NASCAR Nationwide Series

NASCAR - Nationwide - Kroger 200 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, July 30th
SITE: Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (1982) -- Clermont, Indiana
TRACK: 0.686-mile oval - 699 feet (Frontstretch); 699 feet (Backstretch)
ANNUAL: 30th
TELEVISION: ESPN2
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Rusty Wallace, Ricky Craven
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch (not defending)
RUNNER-UP: Carl Edwards
POLE WINNER: Trevor Bayne (Finished 4th)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 137.2
QUALIFYING RECORD: David Green, 1994 (113.461 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Jimmy Hensley, 1985 (96.923 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $999,222 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $46,295; 2nd Place - $31,250; 3rd Place - $29,118
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch56Brendan Gaughan21
2Carl Edwards137Justin Allgaier9
3Aric Almirola68Brad Keselowski8
4Trevor Bayne19Paul Menard4
5Reed Sorenson1510Steve Wallace2
2010 Kroger 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 80.727 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 42 minutes, 29 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.198 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 36 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 7 among 4 drivers
POLE WINNER: Trevor Bayne (110.117 m.p.h.)
Past Kroger 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Kyle Busch (5th) -- Toyota -- 80.727 m.p.h.
2009 -- Carl Edwards (42nd) -- Ford -- 83.138 m.p.h.
2008 -- Kyle Busch (2nd) -- Toyota -- 80.522 m.p.h.
2007 -- Jason Leffler (5th) -- Toyota -- 80.143 m.p.h.
2006 -- Kevin Harvick (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 81.478 m.p.h.
2005 -- Martin Truex Jr (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 72.930 m.p.h.
2004 -- Kyle Busch (8th) -- Chevrolet-- 81.250 m.p.h.
2003 -- Brian Vickers (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 90.049 m.p.h.
2002 -- Greg Biffle (1st) -- Ford -- 81.788 m.p.h.
2001 -- Kevin Harvick (12th) -- Chevrolet -- 72.785 m.p.h.
2000 -- Ron Hornaday Jr (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 79.626 m.p.h.
1999 -- Jason Keller (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 73.293 m.p.h.
1998 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr (16th) -- Chevrolet -- 78.863 m.p.h.
1997 -- Randy LaJoie (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 59.652 m.p.h.
1996 -- Randy LaJoie (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 77.551 m.p.h.
1995 -- Jason Keller (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 80.335 m.p.h.
1994 -- Mike Wallace (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 82.156 m.p.h.
1993 -- Tracy Leslie (10th) -- Chevrolet -- 69.792 m.p.h.
1992 -- Joe Nemechek (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 83.943 m.p.h.
1991 -- Bobby Labonte (3rd) -- Oldsmobile -- 76.034 m.p.h.
1990 -- Steve Grissom (17th) -- Oldsmobile -- 75.719 m.p.h.
1989 -- Michael Waltrip (1st) -- Pontiac -- 84.633 m.p.h.
1988 -- Morgan Shepherd (2nd) -- Buick -- 76.553 m.p.h.
1987 -- Larry Pearson (11th) -- Pontiac -- 73.402 m.p.h.
1986 -- Butch Miller (18th) -- Pontiac -- 75.431 m.p.h.
1985 -- Jimmy Hensley (2nd) -- Oldsmobile -- 96.923 m.p.h. (race record)
1984 -- Morgan Shepherd (3rd) -- Pontiac -- 88.579 m.p.h.
1983 -- Tommy Houston (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 79.600 m.p.h.
1982 -- Morgan Shepherd (5th) -- Oldsmobile -- 67.234 m.p.h.
Past Kroger 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Trevor Bayne -- 4th
2009 -- Trevor Bayne -- 7th
2008 -- Colin Braun -- 2nd
2007 -- Aric Almirola -- 6th
2006 -- Denny Hamlin -- 8th
2005 -- Reed Sorenson -- 3rd
2004 -- Johnny Sauter -- 2nd
2003 -- Shane Hmiel -- 4th
2002 -- Greg Biffle -- 1st
2001 -- Kenny Wallace -- 11th
2000 -- Jason Leffler -- 4th
1999 -- Jason Keller -- 1st
1998 -- Buckshot Jones -- 3rd
1997 -- Randy JaJoie -- 1st
1996 -- Randy JaJoie -- 1st
1995 -- Elton Sawyer -- 2nd
1994 -- David Green -- 7th
1993 -- Ernie Irvan -- 24th
1992 -- Robert Pressley -- 2nd
1991 -- Ward Burton -- 26th
1990 -- Jimmy Hensley -- 11th
1989 -- Michael Waltrip -- 1st
1988 -- Kelly Moore -- 10th
1987 -- Mike Alexander -- 13th
1986 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 8th
1985 -- Brett Bodine -- 25th
1984 -- L.D. Ottinger -- 23rd
1983 -- Phil Parsons -- 4th
1982 -- Sam Ard -- 28th
Last Race Results
RACE: Federated Auto Parts 300 (July 23rd)
SITE: Nashville Superspeedway -- Lebanon, Tennessee
MILES: 300
LAPS: 225
WINNER: Carl Edwards
RUNNER-UP: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
THIRD: Austin Dillon
FOURTH: Justin Allgaier
FIFTH: Aric Almirola
POLE WINNER: Brad Keselowski (Finished 12th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 14 minutes, 17 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.647 second
AVERAGE SPEED: 134.011 m.p.h.
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 16 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 8 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: B. Keselowski 1-58; C. Edwards 59-82; B. Keselowski 83; E. Sadler
84-86; B. Keselowski 87-116; A. Dillon 117-120; C. Edwards
121-178; A. Dillon 179-183; C. Edwards 184-225.
Kroger 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/Cowboys and Aliens
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
04Danny O'Quinn (Coeburn, VA)Ford/Go Green Racing
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Branch,MS)Ford/Blackwell Angus
7Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/iracing.com
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/Federated Auto Parts
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Shore Lodge
13Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Dodge/tenforjen.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
18Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/Muscle Milk
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/TriStar Motorsports
20Drew Herring (Benson, NC)Toyota/SportClips
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire
23Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
28Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/Maxelence
30James Buescher (Plano, TX)Chevrolet/FOE
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/TBA
32Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Dollar General
33Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Rheem/Menards
38Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Matt Frahm (North Salem, NH)Ford/Gilcrest Steel
40Charles Lewandoski (Staf. Sprs. CT)Chevrolet/TBA
41To Be AnnouncedFord/Carport Empire
42Tim Andrews (Concord, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
44Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
47Brett Rowe (Barboursville, WV)Chevrolet/TBA
49Mark Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/racedaysponsor.com
52Tim Schendel (Sparta, WI)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
70David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Keen Parts Inc.
71Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Ford/TBA
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/IPT Pellet Grills
75Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Ford/Lilly Trucking
81Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Dodge/daystar.com
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/NEMCO Motorsports
88Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/Grand Touring Vodka
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Victory in Jesus Racing
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Carl Edwards---------20th10th4th11thWon2nd
Aric Almirola---------38th---6th---14th3rd
Trevor Bayne---------------------7th4th
Reed Sorenson------13th3rd2nd---------5th
Justin Allgaier---------------------21st7th
Brad Keselowski---------------10th19th4th8th
Steve Wallace------------30th17th10th5th10th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.------------------------11th
Michael McDowell---------------------28th20th
Kenny Wallace5th---9th11th20th---22nd10th35th
Jason Leffler------3rd---19thWon16th8th30th
Austin Dillon---------------------18th---
Elliott Sadler---------------------------
Drew Herring---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Drew Herring - Started in the 17th position and finished 7th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Carl Edwards
Darkhorse - Mike Bliss
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Carl Edwards) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kevin Lepage) - Finished 28th
 
NOTES:
Although not eligible for the Nationwide Series title, Carl Edwards is certainly the driver to beat this week, as NASCAR heads to Indianapolis.

Edwards, who won last week for the fifth time in 19 Nationwide starts this year, has recorded 13 top-10 finishes and won this race in 2009. In his last nine starts on this circuit, Edwards has three wins and three runner-up finishes.

Kyle Busch put on a dominating performance last year, but had to hold off a furious challenge from Edwards during a green-white-checkered finish to win the Kroger 200 Nationwide Series race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

An incident involving Joe Nemechek in the closing laps set up the two-lap overtime finish. Edwards made several attempts to pass Busch for the lead, but came up 0.2 seconds short of winning at ORP for the second year in a row.

Edwards charged from the rear of the field and passed Busch in the closing laps to capture the 2009 running of the Kroger 200 Nationwide Series race. Edwards had to start from the back since Colin Braun qualified his car while Edwards participated in final Sprint Cup Series practice at nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A rain-delayed qualifying session at IMS earlier in the day altered the Sprint Cup track schedule, forcing Edwards, Busch, Matt Kenseth and David Reutimann to start the 200-lap race at LOR from the rear.

Edwards led for a race-high 72 laps, including the final 22, as he clipped Busch by 0.676 of a second. Pole sitter Trevor Bayne led the opening 34 laps, but faded to seventh.

Kyle Busch dominated this race in 2008, leading 197 of the 200 laps, as he won for the 17th time in his Nationwide Series career. Busch defeated Colin Braun by 1.111 seconds to take the checkered flag. Braun, who started on the pole, never led in the race, as Busch took over from the onset, leading the opening 100 laps. After capturing his last start at Chicagoland, Busch's win total now stands at 49.

In 2007, Jason Leffler led only three laps, but it was the final trio that gave him his second career Nationwide Series victory, as he edged Greg Biffle by 1.009 seconds. The victory gave Toyota its first win in the series. Biffle and pole sitter Aric Almirola dominated the race, as Biffle led for a race- high 94 laps, while Almirola ran in front for 87 laps before finishing sixth.

When Martin Truex Jr captured the Kroger 200 in 2005, he crossed the finish line 1.002 seconds ahead of Clint Bowyer. The victory was Truex Jr's sixth of that campaign and the 12th of 13 career Nationwide titles.

Randy LaJoie is the only driver to win this race in back-to-back seasons, when he took the checkered flags in 1996-97.

The Kroger 200 is the only race on the NNS schedule that has had the same sponsor for all 30 seasons, 1982-2011, of the Series. The pole sitter has captured this race five times, the last coming in 2002 by Greg Biffle.

The next Nationwide Series race is the August 6th running of the U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway. Kyle Busch is the defending race winner.

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