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In the Draft: Stenhouse Jr. under the weather

July 17, 2012, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Special to NASCAR.COM,

After finishing second at Daytona, Stenhouse Jr. gets sick, collapses at NHMS

Daytona weekend was awesome. It was the big debut of our NOS paint scheme. I have to admit the car looked awesome under the lights. NOS had a lot of guests in attendance including Chris Forsberg, the 2009 professional drift driver champion. Chris is a great guy and we had a lot of fun.

I love racing at Daytona. It is such an integral part of NASCAR's history that it is honor to race there.

Dash 4 Cash

Dash 4 Cash rewards the highest-finishing eligible driver at each of four designated races with $100,000, creating a "race within a race" that could reward the overall winner with $1 million.

You have to have a lot of luck at Daytona. On the final green-white-checkered, I got a great restart and saw Kurt [Busch] was shuffled to the middle, so I went for it. It was a little nerve racking charging up through the middle of the pack. One slight mistake and we all were going to wreck. Once we hooked up with him, we were like a rocket. I thought I was going to have a chance to slingshot around him at the end, but the No. 3 was charging so I stuck with Kurt and pushed him to the win. It was a great finish for our No. 6 team.

I stayed over on Saturday for an event that NOS was hosting at Disney Speedway. The guests took exotic cars around the road course for a few laps and then jumped in the stock car with me for a couple more. Everyone had a NOS-some time.

As many of you know, I didn't feel good after the race Saturday at New Hampshire. I started getting sick Friday night after our race in Daytona and let it go through the weekend thinking I could fight it off. I ended up going to the doctor on Tuesday, when I was diagnosed with strep throat. My throat hurt so bad that I didn't want to eat or drink anything. I hydrated Friday and Saturday, but obviously that wasn't enough. After receiving some fluids after the race, I felt much better. I will definitely be ready to go for Chicago race weekend.

* Video: Dehydration takes its toll on Stenhouse Jr.

We had a great run in our No. 6 Cargill Beef Ford at New Hampshire. The last 50 laps, I was up on the wheel trying to catch Austin [Dillon]. I needed to pass him to win the Dash4Cash $100,000 incentive. I came up 50 yards shy. With our top-five finish, we qualified for the next Dash4Cash race this weekend at Chicagoland. Hopefully we will be holding that $100,000 check after the race. A lucky fan also has a chance to win $100,000 as well. Go to NASCAR.COM/dash4cash to register.

Looking ahead to Chicagoland this weekend, we haven't had the finishes there that we have wanted. As I mentioned, we are racing for $100,000 as part of the Dash4Cash program; winning this also would mean that we finished ahead of the guys we are racing for the championship. We need to keep having strong performances each week to help gain points and get the lead back in the championship standings.

You will see a new scheme on our No. 6 Ford this weekend. Rancher's Reserve, one of Cargill's brands, will make their debut in the Nationwide Series. So make sure you check it out and let me know what you think.

I hope everyone has a great week, and make sure to follow me on Twitter @stenhousejr to keep up with me.


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.