NASCAR Nationwide Series

NASCAR - Nationwide - Scotts EZ Seed 300 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, March 19th
SITE: Bristol Motor Speedway (1960) -- Bristol, Tennessee
TRACK: 0.533-mile - 650 feet (Frontstretch); 650 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 160,000
ANNUAL: 28th
TELEVISION: ESPN
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 2 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Justin Allgaier
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
POLE WINNER: Brad Keselowski (Finished 2nd)
LAPS: 300
MILES: 159.9
QUALIFYING RECORD: Greg Biffle, 2004 (127.132 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Brad Keselowski, 2008 (93.509 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,488,515 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $49,938; 2nd Place - $44,518; 3rd Place - $44,250
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Justin Allgaier306Greg Biffle5
2Brad Keselowski17Reed Sorenson8
3Kyle Busch68Mike Bliss41
4Carl Edwards49Jason Leffler10
5Kevin Harvick1310Scott Wimmer19
2010 Scotts EZ Seed 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 76.609 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 5 minutes, 14 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.178 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 11 for 61 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 13 among 10 drivers
POLE WINNER: Brad Keselowski (124.557 m.p.h.)
Past Scotts EZ Seed 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Justin Allgaier (30th) -- 30th) -- Dodge -- 76.609 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kevin Harvick (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 79.717 m.p.h.
2008 -- Clint Bowyer (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 78.874 m.p.h.
2007 -- Carl Edwards (3rd) -- Ford -- 64.038 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kyle Busch (20th) -- Chevrolet -- 71.606 m.p.h.
2005 -- Kevin Harvick (38th) -- Chevrolet -- 59.534 m.p.h.
2004 -- Martin Truex Jr (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 78.114 m.p.h.
2003 -- Kevin Harvick (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 68.304 m.p.h.
2002 -- Jeff Green (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 66.093 m.p.h.
2001 -- Matt Kenseth (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 72.103 m.p.h.
2000 -- Sterling Marlin (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 74.813 m.p.h.
1999 -- Jason Keller (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 73.014 m.p.h.
1998 -- Elliott Sadler (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 75.484 m.p.h.
1997 -- Jeff Burton (3rd) -- Ford -- 74.743 m.p.h.
1996 -- Mark Martin (10th) -- Ford -- 85.783 m.p.h.
1995 -- Steve Grissom (18th) -- Chevrolet -- 89.664 m.p.h.
1994 -- David Green (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 81.085 m.p.h.
1993 -- Michael Waltrip (9th) -- Pontiac -- 77.911 m.p.h.
1992 -- Harry Gant (18th) -- Buick -- 92.929 m.p.h.
1991 -- Bobby Labonte (21st) -- Oldsmobile -- 92.839 m.p.h.
1990 -- L.D. Ottinger (13th) -- Oldsmobile -- 79.936 m.p.h.
1989 -- Rick Wilson (1st) -- Oldsmobile -- 85.776 m.p.h.
1988 -- Dale Earnhardt (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 76.162 m.p.h.
1987 -- Morgan Shepherd (11th) -- Buick -- 75.032 m.p.h.
1986 -- Morgan Shepherd (2ne) -- Buick -- 71.511 m.p.h.
1985 -- Darrell Waltrip (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 74.372 m.p.h.
1984 -- Not Held
1983 -- Morgan Shepherd (7th) -- Oldsmobile -- 85.255 m.p.h.
1982 -- Phil Parsons (7th) -- Pontiac -- 80.048 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Name changed from Southeastern 150 (1982-83), Budweiser 200 (1985-1993),
Goody's 250 (1994-1996), Moore's Snacks 250 (1997-1999), Cheez-It 250
(2000-2001), Channellock 250 (2002-03), Sharpie Professional 250
(2004-05), Sharpie Mini 300 (2006-08), Scotts Turf Builder 300
(2009-10).
 
Past Scotts EZ Seed 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Brad Keselowski -- 2nd
2009 -- Brendan Gaughan -- 21st
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Steven Wallace -- 31st
2006 -- Kevin Harvick -- 2nd
2005 -- Carl Edwards -- 7th
2004 -- Greg Biffle -- 4th
2003 -- David Green -- 4th
2002 -- Scott Riggs -- 9th
2001 -- Kevin Harvick -- 7th
2000 -- Jeff Green -- 2nd
1999 -- Jason Keller -- Won
1998 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 2nd
1997 -- Hermie Sadler -- 21st
1996 -- Chad Little -- 12th
1995 -- David Green -- 36th
1994 -- Mark Martin -- 11th
1993 -- Ward Burton -- 17th
1992 -- Butch Miller -- 23rd
1991 -- Jeff Burton -- 13th
1990 -- None -- Weather
1989 -- Rick Wilson -- Won
1988 -- Larry Pearson -- 14th
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 4th
1986 -- Geoff Bodine -- 16th
1985 -- Tommy Ellis -- 15th
1984 -- Not Held
1983 -- None -- Weather
1982 -- David Pearson -- 2nd
Last Race Results
RACE: Sam's Town 300 (March 5th)
SITE: Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- Las Vegas, Nevada
MILES: 300
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Mark Martin
RUNNER-UP: Justin Allgaier
THIRD: Brad Keselowski
FOURTH: Danica Patrick
FIFTH: Trevor Bayne
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (Finished 6th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 15 minutes, 33 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 132.792 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.221 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 27 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 11 among 6 drivers
LAP LEADERS: C. Edwards - pole; K. Harvick 1-8; K. Busch 9-47; C. Edwards
48-50; K. Busch 51-70; D. Hamlin 71-81; C. Edwards 82-101; K.
Busch 102-126; D. Hamlin 127-143; C. Edwards 144-188; B.
Keselowski 189-199; M. Martin 200.
Scotts EZ Seed 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/Armour Vienna Sausages
05Willie Allen (Nashville, TN)Chevrolet/31-W Insulation
5Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/TaxSlayer.com
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch, MS)Ford/Blackwell Angus
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/UNOH
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Shore Lodge
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Chevrolet/Hefty Black Out
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/TriStar Motorsports
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Game Stop
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday
23Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX)Dodge/Wildlife Conservation Society
24Kevin Lepage (Shelbourne, VT)Ford/racedaysponsor.com
25Kelly Bires (Mauston, WI)Ford/racedaysponsor.com
27J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/Baker Curb Racing
28Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/TBA
30Jason Leffler(Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/AccuDoc
31 *Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
32Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Dollar General
33Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Rheem Tankless Water
34James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/Exide
38Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/Cajun USA
40Scott Wimmer (Wausau, WI)Chevrolet/TBA
41Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Ford/greetingexpress.com
44Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
49Brad Teague (Buladean, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/racedaysponsor.com
52Tim Schendel (Sparta, WI)Chevrolet/TBA
55Brett Rowe (Barboursville, WV)Chevrolet/Imperial Bedding
60Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
62Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Toyota/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
66Steve Wallace (Charlotte, NC)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
70Shelby Howard (Greenwood, IN)Chevrolet/Foretravel
79Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Ford/TBA
81Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Dodge/TBA
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/NEMCO Motorsports
88Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/Grand Touring Vodka
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Imperial Bedding
99Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Pastrana Waltrip Racing
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Justin Allgaier---------------------5thWon
Brad Keselowski---------------41st4th12th2nd
Kyle Busch------3rd---Won3rd42nd6th3rd
Carl Edwards---------7th5thWon14th2nd4th
Kevin Harvick24thWon2ndWon2nd8th7thWon5th
Reed Sorenson---------3rd27th16th------7th
Jason Leffler------32nd---32nd34th6th10th9th
Joey Logano---------------------9th14th
Trevor Bayne---------------------23rd30th
Kasey Kahne32nd13th27th------19th2nd---32nd
Steve Wallace------------33rd31st16th7th38th
Dale Earnhardt Jr---------------6th---------
Elliott Sadler---------------------------
Danica Patrick---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Danica Patrick - Started in the 22nd position and finished 4th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kevin Harvick
Darkhorse - Danica Patrick
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - Finished 30th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Donnie Neuenberger) - Finished 26th
 
NOTES:
Following a two-week break, the Nationwide Series returns to action with the Scotts EZ Seed 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Justin Allgaier seeks to become the first driver since Morgan Shepherd in 1986-87 to successfully defend his title.

Last season, Allgaier held off a furious charge from his Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski in the closing laps to claim his first Nationwide Series victory. Allgaier, the 2009 rookie of the year in the series, passed Keselowski after a restart with 27 laps remaining. Keselowski, who started on the pole, made several attempts to pass Allgaier for the lead, but wound up finishing 0.178 of a second behind him.

Kevin Harvick, the driver and owner of the No.33 Chevrolet, overcame alternator problems and grabbed the lead during the final round of pit stops after Kyle Busch was penalized for a tire violation, as he went on to victory in 2009. He led the final 45 laps and held off Carl Edwards for his 33rd career Nationwide victory and his fifth at Bristol, making him the all-time winningest driver at the half-mile Tennessee track.

Clint Bowyer dominated the rain-delayed race in 2008, leading three times for 122 laps, including the final 66, as he raced to victory under the caution. Starting fourth on the grid, Bowyer took the lead for the first time on lap 38 and after trading the advantage with Scott Wimmer on two separate occasions, was able to regain the lead and eventually finish ahead of Kasey Kahne. Originally slated for 300 laps, the race was halted after 171 laps and Bowyer leading Kahne by less than half-a-second. Scott Wimmer, who started on the pole after qualifying was rained out, finished 12th.

In 2007, Carl Edwards outraced Matt Kenseth to the checkered flag to post his 10th career Nationwide Series title. Before an estimated crown of 110,000, Edwards reclaimed the lead on lap 241 and held on the rest of the way to edge Kenseth by less than half a second. Pole sitter Steve Wallace, who led the first 32 laps, finished 31st. Edwards led four times for a race-high 147 laps, while third-place finisher Kyle Busch led twice for 89. Edwards' win total now stands at 29.

Shepherd, the only driver in race history to repeat as champion, is also a three-time winner at Bristol, along with Harvick.

Harvick's win from the 38th starting position in the 2005 Bristol race, was the biggest come-from-the-back win since Chad Little's NASCAR Nationwide Series record 1995 Daytona win from 42nd. Ryan Newman's 2005 win at Michigan matched Harvick's feat. Both races' starting fields were set by the rule book when time trials were canceled due to weather.

Kenny Wallace is expected to start his 492nd career race, leaving him just eight shy of the coveted 500 mark. Wallace is attempting to become just the second person to accomplish this feat.

Fourth on the current points list, Danica Patrick will race in her fourth consecutive Nationwide Series start. Patrick is fresh off her best finish ever, a fourth-place result in Vegas.

The Nationwide Series moves on to Fontana, California for the March 26th Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway, where Kyle Busch is the defending race winner.

03/15 19:15:56 ET

As of March 15, 2011, at 07:16 PM ET

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