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Just before Ricky Stenhouse Jr. embarks on a full-time career in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, he remains on the verge of a whale of a parting gift -- his second straight NASCAR Nationwide Series title.
Stenhouse carries a 20-point lead over championship rival Elliott Sadler into Saturday's season-ending Ford EcoBoost 300 (4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2), meaning he'll need to finish 16th or better to hoist the Nationwide trophy. Stenhouse led Sadler by a much more comfortable 41 points heading into last season's finale.
"The 20-point lead makes us feel good," Stenhouse said after running third last weekend at Phoenix, "but we've given up 20 points in one race so it's not over till it's over. We still have some work to do at Homestead, but it feels pretty good."
For Sadler, heavy crashes in the third turn at Phoenix have been his late-season nemesis for the past two seasons. Last Sunday was no different, leaving him plenty of catching up to do at Homestead.
"I love the determination and the heart each member of the team has, and although we head to Homestead with a deficit, we are not out of this championship," Sadler said. "We will fight until the end. We have to finish off what we started, and we are as prepared as we need to be to go out there and make it happen."
If Stenhouse and Sadler both run into trouble, the door is open for rookie Austin Dillon -- third in the standings, 25 points off the lead -- to swoop in for the championship. Sprint Cup series regular Joey Logano will likely also be a factor at Homestead, but in the race and not the season-long title hunt. Logano, who has won three of the series' last five events, will be going for his 10th win in 22 Nationwide starts this year.
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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is cautiously optimistic heading into race day about his shot at a second consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series title.
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Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. comes into the season’s final race, the Ford EcoBoost 200, at the Homestead-Miami Speedway with a 20 point lead in the standings. He is poised to win his second NASCAR Nationwide Series title in as many years. In two previous starts at the track he has two top 10 finishes, so everything looks good going into the race for his title chances.
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Ricky Stenhouse Jr., took part in NASCAR’s annual championship contenders press conference at Homestead-Miami Speedway Thursday afternoon. Stenhouse, looking for his second consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship , took the stage with a 20-point lead on Elliott Sadler and discussed the upcoming race weekend and more.
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Elliott Sadler has come up with one way to possibly close the gap on points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. heading into the Nationwide Series finale.
Sadler says he ''might throw a banana peel under his trailer before the race starts and see if that will help him out.''
It might be the only way to keep Stenhouse from repeating as series champion.
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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.
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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.”
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Roush Fenway Racing has announced that veteran crew chief Jimmy Fennig will lead Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Roush Fenway Sprint Cup team in its championship run in 2013. In addition, up and coming crew chief Scott Graves will lead the No. 17 team and defending Nationwide Series Champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. during his rookie campaign next season.
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