Track: Darlington Raceway – Oval (1.366-Miles)
Race: Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help a Hero 200
Date: September 4, 2021
Format: 152 Laps (5 Laps Overtime) –45/45/57; 200.1 Miles
No. 31 Swann Security / Bommarito Automotive Group Chevrolet Camaro SS – Austin Dillon
Stage 1: 11
Stage 2: 8
Laps Completed: 151 of 152 (-1 Lap)
Laps Led: 0
Stage One Recap:
– Austin Dillon would start the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help a Hero 200 from the 35th position after the starting lineup was determined by the competition-based performance metrics system; fastest lap in the previous race 15 percent, driver finish from previous race 25 percent, owner points 25 percent, and driver points 35 percent.
– As the green flag waved for the start of the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help a Hero 200; Dillon would waste no time moving forward advancing past five cars into the 30th position by the end of the first lap.
– Continuing to move forward Dillon would work the No. 31 Swann Security Chevrolet into the 21st position by Lap-10.
– The first caution of the day would wave over the historic South Carolina oval on Lap-12 when the No. 74 would spin coming off Turn-4. Running in the 21st position at the time of the caution the No. 31 would elect to remain on track and restart in 18th on Lap-15.
– Lap-20 would see the planned competition caution allowing teams to access tire wear and their cars handling. The No. 18 would be the only car that would come to pit road continuing to work on a previous issue.
– Dillon would line up 16th for the Lap-25 restart.
– By Lap-28 Dillon would work his way past another car into the 15th position.
– Continuing to work his way forward the No. 31 would move into 14th on Lap-33.
– Two Laps later Dillon would move past the No. 10 car into the 13th position as the cars completed Lap-35.
– With the car working great Dillon would drive his way into the 12th spot on Lap-40.
– As the lead cars would come to the green-white checkered flag to close the first stage the race leader No. 54 would spin out coming out of Turn-4. Avoiding the spinning No. 54 Dillon would go on to finish the first stage in the 11thposition.
Stage Two Recap:
– During the stage break Dillon would be called to pit lane on Lap-48 for a four-tire and fuel stop from the over the wall crew, and would line up 10th for the restart on Lap-53.
– Using the new tires to his advantage Dillon would drive up to 8th place by Lap-58.
– However, Lap-59 would see the fourth caution wave over the speedway as the No. 18 and No. 19 would make contact with each other resulting in the No. 19 making hard contact with the wall.
– Running in the 7th spot at the time of the caution Dillon would remain on track and restart in 8th on Lap-64 after the choose rule.
– Remaining in the 8th spot for the first two laps Dillon would work his way past the No. 2 on Lap-66 moving the No. 31 Chevrolet into 7th.
– Dillon would keep the Swann Security car in the 7th position until Lap-75 when he would lose two positions to the No. 1 and No. 54.
– With just two laps remaining in the second stage Dillon would fight back into the 8th spot by moving past the No.11 on Lap-88.
– At the completion of Stage 2 on Lap-90 Dillon would go on to be credited with an 8th place finish.
– Under the stage break, Dillon would come to pit-lane for a four-tire, fuel, and a small adjustment, and would line back up in the 10th position for the restart on Lap-97.
– On Lap-98 Dillon would come over the radio and complain of a severe vibration.
– Lap-101 would see the No. 31 come to pit road during green flag conditions to tighten a loose wheel.
– Having to come to pit road under green flag conditions Dillon would fall behind a lap to the leaders.
– The sixth caution flag of the day would be displayed on Lap-108 when the No. 98 would rear end the No. 44 who developed a problem and was slowing. The accident would retire both vehicles.
– Running in the 35th position Dillon would come to pit road on Lap-110 to top off fuel, and bolt on a new set up tires hoping more cautions flags would allow the No. 31 back on the lead lap.
– Dillon would restart in the 31st position on Lap-115.
– The No. 31 would quickly advance a position on the restart running in the 30th position on Lap-116.
– Dillon would remain in the 30th spot in the running order as the race would go on a long green flag stretch
– Lap-134 would see the Dillon drive the Swann Security Chevrolet past the No. 68 to move into the 29th spot.
– Caution would come out for the seventh time on Lap-137 for a spinning No. 19 in Turn-4.
– Running in the 29th position Dillon would remain on track, and restart in 29th two laps down on Lap-142.
– The eighth caution would be displayed on Lap-145 for debris on the track and would send the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help a Hero 200 into NASCAR Overtime.
– Running in the 30th position at the time of the caution Dillon would remain on track and would restart in 31stwith the choose rule for the first attempt at overtime on Lap-150.
– On the final lap Dillon would be able to work his way past two cars moving into the 29th position.
– When the checkered flag flew on Lap-152 the No. 31 Swann Security Chevrolet would simply just run out of time trying to get back on the lead lap, and would be scored in the 29th position one lap down.
Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help a Hero 200 Recap:
– With #54-Denny Hamlin getting a pit road penalty in the waning laps of Saturday’s Xfinity Series race at Darlington, #9-Noah Gragson capitalized to score his first victory of the 2021 season. Gragson has to hold off the field on a pair of restarts, snapping a 49-race winless streak.
– #20-Harrison Burton earned his best finish of the season in second, with #22-Austin Cindric, #11-Justin Haley and #10-Jeb Burton rounding out the top five.
– #7-Justin Allgaier crossed the finish line in sixth position, with #23-Tyler Reddick, #51-Jeremy Clements, #2-Myatt Snider and #36-Alex Labbe making up the rest of the top 10. Hamlin rebounded to 12th at the checkered flag, despite leading a race-high 43 laps.
– There were 19 lead changes among eight drivers and eight cautions for 41 yellow flag laps.
– The average speed of the race was: 102.422 mph.
– Swann Security; Swann is a veteran in the global security camera market and has been in this business for over three decades. Founded in Melbourne, Australia, Swann creates innovative DIY security solutions including their patent-pending Enforcer™ Series product line, which offers enhanced crime deterrence with red and blue flashing lights, spotlights, and sirens, combined with mobile alerts, when unwanted activity is detected. Also, Swann is the only brand on the market that offers a complete lineup of inter-connectable wired and wireless security solutions via the Swann Security app that is completely integrated with Google Assistant and Alexa. As the global leader in wired, DIY security solutions, Swann helps its customers protect their homes, businesses, and garages no matter where life takes them — around the world or around the track. Swann’s products can be found at Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Lowe’s, Menards, Costco, Amazon, Ingram Micro, etc.
For more information on Swann and to shop the security cameras and accessories they have available visit them online at Swann.com, and be sure to follow Swann on social media to stay updated on the latest products and news: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
– Bommarito Automotive Group; Bommarito Automotive Group is celebrating its 50th year in the St. Louis marketplace, the Bommarito Automotive Group currently operates 20 automotive franchises throughout every St. Louis neighborhood led by president John Bommarito and the over 900 dedicated team members. Bommarito is recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as Missouri’s No. 1 selling automotive group and is currently ranked 52nd in the nation. What once started as a vision to have one Bommarito vehicle in every driveway, is today a reality thanks to the family’s ‘Where Price Sells Cars” mission.
For more information on the Bommarito Automotive Group or to see the vehicles they currently have in stock, visit them online at Bommarito.com, and follow their social channels on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
NASCAR Xfinity Series Owner Championship Standings:
After 24 events and the 14th event JAR has been eligible for, JAR moves up to the 30th position in the NXS Owner Point Standings after Dillon’s 29th place finish on Saturday afternoon.
Josh Berry will drive the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro SS when the NASCAR Xfinity Series travels to Richmond Raceway for the Go Bowling 250; Saturday, September 11. LIVE coverage will be on NBCSN. Motor Racing Network (MRN), and SiriusXM Channel 90 at 2:30 P.M. ET.