It is the number emblazoned on the door of his Roush Fenway Racing Ford, but that would be too obvious. Rather check this out: Stenhouse just posted his sixth victory of the season last weekend at Kansas, closing his championship point standings deficit down to six points and giving him a great chance to become the sixth driver in series history to win consecutive series titles.
Coincidence? Perhaps. But the stats are pointing to Stenhouse making a serious run at the championship. Unlike last season when Stenhouse was in the standings lead by 15 points over Elliott Sadler and the final three races were about defending his point lead. This season he sits in second, six points behind Sadler and winning the championship this time around means taking it.
Thirty races are in the book and the 2011 series champion has posted six wins and a series-high 17 top fives. His season-to-date Driver Rating leads the series at 110.1 and he has an Average Running Position of 8.884, third best in the series.
At the final three tracks on the schedule, Stenhouse has a better average finish (6.8) than Sadler (16.3). Stenhouse (198 laps led) has also led nearly twice as many laps as Sadler (105) at the same three tracks.