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The second NASCAR Cup Series race since the start of the season on May 17 after a 10-week suspension caused by the coronavirus pandemic will take place at the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina on Wednesday May 20. It will be the 117th race of the Cup Series organized by “The Track Too Tough to Tame. ”
Here’s what you need to know about this unusual midweek run:
WHAT TIME IS THE NASCAR CUP SERIES RACE IN DARLINGTON?
Viewers can connect to FS1 at 6:00 p.m. EDT to watch the action. There will also be radio coverage from MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
HOW MANY LAPS ARE THERE?
The Darlington racing circuit is 1,366 miles long and the 228 lap race covers 310.6 miles, or 500 kilometers.
WHO IS THE POLE-SITTER?
Ryan Preece will start on pole, but not because he has the fastest car. In an effort to simplify the situation for everyone involved given the challenges posed by the pandemic, there is no practice or qualification for the race, so the first 20 places on the start list have been chosen in reversing the top 20 finalists for The Real Heroes 400 in Darlington on Sunday, May 17. Preece finished 20th in this race, while winner Kevin Harvick will start the Toyota 500 in 20th position. The rest of the peloton will start from the Toyota 500 in the same order as they finished in Sunday’s race.
WHAT MORE DO I NEED TO KNOW ON THE DAY OF THE RACE?
The race takes place without spectators and the coronavirus prevention protocols will be in force for the teams, the staff and the media.
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