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Stenhouse makes it back-to-back crowns

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 01:33 AM
HOMESTEAD -

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. became the sixth driver to win consecutive championships in the Nationwide Series.

Stenhouse finished sixth Saturday in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, edging Elliott Sadler for the title.

About the only drama in the race was whether Stenhouse would play it safe. He did, but not without several close calls. His Roush Fenway Racing team even had to remind him several times in the final 10 laps to avoid potential pitfalls.

Regan Smith won the 300-mile race. Kyle Busch was second, followed by Brendan Gaughan, Sam Hornish Jr. and Austin Dillon.

As Smith did burnouts, before heading to Victory Lane, Stenhouse had ideas of an even bigger celebration.

Stenhouse became the first since Martin Truex Jr. in 2005 to win back-to-back titles in the second-tier series.

FORMULA ONE: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel secured the pole for today's U.S. Grand Prix, putting him in the perfect spot to chase his third consecutive world championship.

Driving the new $400 million Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, Vettel dominated three practice sessions before securing the pole with a blistering round of qualifying.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who trails Vettel by 10 points in the drivers' championship, was ninth in qualifying.

ETC.: Richard Petty Motorsports re-signed Sprint Cup Series drivers Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola for 2013.

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