The Xfinity Series kicks off a triple header weekend of racing on this Labor Day weekend at the track that is called “too tough to tame” – Darlington Raceway – and the Sports Clips Haircuts VFW Help a Hero 200.

While the Camping World Truck Series and the Cup Series have reached the playoffs, the Xfinity Series still has three more races before they reach the playoffs and reveal the top 12 drivers that will battle for the championship.


Daniel Hemric sits on the pole and will bring the field to green with current points leader AJ Allmendinger starting alongside on the front row.


Cup Series regulars Denny Hamlin, Tyler Reddick, Austin Dillon, and Ty Dillon will also be a part of the 40 car field today.

The starting lineup for the Sports Clips 200:
Daniel Hemric
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Haley
Justin Allgaier
Jeb Burton
Harrison Burton
Riley Herbst
Noah Gragson
Myatt Snider
Ty Dillon
Sam Mayer
Ryan Sieg
Tommy Joe Martns
Denny Hamlin
Jeremy Clements
Josh Williams
Landon Cassill
David Starr
Michael Annett
Jade Buford
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Alex Labbe
Brandon Brown
Austin Cindric
Brandon Jones
Mason Massey
Ryan Vargas
Tyler Reddick
Timmy Hill
Colby Howard
Colin Garrett
Joe Graf Jr
Matt Mills
Jesse Little
Austin Dillon
Ryan Ellis
Kyle Weatherman
Carson Ware
BJ McLeod
Gray Gaulding

Ty Dillon is sitting in for Brett Moffitt who has pulled out of the race due to a medical issue. He will have to start the race from the back of the field.

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.

Motocross star Ricky Carmichael joins Rick Allen, Steve Letarte, and Jeff Burton in the broadcast booth for the race. Carmichael is a 12 time champion and a Hall of Fame member. He has also driven in the Camping World Truck Series.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front for the lead.

Already at the back of the field, Gray Gaulding will have to start the race from the back of the field after missing drivers introductions.

Lap two, Sam Mayer hits the wall but the track stays green.

Lap three, Daniel Hemric has a third of a second lead on Justin Allgaier; Justin Haley, AJ Allmendinger, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap five, Darlington Raceway repaved 600 feet of race track in turn two. The drivers are reporting that the new paving is very slick and has no grip.

Lap seven, Daniel Hemric holds on to a narrow lead on Justin Allgaier with Justin Haley, AJ Allmendinger, and Harrison Burton rounding out the top five.

Lap 10, Daniel Hemric leads the race with Justin Allgaier on his bumper and challenging for the lead; AJ Allmendinger, Justin Haley, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap eleven, Justin Allgaier takes the lead after Daniel Hemric allows the driver to get in front. Hemric has some debris on his track and is looking for help to get the debris off.

Gray Gaulding is out of the race.

Lap 12, the caution flag comes out after Carson Ware spins out. He doesn’t hit the wall.

Daniel Hemric comes down pit road with a possible engine issue – a loose plug wire. The crew reattaches the plug wire and does not loose a lap.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 16 from the outside lane and edges out AJ Allmendinger for the lead; Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Noah Gragson takes second from Allmendinger.

La p18, Justin Allgaier has a lead of nearly half a second on Noah Gragson; AJ Allmendinger, Denny Hamlin, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

The teams were given just four sets of tires for today’s race.

Lap 21, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Daniel Hemric is the only driver who came down pit road for fresh tires.

Justin Allgaier brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 26 from the outside lane; but it is Noah Gragson who initially gets out in front before Allgaier retakes the lead.

Lap 27, the top five are Justin Algaier, Noah Gragson, Denny Hamlin, AJ Allmendinger, and Justin Haley.


Lap 29, Justin Allgaier leads the race with Noah Gragsn and Denny Hamlin in a battle for second.

Lap 31,after restarting the race in 32nd on lap 26, Daneil Hemric is just outside the top 10 in 12th place.

Lap 32, Noah Gragson passes Justin Allgaier for the lead. Denny Hamlin also passes Allgaier.

Lap 33, the top five are Noah Gragson, Denny Hamlin, Justin Allgaier, AJ Allmendinger, and Justin Haley.

Lap 34, Colin Garrett is the only driver not on the lead lap.

Lap 35, Denny Hamlin passes Noah Gragson for the lead.

Lap 39, Justin Haley passes AJ Allmendinger for fourth; putting Allmendinger in fifth place.

Lap 40, Denny Hamlin leads the race with Daniel Hemric in second; Noah Gragson, AJ Allmendinger, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Denny Hamlin gets sideways at the end of stage one.

Daniel Hemric wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Daniel Hemric
Noah Gragson
AJ Allmendinger
Justin Haley
Denny Hamlin
Harrison Burton
Austin Cindric
Brandon Jones
Myatt Snider
Justin Allgaier


Noah Gragson is reporting some brake issues; but they are not consistent.

Showing the value of fresh tires, Daniel Hemric needed just 20 laps to go from 32nd place to win the stage.

Sam Mayer had an issue on pit road; there was a fire in the tire well. Mayer is out of the car and fine.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Justin Haley winning the race off of pit road.

Denny Hamlin tried passing David Starr on pit road and made contact with Starr. There is a bit of damage on Hamlin’s car.

Part of Justin Allgaier’s handling issues was due to worn out tires.

Justin Haley brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 54 from the inside lane and gets out in front after a push from Daniel Hemric.

AJ Allmendinger passes Justin Haley for the lead.

Lap 55, the top five are AJ Allmendinger, Justin Haley, Noah Gragson, Brandon Jones, and Daniel Hemric.

Kyle Weatherman and Sam Mayer are off the track.

The caution flag comes out on lap 59 when Brandon Jones and Daniel Hemric make contact; spinning out Jones and sending him into the wall.

AJ Allmendinger brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 65 with Justin Haley alongside. Allmendinger gets out in front for the lead with Noah Gragson taking second; Austin Cindric, Justin Haley, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

There are 34 cars on the lead lap. Kyle Weatherman has returned to the track 15 laps down.

Lap 69, AJ Allmendinger has a narrow lead over Noah Gragson; Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric, and Justin Haley round out the top five.

Lap 71, Noah Gragson passes AJ Allmendinger for the lead.

AJ Allmendinger reports some issues with his right rear tire wear.

Lap 73, Noah Gragson has pulled out to a one second lead on AJ Allmendinger; Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric, and Justin Haley round out the top five. Cindric and Allmendinger are currently in a battle for the points lead…and the 15 bonus points at the end of the regular season.

Lap 80, Noah Gragson has a lead of over half a second on AJ Allmendinger; Austin Cindric, Daniel Hemric, and Harrison Burton round out the top five.

Lap 83, Noah Gragson has increased his lead to over a second and a half on AJ Allmendinger with Austin Cindric, Daniel, Hemric, and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.

Lap 85, AJ Allmendinger and Austin Cindric make contact and gives Allmendinger a Darlington stripe but the track stays green.

With three laps remaining in stage two, Noah Gragson has pulled out toa two and a half second lead as Daniel Hemric and AJ Allmendinger battling for second.

Drivers get three wide in turns one and two going into the final lap of stage two.

Noah Gragson wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Noah Gragson
Denny Hamlin
Austin Cindric
Justin Allgaier
Daniel Hemric
AJ Allmendinger
Harrison Burton
Austin Dillon
Justin Haley
Myatt Snider

Drivers come down pit road for service with Noah Gragson winning the race off of pit road.

Noah Gragsn brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three from the inside lane on lap 98 with Denny Hamlin alongside. Gragson gets out in front for the lead and gets a challenge from AJ Allmendinger.

AJ Allmendinger takes the lead with Denny Hamlin in second; Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Lap 100, AJ Allmendinger leads the race with Denny Hamlin on his bumper; Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, and Daniel Hemric round out the top five.

Lap 103, Austin Dillon has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road.

Denny Hamlin passes AJ Allmendinger for the lead.

Lap 105, Denny Hamlin has a near half secon lead on AJ Allmendinger with Noah Gragson, Austin Cindric, and Daniel Hemric rounding out the top five.

Lap 109, The caution flag comes out after Riley Herbst rear ends a slowed Tommy Joe Martins. Herbst brings his car down pit road and has to make a quick escape when the car catches fire. Herbst was 44 points above the cut line in 12th place at the time of the wreck.

Even though the drivers were on pit road just 12 laps ago, they all come down pit road for fresh tires. Timmy Hill stays out on the track. Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road.

All of the drivers have one set of fresh tires remaining except Alex Labbe and Daniel Hemric. Timmy Hill has two sets of tires.

Timmy Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart from the outside lane with Denny Hamlin alongside on the inside. Denny Hamlin jumps out in front as the drivers spread out across the track to get around Timmy Hill. Hill reports that the car came out of gear.

With 31 laps to go, Denny Hamlin leads the race with AJ Allmendinger in second; Noah Gragson, Harrison Burton, and Justin Allagier round out the top five.

There are 29 cars on the lead lap with Tommy Joe Martins, Riley Herbst, Sam Mayer, and Gray Gaulding out of the race. Timmy Hill is on pit road. Kyle Weatherman is 18 laps down with Ryan Ellis 19 laps down.

Lap 122, Denny Hamlin has a lead of nearly a second on AJ Allmendinger; Noah Gragson, Harrison Burton, and Justin Allgaier round out the top five.

Just 17 laps remain in the race with Denny Hamlin leading Noah Gragson by over half a second; Harrison Burton, Justin Allgaier, and AJ Allmendinger round out the top five.

Timmy Hill is out of the race.


Lap 133, Noah Gragson has cut Denny Hamlin’s lead to under half a second; third place driver Harrison Burton is over two seconds back with Justin Allgaier, and AJ Allmendinger rounding out the top five.

Ten to go, Denny Hamlin continues to lead the race, but has pulled out to a one second lead on Noah Gragson.

Lap 138, Brandon Jones spins out and brings out the seventh caution flag of the race.

Drivers come down pit road for that last set of tires. Daneil Hemric and Landon Cassill stay out on the track with no fresh tires in the pits. Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road…barely…but was charged with equipment – tire – over the pit wall too soon. Hamlin will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Daniel Hemric brings the field down for the green flag restart on old tires with Landon Cassill alongside on lap 140. Daneil Hemric gets ut in front for the lead as the drivers get three wide. Noah Gragson gets out in front for the lead with Daniel Hemric in second.

Four laps to go, Daniel Hemric slides and gests stopped on the track but gets the car moving and the track stays green.

AJ Allmendinger has an issue with his car and has sparks coming out from under the car.

The eighth caution flag comes out for debris on the track. The race goes into overtime.

In a two lap overtime shootout, Noah Gragson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 151 from the inside lane with Austin Cindric alongside on the outside lane. Gragson jumps out in front for the lead with Harrison Burton on his bumper. Burton challenges Gragson, but Gragson holds on to the lead.

Noah Gragson wins his first race of the 2021 season with Harrison Burton just two tenths of a second behind. Noah Gragson has secured himself a spot in the playoffs on points but now will enter the playoffs as a race winner.

The unofficial results of the Sports Clips Haircuts VFW Help a Hero 200:
Noah Gragsn
Harrison Burton
Austin Cindric
Justin Haley
Jeb Burton
Justin Allgaier
Tyler Reddick
Jeremy Clements
Myatt snider
Alex Labbe
Ryan Sieg
Denny Hamlin
Ty Dillon
Michael Annett
Josh Williams
Landon Cassill
Colin Garrett
Mason Massey
Joe Graf Jr
AJ Allmendinger
Jade Buford
BJ McLeod
Matt Mills
Daniel Hemric
Ryan Vargas
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Colby Howard
Brandon Brown
Austin Dillon
David Starr
Carson Ware
Jesse Little
Brandon Jones
Kyle Weatherman
Ryan Ellis
Timmy Hill
Tommy Joe Martins
Riley Herbst
Sam Mayer
Gray Gaulding