After a two month hiatus, NASCAR is back!

Honoring the men and women that have served on the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic, The Real Heroes 400 goes green at 3:30pm EST on Fox Sunday, May 17th at Darlington Raceway.

With no qualifying taking place, the lineup for Sunday’s race was set by a random draw, with Brad Keselowski and Alex Bowman sharing the front row. The rest of the starting line up can be viewed here: Starting Lineup. Along with no qualifying, the drivers also have not turned a lap on the track heading into race day, which will make for an exciting first few laps as the drivers get used to the cars they have.

The 2020 season up to this point has been nothing but exciting, as Denny Hamlin claimed his second Daytona 500 victory back in February. Joey Logano found himself in victory lane at the second race of the season at Las Vegas, while Alex Bowman claimed the victory a week later at Auto Club Speedway. The final race before the pause was at Phoenix, which was claimed by Joey Logano, giving him two wins on the season.

Heading into Sunday’s event at Darlington, Logano is on a clear hot streak, having won two of the first four races of the season. His Penske Racing teammates, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney, are both a threat to win on Sunday. In fact, all Penske Racing drivers sit in the top ten in points after the first four races. However, the most consistent team over the first four races has been Hendrick Motorsports. Three of their drivers, Alex Bowman, Chase Elliott and Jimmie Johnson, are in the top five in points so far, with Bowman grabbing the win at Auto Club Speedway. Elliott was a clear threat to win at Phoenix before a cut tire ended his chances of winning. With Jimmie Johnson racing in his final season, could we see the No. 48 back in victory lane before season’s end?

With all of the talk about Penske and Hendrick, Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kevin Harvick leads the points standings coming into Darlington. His advantage is a mere one point over Joey Logano, with Chase Elliott in third only 20 points back. Harvick, like many seasons, is the master of being consistent, with four top tens in four races so far this season.

Enough talk! Let’s go racing! NASCAR is back! Who’s excited?

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