RICKY STENHOUSE JR., DRIVER OF THE NO. 47 CAMARO ZL1 1LE
HOMETOWN: Olive Branch, MS
NCS ROOKIE YEAR: 2013
HOBBIES: Sprint car racing, listening to country music, playing golf, and working out
2023 was a fresh start for Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and our No. 47 Kroger Racing Camaro NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) team led by crew chief Mike Kelley. Out of the gate, Stenhouse Jr. and his team won the iconic DAYTONA 500 on February 19th and are in the midst of racking up top-finish and top-10 finishes to officially secure a coveted spot in the NASCAR Playoffs.
With competition successes, Stenhouse Jr. and his crew are able to spotlight new and existing Kroger Racing partners to 80 million brand loyal NASCAR fans. Off the track is a mixture of entertaining and engaging with key partners prior to races, at-track activations with fans and meeting store associates/consumers at several grocery stores from The Kroger Co.’s divisions during the race weekends. This is Stenhouse Jr.’s fourth year with JTG Daugherty Racing and he’s had a strong start to the 2023 season for Kroger Racing and our partners.
NCS Career Highlights
DAYTONA 500 Champion (2/19/2023)
DAYTONA 500 Pole Award (2/9/2020)
Coke Zero 400 WIN at Daytona International Speedway (7/1/2017)
Geico 500 WIN at Talladega Superspeedway (5/17/2017)
2013 NCS Sunoco Rookie of the Year
Stenhouse Jr.’s path to the NASCAR Cup Series started in the ARCA Racing Series (2008) during Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing’s driver development program. His chance to race a partial schedule during the 2009 NASCAR Xfinity Series season quickly led to a full-time ride in that division with significant accomplishments before his rise to Cup.
NXS Career Highlights
Back-to-back NASCAR Xfinity Series Championships (2011 and 2012) with crew chief Mike Kelley
In total, scored 8 wins, 40 top-five, 63 top-10 and 8 pole awards
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. played several sports growing up, but watching his dad race sprint cars as a child fueled his love for racing. In addition to Stenhouse Jr.’s NASCAR accolades, he’s decorated with victories in the sprint car racing community where he still competes and is a current owner. Stenhouse Jr. is only one of eight drivers to have won in NASCAR’s premier series as well as the USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint Car, and National Midget Series, alongside drivers like Mario Andretti, Jeff Gordon, and Tony Stewart.