Some notes from NASCAR's No. 2 touring outfit, the Nationwide Series:
UP – Denny Hamlin
Earned his first series win of the year at Richmond and has won two straight at Darlington.
UP – Joe Gibbs Racing
The organization's drivers have won five consecutive races.
DOWN – ESPN
A half-hearted commitment to the series is no commitment at all.
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Stephen Wallace: Despite a run-in with Kyle Busch, Wallace seems to be making progress with fifth-place finish last weekend - a career-best - and top-10 finishes in two of his last three races.
Mark Martin: Makes his second series start with JR Motorsports. In his previous outing with the team, he won at Las Vegas, handing the organization its first victory.
Chase Miller: Gillett Evernham Motorsports driver makes his first appearance at Darlington and just his third start of the season.
There are only two tracks at which both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series race where Tony Stewart has not won, but Darlington is one of them. Las Vegas is the other. So far this season he has already knocked two others off his "to do" list - California and Talladega.
In honor of Mother’s Day, Huggies and Pull-Ups brands will present the Women's Auxiliary of Motorsports with a $10,000 check at Darlington to aid the organization's commitment to enriching the lives of women, children and families. In addition to the donation, the car the company sponsors (the No. 27 Ford) will feature a special paint scheme.
Despite sitting out the Mexico City race, David Stremme has cracked the top 10 in points, entering this week in the 10th position. It marks the first time a driver for Rusty Wallace Inc. has been ranked in the top-10 of the standings.
This week's race
Diamond Hill Plywood 200
Where: Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Last year's winner: Denny Hamlin.
Top 10 in points: 1. Clint Bowyer, 1,565; 2. Carl Edwards, 1,556; 3. Kyle Busch, 1,553; 4. David Ragan, 1,434; 5. Mike Bliss, 1,424; 6. David Reutimann, 1,407; 7. Brad Keselowski, 1,382; 8. Jason Leffler, 1,342; 9. Mike Wallace, 1,297; 10. David Stremme, 1,177.