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NASCAR will become the second professional sports league to restart their season when they drop the green flag Sunday afternoon at Darlington. 

It will start a series of races to help NASCAR organizers get back on track with the season schedule. Due to the pandemic, the Cup Series has postponed eight races and NASCAR is dedicated to running a full 36-race schedule. To get there, the Cup Series will race four races, two at both the Darlington and Charlotte tracks in an 11-day span. 

Drivers will get back in their seats looking to continue the season from the four races they had before racing was paused.

A lot has happened in that time since. Ryan Newman, after a heart-wrenching crash at the Daytona 500, is cleared to return to the racecar. Kyle Larson was suspended due to racist comments and replaced in the No. 42 car by former Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth. Small shop driver Timmy Hill also tore up NASCAR's iRacing circuit while they were on hiatus. 

Several safety precautions will be in place to hold the race. NASCAR has created a maximum crew number that each team is allowed to bring to the track. They will also be doing temperature checks every time sometime enters the track. NASCAR felt it is not their place to request mass testing while many areas of the country still struggle to keep up. Any violations of their procedures will result in a fine. 

 

There will be a lot of eyes on NASCAR as they try to return safely. Drivers have to get readjusted to racing real racecars and jump into competition without their normal practice and qualifying sessions. 

The Real Heroes 400

What: Darlington Raceway - 293 laps, 400 miles
Date: Sunday, May 17
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: FOX 
Radio: MRN (local listings)
Live Stream: FOXSports.com

Weekend Schedule: 

There will be no qualifying and practice sessions due to safety concerns related to the coronavirus. NASCAR will hold qualifying for the May 24 race in Charlotte. 

7:30 a.m. ET - Car Inspection
3:30 p.m. ET - Green flag

Starting Order:

Without qualifying, NASCAR will hold a draw for the starting order on Thursday evening. Here is the entry list:

1. 2 - Brad Keselowski
2. 88 - Alex Bowman
3. 21 - Matt DiBenedetto
4. 18 - Kyle Busch
5. 10 - Aric Almirola
6. 4 - Kevin Harvick
7. 12 - Ryan Blaney
8. 48 - Jimmie Johnson
9. 22 - Joey Logano
10. 11 - Denny Hamlin
11. 9 - Chase Elliott
12. 42 - Matt Kenseth
13. 14 - Clint Bowyer
14. 41 - Cole Custer
15. 19 - Martin Truex Jr.
16. 3 - Austin Dillon
17. 43 - Bubba Wallace
18. 24 - William Byron
19. 32 - Corey LaJoie
20. 20 - Erik Jones
21. 6 - Ryan Newman
22. 1 - Kurt Busch
23. 47 - Ricky Stenhouse Jr
24. 17 - Chris Buescher
25. 37 - Ryan Preece
26. 53 - Garrett Smithley
27. 00 - Quin Houff
28. 95 - Christopher Bell
29. 8 - Tyler Reddick
30. 27 - JJ Yeley
31. 34 - Michael McDowell
32. 51 - Joey Gase
33. 13 - Ty Dillon
34. 38 - John Hunter Nemechek
35. 15 - Brennan Poole
36. 77 - Reed Sorenson
37. 96 - Daniel Suarez
38. 66 - Timmy Hill
39. 78 - BJ McLeod
40. 7 - Josh Bilicki

Upcoming NASCAR Schedule

May 17: The Real Heroes 400, Darlington (3:30 p.m. ET)
May 20: NASCAR Cup Series Race at Darlington Raceway, Darlington (7:30 p.m. ET)
May 24: Coca-Cola 600, Charlotte (6:00 p.m. ET)
May 27: NASCAR Cup Series Race at Charlotte, Charlotte (8:00 p.m ET)
May 31: NASCAR Cup Series Race at Bristol, Bristol (3:30 p.m ET)