Race Winner: Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: John Hunter Nemechek of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: John Hunter Nemechek of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
SHR Race Finish:
● Cole Custer (Started 4th / Finished 4th, completed 148 of 148 laps)
● Riley Herbst (Started 15th / Finished 6th, completed 148 of 148 laps)
● Cole Custer (4th with 861 points, 107 out of first)
● Riley Herbst (10th with 657 points, 311 out of first)
● Custer earned his 10th top-five of the season and his fourth top-five in five career NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Darlington.
● Custer has never finished outside the top-10 at Darlington in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
● This was Custer’s fourth straight top-five at Darlington. He finished third in May.
● This was Custer’s fourth straight top-10. He finished sixth Aug. 12 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, seventh Aug. 19 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, and fifth last Friday night at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
● Custer finished fifth in Stage 1 to earn six bonus points and sixth in Stage 2 to earn five more bonus points.
● Herbst earned his 11th top-10 of the season and his third top-10 in eight career NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Darlington.
● Herbst finished 10th in Stage 1 to earn one bonus point and ninth in Stage 2 to earn two more bonus points.
● Denny Hamlin won the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help A Hero 200 to score his 18th career NASCAR Xfinity Series victory, his first of the season and his sixth at Darlington. His margin over second-place Austin Hill was .657 of a second.
● There were seven caution periods for a total of 34 laps.
● Thirty-two of the 38 drivers in the race finished on the lead lap.
● Austin leaves Darlington as the championship leader with a 23-point advantage over second-place John Hunter Nemechek.
“There at the end, I was just hoping that the three of them in front of me would battle it out and I could get around them. Our No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang was just so tight all day. I couldn't get it to turn. We kept trying different adjustments, but we just couldn't get on the other side of it. Overall, I feel like we did pretty good, and it shows that even on an off day, this team can run in the top-five. That will go well for us as we head into the playoffs." – Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Ford Mustang
“Obviously, we wanted to come here and get a win today at Darlington. That's always the goal for this No. 98 Monster Energy team. The fact that we're back in the playoffs at the moment is cool, but ultimately a win is what we're hunting. We have some work to do, but I know that this team can do it. We'll take this Ford Mustang and head to Kansas to try to execute a win." – Riley Herbst, driver of the No. 98 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
The next event on the NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule is the regular season finale Kansas Lottery 300 on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Kansas Motor Speedway in Kansas City. The race begins at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.