Back-to-Back! NASCAR Gunslinger Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Claims Second Consecutive Nationwide Title


Ricky Stenhouse Jr. flat out rips.

Oakley’s young NASCAR legend-in-the-making successfully defended his NASCAR Nationwide Title, effectively catapulting him into the pages of history as only the sixth driver in the series’ history to claim consecutive titles.

Wrapping up another magical season with a sixth place finish at Homestead-Miami, the part-time snowboarder (yes, snowboarder) edged Elliot Sadler for all the goods.

“A lot of people put a lot of effort into this and I’m just the lucky guy who gets to drive it,” Ricky said, rocking his Oakley Racing gloves, boots, base layer and eyewear.

Capping off the year with six wins, Ricky is taking the big leap in replacing Matt Kenseth in the Sprint Cup Series next season at Roush Fenway Racing.

And his future is undoubtedly bright.

There hasn’t been another driver in NASCAR’s developmental series to claim back-to-back Championships since Ricky’s fellow Oakley speed demon, Martin Truex Jr. (2005). Only the likes of Sam Ard, Larry Pearson, Randy LaJoie and Dale Earnhardt Jr. hold that distinction.

The most exciting part, now, is taking his glimmering talent to the ‘big leagues.’

“It is going to be fun,” Ricky said. “Obviously it was a tough deal for Matt (Kenseth) to run his last race on Sunday and we have big shoes to fill. He is a champion in the Sprint Cup Series and at Roush and he won races. It is going to be big shoes to fill but we have to go in with open minds and making sure that we can learn as much as we can and do the best that we can and learn as much as we can and keep getting better and better.”

But for now, he’s more than likely set to enjoy the moment.

“Consecutive championships are really cool, especially after having a Rookie of the Year in 2010 and following up with a championship last year. Last year we felt we did a good enough job to win the championship obviously but we wanted to accomplish more this year. We wanted to win more races, be in contention to win more, and that is what we did. I feel like this one was more special than the last one just because it felt like we performed a lot better and we gave up some points when we probably didn’t need to, but it all worked out.”


Andrew De Lara


November 20, 2012

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