Kyle Busch won the 31st annual VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 in dominant fashion. It was his fifth win out of 9 races run this season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS). He started on the pole and led 107 of the 147 laps. There have been 13 NNS races won from the pole at Darlington Raceway. Busch was the last driver to do so in May 2011.
This was Busch’s 56th victory in 252 NNS races and his 112th win across the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck series combined.
After the final caution of the evening, Logano led the field to green with Austin Dillon in second and Busch in third. Busch quickly passed Dillon and on lap 129 sailed past Logano to take the lead.
“It starts with having a really good race car,” Busch said. “We unloaded really well and were fast off the truck.”
All the Joe Gibbs Racing entries were strong, placing in four of the top five spots. Elliott Sadler finished second, earning his fourth top-10 finish in 10 races at Darlington Raceway and his fifth top-10 finish this season.
Brian Vickers, Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five in the finishing order. It was the fifth top-10 finish in nine races at Darlington Raceway for Vickers. Kenseth led the second most laps with 27 and Logano led the third most with 8.
The top finishing rookie of the race was Kyle Larson. The sixth place finish brings his total of top-10s this season to four.
Regan Smith, who finished seventh, is the points leader by 28 points over Sam Hornish Jr. Sadler, in third place, trails the leader by 42 points. Justin Allgaier and Vickers are fourth and fifth in the standings.
|Unofficial Race Results|
|VFW 200, Darlington Raceway|
|6||7||32||Kyle Larson #||Chevrolet||38|
|8||9||12||Sam Hornish Jr.||Ford||36|
|16||21||30||Nelson Piquet Jr. #||Chevrolet||28|
|17||13||99||Alex Bowman #||Toyota||27|
|29||34||44||Hal Martin #||Toyota||16|
|30||30||92||Dexter Stacey #||Ford||14|