NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Oral-B USA 500 Preview

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Date: Sunday, Aug. 31

Start Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Site: Atlanta Motor Speedway -- Hampton, Georgia

Track: 1.54-mile oval

Laps: 325

Miles: 500.5

Capacity: 99,000 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 55th

On TV: ESPN

Announcers:

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

Race record: Bobby Labonte, 1997 (159.904 mph)

Qualifying record: Geoffrey Bodine, 1997 (197.478 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Kyle Busch

Runner up: Joey Logano

Pole winner: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (189.688 mph)

Top 10:

1. Kyle Busch (Start: 9)

2. Joey Logano (11)

3. Martin Truex Jr (7)

4. Kurt Busch (32)

5. Ryan Newman (17)

6. Jeff Gordon (5)

7. Juan Pablo Montoya (3)

8. Dale Earnhardt Jr (8)

9. Kevin Harvick (30)

10. Brian Vickers (22)

Average speed: 135.128 mph.

Time of race: 3 hrs., 42 mins., 14 secs.

Margin of victory: 0.740 secs.

Caution flags: 9 for 47 laps

Lead changes: 28 among 13 drivers

Past winners

2013 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 135.128 mph

2012 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 142.020 mph

2011 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 124.623 mph

2010 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 129.041 mph

2009 Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 134.033 mph

2008 Carl Edwards, Ford, 134.272 mph

2007 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 135.260 mph

2006 Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 143.421 mph

2005 Carl Edwards, Ford, 146.834 mph

2004 Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 145.847 mph

2003 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 127.769 mph

2002 Kurt Busch, Ford, 127.519 mph

2001 Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 151.756 mph

2000 Jerry Nadeau, Chevrolet, 141.296 mph

1999 Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 137.932 mph

1998 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 114.915 mph

1997 Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 159.904 mph

1996 Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet, 134.661 mph

1995 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 163.633 mph

1994 Mark Martin, Ford, 148.982 mph

1993 Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 125.221 mph

1992 Bill Elliott, Ford, 133.322 mph

1991 Mark Martin, Ford, 137.968 mph

1990 Morgan Shepherd, Ford, 140.911 mph

1989 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 140.229 mph

1988 Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, 129.024 mph

1987 Bill Elliott, Ford, 139.047 mph

1986 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 152.523 mph

1985 Bill Elliott, Ford, 139.597 mph

1984 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, (134.610 mph

1983 Neil Bonnett, Chevrolet, 137.643 mph

1982 Bobby Allison, Buick, 130.884 mph

1981 Neil Bonnett, Ford, 130.391 mph

1980 Cale Yarborough, Chevrolet, 131.190 mph

1979 Neil Bonnett, Mercury, 137.643 mph

1978 Donnie Allison, Chevrolet, 124.312 mph

1977 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 110.052 mph

1976 Dave Marcis, Dodge, 127.396 mph

1975 Buddy Baker, Ford, 130.900 mph

1974 Richard Petty, Dodge, 131.651 mph

1973 David Pearson, Mercury, 130.211 mph

1972 Bobby Allison, Chevrolet, 131.295 mph

1971 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 120.061 mph

1970 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 142.712 mph

1969 LeeRoy Yarborough, Ford, 133.001 mph

1968 LeeRoy Yarborough, Mercury, 127.068 mph

1967 Dick Hutcherson, Ford, 132.286 mph

1966 Richard Petty, Plymouth, 130.244 mph

1965 Marvin Panch, Ford, 110.120 mph

1964 Ned Jarrett, Ford, 112.535 mph

1963 Junior Johnson, Chevrolet, 121.139 mph

1962 Rex White, Chevrolet, 124.896 mph

1961 David Pearson, Pontiac, 125.230 mph

1960 Bobby Johns, Pontiac, 134.596 mph

Last race

Race: IRWIN Tools Night Race (Aug. 23)

Site: Bristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tennessee

Miles: 266.5

Laps: 500

Finish line order: Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch

Time of Race: 2 hrs., 52 mins.

Average speed: 92.965 mph

Margin of victory: 0.390 secs.

Caution flags: 9 for 64 laps

Lead changes: 16 among 9 drivers

Lap leaders: Harvick 1-37, J. Gordon 38-54, Ky. Busch 55-62, Harvick 63, Harvick 1-37, J. Gordon 38-54, Ky. Busch 55-62, Harvick 63, Kenseth 64-103, Logano 104-132, Hamlin 133-160, Harvick 161-197, Kahne 198-237, McMurray 238-265, Keselowski 266-311, McMurray 312-360, Logano 361, McMurray 362-432, Logano 433, Kenseth 434-455, Logano 456-500.

Entry list

#1 Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO) Chevrolet/Cessna

#2 Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI) Ford/Alliance Truck Parts

#3. Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Dow

#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Great Clips

#7 Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA) Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J

#9 Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia) Ford/Stanley

#10 Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Chevrolet/GoDaddy

#11 Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA) Toyota/Sport Clips

#13 Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/GEICO

#14 To Be Announced Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops

#15 Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS) Toyota/SpeedDigital.com

#16 Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA) Ford/Ortho Fire Ant Killer

#17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS) Ford/Fifth Third Bank

#18 * Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/M&M's

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Home Depot

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Shell/Pennzoil

#23 Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ) Toyota/Dr. Pepper

#24 Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA) Chevrolet/Panasonic

#26 Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) Toyota/Rinnai

#27 Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI) Chevrolet/Menards/Duracell

#31 Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN) Chevrolet/Caterpillar

#32 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Ford/TBA

#33 Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/TBA

#34 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Farm Rich

#36 Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA) Chevrolet/Wrecker Rentals

#37 Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH) Chevrolet/Accell Construction

#38 David Gilliland (Riverside, CA) Ford/Love's Travel Stops

#40 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Newtown Building Sup.

#41 Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Haas Automation

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

#43 Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL) Ford/Eckrich

#47 A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA) Chevrolet/Hungry Jack

#48 Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA) Chevrolet/Lowe's/Kobalt Tools

#51 Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL) Chevrolet/Auto Owners Insurance

#55 Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC) Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine

#66 Brett Moffitt (Grimes, IA) Toyota/Land Castle Title

#77 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Ford/Fochler Veterans Law

#78 Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ) Chevrolet/Furniture Row

#83 Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ) Toyota/Burger King

#88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC) Chevrolet/National Guard

#95 Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ) Ford/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

#98 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing

#99 Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO) Ford/Subway

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Kyle Busch 12 27 20 5 13 5 23 6 Won
Joey Logano 22 27 24 18 2
Martin Truex Jr 40 37 31 15 26 12 14 4 3
Kurt Busch 36 14 8 6 38 6 4 13 4
Ryan Newman 23 30 37 16 9 8 20 35 5
Jeff Gordon 2 6 7 9 8 13 Won 2 6
Dale Earnhardt Jr 4 3 25 11 17 22 19 7 8
Kevin Harvick 22 31 15 13 2 33 7 5 9
Brian Vickers 15 19 10 21 7 11 10
Jamie McMurray 6 40 26 7 28 15 16 24 11
Matt Kenseth 5 4 4 4 12 11 9 9 12
Greg Biffle 7 5 22 10 10 36 12 15 15
Carl Edwards Won 7 2 Won 37 2 5 36 18
Austin Dillon 19
Jimmie Johnson 16 2 Won 2 36 3 2 34 28
Brad Keselowski 25 6 3 35
Kasey Kahne 35 38 9 33 Won 32 34 23 36
Denny Hamlin 19 8 24 3 6 43 8 Won 38
Clint Bowyer 25 6 20 29 7 36 27 39
Kyle Larson

Notes

The Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is the 25th race on the 2014 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

Originally called Atlanta International Raceway, the track was then a 1.5-mile speedway. The track was re-measured to 1.522 miles in the spring of 1970. It was renamed Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1990. The track layout was reversed and re-configured to 1.54 miles between the two races in 1997.

Atlanta Motor Speedway has 24 degrees of banking all of its turns as well as 5 degrees of banking on the frontstretch and backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 2,332 feet, and the backstretch measures 1,800 feet.

There have been 106 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Atlanta. Until 2010, there have been two races per season except 1961, which had three. This year marks the fourth season with only one event.

Fireball Roberts started on the pole and won the inaugural Cup Series race at Atlanta, the Dixie 300, on July 31, 1960.

Dale Earnhardt holds the record for most victories at Atlanta with nine. Cale Yarborough has the second most wins there with seven. Jeff Gordon leads all drivers entered in this year's race with five victories at this track.

Eleven drivers have posted consecutive wins at Atlanta: Marvin Panch (1965 sweep), Bobby Allison (1972 sweep), David Pearson (1973 sweep), Richard Petty (1974 fall, 1975 spring), Cale Yarborough (1980 fall, 1981 spring), Bill Elliott (1985 sweep; 1992 sweep), Dale Earnhardt (1989 fall, 1990 spring; 1995 fall, 1996 spring), Bobby Labonte (1997 fall, 1998 spring), Jeff Gordon (1998 fall, 1999 spring), Carl Edwards (2005 sweep), Jimmie Johnson (2007 sweep). Kyle Busch is the defending race winner.

The Wood Brothers hold the record for most car owner wins at Atlanta with 12. Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing are next in line with 11 victories.

Buddy Baker and Ryan Newman share the record for most poles at Atlanta with seven each. Newman, who is in his first season with Richard Childress Racing, won six consecutive poles there from 2003-05. His most recent pole at this track came in the spring of 2007.

The race winner at Atlanta has started on the pole 14 times, but no driver has accomplished that feat at this track since Kasey Kahne did it in March 2006.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Atlanta occurred on March 11, 2001 when Kevin Harvick beat Gordon to the finish line by only 0.006 seconds.

Carl Edwards and Harvick are those active drivers who scored their first career Cup victories at Atlanta. Harvick, in just his third start, claimed his maiden win in the series there in the spring of 2001. Edwards won his first races in both Nationwide and Cup at this track in March 2005.

Three drivers entered in this weekend's race made their Cup debuts at Atlanta: Gordon (Nov. 15, 1992), Martin Truex Jr. (Oct. 31, 2004) and Reed Sorenson (Oct. 30, 2005).

One driver on the entry list scored his maiden pole in the series at this track: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2013).

Kyle Busch is the youngest driver to win a Cup race at Atlanta. Busch won the spring event there on March 9, 2008 when he was 22 years, 10 months and 7 days old. When Morgan Shepherd was 51 years, 5 months and 8 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on March 20, 1993.

The 26-race regular season in the Sprint Cup Series concludes with the Sept. 6 Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Edwards is the defending race winner.

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