Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will return to his dirt-track roots this Thursday night as he drives the No. 39 for the newly formed Clauson-Marshall Racing at the Jason Leffler Classic at Wayne County Speedway to honor his late friend Bryan Clauson.
“I'm always thrilled to race with Tim and this team. I value the friendship and passion he and Bryan have for racing,” Stenhouse, Jr., commented. “This race means a lot to Bryan. The whole racing family comes together to remember an awesome guy and racer.
“I'm looking forward to representing this team and hope I can do even half of what Bryan could do in this car. Bryan's passing hasn't gotten easier, but it's been unbelievable to see the support of so many friends, family and fans. With them, I hope to continue Bryan's legacy and continue in his winning ways. It helps all of us and I'm glad to be a tiny part of it with this team.”
At Bristol earlier this year, the Olive Branch, Miss. native drove a Bryan Clauson Fastenal tribute scheme to a second-place finish after overcoming a two-lap deficit and a speeding penalty on pit road. The second-place finish tied his career best finish, also at Bristol in 2014.
After the race on Thursday evening, Stenhouse will travel to Talladega Superspeedway for the Hellmann’s 500. Race coverage is scheduled to air on Sunday, October, 23 at 2 p.m. E.T. on NBCSN and can also be heard on Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SIRIUS Channel 90.