Dover, Del. (Sept. 30, 2012) – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. earned a hard-fought ninth-place finish at Dover International Speedway in Saturday’s One Main Financial 200. The finish was Stenhouse’s 21st top-10 Nationwide Series finish of the 2012 season.
“We did all we could to finish ninth,” said Stenhouse after the race. “That was a tough race and a tough race track when it gets more rubber on it which didn’t give us any grip. We struggled a lot, so we’ll have to look at it. This was something a little different that we ran here that we haven’t in the past, but, all in all, we finished top 10. It’s not what we want because we always come to win, but I’ve got to thank Cargill Beef, Rancher’s Reserve, Safeway, NOS, Nationwide Insurance. Now, we’ll go on to Charlotte and look for a win.”
The 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Champion took the final green flag on lap 181 in the seventh-position but got shuffled back after the No. 38 machine had trouble on the final restart stacking the field behind him. Stenhouse fought the lack of rear grip in the closing laps settling for a ninth-place finish.
The Olive Branch, Mississippi native started in the sixth-position and battled a tight condition early in the race. With each lap, the tire rubber built up on the one-mile track causing the No. 6 machine to be too loose for the past champion’s liking.
With 28 races in the books, Stenhouse is currently second in the NNS point standings; nine markers behind Elliot Sadler.
Stenhouse and the No. 6 team return to action on Friday, October 12 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Dollar General 300. Coverage will begin at 7 p.m. (EST) on ESPN. The race can also be heard on SIRIUS radio channel 90.