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THE RACE:VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200

TRACK: Darlington Raceway

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race #9 of 33 for the 2012 season


Race:Friday, May 11, 2012 in Darlington, SC

Title Sponsor: Sport Clips

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:30pm/et

Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team

  • Television Race Coverage: ESPN2, 7:00 pm/et

  • Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Andy Petree, Carl Edwards
    Pit Reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Dr. Jerry Punch, Shannon Spake
    Studio: Nicole Briscoe, Dale Jarrett, Brad Daugherty

  • TV Listings, Links and Info:
    Jayski's TV Listings Page
    NASCAR on TV
    Race Fan TV

Radio Coverage/Shows/ Team

Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, May 10


Friday, May 11th

7:15 PM NNS RACE (147 LAPS, 200.8 MILES)

NNS = Nationwide Series
Times are local to the Track


  • Official Darlington Race Results (pdf)
  • Logano wins at Darlington: Joey Logano, driving the #20-Dollar General Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, won the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway. Teammate #18-Denny Hamlin finished second followed by #22-Brad Keselowski, #12-Sam Hornish Jr., #3-Austin Dillon, #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., #11-Brian Scott, #54-Kurt Busch, #30-James Buescher, #88-Cole Whitt. There were 6 cautions for 32 laps and 13 lead changes among 7 leaders. The estimated attendance was 23,000. Complete results are on the Darlington race results page (pdf).(5-11-2012)

  • Darlington Race Fast Facts:
    Joey Logano won the 30th Annual VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200, his 12th victory in 96 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his third victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2012.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in two races at Darlington Raceway.
    This is the second time Logano has won back-to-back races. He first did it in October 2009 at Kansas Speedway and Auto Club Speedway.
    Denny Hamlin (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in seven races at Darlington Raceway. It is his fourth top-10 finish in 2012.
    Brad Keselowski (third) posted his second top-10 finish in six races at Darlington Raceway.
    Austin Dillon (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. leads the point standings by 23 points over Elliott Sadler.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-11-2012)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Darlington: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: No benefactor
    Caution 2: No benefactor
    Caution 3: #99-Travis Pastrana, 17th
    Caution 4: #88-Cole Whitt, 10th
    Caution 5: #41-Timmy Hill,16th
    Caution 6: #99-Travis Pastrana, 17th
    (NASCAR Statistics)(5-11-2012)

  • Driver standings following Darlington:
    1) #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 364
    2) #2-Elliott Sadler, 341 -23
    3) #3-Austin Dillon, 329 -35
    4) #12-Sam Hornish Jr., 305 -59
    5) #88-Cole Whitt, 282 -82
    6) #43-Michael Annett, 271 -93
    7) #31-Justin Allgaier, 260 -104
    8) #44-Mike Bliss, 230 -134
    9) #87-Joe Nemechek, 222 -142
    10 )#7-Danica Patrick, 219 -145
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(5-11-2012)

  • Owner Standings following Darlington are posted (pdf).(5-11-2012)

info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Stenhouse Jr. on pole at Darlington: #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.won the Coors Light Pole for the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway with a speed of 173.546 mph. #18-Denny Hamlin will start second. The rest of the top ten; #3-Austin Dillon, #54-Kurt Busch, #20-Joey Logano, #2-Elliott Sadler, #11-Brian Scott, #12-Sam Hornish Jr., #38-Kasey Kahne, #31-Justin Allgaier. Did Not Qualify: None. The starting lineup is posted on the Darlington starting lineup page (pdf).(5-11-2012)

  • Darlington Raceway Qualifying Notes:
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 30th Annual VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 with a lap of 28.336 seconds, 173.546 mph.
    This is his fifth pole in 82 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his first pole and ninth top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his first pole in three races at Darlington Raceway. His best previous start was eighth, last year.
    Denny Hamlin (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2012 and his fourth in seven races at Darlington Raceway.
    Austin Dillon (third) posted his first top-10 start at Darlington Raceway. It is his ninth in nine races this season.
    Austin Dillon (third) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-11-2012)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Kurt Busch fastest in final practice: #54-Kurt Busch was quickest during the lone practice session for the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 with a top speed of 171.740 mph. He was followed by; #3-Austin Dillon, #11-Brian Scott, #2-Elliott Sadler, #18-Denny Hamlin, #22-Brad Keselowski, #12-Sam Hornish Jr., #88-Cole Whitt, #6-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., #20-Joey Logano. There were 43 cars on track for the final practice. See complete results on the Darlington final practice speeds page (pdf).(5-11-2012)

  • Entry List: There are 43 cars on the preliminary entry list for Friday's VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway. A few notes:
    Danny Efland will drive the #4 for Johnny Davis;
    Matt Frahm will be in the #08 for Randy Hill Racing;
    Eric McClure is still listed as the driver of the #14 but is status is unknown;
    Black Koch returns to the Rick Ware #15;
    Jamie Dick will drive the #23;
    Brendan Gaughan will drive the RCR #33;
    Ryan Blaney returns to the #36;
    Josh Richards will again drive the Go Green #39;
    The #52 for Jimmy Means is TBD;
    David Green will drive the #70 in a deal with ML Motorsports to keep the team in the top 30;
    Travis Pastrana will run his second race in the RAB #99.(5-7-2012)
    UPDATE: Casey Roderick is now listed as driver of the #24, in place of Benny Gordon.(5-7-2012)
    UPDATE 2: Derrike Cope will be in the #70 for ML Motorsports.(5-8-2012)
    UPDATE 3: Eric McClure will not race this weekend. Jeff Green will take his spot in the #14. No word on who will be in the #10.(5-9-2012)
    UPDATE 4: Tony Raines will be in the #10 for TriStar.(5-9-2012)
    See the complete list on the Darlington entry list page.

Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Number of Tires:
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 525, Right-side -- 525

  • Set limits:
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the weekend

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4430

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.2 in. (2,215 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.3 in. (2,244 mm)

  • Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 55 psi; Right Rear -- 50 psi

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 52 psi; Right Rear -- 48 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will run the same tire codes at Darlington this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that teams in these two series ran at Darlington last season . . . these teams have also run each of these two tire codes separately at other tracks in the past, including this left-side code (D-4392) at Texas last month . . . additionally, last season, they ran this left-side code at Texas, Nashville (Nationwide only), Chicagoland and Homestead; and this right-side code (D-4430) at Charlotte . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners in all four tire positions at Darlington . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.

NASCAR News & Notes

    Can’t Keep Reigning Champ Stenhouse Down For Long
    After a tumultuous beginning to his 2012 season, the reigning NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has fought back from ninth in the standings following Daytona to retake the No. 1 position five points ahead of second-place Elliott Sadler.  
    Consistency has been the key to success for Stenhouse. While Sadler and Stenhouse both have two wins, Stenhouse has the upper hand with his series-leading six top-five finishes compared to Sadler’s four. 
    The tide may turn back in Sadler’s favor after Darlington. While both Sadler (third) and Stenhouse (10th) posted their best series career finishes at Darlington last season, Sadler’s experience might give him the edge. Sadler has made eight starts at Darlington, posting one pole, two top fives, three top 10s and an average finish of 18.7, compared to Stenhouse’s two starts, posting one top 10 and an average finish of 23.5. Several key pre-race Loop Data categories give Sadler the edge heading into Darlington: Driver Rating - Sadler (120.8), Stenhouse (85.5); and Average Running Position - Sadler (4.2), Stenhouse (16.3). 

    Blaney Showed Veteran Experience In Debut; Can He Back It Up At Darlington?
    Among the glitz and glamour that followed the big-name drivers of the series around two weeks ago at Richmond, one driver, Ryan Blaney, let his driving speak for itself. 
    Blaney, 18, the son of NASCAR veteran Dave Blaney, made his series debut at Richmond, starting eighth and finishing seventh. But Blaney’s race was no cakewalk. After experiencing a penalty on pit road that dropped him outside of the top 10, Blaney kept his resolve and fought his way back to seventh place. In the process, he made 40 Quality Passes (passes made during green flag conditions while running in the Top 15), the most of any driver in the event.   
    “Anything that Ryan does is not a surprise,” said two-time NNS champion Kevin Harvick. “He is a tremendous talent.”
    In just four starts in the K&N Pro Series East and West, Blaney has a win  last November at Phoenix  a second and two other top-10 results. Blaney is running for Tommy Baldwin Racing, a team with a limited schedule that also includes drivers Ryan Truex and Bobby Santos.

    Star-Studded Field Provides Plenty For The Fans To See
    The storied history of Darlington Raceway has caused many of NASCAR’s top drivers to sign up for this Friday’s VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 under the lights. Not only will the field have the likes of NSCS drivers Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin, but also NNS standouts Travis Pastrana and Danica Patrick. Patrick will be pulling double duty, driving the No. 10 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet in the NSCS race Saturday night. The weekend will be Patrick’s and Pastrana’s NASCAR national series track debut at Darlington Raceway.   
    “I know it is going to be hard, and I know there will be some frustrating moments, and that I am probably going to feel a little embarrassed. But I am there to get my Darlington stripes and move along,” Patrick said.  
    Pastrana took advantage of the opportunity to meet with NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee David Pearson on March 31. Pearson holds the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at Darlington (10) and most poles (12).
     “I’m still learning the sport of NASCAR, so to get some great advice from a legend like Mr. Pearson will be extremely beneficial for me when I get to Darlington,” Pastrana said.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series, Etc.
    Kyle Busch, the 2009 series champion, is the defending winner at Darlington. He will play the role of team owner this weekend, overseeing brother Kurt Busch in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota. Kurt delivered Kyle’s first NNS win as an owner two weeks ago at Richmond. ... It’s homecoming week for Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg), Danny Efland (Irmo) and the JD Motorsports team (Gaffney). Clements is currently 14th in the driver standings. He was as high as 11th three times earlier this season. Efland, a graduate of the University of South Carolina, will make his third start of the season at his home track. It will be a welcome week at home for JDM after scrambling to get to Talladega following a hauler fire at their shop on April 29. The team’s driver, Mike Wallace, will attempt to make his 425th series start (third on all-time NNS starts list). & Plenty of young talent has forced its way into the top 10 in the current series standings, but veterans Mike Bliss and Joe Nemechek are ninth and 10th, respectively. Bliss finished 12th in the final rankings last year for his TriStar Motorsports team. Nemechek, the 1992 series champion, also was ranked 10th following Phoenix in March. ... Due to a late-race incident that cost him an almost certain top10, Michael Annett‘s string of six consecutive top-15 finishes was snapped at Talladega. Despite the 23rd place, Annett is sixth in the standings. & Brian Scott will be among the current and former NASCAR drivers participating in the skid plate race Thursday night at Myrtle Beach Speedway’s “NASCAR Celebrity Night.” Proceeds benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp.

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