SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. didn't know he had been around the Nationwide Series this long.
Told on Friday that the Kentucky 300 would mark his 100th career start in NASCAR's second-tier circuit, the 24-year-old defending series champion and current points leader laughed. Stenhouse was so focused on racing that he never kept count.
At Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, he'll be concentrating on staying ahead of Elliott Sadler. Stenhouse took over first place last week with a victory at Chicago and holds a nine-point edge with seven races remaining.
He has been strong on the 1.5-mile oval, finishing eighth in June after two ninth-place runs.
Stenhouse hopes this milestone start culminates in a breakthrough victory that leads to another championship.