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DATE: Saturday, March 15
SITE: Bristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tenn.
TRACK: 0.533-mile oval
CAPACITY: 160,000
ANNUAL: 32nd
TELEVISION: ESPN2
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, March 15/10:10 a.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Larson
POLE WINNER: Justin Allgaier (finished 8)
LAPS: 300
MILES: 159.9
QUALIFYING RECORD: Greg Biffle, 2004 (127.132 mph)
RACE RECORD: Elliott Sadler, 2012 (94.740 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch136Regan Smith4
2Kyle Larson127Chris Buescher11
3Brian Vickers148Justin Allgaier1
4Sam Hornish Jr39Parker Kligerman16
5Kevin Harvick510Brian Scott8
2013 Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 81.872 mph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 57 mins., 11 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.023 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 54 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 5 among 5 drivers
POLE WINNER: Justin Allgaier (124.759 mph)
Past Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Kyle Busch (13) -- Toyota -- 81.872 mph
2012 -- Elliott Sadler (4) -- Chevrolet -- 94.740 mph
2011 -- Kyle Busch (5) -- Toyota -- 85.166 mph
2010 -- Justin Allgaier (30) -- Dodge -- 76.609 mph
2009 -- Kevin Harvick (13) -- Chevrolet -- 79.717 mph
2008 -- Clint Bowyer (4) -- Chevrolet -- 78.874 mph
2007 -- Carl Edwards (3) -- Ford -- 64.038 mph
2006 -- Kyle Busch (20) -- Chevrolet -- 71.606 mph
2005 -- Kevin Harvick (38) -- Chevrolet -- 59.534 mph
2004 -- Martin Truex Jr (2) -- Chevrolet -- 78.114 mph
2003 -- Kevin Harvick (11) -- Chevrolet -- 68.304 mph
2002 -- Jeff Green (2) -- Chevrolet -- 66.093 mph
2001 -- Matt Kenseth (2) -- Chevrolet -- 72.103 mph
2000 -- Sterling Marlin (16) -- Chevrolet -- 74.813 mph
1999 -- Jason Keller (1) -- Chevrolet -- 73.014 mph
1998 -- Elliott Sadler (3) -- Chevrolet -- 75.484 mph
1997 -- Jeff Burton (3) -- Ford -- 74.743 mph
1996 -- Mark Martin (10) -- Ford -- 85.783 mph
1995 -- Steve Grissom (18) -- Chevrolet -- 89.664 mph
1994 -- David Green (3) -- Chevrolet -- 81.085 mph
1993 -- Michael Waltrip (9) -- Pontiac -- 77.911 mph
1992 -- Harry Gant (18) -- Buick -- 92.929 mph
1991 -- Bobby Labonte (21) -- Oldsmobile -- 92.839 mph
1990 -- L.D. Ottinger (13) -- Oldsmobile -- 79.936 mph
1989 -- Rick Wilson (1) -- Oldsmobile -- 85.776 mph
1988 -- Dale Earnhardt (4) -- Chevrolet -- 76.162 mph
1987 -- Morgan Shepherd (11) -- Buick -- 75.032 mph
1986 -- Morgan Shepherd (2) -- Buick -- 71.511 mph
1985 -- Darrell Waltrip (16) -- Chevrolet -- 74.372 mph
1984 -- Not Held
1983 -- Morgan Shepherd (7) -- Oldsmobile -- 85.255 mph
1982 -- Phil Parsons (7) -- Pontiac -- 80.048 mph
 
NOTE: Name changed from Southeastern 150 (1982-83), Budweiser 200 (1985-1993),
Goody's 250 (1994-1996), Moore's Snacks 250 (1997-1999), Cheez-It 250
(2000-2001), Channellock 250 (2002-03), Sharpie Professional 250
(2004-05), Sharpie Mini 300 (2006-08), Scotts Turf Builder 300
(2009-10), Scotts EZ Seed 300 (2011), Ford EcoBoost 300 (2012), Jeff
Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 (2013).
 
Past Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Justin Allgaier -- 8
2012 -- Joey Logano -- 4
2011 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr -- 14
2010 -- Brad Keselowski -- 2
2009 -- Brendan Gaughan -- 21
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Steven Wallace -- 31
2006 -- Kevin Harvick -- 2
2005 -- Carl Edwards -- 7
2004 -- Greg Biffle -- 4
2003 -- David Green -- 4
2002 -- Scott Riggs -- 9
2001 -- Kevin Harvick -- 7
2000 -- Jeff Green -- 2
1999 -- Jason Keller -- 1
1998 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 2
1997 -- Hermie Sadler -- 21
1996 -- Chad Little -- 12
1995 -- David Green -- 36
1994 -- Mark Martin -- 11
1993 -- Ward Burton -- 17
1992 -- Butch Miller -- 23
1991 -- Jeff Burton -- 13
1990 -- None -- Weather
1989 -- Rick Wilson -- 1
1988 -- Larry Pearson -- 14
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 4
1986 -- Geoff Bodine -- 16
1985 -- Tommy Ellis -- 15
1984 -- Not Held
1983 -- None -- Weather
1982 -- David Pearson -- 2
Last Race Results
RACE: Sam's Town 300 (March 8)
SITE: Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- Las Vegas, Nev.
MILES: 300
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
THIRD: Kyle Larson
FOURTH: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
FIFTH: Chase Elliott
POLE WINNER: Ty Dillon (finished 11)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 16 mins., 22 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 131.997 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.348 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 27 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 11 among 5 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Dillon 1-6, Keselowski 7, Dillon 8, Keselowski 9-68, Kenseth
69-74, Keselowski 75-119, K. Busch 120-121, Larson 122-130, K.
Busch 131-157, Kenseth 158, K. Busch 159-162, Keselowski 163-200.
Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Shore Lodge
3Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Yuengling Light Lager
4Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com
5Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Armour Vienna Sausages
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/AdvoCare
7Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/taxslayer.com
9Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts
10Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/supportmilitary.org
11Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
16Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/American Diabetes Assoc.
17Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK)Dodge/nationalcashlenders.com
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Game Stop
22Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)Ford/Discount Tire/SKF
23Josh Reaume (Redlands, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
24Jason White (Richmond, VA)Toyota/Be/More Friday Night Tykes
28Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Dodge/TBA
29Kelly Admiraal (Edmonton, Canada)Toyota/Swan Rentals
31Dylan Kwasniewski (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Rockstar
33Cale Conley (Vienna, WV)Chevrolet/Okuma
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
40Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Cartwheel
43Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN)Ford/Fresh From Florida
44Will Kimmel III (Sellersburg, IN)Toyota/Ingersoil Rand
46Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/TBA
52Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
54 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
55Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group
60Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX)Ford/Ford EcoBoost
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/South Point Hotel/Casino
67Tommy Joe Martins (Como, MS)Dodge/Cross Concrete Construction
70Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/charliessoap.com
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Dodge/TBA
76Willie Allen (Nashville, TN)Dodge/Diamond Gussett Jeans
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/pelletgrillusa.com/SWM
93J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Dodge/TBA
99James Buescher (Plano, TX)Toyota/Rheem
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Kyle Busch---Won34263Won17Won
Kyle Larson------------------------2
Kevin HarvickWon287Won5695
Regan Smith---3836---------------6
Justin Allgaier------------5Won1578
Brian Scott---------------29123510
Trevor Bayne------------233019812
Elliott Sadler------------------4Won36
Matt Kenseth432---4------------
Ryan Blaney---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Trevor Bayne - Started 17 and finished 8
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - finished 2
 
NOTES:
The Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway is the fourth race on the 2014 Nationwide Series schedule.

There have been 63 Nationwide races held at Bristol. The series has competed twice there each season since 1982, with the exception of 1984. The August event was the only one for that year.

Phil Parsons won the inaugural Nationwide race at Bristol, the Southeastern 150, on March 13, 1982.

Kyle Busch holds the record for most Nationwide victories at Bristol with six. Busch won both races there last year. Kevin Harvick has the second most Nationwide wins at this track with five. Harvick is driving the No. 5 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports in this weekend's race.

Nine Nationwide races at Bristol have been won from the pole, which is more than any other starting position there. Busch most recently did it last August.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Bristol occurred in August 2011 when Busch beat Joey Logano to the finish line by only 0.019 seconds. One year ago, Busch beat then rookie Kyle Larson to the line by just 0.023 seconds for the win.

Justin Allgaier is the only driver entered in this race that scored his first career Nationwide victory at Bristol. Allgaier won the spring event in 2010.

Trevor Bayne is the lone driver on the entry list that made his first Nationwide start at Bristol. Bayne started 26th and finished 23rd there on March 21, 2009.

The next race is on March 22 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Busch won last year's event there.

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