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Date: Saturday, March 22

Start Time: 5 p.m. ET

Site: Auto Club Speedway -- Fontana, Calif.

Track: 2-mile oval

Laps: 150

Miles: 300

Capacity: 90,988 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 18th

On TV: ESPN

Announcers:

On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Hank Parker Jr, 2001 (155.957 mph)

Qualifying record: Tony Stewart, 2005 (185.941 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Kyle Busch

Runner up: Sam Hornish Jr.

Pole winner: Kyle Busch (178.607 mph)

Top 10:

1. Kyle Busch (Start: 1)

2. Sam Hornish Jr (7)

3. Regan Smith (16)

4. Parker Kligerman (8)

5. Austin Dillon (11)

6. Kyle Larson (9)

7. Elliott Sadler (2)

8. Brian Scott (12)

9. Trevor Bayne (15)

10. Kevin Swindell (17)

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

Past winners

2013 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 141.528 mph

2012 Joey Logano, Toyota, 142.330 mph

2011 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 140.772 mph

2010 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 143.886 mph

2009 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 138.479 mph

2008 Tony Stewart, Toyota, 141.769 mph

2007 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 127.871 mph

2006 Greg Biffle, Ford, 147.501 mph

2005 Mark Martin, Ford, 117.251 mph

2004 Greg Biffle, Ford, 138.978 mph

2003 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 129.419 mph

2002 Scott Riggs, Ford, 131.403 mph

2001 Hank Parker Jr, Chevrolet, 155.957 mph

2000 Matt Kenseth, Chevrolet, 126.375 mph

1999 Matt Kenseth, Chevrolet, 119.960 mph

1998 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 148.597 mph

1997 Todd Bodine, Pontiac, 145.083 mph

Last race

Race: Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 (March 15)

Site: Bristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tenn.

Miles: 159.9

Laps: 300

Finish line order: Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Matt Kenseth

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 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.

Entry list

#00 Jason White (Richmond, VA) Toyota/Friday Night Tykes

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

#2 Brian Scott (Boise, ID) Chevrolet/Anderson's Maple Syrup

#3 Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Wesco

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

#5 Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/taxslayer.com

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

#7 Regan Smith (Cato, NY) Chevrolet/Best Foods

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

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

#11 Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA) Toyota/Game Stop/Turtle Beach

#13 Derek White (Kahnawake, QB, Canada) Toyota/TBA

#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 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/America's Tire

#23 Carlos Contreras (Mexico City) Chevrolet/TBA

#24 Ryan Ellis (Torrance, CA) Toyota/Friday Night Tykes

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

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

#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/Charter

#44 David Starr (Houston, TX) Toyota/Niece Equipment

#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/Roush Fenway Racing

#62 Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Wix Filters

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

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

#87 Daryl Harr (Alberta, Canada) Toyota/Iworld

#91 Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY) Toyota/TBA

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

#98 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Carroll Shelby Engine Co.

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

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Kyle Busch --- 23 3 2 Won Won Won 8 Won
Regan Smith --- 28 9 --- --- --- --- --- 3
Kyle Larson --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 6
Elliott Sadler --- 32 --- 27 --- --- 5 9 7
Brian Scott --- --- --- --- --- 10 13 4 8
Trevor Bayne --- --- --- --- --- 11 6 14 9
Joey Logano --- --- --- --- 3 5 7 Won ---
Matt Kenseth 9 6 Won --- --- --- --- --- ---
Kevin Harvick 2 8 6 3 2 38 3 --- ---
Ty Dillon --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---

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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