NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
NASCAR - Sprint Cup - Oral-B USA 500 Preview

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DATE: Sunday, Aug. 31
SITE: Atlanta Motor Speedway -- Hampton, Georgia
TRACK: 1.54-mile oval
CAPACITY: 99,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 55th
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Aug. 29/7:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Joey Logano
POLE WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (finished 16)
LAPS: 325
MILES: 500.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Geoffrey Bodine, 1997 (197.478 mph)
RACE RECORD: Bobby Labonte, 1997 (159.904 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch96Jeff Gordon5
2Joey Logano117Juan Pablo Montoya3
3Martin Truex Jr78Dale Earnhardt Jr8
4Kurt Busch329Kevin Harvick30
5Ryan Newman1710Brian Vickers22
2013 Oral-B USA 500 Facts and Figures
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
POLE WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (189.688 mph)
Past Oral-B USA 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Kyle Busch (9) -- Toyota -- 135.128 mph
2012 -- Denny Hamlin (7) -- Toyota -- 142.020 mph
2011 -- Jeff Gordon (5) -- Chevrolet -- 124.623 mph
2010 -- Tony Stewart (5) -- Chevrolet -- 129.041 mph
2009 -- Kasey Kahne (2) -- Dodge -- 134.033 mph
2008 -- Carl Edwards (4) -- Ford -- 134.272 mph
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson (6) -- Chevrolet -- 135.260 mph
2006 -- Tony Stewart (11) -- Chevrolet -- 143.421 mph
2005 -- Carl Edwards (2) -- Ford -- 146.834 mph
2004 -- Jimmie Johnson (8) -- Chevrolet -- 145.847 mph
2003 -- Jeff Gordon (19) -- Chevrolet -- 127.769 mph
2002 -- Kurt Busch (8) -- Ford -- 127.519 mph
2001 -- Bobby Labonte (39) -- Pontiac -- 151.756 mph
2000 -- Jerry Nadeau (2) -- Chevrolet -- 141.296 mph
1999 -- Bobby Labonte (37) -- Pontiac -- 137.932 mph
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (21) -- Chevrolet -- 114.915 mph
1997 -- Bobby Labonte (21) -- Pontiac -- 159.904 mph
1996 -- Bobby Labonte (1) -- Chevrolet -- 134.661 mph
1995 -- Dale Earnhardt (11) -- Chevrolet -- 163.633 mph
1994 -- Mark Martin (5) -- Ford -- 148.982 mph
1993 -- Rusty Wallace (20) -- Pontiac -- 125.221 mph
1992 -- Bill Elliott (11) -- Ford -- 133.322 mph
1991 -- Mark Martin (4) -- Ford -- 137.968 mph
1990 -- Morgan Shepherd (20) -- Ford -- 140.911 mph
1989 -- Dale Earnhardt (3) -- Chevrolet -- 140.229 mph
1988 -- Rusty Wallace (1) -- Pontiac -- 129.024 mph
1987 -- Bill Elliott (1) -- Ford -- 139.047 mph
1986 -- Dale Earnhardt (4) -- Chevrolet -- 152.523 mph
1985 -- Bill Elliott (3) -- Ford -- 139.597 mph
1984 -- Dale Earnhardt (10) -- Chevrolet -- (134.610 mph
1983 -- Neil Bonnett (15) -- Chevrolet -- 137.643 mph
1982 -- Bobby Allison (9) -- Buick -- 130.884 mph
1981 -- Neil Bonnett (5) -- Ford -- 130.391 mph
1980 -- Cale Yarborough (12) -- Chevrolet -- 131.190 mph
1979 -- Neil Bonnett (4) -- Mercury -- 137.643 mph
1978 -- Donnie Allison (13) -- Chevrolet -- 124.312 mph
1977 -- Darrell Waltrip (8) -- Chevrolet -- 110.052 mph
1976 -- Dave Marcis (2) -- Dodge -- 127.396 mph
1975 -- Buddy Baker (3) -- Ford -- 130.900 mph
1974 -- Richard Petty (2) -- Dodge -- 131.651 mph
1973 -- David Pearson (5) -- Mercury -- 130.211 mph
1972 -- Bobby Allison (3) -- Chevrolet -- 131.295 mph
1971 -- Richard Petty (3) -- Plymouth -- 120.061 mph
1970 -- Richard Petty (6) -- Plymouth -- 142.712 mph
1969 -- LeeRoy Yarborough (2) -- Ford -- 133.001 mph
1968 -- LeeRoy Yarborough (5) -- Mercury -- 127.068 mph
1967 -- Dick Hutcherson (8) -- Ford -- 132.286 mph
1966 -- Richard Petty (5) -- Plymouth -- 130.244 mph
1965 -- Marvin Panch (2) -- Ford -- 110.120 mph
1964 -- Ned Jarrett (17) -- Ford -- 112.535 mph
1963 -- Junior Johnson (2) -- Chevrolet -- 121.139 mph
1962 -- Rex White (5) -- Chevrolet -- 124.896 mph
1961 -- David Pearson (5) -- Pontiac -- 125.230 mph
1960 -- Bobby Johns (5) -- Pontiac -- 134.596 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Atlanta 500 (1960), Dixie 400 and 500 (1961-79), Atlanta
Journal 500 (1980-90), Hardee's 500 (1991), Hooters 500 (1992-94), NAPA
500 (1995-2002), Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 (2003-06), Pep Boys Auto 500
(2007-09), Emory Healthcare 500 (2010) AdvoCare 500 (2011-13). Race
changed from 400 to 500 miles (1967).
 
Past Oral-B USA 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -- 16
2012 -- Tony Stewart -- 22
2011 -- Kasey Kahne -- 34
2010 -- Denny Hamlin -- 43
2009 -- Martin Truex Jr -- 26
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Greg Biffle -- 22
2006 -- None -- Weather
2005 -- Ryan Newman -- 23
2004 -- Ryan Newman -- 17
2003 -- Ryan Newman -- 29
2002 -- None -- Weather
2001 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 7
2000 -- Jeff Gordon -- 4
1999 -- Kevin Lepage -- 17
1998 -- Kenny Irwin Jr -- 16
1997 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 33
1996 -- Bobby Labonte -- 1
1995 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 16
1994 -- Greg Sacks -- 39
1993 -- Harry Gant -- 28
1992 -- Rick Mast -- 28
1991 -- Bill Elliott -- 3
1990 -- Rusty Wallace -- 9
1989 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 13
1988 -- Rusty Wallace -- 1
1987 -- Bill Elliott -- 1
1986 -- Bill Elliott -- 3
1985 -- Harry Gant -- 8
1984 -- Bill Elliott -- 2
1983 -- Tim Richmond -- 29
1982 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 25
1981 -- Harry Gant -- 20
1980 -- Bobby Allison -- 38
1979 -- Buddy Baker -- 39
1978 -- Cale Yarborough -- 8
1977 -- Sam Sommers -- 28
1976 -- Buddy Baker -- 5
1975 -- Dave Marcis -- 2
1974 -- Cale Yarborough -- 14
1973 -- Richard Petty -- 33
1972 -- David Pearson -- 3
1971 -- Buddy Baker -- 25
1970 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 22
1969 -- Cale Yarborough -- 7
1968 -- Buddy Baker -- 36
1967 -- Darel Dieringer -- 18
1966 -- Curtis Turner -- 24
1965 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 23
1964 -- Junior Johnson -- 27
1963 -- Marvin Panch -- 3
1962 -- Fireball Roberts -- 10
1961 -- Fireball Roberts -- 3
1960 -- Fireball Roberts -- 34
Last Race Results
RACE: IRWIN Tools Night Race (Aug. 23)
SITE: Bristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tennessee
MILES: 266.5
LAPS: 500
WINNER: Joey Logano
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
THIRD: Matt Kenseth
FOURTH: Jimmie Johnson
FIFTH: Kurt Busch
POLE WINNER: Kevin Harvick (finished 11)
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,
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.
Oral-B USA 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/Cessna
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Alliance Truck Parts
3.Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Dow
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
7Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot Flying J
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/Sport Clips
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/SpeedDigital.com
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Ortho Fire Ant Killer
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Fifth Third Bank
18 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Home Depot
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
23Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Panasonic
26Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Rinnai
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Duracell
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/TBA
33Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/Farm Rich
36Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Wrecker Rentals
37Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Accell Construction
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Love's Travel Stops
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Newtown Building Sup.
41Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Eckrich
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Hungry Jack
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's/Kobalt Tools
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Auto Owners Insurance
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Brett Moffitt (Grimes, IA)Toyota/Land Castle Title
77Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Ford/Fochler Veterans Law
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Burger King
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
95Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Phil Parsons Racing
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Subway
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Kyle Busch1227205135236Won
Joey Logano------------222724182
Martin Truex Jr4037311526121443
Kurt Busch3614863864134
Ryan Newman233037169820355
Jeff Gordon2679813Won26
Dale Earnhardt Jr43251117221978
Kevin Harvick22311513233759
Brian Vickers151910217---11---10
Jamie McMurray6402672815162411
Matt Kenseth544412119912
Greg Biffle7522101036121515
Carl EdwardsWon72Won37253618
Austin Dillon------------------------19
Jimmie Johnson162Won236323428
Brad Keselowski---------------256335
Kasey Kahne3538933Won32342336
Denny Hamlin1982436438Won38
Clint Bowyer---25620297362739
Kyle Larson---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Kyle Larson - started 40 and finished 12
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Jeff Gordon
Last Week's Pick to Win (Carl Edwards) - finished 7
 
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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