RACE ADVANCE: John Hunter Nemechek at Darlington

  • Race: Sports Clips Haircuts VFW Help A Hero 200
  • Date: Saturday, September 3
  • Time: 3:00PM ET
  • Track: Darlington Raceway
  • Distance: 147 laps / 200.8 miles
  • Stage Duration:
  • Stage 1: 45 laps, ends Lap 45
  • Stage 2: 45 laps, ends Lap 90
  • Final Stage: 57 laps, ends Lap 147
  • Broadcasting: USA | MRN | SiriusXM NASCAR Ch. 90
  • Practice
  • Date: Saturday, September 3
  • Time: 10:05-10:25AM




  • Qualifying
  • Date: Saturday, September 3
  • Time: 10:35AM ET
  • Format: Single Vehicle | One Lap | One Round



Starts: 2

Wins: 0

Top-5’s: 1

Top-10’s: 1

Best Start: 16th (2019)

Best Finish: 4th (2021)


Starts: 4

Wins: 0

Top-5’s: 1

Top-10’s: 1

Best Start: 23rd (2022)

Best Finish: 4th (2022)

  • John Hunter Nemechek will pilot the No. 26 TheFreedom13.org Toyota GR Supra at Darlington Raceway on Saturday, marking his 65th NASCAR Xfinity Series career start.
  • The #HelpAHero200 at Darlington Raceway will mark Nemechek’s seventh start with Sam Hunt Racing (SHR) in 2022.


  • Nemechek solidified SHR’s season-best finish earlier this season at Darlington Raceway – 4th place.


  • Nemechek will partner with TheFreedom13.org for the Sports Clips VFW Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway.
  • About TheFreedom13.org: The Freedom 13 organization was created as a tribute to the 13 American heroes lost in the Kabul, Afghanistan attack in August of 2021. The Freedom 13 aids U.S. military veterans with resources on their journey to leading a full, productive civilian life. The organization also aims to strengthen the bonds they share with their families and other veterans as well as help veterans rediscover themselves. The Freedom 13 was started in 2022 in memory of Marine Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz, Killed In Action in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 26, 2021, by Mark and Jacklyn Schmitz. With the loss of their son; the Schmitz family has focused on a new mission in life: to try and take care of as many veteran service members as they can. For more information, visit https://thefreedom13.org/.
  • Background Information can be found here: Freedom13 Background.pdf


  • Nemechek only has two previous career NXS starts at Darlington Raceway.


  • Nemechek won the NCWTS race at Darlington Raceway in the spring.

I’m looking forward to being back at Darlington with Sam Hunt Racing and to have The Freedom 13 back on board with us this week. We had a really great run at Darlington in the spring. We gathered great notes, and I’m confident we’ll be there to contend at the end.”

— John Hunter Nemechek, Driver of the No. 26 TheFreedom13.org Toyota GR Supra


Our entire organization has been looking forward to getting back to Darlington ever since the Spring race ended. Arguably our best run this year, I feel like John Hunter and Allen took good notes on where to get a little bit better to hopefully be in contention for a win again. We are proud to be carrying the Freedom 13 colors for another week and hopefully can honor these heroes with a solid performance.”


— Sam Hunt, Owner of Sam Hunt Racing