John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300
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|Sponsor||Kentucky Transportation Cabinet|
|Distance||300 miles (482.803 km)|
|Previous names||Outback Steakhouse 300 (2001)
Kroger 300 (2002)
Meijer 300 (2003–2010)
Feed the Children 300 (2011-2013)
The John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300 presented by Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a NASCAR Nationwide Series race held at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky, United States. The distance of the race is 300 miles (482.803 km).
Kentucky Speedway, opened in 2000, by Jerry Carrol. Darrell Waltrip took place to design part of the racetrack. The first Nationwide Series race was held in 2001. Brad Paisley sang the National Anthem, and then Cincinnati Bengals player Corey Dillon gave the command to start engines. This race is notable when Travis Kvapil went upside down after clipping Rich Bickle's 59 car off of Turn 2, and the car slid all the way down the backstrech in the turn three grass. Kevin Harvick won the inaugural event.
Hypermarket chain Meijer was the race's sponsor since 2003 after previous sponsorship from Outback Steakhouse and Kroger. Nabisco, through its Oreo and Ritz brands, had been an associate sponsor since the 2002 race. For 2011, the race is now sponsored by the Nonprofit organization Feed The Children.
Joey Logano is the first repeat winner and did it back to back to back from the pole.
|Year||Date||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed
|2001||June 16||Kevin Harvick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||200||300 (482.803)||2:31:47||118.59|
|2002||June 15/16*||Todd Bodine||Herzog Motorsports||Chevrolet||200||300 (482.803)||2:21:33||127.164|
|2003||June 14||Bobby Hamilton Jr.||Team Rensi Motorsports||Ford||200||300 (482.803)||2:12:14||136.123|
|2004||June 19||Kyle Busch||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||200||300 (482.803)||2:22:08||126.642|
|2005||June 18||Carl Edwards||Roush Racing||Ford||200||300 (482.803)||2:33:42||117.111|
|2006||June 17||David Gilliland||Clay Andrews Racing||Chevrolet||200||300 (482.803)||2:35:10||116.004|
|2007||June 16||Stephen Leicht||Robert Yates Racing||Ford||200||300 (482.803)||2:32:56||117.698|
|2008||June 14||Joey Logano||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||200||300 (482.803)||2:12:50||135.508|
|2009||June 13||Joey Logano||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||200||300 (482.803)||2:20:51||127.796|
|2010||June 12||Joey Logano||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||200||300 (482.803)||2:36:08||115.286|
|2011||July 8||Brad Keselowski||Penske Racing||Dodge||200||300 (482.803)||2:10.03||138.408|
|2012||June 29||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||200||300 (482.803)||1:58:42||151.643|
|2013||June 28||Brad Keselowski||Penske Racing||Ford||170*||255 (410.382)||1:56:39||131.162|
|2014||June 27||Kevin Harvick||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||200||300 (482.803)||2:15:33||132.792|
- 2002: Race started on Saturday night but was finished on Sunday afternoon due to rain.
- 2013: Race shortened due to rain.
Multiple winners (drivers)
|# Wins||Driver||Years Won|
|2||Brad Keselowski||2011, 2013|
Multiple winners (teams)
|# Wins||Team||Years Won|
|3||Joe Gibbs Racing||2008–2010|
|2||Richard Childress Racing||2001, 2012|
|Penske Racing||2011, 2013|
|# Wins||Make||Years Won|
|6||Chevrolet||2001–2002, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2014|
|4||Ford||2003, 2005, 2007, 2013|
- 2008 - When Joey Logano won, he became the youngest winner In Nationwide Series history, at 18 years old, 21 days, shattering Casey Atwood's record (18 years, 313 days) that stood since 1999.
- 2013 - Rain struck Sparta as Feed the Children 300 ending short and the Quaker State 400 was moved to Sunday afternoon.
Brad Keselowski won the rain shortened race and would go on to get wrecked on Sunday as Kurt Busch turned into Keselowski. This may have started the Kurt Busch vs. Brad Keselowski rivalry that would go on to the 2014 STP 400
- 2014 - Brad Keselowski overcame a speeding penalty to get a top 5 finish. Kevin Harvick held off a charging Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski.
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