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Date: Saturday, May 24

Start Time: 2:45 p.m. ET

Site: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, N.C.

Track: 1.5-mile oval

Laps: 200

Miles: 300

Capacity: 135,000 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 33rd

On TV: ABC

Announcers:

On Radio: Performance Radio Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Mark Martin, 1996 (155.799 mph)

Qualifying record: Jimmie Johnson, 2005 (187.735 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Kyle Busch

Runner up: Kasey Kahne

Pole winner: Austin Dillon (183.949 mph)

Top 10:

1. Kyle Busch (Start: 2)

2. Kasey Kahne (11)

3. Joey Logano (6)

4. Kyle Larson (18)

5. Kevin Harvick (16)

6. Trevor Bayne (21)

7. Justin Allgaier (14)

8. Matt Kenseth (9)

9. Parker Kligerman (5)

10. Regan Smith (10)

Average speed: 129.917 mph

Time of race: 2 hrs., 18 mins., 33 secs.

Margin of victory: 0.939 secs.

Caution flags: 7 for 33 laps

Lead changes: 9 among 5 drivers

Past winners

2013 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 129.917 mph

2012 Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 123.414 mph

2011 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 136.640 mph

2010 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 132.216 mph

2009 Mike Bliss, Chevrolet, 129.096 mph

2008 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 120.331 mph

2007 Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 132.240 mph

2006 Carl Edwards, Ford, 110.735 mph

2005 Kyle Busch, Ford, 117.968 mph

2004 Kyle Busch, Ford, 114.274 mph

2003 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 138.302 mph

2002 Jeff Green, Chevrolet, 120.684 mph

2001 Jeff Green, Ford, 128.205 mph

2000 Jeff Burton, Ford, 121.759 mph

1999 Mark Martin, Ford, 119.377 mph

1998 Mark Martin, Ford, 133.449 mph

1997 Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 126.954 mph

1996 Mark Martin, Ford, 155.799 mph

1995 Chad Little, Ford, 131.707 mph

1994 Phil Parsons, Chevrolet, 127.704 mph

1993 Michael Waltrip, Pontiac, 127.539 mph

1992 Jeff Gordon, Ford, 127.208 mph

1991 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 133.235 mph

1990 Dale Jarrett, Pontiac, 132.337 mph

1989 Rob Moroso, Oldsmobile, 136.450 mph

1988 Dale Jarrett, Pontiac, 139.969 mph

1987 Harry Gant, Buick, 139.643 mph

1986 Tim Richmond, Pontiac, 139.715 mph

1985 Tim Richmond, Pontiac, 119.284 mph

1984 Bobby Allison, Oldsmobile, 126.198 mph

1983 Dale Earnhardt, Pontiac, 117.724 mph

1982 Harry Gant, Pontiac, 126.731 mph

Last race

Race: Get to Know Newton 250 (May 18)

Site: Iowa Speedway -- Newton, Iowa

Miles: 218.75

Laps: 250

Finish line order: Sam Hornish Jr., Ryan Blaney, Regan Smith, Chase Elliott, Elliott Sadler

Time of Race: 2 hrs., 4 mins., 28 secs.

Average speed: 105.450 mph

Margin of victory: 0.796 secs.

Caution flags: 5 for 31 laps

Lead changes: 9 among 3 drivers

Lap leaders: R. Blaney - pole; S. Hornish Jr 1-45; R. Blaney 46-46; S. Hornish R. Blaney - pole; S. Hornish Jr 1-45; R. Blaney 46-46; S. Hornish Jr 47-89; R. Blaney 90-149; S. Hornish Jr 150-206; R. Blaney 207-215; M. McDowell 216-218; R. Blaney 219-228; S. Hornish Jr 229-250.

Entry list

#01 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Flex Seal

#2 Brian Scott (Boise, ID) Chevrolet/Anderson's Maple Syrup

#3 Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Bass Pro/NWTF

#4 Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC) Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com

#5 Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Hunt Brothers Pizza

#6 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/AdvoCare

#7 Regan Smith (Cato, NY) Chevrolet/Fire Alarm Services

#9 Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA) Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts

#11 Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA) Toyota/One Main Financial

#14 Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA) Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap

#16 Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/American Diabetes Assoc.

#17 Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK) Dodge/nationalcashlenders.com

#19 Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR) Toyota/TriStar Motorsports

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Game Stop

#22 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI Ford/Discount Tire

#23 Carlos Contreras (Mexico City) Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing

#24 John Wes Townley (Watkinsville, GA) Toyota/Zaxby's

#28 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Dodge/JGL Racing

#31 Dylan Kwasniewski (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Rockstar

#39 Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA) Chevrolet/RSS Racing

#40 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Enoes

#43 Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN) Ford/Fresh From Florida

#44 David Starr (Houston, TX) Toyota/Central TX Lath & Plaster

#46 Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA) Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing

#51 Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC) Chevrolet/repairablevehicles.com

#52 Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA) Chevrolet/TBA

#54 * Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/Monster Energy

#55 Ross Chastain (Alva, FL) Chevrolet/watermelon.org

#60 Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX) Ford/Roush Performance Parts

#62 Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/South Point

#70 Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA) Chevrolet/Youtheory

#74 Kevin Lepage (Shelburne, VT) Dodge/TBA

#76 Tommy Joe Martins (Como, MS) Ford/TBA

#80 Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI) Toyota/TBA

#84 Chad Boat (Phoenix, AZ) Chevrolet/Billy Boat Performance

#86 Kyle Fowler (Smyrna, GA) Chevrolet/Bubba Burger

#87 Daryl Harr (Alberta, Canada) Chevrolet/JD Motorsports

#93 Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO) Dodge/JGL Racing

#98 Jeb Burton (Halifax, VA) Ford/Kendall Jackson

#99 James Buescher (Plano, TX) Toyota/Rheem

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Kyle Busch Won 23 8 Won 3 Won 3 3 Won
Kyle Larson 4
Kevin Harvick 11 8 12 19 23 6 16 4 5
Trevor Bayne 17 6
Matt Kenseth 38 7 Won 8
Regan Smith 10 5 10
Elliott Sadler 36 19 10 5 13
Brian Scott 33 8 31 15
Brad Keselowski 37 3 8 2 6 Won
Chase Elliott
Ty Dillon

Notes

The History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the 11th race on the 2014 Nationwide Series schedule.

There have been 64 Nationwide races at Charlotte. The series has competed at this track twice each year since 1982.

Harry Gant won the inaugural Nationwide race at Charlotte, the Mello Yello 300, on May 29, 1982.

Kyle Busch holds the record for most Nationwide wins at Charlotte with eight. Busch scored a season-sweep there last year.

Roush Fenway Racing has the most car owner wins in Nationwide races at Charlotte with 12, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing with seven.

The Nationwide race winner at Charlotte has started from the pole nine times. Busch most recently did it there last October.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Charlotte occurred on May 26, 2001 when Jeff Green beat Matt Kenseth to the finish line by just 0.055 seconds.

Mike Bliss is the only driver on the entry list for this weekend's race that scored his first career Nationwide victory at Charlotte. Bliss won the 2004 fall race there when he drove Joe Gibbs Racing. He is now with TriStar Motorsports.

Two drivers entered in this race made their Nationwide debuts at Charlotte: Kenseth (May 1996) and Busch (May 2003).

The next race is the Buckle Up 200 on May 31 at Dover International Speedway. Joey Logano won last year's race there.

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