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Stenhouse Jr. captures Nationwide title at Homestead

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. easily clinched the 2011 place finish in Saturday's ending Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Stenhouse concluded his title season with a 45-point margin over Elliott Sadler, who finished sixth. A finish of 37th or better at Homestead guaranteed Stenhouse the championship. He officially wrapped it up when six "start and park" drivers were listed out of the race by lap 32.

Brad Keselowski won the 300-mile affair at Homestead. Keselowski passed Carl Edwards for the lead just after the final restart with seven laps to go. He then held off Stenhouse and Edwards to score his fifth win of the season and the 17th of his Nationwide career.

Edwards' third-place finish coupled with a fifth-place run for Denny Hamlin allowed Roush Fenway Racing's No.60 team to win the owner's championship by just three-points over Joe Gibbs Racing's No.18 team. Edwards led the most laps with 87.