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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has won his second NASCAR Nationwide Series title in as many years. While Stenhouse will always recall last seasons title as his first in NASCAR, his second title was far more convincing of his abilities as a driver.
Stenhouse Jr. has grown tremendously during his time in the Nationwide Series. He has become both a better driver and a better speaker. Both of which will help facilitate his move into the Sprint Cup Series next season when he is set to assume to seat of the No. 17 Ford at Roush Fenway Racing.
Prior to the 2011 season NASCAR made the decision to require drivers choose only one series in which they could accumulate points. This rule was implemented to prevent full time Cup drivers from winning the Nationwide Series title. Full time Cup drivers had won the championship the previous six seasons.
The move prevented a Cup series driver from winning the championship. Though it did not create the image of the best drivers in the series competing for the championship.
Stenhouse Jr. won two races last season, the second of which was Iowa. That race saw only one Cup series regular compete in it. While a champion on paper it did not appear that way to the eyes.
This season Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has won races. Six of them to be exact. Both Stenhouse and his competition Elliott Sadler stepped up their game in 2012. Last season Sadler was able to keep up with Stenhouse in the standings despite never finding victory lane. This season Sadler found victory lane four times.
Cup drivers again provided stiff competition for Stenhouse and Sadler but this season both drivers projected the image of championship winning drivers. Both drivers outscored their point totals from a year ago. Stenhouse, and Sadler, matched or topped his numbers in every major statistical category.
Last year Stenhouse arrived at the track with a chance to produce a top five finish. This year he arrived as a favorite to win. Anywhere, anytime.
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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. 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. turned in a sixth-place finish in Saturdaynight’s Nationwide Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to become Roush Fenway’s first back-to-back NASCAR Champion. Stenhouse scored his second Nationwide Series championship in as many seasons, taking home the crown by 23 points.
“I think this is a bigger one,” said Stenhouse. “The performance was a lot...
Thinking back to where Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was at this time two years ago, it’s quite amazing what the driver from Mississippi has accomplished.
By now, the story of him being benched by car owner Jack Roush midway through the 2010 season is well known. Yet, it still seems quite remarkable that he was able to turn a situation like that into a positive.
Just last season, Stenhouse...
Today’s Ford EcoBoost 300 could mark a historic day for Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. If Stenhouse, Jr. can finish 16th or better, he will become the fifth driver in series history (Martin Truex, Jr., Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Randy Lajoie, Larry Pearson) to win consecutive titles in what is now the Nationwide Series.
One thing going for Stenhouse is he is the defending race winner at Homestead...
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...
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will win his second straight Nationwide Series championship on Sunday if his 20-point lead over Elliott Sadler stands up, but Stenhouse's future lies in the Cup series, where he'll race full-time for the first time next year.
On Wednesday, Roush Fenway Racing announced its driver/crew chief lineup for 2013. For those who expected either Jimmy Fennig...
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...
By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
For the second straight year, Ricky Stenhouse Jr is the NASCAR Nationwide Series champion. Ricky Stenhouse Jr
It has become the sixth driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series to win back-to-back championships. He finished 23 points ahead of second-place Elliott Sadler.
With the win, he joins Sam Ard ...
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...
Four of NASCAR’s brightest young stars occupied the spotlight Monday night as champions in two national series were crowned.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 25, and James Buescher, 22, officially were proclaimed champions of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, respectively, on the Americana Ballroom stage at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.
Stenhouse was honored...