The Xfinity Series kicks off a triple header weekend at Darlington Raceway with the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 for an action packed two days of racing by all three series.
Called “the track too tough to tame”, Darlington Raceway is one of the oldest tracks on the NASCAR circuit and has been hosting races for eight decades.
A long standing Darlington tradition is the throwback paint schemes that features cars from years gone by.
Justin Haley sits on the pole and will lead the field to the green flag after NASCAR’s new formula for dertermining the starting lineup.
NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin is the only Cup driver in the race today.
NASCAR has called for a competition caution at lap 15.
Stages one and two of the race are 45 laps each with stage three lasting 57 laps for a total of 147 laps around the mile and a third track.
Justin Haley brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the outside lane with Chase Briscoe on the inside. Justin Haley edges out for the lead as the drivers quickly move up close to the wall.
Lap two, Anthony Alfred and Justin Allgaier make contact causing a pile up on the track at includes Kyle Weatherman, Ryan Sieg, Joe Graf Jr, and Brandon Brown.
Colby Howard ran over the Choose Arrow and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.
Justin Haely brings the field down for the green flag restart of the race on lap nine but Haley spins his tires and Cahse Briscoe takes the lead with Ross Chastain taking second; Justin Haley, Austin Cindric, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.
Lap 12, Chase Briscoe has a lead of nearly half a second on Ross Chastin; Austin Cindric, Justin Haley, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.
Lap 13, Ross Chastain catches and passes Chase Briscoe for the lead.
Lap 17, Ross Chastain, has a lead of over half a second on Austin Cindric; Chase Briscoe, Justin Haley, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.
Lap 20,, there are 32 cars on the lead lap.
After an early caution flag for an on track incident, NASCAR revised their competition caution and waited until the end of lap 20 to throw the yellow flag.
Daniel Hemric is out of the race after the lap two wreck.
Some of the drivers come down pit road for fresh tires. Riley Herbst made a pit stop reporting engine issues. Under the hood,, the crew found a loose wire and made repairs.
Ross Chastain brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 26 and edges out Justin Haley for the lead. Denny Hamlin is in the top 10 after starting the race from the last spot.
Lap 27, Ross Chastain heads the race with Justin Haley in second; Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.
Lap 31, Stephen Leicht is off the track with Kyle Weatherman and Daneil Hemric out of the race. There are 32 cars on the lead lap.
Lap 32, Ross Chastain leads the race with Denny Hamlin a quarter of a second back; Justin Haley, Austin Cindric, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.
Lap 33, Denny Hamlin passes Ross Chastain for the lead.
Lap 37, Denny Hamlin has his Cale Yarborough throwback out in front of th field with Ross Chastain in second; Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, and Justin Haley.
Lap 42, Justin Haley has some significant damage to the front of his car after making ocntact with Justin Allgaier, who was slowed on the track.
Lap 45, drivers are getting three wide across the track.
Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of over four and a half seconds on Ross Chastain with Austin Cindric in third.
Denny Hamlin wins stage one by nearly five seconds for his first Xfinity stage win of the season.
The top five at the end of stage one:
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Drivers come down pit road for service. Denny Hamlin reported a tight condition. Parker Kligerman also reports a tight condition.
Chase Briscoe wins the race off of pit road; but Denny Hamlin came out in eleventh place after a slow pit stop.
Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two with Ross Chastain alongside on the fornt row on lap 52 with Ross Chastain and Broscoe battling for the lead. Chase Briscoe takes the lead; Ross Chastai is in second followed by Brandon Jones and Austin Cindric.
Pole sitter Justin Haley restarts the race form the 34th position.
Lap 56, Chase Briscoe leads the race with Austin Cindric over a second back in second place with Brandon Jones ins third.
Lap 59, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Brandon Jones, Ross Chastain, and Noah Gragson.
Not only are the drivers throwing back with the pain schemes, Goodyear tires brought back the old Blue Streak tire design.
Lap Lap 69, Chase Briscoe has a lead of over a second on Brandon Jones wiht Austin Cindric in third.
Lap 73, Chase Briscoe leads the race with Brandon Jones in second and Austin Cindric in third.
Lap 75, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Brandon Jones, Denny Hamlin, Austin Cindric, and Ross Chastain.
Leader Chase Briscoe is reporting a possible tire issue. Justin Allgaier had to make an unscheduled pit stop with a tire issue – the front tires were beginning to chord.
Lap 80, Chase Briscoe has a lead of over half a second on Brandon Jones; Denny Hamlin, Ross Chastain, and Austin Cindric round out the top five.
Lap 83, Denny Hamlin retakes the lead of the race; Chase Briscoe, Brandon Jones, Ross Chastain, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.
Justin Allgaier has to make another trip down pit road with a tire issue; he has taken his car to the garage for repairs.
There are 23 cars on the lead lap.
With three laps remaining in stage two, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over a second on Brandon Jones; Chase Briscoe, Ross Chastain, and Noah Gragson round out the top five.
Noah Gragson spins out and makes contact with Dexter Bean on the final lap of stage two. Gragson kept the car off of the wall.
Denny Hamlin sweeps the stages with a win of stage two.
The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Drivers come down pit road for service with Chase Briscoe winning the race off of pit road once again; Ross Chastain and Denny Hamlin follow. In stage one, Hamlin reported a tight condition but in stage two, he reported a loose condition.
Justin Allgaier has returned to the track after repairs. He had upper control arm issues.
Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 96 and goes nose to nose with Ross Chastain and Denny Hamlin lurking in third place.
Chase Briscoe gets out in front for the lead with Ross Chastain in second and Denny Hamlin in third.
The drivers can complete the race on a single fuel load, the question is whether or not the tires can last until the end of the race.
Lap 100, the top five are Chase Briscoe, Denny Hamlin, Ross Chastain, Brandon Jones, and Austin Cindric.
Lap 101, Brandon Jones gets around Ross Chastain for third.
Jeremy Clements gets slowed on the track and brings out the caution flag after stopping on the track on lap 102.
While they have only gone seven laps, some of the drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.
After staying out on the track, Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 107 and holds on to the lead.
David Starr brings out the caution flag after making some contact with the wall.
Lap 116,, Chase Briscoe brings the field down for the green flag restart and gets out in front of Ryan Sieg for the lead.
Chase Briscoe leads the race iwht Ryan Sieg in second and Harrison Burton in third.
Brett Moffit’s car is smoking andpissibly dropping flued on the track; he gets slowed on the track in an attempt to get to pit road. The caution flag comes out when Chase Briscoe, Matt Mills, and Anthony Alfredo encounter the fluid and wreck.
NASCAR puts out the red flag in order to get the fluid cleaned up off of the track.
After a near nine minute red flag condition, NASCAR pulls the red flag and displays the yellow flag. The cars get moving once again.
Ryan Sieg brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 21 laps remaining in the race with Harrison Burton alongside on the inside lane.
Nineteen to go, Ross Chastain leads the race with Denny Hamlin in second over half a second back; Ryan Sieg is in third; Riley Herbst and Brandon Jones rounds out the top five.
Fifteen to go, Ross Chastain leads Denny Hamlin by under half a second; Ryan Sieg is in third place nearly three seconds back.
Hailing form a multi generational family of watermelon farmers, Ross Chastain made sure to purchase a watermelon on the way to the track…just in case he wins so that he can smash it in victory lane.
With 13 laps remaining in the race, Ross Chastain and Denny Hamlin battle for the lead with Chastain holding on to the lead for the moment.
Hamlin gets into the wall but holds on to second place.
Ross Chastain tags the wall but holds on to the car…and the lead.
Ten to go, Ross Chastain leads the race with Denny Hamlin on his bumper; Brandon Jones Ryan Sieg, and Riley Herbst round out the top five.
There are only 19 cars on the lead lap.
Eight to go, Ross Chastain holds on to the lead but Denny Hamlin begins to challenge for the lead.
Ross Chastain tags the wall again with six to go.
Denny Hamlin again challenges Ross Chastain for the lead but Chastain manages to hold on to the lead with just five laps remaining in the race.
Four to go, Ross Chastain and Denny Hamlin battle for the lead; Brandon Jones is in third place two seconds back.
Three to go, Ross Chastain and Denny Hamlin continute to battle and allow Brandon Jones to make it a three way battle.
Ross Chastain and Denny Hamlin are side by side for the lead with Hamlin taking the spot, After Hamlin and Chastain tag the wall and get loose, Brandon Jones comes from third place to take the lead…and the win for his third win of the season!
The unofficial results of the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200:
Joe Graf Jr.
Tommy Joe Martins