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.

Recent NASCAR Discussions

NASCAR Odds

Driver Odds
Odds to win the Daytona 500 @ Daytona International Speedway
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. #88 +600
Brad Keselowski #2 +750
Kevin Harvick #4 +1000
Kyle Busch #18 +1000
Joey Logano #22 +1000

Nascar Top Stories

Thumbnail NASCAR Championship Odds As the 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Season is set to begin later next month, here is the latest odds to win the season championship.
Thumbnail Can Dale Jr. win in 2017? After missing a large chunk of the 2016 season due to a concussion, Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he is ready to go for 2017. Can he be a championship...
Thumbnail Edwards steps away from NASCAR In a surprising move this week, Carl Edwards has chosen to leave NASCAR and step away from his racing career.