Points leader Stenhouse looks to nab first victory
by LaVonte Young
TALLADEGA- Finishing the race is what NASCAR Nationwide points standing leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is focusing on finishing at Talladega. Stenhouse the driver of the No. 6 Blackwell Angus Ford Mustang will start fourth today in the Aaron’s 312.

“It’s cool coming into Talladega and obviously being the points leader,” the Roush Fenway driver said.

“This is one of the races that we’ve focused on to make sure we finish.

‘We feel like if we can finish, we’ll be in the top 10 and in these races you never know what’s going to happen, so that’s one of our key things that we are focusing on. We focused on that at Daytona and Bristol and this is the next one we’re kind of focusing on just to get finished and be conservative and make sure we come out of here with a clean race car and close to the front.”

Stenhouse Jr. has a 14 point lead over Jason Leffler entering today’s race. He said that he has been getting advice from teammate Carl Edwards on how to finish this race.

“He thinks if you get shuffled in the back to just kind of ride back there,” Stenhouse Jr. said. “With a two-car draft you are not going to lose the draft as long as you have a partner back there with you, you’re gonna go laps down or anything like that.

“Obviously, staying up at the very front is a good spot to be, or at the very back. I think once you kind of get eighth on back it gets kind of hairy, so we’ll try to stay at the very front or the very back.”

With two-car tandem racing, Stenhouse feel like trusting who are connected with is going to be important. The 2010 Nationwide Rookie of the Year feels like drivers have a more control now.

“The way it is now, I feel like the drivers have a little bit more control,” Stenhouse said. “You’ve got trust who you are with and that’s the key. I drafted with Carl (Edwards) and Trevor (Bayne) (Thursday) and I have a lot of confidence in both of those guys. We swapped around a couple times, but I feel a little bit more in control than just being in a huge pack.”

Stenhouse will try to get his first NASCAR Nationwide Series win today at the Aaron’s 312 today at 2 p.m.
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