NOTE: This post is a recap of what happened in 2017 at Darlington

Darlington Top Ten Starters

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Martin Truex Jr.
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. Kyle Larson
  5. Jamie McMurray
  6. Brad Keselowski
  7. Kurt Busch
  8. Joey Logano
  9. Denny Hamlin
  10. Erik Jones

Darlington Full Starting Lineup

Darlington Pre-race Notes

Reminder: Erik Jones drove the #77 and Matt Kensth drove the #20

Stage #1 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 100): 78,42,11,4,2,77,1,22,18,3

Stage #2 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 200): 78,11,4,42,18,2,41,1,3,20

Darlington Race Notes

Kevin Harvick who started on the pole selected to start in the low-line. He led the opening 18 laps.

Big Moment: On lap 5 while running in 10th, Ryan Blaney came to pit road. He got into the wall hard. The first time he tried to come to pit road he missed it. This dropped him two laps down.

Running order on lap 10: 4,78,18,42,2,1,22,41,77,11 … 17,14,48,31,20,24,3,88,5,43

Big Moment: Around lap 16, Trevor Bayne got into the wall hard which brought out a caution. He got heavy damage. He had contact with AJ Allmendinger.

During the first pit stop, Kevin Harvick had a slow stop that dropped him from 1st to 10th.

Big Moment: During the first caution, Clint Bowyer’s race came to an end. He had an engine issue.

During the restart following the first caution, Kyle Larson shot to the lead. He then led the next 78 laps.

Running order on lap 24: 42,18,78,11,22,2,41,4,77,1 … 20,31,24,3,88,19,48,38,17,5 … 43,95,13,34,10,32,37,27,23,72 … 15,83,33,66,55,51,21,47,6,14

Big Moment: Around lap 41, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got into the wall hard and brought out a caution. He was running around the high-teens at the time.

Running order on lap 47: 42,78,18,4,11,41,20,77,2,22 … 48,1,88,31,24,38,13,3,43,27 … 37,5,19,34,10,95,32,23,72,15 … 83,33,51,66,21,55,17,47,6,14

Running order on lap 69: 42,4,78,11,20,18,41,2,77,48 … 1,88,24,22,3,31,13,19,5,27 … 43,38,95,37,34,10,32,72,23,15 … 21,33,83,66,51,55,17,47,6,14

Running order on lap 88: 42,4,78,11,18,2,77,41,20,1 … 48,22,3,88,24,31,13,19,27,5 … 95,43,37,38,34,10,72,23,32,21 … 15,66,55,17,83,33,51,47,6,14

On lap 91 Kevin Harvick was taking it easy on his car. He said his tires were done. A few laps earlier he was running in 2nd.

At the finish line on the last lap in Stage #1, Martin Truex Jr. passed Kyle Larson for the Stage win.

Stage #1 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 100): 78,42,11,4,2,77,1,22,18,3

During the Stage #1 caution, Joey Logano’s engine shut off. It dropped him from 8th to 16th.

Running order on lap 110: 42,78,11,2,77,18,1,4,41,31 … 3,19,20,88,22,48,13,24,27,5 … 95,37,21,43,34,38,23,10,72,32 … 83,17,55,33,51,66,15,47,6,14

Big Moment: On lap 125, Daniel Suarez brought out the caution after he slammed into the wall hard. He was running just outside the top ten at the time.

During the Daniel Suarez caution, Ryan Blaney got the free pass and was back on the lead lap.

Running order on lap 136: 42,78,11,2,4,77,41,18,3,41 … 20,1,31,48,24,22,88,13,27,95,5 … 37,21,10,34,43,32,23,38,72,17 … 83,55,33,66,51,19,47,6,15,14

On lap 148, Martin Truex Jr. took the lead from Kyle Larson.

Big Moment: On lap 156 AJ Allmendinger and Matt DiBenedetto spun and had contact.

Running order on lap 163: 11,78,4,42,41,18,2,1,24,3 … 22,48,77,20,27,31,88,37,13,95 … 5,43,21,34,38,72,23,10,32,83 … 17,33,55,66,47,51,6,19,15,14

On lap 165, Ryan Blaney’s team was speculating that they had an engine issue.

Running order on lap 188: 78,11,4,42,18,2,41,1,3,20 … 24,22,48,88,31,77,27,13,37,95 … 5,43,21,34,38,72,10,23,32,17 … 83,33,55,66,47,6,51,19,15,14

On lap 197, Gray Gaulding spun and brought out a caution.

Stage #2 Top Ten Finishers (Lap 200): 78,11,4,42,18,2,41,1,3,20

Notable Moment: On lap 207, David Ragan spun and brought out a caution. He didn’t hit anything. During this caution drivers from 10th and back pitted. The leaders stayed out.

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