Apr 03, 2013
Fifth Third Bank to Sponsor Roush Fenway’s Stenhouse Jr. at Martinsville
Press Release

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CONCORD, N.C. (April 3, 2013) – Fifth Third Bank will make its 2013 debut with the two-time NASCAR Nationwide Champion, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. this weekend at Martinsville for the STP Gas Booster 500. This will be the Sprint Cup rookie’s first attempt at the famed paper-clip half-mile track.

“The Fifth Third Bank Ford will make its 2013 debut this weekend at the same time I make my Martinsville debut,” said Stenhouse. “Fifth Third Bank has been a great partner for Roush Fenway Racing and I look forward to representing their 21,000 employees this season. Even though Martinsville is known to be rough on rookies, I hope we can get a solid finish in our first race with the Curious Bank on board.”

Fifth Third Bank joined Roush Fenway Racing in 2012 and will continue to serve as a primary sponsor for the No. 17, as Stenhouse and the team fight for the Rookie of the Year honors. The next scheduled event for Fifth Third Bank is Kentucky Speedway on June 29, 2013.

Stenhouse ran a No. 6 Fifth Third Ford Fusion in the 2012 Sprint Cup finale last season at Homestead. He currently sits at 12th in the Sprint Cup point standings and leads the NASCAR rookie standings as he makes his bid to win RFR’s 13th NASCAR rookie award.

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $122 billion in assets and operates 18 affiliates with 1,320 full-service Banking Centers, including 104 Bank Mart® locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and 2,423 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 33% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of December 31, 2012, had $308 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $27 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® National Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.”  Fifth Third Bank.  Member FDIC.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr – STP Gas Booster 500 Advance

Team:                          No. 17 Fifth Third Bank Ford Fusion

Crew Chief:                 Scott Graves

Primary Chassis:         RK- 814 – 2012 No. 99 chassis -last ran at Dover – finished 26th

Backup Chassis:         RK-801 - 2012 No. 99 chassis                              


  • ·         Stenhouse at Martinsville

o   Stenhouse will make his first Sprint Cup career start at Martinsville Speedway this weekend.

o   Stenhouse has never raced in any series at Martinsville Speedway

o   Stenhouse is currently 12th in the point standings, 60 points behind the leader.

  • ·         The Car

o   Chassis RK-814 is a chassis that the No. 99 team ran various times in 2012. It was last raced at Dover by Edwards resulting in a 26th-place finish.

o   The backup Chassis RK-801 raced various times in 2012 by the No. 99 team.

  • ·         Fifth Third Bank

o   Joined Roush Fenway Racing in 2012.

o   This is their first primary race this season. Their next scheduled primary paint out is Kentucky in June.

o   To find the nearest Fifth Third Bank branch near you – visit

  • ·         Martinsville Native

o   Engine Tuner, Jonathan Salmons, grew up in Bassett, Virginia. He is an active supporter of Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center where is nephew attends. For more information on the center,

Stenhouse on Martinsville: 

“I am looking forward to Martinsville since I have never raced there before. I heard this paper clip shaped track is very tough. We tested at a similar shaped track last month and learned a lot so we will carry that into this weekend. I knew coming in to this year that there were two tracks on the circuit that were going to be new to me, Martinsville and Sonoma. I think if we can leave Martinsville with a top-15 finish then it would be a success.”

Graves on Martinsville: 

“We as an organization have struggled in the past at Martinsville. Friday when we hit the track for practice will be the first time Ricky has ever driven around the 0.526 mile track, but he is a quick learner and adapts his driving style very well. We will rely heavily on our teammates this weekend for pointers. I think if we can stay out of trouble then we should have a solid finish.”

Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history, fielding multiple teams in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series’ with championship drivers Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne and Travis Pastrana. Having celebrated 25 winning years in 2012, Roush Fenway is the leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, pioneering motorsport’s first team-focused TV show and its award-winning marketing campaigns for, “25 Winning Years” and Google+.  Visit, circle on Google+ at +Roush Fenway Racing, become a fan on Facebook and Instagram and follow on Twitter at @roushfenway.

Source: Roush Fenway Racing, Press Release

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