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DATE: Saturday, March 22
SITE: Auto Club Speedway -- Fontana, Calif.
TRACK: 2-mile oval
CAPACITY: 90,988 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 18th
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 5 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, March 22/1:35 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Sam Hornish Jr.
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 1)
LAPS: 150
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Tony Stewart, 2005 (185.941 mph)
RACE RECORD: Hank Parker Jr, 2001 (155.957 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch16Kyle Larson9
2Sam Hornish Jr77Elliott Sadler2
3Regan Smith168Brian Scott12
4Parker Kligerman89Trevor Bayne15
5Austin Dillon1110Kevin Swindell17
2013 TreatMyClot.com 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 141.528 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 7 mins., 11 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.834 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 17 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 17 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (178.607 mph)
Past TreatMyClot.com 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Kyle Busch (1) -- Toyota -- 141.528 mph
2012 -- Joey Logano (1) -- Toyota -- 142.330 mph
2011 -- Kyle Busch (7) -- Toyota -- 140.772 mph
2010 -- Kyle Busch (2) -- Toyota -- 143.886 mph
2009 -- Kyle Busch (2) -- Toyota -- 138.479 mph
2008 -- Tony Stewart (2) -- Toyota -- 141.769 mph
2007 -- Matt Kenseth (2) -- Ford -- 127.871 mph
2006 -- Greg Biffle (3) -- Ford -- 147.501 mph
2005 -- Mark Martin (3) -- Ford -- 117.251 mph
2004 -- Greg Biffle (15) -- Ford -- 138.978 mph
2003 -- Matt Kenseth (19) -- Ford -- 129.419 mph
2002 -- Scott Riggs (6) -- Ford -- 131.403 mph
2001 -- Hank Parker Jr (26) -- Chevrolet -- 155.957 mph
2000 -- Matt Kenseth (8) -- Chevrolet -- 126.375 mph
1999 -- Matt Kenseth (2) -- Chevrolet -- 119.960 mph
1998 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (2) -- Chevrolet -- 148.597 mph
1997 -- Todd Bodine (28) -- Pontiac -- 145.083 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Kenwood 300 (1997-98), Auto Club 300 (1999-2002),
1-800-PitStop.com 300 (2003), Stater Bros. 300 (2004-10), Royal Purple
300 (2011-13).
 
Past TreatMyClot.com 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Kyle Busch -- 1
2012 -- Joey Logano -- 1
2011 -- Carl Edwards -- 2
2010 -- Joey Logano -- 5
2009 -- Carl Edwards -- 4
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Dave Blaney -- 10
2006 -- Carl Edwards -- 3
2005 -- Tony Stewart -- 29
2004 -- Jason Leffler -- 34
2003 -- Kevin Harvick -- 3
2002 -- None -- Weather
2001 -- Bobby Hamilton Jr -- 14
2000 -- Jeff Green -- 3
1999 -- None -- Weather
1998 -- Robert Pressley -- 14
1997 -- Steve Park -- 2
Last Race Results
RACE: Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 (March 15)
SITE: Bristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tenn.
MILES: 159.9
LAPS: 300
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Larson
THIRD: Kevin Harvick
FOURTH: Ryan Blaney
FIFTH: Matt Kenseth
POLE WINNER: Kyle Larson (finished 2)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 50 mins., 4 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 87.165 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.441 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 47 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 7 among 3 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Larson 1-2, K. Busch 3-29, Kenseth 30-96, K. Busch 97, Kenseth
98-137, K. Busch 138, Kenseth 139-209, K. Busch 210- 300.
TreatMyClot.com 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Jason White (Richmond, VA)Toyota/Friday Night Tykes
01Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Anderson's Maple Syrup
3Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Wesco
4Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com
5Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/taxslayer.com
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/AdvoCare
7Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Best Foods
9Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts
10Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/supportmilitary.org
11Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/Game Stop/Turtle Beach
13Derek White (Kahnawake, QB, Canada)Toyota/TBA
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
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/America's Tire
23Carlos Contreras (Mexico City)Chevrolet/TBA
24Ryan Ellis (Torrance, CA)Toyota/Friday Night Tykes
28Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Dodge/TBA
31Dylan Kwasniewski (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Rockstar
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/Charter
44David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Niece Equipment
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/Roush Fenway Racing
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Wix Filters
70Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/charliessoap.com
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Dodge/TBA
87Daryl Harr (Alberta, Canada)Toyota/Iworld
91Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TBA
93J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Dodge/TBA
98David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Carroll Shelby Engine Co.
99James Buescher (Plano, TX)Toyota/Rheem
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Kyle Busch---2332WonWonWon8Won
Regan Smith---289---------------3
Kyle Larson------------------------6
Elliott Sadler---32---27------597
Brian Scott---------------101348
Trevor Bayne---------------116149
Joey Logano------------357Won---
Matt Kenseth96Won------------------
Kevin Harvick28632383------
Ty Dillon---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Landon Cassill - Started 26 and finished 12
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - finished 1
 
NOTES:
The Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway is the fifth race on the 2014 Nationwide Series schedule.

ACS has been on the Nationwide schedule each year since 1997. Todd Bodine won the inaugural race there that year.

There have been 24 Nationwide events held at Auto Club Speedway. The track hosted one race each season from 1997-2003 and then two events per season from 2004-10. ACS returned to a single-race season three years ago.

Kyle Busch holds the record for most Nationwide wins at Auto Club Speedway with six. All of his victories have come within the last eight races there. He has led at least one lap in each of the previous 12 Nationwide races at this track.

Joe Gibbs Racing has won nine consecutive Nationwide races at this track: Busch (6), Logano (2) and Tony Stewart (1). Logano drove for JGR in the series from 2008-12.

Five Nationwide races at Auto Club Speedway have been won from the pole position: Busch (2008, '10 and '13) and Logano (2009 and '12).

The closest margin of victory in a Nationwide event at this track happened in February 2010 when Busch beat Greg Biffle to the finish line by just 0.051 seconds.

The next race is the April 4 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch won last year's event there.

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