Nationwide - Stenhouse Wins At Texas
FT. WORTH, April 14, 2012: Roush Fenway’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr. held off Sprint Cup veteransDenny Hamlin and Paul Menard to post Roush Fenway’s 17th NASCAR winat Texas Motor Speedway in Friday night’s Nationwide Series event. The winmarks the fourth consecutive NNS race win for Roush Fenway at Texas. Stenhousebecomes the seventh RFR driver to win at Texas; with every member of RoushFenway’s current driver lineup now boasting victories at TMS.
“This was just a great team effort,” said Stenhouse, whoposted his second win of the 2012 season and fourth career NNS victory. “I justhave to thank Pure Michigan for being on the car this weekend.“Mike Kelly is just a great crew chief,” added Stenhouse. “Icomplain a lot, but he gets the job done. I wasn’t sure about no changes thereat the end, but Kelly knows what he’s doing and I’m just glad to be a part ofthis race team.”
Stenhouse, who led 69 laps in the race, took the lead forthe final time with 24 laps remaining and never let go, despite a late chargeby Hamlin.
“He’s done a tremendous job all year,” said Kelly. “I’m sohappy for Pure Michigan, Ford and Jack Roush. I just can’t think Jack Rous and (generalmanager) Robbie (Reiser) and all the guys back at the shop.”
With the win Stenhouse moves to within four points of the NationwideSeries points lead after six events.
The win is Roush Fenway’s eighth at Texas in the NationwideSeries. It is Roush Fenway’s 302nd overall NASCAR victory during its’25 Winning Years.’ It marks the second win for RFR in the NNS in 2012 and thethird NASCAR win for the team this season.