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NASCAR - Nationwide - Nashville 300 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, April 23rd
SITE: Nashville Superspeedway (2001) -- Lebanon, Tennessee
TRACK: 1.333-mile oval - 2,494 feet (Frontstretch); 2,203 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 40,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 11th
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 3 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kevin Harvick (not defending)
RUNNER-UP: Reed Sorenson
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (Finished 8th)
LAPS: 225
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: David Stremme, 2007 (166.561 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Scott Wimmer, 2008 (134.095 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,052,603 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $69,345; 2nd Place - $32,000; 3rd Place - $26,850
2010 Finish
1Kevin Harvick26Carl Edwards4
2Reed Sorenson157Scott Wimmer17
3Kyle Busch68Joey Logano1
4Justin Allgaier39Michael Annett12
5Brad Keselowski510Brendan Gaughan21
2010 Nashville 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 114.028 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 37 minutes, 49 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.199 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 43 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 13 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Joey Logano (160.415 m.p.h.)
Past Nashville 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Kevin Harvick (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 114.028 m.p.h.
2009 -- Joey Logano (2nd) -- Toyota -- 118.145 m.p.h.
2008 -- Scott Wimmer (14th) -- Chevrolet -- 134.095 m.p.h. (race record)
2007 -- Carl Edwards (8th) -- Ford -- 128.051 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kevin Harvick (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 111.820 m.p.h.
2005 -- Reed Sorenson (1st) -- Dodge -- 124.436 m.p.h.
2004 -- Michael Waltrip (22nd) -- Chevrolet -- 122.211 m.p.h.
2003 -- David Green (7th) -- Pontiac -- 122.724 m.p.h.
2002 -- Scott Riggs (3rd) -- Ford -- 111.038 m.p.h.
2001 -- Greg Biffle (4th) -- Ford -- 105.773 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Pepsi 300 (2001-08).
Past Nashville 300 Pole Winners (finish)
2010 -- Joey Logano -- 8th
2009 -- Carl Edwards -- 5th
2008 -- Kyle Busch -- 16th
2007 -- David Stremme -- 11th
2006 -- Denny Hamlin -- 3rd
2005 -- Reed Sorenson -- 1st
2004 -- Martin Truex Jr -- 23rd
2003 -- Randy LaJoie -- 32nd
2002 -- Shane Hmiel -- 19th
2001 -- Kevin Harvick -- 7th
Last Race Results
RACE: Aaron's 312 (April 16th)
SITE: Talladega Superspeedway -- Talladega, Alabama
MILES: 329.84
LAPS: 124
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Joey Logano
THIRD: Joe Nemechek
FOURTH: Brad Keselowski
FIFTH: Elliott Sadler
POLE WINNER: Elliott Sadler (Finished 5th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 36 minutes, 18 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 126.618 m.p.h.
CAUTION FLAGS: 11 for 38 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 56 among 18 drivers
LAP LEADERS: E. Sadler - pole; C. Bowyer 1; A. Almirola 2; C. Edwards 3; C.
Bowyer 4; A. Almirola 5; C. Edwards 6; K. Harvick 7-8; T. Bayne
9; K. Harvick 10-11; K. Busch 12; J. McMurray 13-14; B.
Keselowski 15; E. Sadler 16-18; R. Stenhouse Jr. 19-23; K. Busch
24; E. Sadler 25-27; S. Hornish Jr. 28; D. Earnhardt Jr. 29-32;
J. McMurray 33; R. Stenhouse Jr. 34; J. McMurray 35; R. Sorenson
36-41; B. Keselowski 42-48; T. Bayne 49-52; J. McMurray 53-60; T.
Bayne 61-62; J. McMurray 63; T. Bayne 64; K. Wallace 65-66; J.
McMurray 67-68; E. Sadler 69-70; D. Cope 71; J. McMurray 72-75;
C. Edwards 76; K. Busch 77; J. McMurray 78; T. Bayne 79-80; D.
Earnhardt Jr. 81; B. Keselowski 82; D. Earnhardt Jr. 83-84; R.
Richardson Jr. 85; D. Earnhardt Jr. 86-93; T. Bayne 94-100; B.
Keselowski 101-102; D. Earnhardt Jr. 103; B. Keselowski 104; M.
Wallace 105; B. Keselowski 106-107; M. Wallace 108; T. Bayne 109;
S. Hornish Jr. 110; T. Bayne 111-114; J. Nemechek 115-118; M.
Wallace 119-122; T. Bayne 123; K. Busch 124.
Nashville 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/G&K Services
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/Hunt Brothers Pizza
05Willie Allen (Nashville, TN)Chevrolet/31-W Insulation
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch, MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
7Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Eutechnyx
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/TBA
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Shore Lodge
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/TriStar Motorsports
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Harvest Investments
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Robert Richardson Jr (McKinney, TX)Dodge/Wildlife Conservation Society
28Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/Pouch Tech
30Mikey Kile (Westlake, LA)Chevrolet/AccuDoc
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Wolf Pack Rentals
32Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Dollar General
33Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Rheem Heating and Cooling
38Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Danny O'Quinn Jr. (Coeburn, VA)Ford/Rimz One
40Scott Wimmer (Wausau, WI)Chevrolet/TBA
41Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
44Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
49Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Dodge/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/
52Tim Schendel (Sparta, WI)Chevrolet/My Three Sons Vending
60Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
62Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Toyota/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
64David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Rusty Wallace Racing
66Steve Wallace (Charlotte, NC)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
67J.R. Fitzpatrick (Cambridge, Canada)Ford/Go Canada Racing
68Matthew Carter (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
70Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/Foretravel
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Riverwalk Cafe
75Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
79Tim Andrews (Concord, NC)Ford/Howard Johnson
81Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Dodge/
87Mike Conway (Cornelius, NC)Toyota/Extenze
88Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/Grand Touring Vodka
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Imperial Bedding
99Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Pastrana Waltrip Racing
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Reed Sorenson---------Won19th---------2nd
Kyle Busch------6th---30th---16th2nd3rd
Justin Allgaier---------------------29th4th
Brad Keselowski---------------38th4th3rd5th
Carl Edwards---------4th5thWon3rd5th6th
Joey Logano---------------------Won8th
Trevor Bayne------------------------12th
Brian Scott---------------------25th15th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.---------------------23rd31st
Steve Wallace------------12th14th24th9th36th
Jason Leffler------9th---35th4th13th6th39th
David Reutimann---5th25th---34th2nd9th------
Aric Almirola------------------19th------
Elliott Sadler---------------------------
Austin Dillon---------------------------
Mover of the Week
Kyle Busch - Started in the 22nd position and finished 1st
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Carl Edwards
Darkhorse - Brian Scott
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kevin Harvick) - Finished 39th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Reed Sorenson) - Finished 9th
Kevin Harvick gambled on tires during a late-race round of pit stops and then held off a challenge from Reed Sorenson in the closing laps to win the 2010 running of the Nashville 300. With the win, Harvick became the first two- time spring winner on the Nationwide circuit at Nashville Superspeedway.

Harvick took two tires only and exited the pits first to take the lead under caution with less than 35 laps remaining. Sorenson, who put on four tires, made a challenge for the win in the closing laps, but Harvick beat Sorenson at the finish by 0.199 seconds for his second of three 2010 Nationwide wins.

Joey Logano captured his second career Nationwide Series title in 2009, as he dominated the Nashville 300. Starting second on the grid, Logano led nine times for 95 laps, as he defeated Kyle Busch by 0.487 of a second. Pole sitter Carl Edwards led early on, but faded to fifth, leading for 45 laps. The race however was between Logano and Busch as the duo battled back and forth throughout the race. Busch claimed the lead on lap 195, but Logano garnered the advantage on lap 216 and held on the final 10 for the win.

Now in its 11th year on the Nationwide schedule, Nashville Superspeedway has seen several drivers record their first career wins. Greg Biffle posted his maiden win in 2001 and was followed by Jason Leffler, Reed Sorenson, Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski.

In 2008, Scott Wimmer reclaimed the top spot on lap 205 and held on the rest of the way to edge Clint Bowyer by .578 of a second for his sixth career Nationwide Series title. Wimmer, starting from the 14th position on the grid, led twice for a total of 22 laps. Pole sitter Kyle Busch, who placed 16th, led four times for a race-high 125 laps.

Starting from the eighth position, Carl Edwards took the lead for the first time on lap 119 and then after trading the top position with Jason Leffler, regained the advantage on lap 201 and held on for a 4.673 seconds victory over David Reutimann in 2007. Edwards led three times for a race-high 74 laps, as he posted his the 11th of his 30 career Nationwide Series titles. Pole sitter David Stremme led the opening 20 laps, but faded and finished 11th.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series has been competing in the Nashville area since 1984. The series first raced at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (now known as Music City Motorplex) in 1984, '88, '89 and 1995-2000. The fairgrounds facility was a high-banked, 1/2-mile track which could trace its racing heritage back to 1907 when it opened as a 1-mile horse track. The series moved to the new 1.333-mile Nashville Superspeedway in 2001.

Kevin Harvick captured the Pepsi 300 in 2006, as he crossed the finish line a mere 0.503 of a second ahead of Clint Bowyer for his 18th career Nationwide Series title. Harvick, whose win total now stands at 37, started seventh and captured the lead for the first time on lap 81, but was overtaken by Denny Hamlin on the 91st lap. Harvick reclaimed the advantage on lap 171 and held on through the end for his first win of 2006. Harvick led for a total of 66 laps, while pole sitter Hamlin led for a race-high 86 laps, finishing third.

In 2005, Reed Sorenson cruised to a 14.471-seconds win over Kenny Wallace for his first career Nationwide Series win. Sorenson, who started on the pole, led 197 of the 225 laps. Sorenson's speed of 124.436 m.p.h. set a new race record. With his win, he became the first and only pole sitter to capture this race.

There have been 19 Nationwide races at Nashville Superspeedway, with the pole sitter winning only twice (Sorenson, spring 2005; Busch, fall 2009). A top-10 start should result in victory, as 15 of the 19 victors have come from those spots. When Michael Waltrip raced to victory in 2004, he came from the 22nd position, the furthest starting spot for a winner in the spring.

The next Nationwide Series races is the April 29 BUBBA Burger 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Brad Keselowski is the defending race winner.

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