NASCAR Nationwide Series
NASCAR - Nationwide - Aaron's 312 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, May 4
SITE: Talladega Superspeedway -- Talladega, Ala.
TRACK: 2.66-mile oval
CAPACITY: 108,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 22nd
TELEVISION: ESPN
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 3 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, May 3/12:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Joey Logano
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: None due to inclement weather
LAPS: 117
MILES: 311.22
QUALIFYING RECORD: Joe Nemechek, 1997 (193.517 mph)
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 1997 (168.937 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Joey Logano46Kurt Busch31
2Kyle Busch127James Buescher7
3Ricky Stenhouse Jr.28Justin Allgaier13
4Cole Whitt119Kenny Wallace20
5Dale Earnhardt Jr.3310Elliott Sadler1
2012 Aaron's 312 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 136.258 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 22 mins., 54 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.034 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 27 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 37 among 18 drivers
POLE WINNER: None due to inclement weather (Elliott Sadler awarded pole)
Past Aaron's 312 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Joey Logano (4) -- Toyota -- 136.258 mph
2011 -- Kyle Busch (22) -- Toyota -- 126.618 mph
2010 -- Brad Keselowski (23) -- Dodge -- 157.630 mph
2009 -- David Ragan (14) -- Ford -- 149.004 mph
2008 -- Tony Stewart (1) -- Toyota -- 133.111 mph
2007 -- Bobby Labonte (34) -- Chevrolet -- 133.216 mph
2006 -- Martin Truex Jr (12) -- Chevrolet -- 149.785 mph
2005 -- Martin Truex Jr (4) -- Chevrolet -- 122.117 mph
2004 -- Martin Truex Jr (3) -- Chevrolet -- 136.763 mph
2003 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (3) -- Chevrolet -- 141.768 mph
2002 -- Jason Keller (12) -- Ford -- 157.691 mph
2001 -- Mike McLaughlin (14) -- Pontiac -- 131.258 mph
2000 -- Joe Nemechek (35) -- Chevrolet -- 153.859 mph
1999 -- Terry Labonte (16) -- Chevrolet -- 150.793 mph
1998 -- Joe Nemechek (1) -- Chevrolet -- 118.196 mph
1997 -- Mark Martin (23) -- Ford -- 168.937 mph
1996 -- Greg Sacks (7) -- Chevrolet -- 139.438 mph
1995 -- Chad Little (7) -- Ford -- 122.904 mph
1994 -- Ken Schrader (17) -- Chevrolet -- 167.473 mph
1993 -- Dale Earnhardt (22) -- Chevrolet -- 146.801 mph
1992 -- Ernie Irvan (2) -- Chevrolet -- 158.359 mph
 
NOTE: Previously called Fram Filter 500k (1992-94), Hummingbird 500k
(1995-96), Easy Care 500k (1997), Touchstone Energy 300 (1998-2000),
Subway 300 (2001).
 
Past Aaron's 312 Pole Winners (finish)
2012 -- None -- Weather
2011 -- Elliott Sadler -- 5
2010 -- Kevin Harvick -- 3
2009 -- Ryan Newman -- 2
2008 -- Tony Stewart -- 1
2007 -- Brad Coleman -- 9
2006 -- J.J. Yeley -- 34
2005 -- Paul Menard -- 27
2004 -- Clint Bowyer -- 22
2003 -- Joe Nemechek -- 2
2002 -- Johnny Sauter -- 33
2001 -- Joe Nemechek -- 39
2000 -- None -- Weather
1999 -- Ken Schrader -- 34
1998 -- Joe Nemechek -- 1
1997 -- Joe Nemechek -- 41
1996 -- Joe Nemechek -- 2
1995 -- Jeff Purvis -- 31
1994 -- Jeff Purvis -- 5
1993 -- Bill Elliott -- 5
1992 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 4
Last Race Results
RACE: ToyotaCare 250 (April 26)
SITE: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Va.
MILES: 187.5
LAPS: 250
WINNER: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
THIRD: Kyle Busch
FOURTH: Brian Vickers
FIFTH: Regan Smith
POLE WINNER: Brad Keselowski (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 14 mins., 18 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 83.768 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.718 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 57 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 11 among 5 drivers
LAP LEADERS: B. Keselowski 1-2; K. Busch 3-4; S. Hornish Jr. 5-87; K. Harvick
88; E. Sadler 89-106; K. Harvick 107-157; B. Keselowski 158-169;
K. Harvick 170-209; B. Keselowski 210-220; K. Harvick 221-224; K.
Busch 225-240; B. Keselowski 241-250.
Aaron's 312 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TBA
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
1Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Armour
3Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/AdvoCare
4Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Flexseal
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Cargill/Blackwell Angus
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
15Stanton Barrett (Bishop, CA)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
20Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Dollar General
22 *Joey 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
30Nelson Piquet Jr. (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Worx
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
32Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Cessna
33Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/WESCO
34Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/Accudoc Sol./GoDaddy
40Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
43Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Ford/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
44Hal Martin (Galliano, LA)Toyota/American Custom Yachts
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/TBA
52Donnie Neuenberger (Brandywine, MD)Chevrolet/Eagle
54Joey Coulter (Miami Springs, FL)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)Dodge/Stone Bridge Construction
77Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Kyle Busch Motorsports
79Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Ford/Fast Wax
85Bobby Gerhart (Lebanon, PA)Chevrolet/Lucas Oil
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM FM Energy Wood & Pellet
89Morgan Shepherd (Ferguson, NC)Dodge/TBA
92Dexter Stacey (Kahnawake, Canada)Ford/Maddie's Place
99Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/TBA
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Joey Logano---------------322Won
Kurt Busch------------------------6
Justin Allgaier---------------321578
Elliott Sadler---------------------510
Sam Hornish Jr.---------------------1312
Austin Dillon------------------------17
Brian Scott------------------101136
Kasey Kahne3831---21---------------
Trevor Bayne------------------136---
Brian Vickers------4------209------
Regan Smith------3723---------------
 
Mover of the Week
Parker Kligerman - started 30 and finished 11
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Joey Logano
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - finished 3
 
NOTES:
The Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway is the eighth race on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule.

There have been 21 Nationwide races held at Talladega. The series has competed there once each year since 1992. Ernie Irvan won the inaugural race at this track in '92.

Martin Truex Jr. holds the record for most Nationwide wins at Talladega with three. Truex's victories there came consecutively from 2004-06. Joe Nemechek is the only other driver with multiple wins at this track. Nemechek won there in 1998 and 2000.

Joey Logano is the defending race winner. Logano edged Kyle Busch to the finish line by just 0.034 seconds. He made a sling-shot pass on Busch for the lead as they were approaching the line. The race, though, was marred by a vicious 10-car accident that occurred along the backstretch after the first of two green-white-checkered finish attempts. Eric McClure suffered a concussion and internal bruises when he slammed head on into the inside retaining wall at a high-rate of speed. The multi-car wreck occurred when Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski got turned around in a tight pack of cars.

Just two Nationwide races at Talladega have been won from the pole position: Nemechek (1998) and Tony Stewart (2008).

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Talladega occurred on April 24, 1999 when Terry Labonte beat Nemechek to the finish line by only 0.002 seconds.

Greg Sacks and David Ragan are those drivers who scored their first career Nationwide wins at Talladega. Sacks' first victory in the series came there on July 27, 1996. Ragan posted his first win at this track on April 25, 2009.

The next race is the May 10 VFW Sports Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway. Joey Logano won last year's race there.

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