Slick Willy B And Nemecheck Take On NXS

William Byron

William Byron, John Hunter Nemechek will challenge Xfinity regulars at Darlington

There’s a history of NASCAR Cup Series drivers stealing victories from NASCAR Xfinity Series regulars at Darlington Raceway, and that could be the case in Saturday’s Crown Royal Purple Bag Project 200 (1:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

William Byron and John Hunter Nemechek are racing in both the Cup and Xfinity Series events on Throwback Weekend at the Track Too Tough to Tame. Byron is the defending winner of the Cup race, while Nemechek has two poles, three top fives and four top 10s in five starts at the track.

Nemechek also won at Las Vegas earlier this season in a double-duty appearance there.

Before Byron won last year’s race, however, JR Motorsports had triumphed in the previous three races, with Noah Gragson winning twice and Justin Allgaier once. A two-time winner at Darlington, Allgaier is hungry for a breakthrough victory this season after a number of close calls.

“Darlington has always been a really strong place for us, and I feel extremely confident that we will be just as quick again this weekend,” Allgaier said. “The last couple weeks didn’t go quite as we had planned, but I know that (crew chief) Jim (Pohlman) and all the guys on this BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet are ready to go and get back to the track.

“Hopefully, we can have a nice, smooth day and be up front when it matters at the end. We’re ready.”

JRM has added six races to part-timer Carson Kvapil’s schedule after Kvapil finished fourth at Martinsville and second at Dover in his only two starts in the series to date. Kvapil will make his third Xfinity appearance on Saturday.

Kyle Busch to make final 2024 NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series start at Darlington

Surprisingly, Kyle Busch has never made a NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series start at Darlington Raceway, but that will change in Friday night’s Buckle Up South Carolina 200 (7:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

The all-time victory leader in the series with 66 wins, Busch has triumphed in two of his previous four starts this season, at Atlanta and Texas. The driver of the of the No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet is a three-time winner in the Cup Series at Darlington.

“I’m looking forward to Friday night’s Truck Series race at Darlington,” Busch said. “The Truck Series has only raced at Darlington I think maybe 10 times or so (actually 11) and just started going regularly the last five years, but it never worked out for me on my truck schedule.”

To win his only Darlington start in a truck, Busch will have to beat defending winner Christian Eckes and the series’ most recent winner, Corey Heim, who took the checkered flag last Saturday at Kansas Speedway.

Eckes is driving a Chevrolet with a throwback paint scheme paying tribute to Brownie King, who raced on the Daytona Beach & Road Course and competed in the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959.

Heim’s No. 11 TRICON Garage Toyota bears a paint scheme memorializing Cale Yarborough’s 1974 Southern 500 Chevrolet.


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