Nationwide Roundup: Royal Purple 200 at Darlington Raceway

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Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin (20) and Kyle Busch combined to lead 128 of the races 147 laps via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com.   Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR


For those of you who tuned into the Nationwide race Friday night, you got to see a heck of a show.  It came down to the wire, with two identically painted Z-Line Design Toyotas finishing first and second.

It was the Gibbs Toyota with the number 20 painted on the side that edged out the one with 18 on it.

I don't mean to nitpick here, but why is Denny Hamlin driving in the Nationwide Series?  Denny has a surgically repaired knee and is only running about 8 or 9 Nationwide races this year.

Why have him race any?  Joey Logano could be the point leader at this point.  Yet Denny is still being pressed into service.  It can't be a sponsorship thing, since Z-Line was on both cars, and Denny's other start showed the Interstate Batteries colors.

It seems like the most logical thing is to have Denny focus on winning a Cup title, and have Joey Logano focus on a Nationwide title.  I've said this before, but why hasn't Logano raced a FULL year in Nationwide?  You would think that he would want all the seat time he could get.

Anyway, Results, Points and MORE after THE JUMP!

Fin

Str

Car

Driver

Team

Laps

Pts

Status

1

1

20

Denny Hamlin

Z-Line Designs Toyota

147

195

Running

2

2

18

Kyle Busch

Z-Line Designs Toyota

147

175

Running

3

4

88

Jamie McMurray

Hellmann's Chevy

147

165

Running

4

15

38

Kasey Kahne

Great Clips Toyota

147

165

Running

5

12

10

Jason Leffler

ABF Freight Toyota

147

155

Running

6

5

60

Carl Edwards

Copart Ford

147

150

Running

7

3

22

Brad Keselowski

Ruby Tuesday Dodge

147

146

Running

8

7

33

Kevin Harvick

Rheem Ruud Chevy

147

142

Running

9

17

32

Brian Vickers

Dollar General Toyota

147

138

Running

10

16

98

Paul Menard

Richmond / Menards Ford

147

134

Running

11

29

15

Michael Annett

Pilot Travel Centers Toyota

147

130

Running

12

27

66

Steve Wallace

5-Hour Energy Toyota

147

127

Running

13

40

01

Mike Wallace

One Hour Air Conditioning Chevy

147

129

Running

14

28

41

Stanton Barrett

Kids Embrace Car Seats Chevy

147

126

Running

15

18

23

Coleman Pressley

R3 Motorsports Chevy

147

118

Running

16

9

99

Trevor Bayne

Diamond-Waltrip Racing Toyota

147

115

Running

17

6

12

Justin Allgaier

Verizon Wireless Dodge

147

117

Running

18

34

34

Tony Raines

Long John Silver's Chevy

147

109

Running

19

20

81

Michael McDowell

MOBILE-Shop.com Dodge

147

106

Running

20

32

28

Kenny Wallace

Royal Purple / AAA Parking Chevy

147

103

Running

21

38

35

Jason Keller

upillar.com Chevy

147

100

Running

22

19

70

Mark Green

Royal Purple Chevy

147

97

Running

23

39

87

Joe Nemechek

NEMCO Motorsports Chevy

147

94

Running

24

36

26

Brian Keselowski

K-Automotive Motorsports Dodge

147

91

Running

25

13

11

Brian Scott

AccuDoc Solutions Toyota

145

88

Running

26

37

07

Danny Efland

Honoring Americans Chevy

145

85

Running

27

41

24

Eric McClure

Hefty Odor Block Ford

145

82

Running

28

42

09

Chad McCumbee

TheGPSStore.com / Garmin Ford

144

79

Running

29

21

7

Steve Arpin

JR Motorsports Chevy

138

76

Running

30

35

16

Matt Kenseth

Coupons.com Ford

134

73

Accident

31

26

1

James Buescher

Andre for Governor Chevy

93

70

Running

32

25

40

Mike Bliss

Westerman Companies Chevy

89

67

Accident

33

11

62

Brendan Gaughan

South Point Casino & Hotel Toyota

84

64

Running

34

33

61

Josh Wise

Ride to the Rock for Autism Ford

81

61

Overheating

35

8

27

Greg Biffle

Redman Moist Snuff Ford

79

58

Accident

36

23

43

Scott Lagasse Jr.

American Red Cross Ford

74

55

Running

37

14

6

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Roush Fenway Racing Ford

64

52

Accident

38

31

56

Kevin Lepage

Mac Hill Motorsports Chevy

39

49

Ignition

39

10

21

Clint Bowyer

Zaxby's Chevy

36

46

Accident

40

22

90

Danny O'Quinn Jr.

Chevy

30

48

Vibration

41

24

91

David Gilliland

Chevy

29

40

Brakes

42

30

73

Derrike Cope

Charter Dodge

22

37

Brakes

43

43

92

Dennis Setzer

K-Automotive Motorsports Dodge

11

34

Handling

 

I may have said last week that Matt Kenseth would put the 16 Ford into the top 30 in points.  Well, he didn't.  Kenseth wrecked on lap 134 and that just about ended the 16's march into saftey. 

Just one week removed from Brak Kesolowski getting fined for bad shocks comes this:

"NASCAR officials confiscated the left-front shock from the No. 38 Braun Racing Toyota driven by Kasey Kahne when the shock failed to meet postrace specifications after the Royal Purple 200 at Darlington Raceway". - Kenny Bruce scenedaily.com

Now, Kahne didn't win, but he was a top 5 car.  This may start up the debate yet again over what is an appropriate penalty when this happens. 

It was a bit of a shakeup in the points, Kyle Busch (who will not be running full time) pulls into second over Kevin Harvick.

1 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Dodge Roger Penske 1,615
2 18 Kyle Busch Interstate/Z-Line Toyota Joe Gibbs 1,560
3 33 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's/Rheem Chevy Delana Harvick 1,552
4 60 Carl Edwards Copart/Fastenal Ford Jack Roush 1,416
5 12 Justin Allgaier Verizon Dodge Roger Penske 1,406
6 98 Paul Menard Menards Ford Jack Roush 1,325
7 20 Joey Logano GameStop/Rudy's Toyota Joe Gibbs 1,228
8 27 Greg Biffle (PC) Red Man Moist Ford Baker Curb 1,097
9 34 Tony Raines Long John Silver's Chevy Bob Jenkins 1,049
10 10 Jason Leffler  ABF/Great Clips Toyota Todd Braun 1,049
11 99 Trevor Bayne Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Daimond Waltrip 1,047
12 11 Brian Scott AccuDoc Toyota Harry Scott Jr 1,043
13 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel Toyota Rusty Wallace 1,040
14 66 Stephen Wallace 5 Hour Energy Toyota Rusty Wallace 1,023
15 15 Michael Annett Hype Energy/Pilot Toyota Bob Germain 977
16 43 Scott Lagasse Jr Dr G Mall Ford Baker Curb 970
17 28 Kenny Wallace Federated Auto Parts Chevy Jay Robinson 958
18 01 Mike Wallace Monster Deisel Chevy Lori Davis 945
19 1 James Beuscher Pheonix Chevy James Finch 903
20 87 Joe Nemechek DAB Constructors Chevy Andrea Nemechek 870
21 81 Michael McDowell D.H. Griffin Dodge Pat MacDonald 868
22 24 Eric McClure Hefty Ford Ed Rensi 857
23 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Toyota Todd Braun 793
24 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Citi Financial Ford Jack Roush 782
25 40 Mike Bliss Key Motorsports Chevy Curtis Key Sr. 774
26 26 Brian Keselowski K-Motorsports Dodge Bob Keselowski 747
27 32 Brian Vickers Dollar General/Beringer Toyota Todd Braun 733
28 35 Jason Keller Upillar.com Chevy Mark Smith 712
29 10 Kelly Bires Toyota Todd Braun 673
30 16 Colin Braun Con-Way Freight Ford Jack Roush 626
31 88 Jamie McMurray Hellmanns Chevy Dale Earnhardt Jr. 606
32 61 Josh Wise Specialty Racing Ford Charlie Shoffner 605
33 70 Shelby Howard Foretravel Chevy Mary Louise Miller 546
34 23 Robert Richardson Mahindra Tractors Chevy Robert Richardson 533
35 21 John Wes Townley Zaxby's Chevy Richard Childress 484
36 21 Clint Bowyer Zaxby's Chevy Richard Childress 478
37 09 Scott Riggs RAB Ford Jay Robinson 465
38 05 Willie Allen 31-W Insulation Chevy Wayne Day 425
39 27 Scott Wimmer Red Man Moist Ford Baker Curb 422
40 70 Mark Green Chevy Mary Louise Miller 400
41 89 Morgan Shepherd Racing W/ Jesus Dodge Cindy Shepherd 377
42 38 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Toyota Ralph Braun 375
43 20 Denny Hamlin Interstate/Z-Line Toyota Joe Gibbs 370
44 07 Danny Efland Shred 360 Chevy Thomas Efland 368
45 56 Kevin Lepage Revolucion Chevy John McNelly 359
46 73 Derrike Cope Asset Protect Dodge Derrike Cope 345
47 23 Coleman Pressley R3 Chevy Robert Richardson 297
48 23 Johnny Sauter R3 Chevy Robert Richardson 291
49 92 Dennis Setzer K-Motorsports Dodge Kay Keselowski 285
50 41 Stanton Barrett Fuel Doctor Chevy Rick Ware 269
51 90 Danny O'Quinn MSRP Chevy DHM 254
52 7 Steve Arpin GoDaddy.com Chevy Rick Hendrick 249
53 83 Johnny Borneman III Red Line Oil Dodge John Borneman Jr. 244
54 10 David Reutimann Beringer Toyota Todd Braun 227
55 42 Parker Kligerman Smith Ironworks Dodge Eddie Smith 225
56 16 Matt Kenseth Coupons.com Ford Jack Roush 207
57 91 David Gilliland MSRP Chevy DHM 203
58 40 Jeff Green (PC) BadBoyBuggies Chevy Curtis Key Sr. 197
59 4 Tony Stewart Ritz/Oreo Chevy Tony Stewart 195
60 75 Bobby Gerhart Lucas Oil Chevy Bob Schacht 191
61 7 Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com Chevy Rick Hendrick 183
62 7 Landon Cassill GoDaddy.com Chevy Rick Hendrick 167
63 04 Jeremy Clements Bourdreaux Butt Paste Chevy Johnny Davis 161
64 09 Chad McCumbee RAB Ford Jay Robinson 149
65 0 Chrissy Wallace Chevy Johnny Davis 125
66 09 Patrick Sheltra RAB Ford Jay Robinson 114
67 02 Andy Ponstein Carlocate.com Chevy Corrie Stott 100
68 96 Johnny Chapman K-Motorsports Dodge Brian Keselowski 98
69 09 Jason Bowles Sunrise Ford Jay Robinson 88
70 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Hellmanns Chevy Dale Earnhardt Jr. 81
71 05 Victor Gonzalez Jr 31-W Insulation Chevy Wayne Day 76
72 21 Casey Mears Zaxby's Chevy Richard Childress 70
73 09 Hermie Sadler TNA Wrestling Ford Jay Robinson 67
74 10 Mikey Kile Toyota Todd Braun 64
75 05 David Starr 31-W Insulation Chevy Wayne Day 61
76 71 Justin Lofton Weekend Warriors TV.com Toyota Tom Deloach 52
77 52 Donnie Neuenberger IHOP Chevy Jimmy Means 49
78 10 Chad Blount Toyota Todd Braun 43
79 04 Brad Teague Chevy Gene Vess 37

 

The owners championship also got a bit of a shakeup on top with Denny's win:

1 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Dodge Roger Penske 1,615
2 20 Joey Logano/Denny Hamlin GameStop/Z-Line Toyota Joe Gibbs 1,598
3 18 Kyle Busch Interstate/Z-Line Toyota Joe Gibbs 1,560
4 33 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevy Delana Harvick 1,552
5 32 Brian Vickers/Reed Sorenson Dollar General/Beringer Toyota Todd Braun 1,483
6 60 Carl Edwards Copart/Fastenal Ford Jack Roush 1,416
7 12 Justin Allgaier Verizon Dodge Roger Penske 1,406
8 27 Greg Biffle (PC)/Johnny Sauter/Scott Wimmer Red Man Moist Ford Baker Curb 1,353
9 98 Paul Menard Menards Ford Jack Roush 1,325
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr/Kelly Bires/Jamie McMurray Hellmanns Chevy Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,230

Not much else in the news front.  I should have a preview of Dover in the next few days.

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