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DATE: Saturday, Aug. 31
SITE: Atlanta Motor Speedway -- Hampton, Ga.
TRACK: 1.54-mile oval
CAPACITY: 99,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 22nd
TELEVISION: ESPN 2
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, Aug. 31/4:05 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (not defending)
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 7)
LAPS: 195
MILES: 300.3
QUALIFYING RECORD: Greg Biffle, 2003 (192.300 mph)
RACE RECORD: Mark Martin, 1997 (151.751 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Ricky Stenhouse Jr.26Austin Dillon9
2Brad Keselowski87Kyle Busch1
3Kevin Harvick38Cole Whitt12
4Elliott Sadler79Sam Hornish Jr.6
5Justin Allgaier1310Michael Annett14
2012 Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 117.880 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 32 mins., 51 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.157 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 43 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 6 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (176.280 mph)
Past Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2) -- Ford -- 117.880 mph
2011 -- Carl Edwards (1) -- Ford -- 132.811 mph
2010 -- Jamie McMurray (7) -- Chevrolet -- 144.452 mph
2009 -- Kevin Harvick (2) -- Chevrolet -- 145.228 mph
2008 -- Matt Kenseth (10) -- Ford -- 131.290 mph
2007 -- Jeff Burton (8) -- Chevrolet -- 127.201 mph
2006 -- Jeff Burton (8) -- Chevrolet -- 127.984 mph
2005 -- Carl Edwards (1) -- Ford -- 130.651 mph
2004 -- Matt Kenseth (28) -- Ford -- 133.343 mph
2003 -- Greg Biffle (1) -- Chevrolet -- 146.217 mph
2002 -- Jamie McMurray (8) -- Chevrolet -- 138.788 mph
2001 -- Joe Nemechek (3) -- Chevrolet -- 143.954 mph
2000 -- Mark Martin (4) -- Ford -- 126.924 mph
1999 -- Mike Skinner (17) -- Chevrolet -- 117.178 mph
1998 -- Mark Martin (10) -- Ford -- 138.193 mph
1997 -- Mark Martin (13) -- Ford -- 151.751 mph
1996 -- Terry Labonte (11) -- Chevrolet -- 139.656 mph
1995 -- Johnny Benson (10) -- Chevrolet -- 145.767 mph
1994 -- Harry Gant (23) -- Chevrolet -- 127.649 mph
1993 -- Ward Burton (5) -- Chevrolet -- 109.640 mph
1992 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Ford -- 124.412 mph
 
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), Great Clips 300
(2010-11), NRA American Warrior 300 (2012).
 
Past Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Kyle Busch 7
2011 -- Carl Edwards -- 1
2010 -- Kasey Kahne -- 19
2009 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 3
2008 -- Jeff Burton -- 3
2007 -- Kyle Busch -- 3
2006 -- Kyle Busch -- 40
2005 -- Carl Edwards -- 1
2004 -- Mike Bliss -- 27
2003 -- Greg Biffle -- 1
2002 -- None -- Weather
2001 -- Ryan Newman -- 32
2000 -- Matt Kenseth -- 2
1999 -- Dave Blaney -- 2
1998 -- Dick Trickle -- 38
1997 -- Tim Bender -- 40
1996 -- Dick Trickle -- 13
1995 -- Mark Martin -- 39
1994 -- Shawna Robinson -- 36
1993 -- Mark Martin -- 26
1992 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
Last Race Results
RACE: Food City 250 (August 24th)
SITE: Bristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tennessee
MILES: 133.25
LAPS: 250
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
THIRD: Austin Dillon
FOURTH: Justin Allgaier
FIFTH: Kyle Larson
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 26 mins., 55 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 91.985 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.831 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 32 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 2 among 2 drivers
LAP LEADERS: K. Busch 1-106; K. Larson 107-128; K. Busch 129-250.
Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 Entry List
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Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Kevin Harvick15---1122Won44Won
Elliott Sadler---------------------104
Justin Allgaier---------------171365
Austin Dillon------------------------6
Kyle Busch2---403242227
Sam Hornish Jr.---------15------------9
Kasey Kahne352791119528
Joey Logano------------------66---
Regan Smith------2123---------------
Brian Vickers------7---2213---------
Trevor Bayne---------------162433---
Kyle Larson---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Elliott Sadler - started 25 and finished 10
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - finished 1
 
NOTES:
The Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is the 24th race on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule.

There have been 21 Nationwide races held at Atlanta. The series has competed there once each season since 1992.

Jeff Gordon started on the pole and won the inaugural Nationwide race at Atlanta, the Atlanta 300, on March 14, 1992.

Mark Martin holds the record for most Nationwide victories at Atlanta with three. Kevin Harvick (2009) and Joe Nemechek (2001) are the only drivers entered in this year's race that have previously won at this track.

Four Nationwide races at Atlanta have been won from the pole, which is more than any other starting position there. Carl Edwards most recently did it 2011.

Edwards and Jamie McMurray are those drivers who scored their first career Nationwide victories at Atlanta. Edwards' win there came on March 19, 2005. One day later, his maiden Cup victory occurred at this track. McMurray posted his first win in Nationwide there on Oct. 26, 2002. Both drivers are not competing in this year's event.

The next race is the Sept. 6 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Kevin Harvick won last year's race there.

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As of August 27, 2013, at 01:49 PM ET

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