Great Clips / Grit Chips 300

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This article is about the race formerly called the Aaron's 312 held in Atlanta. For the race called the Aaron's 312 held in Talladega, see Aaron's 312.
Great Clips 300
Venue Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sponsor Great Clips and Roswell Food Group
First race 1992
Distance 300.3 miles (483.286 km)
Laps 195
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)

The Great Clips 300 Benefitting Feed The Children is a NASCAR Nationwide 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.

Jeff Gordon, Mike Skinner, Jamie McMurray, and Carl Edwards got their first Nationwide Series win at Atlanta.

Past winners[edit]

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
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

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years Won
3 Mark Martin 1997–1998, 2000
2 Jamie McMurray 2002, 2010
Matt Kenseth 2004, 2008
Carl Edwards 2005, 2011
Jeff Burton 2006–2007
Kevin Harvick 2009, 2013

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
7 Roush Fenway Racing 1997–1998, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2011–2012
3 Richard Childress Racing 2006–2007, 2013

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Make Years Won
13 United States Chevrolet 1993–1996, 1999, 2001–2003, 2006–2007, 2009–2010, 2013
9 United States Ford 1992, 1997–1998, 2000, 2004–2005, 2008, 2011–2012

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