XFINITY Series Darlington Raceway

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Crown Royal Purple Bag Project 200

Saturday, May 11th, 2024

Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC

  • 25 Chevrolet
  • 5 Toyota
  • 8 Ford

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NASCAR Xfinity Series takes on Darlington Raceway

NASCAR Xfinity Series takes on Darlington Raceway

The NASCAR Xfinity Series was off last weekend but will be back in action this weekend at Darlington Raceway for the Crown Royal Purple Bag Project 200 on Saturday May 11 at 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Darlington Raceway nicknamed the track ‘too tough to tame,’ has hosted 67 Xfinity Series races, producing 36 different race winners and 32 different pole winners.

Of the 67 races, 15 have been won from the pole or first starting position, most recently by Denny Hamlin in 2017.

A few drivers have made a name for themselves at Darlington Raceway by leading the Xfinity Series in key statistical categories:

NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin leads the Xfinity Series with the most wins (eight), most poles (eight), most top fives (14), most top 10s (18), and most laps led (972) at Darlington.

Denny Hamlin: race record (141.355 mph) – 9/5/2015

Carl Edwards: qualifying record (176.994 mph) – 5/9/2008

Xfinity Series drivers will kick off their weekend on Friday, May 10 with practice at 5:05 p.m. ET followed by qualifying at 5:35 p.m. ET on FS1.

Darlington: The Track ‘Too Tough To Tame’… for some

Darlington Raceway may not be “too tough” for some drivers after all as three drivers in the field have conquered the 1.366-mile track and will be pushing to land themselves in Victory Lane yet again as they look to score their first win of the season – JR Motorsports teammates Justin Allgaier and Brandon Jones, and Stewart-Haas Racing’s Cole Custer.

Allgaier is a force to be reckoned with at Darlington, with two wins (2021, 2022), seven top fives and 13 top 10s in his 17 starts. He’s had a string of strong finishes in his last six starts at the track, all in the top 10.

Jones’ win at Darlington came in 2020 after taking the lead from Ross Chastain in the final two laps. In his 12 starts, he’s posted one win (2020), two top fives and five top 10s.

Custer has never had a bad race at Darlington, posting a win in 2019 and a top five finish in four out of his five starts. His only finish outside the top five was in his debut at the track in 2017 where he finished ninth.

Throwin’ back at Darlington Raceway

This weekend is NASCAR’s official throwback weekend, and the Xfinity Series drivers are excited to show off their paint schemes at the track.

Take a look at the paint schemes that have been announced thus far:

Cole Custer’s No. 00 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford will pay homage to the 2006 car that Johnny Sauter drove for Haas CNC Racing in the Xfinity Series.

Riley Herbst’s No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford will be a throwback to his family’s racing history with Terrible Herbst Motorsports in the 1990s/early 2000s.

Justin Allgaier’s No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet will pay tribute to one of the first trucks, a 1948 REO, that BRANDT utilized during the early days of the company.

Sammy Smith’s No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet will honor Harrold Annett and TMC’s first entry into motorsports with sprint car driver Mike Brooks.

Brandon Jones’ No. 9 JR Motorsports Chevrolet will pay homage to Dale Earnhardt’s Jr. 2018 Hellmann’s primary.

Ryan Ellis’ No. 43 Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet will honor Cole Trickle.

Brennan Poole’s No. 44 Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet will pay homage to Kyle Petty’s iconic 1997 paint scheme at Darlington Raceway.

Parker Kligerman’s No. 48 Big Machine Racing Chevrolet will throw it back to team owner Scott Borchetta’s championship winning truck at Nashville, complete with a nod to his wife with the “Thanks Sandi” decal on the B post.

Sheldon Creed’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota will be a throwback to Off-Road truck legend Ivan Stewart.

Shane van Gisbergen’s No. 97 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet will honor Marcos Ambrose’s 2012 Watkins Glen win.

Jeremy Clements’ No. 51 Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet will pay tribute to Robert Pressley.

Painting the Playoff picture heading into Darlington

NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers have 10 races under their belts and the Playoff spots are slowly but surely being filled. Of the eight different winners in 10 races this season, only four of them have clinched their spot in the 2024 Playoffs by virtue of wins – Austin Hill (Daytona, Atlanta), Chandler Smith (Phoenix, Richmond), Sam Mayer (Texas), and Jesse Love (Talladega).

Chandler Smith currently holds the lead in the Xfinity Series points standings with 394 points. Although yet to post a win this season, Cole Custer is right on his tail, just one point back.

Sliding in at third is Austin Hill (-17) with his rookie Richard Childress Racing teammate Jesse Love right behind him in fourth (-57).

Also, searching for a win this season is series veteran Justin Allgaier, who sits in fifth in the standings with 313 points (-81). Riley Herbst (-91), AJ Allmendinger (-99) and Sheldon Creed (-117) assume the next three spots.

Parker Kligerman has had some solid finishes this season, putting him at ninth in the points standings with 261 points (-133). Anthony Alfredo (-147), Sammy Smith (-147) and Brandon Jones (-162) round out the top 12 in points with Ryan Sieg still in the Playoff hunt with 225 points and some near wins the last few weeks.

NASCAR Xfinity Series, Etc.

JR Motorsports adds six races to Carson Kvapil’s NXS schedule – Carson Kvapil will be running six additional NASCAR Xfinity Series races this season behind the wheel of the No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.

His first of the six races will be this weekend at Darlington Raceway, followed by New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, again at Darlington in the fall, and then Talladega Superspeedway.

Kvapil has only made two starts thus far in the Xfinity Series at Martinsville and Dover, already making some impressive finishes (fourth and second, respectively).

Double duty at Darlington – Two Cup Series drivers will be double dipping this weekend at Darlington and will be competing for a win in the Xfinity Series’ Crown Royal Purple Bag Project 200 on Saturday – William Byron and John Hunter Nemechek.

Byron will be getting behind the wheel of the No. 17 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. This will be his second Xfinity Series start of the 2024 season and his second at Darlington in the series. His first was in 2017 where he posted a fifth-place finish.

Nemechek will pilot the No. 26 Sam Hunt Racing Toyota for his sixth Xfinity Series start of the 2024 season. In his five starts thus far, he’s posted one win (Las Vegas), two top fives and three top 10s.

He’s made five starts in the Xfinity Series at Darlington, posting three top fives, four top 10s and has won the pole twice (2023).

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Justin Allgaier finishes off dominating NASCAR Xfinity win at Darlington

Justin Allgaier finally beat Murphy’s Law to the checkered flag in Saturday’s Crown Royal Purple Bag Project 200 at Darlington Raceway.

This time, there were no bizarre circumstances to keep the driver of the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet out of Victory lane, like the late cut tire that deprived Allgaier of a near-certain win at Phoenix in the fourth race of the season.

After crossing the finish line 3.407 seconds ahead of runner-up Austin Hill, Allgaier had his first victory of the season, his third at the Lady in Black and the 24th of his career, tying him with his car owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr., for 10th most in NASCAR Xfinity Series history.

Allgaier, 37, also leaves Darlington as the career leader in top-10 finishes in the series with 267, having broken a tie with Kyle Busch in that statistical category.

“I just wanted (spotter) Eddie (D’Hondt) call ‘White flag,’” said Allgaier, who had led laps in seven of 10 events this season without winning. “We’ve had such a heck of a year. We’ve led a ton of laps, and we haven’t been able to do it…

“I think having a little gray hair today helped me out, though. Those long green-flag runs, and being able to know what’s worked in the past here… I didn’t know if the day would come when I’d be able to match Dale Jr. Not only is he a great boss but a really good mentor.

“To come here and be able to tie him, to be able to take over the all-time top 10s, man, there’s nothing better.”

Hill, who led six laps to Allgaier’s 119 of 147, blamed himself for not being able to challenge his fellow Chevrolet driver for the victory.

“I just couldn’t get into Turn 1 on restarts like I really needed to all day,” said the driver of the No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Camaro. “It was just me. I’ve just got to figure out what to do differently getting into Turn 1.

“I did really good with my launches. That’s something that I struggled with here where I’d buzz the tires late in the zone. Didn’t do that all day—I felt pretty good about my restarts—but I would get down into (Turn) 1 and I’d get tight…

“More than anything, I’ve just got to do a better job inside the race car. I thought we were just as good as the 7 all day. Congrats to those guys. We were just that little bit off today, and I think most of it was me.”

Polesitter Cole Custer recovered from a disastrous pit stop under an early competition caution to finish third, followed by Sam Mayer and Aric Almirola.

“Every time I get in this car, I plan to win and expect to win,” Almirola said. “Fifth is great, but I want to win—but Justin was so fast.”

Parker Kligerman, Riley Herbst, Sunoco rookie Jesse Love, Sheldon Creed and Brandon Jones completed the top 10. Rookie Shane van Gisbergen finished 15th in his first Darlington start. Carson Kvapil was 19th in his third race in the series and his first at Darlington.

Hill took the series lead by three points over Custer in second.

  • Drivers Entered: 38
  • Laps Scheduled: 147
  • Margin of Victory: 03.407 Seconds
  • Time of Race: 1 Hours 48 Minutes 58 Seconds
  • Average Speed: 110.567
  • Cautions: 5 for 31 laps
  • Lead Changes: 5
  • Green Flag Passes: 997 (8.6 passes per green flag lap)
Cole Custer celebrates in victory lane
Avondale, Arizona - November 4, 2023 : Cole Custer, driver of the #00 Haas Automation Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway.
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Crown Royal Purple Bag Project 200 at Darlington Raceway Loop Data Box Score results
DRIVER ST MID CLO FIN HI LOW ARP PL DIF GFP GFxP PD QPS % QPS FST % T15 LED % LED LAPS DR TOT PTS
Justin Allgaier 7 1 1 1 1 9 1.7 6 12 5 7 12 100.00 54 100.0 119 81.0 147 149.70 60
Austin Hill 5 2 2 2 1 6 2.7 3 6 9 -3 6 100.00 5 100.0 6 4.1 147 119.80 53
Cole Custer 1 15 4 3 1 33 11.0 -2 51 35 16 25 49.02 12 81.6 21 14.3 147 101.40 34
Sam Mayer 6 3 3 4 2 20 3.9 2 12 10 2 12 100.00 9 98.6 0 0.0 147 115.90 48
Aric Almirola 18 6 5 5 2 23 7.0 13 22 10 12 20 90.91 4 98.6 0 0.0 147 107.80 42
Parker Kligerman 11 5 7 6 3 25 7.5 5 44 22 22 34 77.27 7 95.9 0 0.0 147 105.90 45
Riley Herbst 9 9 6 7 5 14 9.0 2 16 19 -3 16 100.00 0 100.0 0 0.0 147 92.50 34
Jesse Love 12 7 8 8 6 24 8.2 4 12 15 -3 12 100.00 4 97.3 0 0.0 147 98.50 36
Sheldon Creed 3 13 9 9 3 23 9.8 -6 27 35 -8 26 96.30 1 97.3 0 0.0 147 93.80 29
Brandon Jones 14 8 10 10 3 14 9.1 4 12 14 -2 12 100.00 1 100.0 0 0.0 147 91.30 30
William Byron 38 36 11 11 11 38 29.7 27 38 16 22 6 15.79 5 19.7 0 0.0 147 75.00 0
Chandler Smith 2 10 12 12 2 30 11.1 -10 36 27 9 19 52.78 1 83.0 0 0.0 147 91.80 31
Ryan Sieg 26 11 13 13 6 30 13.1 13 35 15 20 17 48.57 0 76.2 0 0.0 147 82.50 24
Anthony Alfredo 8 18 16 14 7 30 15.6 -6 28 25 3 10 35.71 0 36.7 0 0.0 147 77.70 23
Shane van Gisbergen 17 21 19 15 8 24 20.0 2 35 47 -12 1 2.86 0 6.1 0 0.0 147 65.80 22
Jeb Burton 16 17 14 16 7 25 16.9 0 30 35 -5 15 50.00 0 33.3 0 0.0 147 67.70 21
Kyle Weatherman 15 22 15 17 8 24 18.5 -2 26 26 0 3 11.54 0 10.9 0 0.0 147 64.80 20
Taylor Gray 24 19 18 18 8 25 16.9 6 19 33 -14 4 21.05 0 31.3 0 0.0 147 67.50 0
Carson Kvapil 13 14 22 19 13 29 16.3 -6 39 40 -1 18 46.15 0 53.1 0 0.0 147 70.00 18
Brennan Poole 21 20 20 20 16 29 19.7 1 32 39 -7 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 147 61.50 17
Josh Williams 25 27 21 21 12 31 24.3 4 30 35 -5 0 0.00 0 2.7 0 0.0 147 54.50 16
Josh Bilicki 30 29 23 22 10 33 28.1 8 36 40 -4 0 0.00 0 1.4 0 0.0 147 46.30 15
John Hunter Nemechek 34 24 26 23 8 37 25.3 11 47 18 29 0 0.00 0 2.7 0 0.0 147 54.20 0
David Starr 27 30 24 24 21 36 27.0 3 38 41 -3 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 147 47.20 13
Matt DiBenedetto 31 23 25 25 17 37 24.5 6 53 47 6 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 147 54.30 12
Chad Finchum 37 31 28 26 3 38 30.1 11 31 21 10 0 0.00 0 1.4 0 0.0 147 39.70 11
Blaine Perkins 36 25 27 27 21 36 26.4 9 23 34 -11 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 147 45.20 10
Dawson Cram 33 33 30 28 3 37 31.7 5 23 15 8 0 0.00 0 2.7 0 0.0 147 35.20 9
Garrett Smithley 35 34 31 29 13 38 33.3 6 16 16 0 0 0.00 0 1.4 0 0.0 146 31.30 8
Leland Honeyman Jr 22 35 29 30 22 38 34.4 -8 9 25 -16 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 146 29.00 7
Parker Retzlaff 10 16 32 31 8 34 17.9 -21 31 29 2 10 32.26 0 32.7 0 0.0 146 67.20 6
Kyle Sieg 29 26 34 32 22 35 27.4 -3 36 23 13 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 146 44.70 5
Patrick Emerling 28 32 33 33 17 34 31.1 -5 24 36 -12 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 146 32.30 4
Sammy Smith 23 12 17 34 8 34 16.0 -11 19 43 -24 11 57.89 1 70.1 0 0.0 146 65.20 3
AJ Allmendinger 4 4 35 35 1 35 14.1 -31 16 11 5 9 56.25 1 65.3 1 0.8 126 88.80 14
Hailie Deegan 32 28 36 36 24 37 31.1 -4 17 30 -13 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 102 34.70 1
Jeremy Clements 19 38 37 37 19 38 37.1 -18 6 30 -24 0 0.00 5 0.0 0 0.0 94 33.10 1
Ryan Ellis 20 37 38 38 18 37 33.5 -18 10 27 -17 0 0.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 71 30.50 1