Fenway Park welcomed Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to throw out the first pitch at Wednesday’s Red Sox game ahead of one very important race this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Stenhouse, who will drive the No. 17 Ford in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for Roush Fenway Racing, has two top-10 finishes at NHMS throughout his career. Stenhouse told NESN’s Jahmai Webster this weekend’s race is “very important” following a solid weekend at the Quaker State 400 in Kentucky last weekend.

Hear more from Stenhouse’s interview in the “Red Sox First Pitch” video above, presented by Men’s Wearhouse.

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