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In the Draft: Stenhouse serves up burgers and the points lead

May 08, 2012, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Special to NASCAR.COM,

It has sure been a busy couple of weeks for me and the No. 6 team. But, it has been productive and after a couple of solid efforts we are sitting here with the points lead again in the Nationwide Series. We led the points for the final 13 weeks last season, and we would like nothing better than to keep it the rest of this season and bring home back-to-back championships. However, we know it's going to be a tough battle.

My sponsor Cargill has been all over the place the last few weeks. They are great to work with, distribute a first class product and nobody works harder. On Thursday before Richmond, they provided 1,000 burgers to the Langley Air Force base airmen. We got to take a tour of the base and it was incredible. They showed us their newest jet, the F-22, and I was hoping they were going to take me for a ride. The technology and features of the F-22 are spectacular. We got to stand on the front line and watch the F-22's take off as they went out for practice. I would like to thank everyone at Langley Air Force base for their hospitality and especially the Colonels that took time out of their busy schedules to be our tour guides.

"It has sure been a busy couple of weeks for me and the No. 6 team. But, it has been productive and after a couple of solid efforts we are sitting here with the points lead again."


After the tour, I joined the airmen for a Cargill Beef burger and answered questions about our No. 6 Ford which was on display. It was great to show our support of everything these men and women do for our country.

While in Richmond, Cargill set up a display at the track and handed out 500 vouchers to fans to receive a free burger. If you have never had one of Cargill's 100 percent Genuine Beef burgers you should. They are awesome.

Along with the help of Cargill, Jack Roush and my fellow Roush Fenway drivers, we fed the media some burgers at the track on Saturday before the Sprint Cup race. It was a huge success! We all had our Cargill aprons on while grilling the burgers.

From there, we traveled to Talladega. Talladega has not been too kind to me in the past but I was hoping my luck would change. Superspeedway racing is all about being at the right place, at the right time. Overall our Ford Mustang was strong. We stayed out of trouble and came home with a strong third-place finish; earning us the top spot in the Nationwide Series standings with a five-point advantage over Elliott (Sadler).

My gut feeling tells me this is going to be a tough championship battle. The RCR cars have been strong all season. It was fun battling Elliott last year and I look forward to battling down to the wire this season as well.

Now it's time to head to Darlington, the track that is "Too Tough to Tame." We have had strong performances there in the past, but something always seems to happen at the end. Maybe that is why that track is so tough, it has multiple nicknames.

Still, I feel like this could be the year that we get a win there. Racing at Darlington is a lot of fun. You slide up against the wall coming off the corners, and I just might have left a few paint marks on the wall there earning a Darlington stripe or two on my No. 6 Ford in the past.

We are bringing the same car we won with at Las Vegas earlier this year. I owe my No. 6 guys a lot of credit because they have given me stout Mustangs every weekend. Needless to say I am excited about this weekend's race at Darlington.

Before I head to the track, I am traveling to Iowa for their media day event. Iowa Speedway means a lot to me being it is the track that I got my first and second Nationwide Series wins. We were able to sweep both races there last season and it will always be a special place for me. Still today, fans come up to me talking about the wild finish during the fall race when my engine expired and Carl (Edwards) pushed me across the finish line for the win. That is a finish I don't think any of us will forget any time soon.

Thanks for all the support and make sure you follow me on twitter, @stenhousejr, and Google +.

Until next time...later!

In the Draft with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is a twice-monthly blog and the opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. Follow him and the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing team on Twitter: @stenhousejr, @pr6nns, and @roushfenway.