NRA American Warrior 300 (Atlanta Motor Speedway)
Saturday, September 1, 2012
RICKY STENHOUSE JR. WINS 4TH NASCAR NATIONWIDE RACE OF 2012
· Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won his fourth NASCAR Nationwide race of the season and first at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
· The win was Ford’s fifth NNS win of 2012.
· Stenhouse Jr. now has six career NNS victories and all have come in Mustang (3 at Iowa and 1 each at Las Vegas, Texas and Atlanta).
· Mustang has now won 18 all-time NNS wins since joining NASCAR full-time at the start of 2011.
RICKY STENHOUSE JR. – No. 6 Cargill Beef Ford Mustang:
VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW:
TALK ABOUT THE FINAL RESTART. “The 22 is gonna be a great Ford teammate next year. He pushed us down that front straightaway. He had the new tires on and definitely helped us get to the win. These guys did an awesome job on pit road all weekend long. We had a great Cargill Beef Mustang and the engine was strong under the hood. Doug Yates has been working really hard on that. I just had to get down on him as tight as I could. I’m glad we could make the end of the race interesting because he killed us for the first 194 laps. He killed us, but it was cool to get him on that restart. Kevin is a great driver and it was fun to go up against him.”
WHAT MADE YOU THINK YOU COULD GET THE 33? “There for a second I was really just counting on trying to get to second and staying there, but we got a good restart and hung out on the outside of him and I was able to slow him up a little bit. On the white flag lap I think he got loose coming off of two and we really got a huge run and he gave me the top going into turn three and we were able to make it work.”
HOW DOES THIS SET YOU UP FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE? “It’s not gonna be easy. That 2 car is obviously strong and runs up front with us every week. It’s gonna be a good battle. It was good to get this win.”