When you watched the Nationwide race at Kansas on Saturday, first off, you would never expect a series champion to fall two laps down to begin with. But it was an even more amazing situation that arose when Ricky Stenhouse Jr. came back from two laps down to win the Kansas Lottery 300. Incredible! So what does anyone learn from a feat like this?
Never give up. Obviously the #6 Roush Fenway Ford team never did and certainly the driver kept pedaling. Some will say that when the rules changed to allow teams to come around to get their laps back so the lead drivers could battle it out without lapped cars in the middle of the action, it created this environment for comebacks. But let's be honest, it's one thing to get a wave-around; however, with the wave-around, there's no chance to pit.
Crashed to start with
And maybe luck had something to do with Stenhouse's ability to pull off this astonishing achievement considering the amount of yellows which, in-turn, allowed the wave-around cars to then pit. But remember that Stenhouse was in trouble to begin with due to his overly aggressive driving when he hit Joey Logano to cause the damage on his car. It took a couple laps for the team to repair the car and thus, a big hole to dig out of. But dig he did.
Because he was in the back, Stenhouse Jr. was able to top off and get tires, which set up the final series of pit stops. Yes, the pit stops allowed him to move forward while others like his two nemesis', Elliott Sadler and Austin Dillon, were forced to pit late for fuel so as not to run out before the finish.
Thanks to Sam Hornish Jr., Paul Menard and finally Kyle Busch all running out of fuel either right before or after the restart, Stenhouse who had restarted fourth at the last restart blew by for the incredible win (see it here - Yahoo! Sport).
A driver has to be very good to pull a comeback like this off. It was the 25 year old Stenhouse's sixth win this year - he has 20% of all Nationwide victories in 2012. He has also finished in the top five in more than half of the races this season.
His capacity to not give up has brought Stenhouse to within six markers of the point's leader Elliott Sadler, with three events left on the Nationwide schedule. The Nationwide teams get a week off before their final stretch of three straight races, starting with Saturday night on November 3rd at Texas.
And as we learned from Ricky Stenhouse Jr., if you never give up, you can become victorious.
Sources - NASCAR, Racing Reference
Daryle has been involved in motorsports most of his life and has three decades of experience inside racemarketing, plus for several years has blogged about every type of racing.
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