Nationwide Survives Darlington: The VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 Review

DARLINGTON, SC - MAY 11: Elliott Sadler, driver of the #2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet, is turned into the wall on a late restart by Joey Logano, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, during the NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway on May 11, 2012 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)


(Editor's Note: Due to an Internet failure at the 4ever3 residence I was not able get this up the last few days - sorry!). There's never much that can be said when a Sprint Cup driver wins a Nationwide race. This time though, the winner caused a Championship contender to crash. Joey Logano caused Sadler to hit the wall during a late race re-start. Sadler finished a disappointing 24th but he only falls to second in points. Based on last year's Nationwide campaign Elliott should be no stranger to getting spun by guys either not running for the championship or mathematically eliminated from contention.

Travis Pastrana finished 17th, which was a pretty good run for a Darlington Rookie. Danica Patrick wound up 12th, which launched her into 10th place in points.

Results and more after the jump!

Finish Qual. Driver Team Laps Points Status
1 5 Joey Logano 20 Dollar General / Gillette Toyota 151 NP Running
2 2 Denny Hamlin 18 Sport Clips / VFW Toyota 151 NP Running
3 13 Brad Keselowski 22 Snap-On / Dodge Dealers Dodge 151 NP Running
4 8 Sam Hornish Jr. 12 Alliance Truck Parts / Dodge Dealers Dodge 151 40 Running
5 3 Austin Dillon 3 AdvoCare / American Ethanol Chevrolet 151 39 Running
6 1 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 6 Cargill / Valvoline Ford 151 39 Running
7 7 Brian Scott 11 Dollar General / Gillette Toyota 151 37 Running
8 4 Kurt Busch 54 Monster Energy Toyota 151 NP Running
9 14 James Buescher 30 AccuDoc Solutions Chevrolet 151 NP Running
10 40 Cole Whitt 88 TaxSlayer / Press On Chevrolet 151 34 Running
11 16 Joe Nemechek 87 SWM International Toyota 151 33 Running
12 15 Danica Patrick 7 GoDaddy.com / Tissot Chevrolet 151 32 Running
13 10 Justin Allgaier 31 Brandt Chevrolet 151 32 Running
14 22 Michael Annett 43 Flying J / Pilot Ford 151 30 Running
15 12 Mike Bliss 44 TriStar Motorsports Toyota 151 29 Running
16 31 Timmy Hill 41 Poynt / Lilly Trucking Ford 151 28 Running
17 25 Travis Pastrana 99 Boost Mobile / Samsung Toyota 151 27 Running
18 9 Kasey Kahne 38 Great Clips Chevrolet 151 NP Running
19 26 Jeff Green 14 Hefty / Reynolds Wrap Toyota 149 25 Running
20 36 Danny Efland 4 EMS Speak / Tradebank Chevrolet 148 24 Running
21 32 Jason Bowles 81 American Majority Toyota 148 23 Running
22 37 Morgan Shepherd 89 Racing with Jesus Chevrolet 147 22 Running
23 28 Jamie Dick 23 Viva Auto Group Chevrolet 144 21 Running
24 6 Elliott Sadler 2 OneMain Financial Chevrolet 143 21 Out of race
25 19 Josh Richards 39 NSW Kids / Joy Ford 143 19 Running
26 11 Brendan Gaughan 33 South Point Chevrolet 138 NP Out of race
27 42 Derrike Cope 70 ML Motorsports Dodge 138 17 Running
28 41 Matt Frahm 08 Maui Jim / New Lifestyle Diet Ford 125 16 Out of race
29 20 Erik Darnell 40 The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 91 15 Out of race
30 21 Mike Wallace 01 Restaurant.com Chevrolet 81 14 Running
31 30 Tayler Malsam 19 G-Oil / NOYS Toyota 60 13 Out of race
32 18 T.J. Bell 50 Twin Oaks Services / Liberty Chevrolet 44 12 Out of race
33 23 Jeremy Clements 51 Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet 42 11 Running
34 35 Blake Koch 15 Capital Plastic Surgery Chevrolet 29 10 Out of race
35 43 Kevin Lepage 52 Means Motorsports Chevrolet 25 9 Out of race
36 34 Tony Raines 10 TriStar Motorsports Toyota 14 NP Out of race
37 39 Mike Harmon 74 Koma Unwind Chevrolet 10 7 Out of race
38 38 Scott Riggs 75 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 7 NP Out of race
39 24 Josh Wise 42 The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 7 NP Out of race
40 27 Casey Roderick 24 West Virginia Miners Chevrolet 3 4 Out of race
41 29 Chase Miller 46 The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 2 3 Out of race
42 33 Scott Speed 47 The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 2 NP Out of race
43 17 Ryan Blaney 36 Advance Auto Parts / SealWrap Chevrolet 1 1 Out of race

Jeff Green had an okay run, and it was good to see him getting the green light to run a race. Here's the way the points look like following Darlington:

Rank Car # Driver Points Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles
1 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 364 9 2 6 8 1
2 2 Elliott Sadler 341 9 2 4 7 2
3 3 Austin Dillon 329 9 0 5 7 0
4 12 Sam Hornish Jr. 305 9 0 2 4 0
5 88 Cole Whitt 282 9 0 2 4 0
6 43 Michael Annett 271 9 0 0 3 0
7 31 Justin Allgaier 260 9 0 0 4 0
8 44 Mike Bliss 230 9 0 0 0 0
9 87 Joe Nemechek 222 9 0 0 0 0
10 7 Danica Patrick 219 9 0 0 1 1

Join us soon for a preview of the race from Iowa Speedway. Enjoy!

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