NASCAR at Darlington live race updates, results, highlights from the Toyota 500
The NASCAR Cup Series finally returned from a two-month hiatus Sunday with the Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway, and the action will continue in Darlington on Wednesday with the Toyota 500.
Kevin Harvick won Sunday's race on "the track too tough to tame" and will start in the middle of the pack in 20th position. Ryan Preece, who finished 20th in the Real Heroes 400, will start on the pole for the Toyota 500.
Any doubts about how NASCAR could operate in an environment without fans because of the COVID-19 pandemic were dispelled Sunday. Teams were still able to get their jobs done while maintaining social distancing procedures and fans were able to enjoy the race from the safety of their homes.
The only thing that might derail Wednesday's race is the weather; according to weather.com, there is a 90 percent chance of rain in the Darlington, S.C., area Wednesday night.
Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights for Wednesday's NASCAR race at Darlington Raceway. Follow along below for results from the Toyota 500.
8:38 p.m. — After 50 laps, there's just 10 left in Stage 1: Clint Bowyer out in front, Ryan Blaney in second and Alex Bowman in third.
8:30 p.m. — "That is shoving the hotdog into the bun." - Mike Joy. Pause.
8:27 p.m. — We're half way through Stage 1 on the restart; Bubba Wallace takes the early lead but Clint Bowyer is able to get out in front. Blaney moves up to second, Logano up to third, Bowman up to fourth and Wallace back in fifth.
8:22 p.m. — Competition caution up after 25 laps; Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola and Ryan Newman still make up the top five as they head to pit road.
8:18 p.m. — After 20 laps, Joey Logano has the lead. Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola and Ryan Newman round out the top five.
8:11 p.m. — Oh no. Another caution, and again it's John Hunter Nemechek. Seems like the fender damage on his car is messing up his tires. Not the best 12 laps of his life, for sure.
8:09 p.m. — Ty Dillon takes the outside to get out front on the restart, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney behind him.
8:03 p.m. — We made it about three laps without a crash, but John Hunter Nemechek spins out and the yellow flag is up.
8:02 p.m. — The green flag waves and we are finally underway.
7:41 p.m. — Guy Fieri tells the drivers to start their engines. Welcome to Flavortown, NASCAR.
7:15 p.m. — We finally have a start time: the National Anthem will play at 7:30 p.m. and the green flag will fly at 7:50. So much for moving up the start time...
6:11 p.m. — The race has been delayed, but it's looking like they're going to be able to get started shortly.
5:38 p.m. — It's been raining on and off in Darlington, but there's hope that things might clear up soon.
What time does the NASCAR race start today?
The original start time for Wednesday's race at Darlington was 7:30 p.m. ET, but NASCAR officials moved it up to 6 p.m. due to the threat of inclement weather. The race will move to 7 p.m. ET Thursday if it is postponed.
Here is the complete starting lineup: