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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins championship

Updated: November 20, 2011, 4:38 PM ET
Associated Press

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. nearly lost his job 18 months ago.

He was finishing near the back of fields and floundering for Roush Fenway Racing. Team owner Jack Roush stuck with him, pushing him in meetings, challenging him at racetracks and dogging him all the time.

It worked wonders -- and led to a championship.

Stenhouse won the Nationwide Series title long before the checkered flag dropped at the season finale Saturday. He clinched his first championship ...

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