It has been nearly two months since we last had some big sporting events. This was for the teams, drivers, and all fans of sports. Thus having NASCAR return as one of the sports that was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There would be no fans allowed but people were still able to catch the action at home. 

Kevin Harvick has won NASCAR’S return in The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway. The Busch Light #YOURFACEHERE Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing led 159 out of the 293 laps and got the teams first win of 2020. Harvick also became the 14th driver to win at least 50 races in the Cup Series.  

For his teammates meanwhile, it was a mediocre return. Aric Almirola finished 12th in the 10 Smithfield Ford. Clint Bowyer in the 14 Rush Trucking/Mobil 1 Ford had some debris on his splitter while finishing 17th and rookie Cole Custer finished 22nd in the 41 Haas Mustang.  

Hendrick Motorsports had dominant cars all day. Unfortunately, only two were able to finish in the top five. Alex Bowman led 41 laps in the 88 NOCO Chevrolet Camaro finishing second. Chase Elliott was silent throughout the day running in the top 15 area. The 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevy finished fourth. William Byron won stage one early on the leading three laps. However, the 24 Axalta Chevrolet blew a tire causing him to spin out. Byron finished in 35th. Jimmie Johnson was about to win stage one, that is until the 48 Ally Camaro made contact with the soon to be lapped car of Chris Buescher. Johnson spun and hit the inside wall. Jimmie would lead nine laps, but finished 38th. 

Joe Gibbs Racing went from being absent to the first half of the race to having three cars finish in the top ten. Denny Hamlin finished fifth in the 11 FedEx Toyota Camry and Martin Truex Jr bounced back from a possible loose wheel to finish sixth in the 19 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats/ATVs Toyota. Last fall’s winner Erik Jones finished eighth in the 20 DeWalt/Atomic Compact Series Camry. Defending series champion Kyle Busch failed pre race inspection twice and had to start in the back. Later on he moved into the top 10, but unfortunately, the 18 Patriotic M&M’s Toyota had a loose wheel. Busch finished 26th.  

As we know Chip Ganassi Racing hired Matt Kenseth to drive the 42. In his first start since Homestead in 2018, the 42 Credit One Bank Camaro finished 10th. Teammate Kurt Busch finished third in the 1 Monster Energy Chevy.  

Ryan Newman was another big story, making a comeback after a horrific crash at the end of the Daytona 500.  Newman was in the top 15 and even the top 10 for some of the day. The 6 Oscar Mayer #FrontYardCookout Ford finished 15th. His Roush Fenway teammate Chris Buescher finished 32nd in the 17 Fastenal Ford. 

Brad Keselowski won the pole via a blind draw and led 80 laps in the 2 Discount Tire Ford for Team Penske and won stage two. However, he finished outside of the top ten in 13th. Ryan Blaney finished 16th in the 12 Duracell Optimum/Menards Mustang and Joey Logano finished 18th in the 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford. 

The next race is the Toyota 500 at Darlington Raceway with the start time being at 7:30 on FS1.  


  1. Kevin Harvick 4 Busch Light #YOURFACEHERE Ford Mustang Stewart-Haas Racing
  2. Alex Bowman 88 NOCO/ Chevrolet Camaro Hendrick Motorsports
  3. Kurt Busch 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet Camaro Chip Ganassi Racing
  4. Chase Elliott 9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro Hendrick Motorsports
  5. Denny Hamlin 11 FedEx Toyota Camry Joe Gibbs Racing
  6. Martin Truex Jr. 19 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats/ATVs Toyota Camry Joe Gibbs Racing
  7. Tyler Reddick (R) 8 Caterpillar Chevrolet Camaro Richard Childress Racing
  8. Erik Jones 20 DeWalt/Atomic Compact Series Toyota Camry Joe Gibbs Racing
  9. John Hunter Nemechek (R) 38 SCAG Power Equipment Ford Mustang Front Row Motorsports
  10. Matt Kenseth 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet Camaro Chip Ganassi Racing
  11. Austin Dillon 3 Symbicort Chevrolet Camaro Richard Childress Racing
  12. Aric Almirola 10 Smithfield/Feeding America #GoodFoodChallenge Ford Mustang Stewart-Haas Racing
  13. Brad Keselowski 2 Discount Tire Ford Mustang Team Penske
  14. Matt DiBenedetto 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford Mustang Wood Brothers Racing
  15. Ryan Newman 6 Oscar Mayer #FrontYardCookout Ford Mustang Roush-Fenway Racing
  16. Ryan Blaney 12 Duracell Optimum/Menards Ford Mustang Team Penske
  17. Clint Bowyer 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Ford Mustang Stewart-Haas Racing
  18. Joey Logano 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang Team Penske
  19. Ty Dillon 13 GEICO Chevrolet Camaro Germain Racing
  20. Ryan Preece 37 Cottonelle/Kroger Chevrolet Camaro JTG-Daugherty Racing
  21. Bubba Wallace 43 World Wide Technology Chevrolet Camaro Richard Petty Motorsports
  22. Cole Custer (R) 41 Ford Mustang Stewart-Haas Racing
  23. Michael McDowell 34 Ford Mustang Front Row Motorsports
  24. Christopher Bell (R) 95 Rheem/Procore Toyota Camry Leavine Family Racing
  25. Daniel Suárez 96 Toyota Dealers Toyota Camry Gaunt Brothers Racing
  26. Kyle Busch 18 Patriotic M&M’s Toyota Camry Joe Gibbs Racing
  27. Brennan Poole (R) 15 Spartan Mosquito Pro Tech Chevrolet Camaro Premium Motorsports
  28. J.J. Yeley 27 Jacob Construction Ford Mustang Rick Ware Racing
  29. Reed Sorenson 77 Swamp Rabbits Chevrolet Camaro Spire Motorsports
  30. Joey Gase 51 ASC Agri Supply/Carolina Cooker Ford Mustang Rick Ware Racing
  31. Corey LaJoie 32 Drydene Ford Mustang Go Fas Racing
  32. Chris Buscher 17 Fastenal Ford Mustang Roush-Fenway Racing
  33. Timmy Hill 66 Toyota Camry MBM Motorsports
  34. Josh Bilicki (R) 7 Gravely Chevrolet Camaro Tommy Baldwin Racing
  35. William Byron 24 Axalta Chevrolet Camaro Hendrick Motorsports
  36. Quin Houff (R) 00 Units Moving and Portable Storage Chevrolet Camaro StarCom Racing
  37. Garrett Smithley (R) 53 Trophy Tractor Chevrolet Camaro Rick Ware Racing
  38. Jimmie Johnson 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro Hendrick Motorsports
  39. B.J. McLeod 78 Christensen Arms Chevrolet Camaro B.J. McLeod Motorsports
  40. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 Kroger Chevrolet Camaro JTG-Daugherty Racing