The Nationwide Series heads to Darlington this weekend to take on the Lady in Black. The VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 will run Friday night under the lights at 7:30 PM ET and it will be one of the races this season that you do not want to miss.
In the last 10 Nationwide Series races that have been held at the track, the win has gone to a Sprint Cup Series regular. Brian Vickers, back in 2003, was the last Nationwide Series regular to come home victorious from Darlington.
Last season, the highest finishing Series contender was Sam Hornish Jr who finished fourth behind race winner Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski. Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Brian Scott rounded out the top-7. This season, there are four Sprint Cup Series regulars scheduled to hit the track for Friday’s race.
Defending winner Joey Logano returns to the No22. Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth will all be fighting for the win Friday night as well. The question is, with Kyle Busch getting behind the wheel of the No54 after taking a break last weekend, will he be once again get back to his winning ways?
Busch has three Poles at Darlington as well as a win in 2011. With four wins already this season, Darlington isn’t out of the question for Busch. There are a few Nationwide Series regulars who are looking for that Darlington win as well. Hornish raced well here last season and recorded his best finish of 4th at the track. After a rough weekend at Talladega that cost him the points lead, Hornish will be fighting hard for the win, and the return to the top of the standings.
Regan Smith will be looking to increase the point’s lead that he took from Hornish last weekend when he came out victorious at Talladega. His last start at the track in the Nationwide Series was back in 2007 where he finished 12th. That was also his highest finish at the track to date. Smith is going to have to improve that finish by quite a bit to take the win but he JR Motorsports team has been strong this season.
Austin Dillon is also another to watch this weekend. With a top-10 finish last season, this guy knows how to get around this track. He needs a few good finishes and even a win or two to have a chance at the Nationwide Series Championship at the end of the year.
Darlington is known as being “Too Tough to Tame” for many reasons which is why the Sprint Cup Series regulars are so good here. At Darlington, it’s not your competitiors that you race, it’s the track itself. Can a Nationwide Series contender come out on top this Friday? It is very possible. The one who can tame the Lady in Black is the driver who walks home with the shiny trophy at the end of the day.