NASCAR - Nationwide - Great Clips 300 Preview
08/27/2014 10:11 AM
08/27/2014 10:17 AM
Date: Saturday, Aug. 30
Start Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Site: Atlanta Motor Speedway -- Hampton, Georgia
Track: 1.54-mile oval
Capacity: 99,000 (Grandstand Seating)
On TV: ESPN 2
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)
Defending champion: Kevin Harvick
Runner up: Kyle Busch
Pole winner: Kyle Busch (180.563 mph)
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
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
Race: Food City 300 (August 22)
Site: Bristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tennessee
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.
#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
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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