LAS VEGAS – Roush Fenway Racing drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Colin Braun teamed to win the Fifth Annual Raybestos Rookie Cooking Challenge Thursday afternoon at ESPN Zone Las Vegas. Both drivers compete full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Stenhouse Jr. and Braun prepared a tasty dish of macaroni and cheese. Other NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers competing in the event were rookie standings leader James Buescher and Brian Scott. NASCAR Sprint Cup rookies Kevin Conway and Terry Cook also took part in the event, which was judged by members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas.
"I do a lot of restaurant cooking," Stenhouse Jr. said when asked about his culinary skills. "I usually go out and pay somebody else to do it but our macaroni and cheese looked pretty good. We’ve had a lot of good race fans out here."
Teammate Braun added that the contest was a challenging but enjoyable experience.
"I had a lot of fun cooking," Braun said. "This was quite a challenge. I think this was harder than anything we do in a race car."
All drivers who participated in the cooking competition were assisted by members of the ESPN Zone Culinary Team, led by Chef Chris Gagen. Each child from the Boys and Girls Clubs sampled the dishes prepared by the drivers and their applause determined the overall winner. Following the contest, drivers and kids played games in ESPN Zone’s interactive Sports Arena.
Raybestos brand brakes, a member of the Affinia Group family of brands, has been primary sponsor of the rookie program in all three NASCAR national series since 1998.