Kansas City, Kan. (Oct. 22. 2012) -- Despite being two laps down with less than a 100 laps remaining in Saturday's Kansas Lottery 300, Roush Fneway’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. persevered to claim his sixth win of the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide season at Kansas Speedway and tighten the battle for the series championship.
"That was a total team effort," said Stenhouse in victory lane. "The guys did an awesome job getting the car back together and we never gave up. Mike made great calls and adjustments to fix how the car drove with the damage and it was still one of the fastest cars out there. Our Sam’s Club Mustang was fast this weekend. I didn’t see the win coming like this but we will take it. It was in front of a great crowd. I can’t say enough about the fans coming out and supporting us. It is a lot of fun to run in this series and especially to come to Kansas.”
On the final green-white-checkered-flag finish, the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide champion restarted in the fourth position. Two contenders ran out of fuel as taking the green flag leaving Stenhouse in second charging on the No. 54 machine. Stenhouse surged to the lead in the final turn when Kyle Busch ran out of fuel.
After contact with the No. 18 machine on lap 105, the Olive Branch, Miss. native lost two laps during a green-flag pit stop to repair his No. 6 Sam's Club Ford Mustang but got them back with a wave-around and a free pass.
The 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Rookie of the Year found himself back on the lead lap on lap 166 and in 17th-position. Stenhouse bullied his way towards the front and in a mere 20 laps, he was running in 10th-place with fifteen laps to go.
Stenhouse cut Sadler's series lead to six markers with three races remaining.
Stenhouse and the No. 6 team travel to Texas Motor Speedway for the O'Reilly's Auto Parts Challenge on Nov. 3, 2012. Race coverage begins at 7 pm E.S.T on ESPN.