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NASCAR - Nationwide - Royal Purple 200 Preview

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DATE: Friday, May 6th
SITE: Darlington Speedway (1950) -- Darlington, South Carolina
TRACK: 1.366-mile oval - 1,229 feet (Frontstretch); 1,229 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 60,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 29th
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
POLE WINNER: Denny Hamlin (Finished 1st)
LAPS: 147
MILES: 200.8
QUALIFYING RECORD: Carl Edwards, 2008 (176.994 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Michael Waltrip, 1992 (138.140 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,051,066 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $46,970; 2nd Place - $28,425; 3rd Place - $22,575
2010 Finish
1Denny Hamlin16Carl Edwards5
2Kyle Busch27Brad Keselowski3
3Jamie McMurray48Kevin Harvick7
4Kasey Kahne159Brian Vickers17
5Jason Leffler1210Paul Menard16
2010 Royal Purple 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 103.122 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 56 minutes, 50 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.625 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 42 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Denny Hamlin (176.031 m.p.h.)
Past Royal Purple 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Denny Hamlin (1st) -- Toyota -- 103.122 m.p.h.
2009 -- Matt Kenseth (6th) -- Ford -- 116.596 m.p.h.
2008 -- Tony Stewart (3rd) -- Toyota -- 107.139 m.p.h.
2007 -- Denny Hamlin (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 92.370 m.p.h.
2006 -- Denny Hamlin (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 106.999 m.p.h.
2005 -- Matt Kenseth (24th) -- Ford -- 116.238 m.p.h.
2004 -- Greg Biffle (4th) -- Ford -- 120.141 m.p.h.
2003 -- Todd Bodine (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 124.550 m.p.h.
2002 -- Jeff Burton (1st) -- Ford -- 124.153 m.p.h.
2001 -- Jeff Green (13th) -- Ford -- 128.742 m.p.h.
2000 -- Mark Martin (1st) -- Ford --113.519 m.p.h.
1999 -- Matt Kenseth (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 121.945 m.p.h.
1998 -- Bobby Labonte (9th) -- Pontiac -- 100.443 m.p.h.
1997 -- Randy Lajoie (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 115.569 m.p.h.
1996 -- Mark Martin (2nd) -- Ford -- 120.763 m.p.h.
1995 -- Larry Pearson (36th) -- Chevrolet -- 108.087 m.p.h.
1994 -- Mark Martin (1st) -- Ford -- 117.965 m.p.h.
1993 -- Robert Pressley (7th) -- Chevrolet -- 109.197 m.p.h.
1992 -- Robert Pressley (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 130.982 m.p.h.
1991 -- Dale Jarrett (6th) -- Pontiac -- 115.551 m.p.h.
1990 -- Harry Gant (3rd) -- Buick -- 129.689 m.p.h.
1989 -- Geoffrey Bodine (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 118.681 m.p.h.
1988 -- Geoffrey Bodine (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 115.514 m.p.h.
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 137.850 m.p.h.
1986 -- Darrell Waltrip (5th) -- Pontiac --123.423 m.p.h.
1985 -- Jack Ingram (11th) -- Pontiac -- 108.460 m.p.h.
1984 -- Ron Bouchard (1st) -- Pontiac -- 97.992 m.p.h.
1983 -- No Spring Race
1982 -- Geoffrey Bodine (3rd) -- Pontiac -- 129.018 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called TranSouth 200 (1982), Dixie Cup 200 (1984-86), Country
Squire 200 (1987-89), Pontiac 200 (1990-91), Mark III Vans 200
(1992-95), Dura Lube 200 (1996), Diamond Hill 200 (1997), Diamond Hill
300 (1998-99), SunCom 200 (2000-01), Too Tough to Tame 200 (2002), 200 (2003), Diamond Hill 200 (2004-06), Diamond
Hill Plywood 200 (2007-09).
Past Royal Purple 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Denny Hamlin -- 1st
2009 -- None -- Weather
2008 -- Carl Edwards -- 43rd
2007 -- Denny Hamlin -- 1st
2006 -- Denny Hamlin -- 1st
2005 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 23rd
2004 -- Kyle Busch -- 17th
2003 -- None -- Weather
2002 -- Jeff Burton -- 1st
2001 -- Ryan Newman -- 17th
2000 -- Mark Martin -- 1st
1999 -- Mark Martin -- 39th
1998 -- Jeff Burton -- 11th
1997 -- Elliott Sadler -- 29th
1996 -- Jeff Green -- 11th
1995 -- Tim Fedewa -- 23rd
1994 -- Mark Martin -- 1st
1993 -- None -- Weather
1992 -- Mark Martin -- 32nd
1991 -- Jimmy Hensley -- 6th
1990 -- Kenny Wallace -- 8th
1989 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 1st
1988 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 1st
1987 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 2nd
1986 -- Tim Richmond -- 27th
1985 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 29th
1984 -- Ron Bouchard -- 1st
1983 -- No Spring Race
1982 -- Harry Gant -- 14th
Last Race Results
RACE: BUBBA Burger 250 (April 29th)
SITE: Richmond International Raceway -- Richmond, Virginia
MILES: 188.25
LAPS: 251
WINNER: Denny Hamlin
RUNNER-UP: Paul Menard
THIRD: Justin Allgaier
FOURTH: Elliott Sadler
FIFTH: Brad Keselowski
POLE WINNER: Carl Edwards (Finished 25th)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 44 minutes, 11 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 108.415 m.p.h.
CAUTION FLAGS: 3 for 12 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 6 among 4 drivers
LAP LEADERS: C. Edwards 1-43; D. Hamlin 44-99; A. Almirola 100-101; R.
Stenhouse Jr. 102-103; D. Hamlin 104-131; A. Almirola 132-136; D.
Hamlin 137-251.
Royal Purple 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/TBA
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
7Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/TBA
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Shore Lodge
13Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Ford/
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Chevrolet/Hefty Black Out/Reynolds
15Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
16Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Z-Line Designs
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/TriStar Motorsports
20 *Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/Raybestos
22Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Ruby Tuesday
23Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Dodge/Wildlife Conservation Society
28Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/Pouch Tech
30Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/AccuDoc
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
32Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Dollar General
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/Ruud
38Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Danny Efland (Irmo, SC)Ford/C3i Sports
40Scott Wimmer (Wausau, WI)Chevrolet/TBA
41Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
44Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/Co-ops USA
52Kevin Lepage (Shelbourne, VT)Chevrolet/TBA
60Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
62Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Toyota/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
66Steve Wallace (Charlotte, NC)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
68Matthew Carter (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
70Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
72John Jackson (Ellenton, FL)Toyota/
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Riverwalk Cafe
75Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
79Tim Andrews (Concord, NC)Ford/Days Inn
81Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Dodge/
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/NEMCO Motorsports
88Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/Grand Touring Vodka
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Victory in Jesus Racing
99Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Pastrana Waltrip Racing
* - defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Denny Hamlin---------7thWonWon------Won
Kyle Busch------17th---6th---31st16th2nd
Kasey Kahne---8th11th34th11th---------4th
Jason Leffler------14th---10th6th9th2nd5th
Carl Edwards---------11th8th3rd43rd3rd6th
Brad Keselowski---------------36th15th11th7th
Steve Wallace---------------39th5th14th12th
Trevor Bayne------------------------16th
Justin Allgaier---------------------5th17th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.------------------------37th
Clint Bowyer---------10th17th5th2nd---39th
Aric Almirola---------------41st---------
Elliott Sadler---------------------------
Reed Sorenson------9th12th23rd------------
Mover of the Week
James Buescher - Started 36th on the grid and finished 22nd
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Darkhorse - Mike Bliss
Last Week's Pick to Win (Carl Edwards) - Finished 25th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Trevor Bayne) - Did Not Start
Denny Hamlin held off teammate Kyle Busch in a series of late-race restarts to win the 2010 staging of the Royal Purple 200 at Darlington Raceway.

Both Hamlin and Busch opted not to pit during a round of stops under caution with less than 35 laps remaining. The final caution for an incident involving Matt Kenseth, the defending race winner, set up a five-lap shootout to the finish. Busch made an attempt to pass Hamlin after the final restart, but could not pull off the move, as he finished 0.625 seconds behind Hamlin.

Hamlin started on the pole and led 111 of 147 laps en route to his third win in the last five Nationwide races at Darlington. He won here consecutively from 2006-07. Hamlin also gave crew chief Kevin Kidd his first win in the series.

Hamlin will attempt to win his second consecutive Nationwide race. Hamlin led 199 of 251 laps at Richmond to claim his 11th career victory in the series.

Just hours after capturing the pole for the Southern 500, Matt Kenseth won the 2009 Royal Purple 200 Nationwide Series race after a surprising turn of events in the final laps at Darlington Raceway. Kyle Busch led 143 laps and appeared to be on his way to a third consecutive NASCAR national touring race, but Busch suffered a flat right-rear tire after he ran over debris from a wreck involving Joe Nemechek and Scott Lagasse Jr, which set up a green-white- checkered finish. Busch had to pit during the caution, handing the lead over to Kenseth. Just after the final restart, Morgan Shepherd spun and slammed the wall, ending the race under caution.

The win for Kenseth, who led for only four laps, was the third at Darlington on the Nationwide circuit and the 25th of his career.

In 2008, Tony Stewart raced to victory, as he defeated Clint Bowyer by less than a second for his sixth career Nationwide Series title. Stewart dominated most of the race, as he led 90 of the 149 laps. The No.20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota crossed the finish line 0.814 of a second ahead of Bowyer. It was the fourth straight win for the No.20 car (with three different drivers) and the sixth in a row for JGR in the series.

With his win in 2007, Denny Hamlin became the first driver since Robert Pressley in 1992-93 to successfully defend his title. For the second consecutive year, Hamlin started on the pole and led five times for 79 laps, as he defeated Mark Martin by just over one second for his third Nationwide title. Hamlin reclaimed the lead on the 96th lap and held on for the win in front of an estimated crowd of 25,000.

In 2006, pole sitter Hamlin scored his second career Nationwide Series title, as he edged Matt Kenseth by less than a second. Hamlin reclaimed the lead for the third time on lap 116 and held on the rest of the way. Hamlin led for a total of 38 laps, while Kenseth led for a race-high 50 laps.

Starting in the 24th position in 2005, Kenseth charged to victory at the then Diamond Hill Plywood 200, defeating Kenny Wallace by less than a second. Kenseth, who led for 50 laps, recorded his 18th career Nationwide title and the first of that season.

The pole sitter has captured this race nine times, including the three of the last five seasons, all by Hamlin. Mark Martin, an eight-time winner at Darlington, has captured this race three times. Jeff Burton and Harry Gant rank second with four wins each. In the 50 Nationwide races at Darlington, the pole sitter has won 11 times and the second position nine.

Although second on the points list, Elliott Sadler has not competed in a Nationwide event at Darlington since 1999 when he finished 24th. He did run in the Camping World Truck Series race here in March, placing seventh.

The next Nationwide Series race is the May 14th running of the 5-Hour Energy 200 at Dover International Speedway. Kyle Busch is the defending race winner.

05/03 17:42:59 ET

As of May 3, 2011, at 05:43 PM ET

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