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Date: Saturday, May 3
Start Time: 3 p.m. ET
Site: Talladega Superspeedway -- Talladega, Ala.
Track: 2.66-mile oval
Capacity: 80,000 plus (Grandstand Seating)
On TV: ESPN
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)
Defending champion: Regan Smith
Runner up: Joey Logano
Pole winner: Travis Pastrana (176.500 mph)
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
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
Race: ToyotaCare 250 (April 25)
Site: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Va.
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.
#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
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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.