When NASCAR returned on Sunday, there were no fans in the stands, but the same excitement on the track remained. Kevin Harvick led 159 of 293 laps en route to his 50th career victory. He didn’t get to celebrate with a roaring crowd, but rather on the track with Regan Smith holding a microphone on a stick, and then cheered in Victory Lane — alone. Tonight, we’re back at Darlington, again, picking up where we left off on Sunday.
Here’s what to look for:
A day we will never forget. #NASCARIsBack pic.twitter.com/IwMBYock3J
— Darlington Raceway (@TooToughToTame) May 18, 2020
-Kevin Harvick is bringing back his race-winning car from Sunday. You hear about that sometimes, guys using the same chassis that won a race before. Welp, it isn’t often you can do it just a few days later! Does Happy have what it takes to hoist a trophy alone again? It’s lonely at the top!
You wouldn’t know we haven’t raced in 2 months. This team crushes it, ready to get after it again tomorrow pic.twitter.com/kRamj27NxW
— Alex Bowman (@AlexBowman88) May 19, 2020
-Alex Bowman started and finished in 2nd place. With the Top 20 inverted, he’ll roll off from 19th. He had a strong car all day though, even got out front for 41 laps. How does Bowman the Showman handle being mired mid-pack? We shall see!
It'll be hard to miss the new @tide #powerpods Chevy under the lights @TooToughToTame tomorrow night!@kroger | @stenhousejr | @RyanPreece_ | #NASCARisBack pic.twitter.com/QOrHhNlxHW
— JTG Daugherty Racing (@JTGRacing) May 19, 2020
-Ryan Preece will start from Pole today by virtue of finishing 20th last time. Now, that’s nothing to write home about, a 20th, but we always cover the Polesitter. Preece did have some flashes of brilliance in the 400-miler though, finishing 7th in Stage 2. He started that race in 25th, but will have all kinds of clean air to start tonight’s race. How does the #37 do this time around?
Let’s go! Sure felt like we passed a bunch of people Sunday 😂😂 https://t.co/iiqD6LCXd7
— Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) May 18, 2020
-Tyler Reddick was the best finishing rookie a The Real Heroes 400. He finished 7th after starting 29th, and got up there quick enough to rank 8th in Stage 1. It was the only Cup race Reddick has run here, Would you believe that in three Xfinity Series racing he’s got a 7.0 average finish here, too? Weird, wild stuff.
NEWS:#NASCAR | #NASCARIsBack | @FordPerformance https://t.co/BGKjXnFjc3
— John Hunter Nemechek (@JHNemechek) May 20, 2020
-John Hunter Nemechek was another of our rookies finishing in the Top 10, placing 9th after starting way the heck back in 34th. That is mighty impressive, and I think good things are on the horizon for this guy. Talented driver.
The Frogmore Stew from Sunday was deeee-lish, I hope you get a chance to whip up some of your own someday. Didn’t really take that long either! We’re going a little more reserved tonight, but still hitting the tastebuds right in the rear quarter panel. Here, we present to you:
Deviled Eggs! Well what else did you expect for our favorite egg-shaped track on the Cup circuit? All kidding aside, deviled eggs are a southern staple, but they’ve always had a home in my stomach. Awesome stuff. (Careful with the paprika..)
Crowning another champ today 😤#Toyota500 / #NASCARIsBack pic.twitter.com/6ygOf3infk
— Darlington Raceway (@TooToughToTame) May 20, 2020
Coverage of the race starts on FS1 at 6pm, green flag scheduled for 6:23pm.