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Kevin Harvick wins NASCAR's return from COVID-19 season suspension at Darlington Raceway


After a 10-week hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR returned to the racetrack for the The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway, and Kevin Harvick would take the victory to resume the season.

For the current points leader, Kevin Harvick, it wouldn't just be a victory on Sunday, it was also his second Cup Series victory at Darlington, as well as his first win of the 2020 campaign.

Driving under Stewart-Haas Racing, Harvick led 159 laps out of the 292 total, and would hold off both Kurt Busch and Alex Bowman to score his 50th career victory in the NASCAR Cup Series. The win would also tie him for 12th on the all-time list with Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson.

The first lap saw a crash that took out Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and it looked like it was going to be an eventful race. However, after the first lap wreck, there wasn't much action in a race that was held without both practice or qualifying.

While leading the race, Jimmie Johnson would wreck during lap 90, while his teammate from Hendrick Motorsports, William Byron, would be taken out himself just 19 laps later. Other than that though, there weren't any major multi-car crashes in a race where there were no fans in attendance.


Another highlight from the race was the comeback of Ryan Newman, who hasn't been in action since suffering a brain jury in a dramatic Daytona 500 crash back in February. Newman would finish 15th after originally starting in the No. 21 position.


The relaunched NASCAR Cup Series will return on Wednesday night for a 500-kilometer race at Darlington Raceway, as NASCAR looks to complete a 36-race schedule despite having to cancel eight races because of the coronavirus-influenced suspension to the season.

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