2014 VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200

Seventh race of the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series
2014 VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200
Race details
Race 7 of 33 of the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series
Date April 11, 2014
Official name 32nd Annual VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200
Location Darlington, South Carolina, Darlington Raceway
Course Permanent racing facility
1.366 mi (2.198 km)
Distance 147 laps, 200.802 mi (323.159 km)
Scheduled Distance 147 laps, 200.802 mi (323.159 km)
Average speed 113.751 miles per hour (183.064 km/h)
Pole position
Driver
  • Kyle Busch
Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 28.314
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 84
Winner
No. 9 Chase Elliott JR Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network ESPN2
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree
Radio in the United States
Radio Motor Racing Network
Motor car race

The 2014 VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 was the seventh stock car race of the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, and the 32nd iteration of the event. The race was held on Friday, April 11, 2014, in Darlington, South Carolina, at Darlington Raceway, a 1.366 miles (2.198 km) permanent egg-shaped oval racetrack. The race took the scheduled 147 laps to complete. On the final restart with two to go, Chase Elliott, rookie for JR Motorsports, would manage to charge from sixth to first, passing for the lead on the final turn to win his second career NASCAR Nationwide Series victory and his second win of the season.[1] To fill out the podium, Elliott Sadler and Matt Kenseth, both driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, would finish second and third, respectively.

Background

The layout of Darlington Raceway, the venue where the race was held.

The race was held at Darlington Raceway, which is a race track built for NASCAR racing located in Darlington, South Carolina. It is nicknamed "The Lady in Black" and "The Track Too Tough to Tame" by many NASCAR fans and drivers and advertised as "A NASCAR Tradition." It is of a unique, somewhat egg-shaped design, an oval with the ends of very different configurations, a condition which supposedly arose from the proximity of one end of the track to a minnow pond the owner refused to relocate. This situation makes it very challenging for the crews to set up their cars' handling in a way that will be effective at both ends.

Entry list

  • (R) denotes rookie driver.
  • (i) denotes driver who is ineligible for series driver points.
# Driver Team Make Sponsor
01 Landon Cassill JD Motorsports Chevrolet SEM Products
2 Brian Scott Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Shore Lodge
3 Ty Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Yuengling Light Lager
4 Jeffrey Earnhardt JD Motorsports Chevrolet JD Motorsports
5 Kevin Harvick (i) JR Motorsports Chevrolet Armour Vienna Sausage
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford AdvoCare
7 Regan Smith JR Motorsports Chevrolet TaxSlayer
9 Chase Elliott (R) JR Motorsports Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts
10 Blake Koch TriStar Motorsports Toyota SupportMilitary.org
11 Elliott Sadler Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Sport Clips Haircuts
13 Matt Carter MBM Motorsports Toyota Headrush
14 Eric McClure TriStar Motorsports Toyota Hefty Ultimate
16 Ryan Reed (R) Roush Fenway Racing Ford Lilly Diabetes
17 Tanner Berryhill (R) Vision Racing Dodge BWP Bats
19 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports Toyota TriStar Motorsports
20 Matt Kenseth (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota GameStop, Call of Duty: Ghosts
22 Joey Logano (i) Team Penske Ford Snap-on
23 Carlos Contreras Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet Voli Vodka
28 J. J. Yeley JGL Racing Dodge JGL Racing
31 Dylan Kwasniewski (R) Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet AccuDoc Solutions, Rockstar
33 Cale Conley (i) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Okuma
39 Ryan Sieg (R) RSS Racing Chevrolet RSS Racing
40 Josh Wise (i) The Motorsports Group Chevrolet The Motorsports Group
42 Kyle Larson (i) Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet Cartwheel by Target
43 Dakoda Armstrong (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford WinField United
44 David Starr TriStar Motorsports Toyota Striping Technologies
46 Matt DiBenedetto The Motorsports Group Chevrolet The Motorsports Group
51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet RepairableVehicles.com
52 Joey Gase Jimmy Means Racing Chevrolet Jimmy Means Racing
54 Kyle Busch (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Monster Energy
55 Todd Bodine (i) Viva Motorsports Chevrolet Viva Motorsports
60 Chris Buescher (R) Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang 50 Years
62 Brendan Gaughan Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa
70 Derrike Cope Derrike Cope Racing Chevrolet Youtheory
74 Mike Harmon Mike Harmon Racing Dodge Mike Harmon Racing
76 Tommy Joe Martins (R) Martins Motorsports Dodge Martins Motorsports
87 Kevin Lepage JD Motorsports Chevrolet JD Motorsports
91 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Toyota TriStar Motorsports
93 Mike Wallace JGL Racing Dodge Unker's, Put On The Brakes
99 James Buescher RAB Racing Toyota Ruud
Official entry list

Practice

First practice

The first practice session was held on Thursday, April 10, at 1:00 PM EST. The session lasted for one hour.[2] Joey Logano, driving for Team Penske, would set the fastest time in the session, with a lap of 29.033 and an average speed of 169.380 miles per hour (272.591 km/h).[3]

Pos. # Driver Team Make Time Speed
1 22 Joey Logano (i) Team Penske Ford 29.033 169.380
2 54 Kyle Busch (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 29.150 168.700
3 42 Kyle Larson (i) Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet 29.165 168.613
Full first practice results

Final practice

The final practice session, sometimes referred to as Happy Hour, was held on Thursday, April 10, at 2:30 PM EST. The session lasted for one hour and 30 minutes.[2] Chris Buescher, driving for Roush Fenway Racing, would set the fastest time in the session, with a lap of 28.865 and an average speed of 170.365 miles per hour (274.176 km/h).[4]

Pos. # Driver Team Make Time Speed
1 60 Chris Buescher (R) Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.865 170.365
2 54 Kyle Busch (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 29.140 168.758
3 3 Ty Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 29.190 168.469
Full Happy Hour practice results

Qualifying

Qualifying was held on Friday, April 11, at 4:10 PM EST.[2] Since Darlington Raceway is at least 1.25 miles (2.01 km) in length, the qualifying system was a multi-car system that included three rounds. The first round was 25 minutes, where every driver would be able to set a lap within the 25 minutes. Then, the second round would consist of the fastest 24 cars in Round 1, and drivers would have 10 minutes to set a lap. Round 3 consisted of the fastest 12 drivers from Round 2, and the drivers would have 5 minutes to set a time. Whoever was fastest in Round 3 would win the pole.[5]

Kyle Busch, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, would win the pole after setting a time of 28.314 and an average speed of 173.681 mph (279.512 km/h) in the third round.[6]

No drivers would fail to qualify.

Full qualifying results

Pos. # Driver Team Make Time (R1) Speed (R1) Time (R2) Speed (R2) Time (R3) Speed (R3)
1 54 Kyle Busch (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota -* -* -* -* 28.314 173.681
2 9 Chase Elliott (R) JR Motorsports Chevrolet -* -* -* -* 28.352 173.448
3 20 Matt Kenseth (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota -* -* -* -* 28.408 173.106
4 5 Kevin Harvick (i) JR Motorsports Chevrolet -* -* -* -* 28.647 171.662
5 3 Ty Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet -* -* -* -* 28.716 171.249
6 60 Chris Buescher (R) Roush Fenway Racing Ford -* -* -* -* 28.771 170.922
7 2 Brian Scott Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet -* -* -* -* 28.782 170.857
8 7 Regan Smith JR Motorsports Chevrolet -* -* -* -* 28.830 170.572
9 11 Elliott Sadler Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota -* -* -* -* 28.879 170.283
10 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford -* -* -* -* 28.990 169.631
11 33 Cale Conley (i) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet -* -* -* -* 29.113 168.914
12 42 Kyle Larson (i) Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet -* -* -* -* 37.223 132.112
Eliminated in Round 2
13 62 Brendan Gaughan Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet -* -* 28.955 169.836 - -
14 39 Ryan Sieg (R) RSS Racing Chevrolet -* -* 28.963 169.789 - -
15 22 Joey Logano (i) Team Penske Ford -* -* 29.005 169.543 - -
16 01 Landon Cassill JD Motorsports Chevrolet -* -* 29.131 168.810 - -
17 31 Dylan Kwasniewski (R) Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet -* -* 29.167 168.602 - -
18 16 Ryan Reed (R) Roush Fenway Racing Ford -* -* 29.178 168.538 - -
19 40 Josh Wise (i) The Motorsports Group Chevrolet -* -* 29.180 168.526 - -
20 19 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports Toyota -* -* 29.203 168.394 - -
21 51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet -* -* 29.297 167.853 - -
22 99 James Buescher RAB Racing Toyota -* -* 29.363 167.476 - -
23 28 J. J. Yeley JGL Racing Dodge -* -* 29.370 167.436 - -
24 44 David Starr TriStar Motorsports Toyota -* -* 29.578 166.259 - -
Eliminated in Round 1
25 43 Dakoda Armstrong (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 29.512 166.631 - - - -
26 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt JD Motorsports Chevrolet 29.532 166.518 - - - -
27 93 Mike Wallace JGL Racing Dodge 29.562 166.349 - - - -
28 17 Tanner Berryhill (R) Vision Racing Dodge 29.582 166.236 - - - -
29 55 Todd Bodine (i) Viva Motorsports Chevrolet 29.589 166.197 - - - -
30 14 Eric McClure TriStar Motorsports Toyota 29.679 165.693 - - - -
31 87 Kevin Lepage JD Motorsports Chevrolet 29.802 165.009 - - - -
32 52 Joey Gase Jimmy Means Racing Chevrolet 29.896 164.490 - - - -
33 46 Matt DiBenedetto The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 30.041 163.696 - - - -
34 76 Tommy Joe Martins (R) Martins Motorsports Dodge 30.084 163.462 - - - -
35 70 Derrike Cope Derrike Cope Racing Chevrolet 30.395 161.790 - - - -
36 23 Carlos Contreras Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 30.579 160.816 - - - -
37 13 Matt Carter MBM Motorsports Toyota 30.638 160.507 - - - -
38 91 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Toyota 30.659 160.397 - - - -
39 74 Mike Harmon Mike Harmon Racing Dodge 31.162 157.808 - - - -
40 10 Blake Koch TriStar Motorsports Toyota 31.520 156.015 - - - -
Official starting lineup

*Time not available.

Race results

Fin[7] St # Driver Team Make Laps Led Status Pts Winnings
1 2 9 Chase Elliott (R) JR Motorsports Chevrolet 147 52 running 47 $44,575
2 9 11 Elliott Sadler Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 147 3 running 43 $33,350
3 3 20 Matt Kenseth (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 147 0 running 0 $19,700
4 1 54 Kyle Busch (i) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 147 84 running 0 $25,325
5 15 22 Joey Logano (i) Team Penske Ford 147 0 running 0 $15,775
6 12 42 Kyle Larson (i) Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet 147 2 running 0 $17,825
7 4 5 Kevin Harvick (i) JR Motorsports Chevrolet 147 5 running 0 $13,510
8 8 7 Regan Smith JR Motorsports Chevrolet 147 0 running 36 $20,370
9 10 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 147 0 running 35 $19,075
10 5 3 Ty Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 147 0 running 34 $20,100
11 7 2 Brian Scott Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 147 0 running 33 $18,625
12 16 01 Landon Cassill JD Motorsports Chevrolet 147 0 running 32 $18,550
13 18 16 Ryan Reed (R) Roush Fenway Racing Ford 147 0 running 31 $18,500
14 23 28 J. J. Yeley JGL Racing Dodge 147 0 running 30 $18,450
15 19 40 Josh Wise (i) The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 147 0 running 0 $18,800
16 20 19 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports Toyota 147 0 running 28 $18,525
17 27 93 Mike Wallace JGL Racing Dodge 147 1 running 28 $18,425
18 25 43 Dakoda Armstrong (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 147 0 running 26 $18,175
19 31 87 Kevin Lepage JD Motorsports Chevrolet 147 0 running 25 $18,125
20 26 4 Jeffrey Earnhardt JD Motorsports Chevrolet 147 0 running 24 $18,750
21 30 14 Eric McClure TriStar Motorsports Toyota 147 0 running 23 $18,000
22 13 62 Brendan Gaughan Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 146 0 crash 22 $17,945
23 17 31 Dylan Kwasniewski (R) Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet 146 0 running 21 $17,895
24 36 23 Carlos Contreras Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 145 0 running 20 $17,820
25 22 99 James Buescher RAB Racing Toyota 144 0 running 19 $18,250
26 32 52 Joey Gase Jimmy Means Racing Chevrolet 144 0 running 18 $17,695
27 28 17 Tanner Berryhill (R) Vision Racing Dodge 144 0 running 17 $17,645
28 29 55 Todd Bodine (i) Viva Motorsports Chevrolet 143 0 running 0 $17,570
29 35 70 Derrike Cope Derrike Cope Racing Chevrolet 141 0 running 15 $17,535
30 34 76 Tommy Joe Martins (R) Martins Motorsports Dodge 141 0 running 14 $11,795
31 21 51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet 137 0 running 13 $17,440
32 11 33 Cale Conley (i) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 136 0 running 0 $17,395
33 39 74 Mike Harmon Mike Harmon Racing Dodge 136 0 running 11 $17,370
34 6 60 Chris Buescher (R) Roush Fenway Racing Ford 119 0 running 10 $17,350
35 24 44 David Starr TriStar Motorsports Toyota 67 0 crash 9 $17,299
36 37 13 Matt Carter MBM Motorsports Toyota 30 0 rear gear 8 $10,520
37 14 39 Ryan Sieg (R) RSS Racing Chevrolet 16 0 crash 7 $16,500
38 33 46 Matt DiBenedetto The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 7 0 overheating 6 $10,426
39 38 91 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Toyota 6 0 brakes 5 $10,315
40 40 10 Blake Koch TriStar Motorsports Toyota 2 0 vibration 4 $10,290
Official race results

Standings after the race

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1rightarrow.png 1 Chase Elliott 271
1rightarrow.png 2 Regan Smith 258 (-13)
1uparrow green.svg 1 3 Elliott Sadler 251 (-20)
1downarrow red.svg 1 4 Ty Dillon 248 (–23)
1rightarrow.png 5 Trevor Bayne 241 (–30)
1uparrow green.svg 1 6 Brian Scott 225 (–46)
1downarrow red.svg 1 7 Brendan Gaughan 215 (–56)
1rightarrow.png 8 Dylan Kwasniewski 200 (–71)
1rightarrow.png 9 James Buescher 195 (–76)
1rightarrow.png 10 Ryan Reed 172 (–99)
Official driver's standings
  • Note: Only the first 10 positions are included for the driver standings.

References

  1. ^ Hinton, Ed (April 12, 2014). "Chase Elliott appears to be special". ESPN. Retrieved August 11, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b c "Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Site - 2014 Nationwide Darlington Race Info Page". Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Site. Archived from the original on May 8, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2022.
  3. ^ Bonkowski, Jerry (April 10, 2014). "Joey Logano fastest in Thursday's first of two Nationwide Series practices at Darlington". MotorSportsTalk | NBC Sports. Retrieved August 11, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Bonkowski, Jerry (April 10, 2022). "Chris Buescher only driver to eclipse 170 mph in Thursday's second Nationwide Series practice at Darlington". MotorSportsTalk | NBC Sports. Retrieved August 11, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "NASCAR Qualifying Rules". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved May 26, 2022.
  6. ^ Bonkowski, Jerry (April 11, 2014). "Kyle Busch holds off Chase Elliott to earn pole for Friday night's Nationwide Series race at Darlington". MotorSportsTalk | NBC Sports. Retrieved August 11, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "2014 VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 - The Third Turn". The Third Turn. Retrieved August 10, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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