Great Clips / Grit Chips 300
|Venue||Atlanta Motor Speedway|
|Distance||251.02 miles (403.891 km)|
|Previous names||Atlanta 300 (1992)
Slick 50 300 (1993)
Busch Light 300 (1994–1996)
Stihl Outdoor Power Tools 300 (1997)
Stihl 300 (1998)
Yellow Freight 300 (1999)
Aaron's 312 (2000–2005)
Nicorette 300 (2006–2008)
Degree Men V12 300 (2009)
Great Clips 300 (2010–2011)
NRA American Warrior 300 (2012)
Great Clips / Grit Chips 300 (2013)
Great Clips 300 benefiting Feed the Children (2014)
The Atlanta 250 is a NASCAR Xfinity Series stock car race held at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, a few miles south of Atlanta. This race has long served as Atlanta's lone Busch/Nationwide Series date, and has been shuffled around the schedule several times. From its inception until 2001 the 300-mile race was run as part of Atlanta's spring Winston Cup race weekend, as the then-Busch Series ended its season at a different track than the then-Winston Cup series.
Following the transfer of the season ending Cup series race from Atlanta to Homestead-Miami Speedway after the 2001 season (although due to extenuating circumstances the 2001 Atlanta fall race was not the final race of the season), the now 312-mile race was moved to Atlanta's fall race weekend where it remained until Aaron's Rental, who was sponsoring the race, chose instead to sponsor the lone Busch event at Talladega. The race gained sponsorship from Johnson & Johnson through its Nicorette brand and moved back to its traditional spring date.
In September 2008, NASCAR officials announced that Nicorette would not renew its corporate sponsorship for race after the 2008 season. On October 26, 2008 it was announced that Unilever's deodorant brand Degree will take over sponsorship of this race starting in 2009. It was later announced that the now-Degree V12 300 would be moving to September as part of the latest round of NASCAR realignment, which resulted in the Pep Boys Auto 500, the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega, and the Pepsi 500 at Fontana trading places. The Degree V12 300 took the place of the Camping World RV Service 300 on NASCAR's Labor Day weekend race schedule and serves as an accompanying race to the AdvoCare 500.
In 2015, the Xfinity race at Atlanta will move along with the Cup race to the second weekend of the season at the end of February and will be run as a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon along with the Camping World Truck Series. The race will also be reduced to 250 miles in order to make the race a doubleheader on the same day.
|Year||Date||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed
|1992||March 14||Jeff Gordon||Bill Davis Racing||Ford||197||299.834 (482.536)||2:24:36||124.412|
|1993||November 13*||Ward Burton||A.G. Dillard Motorsports||Chevrolet||197||299.834 (482.536)||2:44:05||109.64|
|1994||March 12||Harry Gant||Whitaker Racing||Chevrolet||197||299.834 (482.536)||2:20:56||127.649|
|1995||March 11||Johnny Benson, Jr.||BACE Motorsports||Chevrolet||197||299.834 (482.536)||2:03:45||145.767|
|1996||March 9||Terry Labonte||Labonte Motorsports||Chevrolet||197||299.834 (482.536)||2:08:15||139.656|
|1997*||March 8||Mark Martin||Roush Racing||Ford||197||299.834 (482.536)||1:58:55||151.751|
|1998*||November 7||Mark Martin||Roush Racing||Ford||195||300.3 (483.286)||2:10:23||138.193|
|1999||March 13||Mike Skinner||Emerald Performance Group||Chevrolet||195||300.3 (483.286)||2:33:46||117.178|
|2000||March 11||Mark Martin||Roush Racing||Ford||203||312.62 (503.113)||2:27:47||126.924|
|2001||March 10||Joe Nemechek||NEMCO Motorsports||Chevrolet||203||312.62 (503.113)||2:10:18||143.954|
|2002||October 26||Jamie McMurray||Brewco Motorsports||Chevrolet||203||312.62 (503.113)||2:15:09||138.788|
|2003||October 25||Greg Biffle||Evans Motorsports||Chevrolet||203||312.62 (503.113)||2:08:17||146.217|
|2004||October 30||Matt Kenseth||Reiser Enterprises||Ford||208*||320.32 (515.505)||2:24:08||133.343|
|2005||March 19||Carl Edwards||Roush Racing||Ford||203||312.62 (503.113)||2:23:34||130.651|
|2006||March 18||Jeff Burton||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||195||300.3 (483.286)||2:20:47||127.984|
|2007||March 17||Jeff Burton||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||195||300.3 (483.286)||2:21:39||127.201|
|2008||March 8||Matt Kenseth||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||198*||304.92 (490.721)||2:19:21||131.29|
|2009||September 5||Kevin Harvick||Kevin Harvick Inc.||Chevrolet||195||300.3 (483.286)||2:04:04||145.228|
|2010||September 4||Jamie McMurray||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||195||300.3 (483.286)||2:04:44||144.452|
|2011||September 3||Carl Edwards||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||195||300.3 (483.286)||2:15:40||132.811|
|2012||September 1||Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||195||300.3 (483.286)||2:32:51||117.88|
|2013||August 31||Kevin Harvick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||195||300.3 (483.286)||2:08:01||140.747|
|2014||August 30||Kevin Harvick||JR Motorsports||Chevrolet||195||300.3 (483.286)||2:08:37||140.091|
- 1993: Race postponed from March to November due to Southeastern Blizzard.
- 1998: After reconfiguration of the track between the two 1997 Cup races, the track was remeasured to 1.54 miles and laps reduced to 195 laps as a result.
- 2004 and 2008: Race extended due to a Green-white-checker finish.
Multiple winners (drivers)
|# Wins||Driver||Years Won|
|3||Mark Martin||1997–1998, 2000|
|Kevin Harvick||2009, 2013-2014|
|2||Jamie McMurray||2002, 2010|
|Matt Kenseth||2004, 2008|
|Carl Edwards||2005, 2011|
Multiple winners (teams)
|# Wins||Team||Years Won|
|7||Roush Fenway Racing||1997–1998, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2011–2012|
|3||Richard Childress Racing||2006–2007, 2013|
|# Wins||Make||Years Won|
|14||Chevrolet||1993–1996, 1999, 2001–2003, 2006–2007, 2009–2010, 2013–2014|
|9||Ford||1992, 1997–1998, 2000, 2004–2005, 2008, 2011–2012|
- "NASCAR reveals 2015 schedules for national series". NASCAR. August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
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