|Ricky Stenhouse Jr. celebrates winning the Nationwide Series Championship (Photo courtesy Getty Images)|
|Carl Edwards congratulates teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on winning the championship (Photo courtesy Getty Images)|
I picked Elliot Sadler to win the championship at the beginning of the year, and he was almost able to do it. But Ricky Stenhouse was able to overcome the legend of a sophomore slump (much like Austin Dillon) to become the 2011 Nationwide Champion. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. solidified himself today as a champion NASCAR driver. One day, we may be talking about Stenhouse becoming the NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion.
|Champion (Photo courtesy Getty Images)|