Stewart Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick took his 50th career win as NASCAR returned to real life action following the COVID 19 Pandemic. Speaking following the race, Harvick thanked NASCAR and the team as well as Dr Josh Hughes who he had on his car.
Harvick in the No.4 Busch Beer Ford finished the race just ahead of Hendrick Motorsports Alex Bowman in No.88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet while Kurt Busch rounded out the top three in the No.1 Monster Energy Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.
Harvick spoke after the race saying:
“I just want to thank everybody from NASCAR and all the teams for letting us do what we do. I didn’t think it would be that much different if we won the race, but it’s dead silent here,” Harvick said after exiting his car at the start/finish line. “We miss the fans
Harvick spoke about his 50th career win saying:
“It’s a pretty big honor to win 50 races in this deal. I just have to thank all my teams guys and everybody for what they’re doing. I have to say hi to DeLana (his wife) and my kids at home – I guess we’ll bring home the trophy.”
Chase Elliott in the No.9 NAPA Auto Parts Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet finished the race fourth just ahead of Denny Hamlin in the No.11 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing while his team mate Martin Truex Jr came home in 6th place.
Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick finished the race in seventh place in his No.8 Chevrolet while Erik Jones in No.20 DeWalt Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing. Front Row Motorsports John Hunter Nemechek in the No.38 Snag Power Equipment Ford Mustang finished the race in ninth place. In his first race back in the NASCAR Cup Series, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Matt Kenseth in the No.42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet rounded out the top ten.
Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillion finished the eventful race in 11th place just ahead of Aric Almirola in the No.10 Smithy Fields Ford Mustang for Stewart Haas Racing finished the race in 12th place just ahead of Brad Keselowski in the No.2 Discount Tires Team Penske Ford Fusion.
Wood Brothers Racing’s Matt Dibenedetto in the No.21 Ford made his debut on Sunday in the Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway in 14 just ahead of Ryan Newman who finished his first race back since his accident at the Daytona 500 in February finished the race in 15th place while Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney in the No.12 Ford finished the race in 16th.
Stewart Haas Racing’s Clint Bowyer finished the race in 17th just ahead of Team Penske’s Joey Lagano in the No.22 Pennzoil Ford finished the race in 18th just ahead of Ty Dillion. JTG Daugherty Racing’s Ryan Preece came home in 20th just ahead of Darrell Bubba Wallace.
Stewart Haas Racing’s Cole Custer came home in 21st place just ahead of Michael McDowell.
Levine Family Racing’s Christopher Bell finished the race in 23rd place just ahead of Gaunt Brothers Racing’s Daniel Saurez in the No.96 Toyota. Kyle Busch in the No.18 M&M Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota finished the race in 25th place ahead of Brennan Poole and JJ Yeley.
Reed Sorensen finished 29th just ahead of Joey Gase of Rick Ware Racing. Corey Lajoie finished in 31st just ahead of Chris Buescher.
MBM Motorsports Timmy Hill came home in 33rd place ahead of Josh Bilicki. William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports had a great day leading the before an on track incident saw him fall down the order and be classified in 35th place.
Stardom Racing’s Quin Houff was classified in 36th place just ahead of Gareth Smithley. Hendrick Motorsports Jimmie Johnson in the No.48 Ally Racing Chevrolet was forced to retire on Lap 90 while leading the race at the end of phase one.
BJ McLeod was 39th while JTG Daugherty Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr in the No.40 Kroger Chevrolet was classified in 40th place.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will return to Darlington Raceway on Wednesday night, May 20 for the Toyota 500.