Who is NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.?

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. qualified Sunday for the pole position of the 2020 Daytona 500, the first NASCAR Cup Series race of the season.

Who is Stenhouse? Here’s what you need to know:

He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but raised in Olive Branch, Mississippi.

He sports a mullet hair cut, business up front and party in the back.

His aggressive driving style has earned him the nickname: “Wrecky Spinhouse Jr.”

He was born October 2, 1987, making him 32 years old today.

He’s a big Ole Miss fan and led the football team onto the field for the 2014 Egg Bowl against Mississippi State University.

Stenhouse was known to be in a relationship with fellow driver Danica Patrick for approximately 5 years before it ended in late 2017.

Stenhouse currently drives the No. 47 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 car owned by JTG Daugherty Racing.

He won the 2010 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year award and back-to-back Nationwide championships in 2011 and 2012. The next year he won the 2013 Sprint Cup rookie of the year honor.

He was an early racer, starting at age 6 racing go-karts.

He was a force to be reckoned within 2003 when he began racing sprint cars, wining numerous awards including rookie of the year in 2003. He began competing in the Nationwide Series in 2009, eventually winning his first race in that series in 2011.

His first NASCAR Cup Series win was in 2017 at Talladega.

In August 2019 he signed an extension of his contract with Roush Fenway Racing, but approximately two months later Roush Fenway announced Stenhouse was out as its driver.

The next month Stenhouse joined JTG Daugherty Racing as its driver for the 2020 season.

He earned the pole position at Sunday’s Daytona 500 race in Daytona, Florida.

News

Two people killed after pickup truck, car collided on rural Mississippi highway

News

Woman wanted in South Carolina kidnapping arrested in Mississippi casino

News

Mississippi mother accused of child abuse, now faces capital murder charges in death of 5-month-old

News

Landscape architect accused of defrauding small Mississippi Delta town

News

Leaders of three Mississippi public universities secure new contracts totaling $2.2 million annually not including bonuses

News

Main Streets across Mississippi awarded for outstanding projects, promotions and business in 2024

News

Mississippi man accused of enticing child then using vehicle to strike utility vehicle occupied by child’s father

News

Mississippi reports first case of West Nile virus in 2024

News

Man found dead in his car after initiating chase with Mississippi police

News

Mississippi national park commemorates Juneteenth with luminaria display

News

Watermelon truck fully engulfed in flames keeps Mississippi firefighters busy

News

Manhunt for ‘armed and dangerous’ murder suspect under way from Oklahoma to Alabama

News

Mississippi man arrested, accused of stealing from construction site

News

Popular Mississippi catfish restaurant closes after report of rodents, wastewater leads to failing health inspection

News

Mississippi woman charged with murder of 2-year-old daughter who officials say was ‘forcibly drowned’

News

Mississippi police searching for group of males who attacked victim with bat, robbed him of money and then shot him multiple times

News

Mississippi officials looking for culprits after new outboard motor stolen from boat

News

Mississippi teen charged with rape and burglary after reported sexual assault

News

Mississippi postal worker ordered to repay $80,000 she stole from taxpayers

News

Mississippi man pleads guilty to making antisemitic calls to Pennsylvania Jewish businesses, synagogues

News

Prison safety concerns raised after report of inmate death shows Mississippi man had meth in system while behind bars

News

Three Mississippi teens killed in late night wreck, four others injured in two-vehicle crash

News

Small-town SCORE! New Chick-fil-A coming to Mississippi town with less than 5,000 people

News

15-year-old Mississippi girl arrested after she reportedly attacked sleeping mother with knife