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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 2013 season

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Race: Friday, May 10, 2013 in Darlington, SC

Title Sponsor: VFW, Sport Clips

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:46pm/et


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Event Schedule

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Thursday, May 9th

11:00 AM NNS HAULERS ENTER
12:30 PM NNS REGISTRATION OPENS
1:00 PM NNS GARAGE OPENS
5:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES
6:00 PM NNS GARAGE CLOSES

Friday, May 10th

7:00 AM NNS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS
7:30 AM NNS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
8:30 AM-10:30 AM NNS FINAL PRACTICE
11:00 AM NNS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (NNS MEETING TENT) 3:35 PM NNS QUALIFYING ( TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
7:00 PM NNS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
7:30 PM NNS RACE (147 LAPS, 200.8 MILES)
8:00 PM NNS REGISTRATION CLOSES

NNS = Nationwide Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Darlington race results and standings (pdf)

  • Busch wins at Darlington:#18-Kyle Busch won the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway, for his 5th win of the year and the 56th of his Nationwide career. #11-Elliott Sadler finished second followed by #20-Brian Vickers, #22-Joey Logano, #18-Matt Kenseth, #32-Kyle Larson, #7-Regan Smith, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., #5-Kasey Kahne, and #31-Justin Allgaier. There were 4 cautions for 17 laps and 10 lead changes among 8 leaders. Complete results are on the Darlington race results page (pdf).(5-10-2013)

  • Darlington Race Fast Facts:
    Kyle Busch(i) won the 31st Annual VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200, his 56th victory in 252 NASCAR Nationwide Series races.
    This is his fifth victory and seventh top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in nine races at Darlington Raceway.
    This is the 13th NASCAR Nationwide Series race to be won from the pole (or 1st starting position) at Darlington Raceway. He was the last driver to accomplish this feat in May 2011.
    Elliott Sadler (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in ten races at Darlington Raceway. It is his fifth top-10 finish in 2013.
    Brian Vickers (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in nine races at Darlington Raceway.
    Kyle Larson (sixth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Regan Smith leads the point standings by 28 points over Sam Hornish Jr.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-10-2013)

  • Driver standings following Darlington:
    1) #7-Regan Smith, 342
    2) #12-Sam Hornish Jr., 314 -28
    3) #11-Elliott Sadler, 300 -42
    4) #31-Justin Allgaier, 299 -43
    5) #20-Brian Vickers, 293 -49
    6) #3-Austin Dillon, 290 -52
    7) #77-Parker Kligerman, 287 -55
    8) #2-Brian Scott, 284 -58
    9) #99-Alex Bowman #, 258 -84
    10) #32-Kyle Larson #, 248 -94
    See complete standings on the driver standings page (pdf).(5-10-2013)

  • Owner Standings following Darlington are posted (pdf).(5-10-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Darlington: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #79-Fowler, 34th
    Caution 2: #44-Martin, 29th
    Caution 3: #14-McClure, 26th
    Caution 4: #2-Scott, 14th
    (5-10-2013)


QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION
info, news, speeds and links

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Busch on pole at Darlington: #54-Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole for the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway with a speed of 172.584mph. #11-Elliott Sadler will start second. The rest of the top 10: #18-Matt Kenseth, #20-Brian Vickers, #31-Justin Allgaier, #5-Kasey Kahne, #32-Kyle Larson, #3-Austin Dillon, #12-Sam Hornish, Jr., and #6-Trevor Bayne. Did Not Qualify: #47-Jason Bowles & #73-Derrike Cope. The starting lineup is posted on the Darlington starting lineup page (pdf).(5-3-2013)

  • Darlington Qualifying Notes:
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(5-3-2013)

  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Vickers fastest in practice: #20-Brian Vickers was fastest during the only Nationwide Series practice at Darlington Raceway with a speed of 171.124mph. #11-Elliott Sadler was second, followed by:#7-Regan Smith, #3-Austin Dillon, #6-Trevor Bayne, #32-Kyle Larson, #54-Kyle Busch, #18-Matt Kenseth, #2-Brian Scott, and #77-Parker Kligerman. See complete results on the Darlington practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(5-10-2013)

  • Entry List:There are 43 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway. A few notes:
    Michael McDowell returns to the #00;
    Stanton Barrett makes another attempt in the #15;
    Chris Buescher returns to the RFR #16;
    Tanner Berryhill is entered in the #17;
    Matt Kenseth will drive the Gibbs #18;
    Harrison Rhodes will drive the RB3 #23;
    Ty Dillon is back in the RCR #33;
    The #55 Viva Motorsports team is not entered;
    Joey Gase returns to the Jimmy Means #52;
    Derrike Cope is entered in his #73;
    Kyle Fowler will drive the #79 for Go Green.(5-6-2013)
    UPDATE: Danny Efland will drive the #74 for Mike Harmon.(5-9-2013)
    UPDATE 2: Several additional updates to the entry list: Blake Koch moves from the #24 to the #00 and Bryan Silas moves into the #24, Stanton Barrett and the #15 Rick Ware team have withdrawn, Jason Bowles will be in the #47, Kevin Lepage in the #52, and Tony Raines in the #70.(5-9-2013)
    See the complete list on the Darlington entry list page.

  • Nationwide Series in Prime Time at Darlington: The NASCAR Nationwide Series competes under the lights in prime time at historic Darlington Raceway on Friday night, May 10, and ESPN2 will have a live telecast of the 200-mile race. NASCAR Countdown airs at 7 p.m. ET with the race's green flag at 7:45 p.m. Also from Darlington, ESPN2 will televise qualifying earlier that day at 3:30 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is also available on computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.(ESPN)(5-6-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 11 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 6 sets for the event

  • Number of Tires:
    Sprint Cup: Left-side  1,350, Right-side -- 1,350;
    Nationwide: Left-side  475, Right-side -- 475

  • Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4552

  • Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.2 in. (2,215 mm); Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,246 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 Goodyear tire codes at Darlington this week . . . this is the same left-side tire code (D-4392) that teams in these two series ran at Darlington the last two seasons . . . these teams have also run this left-side tire at Texas (including earlier this season), Homestead and Chicagoland in the past . . . this is the first time these teams have run this right-side tire code (D-4552) at Darlington, though they did run it at Charlotte last season and will do so again later this month . . . compared to what was run at Darlington last year, this right-side tire features just a slight construction change to bring it into line with what is run at similar speedways . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test with the Gen-6 car at Darlington on February 5 . . . drivers and teams participating in that test were Carl Edwards in the No. 99 Roush Fenway Ford, Denny Hamlin the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Paul Menard in the No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.and Martin Truex Jr. in the No. 56 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota . . . 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

    Smith Takes Over Top Spot; First Time For JR Motorsports
    After a wild race Saturday evening at Talladega Superspeedway, the points lead in the NASCAR Nationwide Series changed hands for the first time this season.
    Regan Smith was able to wrestle the points lead away from Sam Hornish Jr. with a win in the Aaron’s 312. Hornish finished 25th.
    When the series arrives in Darlington for Friday night’s VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200, Smith will be sporting a 27-point advantage over Hornish. Justin Allgaier (-40), Parker Kligerman (-47) and Elliott Sadler (-47) round out the top five.
    Smith’s position at the top of the points standings is a first for his team JR Motorsports, which first fielded a NASCAR Nationwide team in 2005 and is co-owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. Brad Keselowski, who drove for JRM during part of the 2007 season and all of 2008 and 2009, only got as high as second in the standings during the 2008 season.
    This weekend, Smith hopes to increase his lead over Hornish and the rest of the field at Darlington, where his best finish in four series starts is 12th. The 1.366-mile South Carolina track, however, is the site of his only NSCS win. With eight scheduled laps remaining in the 2011 Southern 500, Smith passed Kasey Kahne for his first lead of the afternoon and remained at the point for the remainder of the race, which was extended three laps for a three-car accident.   
    Eight races into the 2013 season, the New York native has three top-five and six top-10 finishes, and has finished on the lead lap in every race. Smith, who hadn’t competed in the series since running 17 races during the 2007 season, returned to the series in last season’s finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where perhaps as a pre-cursor to this season he reached Victory Lane in his first time behind the wheel of a JR Motorsports Chevrolet.

    Larson Armed And Ready For Darlington
    NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Kyle Larson received some valuable experience and advice recently that could serve him well this weekend at Darlington Raceway.
    Larson, along with Turner Scott Racing teammate Nelson Piquet Jr., participated in a private team test at the egg-shaped oval in April. Although Piquet had raced at the track in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the Darlington test was Larson’s first trip to the Track Too Tough To Tame. 
    “I thought that our test went okay, and it was good to get some laps at a tough track like Darlington,” said Larson, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year leader and driver of the No. 32 Chevrolet. “I got my first Darlington stripe, so maybe I’ll be lucky and have that part out of the way.”
    While there, Larson received advice on how to navigate the challenging track from veteran NASCAR driver Todd Bodine, who won there in 2003.  
    With information from the test and advice from Bodine in hand, Larson is prepared for his first Darlington race and poised to make a run at the top 10 in the standings. He currently sits 12th, 95 points behind leader Regan Smith, and 20 points behind 10th-place driver Trevor Bayne.
    In eight races this season, Larson has a runner-up finish at Bristol and two other top-10 finishes.

    Going Into Darlington, Top 10 Has Different Look
    When comparing the NASCAR Nationwide points standings after Talladega to the same time last year, there is one thing even the most casual of observers will notice  there are plenty of new names in the top 10.
    Going into Friday night’s VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway, there are six drivers present that were not included in last year’s top 10 after the eighth race: Regan Smith (currently first); Parker Kligerman (fourth; -47); Brian Scott (seventh; -51); Brian Vickers (eighth; -53); Alex Bowman (ninth; -74) and Trevor Bayne (10th; -75).
    Of the six drivers, only one of them appeared in the top 10 in the standings at the end of the 2012 season  Scott (ninth). In eight races this season, he has three top-10 finishes.  
    Kligerman and Bowman, who are both running their first seasons in the NNS, are coming off solid performances at Talladega with sixth- and 13th-place finishes, respectively. Kligerman also has two top-five performances. Bowman’s best performance of the season was third in the season opener at Daytona.
    Former 2003 series champion Vickers has a pair of third-place finishes and a fourth, while 2011 Daytona 500 champion Bayne has a pair of fourth-place finishes and a ninth on the season.

    NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
    Milestone Watch: This weekend, Joe Nemechek will make his 400th start in the NNS, joining Kenny Wallace, Jason Keller, Mike Wallace, Tommy Houston and David Green on that list. & Justin Allgaier will attempt to make his 150th NNS start. & The last 10 NNS races at Darlington Raceway have been won by NSCS regulars, going back to Greg Biffle’s victory in March 2004. & Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth will be among the NSCS regulars competing in the race Friday night.

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Countdown to the race: 11/1/2014 ~ 3:46 PM ET

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3:30 pm/et
Sirius Channel 90
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11:10am/et, Saturday, November 1
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