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VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200

Darlington Raceway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #24 of 33 for the 2015 season

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Race: Saturday, September 5, 2015 in Darlington, SC

Title Sponsor: Great Clips

Race Time: 3:30pm/et

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:46pm/et

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Times are local to the Track (Eastern Time)

Thursday, September 3rd
6:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, September 4th
9:30 AM-5:30 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
10:00 AM-8:00 PM NXS GARAGE OPEN
10:30 AM NXS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:00 PM-1:55 PM NXS PRACTICE
3:00 PM-4:25 PM NXS FINAL PRACTICE
5:00 PM NXS INSPECTION BEGINS

Saturday, September 5th
9:00 AM-4:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
9:30 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
11:45 AM NXS QUALIFYING
1:15 PM NXS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING (NSCS MEETING TENT )
3:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTION
3:30 PM NXS RACE (147 LAPS, 200.8 MILES)

NXS = XFINITY Series
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RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Darlington Raceway race results and standings (pdf)

  • Denny Hamlin wins XFINITY race at Darlington Raceway: #20-Denny Hamlin won the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway. Hamlin started from the pole. #54-Kyle Busch finished second, followed by #18-Daniel Suarez, #88-Kevin Harvick, #60-Chris Buescher, #22-Joey Logano, #42-Kyle Larson, #01-Landon Cassill, #7-Regan Smith, and #4-Ross Chastain.
    Suarez stayed out late to try to save gas to the end. He made it, but was passed by Hamlin with 3 laps to go. Hamlin pitted earlier for fuel and fresh tires.
    There were 2 cautions for 8 laps and 7 lead changes among 3 leaders.
    The average speed was 141.336mph, which is a record for the Darlington race.
    Complete results are on the Darlington Raceway race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Darlington Raceway Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-5-2015)

  • Darlington Raceway XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Denny Hamlin(i) won the 33rd Annual VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200, his 14th victory in 152 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his third victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his fourth victory and eighth top-10 finish in eight races at Darlington Raceway.
    Kyle Busch(i) (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 11 races at Darlington Raceway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2015.
    Daniel Suarez (third) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Chris Buescher leads the point standings by 29 points over Ty Dillon.
    Hamlin's win was a Darlington race record 141.336 mph.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-5-2015)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Darlington Raceway:
    1) #60-Chris Buescher, 874
    2) #3-Ty Dillon, 845, -29
    3) #9-Chase Elliott, 839, -35
    4) #7-Regan Smith, 820, -54
    5) #1-Elliott Sadler, 783, -91
    6) #6-Darrell Wallace Jr., 766, -108
    7) #18-Daniel Suarez, 759, -115
    8) #2-Brian Scott, 755, -119
    9) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 736, -138
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 652, -222
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(9-5-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Darlington Raceway: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #44-Starr, 22nd
    Caution 2: #16-Reed, 23rd
    (9-5-2015)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Hamlin on XFINITY pole at Darlington Raceway: >#20-Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light pole for the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway with a speed of 171.704mph. #18-Daniel Suarez will start second. The rest of the top 10: #42-Kyle Larson, #22-Joey Logano, #33-Paul Menard, #62-Brendan Gaughan, #9-Chase Elliott, #7-Regan Smith, #88-Kevin Harvick, #60-Chris Buescher.
    #33-Menard was fastest during the first two rounds.
    Did Not Qualify: none. The starting lineup is posted on the Darlington Raceway starting lineup page (pdf).(9-5-2015)

  • Darlington Raceway XFINITY Qualifying Notes:
    Denny Hamlin(i) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 33rd Annual VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 with a lap of 28.640 seconds, 171.704 mph.
    This is his 20th pole in 152 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his fourth pole and seventh top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his fourth pole in eight races at Darlington Raceway.
    Daniel Suarez (second) posted his 19th top-10 start of 2015.
    Kyle Larson(i) (third) posted his second top-10 start at Darlington Raceway. It is his seventh in nine races this season.
    Suarez (second) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-5-2015)

  • Qualifying Results (pdf)
  • Qualifying Rules
  • Qualifying Order (pdf)
  • Joey Logano fastest in happy hour: #22-Joey Logano was quickest during happy hour for the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 with a speed of 166.676mph. He was followed by: #54-Kyle Busch, #3-Ty Dillon, #42-Kyle Larson, #18-Daniel Suarez, #33-Paul Menard, #20-Denny Hamlin, #1-Elliott Sadler, #9-Chase Elliott, and #88-Kevin Harvick. 37 drivers participated in the session. See complete results on the Darlington Raceway practice 2 speeds page (pdf).(9-4-2015)

  • Kyle Busch fastest in first practice: #54-Kyle Busch was fastest during opening practice at Darlington Raceway with a speed of 167.379mph. #20-Denny Hamlin was second, followed by: #33-Paul Menard, #22-Joey Logano, #3-Ty Dillon, #88-Kevin Harvick, #28-J.J. Yeley, #7-Regan Smith, #1-Elliott Sadler, and #2-Brian Scott. 35 drivers practiced during the session. See complete results on the Darlington Raceway practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-4-2015)

  • XFINITY Entry List: There are 39 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway. A few notes:
    Josh Reaume will drive the #13;
    Carlos Contreras returns to the #15;
    John Wes Townley returns to the #25;
    Timmy Hill is entered in the #26;
    Carl Long is entered in the #40;
    Kyle Busch will be in the #54;
    The #97 is TBA.(8-29-2015)
    UPDATE: TJ Bell will drive the #26 for JGL Racing.(8-31-2015)
    UPDATE: Todd Bodine will drive the #90.(9-1-2015)
    UPDATE: BJ McLeod will be in the #13, the #17 has been added with Ryan Ellis, Parker Kligerman will drive the #97.(9-4-2015)
    See the complete list on the Darlington Raceway entry list page.

  • XFINITY Qualifying procedure for 2015: In the NASCAR XFINITY Series, cars starting in positions 1-33 will be determined by their fastest single lap during qualifying in descending order with the fastest qualifier starting first. The next six positions will first be assigned to the highest ranking cars in owner points that have attempted all of the races, have not already earned a starting position through qualifying and have entered the event by the posted entry deadline. The final starting position will be awarded to the most recent eligible past champion driver. If there is no eligible past champion driver, then a seventh car will make the field based upon owner points.
    Prior to this enhancement, the top 30 cars in owner points were guaranteed a starting spot in each event. Now, a maximum of seven cars will be locked into a given NASCAR XFINITY Series race. If a qualifying session is cancelled because of inclement weather, the field will be set per the rule book with starting lineups determined by practice speeds.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Xfinity: 6 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4392; Right-side -- D-4640

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.32 in. (2,218 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

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

  • Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Xfinity and Sprint Cup Series will run completely different tire set-ups at Darlington this weekend . . . in Xfinity, this left-side tire code (D-4392) has been run at this track since 2011 . . . this is the first time these teams have run this right-side tire code (D-4640) at Darlington, though they did run it earlier this season at Charlotte . . . this right-side is one of Goodyear's multi-zone tread tires, which combines two distinct tread compounds on the same tire -- the inboard two inches being slightly tougher to withstand more heat and wear on the part of the tire that sees the most abuse, while the outboard 10 inches is designed to give the cars more grip . . . this tire set-up came out of a Goodyear test at Darlington on June 9-10 with Sprint Cup drivers Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman . . . 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.

  • Throwback Tires: In keeping with NASCAR's throwback efforts and the return of the Darlington event to its traditional spot on the schedule on Labor Day weekend, these tires will feature different sidewall markings . . . replacing the yellow Goodyear lettering that became standard in 1992 is a white, stencil-look design that harkens back to the mid-1970s.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Dash 4 Cash Final Round Culminates At Darlington

    Largely consider a success amongst the competitors, the fourth and final round of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash program will be held this Saturday, Sept. 5 at Darlington Raceway in the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 (NBC at 3:30 p.m. ET). The four drivers competing for the final $100,000 cash bonus in the Dash 4 Cash finale are Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Daniel Suarez, Richard Childress Racing teammates Brian Scott and Ty Dillon, and JR Motorsports driver and 2014 series champion Chase Elliott.  

    Elliott is the defending winner of last season’s race at Darlington and is still looking for his first victory this season.

    Scott has made six series starts at Darlington posting one top 10 and an average finish of 17.7. His best finish at Darlington in the NXS was seventh in 2012.

    Dillon has made two starts at Darlington posting a best finish of 10th last season.

    Suarez’s will make his series track debut at Darlington Raceway.

    There’s also a special program attached to this one race: One fan will be randomly paired with each of the four Dash 4 Cash drivers. Whichever driver wins the D4C bonus, that accompanying fan will also with $100,000 from XFINITY. The four fans who won the sweepstakes to participate: Desiree Amadeo from Lunenburg, Mass.; Kurt Kolstad from Alexandria, Minn.; Catherine Sanders from New Braunfels, Texas; Daniel Clifford from Hauppauge, New York.

    NXS Teams Take Part In Darlington Throwback Weekend With Paint Schemes

    Several of the NASCAR XFINITY Series teams have opted to go with throwback-themed paint schemes this weekend at Darlington Raceway. One such example is Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford team, who happens to be leading the NASCAR XFINITY Series car owner standings by 86 points over its nearest competitor. 

    Team Penske’s No. 22 Ford will have a new paint scheme that will be an ode to the famed Hertz / Shelby GT350H “Rent-A-Racer” program from the 1960s, and will feature a black scheme with gold racing stripes. 

    Driver Joey Logano will pilot the fashionably decorated Ford this weekend.  Logano has made four starts at Darlington, posting one win (2012), three top fives and an average finish of 5.5.

    “I’m pretty excited to run this special Hertz paint scheme,” said Logano, a four-time NASCAR XFINITY Series winner this season. “Anytime you can get behind the wheel of a car that has a new look to it, people take notice.”

    Defending Winner Elliott Returns To ‘The Lady In Black’ For Another Dance

    Leaping to second in the series standings following his ninth top five of the season last weekend, Chase Elliott heads back to Darlington Raceway, famously known as ‘The Lady In Black’ for a repeat dance for which Elliott intends to result in another victory. 

    Elliott’s performance last season was career defining. It was his second consecutive win of his 2014 rookie season, and he outraced some of the best in the business throughout the day ultimately passing veteran Elliott Sadler on the final lap, much to his chagrin. The win confirmed Elliott’s driving prowess and set the course for what resulted in a championship year for the 19 year old.  

    This season, Elliott rests 16 points behind series standings leader Chris Buescher, but is still looking for his first victory of 2015. In 23 starts, he has posted nine top fives and a series leading 19 top 10s. His average finish this season is an 8.9 - third-best among championship contenders.

    Expect Elliott to continue to close on Buescher in the points over the next five tracks (Darlington, Richmond, Chicago, Kentucky and Dover) because Elliott (5.3) has better combined average finish at those venues than Buescher (12.0).

    RFR’s Buescher Righting The Ship Late In The Season

    For the third consecutive race, Roush Fenway Racing driver Chris Buescher’s NASCAR XFINITY Series points lead has dwindled. Buescher now holds a 16-point lead over second-place Chase Elliott and 19 points over third-place Ty Dillon. This weekend the 22-year-old series standings leader needs to right the ship for the final stretch of the season. 

    Buescher’s performance at Darlington last season determined purely by start and finish would be misleading. The pilot of the No. 60 Ford started sixth and ran in the top 10 for the first 60 laps until he was caught in a multi-car accident relegating him several laps down and causing him to finish 34th.

    This weekend, look for Buescher to rebound from his 2014 Darlington performance.  In the first 23 races of last season, Buescher finished outside the top 15 in five races (excluding Darlington) at those same tracks (Bristol, Texas, Road America, Kentucky and Watkins Glen) this season he has posted a positive place differential, bettering his finish in comparison to last year on average by 14.6 positions.  

    10 To Go: Dillon Is Still In This Championship Quest

    Despite dropping to third in the standings following his seventh consecutive top-10 finish, Ty Dillon is still right in the thick of the championship hunt with 10 races to go.

    Dillon is 19 points behind series standings leader Chris Buescher and just three points behind second-place Chase Elliott.

    Dillon heads to Darlington for the third time in his career this weekend. Dillon’s previous two starts saw one top 10 and an average finish of 11.5 at the famed 1.37-mile track.

    Dillon’s 19-point deficit is not insurmountable. In 2012, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was 19 points back from the standings leader following the 23rd race of the season and came back to win the title that year.

    Sunoco Rookie Update: Wallace Displays Skills At Road America, Closes In On Suarez In The Points

    Darrell Wallace Jr. tied his best finish of the season (fifth) this past weekend at Road America and closed the gap between himself and Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings leader Daniel Suarez to 20 points.

    Wallace has posted two top fives, nine top 10s and an average finish of 12.3 in 2015.

    This will be both Wallace and Suarez’s series track debut at Darlington Raceway this weekend.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:

    Big Name Stars To Watch - This weekend at Darlington Raceway there will be several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars competing in the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 - Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and last weekend’s Road America winner Paul Menard.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series in South Carolina - The NASCAR XFINITY Series has run 69 races among three tracks (Darlington Raceway 54, Rambi Race Track 13 and Greenville-Pickens Speedway 2) in the state of South Carolina. The first NASCAR XFINITY Series race in South Carolina was at Darlington Raceway in 1982 and the event was won by Geoff Bodine (Pontiac, 129.018 mph).

    South Carolina Drivers - A total of 133 drivers that have competed in a NASCAR national series race have their home state recorded as South Carolina. Of the 133 South Carolina drivers, 27 have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Of the 27 South Carolina drivers that have competed in the NASCAR XFINITY Series only four have won on the circuit - Larry Pearson (15 wins), Jason Keller (10), Butch Lindley (6) and NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson (1). Of the four, only Larry Pearson has won at Darlington (1995) in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

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Countdown to the race: 02/25/2017 ~ 3:49 PM ET

Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL

Saturday, February 25
TV: FS1
3:30 pm/et
SiriusXM NASCAR
Motor Racing Network

Qualifying:
10:30am/et, Saturday, February 25
Fox Sports 1

Practices:
12:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1
2:00pm/et, Fri, Feb 24, TV-FS1

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