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DATE: Saturday, September 3rd
SITE: Atlanta Motor Speedway (1960) -- Hampton, Georgia
TRACK: 1.54-mile oval - 2,332 feet (Frontstretch); 1,800 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 99,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 20th
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Kasey Kahne (Finished 19th)
LAPS: 195
MILES: 300.3
QUALIFYING RECORD: Greg Biffle, 2003 (192.300 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 1997 (151.751 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,076,369 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $45,925; 2nd Place - $40,575; 3rd Place - $29,175
2010 Finish
1Jamie McMurray76Joey Logano10
2Kyle Busch27Jason Leffler12
3Carl Edwards58Ryan Newman4
4Kevin Harvick89Paul Menard9
5Matt Kenseth1810Ricky Stenhouse Jr13
2010 Great Clips 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 144.452 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 4 minutes, 44 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.286 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 17 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 5 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kasey Kahne (181.479 m.p.h.)
Past Great Clips 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Jamie McMurray (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 144.452 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kevin Harvick (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 145.228 m.p.h.
2008 -- Matt Kenseth (10th) -- Ford -- 131.290 m.p.h.
2007 -- Jeff Burton (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 127.201 m.p.h.
2006 -- Jeff Burton (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 127.984 m.p.h.
2005 -- Carl Edwards (1st) -- Ford -- 130.651 m.p.h.
2004 -- Matt Kenseth (28th) -- Ford -- 133.343 m.p.h.
2003 -- Greg Biffle (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 146.217 m.p.h.
2002 -- Jamie McMurray (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 138.788 m.p.h.
2001 -- Joe Nemechek (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 143.954 m.p.h.
2000 -- Mark Martin (4th) -- Ford -- 126.924 m.p.h.
1999 -- Mike Skinner (17th) -- Chevrolet -- 117.178 m.p.h.
1998 -- Mark Martin (10th) -- Ford -- 138.193 m.p.h.
1997 -- Mark Martin (13th) -- Ford -- 151.751 m.p.h. (race record)
1996 -- Terry Labonte (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 139.656
1995 -- Johnny Benson (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 145.767 m.p.h.
1994 -- Harry Gant (23rd) -- Chevrolet -- 127.649 m.p.h.
1993 -- Ward Burton (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 109.640 m.p.h.
1992 -- Jeff Gordon (1st) -- Ford -- 124.412 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Busch Light 300 (1992-96), Stihl Power Tools 300 (1997),
Stihl 300 (1998), Yellow Freight 300 (1999), Aaron's 312 (2000-2005),
Nicorette 300 (2006-08), Degree V12 300 (2009).
Past Great Clips 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Kasey Kahne -- 19th
2009 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 3rd
2008 -- Jeff Burton -- 3rd
2007 -- Kyle Busch -- 3rd
2006 -- Kyle Busch -- 40th
2005 -- Carl Edwards -- 1st
2004 -- Mike Bliss -- 27th
2003 -- Greg Biffle -- 1st
2002 -- None -- Weather
2001 -- Ryan Newman -- 32nd
2000 -- Matt Kenseth -- 2nd
1999 -- Dave Blaney -- 2nd
1998 -- Dick Trickle -- 38th
1997 -- Tim Bender -- 40th
1996 -- Dick Trickle -- 13th
1995 -- Mark Martin -- 39th
1994 -- Shawna Robinson -- 36th
1993 -- Mark Martin -- 26th
1992 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1st
Last Race Results
RACE: Food City 250 (August 26th)
SITE: Bristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tennessee
MILES: 133.25
LAPS: 250
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Joey Logano
THIRD: Clint Bowyer
FOURTH: Carl Edwards
FIFTH: Aric Almirola
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 25 minutes, 46 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 93.218 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.019 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 27 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 6 among 3 drivers
LAP LEADERS: K. Busch 1-112; C. Bowyer 113-162; K. Busch 163-186; C. Bowyer
187-188; K. Busch 189-193; J. Logano 194-205; K. Busch 206-250.
Great Clips 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
03Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Blackwell Angus
7 *Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/G-Oil
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Shore Lodge
13Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Dodge/hipchixfundraisers.com
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/Z-Line Designs
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/TBA
20Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Schick
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX)Chevrolet/North Texas Pipe
28Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/maxelence.com
30Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/TBA
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/TBA
32Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Dollar General
33Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/rheem.com
38Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39To Be AnnouncedFord/Carport Empire
40Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
41Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
42Tim Andrews (Concord, NC)Chevrolet/Key Motorsports
44Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
47Brian Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Chevrolet/Key Motorsports
49Mark Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/Liberty Tire Recyclers
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/Clements Racing Engines
52Kevin Lepage (Shelbourne, VT)Chevrolet/TBA
60Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
62Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Toyota/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
66Steve Wallace (Charlotte, NC)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
70Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Dodge/TBA
71Matthew Carter (Denver, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
72John Jackson (Ellenton, FL)Toyota/crashclaimsr.us
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/IPT Grills
75Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
81Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Dodge/daystar.com
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/TBA
88Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/Hellmann's
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Victory in Jesus Racing
* - defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Jamie McMurrayWon---36th9th9th14th13th---Won
Kyle Busch---43rd2nd---40th3rd24th2nd2nd
Carl Edwards---------Won24th4th4th7th3rd
Kevin Harvick---9th15th---11th2nd2ndWon4th
Jason Leffler---22nd5th---6th41st8th20th7th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.------------------------10th
Brad Keselowski---------------25th6th4th12th
Justin Allgaier---------------------17th13th
Kasey Kahne21st7th3rd5th2nd7th9th11th19th
Trevor Bayne---------------------16th24th
Reed Sorenson------29th19th42nd39th---10th34th
Steve Wallace---------------35th18th23rd35th
Elliott Sadler---------------------------
Mover of the Week
Michael Annett - Started in the 21st position and finished 6th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Elliott Sadler
Darkhorse - Dennis Setzer
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jason Leffler) - Finished 7th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Joe Nemechek) - Finished 21st
Jamie McMurray won his first Nationwide Series race in nearly six years by taking the 2010 edition of the Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

McMurray passed Brad Keselowski after the final restart with 23 laps remaining, and then held off a hard-charging Kyle Busch in the closing laps for his eighth career Nationwide win, but his first since November 2004 at Darlington. His first career win in the series came in 2002 at Atlanta.

Busch chased down McMurray during the final five laps, but came up 0.29 seconds short.

Although he has led the points race the past four weeks, Ricky Stenhouse Jr has seen his lead slashed to just five points over Elliott Sadler and 10 ahead of Reed Sorenson. A two-time winner this year, Stenhouse has failed to crack the top-10 in the last three races after winning at Iowa.

After placing second in back-to-back years, Kevin Harvick added another notch to his belt, as he raced to victory last season. Starting second on the grid, Harvick dominated the race, leading six times for a race-high 131 laps, as he defeated Kyle Busch by 1.138 seconds for his 34th career Nationwide Series title. Harvick, currently sixth on the points list, has added two wins this year to his credit and ranks third on the all-time list.

Matt Kenseth joined Mark Martin and Jeff Burton as the only multiple champions of this race, as he captured the 2008 edition ahead of Harvick. Kenseth clipped Harvick by 0.159 of a second for the 24th of 25 career Nationwide Series wins.

Kyle Busch was in a league of his own as he led 153 of 198 laps that year, but with 25 laps to go Busch's right-front tire went flat causing him to crash into the first-turn wall to ruin another great performance. Busch finished the race in a disappointing 24th place. With just 13 laps remaining, Kenseth reclaimed the lead and was able to fend off Harvick to take the checkered flag.

Burton only led twice for a total of 29 laps, but it included the final 26, as he clipped Harvick by 1.064 seconds for his 24th Nationwide Series win in 2007. Pole sitter Kyle Busch dominated this race, as he led five times for a race-high 143 laps. With the win, Burton joined Mark Martin as the only back-to-back winners of this race. Martin accomplished the feat in 1997-98.

Back in 1992, Jeff Gordon won his first national series race at Atlanta in Nationwide Series competition, the inaugural year for this event.

Burton crossed the finish line 1.420 seconds ahead of Kasey Kahne to win in 2006. Burton, who led on four different occasions throughout the race for 75 laps, reclaimed the lead on lap 176 and held on to take the checkered flag. Pole sitter Kyle Busch led the first 25 laps, but failed to finish due to an accident.

In 2005, pole sitter Carl Edwards captured his first-ever Nationwide Series title, as he edged out Tony Stewart by less than two seconds. Edwards, who won the pole position earlier in the day, led the first 29 laps then fell as low as 13th before making his final move.

In the previous 18 years, the pole sitter has captured this event three times and the top five spots have won seven of the 18 races. The farthest a driver has started and won this race was 28th, when Kenseth won in 2004.

The next Nationwide Series race is the September 10 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway, as Kevin Harvick defends his title.

08/30 16:32:06 ET

As of August 30, 2011, at 04:32 PM ET

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