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Kevin Harvick

Darlington Raceway 1 - The Real Heroes 400

by Anthony Ballantoni
Updated On: May 17, 2020, 10:30 pm ET

NASCAR live racing returned to action on Sunday, May 17 at Darlington Raceway. Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag for the first of two NASCAR Cup Series races this week at the 1.366-mile oval in South Carolina. The second Cup event will be held on Wednesday night, May 20th. The NASCAR XFINITY Series will return live with the Darlington 200 on Tuesday night, May 19. The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series drivers will take their turn resuming the 2020 season live Tuesday, May 26, with the NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The latest results and upcoming scheduled events for NASCAR feeder series are included below as well as details on all tracks mentioned in this column.

                        NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)

Sun, May 17 - The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway (DR) - 293 laps
- Qualifying was not held for this event. The lineup was set by a fair, agreed upon, random drawing. P1 went to Brad Keselowski (#2 Ford Mustang). Alex Bowman (#88 Camaro) shared the front row in P2. Matt DiBenedetto, Kyle Busch, Aric Almirola, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Blaney, Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin made up the rest of the top-10 in the lineup, respectively.
- Kevin Harvick (#4 Ford Mustang) scored his 50th victory in 687 NCS races. He is now tied with NASCAR Hall of Famers Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson for 12th on the series wins list. This is his 1st victory and 5th top-10 finish in 2020. It is his 2nd victory and 13th top-10 finish in 25 races at Darlington. He is the only driver this season to finish in the top-10 in all five 2020 races. Alex Bowman (2d) posted his 1st top-10 finish in 6 races at Darlington. It is his 2nd top-10 finish in 2020. Kurt Busch (3rd) earned his 10th top-10 finish in 25 DR races. Tyler Reddick (7th) was the highest finishing Sunoco Rookie of the Year (ROTY) candidate. Harvick leads the point standings by 28 points over Alex Bowman. Next on the NCS schedule: Wed, May 20 - Darlington 500 at Darlington Raceway - 228 laps.

TOP 16 - NCS Playoff Contenders (G/L):
1. Kevin Harvick
2. Alex Bowman +2
3. Joey Logano -1
4. Chase Elliott -1
5. Brad Keselowski +5
6. Denny Hamlin +5
7. Aric Almirola +1
8. Ryan Blaney -2
9. Matt DiBenedetto
10. Clint Bowyer +3
11. Martin Truex Jr. +4
12. Jimmie Johnson -7
13. Kurt Busch 3
14. Kyle Busch -2
15. Kyle Larson -8
16. Chris Buescher -2

                            NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)

Next on the NXS schedule: Tue, May 19 - Darlington 200 at Darlington Raceway - 147 laps.

TOP 12 - NXS Playoff Contenders:
1. Harrison Burton
2. Chase Briscoe
3. Austin Cindric
4. Brandon Jones
5. Ross Chastain
6. Noah Gragson
7. Ryan Sieg
8. Justin Haley
9. Justin Allgaier
10. Michael Annett
11. Riley Herbst
12. Brandon Brown

                     NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (GOTS)

Next up for the GOTS: Tue, May 26 - NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway - 134

TOP 10 - GOT Playoff Contenders:
1. Austin Hill
2. Johnny Sauter
3. Ben Rhodes
4. Brett Moffitt
5. Sheldon Creed
6. Zane Smith
7. Grant Enfinger
8. Christian Eckes
9. Todd Gilliland
10. Codie Rohrbaugh

                          NASCAR Feeder Series

ARCA Menards Series: Fri, March 6 - General Tire 150 - Phoenix Raceway (PR) - 150 laps
Winner: Chandler Smith - Pole: Ty Gibbs - Points Leader: Michael Self
Next: Sat, June 20 - General Tire 200 - Talladega Superspeedway

ARCA Menards East: 
2020 Season Opener: Not yet announced.

ARCA Menards West: Thu, Feb. 20 - Star Nursery 150 - The Bullring at Las Vegas
Winner: Sam Mayer - Pole: Sam Mayer - Points Leader: Sam Mayer
Next: Not yet announced.

Whelen Modified Tour:
2020 Season Opener: Not yet announced.

Pinty's Series:
2020 Season Opener: Not yet announced.

Peak Mexico Series:
2020 Season Opener: Not yet announced.

                                Track Details

Charlotte Motor Speedway - 1.5-mile oval in Concord, North Carolina
Darlington Raceway (DR) - 1.366-mile oval in Darlington, South Carolina
Las Vegas Motor Speedway (The Bullring) - 3/8-mile paved oval in Las Vegas, Nevada
Phoenix Raceway (PR) - 1-mile tri-oval in Avondale, Arizona

Anthony Ballantoni
Anthony Ballantoni is a Senior Sports Writer at Rotoworld.com.