Ricky Stenhouse Jr. says he is looking forward to getting feedback from Matt Kenseth when the former champion gets back behind the wheel of a Roush Fenway Racing Ford.
“I think there are a lot of things that I have yet to learn,” said Stenhouse, who also admitted he’ll be asking Kenseth a ton of questions. “Some of that is trying to get the most out of the racecar without stepping out of the boundaries.
“I still struggle with that at times. For me, I think it will be a win-win for myself and our team.”
Because Kenseth was a longtime member of the Roush family (from 1999-2012), Stenhouse had the opportunity to work with him when he was competing in the Xfinity Series. Stenhouse won back-to-back championships in 2011 and 2012 and leaned on Kenseth when Kenseth made limited appearances in the series.
And when Kenseth left the company after 2012 for Joe Gibbs Racing, it was Stenhouse who took over the No. 17 Ford in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Stenhouse said he has already been offering friendly advice to teammate Trevor Bayne, who will now split his ride with Kenseth going forward.
“I told him that I’ve been through this in a totally different series and probably a different stage in life,” said Stenhouse.
During his early days in the Xfinity Series, Stenhouse was benched for a few weeks by team owner Jack Roush when he had trouble finishing races, so he also spent time working in the shop.
“I told [Trevor] just to keep his head down, go out and keep running races and prove to everybody that you have what it takes and don’t really listen to anything from the fans, media or other teams and just do your deal,” Stenhouse continued. “That was the feedback that I gave him.”