Ricky Stenhouse Masters Iowa: The Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 Review

NEWTON, IA - MAY 22: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #6 Blackwell Angus Ford, celebrates in victory lane with his crew chief, Mike Kelley, after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Inaugural Iowa John Deere Dealers 250 at Iowa Speedway on May 22, 2011 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)


Ricky Stenhouse has now won three straight events at Iowa Speedway. Stenhouse only won two races last year, both Iowa races, and this year has already won three races including this race at Iowa. Stenhouse is on a mission to prove he is ready for a run at Sprint Cup next year. Sponsorship is still an issue, but Stenhouse could be the next big thing in Nascar.

Elliott Sadler finished second, and both Parker Kligerman and Darrell Wallace Jr showed a lot of promise with top ten finishes. It was great to see some young talent fight it out without to many Sprint Cup Regulars getting in the way.

Results, points and commentary after the jump!

Fin St # Driver Sponsor / Owner Car Laps Status
1 3 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Cargill / Blackwell Angus Beef (Jack Roush) Ford 250 running
2 1 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 250 running
3 4 18 Michael McDowell Pizza Ranch (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 250 running
4 6 3 Austin Dillon Advocare (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 250 running
5 31 54 Kurt Busch Monster Energy (Kyle Busch) Toyota 250 running
6 5 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt (Steve Turner) Chevrolet 250 running
7 12 88 Cole Whitt DewCrew.com (JR Motorsports) Chevrolet 250 running
8 10 22 Parker Kligerman Discount Tire (Roger Penske) Dodge 250 running
9 8 20 Darrell Wallace, Jr. Dollar General (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 250 running
10 13 33 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel & Casino (Richard Childress) Chevrolet 250 running
11 7 11 Brian Scott Dollar General (Joe Gibbs) Toyota 250 running
12 2 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. Detroit Genuine Parts (Roger Penske) Dodge 250 running
13 20 38 Brad Sweet Great Clips (Steve Turner) Chevrolet 250 running
14 18 43 Michael Annett Pilot Travel Centers / Flying J Coffee (Richard Petty Motorsports) Ford 249 running
15 23 44 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports (Mark Smith) Toyota 249 running
16 11 30 Steve Arpin Mike's Hard Lemonade (Steve Turner) Chevrolet 249 running
17 24 81 Jason Bowles American Majority / PledgeToVote.com (Pat MacDonald) Toyota 248 running
18 33 40 Erik Darnell TheMotorsportsGroup.com (Curtis Key) Chevrolet 248 running
19 25 87 Joe Nemechek AMFM Energy / Pellet & WoodStoves (Joe Nemechek) Toyota 247 running
20 14 24 Casey Roderick West Virginia Miners Baseball (Jason Sciavicco) Chevrolet 247 running
21 26 1 Mike Wallace Restaurant.com (Johnny Davis) Chevrolet 247 running
22 19 70 Johanna Long Foretravel Motorcoach (Mary Louise Miller) Chevrolet 246 running
23 17 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Automotive (Jeremy Clements) Chevrolet 245 running
24 29 23 Jamie Dick Viva Auto Group (Robert Richardson, Sr.) Chevrolet 244 running
25 21 41 Timmy Hill Poynt.com (Rick Ware) Ford 244 running
26 15 99 Travis Pastrana Boost Mobile (Robby Benton) Toyota 228 running
27 27 50 T.J. Bell Twin Oaks / Beaver Bail Bonds (Mark Beaver) Chevrolet 214 alternator
28 36 4 Daryl Harr iWorld (Johnny Davis) Chevrolet 207 engine
29 16 19 Tayler Malsam Iron Horse Jeans / G-Oil (Mark Smith) Toyota 179 crash
30 9 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com (JR Motorsports) Chevrolet 113 crash
31 28 89 Morgan Shepherd MorganShepherd.com (Morgan Shepherd) Chevrolet 87 handling
32 22 14 Jeff Green Hefty / Reynolds Wrap (Mark Smith) Toyota 70 crash
33 34 52 Joey Gase Pauliewood.com (Jimmy Means) Chevrolet 50 engine
34 32 39 Josh Richards NSW Kids (Archie St. Hilaire) Ford 48 engine
35 42 74 Mike Harmon Koma Unwind Relaxation Drink (Mike Harmon) Chevrolet 12 Start and Park
36 41 72 John Jackson CrashClaimsR.us (James Carter) Toyota 7 Start and Park
37 37 8 Tim Andrews Randy Hill Racing (Randy Hill) Ford 6 Start and Park
38 40 42 Matt Frahm Curtis Key Plumbing (Curtis Key) Chevrolet 5 Start and Park
39 43 75 Michael Guerity Rick Ware Racing (Rick Ware) Chevrolet 4 Start and Park
40 38 15 Blake Koch Capital Plastic Surgery (Rick Ware) Chevrolet 3 Start and Park
41 30 10 Kevin Lepage TriStar Motorsports (Mark Smith) Toyota 3 Start and Park
42 39 47 Tim Schendel Curtis Key Plumbing (Curtis Key) Chevrolet 3 Start and Park
43 35 46 Chase Miller Curtis Key Plumbing (Curtis Key) Chevrolet 2 Start and Park

The point standings are shaping up much like last year. Ricky Stenhouse has begun to pull away from the rest of the field. It looks like we will have another Stenhouse vs. Sadler battle for the title, but Austin Dillon could get in the fray. Here's how things look:

# Driver Points Diff Win T5 T10 Pole
1 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 412 3 7 9 1
2 2 Elliott Sadler 384 -28 2 5 8 2
3 3 Austin Dillon 369 -43 0 6 8 0
4 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. 338 -74 0 2 4 0
5 88 Cole Whitt 320 -92 0 2 5 0
6 43 Michael Annett 301 -111 0 0 3 0
7 31 Justin Allgaier 299 -113 0 0 5 0
8 44 Mike Bliss 259 -153 0 0 0 0
9 87 Joe Nemechek 247 -165 0 0 0 0
10 7 Danica Patrick 233 -179 0 0 1 1

Join us later in the week for a preview of the Charlotte race. Enjoy!

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