NASCAR Is Back: Kevin Harvick Wins At Deserted Darlington

18 Mai, 2020, 13:10 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • With Sunday's win Kevin Harvick broke a tie with Tony Stewart at 49 wins and is now tied with Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett for 12th on the all-time wins list. File

Steve O'Donnell, Nascar's executive vice president, said: "We didn't have to tell anyone or remind anyone to wear a mask".

Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race called "The Real Heroes 400" was dedicated to health care workers and was the first race since the season was suspended on March 13.

Darlington Raceway hosted the first NASCAR race in 71 days.

After the race, NASCAR officials run cars through an inspection process. Instead, they were forced to call the action from a studio in Charlotte, N.C. Gray smoke billowed during a caution, which isn't that odd a sight at a NASCAR race. "But a familiar sound".

Kevin Harvick - who won the 400-mile, 292-lap race - also noted the surreal setting. It was a much different picture than the typical race.

"What I would do to get that corner back to do it over again", Johnson said in the pits following in incident.

The win was Harvick's fiftieth career victory. Harvick paid tribute to Dr. Josh Hughes, whose name was listed on Harvick's No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, following the race.

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"(He's) one of my really good friends", Harvick said. "[I] spent a lot of time with him and [saw] how this whole pandemic has affected our front-line workers and persons on a weekly basis". We're thinking of you.

And even without fans allowed on the property, a small grass fire still broke out behind a section of the track.

USA stock auto racing series Nascar made a successful return to live racing at an empty Darlington Raceway in SC over the weekend following a 10-week hiatus. NASCAR has declined to do COVID-19 testing to ensure those tests go to those in need, but competitors are supposed to log who they come into contact with, not return to the race shop after being at the track and continue to follow CDC guidelines on social distancing.

The Darlington race featured no practice or qualifying. Pole position for the race was determined based on a random draw, not the traditional method of time trials.

Tyler Reddick, a rookie with Richard Childress Racing, was seventh at "The Track Too Tough To Tame".

Darlington's distinction? A unique "egg-shaped" oval design that came about due to negotiations that took place seventy years ago between track patriarch Harold Brasington and Sherman Ramsey.

"The west end of the track was narrowed to accommodate the fishing hole", the raceway's official website noted. The penalty for such an infraction is a one-race suspension for the driver's crew chief along with a $20,000 fine.

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