Real Racing Returns

May 18, 2020 - 8:42 am
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DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick took the lead from Alex Bowman on a late restart and pulled away over the final 30 laps at Darlington Raceway to win NASCAR’s first Cup race in 71 days.

May 17, 2020, Darlington, SC, USA; Alex Bowman (88) makes a pit stop during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race races during the Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway.
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It was the first Cup race since the schedule was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event was run without fans and with an emphasis on masks and social distancing.

May 17, 2020, Darlington, SC, USA; Cars pass by empty seats during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race.
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Roughly 900 people were approved to be inside the gates, all considered essential.

May 17, 2020, Darlington, SC, USA; Crew members and officials wait in the pit area before the start of the NASCAR Cup Series auto race.
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