NASCAR Nationwide Series
NASCAR - Nationwide - Dollar General 300 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, Sept. 14
SITE: Chicagoland Speedway-- Joliet, Ill.
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: 70,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 13th
TELEVISION: ESPN 2
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 3:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, Sept. 14/12:05 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (not defending)
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (finished 9)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Ryan Newman, 2005 (186.438 mph)
RACE RECORD: Brad Keselowski, 2011 (148.637 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Ricky Stenhouse Jr36Sam Hornish Jr4
2Kyle Busch67Michael Annett8
3Austin Dillon28Elliott Sadler5
4Brad Keselowski169Joey Logano1
5Paul Menard510Brian Scott42
2012 Dollar General 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 138.373 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 10 mins., 5 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.402 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 20 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 17 among 9 drivers
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (178.012 mph)
Past Dollar General 300 Pole Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (3) -- Ford -- 138.373 mph
2011 -- Brad Keselowski (2) -- Dodge -- 148.637 mph
2010 -- Kyle Busch (8) -- Toyota -- 139.875 mph
2009 -- Joey Logano (3) -- Toyota -- 147.340 mph
2008 -- Kyle Busch (10) -- Toyota -- 144.443 mph
2007 -- Kevin Harvick (8) -- Chevrolet -- 135.661 mph
2006 -- Casey Mears (7) -- Dodge -- 125.421 mph
2005 -- Kevin Harvick (5) -- Chevrolet -- 130.340 mph
2004 -- Justin Labonte (34) -- Dodge -- 126.790 mph
2003 -- Bobby Hamilton Jr (3) -- Ford -- 129.730 mph
2002 -- Johnny Sauter (20) -- Chevrolet -- 128.008 mph
2001 -- Jimmie Johnson (6) -- Chevrolet -- 119.469 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Sam's Club Presents The Hills Brothers Coffee 300
(2001), Tropicana Twister 300 (2002-03), Twister 300 (2004), USG Durock
300 (2005-07).
 
Past Dollar General 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Joey Logano -- 9
2011 -- Brian Scott -- 3
2010 -- Kevin Harvick -- 7
2009 -- Carl Edwards -- 6
2008 -- David Reutimann -- 5
2007 -- Denny Hamlin -- 7
2006 -- Carl Edwards -- 2
2005 -- Ryan Newman -- 3
2004 -- Bobby Hamilton Jr -- 43
2003 -- Casey Mears -- 4
2002 -- Todd Bodine -- 2
2001 -- Ryan Newman -- 26
Last Race Results
RACE: Virginia 529 College Savings 250 (Sept. 6)
SITE: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Va.
MILES: 187.5
LAPS: 250
WINNER: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Brian Scott
THIRD: Regan Smith
FOURTH: Kyle Busch
FIFTH: Trevor Bayne
POLE WINNER: Brian Scott (finished 2)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 55 mins., 37 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 97.304 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.946 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 35 laps
LAP LEADERS: B. Scott 1-239; B. Keselowski 240-250.
Dollar General 300 Entry List
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Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Kyle Busch1236425Won2Won---2
Austin Dillon------------------------3
Sam Hornish Jr---------------------56
Elliott Sadler---3338---21------68
Joey Logano---------------Won2199
Brian Scott------------------3210
Justin Allgaier---------------10101411
Kevin Harvick41Won4Won1857------
Matt Kenseth1685217------------
Dale Earnhardt Jr.------15------------------
Regan Smith264028------------------
Brian Vickers------------43---------
Trevor Bayne---------------123211---
Kyle Larson---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Ryan Reed - started 26 and finished 9
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Joey Logano
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - finished 4
 
NOTES:
The Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway is the 26th race on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule.

There have been 15 Nationwide races held at Chicagoland, including one event per season from 2001-10 and then two each year since then.

Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano have the most Nationwide victories at Chicagoland with two each. Logano won at this track in July. All three Sprint Cup Series regulars are competing in this weekend's Nationwide race.

Richard Childress has the most car owner wins in Nationwide races at Chicagoland with four, followed by Joe Gibbs with three.

No driver has won a Nationwide race from the pole position at Chicagoland. The furthest back a driver has started and won an event in the series there is 34th, accomplished by Justin Labonte, who is the son of two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Terry Labonte.

The closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Chicagoland occurred two months ago when Logano beat Sam Hornish Jr. to the finish line by 0.291 seconds.

Two drivers on the entry list for this race made their Nationwide debuts one year ago at Chicagoland: Alex Bowman and Juan Carlos Blum.

Brian Scott scored his maiden pole in the series at Chicagoland on Sept. 17, 2011.

Three drivers posted their first career Nationwide victories at Chicagoland: Johnson (2001), Johnny Sauter (2002) and Casey Mears (2006). None of those drivers are entered in this race.

The next race is the Sept. 21 Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Austin Dillon won last year's event there.

09/10 17:48:37 ET

As of September 10, 2013, at 05:48 PM ET