Leads Rookie of the Year Battle Heading into Fontana Stenhouse Jr. Leads Rookie of the Year Battle Heading into Fontana CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 7, 2010) -- When Ricky Stenhouse Jr. left Auto Club Speedway back in February; his confidence was shaken...
Leads Rookie of the Year Battle Heading into Fontana
Stenhouse Jr. Leads Rookie of the Year Battle Heading into Fontana
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 7, 2010) -- When Ricky Stenhouse Jr. left Auto Club Speedway back in February; his confidence was shaken after an accident sent him home with a 39th-place finish. This weekend, he returns to the California track with serious momentum on his side and the lead in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings. Following his sixth-place finish last weekend in Kansas, Stenhouse is on top of the rookie standings for the first time this year. He leads Brian Scott by five points with six races left in the season.
In a remarkable turnaround, Stenhouse has erased a 35-point deficit over the last 15 races and is poised to give Roush Fenway Racing its 12th overall rookie of the year title and fifth in the Nationwide Series. For Stenhouse, the last month has been crucial for his young career. Over the last four races, he has one top-five and three top-10s with an average finish of just over seventh during that span.
"We have been running well lately and we've got to keep it going," said Stenhouse. "With the way the season has been going for us, it's about time we are showing our potential. It means a lot to me that Jack (Roush) has supported me and this team throughout the season. Winning the Raybestos Rookie of the Year would be a huge honor and it's something I want to deliver to Jack and all the guys on this No. 6 team. To join the likes of Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards as previous rookie winners would be awesome. These guys are not only great drivers but they are great teammates to have at Roush Fenway Racing."