NASCAR - Nationwide - Feed the Children 300 Preview

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DATE: Friday, July 8th
SITE: Kentucky Speedway (2000) -- Sparta, Kentucky
TRACK: 1.5-mile oval - 1,662 feet (Frontstretch); 1,600 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 106,000 (Grandstand seating)
ANNUAL: 11th
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Carl Edwards
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Carl Edwards, 2005 (181.287 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Bobby Hamilton Jr, 2003 (136.123 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,253,145 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $90,720; 2nd Place - $57,025; 3rd Place - $37,475
2010 Finish
1Joey Logano16Steve Wallace16
2Carl Edwards107Scott Wimmer19
3Brad Keselowski258Justin Allgaier3
4Brendan Gaughan209Scott Riggs5
5Reed Sorenson710Colin Braun13
2010 Feed the Children 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 115.286 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 36 minutes, 8 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.662 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 10 for 51 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 11 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (177.212 m.p.h.)
Past Feed the Children 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Joey Logano (1st) -- Toyota -- 115.286 m.p.h.
2009 -- Joey Logano (1st) -- Toyota -- 127.796 m.p.h.
2008 -- Joey Logano (1st) -- Toyota -- 135.508 m.p.h.
2007 -- Stephen Leicht (6th) -- Ford -- 117.698 m.p.h.
2006 -- David Gilliland (4th) -- Chevrolet - 116.004 m.p.h.
2005 -- Carl Edwards (1st) -- Ford -- 117.111 m.p.h.
2004 -- Kyle Busch (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 126.642 m.p.h.
2003 -- Bobby Hamilton Jr (2nd) -- Ford -- 136.123 m.p.h. (race record)
2002 -- Todd Bodine (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 127.164 m.p.h.
2001 -- Kevin Harvick (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 118.590 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Outback Steakhouse 300 (2001), Kroger 300 (2002), Meijer
300 (2003-10).
Past Feed the Children 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Joey Logano -- 1st
2009 -- Joey Logano -- 1st
2008 -- Joey Logano -- 1st
2007 -- Regan Smith -- 19th
2006 -- Denny Hamlin -- 3rd
2005 -- Carl Edwards -- 1st
2004 -- Martin Truex Jr -- 6th
2003 -- Stacy Compton -- 4th
2002 -- Scott Riggs -- 4th
2001 -- Jay Sauter -- 9th
Last Race Results
RACE: Subway Jalapeno 250 (July 1st)
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Florida
MILES: 250
LAPS: 100
WINNER: Joey Logano
RUNNER-UP: Jason Leffler
THIRD: Reed Sorenson
FOURTH: Kyle Busch
FIFTH: Justin Allgaier
POLE WINNER: Kevin Harvick (Finished 18th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 49 minutes, 57 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 136.426 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.040 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 23 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 35 among 12 drivers
LAP LEADERS: K. Harvick 1-2; T. Stewart 3; K. Harvick 4-8; B. Keselowski 9; R.
Stenhouse Jr. 10-13; B. Keselowski 14-15; E. Sadler 16; B.
Keselowski 17-19; K. Harvick 20-21; A. Almirola 22; K. Harvick
23; D. Patrick 24-27; E. Sadler 28-39; D. Patrick 40-42; R.
Sorenson 43; D. Patrick 44-45; C. Edwards 46-57; D. Patrick
58-60; C. Edwards 61-64; K. Busch 65; E. Sadler 66-71; C. Edwards
72; C. Bowyer 73; T. Stewart 74-75; C. Edwards 76-77; T. Stewart
78; C. Edwards 79-81; K. Harvick 82-84; E. Sadler 85-87; R.
Stenhouse Jr. 88; E. Sadler 89-93; B. Keselowski 94; E. Sadler
95; D. Patrick 96; E. Sadler 97-99; J. Logano 100.
Feed the Children 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/Cowboys and Aliens
02Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM)Chevrolet/
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Blackwell Angus
7Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/UNOH
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Shore Lodge
13Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Ford/
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Chevrolet/Hefty Black Out/Reynolds
15Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
16Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/NOS
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/TriStar Motorsports
20 *Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Game Stop
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/North TX Pipe
28Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/Maxelence
30Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Rexall
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
32Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/Dollar General
33Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Rheem Heating and Cooling
38Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Will Kimmel III (Sellersburg, IN)Ford/TBA
40Charles Lewandoski (Staf. Sprs. CT)Chevrolet/TBA
41Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
42Tim Andrews (Concord, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
44Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
49Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/
52Kevin Lepage (Shelbourne, VT)Chevrolet/TBA
60Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Valvoline
62Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Toyota/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
64David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Aspen Dental
66Steve Wallace (Charlotte, NC)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
70David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Keen Parts Inc.
72John Jackson (Ellenton, FL)Toyota/
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/IPT Pellet Grills
75Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
81Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Dodge/
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/NEMCO Motorsports
88Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/Grand Touring Vodka
* - defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Joey Logano------------------WonWonWon
Carl Edwards---------Won36th33rd20th20th2nd
Brad Keselowski------------------4th3rd3rd
Reed Sorenson---------4th39th---------5th
Steve Wallace------------11th22nd17th14th6th
Justin Allgaier---------------------5th8th
Trevor Bayne---------------------12th11th
Jason Leffler------7th---40th14th16th6th33rd
Kyle Busch------Won---13th30th---2nd---
Kevin Harvick------------6th------------
Kasey Kahne---11th17th------------------
David Reutimann---37th------8th16th13th------
Ricky Stenhouse---------------------9th---
Mark Martin---------------------------
Elliott Sadler---------------------------
Mover of the Week
Kenny Wallace - Started in the 42nd position and finished 7th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Joey Logano
Darkhorse - Jason Leffler
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - Finished 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Mike Wallace) - Finished 15th
At the halfway point of the season, the Nationwide Series heads into Kentucky this week for the Feed the Children 300. Reed Sorenson owns a slim nine-point lead over Elliott Sadler and four other drivers within 81 points of the top spot.

According to NASCAR, plenty of records are at risk with 17 races remaining. Already this season, the Nationwide Series has produced 10 different winners and driver championship contenders have won three of the last six races. The series record is 18 different winners set in 1988; last year 12 different drivers won. There have been an average of 7.5 different leaders so far this season; the record is 7.3 (2007). The average margin of victory is under a second, .945 seconds.

Joey Logano completed the hat trick last season, as he recorded his third consecutive victory at Kentucky Speedway. In addition, Logano won all three of these races from the pole. Logano became the first driver in series history to win three consecutive races at the same track after starting on the pole for each one of those events. When Logano won his first Nationwide race at Kentucky in 2008, he became the youngest winner at age 18 years and 21 days.

Logano outran Carl Edwards in the closing laps for his seventh career Nationwide title. Logano passed Brendan Gaughan and took the lead for good with less than 25 laps remaining. Edwards then chased down Logano within the last 10 laps, but he held off Edwards by 0.67 seconds.

In 2009, Logano passed Kyle Busch with just 10 laps remaining and then held off his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate by 1.625 seconds for his second straight victory in this race. The victory was one of five wins in 2009, as Logano recorded 16 top-10 finishes in 22 Nationwide races.

Pole sitter Logano claimed his first Nationwide Series title, as he defeated Scott Wimmer by over two seconds. With 54 laps remaining, Logano wrestled the lead from Kyle Busch and held on for a 2.259 seconds victory. Logano led five times for 76 laps, while Busch led four times for a race-high 85 laps, but placed 30th. With the win, Logano joined Carl Edwards as the only pole sitters to win this race.

In 2007, Stephen Leicht claimed the lead on lap 188 of the 200-lap race and held on for his first career Nationwide Series victory. Pole sitter Regan Smith, who led for 45 laps, finished a distant 19th. Brad Coleman, who led for 36 laps, finished second, 2.011 seconds behind Leicht.

Back in 2006, David Gilliland recorded his first career Nationwide Series title, as he crossed the finish line 0.306 of a second ahead of J.J. Yeley. Gilliland, who won in only his seventh Nationwide Series start, led the final 11 laps in front of an estimated crowd of 73,000. Pole sitter Denny Hamlin finished third, while Kyle Busch, who led for a race-high 61 laps, placed 13th. Yeley held the lead from lap 136 to 189, but could not hold off Gilliland.

Kentucky Speedway became the 43rd track at which the NASCAR Nationwide Series has competed, the 20th Superspeedway. It is the second track in the Bluegrass State that has held a NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The Louisville Speedway (.354 mile ) hosted two races, 1988 won by Tommy Ellis and 1989 won by Tommy Houston. Kenny Wallace won the pole for the 1989 race. One NASCAR Sprint Cup race was contested in Kentucky. On August 29, 1954, Lee Petty won the 200 lap race at the one-half mile dirt Corbin Speedway in Corbin, Kentucky.

In 2005, Carl Edwards dominated this race, leading 89 of the first 100 laps, but still needed to pass Martin Truex Jr on the white flag lap to win the then, 2005 Meijer 300 by less than a second over Truex Jr. The win was the third of Edwards' five-win season, helping him to a third-place finish in the final Nationwide points standings.

The next Nationwide Series race is the July 16 New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as Kyle Busch defends his 2010 title.

07/05 16:53:31 ET

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