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 Real Heroes 400.
NASCAR at Darlington live updates, highlights from Real Heroes 400
5:45 p.m. — Caution comes out at 154 as debris from one of the banners is caught on Tyler Reddick. It was originally caught on Denny Hamlin, but he was able to get it off with help from Clint Bowyer, though it unfortunately flew off and landed on Reddick’s car. Wild stuff.
5:41 p.m. — We’re through 148 laps, past the halfway point, so if any rain comes the race will be official. Harvick, Bowman and Kurt Busch make up the top three.
5:33 p.m. — After 130 laps, Kevin Harvick leads. Alex Bowman in second, Denny Hamlin in third. There’s 163 laps left, 45 left in Stage 2.
5:25 p.m. — Yellow flag is up on lap 125 after Daniel Suarez spins out. No contact as he loses a tire, so he should be able to continue.
5:20 p.m. — Kevin Harvick is at the front of the restart to start lap 117. Alex Bowman in second, Kurt Busch in third and Denny Hamlin in fourth.
5:13 p.m. — Another caution out as William Byron loses control and bumps the outside wall.
5:07 p.m. — Kevin Harvick takes the lead off the restart, Alex Bowman in second and William Byron in third.
4:56 p.m. — Oh no. Jimmie Johnson spins out on the last lap in Stage 1. William Byron wins Stage 1.
4:54 p.m. — Five laps left in Stage 1, Johnson still leads. Byron up to second, Hamlin up to third.
4:51 p.m. — Finally some action at the front: Jimmie Johnson passes Alex Bowman to take the lead with nine laps to go in Stage 1. William Byron is in third, Denny Hamlin in fourth.
4:32 p.m. — After 45 laps we’re half way through Stage 1: Alex Bowman has taken the lead, Jimmie Johnson in second, Brad Keselowski down in third.
4:28 p.m. — Competition yellow is complete and the green flag is back up as teams have had a chance to make adjustments to their cars.
4:15 p.m. — After 30 laps, Brad Keselowski still leads with Kevin Harvick right behind him. Denny Hamlin up to third, Jimmie Johnson in fourth. Competition yellow is up now.
4:08 p.m. — Kyle Busch has already moved up 15 spots from 40th up to 25th after 15 laps. Impressive start following the setback.
4:06 p.m. — Brad Keselowski leads after 10 laps, Kevin Harvick in second and Jimmie Johnson in third.
4:03 p.m. — We’ll try this again, green flag comes back up for lap No. 7.
3:56 p.m. — It took about 15 seconds for the first wreck of the afternoon. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. loses control around turn two and crashes into the inside wall. He’s definitely done for the day.
3:56 p.m. — Green flag is finally waving and NASCAR is back!
3:52 p.m. — Kyle Busch’s car failed pre-race inspection twice, meaning he’ll lose his fourth-place spot and start at the rear.
3:44 p.m. — “Drivers, start your engines.” A nice tribute to the healthcare workers putting themselves on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. As they say in racing, let’s do that racing.
3:37 p.m. — Clint Bowyer provides fans with a little pre-race laugh during an interview with Jeff Gordon. “Patience, grasshopper.”
3:20 p.m. — All drivers have passed screening and will start the race, per FOX’s Bob Pockrass.
What time does the NASCAR race start today?
The NASCAR race at Darlington on May 17 is scheduled to start at 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.
Fox will broadcast five of the nine NASCAR Cup Series races currently on the revised schedule. The other four Cup races will broadcast live on FS1.
NASCAR starting lineup at Darlington
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