The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returned to real Racing at Darlington Raceway for the Real Heroes 400, the first real life race in ten weeks due to the COVID 19 global pandemic. The teams arrived on Saturday evening and Sunday morning with team personnel, the media and all drivers observing NASCAR’s strict COVID 19 health and safety protocols as set out by the Center For Disease Control.
Everyone entering the facility had their temperature checked by medical staff and the race which took place behind closed doors proved to be a huge success.
The 293 lap race was won by Stewart Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick in the No.4 Busch Beer Ford Mustang who scored his 50th career victory.
Speaking about the event, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell said:
As far as the vibe in the garage area, I think everyone’s spirits were really, really high. “They all knew the effort that this took collectively to pull this off. This was not easy, but everybody came together in a real spirit of collaboration. It was odd just with limited number of people here and when you look up into the stands, you certainly miss the fans, that vibe, that energy.
“I think the participants were able to create their own positive vibe knowing this was a big day for the sport, knowing it was a day we could showcase the sport to a live television audience and hopefully give some people a little bit of joy to watch them race.”