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

Mississippi volunteer firefighters save life of 2-year-old who nearly drowned in swimming pool

News

One dead after car collides with freight truck on rural Mississippi highway

News

Three arrested in Southern Miss football player’s murder

News

One girl dead, another sent to hospital after Amber Alert issued for missing children. Mother found brutally slain.

News

Get ready to indulge in the best flavors of the South at this Mississippi food and wine festival

News

Former Mississippi Lottery official accused of embezzling nearly $200,000 from taxpayers enters guilty plea

News

Mississippi woman arrested for cyberstalking after reports of fake calls, notes sent to victim’s house

News

Mississippi woman, who didn’t know she was pregnant, gives birth to ‘Golden Corral’ child in restaurant

News

Former Mississippi police officer sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to forcing arrestee lick urine from floor

News

‘Hang on for the ride’ — Mississippi mayor touts $1.38 billion economic boost from new developments

News

Two people injured in shooting at Mississippi Walmart

News

Body found in trunk of car at Mississippi used car lot identified as missing woman last seen leaving 1 a.m. crash

News

Mississippi man killed in crash on rural Mississippi highway

News

13-year-old Mississippi boy arrested after mother’s boyfriend stabbed to death

News

Disturbance at Mississippi apartments leads to double burglary arrests

News

Trial begins for mother accused of 2023 manslaughter after child found dead in pond

News

Officials: Bear spotted in wooded area near Mississippi businesses should be left alone

News

Jerry Lee Lewis’ Mississippi ranch to open to public; fans can walk where the Killer walked

News

Dead body found in trunk at used car lot, near area search for missing Mississippi woman had taken place

News

Mississippi doctor on vacation with family helps save life of shark-bite victim

News

Kia tells these SUV owners to ‘park outside’ due to fire risk as company recall hits nearly half million vehicles

News

Mississippi teen shot to death, police say

News

How gas prices have changed in Mississippi in the last week

News

Mississippi bicyclist killed early Sunday after colliding with motor vehicle, police say