NASCAR Nationwide Series

NASCAR - Nationwide - VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 Preview

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DATE: Friday, May 10
SITE: Darlington Speedway -- Darlington, S.C.
TRACK: 1.366-mile oval
CAPACITY: 60,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 31st
TELEVISION: ESPN 2
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, May 10/3:35 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Joey Logano
RUNNER-UP: Denny Hamlin
POLE WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (finished 6)
LAPS: 147
MILES: 200.8
QUALIFYING RECORD: Carl Edwards, 2008 (176.994 mph)
RACE RECORD: Michael Waltrip, 1992 (138.140 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Joey Logano56Ricky Stenhouse Jr.1
2Denny Hamlin27Brian Scott7
3Brad Keselowski138Kurt Busch4
4Sam Hornish Jr.89James Buescher14
5Austin Dillon310Cole Whitt40
2012 VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 112.017 mph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 50 mins., 29 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.255 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 32 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 13 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (173.546 mph)
Past VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Joey Logano (5) -- Toyota -- 112.017 mph
2011 -- Kyle Busch (1) -- Toyota -- 119.364 mph
2010 -- Denny Hamlin (1) -- Toyota -- 103.122 mph.
2009 -- Matt Kenseth (6) -- Ford -- 116.596 mph
2008 -- Tony Stewart (3) -- Toyota -- 107.139 mph
2007 -- Denny Hamlin (1) -- Chevrolet -- 92.370 mph
2006 -- Denny Hamlin (1) -- Chevrolet -- 106.999 mph
2005 -- Matt Kenseth (24) -- Ford -- 116.238 mph
2004 -- Greg Biffle (4) -- Ford -- 120.141 mph
2003 -- Todd Bodine (13) -- Chevrolet -- 124.550 mph
2002 -- Jeff Burton (1) -- Ford -- 124.153 mph
2001 -- Jeff Green (13) -- Ford -- 128.742 mph
2000 -- Mark Martin (1) -- Ford --113.519 mph
1999 -- Matt Kenseth (9) -- Chevrolet -- 121.945 mph
1998 -- Bobby Labonte (9) -- Pontiac -- 100.443 mph
1997 -- Randy LaJoie (11) -- Chevrolet -- 115.569 mph
1996 -- Mark Martin (2) -- Ford -- 120.763 mph
1995 -- Larry Pearson (36) -- Chevrolet -- 108.087 mph
1994 -- Mark Martin (1) -- Ford -- 117.965 mph
1993 -- Robert Pressley (7) -- Chevrolet -- 109.197 mph
1992 -- Robert Pressley (2) -- Chevrolet -- 130.982 mph
1991 -- Dale Jarrett (6) -- Pontiac -- 115.551 mph
1990 -- Harry Gant (3) -- Buick -- 129.689 mph
1989 -- Geoffrey Bodine (1) -- Chevrolet -- 118.681 mph
1988 -- Geoffrey Bodine (1) -- Chevrolet -- 115.514 mph
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (2) -- Chevrolet -- 137.850 mph
1986 -- Darrell Waltrip (5) -- Pontiac --123.423 mph
1985 -- Jack Ingram (11) -- Pontiac -- 108.460 mph
1984 -- Ron Bouchard (1) -- Pontiac -- 97.992 mph.
1983 -- No Spring Race
1982 -- Geoffrey Bodine (3) -- Pontiac -- 129.018 mph
 
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),
darlingtonraceway.com 200 (2003), Diamond Hill 200 (2004-06), Diamond
Hill Plywood 200 (2007-09), Royal Purple 200 (2010-11).
 
Past VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- None -- Weather
2010 -- Denny Hamlin -- 1
2009 -- None -- Weather
2008 -- Carl Edwards -- 43
2007 -- Denny Hamlin -- 1
2006 -- Denny Hamlin -- 1
2005 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 23
2004 -- Kyle Busch -- 17
2003 -- None -- Weather
2002 -- Jeff Burton -- 1
2001 -- Ryan Newman -- 17
2000 -- Mark Martin -- 1
1999 -- Mark Martin -- 39
1998 -- Jeff Burton -- 11
1997 -- Elliott Sadler -- 29
1996 -- Jeff Green -- 11
1995 -- Tim Fedewa -- 23
1994 -- Mark Martin -- 1
1993 -- None -- Weather
1992 -- Mark Martin -- 32
1991 -- Jimmy Hensley -- 6
1990 -- Kenny Wallace -- 8
1989 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 1
1988 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 1
1987 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 2
1986 -- Tim Richmond -- 27
1985 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 29
1984 -- Ron Bouchard -- 1
1983 -- No Spring Race
1982 -- Harry Gant -- 14
Last Race Results
RACE: Aaron's 312 (May 5th)
SITE: Talladega Superspeedway -- Talladega, Ala.
MILES: 292.6 (shortened due to darkness)
LAPS: 110
WINNER: Regan Smith
RUNNER-UP: Joey Logano
THIRD: Kasey Kahne
FOURTH: Kurt Busch
FIFTH: Justin Allgaier
POLE WINNER: Travis Pastrana (finished 36)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 11 mins., 44 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 133.269 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 28 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 47 among 16 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Pastrana 1-4, Bayne 5, Dillon 6, K. Busch 7, Kahne 8-12, Sadler
13, Kahne 14, Cassill 15, Logano 16-18, Allgaier 19, Logano
20-21, Allgaier 22-24, Logano 25, Vickers 26, Logano 27-33, Kahne
34, Logano 35-36, Scott 37, Logano 38-41, Sadler 42-43, Logano
44-54, Sadler 55-56, Scott 57, Sorenson 58, Bayne 59, Kahne
60-62, Smith 63, Kahne 64, Smith 65, Kahne 66-67, Smith 68, Kahne
69, Smith 70-71, Kahne 72, Logano 73-75, Coulter 76-78, Logano
79-80, Kligerman 81, K. Busch 82, Kligerman 83, K. Busch 84,
Kligerman 85-86, Kahne 87, K. Busch 88-100, Smith 101, K. Busch
102-104, Dillon 105-109, Smith 110.
VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/TBA
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)ChevroletTBA
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Shore Lodge
3Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/AdvoCare
4Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Cargill/Blackwell Angus
7Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Hellmann's
10Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
11Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/Sports Clips
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Ford/Alliance Truck Parts
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
15Stanton Barrett (Bishop, CA)Ford/fairgirls.org
16Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
17Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK)Chevrolet/Keller Williams Realty
18Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Game Stop
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
20Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Dollar General
22 *Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Penske Truck Rental
23Harrison Rhodes (High Point, NC)Chevrolet/Rick Ware Racing
24Jason White (Richmond, VA)Toyota/JW Demolition
30Nelson Piquet Jr. (Brasilia, Brazil)Chevrolet/Worx
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Wolfpack Energy
32Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Cessna
33Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Armour
40Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
42J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
43Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Ford/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
44Hal Martin (Galliano, LA)Toyota/American Custom Yachts
46Chase Miller (Canton, GA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
47Scott Riggs (Bahama, NC)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/TBA
52Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
54Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
60Travis Pastrana (Annapolis, MD)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
70Johanna Long (Pensacola, FL)Chevrolet/Foretravel
73Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/TBA
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/Dave Novak Racing
77Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Toyota/Kyle Busch Motorsports
79Kyle Fowler (Smyrna, GA)Ford/TBA
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/AM FM Energy Wood & Pellet
92Dexter Stacey (Kahnawake, Canada)Ford/Maddie's Place
99Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/TBA
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Joey Logano---------------12------Won
Sam Hornish Jr.------------11---------4
Austin Dillon------------------------5
Brian Scott---------------2025297
Justin Allgaier---------------517413
Kasey Kahne113411---------4918
Elliott Sadler---------------------324
Kyle Busch33---6---31162Won---
Matt Kenseth5Won23728Won30------
Brian Vickers---4312------109------
Regan Smith------1912---------------
Trevor Bayne------------------16------
 
Mover of the Week
Mike Wallace - started 38 and finished 7
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Last Week's Pick to Win (Joey Logano) - finished 2
 
NOTES:
The VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway is the ninth race on 2013 Nationwide Series schedule.

The have been 52 Nationwide races at Darlington. The series competed at this track once each season from 1982-83 and then twice each year from 1984-2004 before returning to one event there per season in 2005.

Mark Martin holds the record for most Nationwide wins at Darlington with eight. Martin is not entered in this year's race. Matt Kenseth's three victories there is the most among those driver on the entry list for this event.

Joey Logano won at Darlington last year. Logano wrecked Elliott Sadler after a restart in the closing laps and then grabbed the lead from his then Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Denny Hamlin, during a green-white-checkered finish to win the race. Logano is now driving for Penske Racing in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series.

The Nationwide race winner at Darlington has started from the pole 12 times, which is more than any other starting position there. Kyle Busch last did it in 2011.

Jack Roush has the most Nationwide car owner wins at Darlington with 15, followed by Joe Gibbs with seven.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Nationwide race at Darlington occurred on March 21, 1998 when Bobby Labonte beat Jeff Burton to the finish line by just 0.066 seconds.

Kyle Busch scored his first career Nationwide pole at Darlington on March 20, 2004. Jimmie Johnson's first pole in the series came at this track on May 6, 2005. Johnson is not on the entry list for this year's race there.

No active driver has won his or hers first Nationwide race at Darlington.

The next race is the May 25 History 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski won last year's event there.

05/07 23:54:31 ET

As of May 7, 2013, at 11:54 PM ET

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