NASCAR Returned to Racing at The Lady in Black On Sunday, May 17, 2020, NASCAR returned to racing at Darlington Raceway and followed up with two additional NASCAR national series races - bringing just the right amount drama, entertainment and action that fans of the sport were craving.

It had been close to two months since the sport of NASCAR had seen a track since suspending competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly ten weeks since drivers sat in real race cars to fire their engines for live race action. The anticipation only grew after it was announced on April 30 that NASCAR would return to racing at Darlington Raceway for The Real Heroes 400.

The Real Heroes 400

The Real Heroes 400 marked the 116th Cup race hosted by Darlington Raceway in the series' history.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 for Stewart-Haas Racing, was never far from the lead on Sunday afternoon, going on to secure his 50th Cup Series win, tying Junior Johnson and Ned Jarrett on the all-time list. It was Harvick's second win at Darlington after winning in 2014.

The Toyota 500

After a slight delay due to inclement weather, Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 for Joe Gibbs Racing, won the Toyota 500, securing his 39th victory in the NASCAR Cup Series and becoming the season's second multi-time winner.

A steady rain began to fall before the race could resume and NASCAR parked the cars on pit road with 20 laps remaining before calling the race minutes later, leading to Hamlin's victory.

The Toyota 200

Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 98 for Stewart-Haas Racing, broke down in tears after he won the Toyota 200 - just days after hearing about the passing of his unborn child.

Briscoe claimed victory after going head-to-head with veteran Kyle Busch, using two strong restarts and a quick pit stop to finish on top. It was his fourth career win and his second this season.

Racing returns to the Lady in Black from Sept. 4-6, on Labor Day weekend, for the Southern 500 and the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200.

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