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During a Thursday morning media teleconference, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. confirmed that he will return to JTG Daugherty Racing in 2022 for a third season behind the wheel of the team's No. 47 Chevrolet. According to Terrin Waack of NASCAR.com, Stenhouse has agreed to a one-year contract with the team.

Stenhouse, currently in his eighth season as a full-time Cup driver, had indicated in June that contract extension talks were set to begin between the two parties. Stenhouse will be the only driver in JTG Daugherty's stable next year, as the team plans to downsize from two to one car as the Next Gen car debuts in 2022.

"It's something we have kind of been sitting on for a while just trying to get everything else in place," Stenhouse told reporters on a Zoom call. "Obviously, there are a lot of moving parts that go along with race teams and especially transitioning to a whole brand new car and trying to make sure we have everything aligned out there. But (team co-owner Tad Geschickter) and everybody is doing a really good job of that and working on manufacturers things and stuff like that.

"It's been a busy few months for our team and we're continuing to work hard and we're looking to finish this year off as consistent as we have been."

Stenhouse joined JTG Daugherty in 2020 after over a decade with Roush Fenway Racing, and he got off to a great start with his new team by winning the pole for the 2020 Daytona 500. Stenhouse has since scored four Top 5 and six Top 10 finishes for JTG while also consistently scoring finishes within the Top 15 and Top 20. His best finish driving for JTG has been second twice: In 2020 in a photo finish at Talladega, and in 2021 at Bristol Motor Speedway's dirt race.

In preparation for 2022, Stenhouse has been involved in the testing of NASCAR's Next Gen car and was among multiple drivers who participated in a two-day test of the car at Daytona earlier this month. Stenhouse felt like the test was a successful one, and he expressed great optimism for next season with the Cup Series' new car.

"I think next year could be our best year yet, and even my best year in Cup in general," Stenhouse said. "So I'm really looking forward to the opportunity that next year presents with the new car, our great partners at (sponsor) Kroger, and everybody at JTG Daugherty Racing."