Joliet, Ill. (Sept. 15, 2012) – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. dominated the final 20 laps of Saturday afternoon’s Dollar General 300 Nationwide Series race and in the process earned Roush Fenway Racing’s first ever NASCAR win at the 1.5-mile tri-oval of Chicagoland Speedway.
“This is awesome,” said Stenhouse in victory lane. “I felt like we should have been here last time. It is good to get redemption after a dominating performance last time. We didn’t have a dominating car until that last run. Mike (Kelley) kept making good calls and I put us a little behind stalling it on pit road. We had to drive up to the front but Mike gave us a Blue Bird Mustang that could do it. That was a lot of fun and to get Jack’s(Roush) first win at Chicago is pretty cool.”
The Olive Branch, Mississippi native had to overcome a late race pit-road mishap after stalling his No. 6 Blue Bird Ford Mustang resulting in a loss of seven positions. In a mere 20 laps, Stenhouse bullied his way back to the third position before the caution flag was displayed on lap 166.
Stenhouse restarted fifth for the final green- flag on lap 171 and maneuvered his Ford to the lead in a measly nine laps. Once a top the leader board, the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide champion never looked back and went on to claim his fifth win of the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide season by a 2.5 second margin.
With the victory Stenhouse, the defending Nationwide Series Champion, took over the top spot in the points and now leads second-place Elliot Sadler by nine markers.
Stenhouse and the No. 6 team travel to Kentucky Speedway next weekend for the Kentucky 300. The race is set for Saturday, Sept. 22. Coverage will begin at 3:30 p.m. (EST) on ESPN.