Hampton, GA (Sept. 1, 2012) –Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led the most critical last lap – the last one - to win Saturday night’s NRA American Warrior 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway; his fourth win of the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide season. The victory slashed the point deficit to 12 points behind leader Elliott Sadler with nine races remaining.
“We made smart adjustments all night,” said Stenhouse. “(Crew chief) Mike (Kelley) kept tightening our No. 6 Cargill Beef Ford up and got our Mustang close to the No. 33. I got a great restart and the Roush Yates Engine was stout all night. I got a push from the No. 22 on the last lap that definitely helped us steal away this win from the No. 33.
“This was just a great team effort and feels great to get Cargill Beef back to victory lane. This shows the strength of the Roush Fenway Racing organization and our Fords. The body guys and everyone at our organization have worked hard which is why we are back celebrating in victory lane; a total team effort.”
A multi-car wreck brought out the final caution on lap 187 prompting NASCAR to display the red flag to clean up debris and set the field for a three lap shoot-out. The 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Champion restarted on the outside lane beside Kevin Harvick with the No. 22 lined up behind.
When the field received the white flag, the No. 6 Cargill Beef Ford was running alongside the No. 33 with the No. 22 tucked in, pushing down the backstretch. The much-needed shove gave Stenhouse the lead to claim his sixth career Nationwide series win.
The Cargill Beef Ford Mustang was stout as soon as the team rolled it off the hauler. The 2010 NASCAR Rookie of the Year missed claiming his fourth pole of the year by 1/100th of a second.
Stenhouse lined up on the outside pole and by lap three had taken over the top spot. The No. 6 team kept making slight chassis adjustments to help tightened up the machine.
The No. 6 team is looking to carry this momentum to Richmond next Friday night for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250. The race will be televised on ESPN 2 at 7:00 pm EDT.