Rinnai 250

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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 Sparks Energy 300.
Rinnai 250
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NASCAR Xfinity Series
Venue Atlanta Motor Speedway
Location Hampton, Georgia, United States
Corporate sponsor Rinnai
First race 1992
Distance 251.02 miles (403.98 km)
Laps 163 (Stage 1: 40 Stage 2: 40 Stage 3: 83)
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)
Hisense 250 (2015)
Heads Up Georgia 250 (2016)
Most wins (driver) Kevin Harvick (4)
Most wins (team) Roush Fenway Racing (7)
Most wins (manufacturer) Chevrolet (15)
Circuit information
Surface Asphalt
Length 1.54 mi (2.48 km)
Turns 4

The Rinnai 250[1] 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 GlaxoSmithKline through its Nicorette brand[2][3] 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 moved along with the Cup race (Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500) to the second weekend of the season and ran as a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon along with the Camping World Truck Series. The race was also reduced to 250 miles in order to make the race a doubleheader on the same day.[4]

Jeff Gordon, Mike Skinner, Jamie McMurray, and Carl Edwards got their first series wins at Atlanta.

Past winners[edit]

Year Date No. Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
1992 March 14 1 Jeff Gordon Bill Davis Racing Ford 197 299.834 (482.536) 2:24:36 124.412
1993 November 13* 2 Ward Burton A.G. Dillard Motorsports Chevrolet 197 299.834 (482.536) 2:44:05 109.64
1994 March 12 7 Harry Gant Whitaker Racing Chevrolet 197 299.834 (482.536) 2:20:56 127.649
1995 March 11 74 Johnny Benson Jr. BACE Motorsports Chevrolet 197 299.834 (482.536) 2:03:45 145.767
1996 March 9 5 Terry Labonte Labonte Motorsports Chevrolet 197 299.834 (482.536) 2:08:15 139.656
1997* March 8 60 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 197 299.834 (482.536) 1:58:55 151.751
1998* November 7 60 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 195 300.3 (483.286) 2:10:23 138.193
1999 March 13 19 Mike Skinner Emerald Performance Group Chevrolet 195 300.3 (483.286) 2:33:46 117.178
2000 March 11 60 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 203 312.62 (503.113) 2:27:47 126.924
2001 March 10 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet 203 312.62 (503.113) 2:10:18 143.954
2002 October 26 27 Jamie McMurray Brewco Motorsports Chevrolet 203 312.62 (503.113) 2:15:09 138.788
2003 October 25 7 Greg Biffle Evans Motorsports Chevrolet 203 312.62 (503.113) 2:08:17 146.217
2004 October 30 17 Matt Kenseth Reiser Enterprises Ford 208* 320.32 (515.505) 2:24:08 133.343
2005 March 19 60 Carl Edwards Roush Racing Ford 203 312.62 (503.113) 2:23:34 130.651
2006 March 18 21 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 195 300.3 (483.286) 2:20:47 127.984
2007 March 17 29 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 195 300.3 (483.286) 2:21:39 127.201
2008 March 8 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 198* 304.92 (490.721) 2:19:21 131.29
2009 September 5 33 Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet 195 300.3 (483.286) 2:04:04 145.228
2010 September 4 88 Jamie McMurray JR Motorsports Chevrolet 195 300.3 (483.286) 2:04:44 144.452
2011 September 3 60 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 195 300.3 (483.286) 2:15:40 132.811
2012 September 1 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 195 300.3 (483.286) 2:32:51 117.88
2013 August 31 33 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 195 300.3 (483.286) 2:08:01 140.747
2014 August 30 5 Kevin Harvick JR Motorsports Chevrolet 195 300.3 (483.286) 2:08:37 140.091
2015 February 28 88 Kevin Harvick JR Motorsports Chevrolet 163 251.02 (403.977) 1:40:32 149.813
2016 February 27 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 163 251.02 (403.977) 1:49:53 137.065
2017 March 4 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 163 251.02 (403.977) 1:57:16 128.435
  • 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)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years Won
4 Kevin Harvick 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015
3 Mark Martin 1997, 1998, 2000
2 Jamie McMurray 2002, 2010
Matt Kenseth 2004, 2008
Carl Edwards 2005, 2011
Jeff Burton 2006, 2007
Kyle Busch 2016, 2017

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
JR Motorsports 2010, 2014, 2015
2 Joe Gibbs Racing 2016, 2017

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Make Years Won
15 United States Chevrolet 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015
9 United States Ford 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012
2 Japan Toyota 2016, 2017

Television broadcasters[edit]

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
1992 ESPN Bob Jenkins Ned Jarrett
Benny Parsons
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000 ABC
2001 FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip
Larry McReynolds
2002 TNT Allen Bestwick Benny Parsons
Wally Dallenbach
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007 ABC Rusty Wallace
Andy Petree
2008
2009
2010 ESPN Marty Reid Dale Jarrett
Andy Petree
2011
2012
2013 Allen Bestwick
2014
2015 FS1 Adam Alexander Michael Waltrip
Brad Keselowski
2016 Michael Waltrip
Clint Bowyer
2017 Michael Waltrip
Chase Elliott

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rinnai to Sponsor March 4 NASCAR XFINITY Series Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway". Atlanta Motor Speedway. December 16, 2016. Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  2. ^ "NASCAR leaves smoking days farther behind". ESPN. 2005-01-27. Archived from the original on 2015-01-01. Retrieved 2015-01-01. 
  3. ^ Horovitz, Bruce (2005-01-26). "Nicorette, NASCAR sign sponsorship deal". USA Today. Archived from the original on 2015-01-01. Retrieved 2015-01-01. 
  4. ^ "NASCAR reveals 2015 schedules for national series". NASCAR. August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 

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