Stenhouse Jr. Breaks Through

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

"We crashed three cars last year here and to come back this strong with these same No. 6 guys means a lot." (Photo: Getty Images)

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. scored his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series victory Sunday afternoon when he picked up the checkered flag in the John Deere Dealers 250 at Iowa Speedway.

Stenhouse became the first Nationwide Series regular to win a race this year and the first since Justin Allgaier drove to Victory Lane at Bristol Motor Speedway in March of 2010.

The former USAC standout scored his first career win in 51 starts. He wrestled the lead away from his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards on lap 233 and never looked back on his way to the win at a track he struggled at during his rookie season.

“It means a lot,” said Stenhouse, who led 41 laps. “That last caution I was doing some real praying for a good restart. Iowa was not my favorite place but it is now. We crashed three cars last year here and to come back this strong with these same No. 6 guys means a lot."

It was the 13th time in series history that Roush Fenway finished first and second.

“Just awesome,” said team owner Jack Roush. “Ricky Stenhouse is going to be a factor in this stock car racing for many years to come; certainly long after I’m gone and I’m glad to be here for day one for him.”

Edwards’ second-place finish comes fresh off his win in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“That was as hard as I could drive,” said Edwards, who led 33 laps. “The Ford Mustangs were fast today. I asked for an adjustment late that I should not have and I got really loose. Ricky was loose to, but he just did a really good job.”

Brad Keselowski, Reed Sorenson and Elliott Sadler completed the first five finishers.

“Our car was good, but not great,” Keselowski said. “The two Fords were really fast today and we just didn’t have enough at the end to make a run at them. A strong day for our race team and I’m happy for Ricky to get the win.”

Kenny Wallace, making his 500th career series starts, finished sixth.

Michael McDowell, driving the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 entry, was seventh with Allgaier, James Buescher and Austin Dillon rounding out the top 10.

The race was relatively caution free and slowed only for a handful of minor spins.

Three Iowa Speedway records were set during the race including average speed (106.130), lap leaders (seven) and lead changes (17).

A sell-out was on hand for the event at the Iowa track, which will host a second Nationwide Series race in August.

Sadler is the series point leader by seven over Sorenson with Stenhouse third eight points behind.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series now heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway next Saturday afternoon.

Race Center

ToyotaCare 250

@ Richmond Int'l Raceway
Friday, April 25, 2014 7:00 PM
Radio Start:
MRN, 6:30 p.m. (ET)
TV Start:
ESPNEWS, 6:30 p.m. (ET)

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