BUSCH: Darlington Diamond Hill 200 has 45 entries

Home staters, rookies head Diamond Hill Plywood 200 entries DARLINGTON, SC (March 18) -- Five South Carolina natives and seven rookies are among the 45 drivers entered in Saturday's 18th Diamond Hill Plywood 200 NASCAR Busch Series race at...

Home staters, rookies head Diamond Hill Plywood 200 entries

DARLINGTON, SC (March 18) -- Five South Carolina natives and seven rookies are among the 45 drivers entered in Saturday's 18th Diamond Hill Plywood 200 NASCAR Busch Series race at Darlington Raceway. The landmark event gets a 1 p.m. start at the track "Too Tough To Tame." The historical 147-lap race will be the last NASCAR Busch Series race at the 1.366-mile oval with the start/finish line in its original position. Because of expansion plans, the line will be moved to the current backstretch for Darlington's Labor Day weekend events, the Dura Lube 200 presented by AutoZone NASCAR Busch Series race and the 47th Mountain Dew Southern 500 NASCAR Winston Cup Series event on Aug. 30-31. The drivers from the Palmetto State include Batesburg's Lyndon Amick, Florence's Ron Barfield, Rock Hill's David Hutto, Greenville's Jason Keller and Fountain Inn's Shane Hall. The rookies are Amick, Hutto, Steve Park (driving Dale Earnhardt's entry), Jimmy Foster, Jeff McClure, Stanton Barrett and Johnny Chapman. Amick tested for the first time at the track last week and reeled off a fast lap of 163.756 mph. "It's an awesome track," he said. "I'm just in awe. I can't wait to get back. What a track!" Busch Pole Day is set to begin Friday at 2 p.m. when the full field of up to 43 cars for the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 will be determined. Following that, Busch Pole Award Qualifying for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series TranSouth Financial 400 will set positions 1-25 for Sunday's 1 p.m. event.

Here are some other interesting facts on entries into the Diamond Hill Plywood 200: * Mark Martin leads all active drivers with two poles for the Diamond Hill Plywood 200. He also has two wins. * Martin will be joined by four other NASCAR Winston Cup regulars, including Ricky Craven, Jeff Burton, Dick Trickle and Greg Sacks, in the list of hopeful qualifiers for the DHP 200. * Since the first race was run in 1980, the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 has been won from the pole position three times. The worst starting position of a winner? Larry Pearson, in 1996, came all the way to the front from the 36th starting spot. * If Martin doesn't win this year's event, there will be a new Darlington winner. Of the 45 entries, only Martin has won the Diamond Hill Plywood 200. * Jeff Green, winner at Las Vegas on March 16, is the defending pole winner at Darlington. His speed of 166.337 mph is a track record for a Darlington NASCAR Busch Series event. * Martin leads all drivers with five top-five finishes. Advance reserved seats remain for this weekend's events. For tickets to Busch Pole Day or the Diamond Hill Plywood 200 or the Sunday, March 23, TranSouth Financial 400, call the Darlington Raceway ticket office at (803) 395-8499.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Burton , Dick Trickle , Steve Park , Jason Keller , Jeff Green , Lyndon Amick , Ricky Craven , Ron Barfield , Greg Sacks , Johnny Chapman , Mark Martin