May 30, 2014, 9:23 PM EDT
You know, if this whole NASCAR thing doesn’t work out for Ricky Stenhouse Jr., he can always try his luck at the riding lawnmower racing circuit.
Just kidding, Ricky.
But Stenhouse is featured in a unique story on GolfIndustry.com, talking about his newly purchased Dixie Chopper XCaliber Twin riding mower – rather appropriately named since the Mississippi native hails from deep in Dixie – that he likes to drive, cut grass and relieve some of the stress of the Sprint Cup Series, all at the same time.
This baby has some power to it, too – although its 54 horsepower pales in comparison to the 800-plus horsies Stenhouse has in his Roush Fenway Racing Ford Fusion.
As the story said, “The XCaliber Twin delivers industry-leading power that slices through even the thickest grass with ease.”
How much does Stenhouse love his new ride?
“When the mower first arrived, I jumped right on and cut until dark (around his Concord, N.C. estate),” Stenhouse told the web site. “I try and get out here once a week and mow as much as I can.
“At first I was going to get a tractor with a rotary attachment and they asked me, ‘What size, five foot, six foot?’ ” Stenhouse said. “I said I might as well get an XCaliber, it’s more than six feet across and it mows way faster than a tractor.”
Interestingly enough, while the story mentions that the 26-year-old Stenhouse as a two-time Nationwide Series champion and Sprint Cup Rookie of the year last season, not one word was mentioned about his No. 1 love, fellow driver Danica Patrick.
But Stenhouse’s new ride is also already near and dear to his heart, as well.
“I love the fact that I don’t have to slow the mower down at all,” Stenhouse said. “And the unit’s maneuverability allows me to easily mow between fence posts, which really cuts down on the weed eating.”
Who knows, Danica may start to get a little jealous after hearing of Ricky’s upgrade plans for his new ride.
“On pit road at Darlington, a couple of the drivers came down and asked me about the mower, just amazed at how much horsepower it has,” Stenhouse said. “But I’m probably the only driver mowing his own lawn. I love it so much I’m going to get a light kit for the machine so I can mow at night.”
Might want to keep a sleeping bag handy out in the mower shed, just in case, Ricky.
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