Kroger 200 (Nationwide)

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For the Truck Series race at Martinsville, see Kroger 200.
Kroger 200
Kroger 200 (ORP) race logo.png
Venue Lucas Oil Raceway in Clermont, Indiana
Sponsor Kroger
First race 1982
Last race 2011
Distance 137.2 miles (220.801 km)
Laps 200

The Kroger 200 was a race for the NASCAR Nationwide Series which took place at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in Clermont, Indiana.

It originally debuted as a summer night race, and was the only major NASCAR event in the state of Indiana. In previous years, USAC stock car races were held at the track, although the two events were not associated.

In 1994, the Kroger 200 was moved to the night before the Winston Cup Brickyard 400 at the nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It appropriately began serving as an unofficial support race for larger Speedway's event. From 1994–2000, it was held on Friday night. Beginning in 2001, when the Brickyard 400 moved to Sundays, this race was held on Saturday night.

From 1995–2011, the race was held as a doubleheader weekend with the Truck Series AAA Insurance 200.

The race was sponsored by Kroger during its entire existence from 1982-2011. It is the only race to keep its title sponsor since the inception of the series.

In 2011, the race was held for the last time in the foreseeable future. Starting in 2012, the Nationwide Series moved to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indy 250. An ARCA race is scheduled to take its place.

Race Results[edit]

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
1982 August 13 Morgan Shepherd Whitaker Racing Oldsmobile 200 137.2 (220.801) 2:02:26 67.234
1983 August 13 Tommy Houston Mike Day Chevrolet 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:43:25 79.600
1984 August 4 Morgan Shepherd Shepherd Racing Pontiac 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:32:56 88.579
1985 June 22 Jimmy Hensley Thomas Brothers Racing Oldsmobile 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:24:56 96.923
1986 June 21 Butch Miller Throop Motorsports Pontiac 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:49:08 75.431
1987 June 6 Larry Pearson Pearson Racing Pontiac 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:52:09 73.402
1988 August 6 Morgan Shepherd Shepherd Racing Buick 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:47:32 76.553
1989 August 5 Michael Waltrip Bahari Racing Pontiac 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:37:16 84.633
1990 August 4 Steve Grissom Grissom Racing Enterprises Oldsmobile 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:48:43 75.719
1991 August 3 Bobby Labonte Labonte Motorsports Oldsmobile 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:48:16 76.034
1992 August 1 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorports Chevrolet 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:38:04 83.943
1993 July 31 Tracy Leslie Parker Racing Oldsmobile 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:57:57 69.792
1994 August 5 Mike Wallace Owen Racing Chevrolet 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:40:14 82.156
1995 August 4 Jason Keller KEL Racing Chevrolet 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:35:21 80.335
1996 August 2 Randy LaJoie BACE Motorsports Chevrolet 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:46:09 77.551
1997 August 1 Randy LaJoie BACE Motorsports Chevrolet 200 137.2 (220.801) 2:18:00 59.652
1998 July 31 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:44:23 78.883
1999 August 6 Jason Keller Progressive Motorsports Chevrolet 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:52:19 73.293
2000 August 4 Ron Hornaday, Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:43:23 79.626
2001 August 4 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:53:05 72.785
2002 August 3 Greg Biffle Roush Racing Ford 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:40:39 81.788
2003 August 2 Brian Vickers Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:31:25 90.049
2004 August 7 Kyle Busch Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:41:19 81.25
2005 August 6 Martin Truex, Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 204* 139.944 (225.218) 1:55:08 72.93
2006 August 5 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:41:02 81.478
2007 July 28 Jason Leffler Braun Racing Toyota 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:42:43 80.143
2008 July 26 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:42:14 80.522
2009 July 25 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 137.2 (220.801) 1:39:01 83.138
2010 July 24 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 201* 137.886 (221.906) 1:42:29 80.727
2011 July 30 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Dodge 204* 139.944 (225.218) 1:40:36 83.466

USAC Stock Car Race[edit]

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