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Ricky Stenhouse Jr

NASCAR: Entry list set for Sprint Unlimited; David Gilliland out, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in


Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is the fourth driver to be added to Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited to fill the 25-car field.

Stenhouse is in the race after David Gilliland’s team withdrew. A spokesperson for Front Row Motorsports said the team did not have sponsorship for the event and elected to skip it.

Others who were eligible to compete in the 75-lap exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway but won’t are Brian Scott, Brian Vickers and AJ Allmendinger.

Replacing them are Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Casey Mears and Stenhouse.

NASCAR announced in December it was expanding the Sprint Unlimited field to 25 teams. The event is open to all 16 Chase teams from the previous season along with pole winners from last year, former Unlimited winners and former Daytona 500 winners. Any remaining spots go to the highest remaining drivers in points.


Entry List

1-Jamie McMurray (Chip Ganassi Racing/McDonalds)
2-Brad Keselowski (Team Penske/Miller Lite)
3-Austin Dillon (Richard Childress Racing/Dow Chemical)
4-Kevin Harvick (Stewart-Haas Racing/Jimmy John’s + Budweiser)
5-Kasey Kahne (Hendrick Motorsports/Great Clips)
10-Danica Patrick (Stewart-Haas Racing/GoDaddy)
11-Denny Hamlin (Joe Gibbs Racing/FedEx Express)
13-Casey Mears (Germain Racing/GEICO)
14-Tony Stewart (Stewart-Haas Racing/Mobil 1 + Bass Pro Shops)
15-Clint Bowyer (Michael Waltrip Racing/5-Hour Energy)
16-Greg Biffle (Roush Fenway Racing/Ortho)
17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Roush Fenway Racing/Fastenal)
18-Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing/M&Ms)
19-Carl Edwards (Joe Gibbs Racing/Arris)
20-Matt Kenseth (Joe Gibbs Racing/Dollar General)
22-Joey Logano (Team Penske/Shell-Pennzoil)
24-Jeff Gordon (Hendrick Motorsports/AARP Drive to End Hunger)
27-Paul Menard (Richard Childress Racing/Peak-Menards)
31-Ryan Newman (Richard Childress Racing/Caterpillar)
41-Kurt Busch (Stewart-Haas Racing/Haas Automation)
42-Kyle Larson (Chip Ganassi Racing/Target)
43-Aric Almirola (Richard Petty Motorsports/Smithfield)
48-Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick Motorsports/Lowe’s)
78-Martin Truex Jr. (Furniture Row Racing/Furniture Row)
88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Hendrick Motorsports/Nationwide Insurance)

Ryan Truex glad for brother Martin’s support while looking for next move in NASCAR

Aaron's 499 - Qualifying

Ryan Truex’s rookie Sprint Cup campaign last season was, in a word, rough.

The younger brother of Sprint Cup veteran Martin Truex Jr. netted just one Top-20 finish, sustained a concussion, and had eight DNFs in 23 races before being released in September by BK Racing.

Ryan Truex seeks a solid ride as the 2015 season looms. In an interview with the Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), he said he was still working to attain funding for a program in either Cup or the Xfinity Series.

But if anyone can teach him how to deal with obstacles, it’s his older sibling.

In 2013, Martin was caught up in Michael Waltrip Racing’s race manipulation scandal at Richmond International Raceway, which ultimately led to his departure from that team. Last year, his fortunes didn’t get better at Furniture Row Racing – but that paled in comparison to having to watch his girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, battle ovarian cancer.

Still, Martin has soldiered on, and Ryan is learning by his example.

“He knows a lot about overcoming adversity and getting through the up-and-down times,” Ryan said of his brother. “I think that’s something he’s really helped me get through, and he’s been by my side the whole time and believes in me. He’s done all he can to help my career.

“It’s good to have that in your back pocket, and having that last name doesn’t hurt either.”

In the meantime, Ryan hopes he’ll land somewhere – and is happy that a miserable 2014 is done with.

“I felt like we had so many opportunities to capitalize on some strong runs and just had a lot of bad luck,” Ryan said. “Michigan, for example, that kind of hurt having the [concussion] and having to sit out for a week.

“For sure, the most up-and-down year of my career, by far. I’m glad I can put it behind me and move on.”

Mark Martin explains why he’s no longer driver development coach at Roush

Mark Martin

Mark Martin explained in a tweet Saturday morning why he no longer is working in a driver development role with Roush Fenway Racing.

Martin tweeted: “I didn’t want to go to the races. I’ve done enough of that for now. Except for dirt track.”

Martin answered a fan’s question Friday on Twitter confirming that he was no longer serving as a coach for Roush. Saturday, he answered another fan’s question as to why he wasn’t coaching Roush’s drivers.

Roush Fenway Racing announced last July that Martin would be helping its drivers. Martin was the first Cup driver for car owner Jack Roush. Martin won 35 in Sprint Cup races and finished runner-up for the championship four times while driving for Roush Fenway Racing.

Martin last raced in Cup in 2013, driving 15 races for Michael Waltrip Racing, 12 races for Stewart-Haas Racing in place of an injured Tony Stewart and one race for Joe Gibbs Racing in place of an injured Denny Hamlin.

Martin has 40 career Sprint Cup wins in 882 starts. He has 49 wins in what is now the Xfinity Series in 236 starts.