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

Date: Friday, April 11

Start Time: 8 p.m. (ET)

Site: Darlington Raceway -- Darlington, S.C.

Track: 1.366-mile oval

Laps: 147

Miles: 200.8

Capacity: 60,000 (Grandstand Seating)

Total purse:

Payouts:

Year: 32nd

On TV: ESPN2

Announcers:

On Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio

Race record: Michael Waltrip, 1992 (138.140 mph)

Qualifying record: Carl Edwards, 2008 (176.994 mph)

2013 Finish

Defending champion: Kyle Busch

Runner up: Elliott Sadler

Pole winner: Kyle Busch (172.584 mph)

Top 10:

1. Kyle Busch (Start: 1)

2. Elliott Sadler (2)

3. Brian Vickers (4)

4. Joey Logano (14)

5. Matt Kenseth (3)

6. Kyle Larson (7)

7. Regan Smith (11)

8. Sam Hornish Jr (9)

9. Kasey Kahne (6)

10. Justin Allgaier (5)

Average speed: 130.816 mph

Time of race: 1 hr., 32 mins., 6 secs.

Margin of victory: 0.935 secs.

Caution flags: 4 for 17 laps

Lead changes: 10 among 8 drivers

Past winners

2013 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 130.816 mph

2012 Joey Logano, Toyota, 112.017 mph

2011 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 119.364 mph

2010 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 103.122 mph.

2009 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 116.596 mph

2008 Tony Stewart, Toyota, 107.139 mph

2007 Denny Hamlin, Chevrolet, 92.370 mph

2006 Denny Hamlin, Chevrolet, 106.999 mph

2005 Matt Kenseth, Ford, 116.238 mph

2004 Greg Biffle, Ford, 120.141 mph

2003 Todd Bodine, Chevrolet, 124.550 mph

2002 Jeff Burton, Ford, 124.153 mph

2001 Jeff Green, Ford, 128.742 mph

2000 Mark Martin, Ford, 113.519 mph

1999 Matt Kenseth, Chevrolet, 121.945 mph

1998 Bobby Labonte, Pontiac, 100.443 mph

1997 Randy LaJoie, Chevrolet, 115.569 mph

1996 Mark Martin, Ford, 120.763 mph

1995 Larry Pearson, Chevrolet, 108.087 mph

1994 Mark Martin, Ford, 117.965 mph

1993 Robert Pressley, Chevrolet, 109.197 mph

1992 Robert Pressley, Chevrolet, 130.982 mph

1991 Dale Jarrett, Pontiac, 115.551 mph

1990 Harry Gant, Buick, 129.689 mph

1989 Geoffrey Bodine, Chevrolet, 118.681 mph

1988 Geoffrey Bodine, Chevrolet, 115.514 mph

1987 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 137.850 mph

1986 Darrell Waltrip, Pontiac, 123.423 mph

1985 Jack Ingram, Pontiac, 108.460 mph

1984 Ron Bouchard, Pontiac, 97.992 mph.

1983 , , o Spring Race

1982 Geoffrey Bodine, Pontiac, 129.018 mph

Last race

Race: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 (April 4)

Site: Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas

Miles: 300

Laps: 200

Finish line order: Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Time of Race: 2 hrs., 10 mins., 52 secs.

Average speed: 137.545 mph

Margin of victory: 2.666 secs.

Caution flags: 5 for 26 laps

Lead changes: 14 among 9 drivers

Lap leaders: Harvick 1-87, K. Busch 88-100, Larson 101, Kenseth 102, Yeley Harvick 1-87, K. Busch 88-100, Larson 101, Kenseth 102, Yeley 103-104, Starr 105-106, Sieg 107-108, K. Busch 109-121, Elliott 122, K. Busch 123-134, Elliott 135-154, Earnhardt Jr 155-169, Elliott 170, Harvick 171-184, Elliott 185-200.

Entry list

#01 Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA) Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com

#2 Brian Scott (Boise, ID) Chevrolet/Shore Lodge

#3 Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC) Chevrolet/Yuengling Light Lager

#4 Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC) Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com

#5 Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA) Chevrolet/Armour Vienna Sausages

#6 Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN) Ford/AdvoCare

#7 Regan Smith (Cato, NY) Chevrolet/TaxSlayer.com

#9 Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA) Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts

#10 Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL) Toyota/supportmilitary.org

#11 Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA) Toyota/Sports Clips

#13 Matt Carter (Denver, NC) Toyota/TBA

#14 Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA) Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap

#16 Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA) Ford/American Diabetes Assoc.

#17 Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK) Dodge/BWP Bats

#19 Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR) Toyota/TriStar Motorsports

#20 Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI) Toyota/Game Stop

#22 Joey Logano (Middletown, CT) Ford/Snap-On

#23 Carlos Contreras (Mexico City) Chevrolet/TBA

#28 J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ) Dodge/TBA

#31 Dylan Kwasniewski (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/Rockstar

#33 Cale Conley (Vienna, WV) Chevrolet/Okuma

#39 Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA) Chevrolet/RSS Racing

#40 Josh Wise (Riverside, CA) Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing

#42 Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) Chevrolet/Cartwheel

#43 Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN) Ford/WinField

#44 David Starr (Houston, TX) Toyota/Striping Technologies

#46 Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA) Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing

#51 Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC) Chevrolet/RepairableVehicles.com

#52 Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA) Chevrolet/TBA

#54 * Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV) Toyota/Monster Energy

#55 Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY) Chevrolet/TBA

#60 Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX) Ford/Mustang 50 Years

#62 Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV) Chevrolet/South Point

#70 Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA) Chevrolet/Youtheory

#74 Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL) Dodge/TBA

#76 Tommy Joe Martins (Como, MS) Ford/TBA

#87 Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL) Chevrolet/TBA

#91 Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY) Toyota/TriStar Motorsports

#93 Carl Long (Roxboro, NC) Dodge/TBA

#99 James Buescher (Plano, TX) Toyota/Ruud

Leading contenders

Name 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Kyle Busch --- 6 --- 31 16 2 Won --- Won
Elliott Sadler --- --- --- --- --- --- 3 24 2
Joey Logano --- --- --- --- 12 --- --- Won 4
Matt Kenseth Won 2 37 28 Won 30 --- --- 5
Kyle Larson --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 6
Regan Smith --- 19 12 --- --- --- --- --- 7
Ty Dillon --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 13
Brian Scott --- --- --- --- 20 25 29 7 14
Trevor Bayne --- --- --- --- --- 16 --- --- 32
Kevin Harvick --- 7 10 13 --- 8 --- --- ---
Chase Elliott --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---

Notes

The VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway is the seventh race on 2014 Nationwide Series schedule.

The have been 53 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. Matt Kenseth's three victories there is the most among those drivers on the entry list for this event.

The Nationwide race winner at Darlington has started from the pole 13 times, which is more than any other starting position there. Kyle Busch last did it in 2013.

Jack Roush has the most Nationwide car owner wins at Darlington with 15, followed by Joe Gibbs with eight. A driver from Joe Gibbs Racing has won seven of the last eight Nationwide races at this track, including the previous four.

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.

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

The next race is the April 25 ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Brad Keselowski won last year's event there.



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