JOLIET, Ill. (Sept. 15, 2012) –Ricky Stenhouse Jr. dominated the final moments of Saturday afternoon’s DollarGeneral 300 Nationwide Series race and in the process earned Roush FenwayRacing’s first ever NASCAR win at the 1.5-mile tri-oval of ChicagolandSpeedway.
Stenhouse battled back after an early pit roadmishap, restarted sixth after the team’s final pit stop, and meticulously drovehis Ford through the field. He took the lead on lap 180 of 200 and pulled awayfrom the field in striking fashion; taking the checkered flag by almost 2.5seconds.
“We just never gave up,” said Stenhouse invictory lane. “At the end, the Blue Bird Ford was the best it ever was. I stalled it there in the pits earlier, but(crew chief) Mike Kelley and the team just did a great job all day. It was anall around team effort.
“That was a lot of fun and to get Jack’s(Roush) first win at Chicago is pretty cool.”
With the victory Stenhouse, the defendingNationwide Series Champion, took over the top spot in the points and now leadssecond-place Elliot Sadler by nine markers.
The win is Stenhouse’s fifth of the 2012 seasonand his seventh career NASCAR win. It marked Roush Fenway’s 130thwin in the Nationwide Series and its record-extending 308th NASCARvictory.
It is the first win for Roush Fenway Racing atChicagoland, after 91 starts and six runner-up finishes at the track.
Source: Roush Fenway Racing