He went from a two-win season in 2011 to six victories and led the points standings eight times. Stenhouse never fell out of the top three after recovering from a three-race stretch in late May-early June during which he finished 25th or worse.
Five of his six victories came on intermediate tracks: Atlanta, Chicagoland, Kansas, Las Vegas and Texas. He also won for the third consecutive time at Iowa in May and posted a top-five finish on a road course (Watkins Glen) and superspeedway (Talladega).-NASCAR IMC
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Hamlin feels great after winning pole
The Crossover: NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin joins Michelle Beadle to talk about winning the pole for the Coca-Cola 600. It’s his first race back from a back injury earlier on in the season. Hamlin said the hardest thing to watch during his injury was someone else driving his car around the track.
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