Reigning NNS champ Stenhouse Jr. in for Texas

Staff report

After winning back-to-back championships in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2011 and 2012, Roush Fenway Racing's Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will make his series return at Texas Motor Speedway, piloting the No. 16 Zest Ford Mustang in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge on Nov. 2.

The two-time champion has six career NNS starts at the 1.5-mile track earning two top-five and four top-10 finishes, including a victory in the 2012 spring race.

"I'm really excited to be able to get back in a Nationwide car at Texas Motor Speedway," Stenhouse said. "I watch the Nationwide races each week and want to be out there racing, so to get this opportunity at Texas is going to be awesome.

"The Nationwide series has meant so much to me and my career," he added. "I can't wait to get in the No. 16 Zest Ford Mustang and hopefully can get this Ford into Victory Lane and earn another cowboy hat."