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The Pit Stop


May 20, 2012 4:43 PM

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Stays Hot At Iowa.

stenhouse 2012 Iowa.jpgThe Nationwide Series drivers has Sunday all to themselves as they took to the short track in Iowa for 250 laps of action packed racing. Elliott Sadler had the poll for the event.

The race included the first start ever for Darrell Wallace Jr. who is the lone African American in the field. He was able to qualify his car in the ninth place spot.

The race started off with a long green flag run and Sam Hornish Jr. leading laps as Ricky Stenhouse Jr. started getting hot. At lap 31 Ricky passed Sam for the race lead. He kept on leading laps and putting more cars one lap down until the first caution came out on lap 73 for Jeff Green that hit the wall after blowing tire.

The leaders pit and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the race off pit road. After the green flag dropped he kept on leading laps until the next caution came out on lap 115 for Danica Patrick that smacked the wall after blowing a tire.
"Nothing. Just Blew," said Danica Patrick on the tire.

The leaders pit and Cole Whitt takes only two tires tow in the race off pit road. Cole Whitt leads the race after the race restrated, but could not hold long and Elliott Sadler had it for a lap and then Ricky Stenhouse JR. took the lead back.

During this long green flag run Kurt Busch started to get really hot and chase down Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for the race lead. At lap 182 it was tire problems for Tayler Malsam that brought out the caution.

The leaders pitted and it was Ricky Stenhouse Jr. keeping the lead with Kurt Busch coming out second. As the race restarted Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was leading more laps as Elliott Sadler moved into second place. This was not a long green flag run and at lap 202 the caution came out for Travis Pastrana and his stalled out car.

Only a few cars on the lead lap pit. The race restarts and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is back leading more and more laps. Elliott Sadler started to catch up to Ricky In the final laps, but it was not enough as Rickey won his third race in a row at this track. He led 209 laps out of the 250 laps in the whole race.

On the final lap though Michael McDowell wound up hitting Kurt Busch who then did an amazing slide job to save his car and fifth.
Kurt Busch stated that his weak spot was turn one at the end of the race. Michael McDowell stated that he did not want to wreck a car on the final lap.

"That was dominate right their," said Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and his run today. "This was fun."
"Good Second place finish", Elliott Sadler.

"Really good car when the sun came out," said Austin Dillion.

"Great day for us," said Darrell Wallace Jr. on his first start. Darrell pretty much rotted around the ninth place spot where he finished.

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