Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 9/11/14
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TAMING THE LADY IN BLACK: Heading to the historic asphalt track of Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, Elliott Sadler will make his second start of the season for Sport Clips driving the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 under the lights Friday night, May 10. Sadler has nine previous starts in the Nationwide Series at the track known as being ‘Too Tough Too Tame,’ with a best finish of third in 2011. JGR STRONG AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY: In the last three NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has walked away with 1-2 finishes and has won six of the last seven events held at the 1.366-mile oval dating back to 2006. The only race not won by a JGR driver since 2006 was the 2009 event where Matt Kenseth, now in his first year with JGR, recorded his third NNS win at the famed track. VFW SPORT CLIPS HELP A HERO 200: This weekend Sport Clips Haircuts and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) continue their longtime partnership to sponsor the Friday night NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway on May 10, 2013. The NASCAR partnership between Sport Clips and VFW will help to raise awareness about the struggles many military families are facing and the VFW’s mission to support active-duty military, veterans and their families. As the “Official Haircutter” of the VFW, Sport Clips has donated almost $ 2 million since 2007 through its annual “Help a Hero” campaign. Since its initial contribution of $80,000 in 2007, Sport Clips’ Help a Hero program has made possible over 2 million calls home between U.S. service members and their loved ones through the VFW’s Operation Uplink Free Call Days program. GRAND MARSHAL: Sport Clips Founder and CEO Gordon Logan along with VFW Foundation Manager Richard Freiburghouse will serve as the Co-Grand Marshals for the Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway on Friday, May 10, 2013. THINK PINK: Elliott Sadler will sport pink Oakley driving shoes throughout the entire Nationwide Series season to show support for breast cancer awareness and honor his mom, Bell. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, and is now a survivor. This season, he will also wear special pink Oakley driving gloves. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on his race-worn shoes throughout the season, with proceeds going toward breast cancer research and education. For more information, visit www.SadlerFoundation.org. POINTS UPDATE: After eight races of the 2013 season, Elliott Sadler is currently tied for fourth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Point Standings, 47 points out of first. The No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Sport Clips team sits eighth in the Owner’s Point Standings, 56 points out of first. RACE INFO: The VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway is scheduled for Friday, May 10, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Watch and listen live on ESPN 2, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET. SADLER ON DARLINGTON: “Darlington is always one of my favorite weekends of the year. That track has so much history, and racing under the lights just creates even more enthusiasm and energy from the fans. There are a lot of memories for me there — good and bad. I earned my first-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole at Darlington in 2003, and a pole early in my career in the Nationwide Series in 1997. Last season, we were leading and running a really good race, but got wrecked on the restart. This Sports Clips team is determined, and I know we will be ready to unload quickly and try to bring home a victory at the track tagged “Too Tough to Tame.” “It’s really great to be able to work with a sponsor like Sports Clips who is so dedicated to the military and their families. It is something that is near to my heart, and I am so thankful for all of the brave men and women that put their lives on the line to give us the opportunity to live in this great country. They fight every day to give me the chance to race every weekend and do what I love. It’s so cool that Sports Clips has donated almost $2 million to VFW’s Operation Uplink free call days program to provide a way to thank some of the military members out there battling for our country. Their bravery is not measurable, and for Sports Clips and VFW to develop this program to salute the troops is great.”
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