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Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help A Hero 200 Race Results

Darlington Raceway

September 2nd, 2023

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RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Denny Hamlin

19 |

2

Running

148

14

0

0

2

Austin Hill

21 |

9

Running

148

29

49

0

3

John H. Nemechek

20 |

1

Running

148

99

54

2

4

Cole Custer

00 |

4

Running

148

0

44

0

5

Josh Berry

8 |

7

Running

148

0

32

0

6

Riley Herbst

98 |

15

Running

148

0

34

0

7

Justin Allgaier

7 |

3

Running

148

0

43

0

8

Sheldon Creed

2 |

16

Running

148

0

29

0

9

Kyle Busch

10 |

14

Running

148

0

0

0

10

Daniel Hemric

11 |

6

Running

148

0

32

0

11

Sam Mayer

1 |

5

Running

148

0

26

0

12

Chandler Smith

16 |

10

Running

148

0

31

0

13

Parker Retzlaff

31 |

19

Running

148

5

27

0

14

Brandon Jones

9 |

8

Running

148

0

23

0

15

Corey Heim

24 |

17

Running

148

0

0

0

16

Rajah Caruth

45 |

22

Running

148

0

0

0

17

Sammy Smith

18 |

11

Running

148

0

20

0

18

Jeb Burton

27 |

24

Running

148

0

19

0

19

Stefan Parsons

07 |

27

Running

148

0

18

0

20

Brennan Poole

6 |

31

Running

148

0

17

0

21

Jeremy Clements

51 |

26

Running

148

0

16

0

22

Chad Finchum

08 |

33

Running

148

0

15

0

23

Ross Chastain

91 |

21

Running

148

0

0

0

24

Parker Kligerman

48 |

13

Running

148

0

13

0

25

Brett Moffitt

25 |

18

Running

148

0

12

0

26

Joe Graf Jr

38 |

34

Running

148

0

11

0

27

Matt Mills

53 |

32

Running

148

0

0

0

28

Kaz Grala

26 |

30

Running

148

0

9

0

29

Ryan Ellis

43 |

36

Running

148

0

8

0

30

Ryan Sieg

39 |

20

Running

148

0

7

0

31

Kyle Weatherman

4 |

28

Running

148

0

6

0

32

Timmy Hill

66 |

29

Running

148

0

0

0

33

Anthony Alfredo

78 |

23

Running

147

0

4

0

34

Blaine Perkins

02 |

35

Running

147

0

3

0

35

Kyle Sieg

28 |

25

Running

147

0

2

0

36

Patrick Emerling

35 |

38

Running

145

0

1

0

37

Josh Williams

92 |

37

Running

143

0

1

0

38

Kyle Larson

17 |

12

Running

117

1

0

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Denny Hamlin

    POS1

    LEADER

    Denny Hamlin

    Driver badge number 19 |

  • POS 2 | 0.657

    Austin Hill

    POS2

    0.657

    Austin Hill

    Driver badge number 21 |

  • POS 3 | 0.837

    John Hunter Nemechek

    POS3

    0.837

    John Hunter Nemechek

    Driver badge number 20 |

Denny Hamlin wins Xfinity Series race at Darlington

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Denny Hamlin resumed his NASCAR Xfinity Series mastery of Darlington Raceway on Saturday, winning the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help a Hero 200 to raise his victory total at the track to six in the series.

Hamlin passed series leader Austin Hill after a Lap 147 restart that pushed the race one circuit into overtime. Parker Kligerman‘s consequential spin off Sam Mayer‘s bumper on Lap 141 brought out the seventh caution of the race and set up the final two-lap shootout.

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“I really needed some long runs,” said Hamlin, who led 14 laps and didn‘t make his move until the final stage. “But I didn‘t really want to show everything that we had ’til the very end of the race there.

“We really did a good job of maintaining everything that we had.”

Hamlin, who was running his annual Xfinity Series race for Joe Gibbs Racing, picked up his 18th victory in the series. On Sunday, he starts his quest for the NASCAR Cup Series title in the playoff-opening Cook Out Southern 500 (6 p.m. ET on USA Network, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, NBC Sports App).

John Hunter Nemechek ran third after leading 99 laps and sweeping the first two stages. Cole Custer was fourth, followed by Josh Berry and Riley Herbst, who passed Parker Kligerman for the final playoff-eligible position with one race left to decide the postseason field.

Herbst holds a one-point lead over Kligerman, who finished 24th after contact from Mayer‘s No. 1 Chevrolet sent him spinning from the 12th position with six laps left in regulation.

MORE: Xfinity Series standings

Kligerman was not pleased with Mayer and said so after the race, especially since the driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet had overcome a slow pit stop and a brush with the outside wall to gain on Herbst.

“To come back from that and have to make a bunch of adjustments, then just get flat run over by the 1 car,” Kligerman said. “It‘s so disappointing… He‘s got to clean it up.”

Mayer, who finished 11th, took responsibility for the incident with the concise admission: “I effed up.”

On multiple occasions, Hill took the lead with quick work on pit road but couldn‘t hold it through the restarts. Nevertheless, he leaves Darlington with a 23-point lead over Nemechek in the battle for the Xfinity regular-season championship.

“I just need to go back to the drawing board and figure out what I’m doing wrong on the restarts there, because that was really frustrating all day today,” Hill said. “It didn’t matter where I was restarting, I would buzz the tires really bad and just lose track position every time I‘d do it.

“So I got to do a better job of that if I’m going to win a championship. All in all, solid for us. That’s kind of something that we’ve been preaching the last six races that if you can’t be first, be second. If you can’t be second, be third. We were second today, but it still stings a little bit when you want to win.”

The regular-season finale in the Xfinity Series takes place Saturday, Sept. 9 at Kansas Speedway (3 p.m. ET, NBC, Peacock, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, NBC Sports App).

Note: Post-race inspection concluded without issue, confirming Hamlin as the official race winner.

Contributing: Staff report