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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 had to remind him several times in the final 10 laps to avoid potential pitfalls.
Regan Smith won the 300-mile race. Kyle Busch was second, followed by Brendan Gaughan, Sam Hornish Jr. and Austin Dillon.
Smith did some smoky burnouts, then headed to Victory Lane. But Stenhouse had dibs on the bigger celebration.
Stenhouse became the first since Martin Truex Jr. in 2005 to win back-to-back titles in the second-tier series.
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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
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...
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. 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...
The battle in the NASCAR Nationwide Series point standings has been back and forth between Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Elliott Sadler this season. The two drivers have switched the points lead five times.
Sadler says it would be better if they switched for a “sixth time.”
Stenhouse Jr is going into Championship weekend at Homestead with a 20 point lead over Sadler and has all but...
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#56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota
· Season-to-Date Driver Rating: 94.9
· Seven top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 12.3
· Led 11 races for 423 laps
Homestead-Miami Speedway Outlook:
· Two top fives, five top 10s
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...