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DATE: Saturday, March 16
SITE: Bristol Motor Speedway (1960) -- Bristol, Tenn.
TRACK: 0.533-mile - 650 feet (Frontstretch); 650 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 160,000
ANNUAL: 30th
TELEVISION: ESPN2
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, March 16/10:35 a.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Elliott Sadler
RUNNER-UP: Kasey Kahne
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (finished 4)
LAPS: 300
MILES: 159.9
QUALIFYING RECORD: Greg Biffle, 2004 (127.132 mph)
RACE RECORD: Elliott Sadler, 2012 (94.740 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Elliott Sadler46Ricky Stenhouse Jr.3
2Kasey Kahne127Justin Allgaier10
3Brad Keselowski78Trevor Bayne2
4Joey Logano19Kevin Harvick6
5Dale Earnhardt Jr.1610Ryan Truex15
2012 Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 94.740 mph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 41 mins., 16 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.159 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 30 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 5 among 5 drivers
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (124.210 mph)
Past Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Elliott Sadler (4) -- Chevrolet -- 94.740 mph (race record)
2011 -- Kyle Busch (5) -- Toyota -- 85.166 mph
2010 -- Justin Allgaier (30) -- Dodge -- 76.609 mph
2009 -- Kevin Harvick (13) -- Chevrolet -- 79.717 mph
2008 -- Clint Bowyer (4) -- Chevrolet -- 78.874 mph
2007 -- Carl Edwards (3) -- Ford -- 64.038 mph
2006 -- Kyle Busch (20) -- Chevrolet -- 71.606 mph
2005 -- Kevin Harvick (38) -- Chevrolet -- 59.534 mph
2004 -- Martin Truex Jr (2) -- Chevrolet -- 78.114 mph
2003 -- Kevin Harvick (11) -- Chevrolet -- 68.304 mph
2002 -- Jeff Green (2) -- Chevrolet -- 66.093 mph
2001 -- Matt Kenseth (2) -- Chevrolet -- 72.103 mph
2000 -- Sterling Marlin (16) -- Chevrolet -- 74.813 mph
1999 -- Jason Keller (1) -- Chevrolet -- 73.014 mph
1998 -- Elliott Sadler (3) -- Chevrolet -- 75.484 mph
1997 -- Jeff Burton (3) -- Ford -- 74.743 mph
1996 -- Mark Martin (10) -- Ford -- 85.783 mph
1995 -- Steve Grissom (18) -- Chevrolet -- 89.664 mph
1994 -- David Green (3) -- Chevrolet -- 81.085 mph
1993 -- Michael Waltrip (9) -- Pontiac -- 77.911 mph
1992 -- Harry Gant (18) -- Buick -- 92.929 mph
1991 -- Bobby Labonte (21) -- Oldsmobile -- 92.839 mph
1990 -- L.D. Ottinger (13) -- Oldsmobile -- 79.936 mph
1989 -- Rick Wilson (1) -- Oldsmobile -- 85.776 mph
1988 -- Dale Earnhardt (4) -- Chevrolet -- 76.162 mph
1987 -- Morgan Shepherd (11) -- Buick -- 75.032 mph
1986 -- Morgan Shepherd (2) -- Buick -- 71.511 mph
1985 -- Darrell Waltrip (16) -- Chevrolet -- 74.372 mph
1984 -- Not Held
1983 -- Morgan Shepherd (7) -- Oldsmobile -- 85.255 mph
1982 -- Phil Parsons (7) -- Pontiac -- 80.048 mph
 
NOTE: Name changed from Southeastern 150 (1982-83), Budweiser 200 (1985-1993),
Goody's 250 (1994-1996), Moore's Snacks 250 (1997-1999), Cheez-It 250
(2000-2001), Channellock 250 (2002-03), Sharpie Professional 250
(2004-05), Sharpie Mini 300 (2006-08), Scotts Turf Builder 300
(2009-10), Scotts EZ Seed 300 (2011), Ford EcoBoost 300 (2012).
 
Past Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Joey Logano -- 4
2011 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr -- 14
2010 -- Brad Keselowski -- 2
2009 -- Brendan Gaughan -- 21
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Steven Wallace -- 31
2006 -- Kevin Harvick -- 2
2005 -- Carl Edwards -- 7
2004 -- Greg Biffle -- 4
2003 -- David Green -- 4
2002 -- Scott Riggs -- 9
2001 -- Kevin Harvick -- 7
2000 -- Jeff Green -- 2
1999 -- Jason Keller -- 1
1998 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 2
1997 -- Hermie Sadler -- 21
1996 -- Chad Little -- 12
1995 -- David Green -- 36
1994 -- Mark Martin -- 11
1993 -- Ward Burton -- 17
1992 -- Butch Miller -- 23
1991 -- Jeff Burton -- 13
1990 -- None -- Weather
1989 -- Rick Wilson -- 1
1988 -- Larry Pearson -- 14
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 4
1986 -- Geoff Bodine -- 16
1985 -- Tommy Ellis -- 15
1984 -- Not Held
1983 -- None -- Weather
1982 -- David Pearson -- 2
Last Race Results
RACE: Sam's Town 300 (March 9)
SITE: Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- Las Vegas, Nev.
MILES: 300
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Sam Hornish Jr.
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
THIRD: Brian Vickers
FOURTH: Trevor Bayne
FIFTH: Elliott Sadler
POLE WINNER: Brian Vickers (finished 3)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 23 mins., 54 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 125.087 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.100 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 37 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 19 among 9 drivers
LAP LEADERS: B. Vickers 1-7; A. Dillon 8; B. Vickers 9-19; B. Keselowski
20-37; T. Bayne 38-56; R. Smith 57-60; S. Hornish Jr. 61-82; B.
Vickers 83; J. Earnhardt 84; T. Bayne 85-86; K. Larson 87; B.
Vickers 88-93; S. Hornish Jr. 94-138; B. Vickers 139; K. Busch
140-144; B. Vickers 145; K. Busch 146-152; S. Hornish Jr.
153-193; K. Busch 194; S. Hornish Jr. 195-200.
Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Jason White (Richmond, VA)Toyota/Headrush
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Shore Lodge
3Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/AdvoCare
4Danny Efland (Irmo, SC)Chevrolet/TBA
5Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
7Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/taxslayer.com
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
11 *Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/One Main Financial
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Ford/Alliance Truck Parts
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
15Juan Carlos Blum (Guadalajara, Mex.)Ford/TBA
16Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
20Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Dollar General
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Discount Tire/SKF
23Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
24Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/Veteran's Lodge
25John Wes Townley (Watkinsville, GA)Toyota/Zaxby's
27Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/TBA
30Nelson Piquet Jr. (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Worx
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
32Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Cottonelle
33Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Armour
40Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
42J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
43Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Ford/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
44Hal Martin (Galliano, LA)Toyota/American Custom Yachts
46Chase Miller (Canton, GA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
51To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/TBA
52Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
54Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
55Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group
60Travis Pastrana (Annapolis, MD)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
70Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Chevrolet/Foretravel
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Mike Harmon Racing
77Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Bandit Chippers
79Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Ford/UPONOR
86Kevin Lepage (Shelburne, VT)Ford/Qello
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM FM Energy Wood & Pellet
92Dexter Stacey (Kahnawake, Canada)Ford/Maddie's Place
99Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/TBA
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Elliott Sadler---------------------4Won
Brad Keselowski---------41412293
Justin Allgaier---------------5Won157
Trevor Bayne---------------2330198
Kevin Harvick2Won287Won569
Austin Dillon------------------------12
Sam Hornish Jr.------------------------13
Kyle Busch3---Won34263Won17
Regan Smith21---3836---------------
Brian Vickers---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Kyle Busch - Started 23 and finished 2
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kevin Harvick
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - finished 2
 
NOTES:
The Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway is the fourth race on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule.

Elliott Sadler won last year's spring race at Bristol. Sadler gambled on tires in the closing stages. He took the lead for the first time with 36 laps remaining when he opted not to pit during a round of stops under caution. He held off Sprint Cup Series regular Kasey Kahne after the final restart with 27 laps to go and then beat Kahne to the finish line by 1.16 seconds. Sadler drove the No. 2 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing last season. He is now behind the wheel of the No. 11 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Bristol has been on the Nationwide schedule each season since the series' inception in 1982. The track has hosted two Nationwide races each year, 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.

There have been 61 Nationwide races held at Bristol. Kevin Harvick has the most victories there with five, followed by Kyle Busch and Morgan Shepherd with four each.

Eight Nationwide races at Bristol have been won from the pole, which is more than any other starting position there. Kyle Busch most recently did it in August 2011.

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 his then Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Joey Logano, to the finish line by just 0.019 seconds.

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 Nationwide race is the March 23 Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Logano won last year's event there.

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