Sport NASCAR at Darlington live race updates, results, highlights from the Real Heroes 400
Answering 15 questions about NASCAR's return to racing during the COVID-19 crisis
NASCAR is back. For the first time since early March, NASCAR is hitting the race track again after missing eight races because of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The premier Cup Series last real-life race — not the virtual ones NASCAR drivers have been competing in thanks to iRacing during the coronavirus hiatus — was March 8 at Phoenix Raceway, and its next one is scheduled for Sunday at Darlington Raceway. But several factors were considered in order for NASCAR to actually come back.
Two long, dreary months without live, real-life NASCAR racing have passed, but the action will finally start back up on Sunday with the Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway.
It won't be quite the same as your typical NASCAR race. There won't be any cheering fans drunk out of their mind — at least not in the grandstands. Teams will also have a limited amount of personnel and must adhere to NASCAR's new safety guidelines, which includes wearing masks. But still, racing is back.
Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from NASCAR's race in Darlington, S.C., to resume the 2020 season. Follow below for complete results from the.
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NASCAR at Darlington live updates, highlights from Real Heroes 400
(Updates will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET. All times are Eastern.)
What time does the NASCAR race start today?
- Date: Sunday, May 17
- Start time: 3:30 p.m. ET
- TV channel: Fox
- Live stream: Fox Sports Go,
The NASCAR race at Darlington on May 17at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Of the seven NASCAR races currently scheduled across all three national series in the span of 11 days, Sunday's event at Darlington is the only "day" race. Although, with a race distance of 400 miles, chances are Sunday's event will end under the lights.
Foxfive of the nine NASCAR Cup Series races currently on the revised schedule. The other four Cup races will broadcast live on FS1.
Even without access, racing fans flock to Darlington Raceway as NASCAR schedule resumes
NASCAR revs up schedule, even with no fans allowed at Darlington Raceway.“No fans?” Johnson said. “I want to see how that affects the drivers, to walk around with no autographs and just peace and quiet. They’re not used to that.
NASCAR starting lineup at Darlington
|15||(19)||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota|
|23||(47)||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Chevrolet|
|34||(38)||John Hunter Nemechek||Ford|
Busch passes Cindric in OT to win Xfinity race at Charlotte .
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) Kyle Busch normally celebrates his victories by climbing on top of his race car and bowing to the crowd. But with no fans in attendance at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Monday night due to the coronavirus pandemic, Busch passed on the tradition after driving past Austin Cindric on the final lap of overtime to claim his 97th career Xfinity Series win.''It kinda felt a little odd,'' Busch said. ''I guess I could have bowed to the camera.''After a crash involving several cars sent the race into overtime, Cindric had a great restart in overtime and overtook Busch for the lead starting from the inside lane.