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DATE: Saturday, May 25
SITE: Charlotte Motor Speedway -- Concord, N.C.
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 135,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 32nd
TELEVISION: ABC
RADIO: Performance Radio Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2:45 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, May 25/11:05 a.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Brad Keselowski (not defending)
RUNNER-UP: Denny Hamlin
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (finished 6)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Jimmie Johnson, 2005 (187.735 mph)
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 1996 (155.799 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Brad Keselowski106Joey Logano1
2Denny Hamlin137James Buescher8
3Kyle Busch128Justin Allgaier16
4Kevin Harvick79Sam Hornish Jr.5
5Elliott Sadler610Joey Logano21
2012 History 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 123.414 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 25 mins., 51 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.838 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 38 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 12 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (179.063 mph)
Past History 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Brad Keselowski (10) -- Dodge -- 123.414 mph
2011 -- Matt Kenseth (3) -- Ford -- 136.640 mph
2010 -- Kyle Busch (6) -- Toyota -- 132.216 mph
2009 -- Mike Bliss (10) -- Chevrolet -- 129.096 mph
2008 -- Kyle Busch (6) -- Toyota -- 120.331 mph
2007 -- Kasey Kahne (32) -- Dodge -- 132.240 mph
2006 -- Carl Edwards (9) -- Ford -- 110.735 mph
2005 -- Kyle Busch (19) -- Ford -- 117.968 mph
2004 -- Kyle Busch (2) -- Ford -- 114.274 mph
2003 -- Matt Kenseth (9) -- Ford -- 138.302 mph
2002 -- Jeff Green (4) -- Chevrolet -- 120.684 mph
2001 -- Jeff Green (2) -- Ford -- 128.205 mph
2000 -- Jeff Burton (4) -- Ford -- 121.759 mph
1999 -- Mark Martin (2) -- Ford -- 119.377 mph
1998 -- Mark Martin (6) -- Ford -- 133.449 mph
1997 -- Joe Nemechek (2) -- Chevrolet -- 126.954 mph
1996 -- Mark Martin (17) -- Ford -- 155.799 mph
1995 -- Chad Little (7) -- Ford -- 131.707 mph
1994 -- Phil Parsons (12) -- Chevrolet -- 127.704 mph
1993 -- Michael Waltrip (12) -- Pontiac -- 127.539 mph
1992 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Ford -- 127.208 mph
1991 -- Dale Earnhardt (19) -- Chevrolet -- 133.235 mph
1990 -- Dale Jarrett (3) -- Pontiac -- 132.337 mph
1989 -- Rob Moroso (4) -- Oldsmobile -- 136.450 mph
1988 -- Dale Jarrett (6) -- Pontiac -- 139.969 mph
1987 -- Harry Gant (16) -- Buick -- 139.643 mph
1986 -- Tim Richmond (1) -- Pontiac -- 139.715 mph
1985 -- Tim Richmond (1) -- Pontiac -- 119.284 mph
1984 -- Bobby Allison (8) -- Oldsmobile -- 126.198 mph
1983 -- Dale Earnhardt (3) -- Pontiac -- 117.724 mph
1982 -- Harry Gant (1) -- Pontiac -- 126.731 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Mello Yello 300 (1982-84), Winn-Dixie 300 (1985-88),
Champion 300 (1989-94), Red Dog 300 (1995-96), Carquest 300 (1997-2006),
Carquest Auto Parts 300 (2007-09), TECH-NET Auto Service 300 (2010),
Top Gear 300 (2011).
 
Past History 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Joey Logano -- 6
2011 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr -- 4
2010 -- Carl Edwards -- 9
2009 -- Carl Edwards -- 10
2008 -- Brian Vickers -- 5
2007 -- Matt Kenseth -- 7
2006 -- Matt Kenseth -- 38
2005 -- Kasey Kahne -- 41
2004 -- Greg Biffle -- 6
2003 -- Kevin Harvick -- 9
2002 -- Ron Hornaday Jr -- 33
2001 -- Kevin Harvick -- 26
2000 -- Dave Blaney -- 36
1999 -- David Green -- 14
1998 -- Bobby Labonte -- 6
1997 -- Mark Martin -- 3
1996 -- Dale Jarrett -- 6
1995 -- Rich Bickle -- 8
1994 -- Mike Skinner -- 28
1993 -- Tracy Leslie -- 34
1992 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
1991 -- Jack Sprague -- 5
1990 -- Dick Trickle -- 2
1989 -- Greg Sacks -- 22
1988 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 29
1987 -- Brett Bodine -- 30
1986 -- Tim Richmond -- 1
1985 -- Tim Richmond -- 1
1984 -- L.D. Ottinger -- 32
1983 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 39
1982 -- Harry Gant -- 1
Last Race Results
RACE: VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 (May 10)
SITE: Darlington Raceway -- Darlington, S.C.
MILES: 200.8
LAPS: 147
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Elliott Sadler
THIRD: Brian Vickers
FOURTH: Joey Logano
FIFTH: Matt Kenseth
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 32 mins., 6 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 130.816 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.935 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 17 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 10 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: K. Busch 1-24; L. Cassill 25; J. Clements 26; K. Busch 27-51; H.
Martin 52; T. Raines 53; K. Kahne 54; M. Kenseth 55-81; K. Busch
82-121; J. Logano 122-129; K. Busch 130-147.
History 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/Compassion International
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)ChevroletTBA
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Shore Lodge
3Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/AdvoCare
4Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Flex Seal
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Pillow Pets
7Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/taxslayer.com
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
11Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/One Main Financial
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Ford/Snap-On
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
16Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
17Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK)Toyota/Keller Williams Realty
18Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Resers
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
20Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Dollar General
21Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN)Chevrolet/Win Field
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
24Jason White (Richmond, VA)Toyota/JW Demolition
25John Wes Townley (Watkinsville, GA)Toyota/Zaxby's
29Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/Toyota Care
30Nelson Piquet Jr. (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Worx
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
32Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Vizio-Hulu
33Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Hunt Brothers
37Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA)Dodge/nationalcashlenders.com
40Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
42J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
43To Be AnnouncedFord/EFS
44Hal Martin (Galliano, LA)Toyota/American Custom Yachts
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)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
66Steve Wallace (Greensboro, NC)Ford/homewithrichard.com
70Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Chevrolet/Foretravel
74Juan Carlos Blum (Guadalajara, Mex.)Chevrolet/Oleofino's
77Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Kyle Busch Motorsports
79Kyle Fowler (Smyrna, GA)Ford/TBA
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM FM Energy Wood & Pellet
92Dexter Stacey (Kahnawake, Canada)Ford/Maddie's Place
98Kevin Swindell (Germantown, TN)Ford/Carroll Shelby Motors
99Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/schooltipline.com
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Kyle BuschWonWon238Won3Won33
Kevin Harvick31181219236164
Elliott Sadler---3619------------105
Joey Logano---------------53116
Justin Allgaier---------------144138
Sam Hornish Jr.------------39------129
Austin Dillon------------------------11
Kasey Kahne254116Won16---262217
Brian Scott------------------33831
Matt Kenseth------387---------Won---
Regan Smith------105---------------
Brian Vickers---13------54---------
Trevor Bayne------------------17------
Parker Kligerman---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Brian Scott - started 26 and finished 14
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - finished 1
 
NOTES:
The History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is the 10th race on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule.

There have been 62 Nationwide races at Charlotte. The series has competed at this track twice each year since 1982.

Harry Gant won the inaugural Nationwide race at Charlotte, the Mello Yello 300, on May 29, 1982.

Kyle Busch and Mark Martin share the record for most Nationwide wins at Charlotte with six each. Busch is entered in this year's race. Martin is not.

Brad Keselowski won last year's spring event at Charlotte. Keselowski is not scheduled to compete in this year's race.

Roush Fenway Racing has the most car owner wins in Nationwide races at Charlotte with 12, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing with five.

The Nationwide race winner at Charlotte has started from the pole eight times, but that feat has not been accomplished since Matt Kenseth did it in October 2000.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Charlotte occurred on May 26, 2001 when Jeff Green beat Matt Kenseth to the finish line by just 0.055 seconds.

Mike Bliss is the only driver on the entry list for this weekend's race that scored his first career Nationwide victory at Charlotte. Bliss won the 2004 fall race there when he drove Joe Gibbs Racing. He is now with TriStar Motorsports.

Three drivers entered in this race made their Nationwide debuts at Charlotte: Kenseth (May 1996), Busch (May 2003) and Justin Allgaier (May 2008).

The next race is the 5-Hour Energy 200 on June 1 at Dover International Speedway. Joey Logano won last year's race there.

05/21 15:10:49 ET

As of May 21, 2013, at 03:11 PM ET