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DATE: Friday, April 11
SITE: Darlington Raceway -- Darlington, S.C.
TRACK: 1.366-mile oval
CAPACITY: 60,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 32nd
TELEVISION: ESPN2
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 8 p.m. (ET)
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, April 11/4:10 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Elliott Sadler
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (finished 1)
LAPS: 147
MILES: 200.8
QUALIFYING RECORD: Carl Edwards, 2008 (176.994 mph)
RACE RECORD: Michael Waltrip, 1992 (138.140 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kyle Busch16Kyle Larson7
2Elliott Sadler27Regan Smith11
3Brian Vickers48Sam Hornish Jr9
4Joey Logano149Kasey Kahne6
5Matt Kenseth310Justin Allgaier5
2013 VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 Facts and Figures
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
POLE WINNER: Kyle Busch (172.584 mph)
Past VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Kyle Busch (1) -- Toyota -- 130.816 mph
2012 -- Joey Logano (5) -- Toyota -- 112.017 mph
2011 -- Kyle Busch (1) -- Toyota -- 119.364 mph
2010 -- Denny Hamlin (1) -- Toyota -- 103.122 mph.
2009 -- Matt Kenseth (6) -- Ford -- 116.596 mph
2008 -- Tony Stewart (3) -- Toyota -- 107.139 mph
2007 -- Denny Hamlin (1) -- Chevrolet -- 92.370 mph
2006 -- Denny Hamlin (1) -- Chevrolet -- 106.999 mph
2005 -- Matt Kenseth (24) -- Ford -- 116.238 mph
2004 -- Greg Biffle (4) -- Ford -- 120.141 mph
2003 -- Todd Bodine (13) -- Chevrolet -- 124.550 mph
2002 -- Jeff Burton (1) -- Ford -- 124.153 mph
2001 -- Jeff Green (13) -- Ford -- 128.742 mph
2000 -- Mark Martin (1) -- Ford --113.519 mph
1999 -- Matt Kenseth (9) -- Chevrolet -- 121.945 mph
1998 -- Bobby Labonte (9) -- Pontiac -- 100.443 mph
1997 -- Randy LaJoie (11) -- Chevrolet -- 115.569 mph
1996 -- Mark Martin (2) -- Ford -- 120.763 mph
1995 -- Larry Pearson (36) -- Chevrolet -- 108.087 mph
1994 -- Mark Martin (1) -- Ford -- 117.965 mph
1993 -- Robert Pressley (7) -- Chevrolet -- 109.197 mph
1992 -- Robert Pressley (2) -- Chevrolet -- 130.982 mph
1991 -- Dale Jarrett (6) -- Pontiac -- 115.551 mph
1990 -- Harry Gant (3) -- Buick -- 129.689 mph
1989 -- Geoffrey Bodine (1) -- Chevrolet -- 118.681 mph
1988 -- Geoffrey Bodine (1) -- Chevrolet -- 115.514 mph
1987 -- Dale Earnhardt (2) -- Chevrolet -- 137.850 mph
1986 -- Darrell Waltrip (5) -- Pontiac --123.423 mph
1985 -- Jack Ingram (11) -- Pontiac -- 108.460 mph
1984 -- Ron Bouchard (1) -- Pontiac -- 97.992 mph.
1983 -- No Spring Race
1982 -- Geoffrey Bodine (3) -- Pontiac -- 129.018 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called TranSouth 200 (1982), Dixie Cup 200 (1984-86), Country
Squire 200 (1987-89), Pontiac 200 (1990-91), Mark III Vans 200
(1992-95), Dura Lube 200 (1996), Diamond Hill 200 (1997), Diamond Hill
300 (1998-99), SunCom 200 (2000-01), Too Tough to Tame 200 (2002),
darlingtonraceway.com 200 (2003), Diamond Hill 200 (2004-06), Diamond
Hill Plywood 200 (2007-09), Royal Purple 200 (2010-11).
 
Past VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Kyle Busch -- 1
2012 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -- 6
2011 -- None -- Weather
2010 -- Denny Hamlin -- 1
2009 -- None -- Weather
2008 -- Carl Edwards -- 43
2007 -- Denny Hamlin -- 1
2006 -- Denny Hamlin -- 1
2005 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 23
2004 -- Kyle Busch -- 17
2003 -- None -- Weather
2002 -- Jeff Burton -- 1
2001 -- Ryan Newman -- 17
2000 -- Mark Martin -- 1
1999 -- Mark Martin -- 39
1998 -- Jeff Burton -- 11
1997 -- Elliott Sadler -- 29
1996 -- Jeff Green -- 11
1995 -- Tim Fedewa -- 23
1994 -- Mark Martin -- 1
1993 -- None -- Weather
1992 -- Mark Martin -- 32
1991 -- Jimmy Hensley -- 6
1990 -- Kenny Wallace -- 8
1989 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 1
1988 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 1
1987 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 2
1986 -- Tim Richmond -- 27
1985 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 29
1984 -- Ron Bouchard -- 1
1983 -- No Spring Race
1982 -- Harry Gant -- 14
Last Race Results
RACE: O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 (April 4)
SITE: Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas
MILES: 300
LAPS: 200
WINNER: Chase Elliott
RUNNER-UP: Kyle Busch
THIRD: Kyle Larson
FOURTH: Kevin Harvick
FIFTH: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
POLE WINNER: Kevin Harvick (finished 4)
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
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.
VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com
2Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Shore Lodge
3Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Yuengling Light Lager
4Jeffrey Earnhardt (Mooresville, NC)Chevrolet/teamjdmotorsports.com
5Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Armour Vienna Sausages
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/AdvoCare
7Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/TaxSlayer.com
9Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, GA)Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts
10Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Toyota/supportmilitary.org
11Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Toyota/Sports Clips
13Matt Carter (Denver, NC)Toyota/TBA
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Toyota/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
16Ryan Reed (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/American Diabetes Assoc.
17Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, OK)Dodge/BWP Bats
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Game Stop
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Snap-On
23Carlos Contreras (Mexico City)Chevrolet/TBA
28J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Dodge/TBA
31Dylan Kwasniewski (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Rockstar
33Cale Conley (Vienna, WV)Chevrolet/Okuma
39Ryan Sieg (Tucker, GA)Chevrolet/RSS Racing
40Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Cartwheel
43Dakoda Armstrong (New Castle, IN)Ford/WinField
44David Starr (Houston, TX)Toyota/Striping Technologies
46Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/RepairableVehicles.com
52Joey Gase (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/TBA
54 *Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Monster Energy
55Todd Bodine (Chemung, NY)Chevrolet/TBA
60Chris Buescher (Prosper, TX)Ford/Mustang 50 Years
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/South Point
70Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/Youtheory
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Dodge/TBA
76Tommy Joe Martins (Como, MS)Ford/TBA
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Chevrolet/TBA
91Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/TriStar Motorsports
93Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Dodge/TBA
99James Buescher (Plano, TX)Toyota/Ruud
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Kyle Busch---6---31162Won---Won
Elliott Sadler------------------3242
Joey Logano------------12------Won4
Matt KensethWon23728Won30------5
Kyle Larson------------------------6
Regan Smith---1912---------------7
Ty Dillon------------------------13
Brian Scott------------202529714
Trevor Bayne---------------16------32
Kevin Harvick---71013---8---------
Chase Elliott---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Kyle Busch - started 36 and finished 2
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kyle Busch
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - finished 2
 
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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