All that is separating Ricky Stenhouse Jr from a season in the #6 NASCAR Sprint Cup car of Roush-Fenway Racing car is sponsorship. Team owner Jack Roush recently said that he would bring back the car as soon as sponsorship was found.
“As soon as I can find sponsorship for it, he’s good to go. The highest priority we have for this year in the meantime is to defend (Stenhouse’s) championship in the Nationwide series but hopefully we can find sponsorship and run the 6 car with him next year — and we will run some races with him in the 6 Cup car before this year is over.”
Roush had to close the #6 car this season because sponsorship could not be found. David Ragan, who had drive the car, was released and allowed to seek other employment. The team also has races on the #17 car driven by Matt Kenseth which lack sponsorship for races. Kenseth won the Daytona 500 earlier this season and finished fifth and fourth in the final driver standings the last two seasons. He won three races at the Sprint Cup level last season.
The Nationwide program at Roush Fenway moved to a two car team but without sponsorship the organization did not run the car of Trevor Bayne which was fourth in the point standings prior to the Nationwide race at Texas. That car will be back on track when/if sponsorship is found. Bayne continues to drive on a part time basis for the Wood Brothers at the Sprint Cup level. His Nationwide title hopes are gone following the missed race at Texas.
Stenhouse drove the #6 car in the Daytona 500 and finished 20th. He’s won two NASCAR Nationwide races this season, including a win at Texas this past weekend which moved him within four points of Elliott Sadler for the series point lead.