After two months away from the observe, the NASCAR Cup Series lastly returned Sunday afternoon, a welcome sight for racing followers throughout the United States.
Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag at The Real Heroes 400, an occasion held without any followers in attendance at Darlington Raceway. Drivers will keep at the 1.366-mile oval for Wednesday evening’s Toyota 500 (6 p.m. ET, FS1), which may even embody solely important personnel.
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There had been some preliminary issues about how NASCAR would be capable to function amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, however groups did not encounter many points at their first fan-less race outdoors of basic awkwardness.
“On the way to the race track, I’m like, ‘Man, this could be a complete mess trying to get in the race track when I get there,'” Harvick crew chief Rodney Childers stated (through Fox Sports). “I get to the race observe and every thing is simply completely seamless.
“Pulling in, the way in which it was operated outdoors the race observe coming in, the quantity of element that was in all that — I used to be form of blown away by it.”
It’s removed from a really perfect situation, however NASCAR is again. Which drivers will probably be able to deal with the fast turnaround?
Who received the pole for the NASCAR race at Darlington?
Unlike a typical race, the Toyota 500 is not going to have a qualifying run.
The beginning lineup will probably be based mostly on the ending order from The Real Heroes 400 with one inversion, per NASCAR:
- Starting positions 1-20: The prime 20 finishers from The Real Heroes 400 will probably be inverted for the beginning of the Toyota 500.
- Starting positions 21-40: The backside 20 finishers from The Real Heroes 400 will begin from their ending positions for the beginning of the Toyota 500; any new entries will probably be positioned at the tail of the sector.
Ryan Preece, who completed 20th on Sunday, will probably be on the pole for the Toyota 500 due to the inversion. Ty Dillon, Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer and Ryan Blaney spherical out the highest 5 for Wednesday’s race.
NASCAR beginning lineup at Darlington
|1||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|2||Ty Dillon||13||Germain Racing|
|three||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|four||Clint Bowyer||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|5||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|6||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|7||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
|eight||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|9||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|10||Austin Dillon||three||Richard Childress Racing|
|11||Matt Kenseth||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|12||John Hunter Nemechek||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|13||Erik Jones||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|14||Tyler Reddick||eight||Richard Childress Racing|
|15||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|16||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|17||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|18||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|19||Alex Bowman||88||Hendrick Motorsports|
|20||Kevin Harvick||four||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|21||Bubba Wallace||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|22||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|23||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|24||Christopher Bell||95||Leavine Family Racing|
|25||Daniel Suarez||96||Gaunt Brothers Racing|
|26||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|27||Brennan Poole||15||Premium Motorsports|
|28||Gray Gaulding||27||Rick Ware Racing|
|29||JJ Yeley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|30||Joey Gase||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|31||Corey LaJoie||32||Go Fas Racing|
|32||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|33||Timmy Hill||66||MBM Motorsports|
|34||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|35||Quin Houff||00||Starcom Racing|
|36||Garrett Smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
|37||Jimmie Johnson||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|38||BJ McLeod||78||BJ McLeod Motorsports|
|39||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|