BI-LO 200

The BI-LO 200 is a discontinued NASCAR Busch Series event held from 1983 to 2004 as an accompanying race to the Southern 500. When the Southern 500 was dropped from the schedule and Darlington's Busch Series schedule was reduced to one race, this race was removed in favor of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway because of the Ferko lawsuit.

Mark Martin led all drivers in race wins with five. Only two other drivers, Harry Gant and Jeff Burton, won multiple BI-LO 200s, with both drivers winning three times.

BI-LO 200
Darlington raceway
NASCAR Busch Series
VenueDarlington Raceway
LocationDarlington, South Carolina, United States
Corporate sponsorBI-LO Supermarkets
First race1983
Last race2004
Distance200.8 miles (323.156 km)
Laps147
Previous namesDarlington 250 (1983)
Darlington 200 (1984)
Pontiac Winners' Circle 200 (1985)
Gatorade 200 (1986–1995, 2002)
Dura-Lube 200 Presented by BI-LO (1998)
Dura Lube 200 (1996–1997, 1999-2000)
South Carolina 200 (2001)
Winn-Dixie 200 Presented by PepsiCo (2003)
BI-LO 200 (2004)
Most wins (driver)Mark Martin (5)
Most wins (team)Roush Racing (8)
Most wins (manufacturer)Ford (8)
Circuit information
SurfaceAsphalt
Length1.366 mi (2.198 km)
Turns4

Past winners

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Laps Miles (km)
1983 September 4 Neil Bonnett Butch Mock Pontiac 183 249.978 (402.3) 1:54:14 131.299
1984 September 1 Ron Bouchard Race Hill Farm Team Pontiac 147 200.802 (323.159) 1:50:25 109.115
1985 August 31 Darrell Waltrip DarWal, Inc. Chevrolet 147 200.802 (323.159) 1:43:20 116.595
1986 September 1 Dale Earnhardt Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Pontiac 147 200.802 (323.159) 2:06:02 95.468
1987 September 5 Harry Gant Whitaker Racing Buick 147 200.802 (323.159) 1:56:45 103.196
1988 September 3 Harry Gant Whitaker Racing Buick 147 200.802 (323.159) 1:28:35 136.009
1989 September 2 Harry Gant Whitaker Racing Buick 147 200.802 (323.159) 1:41:06 119.17
1990 September 1 Dale Jarrett Horace Isenhower Pontiac 147 200.802 (323.159) 1:28:22 136.342
1991 August 31 Dale Earnhardt Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 147 200.802 (323.159) 1:29:49 134.141
1992 September 5 Michael Waltrip Bahari Racing Pontiac 147 200.802 (323.159) 1:27:13 138.14
1993 September 4 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 147 200.802 (323.159) 1:42:25 117.638
1994 September 3 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 111* 151.626 (244.018) 1:12:53 124.824
1995 September 2 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 147 200.802 (323.159) 1:44:36 115.183
1996 August 31 Terry Labonte Labonte Motorsports Chevrolet 147 200.802 (323.159) 1:33:47 128.468
1997 August 30 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford 147 200.802 (323.159) 1:42:02 118.08
1998 September 5 Dick Trickle Shoemaker Racing Chevrolet 147 200.802 (323.159) 1:37:46 123.233
1999 September 4 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 147 200.802 (323.159) 1:31:07 132.227
2000 September 2 Mark Martin Roush Racing Ford 147 200.802 (323.159) 1:41:55 118.215
2001 September 1 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford 147 200.802 (323.159) 1:57:34 102.479
2002 August 31 Jeff Burton Roush Racing Ford 74* 101.084 (162.678) 1:05:33 92.525
2003 August 30 Brian Vickers Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 147 200.802 (323.159) 1:45:00 114.744
2004 November 13 Jamie McMurray Rusty Wallace Racing Dodge 147 200.802 (323.159) 1:49:49 109.711
  • 1994 and 2002: Race shortened due to rain.

See also

References

NASCAR.com race indexes

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For the race known as the Tri-City Pontiac 200 from 1985–1988, held at Bristol Motor Speedway, see Food City 250

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