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It has been quite a season for Ricky Stenhouse Jr and now he can celebrate with his second consecutive championship. This championship proved that he is a true champion and all he endured throughout the season set him up for this great championship run. Stenhouse Jr wasn’t as dominate as he was in 2011 but he still proved he was the best in the Nationwide Series. This season was Stenhouse Jr’s final one in the Nationwide Series as he moves up to the Cup Series starting in 2013.
The Nationwide Series and the Cup Series differ, a lot. The Nationwide Series is full of young, soon to be successful drivers and drivers who are trying to salvage a career. The Cup Series is filled with the best stock car drivers in the world and it is way more competitive than the Nationwide Series. The Cup Series will throw many surprises at Stenhouse Jr as he enters his rookie year in 2013 and it will be the way Stenhouse Jr handles them that will dictate how successful he will be. Stenhouse Jr will be looking for his third consecutive NASCAR championship next season but it likely won’t come. He will need to gain some experience and in a few seasons, he will be competing for another championship.
The season Stenhouse Jr had this season was memorable and exciting. Numerous times we witnessed Stenhouse Jr in the wall or involved in a wreck but when he wasn’t involved in a wreck, he was running up front. Stenhouse Jr won six races this season and no race was more memorable for Stenhouse Jr this season than the Kansas race in October. Stenhouse Jr essentially wrecked halfway through the race but he managed to win the race after completing an incredible comeback. Stenhouse Jr passed Kyle Busch for the lead in that race on the final lap when Busch ran out of fuel .That race was a race a champion drove and conquered.
One of the lows for Stenhouse Jr this season was at Dover in June when he wrecked. The most shocking thing about that wreck was that it occurred without contact from any other driver and Stenhouse Jr wrecked himself. At that time, Stenhouse Jr was having a rough patch and that wreck added salt to the wound. The true champion Stenhouse Jr is allowed him to bounce back and be dominant enough to win the championship. By the summer races, Elliot Sadler was doing very well and leading the points and for Stenhouse Jr to catch up to him like he did was incredible and showed how ready Stenhouse Jr is for the Cup Series.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr had such a great season in 2012 and it was the ups and downs that propelled him to the championship. Stenhouse Jr could have easily given up halfway through the season when times were tough but he didn’t. He kept on going and his hard work paid off when he held up the championship trophy in Homestead. If there was any driver who was ready to take on the challenges the Cup Series has to offer, it’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. In the three seasons Stenhouse Jr was in the Nationwide Series, we’ve seen him grow into a top level race car driver. Stenhouse Jr will create some noise in the Cup Series one day, and once he does, he will be unstoppable.
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Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., driver of the #6 Cargill Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, held on for his second NASCAR Nationwide Series championship. He won it at the conclusion of Saturday’s Ford EcoBoost 300 from the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Afterwards he spoke to the media about the championship. Video courtesy of NASCAR Media Group.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. captured his second NASCAR Nationwide title on Saturday. Following a burnout Stenhouse was presented with his second series trophy. Now what can you do with two Nationwide Series trophies? Headstands of course! photo from Ricky Stenhouse twitter RELATED: Second title showcases Stenhouse’s ability
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is cautiously optimistic heading into race day about his shot at a second consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series title.
Elliott Sadler is preparing for the season finale filled with regret over an incident a week ago.
And Austin Dillon? Well, he's just waiting to see what shakes out between the other two and if he can steal this title in the final race.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is the sixth driver to win consecutive championships in NASCAR's Nationwide Series.
Stenhouse finished sixth Saturday in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, edging Elliott Sadler for the title.
About the only drama in the race was whether Stenhouse would play it safe. He did, but not without several close calls. His Roush Fenway Racing team even...
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is a two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion…
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has won his second consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series title. Stenhouse Jr. entered the day with a 20 point lead over Elliott Sadler in the point standings. The two had been back and forth all season at the top of the standings but Sadler’s wreck at Phoenix left him in a sizable hole entering the race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The hole proved to be too much...
HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. left little doubt that he’s ready for a promotion.
Stenhouse became the sixth driver to win consecutive championships in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series. He finished sixth Saturday in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, edging Elliott Sadler for the title.
“A lot of people put a lot of effort into this and I’m just the lucky guy...
A hard fought 2012 Nationwide Series season came to a close with a first time winner in the Nationwide Series and a driver winning two consecutive championships. Ricky Stenhouse Jr did all he needed to do Saturday evening in Homestead-Miami to claim his second straight championship. Stenhouse Jr and his crew made no mistakes all night long and they received a great rewarded of a...