NASCAR Nationwide Series

NASCAR - Nationwide - Royal Purple 300 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, March 26th
SITE: Auto Club Speedway (1997) -- Fontana, California
TRACK: two-mile oval - 3,100 feet (Frontstretch); 2,500 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 90,988 (Grandstand)
ANNUAL: 15th
TELEVISION: ESPN
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 5:30 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Greg Biffle
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (Finished 5th)
LAPS: 150
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: Tony Stewart, 2005 (185.941 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Hank Parker Jr, 2001 (155.957 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,420,657 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $68,845; 2nd Place - $58,875; 3rd Place - $51,493
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch26Steve Wallace12
2Greg Biffle57Kelly Bires32
3Brad Keselowski138Brian Vickers7
4Carl Edwards49Justin Allgaier15
5Joey Logano110Brian Scott3
2010 Royal Purple 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 143.886 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 6 minutes, 46 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.051 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 18 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 12 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (181.283 m.p.h.)
Past Royal Purple 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Kyle Busch (2nd) -- Toyota -- 143.886 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kyle Busch (2nd) -- Toyota -- 138.479 m.p.h.
2008 -- Tony Stewart (2nd) -- Toyota -- 141.769 m.p.h.
2007 -- Matt Kenseth (2nd) -- Ford -- 127.871 m.p.h.
2006 -- Greg Biffle (3rd) -- Ford -- 147.501 m.p.h.
2005 -- Mark Martin (3rd) -- Ford -- 117.251 m.p.h.
2004 -- Greg Biffle (15th) -- Ford -- 138.978 m.p.h.
2003 -- Matt Kenseth (19th) -- Ford -- 129.419 m.p.h.
2002 -- Scott Riggs (6th) -- Ford -- 131.403 m.p.h.
2001 -- Hank Parker Jr (26th) -- Chevrolet -- 155.957 m.p.h. (race record)
2000 -- Matt Kenseth (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 126.375 m.p.h.
1999 -- Matt Kenseth (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 119.960 m.p.h.
1998 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 148.597 m.p.h.
1997 -- Todd Bodine (28th) -- Pontiac -- 145.083 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Kenwood 300 (1997-98), Auto Club 300 (1999-2002),
1-800-PitStop.com 300 (2003), Stater Bros. 300 (2004-10).
 
Past Royal Purple 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Joey Logano -- 5th
2009 -- Carl Edwards -- 4th
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Dave Blaney -- 10th
2006 -- Carl Edwards -- 3rd
2005 -- Tony Stewart -- 29th
2004 -- Jason Leffler -- 34th
2003 -- Kevin Harvick -- 3rd
2002 -- None -- Weather
2001 -- Bobby Hamilton Jr -- 14th
2000 -- Jeff Green -- 3rd
1999 -- None -- Weather
1998 -- Robert Pressley -- 14th
1997 -- Steve Park -- 2nd
Last Race Results
RACE: Scotts EZ Seed 300 (March 19th)
SITE: Bristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tennessee
MILES: 159.9
LAPS: 300
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Kasey Kahne
THIRD: Dale Earnhardt Jr
FOURTH: Elliott Sadler
FIFTH: Joey Logano
POLE WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Finished 14th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 52 minutes, 39 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 85.166 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.524 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 46 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 4 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: R. Stenhouse Jr. 1-28; D. Earnhardt Jr. 29-31; K. Busch 32-183;
K. Kahne 184; K. Busch 185-300.
Royal Purple 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/Bad Boy Buggies
03Alex Kennedy (Aztec, NM)Dodge/St. Baldrick's Foundation
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch, MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
7Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/taxslayer.com
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/TBA
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Shore Lodge
15Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
16Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18 *Kyle 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
23Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX)Dodge/Wildlife Conservation Society
24Kevin Lepage (Shelbourne, VT)Ford/TBA
27J.R. Fitzpatrick (Cambridge, Canada)Ford/Baker Curb Racing
28Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/ThePreventionPlan.com
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 Pool & Spa Heaters
38Jason Leffler(Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Charles Lewandoski (Staf. Sprs., CT)Ford/TBA
40Scott Wimmer (Wausau, WI)Chevrolet/TBA
41Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
44Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/racedaysponsor.com
52Tony Raines (LaPorte, IN)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
68Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
70Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Riverwalk Cafe
75Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
79Tim Andrews (Concord, NC)Ford/TBA
81Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Dodge/Eagle Convenience Stores
87Kevin Conway (Cornelius, NC)Chevrolet/Extenze
88Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/Ragu
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Imperial Bedding
97Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/NEMCO Motorsports
99Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Pastrana Waltrip Racing
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Kyle Busch------7th---23rd3rd2ndWonWon
Brad Keselowski---------------32nd32nd27th3rd
Carl Edwards---------6th3rd4th5th4th4th
Joey Logano---------------------3rd5th
Steve Wallace---------------22nd15th10th6th
Justin Allgaier---------------------14th9th
Trevor Bayne------------------------11th
Kevin Harvick---3rd8th2nd8th6th3rd2nd38th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr------------------------39th
Elliott Sadler------------32nd---27th------
Reed Sorenson---------5th11th36th---------
Mark Martin---------Won3rd------------
 
Mover of the Week
Joe Nemechek - Started in the 31st position and finished 21st
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Darkhorse - Michael Annett
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kevin Harvick) - Finished 6th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Danica Patrick) - Finished 33rd
 
NOTES:
Kyle Busch heads into California, not only as the hottest driver in NASCAR, but also as the two-time defending champion on the Nationwide circuit at Auto Club Speedway.

Busch, who doubled last week in Bristol, outran Greg Biffle to the finish line to capture the 2010 running of this race. Busch started second on the grid and led for just three laps early in the race. Pole sitter Joey Logano dominated, leading five times for 130 laps, but Biffle took the lead with just two laps remaining. Busch then passed Biffle for the lead coming out of the final turn on the last lap and win by 0.051 seconds for his third victory at California and the 31st of his career in NASCAR's second-tier series. The win was the first of 13 2010 titles.

Starting second on the grid again, Busch raced to victory in 2009, as he defeated Kevin Harvick by less than a second for his 22nd career Nationwide Series title. Busch dominated the race, leading three times for 143 laps, including the final 16 for a 0.068-second margin of victory. Pole sitter Carl Edwards, who has recorded five straight top-6 finishes in this race, placed fourth. Busch now ranks second on the all-time Nationwide Series winners list with 45, just four shy of Mark Martin.

Busch has dominated Auto Club Speedway, winning on the Nationwide circuit, four of the last five races.

Neither rain nor his competition could slow Tony Stewart down in 2008, as he raced to victory in the weather-delayed Royal Purple 300. The victory, his fourth Nationwide Series title, came at the expense of Busch, as he posted a 2.408 seconds victory over the No.32 Toyota driver. Stewart dominated this race, leading three times for all but 14 of the 150 laps. He took the lead for good on lap 111. Pole sitter Jeff Burton placed eighth.

After starting second, Matt Kenseth won this race in 2007, as he edged Casey Mears by less than a second. Kenseth led three times for a race-high 48 laps to post his 22nd career Nationwide Series victory. Jeff Burton, who led for 46 laps, held the advantage through lap 128. But Kenseth reclaimed the lead from there and held it for the win. Pole sitter Dave Blaney, who led for the first 16 laps, placed 10th.

In 2006, Biffle defeated Ryan Newman by just over two seconds for his 18th career Nationwide Series title. Biffle reclaimed the lead with nine laps to go and held on for his first win of that year. Biffle led four times for a race-high 52 laps, while pole sitter Carl Edwards led for 49 laps and finished third. Newman was a five-time race leader, but for only 15 laps.

Toyota snapped Ford's six-year run in California with its win in 2008 and has won at this track the last six races. Chevrolet won this event four straight years from 1998-2001. Busch, Kenseth and Biffle are the only multiple winners of this race. Kenseth posted four wins (1999, 2000, '03, '07), Biffle has won twice (2004, '06) as has Busch (2009-10). The pole sitter has never won the spring race at California, but the second position has taken the checkered flag four consecutive years.

After holding down the second spot in the 2010 schedule, this week's race moves to the fifth position on the Nationwide Series docket. There have been 21 races held at ACS with the pole sitter winning three fall races (2008, 2009, 2010).

The next Nationwide Series race is the April 8th running of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, as Kyle Busch defends his title.

03/23 09:48:29 ET

As of March 23, 2011, at 09:48 AM ET

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