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NASCAR - Nationwide - Feed the Children 300 Preview

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DATE: Friday, June 29th
SITE: Kentucky Speedway (2000) -- Sparta, Kentucky
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval - 1,662 feet (Frontstretch); 1,600 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 117,000 (Grandstand seating)
ANNUAL: 12th
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (ET)/Green Flag: 7:45 p.m. (ET)
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
POLE WINNER: Elliott Sadler (Finished 5th)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Carl Edwards, 2005 (181.287 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Brad Keselowski, 2011 (138.408 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,089,927 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $74,100; 2nd Place - $55,325; 3rd Place - $37,375
2011 Finish
1Brad Keselowski56Kenny Wallace19
2Kevin Harvick67Michael Annett21
3Kyle Busch418Carl Edwards2
4Kasey Kahne189Ricky Stenhouse Jr3
5Elliott Sadler110Joey Logano4
2011 Feed the Children 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 138.408 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 10 minutes, 3 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.180 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 24 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 8 among 6 drivers
POLE WINNER: Elliott Sadler (173.734 m.p.h.)
Past Feed the Children 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Brad Keselowski (5th) -- Dodge -- 138.408 m.p.h. (race record)
2010 -- Joey Logano (1st) -- Toyota -- 115.286 m.p.h.
2009 -- Joey Logano (1st) -- Toyota -- 127.796 m.p.h.
2008 -- Joey Logano (1st) -- Toyota -- 135.508 m.p.h.
2007 -- Stephen Leicht (6th) -- Ford -- 117.698 m.p.h.
2006 -- David Gilliland (4th) -- Chevrolet - 116.004 m.p.h.
2005 -- Carl Edwards (1st) -- Ford -- 117.111 m.p.h.
2004 -- Kyle Busch (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 126.642 m.p.h.
2003 -- Bobby Hamilton Jr (2nd) -- Ford -- 136.123 m.p.h.
2002 -- Todd Bodine (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 127.164 m.p.h.
2001 -- Kevin Harvick (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 118.590 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Outback Steakhouse 300 (2001), Kroger 300 (2002), Meijer
300 (2003-10).
Past Feed the Children 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Elliott Sadler -- 5th
2010 -- Joey Logano -- 1st
2009 -- Joey Logano -- 1st
2008 -- Joey Logano -- 1st
2007 -- Regan Smith -- 19th
2006 -- Denny Hamlin -- 3rd
2005 -- Carl Edwards -- 1st
2004 -- Martin Truex Jr -- 6th
2003 -- Stacy Compton -- 4th
2002 -- Scott Riggs -- 4th
2001 -- Jay Sauter -- 9th
Last Race Results
RACE: Sargento 200 (June 23rd)
SITE: Road America -- Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
MILES: 202.4
LAPS: 50
WINNER: Nelson Piquet Jr
RUNNER-UP: Michael McDowell
THIRD: Ron Fellows
FOURTH: Max Papis
FIFTH: Sam Hornish Jr
POLE WINNER: Nelson Piquet Jr (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 22 minutes, 35 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 85.171 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.258 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 8 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: N. Piquet Jr. 1-2; M. McDowell 3-4; R. Fellows 5-8; B. Scott
9-13; M. McDowell 14-15; M. Papis 16; M. Paludo 17-20; J.
Villeneuve 21-30; S. Hornish Jr. 31-33; N. Piquet Jr. 34-50.
Feed the Children 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops
4Danny Efland (Irmo, SC)Chevrolet/TBA
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Sam's Club/Cargill
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/
08Tim Andrews (Concord, NC)Ford/Randy Hill Racing
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TBA
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Dollar General
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Wurth
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
15Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
17Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK)Toyota/New Gulf Resources
18Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/Dollar General
19Tayler Malsam (Seattle WA)Toyota/G-Oil/Ryobi
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/TBA
22 *Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group
24Benny Gordon (DuBois, PA)Chevrolet/TBA
30James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/TBA
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
33Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Hunt Brothers Pizza
36Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC)Chevrolet/Seal Wrap
38Brad Sweet (Grass Valley. CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Josh Richards (Shinnston, WV)Ford/NSW Kids
40Erik Darnell (Beach Park, FL)Chevrolet/
41Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/
42Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
43Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Ford/Pilot Flying J
44Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TBA
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/
47Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/Clements Automotive
52To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/Metro Ministries
54Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
70Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Chevrolet/Keen Parts
71John Jackson (Ellenton, FL)Toyota/Crash Claims R US
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Koma Unwind
75Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
81Jason Bowles (Ontario, CA)Toyota/American Majority
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet
88Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/Degree Men
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
98Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Ford/Shelby Engine Co.
99Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/American Ethanol
* - defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Brad Keselowski---------------4th3rd3rdWon
Kevin Harvick---------6th------------2nd
Elliott Sadler------------------------5th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr------------------9th---9th
Joey Logano---------------WonWonWon10th
Justin Allgaier------------------5th8th19th
Denny Hamlin------15th3rd---------------
James Buescher---------------14th---------
Kurt Busch---------------------------
Sam Hornish Jr---------------------------
Austin Dillon---------------------------
Danica Patrick---------------------------
Mover of the Week
Kurt Busch - Started in the 22nd position and finished 8th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Joey Logano
Darkhorse - Danica Patrick
Last Week's Pick to Win (Austin Dillon) - Finished 18th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Tayler Malsam) - Finished 30th
Although not eligible for the 2012 title on the Nationwide Circuit, defending champion Brad Keselowski has been on fire in his last three races, posting three consecutive top-10 finishes, including a win at Charlotte.

Following three straight top-4 finishes in this race, Keselowski defeated Kevin Harvick by 1.180 seconds for the first of five wins in 2011. Keselowski has recorded six top-five's in 11 starts this year and now owns 18 Nationwide Series titles.

Keselowski, the 2010 series champion, took the lead from Harvick after a round of pit stops under caution on lap 66. He then ran in front for 132 of the remaining 136 laps. But Keselowski had to conserve fuel in the late-stages of the race as he held off Harvick at the finish.

Joey Logano completed the hat trick in 2010, as he recorded his third consecutive victory at Kentucky Speedway. In addition, Logano won all three of these races from the pole. Logano became the first driver in series history to win three consecutive races at the same track after starting on the pole for each one of those events. When Logano won his first Nationwide race at Kentucky in 2008, he became the youngest winner at age 18 years and 21 days.

Logano outran Carl Edwards in the closing laps for his seventh career Nationwide title. Logano passed Brendan Gaughan and took the lead for good with less than 25 laps remaining. Edwards then chased down Logano within the last 10 laps, but he held off Edwards by 0.67 seconds.

Logano, who is the active leader in laps led at this race with 202, has an average finish of 3.250 in four starts, all top-10s (3 wins). He is still the driver to beat this week, as he has won the last two Nationwide starts and five of 11 this season.

In 2009, Logano passed Kyle Busch with just 10 laps remaining and then held off his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate by 1.625 seconds for his second straight victory in this race. The victory was one of five wins in 2009, as Logano recorded 16 top-10 finishes in 22 Nationwide races.

Pole sitter Logano claimed his first Nationwide Series title, as he defeated Scott Wimmer by over two seconds. With 54 laps remaining, Logano wrestled the lead from Kyle Busch and held on for a 2.259 seconds victory. Logano led five times for 76 laps, while Busch led four times for a race-high 85 laps, but placed 30th. With the win, Logano joined Carl Edwards as the only pole sitters to win this race.

In 2007, Stephen Leicht claimed the lead on lap 188 of the 200-lap race and held on for his first career Nationwide Series victory. Pole sitter Regan Smith, who led for 45 laps, finished a distant 19th. Brad Coleman, who led for 36 laps, finished second, 2.011 seconds behind Leicht.

Back in 2006, David Gilliland recorded his first career Nationwide Series title, as he crossed the finish line 0.306 of a second ahead of J.J. Yeley. Gilliland, who won in only his seventh Nationwide Series start, led the final 11 laps in front of an estimated crowd of 73,000. Pole sitter Denny Hamlin finished third, while Kyle Busch, who led for a race-high 61 laps, placed 13th. Yeley held the lead from lap 136 to 189, but could not hold off Gilliland.

Kentucky Speedway became the 43rd track at which the NASCAR Nationwide Series has competed, the 20th Superspeedway. It is the second track in the Bluegrass State that has held a NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The Louisville Speedway (.354 mile ) hosted two races, 1988 won by Tommy Ellis and 1989 won by Tommy Houston. Kenny Wallace won the pole for the 1989 race.

In 2005, Carl Edwards dominated this race, leading 89 of the first 100 laps, but still needed to pass Martin Truex Jr on the white flag lap to win the then, 2005 Meijer 300 by less than a second over Truex Jr. The win was the third of Edwards' five-win season, helping him to a third-place finish in the final Nationwide points standings.

The next Nationwide Series race is the July 6 Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway. Joey Logano is the defending race winner.

06/26 17:02:40 ET

As of June 26, 2012, at 05:02 PM ET