Stenhouse Attempts to Win Four Straight at Iowa: The US Cellular 250 Preview

NEWTON, IA - MAY 20: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., driver of the #6 Cargill Ford, catches the checkered flag dropped by the flagman after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 at Iowa Speedway on May 20, 2012 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Current Nationwide Series Champion, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., has won the past three Iowa Speedway races in the Nationwide Series and he has a chance to go four in a row this week which would get this year's Championship run back on track.

Stenhouse is in his final full year in Nationwide and will replace 2003 Sprint Cup Champion Matt Kenseth next season at Roush Fenway Racing. Ricky would love to move up to the Cup Series with two Nationwide Series Championships.

Only 43 Cars are entered this week which means everyone will make it.

Entry List and More after the JUMP!

Entry Car# Driver Sponsor Manu Owner
1 01 Mike Wallace TBA 12 Chevy JD Motorsports
2 2 Elliott Sadler One Main Financial 12 Chevy Richard Childress Racing
3 3 Austin Dillon AMERICAN ETHANOL 12 Chevy Richard Childress Racing
4 4 Daryl Harr TBA 12 Chevy JD Motorsports
5 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Fastenal 12 Ford Roush Fenway Racing
6 7 Danica Patrick 12 Chevy JR Motorsports
7 08 Josh Richards Randy Hill Racing 12 Ford Randy Hill
8 10 Mike Bliss TBD 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
9 11 Brian Scott Dollar General 12 Toyota Joe Gibbs
10 12 Sam Hornish Jr Wurth 12 Dodge Roger Penske
11 14 Eric McClure Hefty/Reynolds Wrap 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
12 15 Timmy Hill RWR 12 Chevy Rick Ware
13 18 Michael McDowell(i) Pizza Ranch 12 Toyota Joe Gibbs
14 19 Tayler Malsam Noah's Light Foundation 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
15 20 Darrell Wallace Jr TBD 12 Toyota Joe Gibbs
16 22 Ryan Blaney Discount Tire 12 Dodge Roger Penske
17 23 Jamie Dick Viva Auto Group 12 Chevy R3 Motorsports
18 24 Scott Saunders West Virginia Miners 12 Toyota SC2 Motorsports
19 30 Jason Leffler(i) Accudoc Solutions 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
20 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
21 33 Brendan Gaughan(i) Menards 12 Chevy Richard Childress Racing
22 38 Brad Sweet Great Clips 12 Chevy Turner Motorsports
23 39 Joey Gase Iowa Donor Network 12 Ford Go Green Racing
24 40 Erik Darnell TBA 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
25 41 Dusty Davis RWR 12 Chevy Rick Ware
26 42 Matt Dibenedetto TBA 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
27 43 Michael Annett Northland Oil 12 Ford Richard Petty Motorsports
28 44 John Blankenship TBA 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
29 46 Chase Miller The Motorsports Group 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
30 47 Tim Schendel Curtis Key Plumbing 12 Chevy The Motorsports Group
31 50 T J Bell TBA 12 Chevy MAKE Motorsports
32 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Automotive 10 Chevy Jeremy Clements
33 52 Justin Jennings(i) TBD 12 Chevy Jimmy Means
34 54 Kurt Busch(i) Monster Energy 12 Toyota Kyle Busch
35 70 Johanna Long Foretravel 12 Chevy ML Motorsports
36 71 Carl Long Lilly Trucking 12 Chevy Rick Ware
37 74 Mike Harmon Koma Unwind 12 Chevy Mike Harmon
38 81 Jason Bowles American Majority 12 Toyota Gina MacDonald
39 87 Joe Nemechek AM/FM Energy 12 Toyota NEMCO
40 88 Cole Whitt Clean Coal 12 Chevy JR Motorsports
41 89 Morgan Shepherd TBA 12 Chevy Faith Motorsports
42 91 Jeff Green TBA 12 Toyota TriStar Motorsports
43 99 Brett Moffitt TBD 12 Toyota RAB Racing

There are a few teams to watch this week:

  • #2- Elliott Sadler has come out swinging this year. After failing to win a race last seaon, Sadler already has three wins this year and leads the points. Sadler has placed himself in a great position to just ride out the wave to his first Nascar Championship.
  • #10- Mike Bliss moves over for John Blankenship this week as Jeff Green moves to a start and park (#91) team. That's four teams for TriStar this week, with only one sponsor.
  • #20- Darrell Wallace Jr will make another start for Joe Gibbs Racing. Wallace could be a dark horse this week.
  • #22- Ryan Blaney will make his Penske Racing debut.
  • #30- Jason Leffler will make his Turner Motorsports return this week. Leffler has been running pretty well in the Truck Series and a good run here could give him a leg up next season.

Tune in Saturday Night at 7pm eastern for Primetime ABC Nationwide Coverage. It's the live running of the US Cellular 250! And don't forget to show up here at NASCAR RnR for our Open Race Thread! Enjoy!

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