NNS: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Deals a Winning Hand in The Sam’s Town 300

March 10, 2012 No Comments

Photo Credit: AP Photo/LAT/Lesley Ann Miller

After an outstanding pit stop thanks to his pit crew with 55 laps to go, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., in the No. 6 EcoBoost Ford, took the lead from Mark Martin in the No. 18 and led the remaining laps taking the checkered flag in the Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas Motorspeedway.

“To win on a mile and a half is big for me” said Stenhouse during his post-race conference with the media.

This marks Stenhouse Jr.’s third victory in 76 NASCAR Nationwide Series races, and puts him third in the NNS points standings.

Mark Martin who led 44 laps, finished second. “He…that was one serious beat down he out on me that last run” said Martin when asked if he could have stayed in the lead had he gotten out of pit road ahead of Stenhouse Jr. This is Martin’s seventh top-10 finish in seven races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and his first top-10 finish in 2012.

Pole sitter Elliott Sadler, in the No. 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, led 26 laps and finished third. This is his second top-10 finish in six races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Sadler leads the NNS points standing by 15 points over Austin Dillon.

Trevor Bayne finished fourth and rounding out the top five, Las Vegas native Brendan Gaughan took fifth.

Lady luck was not a friend to several drivers throughout the day.

Running 1st, Keselowski ran out of gas on lap 133 and then had difficulty starting the car. Coupled with a pass through penalty for speeding on pit road, Keselowski went 4 laps down, finishing 23rd.

“We just had a problem there. I had a car I felt could win the race and it just wasn’t meant to be. It’s been kind the tale of the tape for me here at Vegas. I’m so excited to have a fast car. That’s where it all starts, just got to execute it from there. It wasn’t meant to be.”

Kyle Bush also had a rough day, hitting the wall at lap 12 and going 70 laps down after repairs, finished in 33rd place.

Official Results
1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
2. Mark Martin
3. Elliot Sadler
4. Trevor Bayne
5. Brendan Gaughan
6. Cole Whitt
7. Austin Dillon
8. Justin Allgaier
9. Sam Hornish Jr.
10. Kasey Kahne
11. Kenny Wallace
12. Danica Patrick
13. Michale Annett
14. James Buescher
15. Mike Bliss
16. Tayler Malsam
17. Mike Wallace
18. Blake Koch
19. Johanna Long
20. Joe Nemechek
21. Jeremy Clements
22. Morgan Sheperd
23. Brad Keselowski
24. Robert Richardson Jr.
25. Eric McClure
26. Daryl Harr
27. Jason Bowles
28. Kyle Fowler
29. Tim Schendel
30. Benny Gordon
31. TJ Bell
32. Derrike Cope
33. Kyle Busch
34. Brian Scott
35. Erik Darnell
36. Jennifer Jo Cobb
37. Joey Gase
38. JJ Yeley
39. Chase Miller
40. Jeff Green
41. Josh Wise
42. Scott Speed
43. Mike Harmon

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