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DATE: Saturday, March 23
SITE: Auto Club Speedway (1997) -- Fontana, Calif.
TRACK: 2-mile oval - 3,100 feet (Frontstretch); 2,500 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 90,988 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 17th
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 5 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, March 23/1:35 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Joey Logano (not defending)
RUNNER-UP: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (finished 1)
LAPS: 150
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Tony Stewart, 2005 (185.941 mph)
RACE RECORD: Hank Parker Jr, 2001 (155.957 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Joey Logano16Brad Sweet14
2Ricky Stenhouse Jr.107Kenny Wallace6
3Brad Keselowski38Kyle Busch15
4Brian Scott79Elliott Sadler5
5Austin Dillon410Brendan Gaughan8
2012 Royal Purple 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 142.330 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 6 mins., 28 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1,066 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 18 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 15 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (178.984 mph)
Past Royal Purple 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Joey Logano (1) -- Toyota -- 142.330 mph
2011 -- Kyle Busch (7) -- Toyota -- 140.772 mph
2010 -- Kyle Busch (2) -- Toyota -- 143.886 mph
2009 -- Kyle Busch (2) -- Toyota -- 138.479 mph
2008 -- Tony Stewart (2) -- Toyota -- 141.769 mph
2007 -- Matt Kenseth (2) -- Ford -- 127.871 mph
2006 -- Greg Biffle (3) -- Ford -- 147.501 mph
2005 -- Mark Martin (3) -- Ford -- 117.251 mph
2004 -- Greg Biffle (15) -- Ford -- 138.978 mph
2003 -- Matt Kenseth (19) -- Ford -- 129.419 mph
2002 -- Scott Riggs (6) -- Ford -- 131.403 mph
2001 -- Hank Parker Jr (26) -- Chevrolet -- 155.957 mph
2000 -- Matt Kenseth (8) -- Chevrolet -- 126.375 mph
1999 -- Matt Kenseth (2) -- Chevrolet -- 119.960 mph
1998 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (2) -- Chevrolet -- 148.597 mph
1997 -- Todd Bodine (28) -- Pontiac -- 145.083 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Kenwood 300 (1997-98), Auto Club 300 (1999-2002),
1-800-PitStop.com 300 (2003), Stater Bros. 300 (2004-10).
 
Past Royal Purple 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Joey Logano -- 1
2011 -- Carl Edwards -- 2
2010 -- Joey Logano -- 5
2009 -- Carl Edwards -- 4
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Dave Blaney -- 10
2006 -- Carl Edwards -- 3
2005 -- Tony Stewart -- 29
2004 -- Jason Leffler -- 34
2003 -- Kevin Harvick -- 3
2002 -- None -- Weather
2001 -- Bobby Hamilton Jr -- 14
2000 -- Jeff Green -- 3
1999 -- None -- Weather
1998 -- Robert Pressley -- 14
1997 -- Steve Park -- 2
Last Race Results
RACE: Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 300 (March 16)
SITE: Bristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tenn.
MILES: 159.9
LAPS: 300
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Larson
THIRD: Brian Vickers
FOURTH: Sam Hornish Jr.
FIFTH: Kevin Harvick
POLE WINNER: Justin Allgaier (finished 8)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 57 mins., 11 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 81.872 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.023 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 54 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 5 among 5 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Allgaier 1-62; T. Bayne 63-75; K. Busch 76-167; B. Keselowski
168-193; K. Harvick 194-236; K. Busch 237-300.
Royal Purple 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Jason White (Richmond, VA)Toyota/Headrush
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/White Tail
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/Cargill
07Daryl Harr (Alberta, Canada)Chevrolet/TBA
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/Wurth
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
15Juan Carlos Blum (Guadalajara, Mex.)Ford/VMP Nutrition
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/Double Tree
20Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Dollar General
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Discount Tire
23To Be AnnouncedChevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
24Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/I am Second
27Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/Teamboom
30Nelson Piquet Jr. (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Qualcomm
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
32Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Eveready
33Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN)Chevrolet/Winfield/Mudd.com
40Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
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
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/USS James E. Williams
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/TBA
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Dave Novak Racing
77Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Kyle Busch Motorsports
79Paulie Harraka (Wayne, NJ)Ford/Crackle "It's On"
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM FM Energy Wood & Pellet
92Dexter Stacey (Kahnawake, Canada)Ford/Maddie's Place
98Kevin Swindell (Germantown, TN)Chevrolet/Carroll Shelby Engines
99Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/TBA
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Brad Keselowski---------3232273103
Brian Scott------------------10134
Austin Dillon------------------------5
Brad Sweet------------------------6
Kyle Busch7---2332WonWonWon8
Elliott Sadler------32---27------59
Sam Hornish Jr.---------35------------13
Trevor Bayne------------------11614
Justin Allgaier---------------1491232
Brian Vickers------9------128------
Regan Smith------289---------------
 
Mover of the Week
John Wes Townley - Started 34 and finished 17
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kevin Harvick) - finished 5
 
NOTES:
The Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway is the fifth race on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule.

Joey Logano won the Nationwide race at this track one year ago. Logano started on the pole and led 92 laps, but had to fend off numerous challengers for the lead throughout the 300-mile event. He ran in the third spot for the final restart with 12 laps remaining but quickly drove past Elliott Sadler and Trevor Bayne to take the top position for good. He then beat Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to the finish line by one second for the win. Logano is not competing in the Nationwide event there this weekend.

ACS has been on the Nationwide schedule each year since 1997. Todd Bodine won the inaugural race there that year.

There have been 23 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 two years ago.

Kyle Busch holds the record for most Nationwide wins at Auto Club Speedway with five. All of his victories have come within the last seven races there.

Joe Gibbs Racing has won eight consecutive Nationwide races at this track: Busch (5), Logano (2) and Tony Stewart (1). Logano drove for JGR in the series from 2008-12.

Four Nationwide races at Auto Club Speedway have been won from the pole position: Busch (2008 and '10) 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 12 O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won last year's event there.

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