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PREVIEW: May 17-19-20; NASCAR at Darlington

PREVIEW: May 17-19-20; NASCAR at Darlington

Sunday, May 17

1. NASCAR Cup Series ‘The Real Heros 400' at Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC

• This is the first NASCAR race since racing was suspended due to the pandemic after the races at Phoenix on March 18.
• TV: TSN1/4 & FOX at 3:30P
• 1.366 mi paved, banked oval; 293 laps = 400 mi; Stages: 90/95/108 laps
• The race will be run as a one-day event, with no prior practice or qualifying sessions. The starting lineup has been determined by a draw under rules created especially for this circumstance (NASCAR has ignored the fact that they have clear rules/procedures already in their rule book on how to establish a starting lineup in the event qualifying is not possible for any reason – opting to create new rules.)

• Pit stalls were picked in order based on charter team owner points followed by non-chartered team owner points. Harvick’s team will have the first choice of pit stalls since it is first in car owner points.
• NASCAR also announced changes to the competition caution for Sunday’s Darlington race. The changes are being made since teams will not have any practice or qualifying before the race. This will give teams extra time to make needed adjustments.
The field will be frozen at the time of the caution on Lap 30.
When pit road is open, only the top 20 cars will be allowed to pit. Each car that pits must beat the pace car off pit road to retain its position.
On the next lap, the other 20 cars will pit. Each car that pits must beat the pace car off pit road to retain its position.
Then, the top 20 cars will be allowed to pit a second time. On the next lap, the other 20 cars will be allowed to pit again.
After the second cycle for each team is completed, the lineup will be set and the race will resume.
Infractions under this modified competition caution structure are:
Not beating the pace car off pit road results in loss of lap and restarting at tail of the field.
Pitting more than twice or out of sequence results in restarting at the tail of the field.
All current pit road rules are in effect.

• This is a new event added as a replacement for another event which has been cancelled due to the pandemic. It is being run as a no-spectator event with minimal personnel on site. While members of the media are allowed to attend under restricted circumstances, all media are being encouraged to cover this event remotely.
• Click HERE for the entry list for Sunday’s NCS race at Darlington.
• Click HERE for the starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Darlington.

Tuesday, May 19
2. NASCAR Xfinity Series at Darlington Raceway

• TV: TSN 1/3/4 at 7:30P
• 1.366 mi paved, banked oval; 147 laps = 201 mi; Stages: 45/45/57 laps
• The race will be run as a one-day event with no prior practice or qualifying.
• Click HERE for the entry list for Tuesday’s Xfinity race at Darlington

Wednesday, May 20
3. NASCAR Cup Series ‘No Name 311’ at Darlington Raceway

• TV: TSN 1/3/4 at 7:30P
• 1.366 mi paved, banked oval; 228 laps = 311 mi; Stages: 60/65/103 laps
• The race will be run as a one-day event with no prior practice or qualifying.
• Click HERE for the entry list for Wednesday’s NASCAR Cup race at Darlington.

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