Stenhouse Jr. cashes out a winner in Las Vegas

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. walks away from Las Vegas a winner!

Leading the final 54 laps, Stenhouse pulled out with over a 5 second lead to claim his third NASCAR Nationwide series victory.

"All these guys been working their guts out," Stenhouse Jr. said of his crew as he spoke from victory circle, passing the praise to the No. 6 team.

"To win at a mile and a half is a big deal for me. I feel like our cars are better than me sometimes," Stenhouse said as he spoke from the media center.

Las Vegas marks Ricky's first win at an intermediate race track, showing that the young driver is maturing and his racing skills are taking shape. Bet on Stenhouse as a possible back-to-back title contender!

As for who Stenhouse beat for the win, none other then Mark Martin, a driver with 236 starts and second most Nationwide series wins. "That was one serious beating Ricky Stenhouse Jr. just put on me" Mark Martin said in his post-race interview. Martin, who made his first start in the No. 18 for Joe Gibbs Racing, finished second and in expecting to be back in the Nationwide series for up to 6 more races this season.

Race results:

  1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  2. Mark Martin
  3. Elliott 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. Michael 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 Shepherd
  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. T.J. Bell
  32. Derrike Cope
  33. Kyle Busch
  34. Brian Scott
  35. Erik Darnell
  36. Jennifer Jo Cobb
  37. Joey Gase
  38. J.J. Yeley
  39. Chase Miller
  40. Jeff Green
  41. Josh Wise
  42. Scott Speed
  43. Mike Harmon
Stenhouse Jr. cashes out a winner in Las Vegas Stenhouse Jr. cashes out a winner in Las Vegas Reviewed by Unknown on Saturday, March 10, 2012 Rating: 5