Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Reveals the Big Reason for Not Joining the Likes of Kevin Harvick at Stewart-Haas Racing

Published 06/25/2022, 9:15 AM EDT
PHOENIX – APRIL 09: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, looks on from the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Bashas’ Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on April 9, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images for NASCAR)

The #10 car for Stewart Haas racing is driven by the Cuban-American driver, Aric Almirola. However, the driver announced his retirement from the sport after 2022. And this left the #10 seat empty, yet Ricky Stenhouse Jr. didn’t go for it.

He chose to stick to JTG Daugherty Racing. But why? Well, we aren’t the first ones to ask that question. A press conference revealed the reason.


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In the press conference ahead of the race at Nashville, they asked Ricky Jr., “Obviously, the no. 10 is open for next year. I’m curious, did you have any conversations with Stewart-Haas about that Car? Were you nervous at all whether JTG Daugherty would keep you?”

To which the driver replied, “I let Josh at KHI kind of handle everything off the race track, as far as contracts go and talking to other teams. We feel like we have a really good fit and felt like JTG Daugherty Racing was where we wanted to be.”


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“I feel really confident in who we have and what we’re doing right now; and want to continue to grow that can keep that going. I don’t want to bounce around from team to team. I don’t think that does myself or anybody really any favors. So I want to build on what we’ve started.”

Fortunately, everything worked out for the driver as JTG Daugherty Racing gave him a contract extension!

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Gets A Contract Extension At JTG Daugherty Racing

Ricky Jr. has been driving the #47 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the team since 2020. And, fortunately, things have worked well for him as he has a ride beyond the 2022 season.

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. announced on Twitter that he has signed a multi-year deal with the team. And we will continue to see the driver in the #47 Chevrolet even after 2022.


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Finally, everything seems to have worked out for the driver. However, do you believe he could have been a good fit in Stewart-Haas Racing? Let us know in the comments.



Hetul Katyal

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Hetul Katyal is an F1-NASCAR web stories creator at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his degree in Journalism from the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, he is an avid supporter of Carlos Sainz and Scuderia Ferrari. Hetul always looks forward to the paddock going to Baku, but the part of F1 that excites him the most, is seeing the drivers tackle the 'Raidillon' at Spa.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh