Kevin harvick gained the true heroes 4 hundred at darlington raceway, because the nascar cup assortment resumed its 2020 season sunday after the covid-19 lockdowns positioned the season on protect for 10 weeks, or seventy one days. The racing world acquired right here once more to life on the monitor too powerful to tame with out followers inside the stands and restrained group participation. harvick, the driving drive of the no. four stewart-haas racing ford led a race-high 159 laps of the 293-lap occasion across the 1. 366-mile egg-shaped oval in south carolina and took the win after bringing the sector to inexperienced after a overdue-race warning led to a restart.
Harvick and hendrick motorsports chevrolet driving force alex bowman engaged in a difficult-fought, aspect-by means of-side battle for the lead, which harvick held on to all the method by way of the checkered flag. Sunday’s victory marked harvick’s fiftieth at nascar’s most fascinating degree, making him the 14th driving drive in cup assortment information to achieve that milestone. Harvick broke a tie with tony stewart at forty 9 wins and is now tied with junior johnson and ned jarrett for twelfth neighborhood on the all-time listing.
The win moreover marked harvick’s second profession cup win at darlington in 24 tries. Bowman got here in 2nd, noticed via chip ganassi racing driving force kurt busch and hendrick teammate chase elliott. Joe gibbs racing driving drive denny hamlin rounded out the top 5 in his toyota, similtaneously martin truex jr., tyler reddick, erik jones, john hunter nemechek and matt kenseth accomplished the highest 10.
Kenseth turned making his nascar return after retiring from the sport on the stop of the 2018 season, altering kyle larson inside the no. 42 chevrolet for chip ganassi racing. Larson turned launched from the race crew after he used a racial slur all by means of an iracing flow into occasion. Moreover making his nascar return on condition that his last-lap crash within the daytona 500, ryan newman accomplished 15th in his no. 6 roush fenway racing ford. Newman added out the final warning of the afternoon after he spun in flip 1 with a tire down. Penske driving force brad keselowski, who earned the pole function from a random draw, wound up thirteenth after triumphing stage 2. Degree 1 winner and hendrick motorsports driving force william byron completed 35th after a flat tire on lap 100 and ten ruined his potentialities for a primary charge finish.
Harvick made the fanless occasion appear to be a sunday stress in place of an episode out of “existence after human beings” in what is going to transfer down as one of many strangest races in nascar information. Masks, social distancing, distant broadcasting and a fan-unfastened speedway have been most of the most sizeable variations in nascar’s return. Nascar selected the oldest speedway on the cup circuit as probably the most safe location to restart its season after eight actions have been postponed amid the pandemic. Nascar had been coping with a financial disintegrate if races didn’t resume on nation huge television. Nascar turned into additionally the “discuss of twitter” as the utmost commented subject material on the social media platform and the event additionally delivered nascar to many new lovers, a couple of who had on no account watched an event till sunday. The primary race returned turned deemed the precise heroes 400 and turned into dedicated to well being care employees on the entrance traces.
“i simply have to thank everybody from nascar and all of the groups for letting us do what we do. I didn’t assume it may be that an terrible lot unique if we gained the race, but it surely’s ineffective silent proper right here,” harvick acknowledged after exiting his vehicle on the start/end line. “we omit the followers.”
an terrible lot of harvick’s sport plan identical to the opposite drivers and groups turned formed from no train and no qualifying for the occasion. the california driver stated that “i believe as you check out darlington and also you observe the issues that befell this week, i just about concept it might play into our palms merely because of the reality our guys are so that exact at hitting the auto (set-up correct) off the truck for the utmost half,” he acknowledged. “we spent loads of time, a number of try, quite a few learning, fairly a couple of conferences. Man, i’m excited. It is miles bizarre simply because of the reality there’s nobody up there (within the stands).”
nascar will resume racing as soon as extra on wednesday evening time in a top-time race additionally to be held at darlington raceway sooner than going once more to charlotte and the coca-cola 600 on memorial day weekend.