate our racing program at JTG Daugherty Racing,” team owner Tad Geschickter said in a press release. “Ricky brings a lot of experience and talent to the team, and we know we can have two playoff-contending teams next season with him and Ryan Preece at the helm of our cars.”
Stenhouse was released from Roush following a 10-year stint across every level of NASCAR. Stenhouse won two Cup Series races in addition to his two second-tier division championships but also earned a reputation as an aggressive driver that crashed a lot of cars.
Roush held an option on Buescher, a former development driver at that team, and used it to replace Stenhouse in the No. 17 Ford. This essentially amounts to a driver-trade for the two teams.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join JTG Daugherty Racing next season,” Stenhouse said. “To be able to see what Tad, Jodi and Brad (Daugherty) have built over the years says a lot about the team and the organization both on and off the track.
“JTG has grown from a small team in a barn to a two-car team with more than 100 employees, and I’m looking forward to joining the family. I’m grateful for the opportunity and ready to go win races with the ultimate goal of making the playoffs and competing for a championship.”
Prior to his NASCAR tenure, Stenhouse was a decorated dirt racer, having won in USAC Silver Crown, USAC Sprint Cars and USAC Midgets.
Sponsorship and a new car number will be revealed at a later date.