NASCAR XFINITY Series Darlington Race Information Page

VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200

Darlington Raceway

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race #24 of 33 for the 2016 season

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Race: Saturday, September 3, 2016 in Darlington, SC

Title Sponsor: SportClips

Race Time: 3:30pm/et

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

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE - REVISED

Times are local to the Track

Thursday, September 1
6:00 PM NXS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, September 2
ALL ACTIVITIES CANCELLED FOR FRIDAY (ALL GARAGES ARE CLOSED)

Saturday, September 3
6:00 AM 4:00 PM NXS REGISTRATION OPEN
6:00 AM NXS GARAGE OPENS
8:00 AM NXS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS
9:00 AM 9:55 AM NXS FINAL PRACTICE
11:45 AM NXS QUALIFYING (CANCELLED, LINE UP PER THE RULEBOOK)
1:15 PM NXS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
3:00 PM NXS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
3:30 PM NXS RACE (147 LAPS, 200.8 MILES)(NBC / MRN / SiriusXM NASCAR)

NXS = XFINITY Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE

RACE INFORMATION

  • Official Darlington race results and standings (pdf)

  • Elliott Sadler wins XFINITY race at Darlington: #1-Elliott Sadler won the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway. It is his 12th XFINITY Series win and 2nd of the year. #18-Denny Hamlin finished second, followed by #19-Daniel Suarez, #42-Kyle Larson, #48-Brennan Poole, #20-Erik Jones, #22-Ryna Blaney, #51-Jeremy Clements, #33-Brandon Jones, and #01-Ryan Preece (his career best finish).
    Pole sitter #2-Paul Menard ran up front most of the race, but had a flat tire late and had to pit under green. He finished 20th.
    There were 3 cautions for 17 laps and 8 lead changes among 6 leaders.
    The average speed was 128.719mph.
    Complete results are on the Darlington race results page (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Darlington Race & Points Report (pdf).(9-3-2016)

  • Darlington XFINITY Race Fast Facts:
    Elliott Sadler won the 34th Annual VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200, his 12th victory in 320 NASCAR XFINITY Series races.
    This is his second victory and 21st top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 13 races at Darlington Raceway.
    Denny Hamlin (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in nine races at Darlington Raceway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2016.
    Daniel Suarez (third) posted his second top-10 finish in two races at Darlington Raceway.
    Brennan Poole (fifth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 54 points over Daniel Suarez.
    (NASCAR Integrated Marketing)(9-3-2016)

  • XFINITY Driver standings following Darlington:
    [12 drivers qualify for the XFINITY Series Chase. 2 more races until the Chase cutoff.]
    1) #1-Elliott Sadler [2 wins], 815
    2) #19-Daniel Suarez [1 win], 761, -54
    3) #7-Justin Allgaier, 750, -65
    4) #3-Ty Dillon, 742, -73
    5) #62-Brendan Gaughan, 732, -83
    6) #20-Erik Jones [3 wins], 713, -102
    7) #48-Brennan Poole, 705, -110
    8) #33-Brandon Jones, 684, -131
    9) #6-Darrell Wallace, Jr., 630, -185
    10) #16-Ryan Reed, 596, -219
    11) #11-Blake Koch, 544, -271
    12) #39-Ryan Sieg, 540, -275
    Currently outside the Chase:
    13) #28-Dakoda Armstrong, 522, -293, -18 pts out of 12th
    14) #51-Jeremy Clements, 514, -301, -26
    15) #4-Ross Chastain, 492, -323, -48
    See complete owner and driver standings on the driver standings(pdf) and owner standings page (pdf).(9-3-2016)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Darlington: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #0-Smithley, 22nd
    Caution 2: #07-Black, Jr., 21st
    Caution 3: None
    (9-3-2016)

QUALIFYING, PRACTICE, AND ENTRY INFORMATION

  • Pit Stall Selections (pdf)
  • Denny Hamlin fastest in XFINITY practice: #18-Denny Hamlin was fastest during the only practice at Darlington Raceway with a speed of 172.644mph. #42-Kyle Larson was second, followed by: #1-Elliott Sadler, #20-Erik Jones, #3-Ty Dillon, #19-Daniel Suarez, #22-Ryan Blaney, #16-Ryan Reed, #7-Justin Allgaier, and #44-J.J. Yeley. All 40 drivers practiced during the session.
    See complete results on the Darlington practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(9-2-2016)

  • Paul Menard on XFINITY pole at Darlington Raceway: #2-Paul Menard will start from the pole for Saturday's VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway after qualifying was canceled and the lineup was set according to the rule book. #18-Denny Hamlin will start 2nd, followed by #1-Elliott Sadler, #22-Ryan Blaney, #19-Daniel Suarez, #88-Kevin Harvick, #7-Justin Allgaier, #3-Ty Dillon, #62-Brendan Gaughan, and #20-Erik Jones.
    Did not qualify: None.
    See the complete starting lineup on the Darlington Starting Lineup page (pdf).(9-1-2016)

  • Darlington XFINITY Entry List: There are now 40 cars on the preliminary entry list for Saturday's VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway. A few notes:
    Carl Long is entered in the #13;
    Todd Peck will drive the #15;
    Denny Hamlin will drive the #18 for Joe Gibbs;
    Ryan Blaney returns to the Penske #22;
    Ryan Ellis is entered in the Rick Ware #25;
    Kevin Harvick will be in the #88 for JR Motorsports.
    No currently listed, but expected to be added: #70-Derrike Cope, #97-TBA.(8-27-2015)
    UPDATE: #70-Derrike Cope, #89-Morgan Shepherd, #77-TBA & #97-TBA have been added. There are now 40 on the entry list.
    UPDATE: Josh Berry will drive the #97.(9-2-2016)
    UPDATE: The #77 team withdrew. The #72 team with John Jackson was added.(9-3-2016)
    See the complete list on the Darlington Raceway entry list page.

GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Xfinity: 8 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4692; Right-side -- D-4694

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.24 in. (2,216 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.35 in. (2,244 mm)

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 21 psi; Left Rear - 19 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 is the first time these teams have run either of these two tire codes at Darlington, though they did run each at a different track earlier this season - left-side (D-4692) at Dover and right-side (D-4694) at Charlotte . . . compared to what was run at Darlington last season, this left-side tire features a construction change to bring it into line with what is run at other speedways . . . like at Darlington 2015, this right-side tire 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 . . . the difference from last year is a compound change on the outboard to give the cars more grip . . . 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 support of Darlington's throwback initiative, the tires run at this weekend's races will feature different sidewall markings . . . replacing the yellow Goodyear Eagle lettering that became standard in 1992 is a white, stencil-look design that harkens back to the 1980s.

NASCAR NEWS & NOTES

    Ready. Set. Chase: Just Three Races Remain
    It’s almost Chase time, and the pressure continues to mount for drivers who have not clinched a spot in the inaugural NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. Only three races remain in the regular season, including this weekend’s event at the historic Darlington Raceway, Saturday’s VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 (3:30 p.m. ET on NBC).

    A total of six drivers have clinched a spot in the Chase. Three Chase contenders have clinched by winning - Joe Gibbs Racing’s Erik Jones has three wins (Bristol, Dover and Iowa), JR Motorsport’s driver Elliott Sadler has one win (Talladega) and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Daniel Suarez also has one win (Michigan).

    Three winless drivers have clinched their Chase position on points - JR Motorsports driver Justin Allgaier, currently third in points, and Richard Childress Racing teammates Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan who are currently fourth and fifth in the series standings, respectively. Each have accumulated enough points to make the Chase no matter what happens in the next three races.

    That leaves positions seven through 12 in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase up for grabs. This season the series has seen three first-time winners: Michael McDowell (Road America), Justin Marks (Mid-Ohio) and Daniel Suarez (Michigan). But in the 55 series races run at Darlington, only three drivers have posted their first series career win at the track “Too Tough To Tame” - Ron Bouchard (1984), Neil Bonnett (1983) and Geoff Bodine (1982).

    Chase Bubble: Ryan Sieg Sits In Final Coveted Spot
    With drivers in positions seventh through 12th in points not locked in to the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase, the next three races are their final opportunities to perform well enough to secure their spots in the playoffs. While every position is feeling the pressure, Ryan Sieg in the 12th position, the final Chase spot, must be feeling like he is in the ‘hot seat’ with drivers Dakoda Armstrong (-15), Jeremy Clements (-33) and Ross Chastain (-34) just outside his rear fender.

    Sieg drives for his family’s team, Ryan Sieg Racing, in the No. 39 Chevrolet Camaro. He is having one of the best seasons of his NASCAR XFINITY Series career, posting an average finish of 18.7; including one top five and two top 10s. Sieg has been inside the top 12 in points since Texas back in April.

    JGL Racing’s Dakoda Armstrong took advantage of Ross Chastain’s misfortune of engine problems last weekend at Road America when he jumped from 14th to 13th in the standings. He is now just 15 points behind Sieg. Armstrong’s fifth top-15 finish of the season put him within striking distance of the Chase. Much like Sieg, Armstrong is having the best season of his career, posting an average finish of 19.3; including his series career-best finish of fifth at Iowa back in July.

    Jeremy Clements and Ross Chastain both will need help from their competitors ahead of them in the standings to overcome the +30 points they are behind the Chase cutoff.  But their deficit isn’t insurmountable. Clements has posted an average finish of 20.4 in 2016 and Chastain has an average finish of 20.3 this season.

    All four drivers on the Chase bubble competed at Darlington, Richmond and Chicago last season and posted the following average finish during those three races - Ross Chastain (13.7), Ryan Sieg (17.3), Dakoda Armstrong (18.0) and Jeremy Clements (24.7). 

    South Carolina Charm Runs Deep In The Series
    The NASCAR XFINITY Series has hosted 70 races among three tracks in the state of South Carolina - Darlington Raceway hosted 55 races (Darlington), Rambi Race Track hosted 13 (Myrtle Beach) and Greenville-Pickens Speedway had two (Greenville). The very first NASCAR XFINITY Series race held in the state of South Carolina was at Darlington Raceway on April 3, 1982, the fifth event in the series’ inaugural season. The race was won by Geoff Bodine in a Pontiac.

    A total of 134 drivers who have made at least one start in a NASCAR national series event have their home state recorded as South Carolina. Of the 134 drivers from South Carolina, only 27 have made a start in the NASCAR XFINITY Series; led by Jason Keller (Greenville) with 520 starts - second-most all-time in the series.

    Of the 27 drivers from South Carolina who competed in the series, only four won races - Larry Pearson (Spartanburg) had 15 wins, Jason Keller (Greenville) 10 wins, Butch Lindley (Greenville) six wins and David Pearson (Spartanburg) one win. Larry Pearson (Darlington 1995 and Myrtle Beach 1995) and Butch Lindley (Greenville-Pickens) are the only two drivers to win in their home state of South Carolina in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Additionally, Larry Pearson is the only South Carolina native to win a NASCAR XFINITY Series championship. He boasts two series crowns (1987 and 1986).

    Two drivers from South Carolina have competed this season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series - Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg) and Jordan Anderson (Forest Acres). 

    Owners’ Chase Is Taking Shape
    With several teams in the NASCAR XFINITY Series running multiple drivers this season, the hunt for the owner’s title can look quite different than that of the series driver point standings most people are familiar with. Keeping that in mind, let’s take a look at the seven teams that have locked themselves in the owner NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase on wins.

    The top seed will belong to the Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota Camry team led by crew chief Chris Gayle with nine wins this season. JGR has fielded eight drivers in the No. 18 this season - Kyle Busch, Matt Tifft, Denny Hamlin, Owen Kelly, Bobby Labonte, Dakoda Armstrong, David Ragan and Sam Hornish Jr.

    The second seed will be held by Richard Childress Racing’s No. 2 Chevrolet Camaro team led by crew chiefs Danny Stockman, Justin Alexander and Gil Martin with a combined total of three wins this season. RCR has fielded five drivers in the No. 2 this season - Austin Dillon, Paul Menard, Michael McDowell, Ben Kennedy and Sam Hornish Jr.

    The third seed will be Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry team with Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Erik Jones and crew chief Christopher Gabehart. The tandem has posted three wins this season.

    Seed number four is currently occupied by JR Motorsport’s No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro team led by crew chiefs David Elenz and Ryan Pemberton with two wins this season. JRM has fielded eight drivers in the No. 88 this season - Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Cole Custer, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kenny Habul, Josh Berry and Regan Smith. 

    The fifth seed belongs to Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro team led by crew chief Mike Shiplett with two wins in 2016. CGR has fielded two drivers this season in the No. 42 - Justin Marks and Kyle Larson.

    The sixth seed will be JR Motorsports No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro team led by crew chief Kevin Meendering with driver Elliott Sadler. The pair has posted one win this season (Talladega).

    In the seventh seed sits Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 19 Toyota Camry team led by crew chief Scott Graves with driver Daniel Suarez. Suarez got his first series win at Michigan earlier this season.

    The remaining five winless teams currently seeded in the owner NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase following Road America are: 8.) No. 22 Team Penske Ford Fusion, 9.) No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, 10.) No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro, 11.) No. 62 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro, 12.) No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Camaro. 

    Denny Hamlin Returns To Defend His Win At The Lady In Black
    Joe Gibbs Racing has tapped Denny Hamlin to drive the No. 18 Toyota Camry this weekend at Darlington Raceway. Hamlin is the defending winner and he will be looking to win consecutive races at Darlington for the second time in his series career. He first accomplished the feat in 2006-2007.

    Hamlin is one of eight drivers to win consecutive races at Darlington; the other seven are Ron Bouchard, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt, Harry Gant, Dale Jarrett, Mark Martin and Jeff Burton.

    Hamlin has made eight series starts at Darlington, winning four races, all from the pole. He has been so good at Darlington his average finish for those eight starts is 2.9.

    The No. 18 team is currently tied with the No. 20 JGR team of 2008 and the No. 18 JGR team of 2009 for the fourth most wins by a single team in a single season with nine victories. The series record is 13 wins by the No. 18 JGR team in 2010.

    NASCAR XFINITY Series Etc.:
    2016 Season Quick Stats - The 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series season has seen 14 different winners, including three first-time winners (Michael McDowell, Justin Marks and Daniel Suarez). Kyle Busch leads the series in wins this season with seven. There have been 10 different Coors Light pole winners this season as well, led by Erik Jones with a series rookie record seven poles. ...

    Top Five Average Finish At Darlington - Among active drivers entered this weekend these are the top five in average finish: Denny Hamlin (2.9), Daniel Suarez (3.0), Kyle Larson (6.3), Justin Allgaier (9.8) and Ross Chastain (10.0). ...

    Double Dipping - Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, Matt DiBenedetto, Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick and last weekend’s Sprint Cup winner at Michigan Kyle Larson are all scheduled to compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race this Saturday. ...

    Milestones - Kevin Harvick will tie Randy LaJoie for 13th on the NASCAR XFINITY Series all-time starts list with 333 series starts. Harvick has the most series starts among active drivers. ... Erik Jones will make his 50th NASCAR XFINITY Series career start this weekend at Darlington. ... Denny Hamlin can tie Joe Nemechek and Jeff Green for 17th on the series all-time wins’ list if he wins this weekend for his 16th victory. 

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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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