The Darlington (SC) Raceway hosted the Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on Friday night and the Sprint Cup Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Saturday night. The Camping World Truck Series returns to action with the SFP 250 on Friday, May 9 at Kansas Speedway. The latest results on the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR “Home Tracks” are also shown below.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Time Trials: Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Bojangles' Southern 500 with a lap of 183.479 mph. This is the No. 4 Chevrolet SS driver's seventh pole in 474 NSCS races. It is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2014. This is Harvick's first pole in 18 races at Darlington. Aric Almirola set a new track record during Round 2 of qualifying with a lap of 26.705 seconds, 183.479 mph. It is the sixth track record in eight races this year. In the final 12-car round, the No. 43 Ford Fusion driver clocked a third fastest lap.
Did Not Qualify: No. 35 David Reutimann.
Winner:Kevin Harvick won the Bojangles' Southern 500, his 25th victory in 474 NSCS races. This is the No. 4 Chevrolet SS driver's second victory and third top-10 finish in 2014. This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 18 races at Darlington. He becomes the first driver to win from the pole at Darlington since Dale Jarrett in 1997. With two wins, Harvick is now guaranteed to be among the top 15 winners - virtually guaranteeing a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Contingency Awards - (Start, Finish, Points):
-Coors Light Pole Award: Kevin Harvick, #4 183.479 mph (POLE,WINNER,22nd)
-3M Lap Leader: Kevin Harvick, #4 239 Laps
-American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kevin Harvick, #4
-Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Hendrick Engines, #4
-Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Kevin Harvick, #4
-Duralast Brakes "Brake in the Race": Jeff Gordon, #24 (9,7,1st)
-Moog Problem Solver: #48 Jimmie Johnson's C.Chief Chad Knaus, 0.298 secs. (26,3,5th)
-Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap: Jamie McMurray, #1 (6,16,20th)
-Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Kyle Larson, #42 (17,8,14th)
Standings: Jeff Gordon leads the point standings by 1 point over Matt Kenseth.
Top 16 - Chase Contenders (G/L):
1. Jeff Gordon 0
2. Matt Kenseth 0
3. Carl Edwards 0
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2
5. Jimmie Johnson 2
6. Kyle Busch -1
7. Brad Keselowski 1
8. Joey Logano -4
9. Ryan Newman 2
10. Austin Dillon 2
11. Greg Biffle 5
12. Tony Stewart 2
13. Brian Vickers -4
14. Kyle Larson 1
15. Denny Hamlin -2
16. Clint Bowyer 1
Next:Toyota Owners 400, Saturday night, April 26, at Richmond (VA) International Raceway
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NASCAR Nationwide Series
Time Trials: Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 with a lap of 28.314 seconds, 173.681 mph. This is the No. 54 Toyota driver's 37th pole in 277 NNS races. It is his first pole and fifth top-10 NNS start in 2014. This is his third pole in ten NNS races at Darlington Raceway.
Did Not Qualify: None, only 40 entries for 40 spots.
Winner: Chase Elliott won the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200, his second victory in seven NNS races. This is the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro driver's second victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2014. This is his first start ever at Darlington Raceway. Elliott becomes the youngest driver to win two NASCAR Nationwide Series races (18 years, 4 months, 14 days). He leads the Nationwide Series point standings by 13 points over JR Motorsports teammate Regan Smith.
Contingency Awards - (Start, Finish, Points):
-3M Lap Leader: Kyle Busch, #54 84 Laps (POLE,4,NE)
-Coors Light Pole Award: Kyle Busch, #54 173.681 mph
-Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Joe Gibbs Racing Engines, #54
-Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Kyle Larson, #42 (12,6,NE)
-Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Chase Elliott, #9 (2,WINNER,1st)
NE=Not eligible for driver points in this series.
Standings: Chase Elliott leads the point standings by 13 points over Regan Smith.
Top 10 (G/L):
1. Chase Elliott 0
2. Regan Smith 0
3. Elliott Sadler 1
4. Ty Dillon -1
5. Trevor Bayne 0
6. Brian Scott 1
7. Brendan Gaughan -1
8. Dylan Kwasniewski 0
9. James Buescher 0
10. Ryan Reed 0
Next: Toyota Care 250, Friday, April 25 at Richmond (VA) International Raceway.
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Standings:Timothy Peters leads the standings by 0 points over Johnny Sauter. They are tied at 82 points each but Peters has 2 bonus points to Sauter’s 1.
Next: SFP 250, Friday, May 9 at Kansas Speedway
Other Racing Series
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
March 22, ARCA Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway
Winner: Grant Enfinger - Pole: Justin Boston
Points Leader: Grant Enfinger
Next: April 27, Federated Auto Parts ARCA 200 at Salem Speedway (Salem, Indiana)
NASCAR K&N Pro Series-East
March 22, Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway (Easley, SC)
Winner: Ben Rhodes - Pole: Ben Rhodes
Points Leader: Ben Rhodes
Next: April 25, Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway
NASCAR K&N Pro Series-West
March 22, NAPA 150 at Irwindale (CA) Speedway
Winner: Patrick Staropoli - Pole: Brandon McReynolds
Points Leader: Greg Pursley
Next: May 3, KNPSW Stockton at Stockton (CA) 99 Speedway
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
Next: May 18 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series
April 13, RedCo 240 at the Súper Óvalo Chiapas in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico
Winner: Daniel Suarez - Pole: Ruben Pardo
Points Leader: Daniel Suarez
Next: April 27, Regia 240 at the Autódromo Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
April 6, Icebreaker 150 at Thompson (CT) Speedway
Winner: Justin Bonsignore - Pole: Woody Pitkat
Points Leader: Justin Bonsignore
Next: April 27, NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
April 12, Courtyard By Marriott/Pepsi 150 at Langley Speedway (Hampton, VA)
Winner: George Brunnhoelzl III - Pole: Ryan Preece
Points Leader: Andy Seuss
Next: April 19, Bunny Hop 150 at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C.