Nascar

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. going back to racing roots during off-weekend

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 12: Ricky Stenhouse Jr, driver of the #17 Fifth Third Bank Ford, participates in pre-race ceremonies prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 12, 2016 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/NASCAR via Getty Images)

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 12: Ricky Stenhouse Jr, driver of the #17 Fifth Third Bank Ford, participates in pre-race ceremonies prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 12, 2016 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/NASCAR via Getty Images)

It's an off-weekend for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in honor of Father's Day on Sunday, but that doesn't mean every driver is taking a break from racing.

Roush Fenway Racing driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is taking advantage of the off-weekend by not only promoting the "40 for Shorty" USAC Midget National Championship event at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark., but he'll also be competing in it.

It will be the first time in the series' 61-year history that it will visit the state of Arkansas, as well as the first time Stenhouse Jr. will hop in a sprinter since winning last December's "Junior Knepper 55" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Ill.

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