Found September 21, 2012 on
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. didn't know he had been around the Nationwide Series this long.
Told on Friday that the Kentucky 300 would mark his 100th career start in NASCAR's second-tier circuit, the 24-year-old defending series champion and current points leader laughed. Stenhouse was so focused on racing that he never kept count.
At Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, he'll be concentrating on staying ahead of Elliott Sadler. Stenhouse took over first place last week with a victory at Chicago and holds a nine-point edge with seven races remaining.
He has been strong on the 1.5-mile oval, finishing eighth in June after two ninth-place runs.
Stenhouse hopes this milestone start culminates in a breakthrough victory that leads to another championship.
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Ricky Stenhouse Jr will make three more starts at the NASCAR Sprint Cup level in 2012. Stenhouse will drive the No. 6 Roush Fenway Ford at Dover, Charlotte and Homestead.
“Right now, we’re organized for three races with him at Dover, Charlotte and Homestead,” said Jack Roush, “but if we decide his prospects for winning the Nationwide championship are improved by running more...
Roush Fenway has started 24 Nationwide races at Kentucky, posting one win, five top fives and 12 top 10s. Roush Fenway finished second in the first three races at Kentucky, before breaking into the win column in 2005.
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. on racing at Kentucky Speedway: “We’re coming off a big win so we will carry that momentum into this weekend. The excitement level that the...
Rookie Austin Dillon took advantage of misfortune to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Elliott Sadler to win the Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday.
Sam Hornish Jr. was second, followed by Brendan Gaughan, Drew Herring and Sadler, who reclaimed the season points lead from Stenhouse.
Dillon seemed destined for a runner-up run behind Sadler, who got an opening when Stenhouse...