In the first qualifying session since NASCAR's return to on-track racing amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Kurt Busch claimed the pole position for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series return to on-track racing at Darlington Raceway for the Toyota 200 was a challenging day for Kaulig Racing’s Ross Chastain and Justin Haley, both of whom dealt with handling issues from the drop of the green flag.
When the green flag waved and 40 of NASCAR's elite made their first Cup Series start since the first week of March, seven made their first premier series start at Darlington Raceway, (six were rookies).
While Kevin Harvick notched a milestone victory of his NASCAR Cup Series career in Sunday’s Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway, veterans Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth achieved a task of their own that felt like a win.
The time for NASCAR’s long-awaited resumption of on-track racing is days away as the drivers and teams are set to embark on an 11-day racing span across the Carolinas, beginning at Darlington Raceway on May 17.
The return of the NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington Raceway in the spring will be a new yet familiar approach for the veterans while it will be an entirely first experience for this year’s rookie class. None of this year’s rookies have started a Cup race at Darlington.
NASCAR is in for a double treat in 2020. Already, the sport’s announcement of its return to on-track competition in mid-May is leaving the drivers, the teams and the fans excited amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.