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Harvick Tames Darlington

Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Busch Light YOURFACEHERE Ford, celebrates winning the NASCAR Cup Series The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway on May 17, 2020 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping most of the sports world on lockdown, NASCAR was able to provide a breath of fresh air for those who have been sports-starved over the past couple months. In a closed Darlington racetrack, Kevin Harvick outlasted the competition in the 90 lap Real Heroes 400.

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – MAY 17: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Discount Tire Ford, leads a pack of cars during the NASCAR Cup Series The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway on May 17, 2020 in Darlington, South Carolina. NASCAR resumes the season after the nationwide lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19). Photo by Jared C. Hilton/Getty Images

This was the 50th career victory for the Busch Light Ford driver and in all of the times he has been to the winner’s circle, this was the “weirdest” of those experiences. “The weirdest part of the day for me was getting out of the car and not hearing anybody cheering.  When the engines are running, you’re kind of in your own little world in the car.”

Harvick went on to describe how the race after September 11th was a complete 180 from yesterday’s atmosphere at the track. “Look, I’ve been around this deal for a long time.  This is not like anything I’ve ever experienced.  I can tell you it’s very similar to coming back after 9/11.  That day had a hundred thousand fans in the stands, now you have no fans.”

Racing will continue again this week at the Darlington track. NASCAR has condensed the schedule over the coming weeks in order to make up for races missed during the shutdown. The Toyota 500 will be run at Darlington Raceway on Wednesday, May 20th.

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