By Luis Torres, Staff Writer
JTG Daugherty Racing announced Wednesday that two-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. will be joining the No. 37 Chevrolet team in 2020 as a part of a multi-year deal.
Stenhouse will be replacing Chris Buescher, who will be driving Stenhouse’s No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang, the only full-time team he’s ever raced in his tenured NASCAR career.
Team owner Tad Geschickter said he’s looking forward to have a veteran driver like Stenhouse and is expecting both he and Ryan Preece to be playoff contenders next season.
“We’re very fortunate to have Ricky join us next season to continue to elevate our racing program at JTG Daugherty Racing,” Geschickter said. “Ricky brings a lot of experience and talent to the team, and we know we can have two Playoff-contending teams next season with him and Ryan Preece at the helm of our cars.”
The two-time Xfinity Series champion commented his take on why he’s thrilled of joining the two-car Chevrolet stable as he’ll look to turn his career around after an underwhelming past two seasons with Roush. More importantly, get JTG Daugherty Racing up to the next level as they’ll be entering their 12th season in Cup.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join JTG Daugherty Racing next season,” Stenhouse said. “To be able to see what Tad, Jodi (Geschickter) and Brad (Daugherty) have built over the years says a lot about the team and the organization both on and off the track. JTG has grown from a small team in a barn to a two-car team with more than 100 employees, and I’m looking forward to joining the family. I’m grateful for the opportunity, and ready to go win races with the ultimate goal of making the Playoffs and competing for a championship.”
Sponsorships and a car number for Stenhouse will be announced at a later date.