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DATE: Saturday, May 24
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, N.C.
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 135,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 33rd
TELEVISION: ABC
RADIO: Performance Radio Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2:45 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, May 24/10:40 a.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Kasey Kahne
POLE WINNER: Austin Dillon (finished 14)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jimmie Johnson, 2005 (187.735 mph)
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 1996 (155.799 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch26Trevor Bayne21
2Kasey Kahne117Justin Allgaier14
3Joey Logano68Matt Kenseth9
4Kyle Larson189Parker Kligerman5
5Kevin Harvick1610Regan Smith10
2013 History 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 129.917 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 18 mins., 33 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.939 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 33 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 5 drivers
POLE WINNER: Austin Dillon (183.949 mph)
Past History 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Kyle Busch (2) -- Toyota -- 129.917 mph
2012 -- Brad Keselowski (10) -- Dodge -- 123.414 mph
2011 -- Matt Kenseth (3) -- Ford -- 136.640 mph
2010 -- Kyle Busch (6) -- Toyota -- 132.216 mph
2009 -- Mike Bliss (10) -- Chevrolet -- 129.096 mph
2008 -- Kyle Busch (6) -- Toyota -- 120.331 mph
2007 -- Kasey Kahne (32) -- Dodge -- 132.240 mph
2006 -- Carl Edwards (9) -- Ford -- 110.735 mph
2005 -- Kyle Busch (19) -- Ford -- 117.968 mph
2004 -- Kyle Busch (2) -- Ford -- 114.274 mph
2003 -- Matt Kenseth (9) -- Ford -- 138.302 mph
2002 -- Jeff Green (4) -- Chevrolet -- 120.684 mph
2001 -- Jeff Green (2) -- Ford -- 128.205 mph
2000 -- Jeff Burton (4) -- Ford -- 121.759 mph
1999 -- Mark Martin (2) -- Ford -- 119.377 mph
1998 -- Mark Martin (6) -- Ford -- 133.449 mph
1997 -- Joe Nemechek (2) -- Chevrolet -- 126.954 mph
1996 -- Mark Martin (17) -- Ford -- 155.799 mph
1995 -- Chad Little (7) -- Ford -- 131.707 mph
1994 -- Phil Parsons (12) -- Chevrolet -- 127.704 mph
1993 -- Michael Waltrip (12) -- Pontiac -- 127.539 mph
1992 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Ford -- 127.208 mph
1991 -- Dale Earnhardt (19) -- Chevrolet -- 133.235 mph
1990 -- Dale Jarrett (3) -- Pontiac -- 132.337 mph
1989 -- Rob Moroso (4) -- Oldsmobile -- 136.450 mph
1988 -- Dale Jarrett (6) -- Pontiac -- 139.969 mph
1987 -- Harry Gant (16) -- Buick -- 139.643 mph
1986 -- Tim Richmond (1) -- Pontiac -- 139.715 mph
1985 -- Tim Richmond (1) -- Pontiac -- 119.284 mph
1984 -- Bobby Allison (8) -- Oldsmobile -- 126.198 mph
1983 -- Dale Earnhardt (3) -- Pontiac -- 117.724 mph
1982 -- Harry Gant (1) -- Pontiac -- 126.731 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Mello Yello 300 (1982-84), Winn-Dixie 300 (1985-88),
Champion 300 (1989-94), Red Dog 300 (1995-96), Carquest 300 (1997-2006),
Carquest Auto Parts 300 (2007-09), TECH-NET Auto Service 300 (2010),
Top Gear 300 (2011).
 
Past History 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Austin Dillon -- 14
2012 -- Joey Logano -- 6
2011 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr -- 4
2010 -- Carl Edwards -- 9
2009 -- Carl Edwards -- 10
2008 -- Brian Vickers -- 5
2007 -- Matt Kenseth -- 7
2006 -- Matt Kenseth -- 38
2005 -- Kasey Kahne -- 41
2004 -- Greg Biffle -- 6
2003 -- Kevin Harvick -- 9
2002 -- Ron Hornaday Jr -- 33
2001 -- Kevin Harvick -- 26
2000 -- Dave Blaney -- 36
1999 -- David Green -- 14
1998 -- Bobby Labonte -- 6
1997 -- Mark Martin -- 3
1996 -- Dale Jarrett -- 6
1995 -- Rich Bickle -- 8
1994 -- Mike Skinner -- 28
1993 -- Tracy Leslie -- 34
1992 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
1991 -- Jack Sprague -- 5
1990 -- Dick Trickle -- 2
1989 -- Greg Sacks -- 22
1988 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 29
1987 -- Brett Bodine -- 30
1986 -- Tim Richmond -- 1
1985 -- Tim Richmond -- 1
1984 -- L.D. Ottinger -- 32
1983 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 39
1982 -- Harry Gant -- 1
Last Race Results
RACE: Get to Know Newton 250 (May 18)
SITE: Iowa Speedway -- Newton, Iowa
MILES: 218.75
LAPS: 250
WINNER: Sam Hornish Jr.
RUNNER-UP: Ryan Blaney
THIRD: Regan Smith
FOURTH: Chase Elliott
FIFTH: Elliott Sadler
POLE WINNER: Ryan Blaney (finished 2)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 4 mins., 28 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 105.450 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.796 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 31 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 3 drivers
LAP LEADERS: R. Blaney - pole; S. Hornish Jr 1-45; R. Blaney 46-46; S. Hornish
Jr 47-89; R. Blaney 90-149; S. Hornish Jr 150-206; R. Blaney
207-215; M. McDowell 216-218; R. Blaney 219-228; S. Hornish Jr
229-250.
History 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Flex Seal
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Anderson's Maple Syrup
3Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro/NWTF
4Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com
5Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Hunt Brothers Pizza
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/AdvoCare
7Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Fire Alarm Services
9Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts
11Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/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
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Discount Tire
23Carlos Contreras (Mexico City)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
24John Wes Townley (Watkinsville, GA)Toyota/Zaxby's
28J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Dodge/JGL Racing
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/Enoes
43Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN)Ford/Fresh From Florida
44David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Central TX Lath & Plaster
46Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/repairablevehicles.com
52Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
54 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
55Ross Chastain (Alva, FL)Chevrolet/watermelon.org
60Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX)Ford/Roush Performance Parts
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/South Point
70Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/Youtheory
74Kevin Lepage (Shelburne, VT)Dodge/TBA
76Tommy Joe Martins (Como, MS)Ford/TBA
80Johnny Sauter (Necedah, WI)Toyota/TBA
84Chad Boat (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Billy Boat Performance
86Kyle Fowler (Smyrna, GA)Chevrolet/Bubba Burger
87Daryl Harr (Alberta, Canada)Chevrolet/JD Motorsports
93Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Dodge/JGL Racing
98Jeb Burton (Halifax, VA)Ford/Kendall Jackson
99James Buescher (Plano, TX)Toyota/Rheem
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Kyle BuschWon238Won3Won33Won
Kyle Larson------------------------4
Kevin Harvick11812192361645
Trevor Bayne---------------17------6
Matt Kenseth---387---------Won---8
Regan Smith---105---------------10
Elliott Sadler3619------------10513
Brian Scott---------------3383115
Brad Keselowski------373826Won---
Chase Elliott---------------------------
Ty Dillon---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Trevor Bayne - started 16 and finished 9
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Last Week's Pick to Win (Sam Hornish Jr.) - finished 1
 
NOTES:
The History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the 11th race on the 2014 Nationwide Series schedule.

There have been 64 Nationwide races at Charlotte. The series has competed at this track twice each year since 1982.

Harry Gant won the inaugural Nationwide race at Charlotte, the Mello Yello 300, on May 29, 1982.

Kyle Busch holds the record for most Nationwide wins at Charlotte with eight. Busch scored a season-sweep there last year.

Roush Fenway Racing has the most car owner wins in Nationwide races at Charlotte with 12, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing with seven.

The Nationwide race winner at Charlotte has started from the pole nine times. Busch most recently did it there last October.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Charlotte occurred on May 26, 2001 when Jeff Green beat Matt Kenseth to the finish line by just 0.055 seconds.

Mike Bliss is the only driver on the entry list for this weekend's race that scored his first career Nationwide victory at Charlotte. Bliss won the 2004 fall race there when he drove Joe Gibbs Racing. He is now with TriStar Motorsports.

Two drivers entered in this race made their Nationwide debuts at Charlotte: Kenseth (May 1996) and Busch (May 2003).

The next race is the Buckle Up 200 on May 31 at Dover International Speedway. Joey Logano won last year's race there.

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