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Date: Saturday, Aug. 30

Start Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Site: Atlanta Motor Speedway -- Hampton, Georgia

Track: 1.54-mile oval

Laps: 195

Miles: 300.3

Capacity: 99,000 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 23rd

On TV: ESPN 2

Announcers:

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

Race record: Mark Martin, 1997 (151.751 mph)

Qualifying record: Greg Biffle, 2003 (192.300 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Kevin Harvick

Runner up: Kyle Busch

Pole winner: Kyle Busch (180.563 mph)

Top 10:

1. Kevin Harvick (Start: 20)

2. Kyle Busch (1)

3. Sam Hornish Jr (6)

4. Kasey Kahne (4)

5. Kyle Larson (13)

6. Joey Logano (16)

7. Trevor Bayne (3)

8. Austin Dillon (2)

9. Regan Smith (5)

10. Brian Scott (12)

Average speed: 140.747 mph

Time of race: 2 hrs., 8 mins., 1 sec.

Margin of victory: 0.579 secs.

Caution flags: 4 for 20 laps

Lead changes: 11 among 7 drivers

Past winners

2013 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 140.747 mph

2012 Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 117.880 mph

2011 Carl Edwards, Ford, 132.811 mph

2010 Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 144.452 mph

2009 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 145.228 mph

2008 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 131.290 mph

2007 Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 127.201 mph

2006 Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 127.984 mph

2005 Carl Edwards, Ford, 130.651 mph

2004 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 133.343 mph

2003 Greg Biffle, Chevrolet, 146.217 mph

2002 Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 138.788 mph

2001 Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 143.954 mph

2000 Mark Martin, Ford, 126.924 mph

1999 Mike Skinner, Chevrolet, 117.178 mph

1998 Mark Martin, Ford, 138.193 mph

1997 Mark Martin, Ford, 151.751 mph

1996 Terry Labonte, Chevrolet, 139.656 mph

1995 Johnny Benson, Chevrolet, 145.767 mph

1994 Harry Gant, Chevrolet, 127.649 mph

1993 Ward Burton, Chevrolet, 109.640 mph

1992 Jeff Gordon, Ford, 124.412 mph

Last race

Race: Food City 300 (August 22)

Site: Bristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tennessee

Miles: 159.9

Laps: 300

Finish line order: Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon, Regan Smith

Time of Race: 1 hr., 56 mins., 44 secs.

Average speed: 82.187 mph

Margin of victory: 0.132 secs.

Caution flags: 10 for 57 laps

Lead changes: 9 among 5 drivers

Lap leaders: K. Busch 1-63, Sadler 64-68, Elliott 69, Sadler 70-90, Elliott K. Busch 1-63, Sadler 64-68, Elliott 69, Sadler 70-90, Elliott 91-97, Sadler 98, Elliott 99-149, Larson 150-195, K. Busch 196-293, Blaney 294-300.

Entry list

#01 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/G&K Services

#2 Brian Scott (Boise, ID) Chevrolet/Shore Lodge

#3 Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Yuengling Light Lager

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

#5 * Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Bad Boy Buggies

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

#7 Regan Smith (Cato, NY) Chevrolet/TaxSlayer Bowl

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

#10 Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY) Toyota/supportmilitary.org

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

#13 Carl Long (Roxboro, NC) Dodge/TBA

#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/Tweaker Energy Shot

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Sun Energy 1

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Discount Tire

#23 Carlos Contreras (Mexico City) Chevrolet/.38 Special/Vol.

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

#28 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Dodge/Texas 28 Spirits Stage

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

#39 Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA) Chevrolet/Big Green Egg

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

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Cartwheel by Target

#43 Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN) Ford/Winfield

#44 Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL) Toyota/WWB

#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 Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM) Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group

#60 Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX) Ford/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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

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

#72 John Jackson (Ellenton, FL) Chevrolet/Crash Claims R US

#74 Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL) Dodge/TBA

#87 Chris Cockrum (Conyers, GA) Ford/Advanced Communications Group

#89 Morgan Shepherd (Ferguson, NC) Chevrolet/Courtney Construction

#93 Kevin Swindell (Germantown, TN) Dodge/JGL Racing

#98 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Carroll Shelby Engine

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

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Kevin Harvick 11 2 2 Won 4 4 3 Won
Kyle Busch 40 3 24 2 2 2 7 2
Kyle Larson 5
Joey Logano 6 6 6
Trevor Bayne 16 24 33 7
Regan Smith 21 23 9
Brian Scott 28 12 11 10
Chris Buescher 13
Elliott Sadler 10 4 18
Matt Kenseth 5
Chase Elliott
Ty Dillon

Notes

The Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is the 24th race on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule.

There have been 22 Nationwide races held at Atlanta. The series has competed there once each season since 1992.

Jeff Gordon started on the pole and won the inaugural Nationwide race at Atlanta, the Atlanta 300, on March 14, 1992.

Mark Martin holds the record for most Nationwide victories at Atlanta with three.

Kyle Busch holds the record for most career wins in the series with 66 but has yet to score a victory at Atlanta. Busch has finished second in five Nationwide races at Atlanta, including a runner-up there last year.

Four Nationwide races at Atlanta have been won from the pole, which is more than any other starting position there. Carl Edwards most recently did it 2011.

Edwards and Jamie McMurray are those drivers who scored their first career Nationwide victories at Atlanta. Edwards' win there came on March 19, 2005. One day later, his maiden Cup victory occurred at this track. McMurray posted his first win in Nationwide there on Oct. 26, 2002. Both drivers are not competing in this year's event.

The next race is the Sept. 5 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Brad Keselowski won last year's race there.

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