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NASCAR - Nationwide - Aaron's 312 Preview

Date: Saturday, May 3

Start Time: 3 p.m. ET

Site: Talladega Superspeedway -- Talladega, Ala.

Track: 2.66-mile oval

Laps: 117

Miles: 311.22

Capacity: 80,000 plus (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 23rd

On TV: ESPN

Announcers:

On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Mark Martin, 1997 (168.937 mph)

Qualifying record: Joe Nemechek, 1997 (193.517 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Regan Smith

Runner up: Joey Logano

Pole winner: Travis Pastrana (176.500 mph)

Top 10:

1. Regan Smith (Start: 20)

2. Joey Logano (12)

3. Kasey Kahne (11)

4. Kurt Busch (9)

5. Justin Allgaier (5)

6. Parker Kligerman (18)

7. Mike Wallace (38)

8. Jason White (31)

9. Jeremy Clements (37)

10. Austin Dillon (2)

Average speed: 133.269 mph

Time of race: 2 hrs., 11 mins., 44 secs.

Margin of victory: Under Caution

Caution flags: 7 for 28 laps

Lead changes: 47 among 16 drivers

Past winners

2013 Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 133.269 mph

2012 Joey Logano, Toyota, 136.258 mph

2011 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 126.618 mph

2010 Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 157.630 mph

2009 David Ragan, Ford, 149.004 mph

2008 Tony Stewart, Toyota, 133.111 mph

2007 Bobby Labonte, Chevrolet, 133.216 mph

2006 Martin Truex Jr, Chevrolet, 149.785 mph

2005 Martin Truex Jr, Chevrolet, 122.117 mph

2004 Martin Truex Jr, Chevrolet, 136.763 mph

2003 Dale Earnhardt Jr, Chevrolet, 141.768 mph

2002 Jason Keller, Ford, 157.691 mph

2001 Mike McLaughlin, Pontiac, 131.258 mph

2000 Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 153.859 mph

1999 Terry Labonte, Chevrolet, 150.793 mph

1998 Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, 118.196 mph

1997 Mark Martin, Ford, 168.937 mph

1996 Greg Sacks, Chevrolet, 139.438 mph

1995 Chad Little, Ford, 122.904 mph

1994 Ken Schrader, Chevrolet, 167.473 mph

1993 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 146.801 mph

1992 Ernie Irvan, Chevrolet, 158.359 mph

Last race

Race: ToyotaCare 250 (April 25)

Site: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Va.

Miles: 187.5

Laps: 250

Finish line order: Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Brian Scott

Time of Race: 1 hr., 58 mins., 54 secs.

Average speed: 94.617 mph

Margin of victory: 2.068 secs.

Caution flags: 5 for 36 laps

Lead changes: 5 among 4 drivers

Lap leaders: Scott 1-43, Clements 44-45, Scott 46-47, Harvick 48-132, Sadler Scott 1-43, Clements 44-45, Scott 46-47, Harvick 48-132, Sadler 133, Harvick 134-250.

Entry list

#01 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/Flex Seal

#2 Brian Scott (Boise, ID) Chevrolet/Shore Lodge

#3 Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops

#4 Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC) Chevrolet/FW1

#5 Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA) Chevrolet/Great Clips

#6 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/AdvoCare

#7 * Regan Smith (Cato, NY) Chevrolet/Ragu

#9 Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA) Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts

#10 Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL) Toyota/supportmilitary.org

#11 Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA) Chevrolet/One Main Financial

#14 Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA) Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap

#16 Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/American Diabetes Assoc.

#17 Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK) Dodge/NationalCashLenders.com

#19 Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR) Toyota/TriStar Motorsports

#20 Darrell Wallace Jr. (Mobile, AL) Toyota/ToyotaCare

#22 Ryan Blaney (High Point, NC) Ford/Discount Tire

#23 Robert Richardson Jr. (McKinney, TX) Chevrolet/Comboard

#25 John Wes Townley (Watkinsville, GA) Toyota/Zaxby's

#28 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Dodge/JGL Racing

#31 Dylan Kwasniewski (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Rockstar

#39 Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA) Chevrolet/RSS Racing

#40 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Cartwheel

#43 Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN) Ford/WinField

#44 David Starr (Houston, TX) Toyota/BYF.org/Steely Lumber Co.

#46 Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA) Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing

#51 Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC) Chevrolet/RepairableVehicles.com

#52 Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA) Chevrolet/Donate Life

#54 Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH) Toyota/Monster Energy

#55 Jamie Dick (Albuquerque, NM) Chevrolet/Viva Auto Group

#60 Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX) Ford/Roush Performance Parts

#62 Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/South Point Hotel/Casino

#70 Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA) Chevrolet/Youtheory

#74 Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL) Dodge/TBA

#76 Tommy Joe Martins (Como, MS) Dodge/Diamond Gussett Jeans

#84 Chad Boat (Phoenix, AZ) Chevrolet/Billy Boat Performance

#85 Bobby Gerhart (Lebanon, PA) Chevrolet/Lucas Oil

#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Toyota/TBA

#91 Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY) Toyota/TriStar Motorsports

#93 Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO) Dodge/JGL Racing

#98 David Ragan (Unadilla, GA) Ford/Carroll Shelby Engine Co.

#99 James Buescher (Plano, TX) Toyota/Rheem

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Regan Smith --- 37 23 --- --- --- --- --- Won
Kasey Kahne 31 --- 21 --- --- --- --- --- 3
Elliott Sadler --- --- --- --- --- --- 5 10 11
Ty Dillon --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 24
Sam Hornish Jr. --- --- --- --- --- --- 13 12 25
Brian Scott --- --- --- --- --- 10 11 36 27
Trevor Bayne --- --- --- --- --- 13 6 --- 28
Kyle Larson --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 38
David Ragan --- --- --- 4 18 Won --- --- ---
Brendan Gaughan --- --- --- --- --- 38 27 --- ---
Chase Elliott --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
Ryan Blaney --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
Darrell Wallace Jr. --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---

Notes

The Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway is the ninth race on the 2014 Nationwide Series schedule.

There have been 22 Nationwide races held at Talladega. The series has competed there once each year since 1992. Ernie Irvan won the inaugural race at this track in '92.

Martin Truex Jr. holds the record for most Nationwide wins at Talladega with three. Truex's victories there came consecutively from 2004-06. Joe Nemechek is the only other driver with multiple wins at this track. Nemechek won there in 1998 and 2000.

Just two Nationwide races at Talladega have been won from the pole position: Nemechek (1998) and Tony Stewart (2008).

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Talladega occurred on April 24, 1999 when Terry Labonte beat Nemechek to the finish line by only 0.002 seconds.

Greg Sacks and David Ragan are those drivers who scored their first career Nationwide wins at Talladega. Sacks' first victory in the series came there on July 27, 1996. Ragan posted his first win at this track on April 25, 2009.

The next race is the May 18 Iowa 250 at Iowa Speedway. Trevor Bayne won last year's event there.



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