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NASCAR - Nationwide - Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Preview

Date: Saturday, March 15

Start Time: 2 p.m. ET

Site: Bristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tenn.

Track: 0.533-mile oval

Laps: 300

Miles: 159.9

Capacity: 160,000

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 32nd

On TV: ESPN2

Announcers:

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

Race record: Elliott Sadler, 2012 (94.740 mph)

Qualifying record: Greg Biffle, 2004 (127.132 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Kyle Busch

Runner up: Kyle Larson

Pole winner: Justin Allgaier (124.759 mph)

Top 10:

1. Kyle Busch (Start: 13)

2. Kyle Larson (12)

3. Brian Vickers (14)

4. Sam Hornish Jr (3)

5. Kevin Harvick (5)

6. Regan Smith (4)

7. Chris Buescher (11)

8. Justin Allgaier (1)

9. Parker Kligerman (16)

10. Brian Scott (8)

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

Past winners

2013 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 81.872 mph

2012 Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 94.740 mph

2011 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 85.166 mph

2010 Justin Allgaier, Dodge, 76.609 mph

2009 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 79.717 mph

2008 Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 78.874 mph

2007 Carl Edwards, Ford, 64.038 mph

2006 Kyle Busch, Chevrolet, 71.606 mph

2005 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 59.534 mph

2004 Martin Truex Jr, Chevrolet, 78.114 mph

2003 Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 68.304 mph

2002 Jeff Green, Chevrolet, 66.093 mph

2001 Matt Kenseth, Chevrolet, 72.103 mph

2000 Sterling Marlin, Chevrolet, 74.813 mph

1999 Jason Keller, Chevrolet, 73.014 mph

1998 Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet, 75.484 mph

1997 Jeff Burton, Ford, 74.743 mph

1996 Mark Martin, Ford, 85.783 mph

1995 Steve Grissom, Chevrolet, 89.664 mph

1994 David Green, Chevrolet, 81.085 mph

1993 Michael Waltrip, Pontiac, 77.911 mph

1992 Harry Gant, Buick, 92.929 mph

1991 Bobby Labonte, Oldsmobile, 92.839 mph

1990 L.D. Ottinger, Oldsmobile, 79.936 mph

1989 Rick Wilson, Oldsmobile, 85.776 mph

1988 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 76.162 mph

1987 Morgan Shepherd, Buick, 75.032 mph

1986 Morgan Shepherd, Buick, 71.511 mph

1985 Darrell Waltrip, Chevrolet, 74.372 mph

1984 , , ot Held

1983 Morgan Shepherd, Oldsmobile, 85.255 mph

1982 Phil Parsons, Pontiac, 80.048 mph

Last race

Race: Sam's Town 300 (March 8)

Site: Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- Las Vegas, Nev.

Miles: 300

Laps: 200

Finish line order: Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott

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 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.

Entry list

#01 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com

#2 Brian Scott (Boise, ID) Chevrolet/Shore Lodge

#3 Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Yuengling Light Lager

#4 Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC) Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com

#5 Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Armour Vienna Sausages

#6 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/AdvoCare

#7 Regan Smith (Cato, NY) Chevrolet/taxslayer.com

#9 Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA) Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts

#10 Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL) Toyota/supportmilitary.org

#11 Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA) Chevrolet/One Main Financial

#14 Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA) Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap

#16 Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/American Diabetes Assoc.

#17 Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK) Dodge/nationalcashlenders.com

#19 Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR) Toyota/TriStar Motorsports

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Game Stop

#22 Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC) Ford/Discount Tire/SKF

#23 Josh Reaume (Redlands, CA) Chevrolet/TBA

#24 Jason White (Richmond, VA) Toyota/Be/More Friday Night Tykes

#28 Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO) Dodge/TBA

#29 Kelly Admiraal (Edmonton, Canada) Toyota/Swan Rentals

#31 Dylan Kwasniewski (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Rockstar

#33 Cale Conley (Vienna, WV) Chevrolet/Okuma

#39 Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA) Chevrolet/RSS Racing

#40 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing

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

#43 Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN) Ford/Fresh From Florida

#44 Will Kimmel III (Sellersburg, IN) Toyota/Ingersoil Rand

#46 Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA) Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing

#51 Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC) Chevrolet/TBA

#52 Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA) Chevrolet/TBA

#54 * Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/Monster Energy

#55 Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM) Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group

#60 Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX) Ford/Ford EcoBoost

#62 Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/South Point Hotel/Casino

#67 Tommy Joe Martins (Como, MS) Dodge/Cross Concrete Construction

#70 Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA) Chevrolet/charliessoap.com

#74 Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL) Dodge/TBA

#76 Willie Allen (Nashville, TN) Dodge/Diamond Gussett Jeans

#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/pelletgrillusa.com/SWM

#93 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Dodge/TBA

#99 James Buescher (Plano, TX) Toyota/Rheem

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Kyle Busch --- Won 3 42 6 3 Won 17 Won
Kyle Larson --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 2
Kevin Harvick Won 2 8 7 Won 5 6 9 5
Regan Smith --- 38 36 --- --- --- --- --- 6
Justin Allgaier --- --- --- --- 5 Won 15 7 8
Brian Scott --- --- --- --- --- 29 12 35 10
Trevor Bayne --- --- --- --- 23 30 19 8 12
Elliott Sadler --- --- --- --- --- --- 4 Won 36
Matt Kenseth 4 3 2 --- 4 --- --- --- ---
Ryan Blaney --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---

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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