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DATE: Saturday, March 17th
SITE: Bristol Motor Speedway (1960) -- Bristol, Tennessee
TRACK: 0.533-mile - 650 feet (Frontstretch); 650 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 160,000
ANNUAL: 29th
TELEVISION: ESPN
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2 p.m. (ET)/Green Flag: 2:13 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Kasey Kahne
POLE WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Finished 14th)
LAPS: 300
MILES: 159.9
QUALIFYING RECORD: Greg Biffle, 2004 (127.132 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Brad Keselowski, 2008 (93.509 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,271,723 (2011 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $44,725; 2nd Place - $31,900; 3rd Place - $29,550
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch56Kevin Harvick8
2Kasey Kahne97Carl Edwards7
3Dale Earnhardt Jr.118Jason Leffler2
4Elliott Sadler69Brad Keselowski12
5Joey Logano1010Aric Almirola15
2011 Ford EcoBoost 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 85.166 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 52 minutes, 39 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.524 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 46 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 4 among 4 drivers
POLE WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (126.071 m.p.h.)
Past Ford EcoBoost 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Kyle Busch (5th) -- Toyota -- 85.166 m.p.h.
2010 -- Justin Allgaier (30th) -- Dodge -- 76.609 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kevin Harvick (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 79.717 m.p.h.
2008 -- Clint Bowyer (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 78.874 m.p.h.
2007 -- Carl Edwards (3rd) -- Ford -- 64.038 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kyle Busch (20th) -- Chevrolet -- 71.606 m.p.h.
2005 -- Kevin Harvick (38th) -- Chevrolet -- 59.534 m.p.h.
2004 -- Martin Truex Jr (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 78.114 m.p.h.
2003 -- Kevin Harvick (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 68.304 m.p.h.
2002 -- Jeff Green (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 66.093 m.p.h.
2001 -- Matt Kenseth (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 72.103 m.p.h.
2000 -- Sterling Marlin (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 74.813 m.p.h.
1999 -- Jason Keller (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 73.014 m.p.h.
1998 -- Elliott Sadler (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 75.484 m.p.h.
1997 -- Jeff Burton (3rd) -- Ford -- 74.743 m.p.h.
1996 -- Mark Martin (10th) -- Ford -- 85.783 m.p.h.
1995 -- Steve Grissom (18th) -- Chevrolet -- 89.664 m.p.h.
1994 -- David Green (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 81.085 m.p.h.
1993 -- Michael Waltrip (9th) -- Pontiac -- 77.911 m.p.h.
1992 -- Harry Gant (18th) -- Buick -- 92.929 m.p.h.
1991 -- Bobby Labonte (21st) -- Oldsmobile -- 92.839 m.p.h.
1990 -- L.D. Ottinger (13th) -- Oldsmobile -- 79.936 m.p.h.
1989 -- Rick Wilson (1st) -- Oldsmobile -- 85.776 m.p.h.
1988 -- Dale Earnhardt (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 76.162 m.p.h.
1987 -- Morgan Shepherd (11th) -- Buick -- 75.032 m.p.h.
1986 -- Morgan Shepherd (2ne) -- Buick -- 71.511 m.p.h.
1985 -- Darrell Waltrip (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 74.372 m.p.h.
1984 -- Not Held
1983 -- Morgan Shepherd (7th) -- Oldsmobile -- 85.255 m.p.h.
1982 -- Phil Parsons (7th) -- Pontiac -- 80.048 m.p.h.
 
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).
 
Past Ford EcoBoost 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr -- 14th
2010 -- Brad Keselowski -- 2nd
2009 -- Brendan Gaughan -- 21st
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Steven Wallace -- 31st
2006 -- Kevin Harvick -- 2nd
2005 -- Carl Edwards -- 7th
2004 -- Greg Biffle -- 4th
2003 -- David Green -- 4th
2002 -- Scott Riggs -- 9th
2001 -- Kevin Harvick -- 7th
2000 -- Jeff Green -- 2nd
1999 -- Jason Keller -- Won
1998 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 2nd
1997 -- Hermie Sadler -- 21st
1996 -- Chad Little -- 12th
1995 -- David Green -- 36th
1994 -- Mark Martin -- 11th
1993 -- Ward Burton -- 17th
1992 -- Butch Miller -- 23rd
1991 -- Jeff Burton -- 13th
1990 -- None -- Weather
1989 -- Rick Wilson -- Won
1988 -- Larry Pearson -- 14th
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 4th
1986 -- Geoff Bodine -- 16th
1985 -- Tommy Ellis -- 15th
1984 -- Not Held
1983 -- None -- Weather
1982 -- David Pearson -- 2nd
Last Race Results
RACE: Sam's Town 300 (March 10th)
SITE: Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- Las Vegas, Nevada
MILES: 300
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
RUNNER-UP: Mark Martin
THIRD: Elliott Sadler
FOURTH: Trevor Bayne
FIFTH: Brendan Gaughan
POLE WINNER: Elliott Sadler (Finished 3rd)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 21 minutes, 46 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 129.969 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 5.904 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 32 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 8 among 8 drivers
LAP LEADERS: E. Sadler 1-26; J. Yeley 27-28; K. Kahne 29-47; B. Scott 48-52;
K. Kahne 53-73; B. Keselowski 74-100; M. Wallace 101; M. Martin
102-145; R. Stenhouse Jr. 146-200.
Ford EcoBoost 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/G&K Services
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
3Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Advocare
4Danny Efland (Irmo, SC)Chevrolet/Danny Efland Racing
5Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/TaxSlayer.com
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
08Tim Andrews (Concord, NC)Ford/Randy Hill Racing
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/TBA
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TBA
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Dollar General
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Alliance Truck Parts
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty Reynolds Wrap
15Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Ford/Sam's Club
18Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Game Stop
19Tayler Malsam (Seattle WA)Toyota/G-Oil
20Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Grime Boss
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group
24Benny Gordon (DuBois, PA)Toyota/Kentucky Antler Company/VSI
27J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/GCMI
28To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/TBA
30James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/TBA
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
33Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Armour
38Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Ford/ajstoyz.com
40Erik Darnell (Beach Park, FL)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
41Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Ford/Rise Up and Register
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/Curtis Key Plumbing
47Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/Clements Automotive
52Tim Schendel (Sparta, WI)Chevrolet/Metro Ministries
54 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
60Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Lally Horse Stables
70Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Chevrolet/Foretravel
73Derrike Cope ((Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/TBA
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Koma Unwind
81Jason Bowles (Ontario, CA)Dodge/American Majority
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet
88Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Chevrolet/hendrickcars.com
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Kyle Busch---3rd---Won3rd42nd6th3rdWon
Kasey Kahne13th27th------19th2nd---32nd2nd
Dale Earnhardt Jr------------6th---------3rd
Elliott Sadler------------------------4th
Joey Logano------------------9th14th5th
Kevin HarvickWon2ndWon2nd8th7thWon5th6th
Brad Keselowski------------41st4th12th2nd9th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.---------------------25th14th
Justin Allgaier------------------5thWon15th
Trevor Bayne------------------23rd30th19th
Danica Patrick------------------------33rd
Sam Hornish Jr.---------------------------
Austin Dillon---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Cole Whitt - Started in the 22nd position and finished 6th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Darkhorse - Blake Koch
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Trevor Bayne) - Finished 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Mark Martin) - Finished 2nd
 
NOTES:
The Nationwide Series moves to Bristol, TN for the fourth race of the season and the 29th running of the Ford EcoBoost 300.

Last year, BMS saw a dominating performance by Kyle Busch as he led 268 of the 300 laps to easily defeat Kasey Kahne for his fourth consecutive NASCAR win at this half-mile, high-banked track. In 2010, he won all three of NASCAR's national touring series races at Bristol on the same week.

Busch is off to a slow start this season on this circuit, failing to crack the top-10 in three starts. His numbers in 2011 were off the charts. Racing in just 20 starts, Busch posted eight wins and 18 top-10 finishes.

Busch's record at this track is quite remarkable, with five Sprint Cup wins, four Nationwide titles and three Truck Series victories. Since 2009, he has nine wins in 15 starts at Bristol Motor Speedway.

In 2010 Justin Allgaier held off a furious charge from his Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski in the closing laps to claim his first Nationwide Series victory. Allgaier, the 2009 rookie of the year in the series, passed Keselowski after a restart with 27 laps remaining. Keselowski, who started on the pole, made several attempts to pass Allgaier for the lead, but wound up finishing 0.178 of a second behind him.

Kevin Harvick, the driver and owner of the No.33 Chevrolet, overcame alternator problems and grabbed the lead during the final round of pit stops after Kyle Busch was penalized for a tire violation, as he went on to victory in 2009. He led the final 45 laps and held off Carl Edwards for his 33rd career Nationwide victory and his fifth at Bristol, making him the all-time winningest driver at the half-mile Tennessee track.

Clint Bowyer dominated the rain-delayed race in 2008, leading three times for 122 laps, including the final 66, as he raced to victory under the caution. Starting fourth on the grid, Bowyer took the lead for the first time on lap 38 and after trading the advantage with Scott Wimmer on two separate occasions, was able to regain the lead and eventually finish ahead of Kasey Kahne. Originally slated for 300 laps, the race was halted after 171 laps and Bowyer leading Kahne by less than half-a-second. Scott Wimmer, who started on the pole after qualifying was rained out, finished 12th.

In 2007, Carl Edwards outraced Matt Kenseth to the checkered flag to post his 10th career Nationwide Series title. Before an estimated crown of 110,000, Edwards reclaimed the lead on lap 241 and held on the rest of the way to edge Kenseth by less than half a second. Pole sitter Steve Wallace, who led the first 32 laps, finished 31st. Edwards led four times for a race-high 147 laps, while third-place finisher Kyle Busch led twice for 89. Edwards' win total now stands at 37.

Morgan Shepherd, the only driver in race history to repeat as champion, is also a three-time winner at Bristol, along with Harvick.

Harvick's win from the 38th starting position in the 2005 Bristol race, was the biggest come-from-the-back win since Chad Little's NASCAR Nationwide Series record 1995 Daytona win from 42nd. Ryan Newman's 2005 win at Michigan matched Harvick's feat. Both races' starting fields were set by the rule book when time trials were canceled due to weather.

The Nationwide Series moves on to Fontana, California for the March 24 Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway. Kyle Busch won last year's race there.

03/14 12:19:38 ET

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