From Pete Walton
West Memphis, AR — Home town hero and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. from Cornelius, North Carolina and October 24th Riverside International Speedway Trick or Treat Fall Nationals 2009 winged sprint car Champion is officially entered for this coming weekend’s $50,000 Hensley Suzuki USCS Fall Nationals presented by Union Auto Parts at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas.
The 21 year-old Stenhouse, a native of Olive Branch, Mississippi, will run the full NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule while competing for the NASCAR Championship and Rookie of the Year title in 2010. During the 2009 season Stenhouse drove a limited schedule in that series for Roush-Fenway Racing in preparation for his full season title run in 2010.
The second-generation sprint car star will once again return to his roots to thrill USCS Fall Nationals fans this weekend. Stenhouse started his open wheel racing career at Riverside Speedway in the winged sprint cars that he will be competing in this coming weekend. He also competed in the Parts Plus United Sprint Car Series for several seasons with a career total of seven feature wins. He was named as the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Rookie of the Year at the age of fifteen years old in 2003.
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. will compete in the Parts Plus United Sprint Series winged sprint cars against an entry list of 30+ talented sprint car drivers confirmed and expected to participate from at least 8 states at the legendary Speedway’s high banked 1/4 mile Gumbo clay oval track know for its’ tacky racing surface. He will be the senior driver of the two-car Stenhouse Motorsports race team and will be joined by talented 14-year old protégée Scott Hensley from Olive Branch, Mississippi. Both drivers will utilize J&J Auto Racing cars with Dynotech power. For more information and a complete bio on Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. please visit www.stenhousejr.com
The Parts Plus USCS winged sprint cars headline the USCS Fall Nationals event with $10,000 up for grabs in the Flip Flop 50 (twin 25-lap main event) contest. The first of the double main events composing the Parts Plus USCS “Flip Flop 50” on Saturday night will start straight-up with the top qualifier from Friday night in the K&N Filters Pole Position. Both main events pay $2500 to the winner.
The second main event for the winged sprint cars will start fully inverted from the finish of the first main event with the winner of the first 25-lap feature starting 22nd in the field. There is a $5000 Bonus posted for the driver who can win the first main-event and repeat with a win the second main event from the rear of the 22 car field.
Joining the Parts Plus USCS winged sprint cars on the action-packed racing card both nights will be the Rislone USCS Modifieds, Wingless 305 Sprint Cars, 600cc Mini sprints and the popular Riverside Stock Cars
Advanced two-day general admission tickets are available at Hensley Suzuki in Olive Branch, Mississippi. A limited number of FREE ADMISSIONS for Friday night’s race for youth age 7-12 years (regular $5) are also available at Hensley Suzuki. Coupons for discounts on two-day admissions are also available at Memphis area Union Auto Parts stores on Appling Way, Cazassa (near the Airport), Mt. Moriah, Raleigh-LaGrange road and on Veteran’s Drive in Southaven.
Adult grandstand admission tickets for Friday, November 13th are $15 for adults. Adult grandstand admission tickets for Saturday, November 14th are $20. Youth 7-12 years old are $5 each night. Children 6 years and under are FREE both nights. Two-day passes are $28 at Hensley Suzuki.
Here is the weekend’s schedule:
Friday November 13th
Pits open at 4PM,
Grandstands open at 5PM.
Racing at 7:00PM.
Saturday November 14th:
Pits open 2:00PM
Grandstands open at 2:00PM
AUTOGRAPH SESSION 3:00PM