Stenhouse vs. Sadler 2.0 just got interesting: The O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 Review

FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 13: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #6 Pure Michigan Ford, celebrates on the finish line after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 13, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Let's get right into this. Matt had a great article about the end of the race, but I intend to take back the reins tonight.

I want to make it clear. I am very happy with the way the 2012 campaign has gone so far. We've only had one Sprint Cup winner in the mix, and our two biggest stars both have two wins. The rookie race is the best in years with Cole Whitt and Austin Dillon leading the charge. But more needs to be done. We could have had a top five finish that looked like this:

  1. Stenhouse
  2. Dillon
  3. Allgaier
  4. Patrick
  5. Annett

Instead we've got three Cup regulars blocking what would have been a great match-up of young stars fighting for the finish line. That being said, The Nationwide Series is still boasting some of the best racing every week.



Results and Points after the Jump!

FIN STR Driver Team Laps Points Status
1 3 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 6 Pure Michigan / Cargill Ford 200 47 Running
2 1 Paul Menard 33 Rheem / Menards Chevrolet 200 NP Running
3 8 Kasey Kahne 38 Great Clips / EA Sports Chevrolet 200 NP Running
4 2 Denny Hamlin 18 Sport Clips / GameStop Toyota 200 NP Running
5 4 Austin Dillon 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet 200 40 Running
6 30 David Ragan 27 Mercury Marine / Fish TV Ford 200 NP Running
7 16 Justin Allgaier 31 Brandt Chevrolet 200 37 Running
8 17 Danica Patrick 7 GoDaddy.com / Tissot Chevrolet 200 36 Running
9 18 Michael Annett 43 Pilot Travel Centers / Flying J Ford 200 35 Running
10 9 Steve Arpin 30 Mike's On The Rocks Chevrolet 200 34 Running
11 14 Sam Hornish Jr. 12 Wurth / Dodge Dealers Dodge 200 33 Running
12 5 Elliott Sadler 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet 200 33 Running
13 7 Cole Whitt 88 TaxSlayer / Air Hogs Chevrolet 200 31 Running
14 20 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5 Degree Men Chevrolet 200 NP Running
15 12 Joey Logano 20 Lego Batman 2 / GameStop Toyota 200 NP Running
16 10 Mike Bliss 44 TriStar Motorsports Toyota 199 28 Running
17 33 Joe Nemechek 87 SWM International Toyota 199 27 Running
18 23 Jason Bowles 81 American Majority Toyota 199 26 Running
19 24 Mike Wallace 01 G&K Services Chevrolet 198 25 Running
20 15 Johanna Long 70 Foretravel / Biomet Chevrolet 197 24 Running
21 21 Kyle Fowler 08 Texas Tech University Ford 196 23 Running
22 31 Kelly Bires 39 FentonMotors.com Ford 196 22 Running
23 27 Erik Darnell 40 The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 196 21 Running
24 42 Eric McClure 14 Hefty / Reynolds Wrap Toyota 192 20 Running
25 28 Tayler Malsam 19 G-Oil Toyota 192 19 Running
26 40 T.J. Bell 50 Gulf Coast Software Chevrolet 192 18 Running
27 38 Tim Schendel 52 Means Motorsports Chevrolet 192 17 Running
28 26 Timmy Hill 41 Poynt / Lilly Trucking Ford 191 16 Running
29 37 Jeremy Clements 51 U.S. Petroleum Chevrolet 188 15 Running
30 6 Kurt Busch 54 Monster Energy Toyota 187 NP Out of race
31 25 Danny Efland 4 JD Motorsports Chevrolet 187 13 Running
32 19 Ryan Truex 09 Grime Boss Toyota 182 12 Out of race
33 41 Benny Gordon 24 Silestone Chevrolet 175 11 Running
34 39 Robert Richardson 23 Tia Rosa Chevrolet 169 10 Running
35 13 Brad Keselowski 22 Discount Tire Dodge 159 NP Running
36 29 Blake Koch 15 ChristianCinema.com Chevrolet 92 8 Out of race
37 11 Brian Scott 11 Dollar General Toyota 61 7 Out of race
38 34 Scott Riggs 75 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 9 NP Out of race
39 36 Chase Miller 46 The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 8 5 Out of race
40 32 Josh Wise 42 The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 7 NP Out of race
41 35 Scott Speed 47 The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 7 NP Out of race
42 43 Kevin Lepage 74 Koma Unwind Chevrolet 4 2 Out of race
43 22 Jeff Green 10 TriStar Motorsports Toyota 3 1 Out of race

Double tap there from Matt, but I like my format.

Take a look at the top 10 in points:

RAN Car # Driver Sponsor Make Owner Points
1 2 Elliott Sadler (W2) One Main Financial Chevy Richard Childress Racing 247
2 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr (PC) (W2) Kelloggs Pop Tarts/Pure Michigan Ford Roush Fenway 243
3 3 Austin Dillon ® Advocare/Bass Pro Shops Chevy Richard Childress Racing 227
4 12 Sam Hornish Jr Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Penske Racing 193
5 43 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Ford Richard Petty Motorsports 183
6 88 Cole Whitt ® Hellmann's/TaxSlayer/Degree Chevy JR Motorsports 182
7 60 Trevor Bayne Roush 25 Years Ford Roush Fenway 180
8 19 Tayler Malsam ® G-Oil Toyota Tri-Star Motorsports 163
9 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevy Turner Motorsports 163
10 44 Mike Bliss Bandit Chippers Toyota Tri-Star Motorsports 147

How can you not be excited week in and week out to see which young star will be able to bring down Elliott Sadler?

It's important to note that we can't have too much fun, so next week is another off week before we reach the meat of the schedule. Check back soon for more Racing Action!

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