NASCAR at Darlington race results, highlights from Kevin Harvick's victory at the Real Heroes 400

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Two long, dreary months without live, real-life NASCAR racing have passed, and the action finally returned on Sunday with the Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway.

Kevin Harvick dominated like he never left, earning the 50th win of his career. In five races this season, Harvick is the only driver to finish in the top 10 every time.

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Alex Bowman, who held an early lead, finished second, followed by Kurt Busch, Chase Elliot and Denny Hamlin. Harvick took the lead from Bowman in Stage 3 and never looked back. He widened his points lead heading into a compressed schedule with four more races left in May.

It wasn't quite the same as a typical NASCAR race. Fans weren't screaming from the stands and teams had a limited amount of personnel at the track, but NASCAR is back.

Sporting News tracked live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from NASCAR's race in Darlington, S.C., to resume the 2020 season. Follow below for complete results from the Real Heroes 400.

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NASCAR at Darlington live updates, highlights from Real Heroes 400

Pos.

Driver

1

Kevin Harvick

2

Alex Bowman

3

Kurt Busch

4

Chase Elliot

5

Denny Hamlin

6

Martin Truex Jr.

7

Tyler Reddick

8

Erik Jones

9

John Hunter Nemechek

10

Matt Kenseth

11

Austin Dillon

12

Aric Almirola

13

Brad Keselowski

14

Matt Dibenedetto

15

Ryan Newman

16

Ryan Blaney

17

Clint Bowyer

18

Joey Logano

19

Ty Dillon

20

Ryan Preece

21

Bubba Wallace

22

Cole Custer

23

Michael McDowell

24

Christopher Bell

25

Daniel Suarez

26

Kyle Busch

27

Brennan Poole

28

JJ Yeley

29

Reed Sorenson

30

Joey Gase

31

Corey Lajoie

32

Chris Buescher

33

Timmy Hill

34

Josh Bilicki

35

William Byron

36

Quin Houff

37

Garrett Smithley

38

Jimmie Johnson

39

BJ Mcleod

40

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

7:24 p.m. — How it finished.

7:22 p.m. — Harvick wins it. The 50th win of the 44-year-olds career. Bowman in second, Kurt Busch in third.

7:20 p.m. — Five laps to go. Harvick is comfortably in the lead.

7:18 p.m. — 10 laps to go. Harvick in control with a 2.5 second lead over Bowman.

7:10 p.m. — The battle for first.

7:06 p.m. — Kyle Busch, who started 40th, moved into the top five with 34 laps to go, but lost a lap after a pit stop.

7:04 p.m. — Off the restart: 1. Harvick 2. Bowman 3. Elliott 4. Kurt Busch 5. Kyle Busch 6. Hamlin 7. Keselowski 8. Jones 9. Truex 10.Reddick

6:55 p.m. — Caution for a Ryan Newman spin off turn 1. Should give an opportunity to refuel for the last 40 laps.

6:54 p.m. — 45 to go. Harvick in the lead, followed by Bowman, Kurt Busch, Elliot, and Truex Jr.

6:48 p.m. — The stands are empty except for the spotters.

6:38 p.m. — Back to green on Lap 219. Under 75 to go.

6:35 p.m. — Kevin Harvick wins the race off pit lane by inches. Harvick was in fourth, got four tires, and exited in first.

6:30 p.m. — Caution out for Buescher.

6:19 p.m. — The final stage is underway. With 100 laps to go, it's Bowman, Keselowski, Truex Jr. upfront.

6:10 p.m. — Brad Keselowski wins the second stage. We're through 185 laps, Keselowski, Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

6:05 p.m. — Big shakeup after the race on pit road; Kevin Harvick drops seven spots and Brad Keselowski takes the lead as the green flag is back up with eight laps to go in Stage 2.

5:59 p.m. — Christopher Bell spins out and we have another caution on lap 174, only 11 laps to go in Stage 2.

5:54 p.m. — We're finally back under green on lap 161; Kevin Harvick still leads, Brad Keselowski up into second, Martin Truex Jr. in third.

5:45 p.m. — Caution comes out at 154 as debris from one of the banners is caught on Tyler Reddick. It was originally caught on Denny Hamlin, but he was able to get it off with help from Clint Bowyer, though it unfortunately flew off and landed on Reddick's car. Wild stuff.

5:41 p.m. — We're through 148 laps, past the halfway point, so if any rain comes the race will be official. Harvick, Bowman and Kurt Busch make up the top three.

5:33 p.m. — After 130 laps, Kevin Harvick leads. Alex Bowman in second, Denny Hamlin in third. There are 163 laps left, 45 left in Stage 2.

5:25 p.m. — Yellow flag is up on lap 125 after Daniel Suarez spins out. No contact as he loses a tire, so he should be able to continue.

5:20 p.m. — Kevin Harvick is at the front of the restart to start lap 117. Alex Bowman in second, Kurt Busch in third and Denny Hamlin in fourth.

5:13 p.m. — Another caution out as William Byron loses control and bumps the outside wall.

5:07 p.m. — Kevin Harvick takes the lead off the restart, Alex Bowman in second and William Byron in third.

4:56 p.m. — Oh no. Jimmie Johnson spins out on the last lap in Stage 1. William Byron wins Stage 1.

4:54 p.m. — Five laps left in Stage 1, Johnson still leads. Byron up to second, Hamlin up to third.

4:51 p.m. — Finally some action at the front: Jimmie Johnson passes Alex Bowman to take the lead with nine laps to go in Stage 1. William Byron is in third, Denny Hamlin in fourth.

4:32 p.m. — After 45 laps we're halfway through Stage 1: Alex Bowman has taken the lead, Jimmie Johnson in second, Brad Keselowski down in third.

4:28 p.m. — Competition yellow is complete and the green flag is back up as teams have had a chance to make adjustments to their cars.

4:15 p.m. — After 30 laps, Brad Keselowski still leads with Kevin Harvick right behind him. Denny Hamlin up to third, Jimmie Johnson in fourth. Competition yellow is up now.

4:08 p.m. — Kyle Busch has already moved up 15 spots from 40th up to 25th after 15 laps. Impressive start following the setback.

4:06 p.m. — Brad Keselowski leads after 10 laps, Kevin Harvick in second and Jimmie Johnson in third.

4:03 p.m. — We'll try this again, green flag comes back up for lap No. 7.

3:56 p.m. — It took about 15 seconds for the first wreck of the afternoon. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. loses control around turn two and crashes into the inside wall. He's definitely done for the day.

3:56 p.m. — Green flag is finally waving and NASCAR is back!

3:52 p.m. — Kyle Busch's car failed pre-race inspection twice, meaning he'll lose his fourth-place spot and start at the rear.

3:44 p.m. — "Drivers, start your engines." A nice tribute to the healthcare workers putting themselves on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. As they say in racing, let's do that racing.

3:37 p.m. — Clint Bowyer provides fans with a little pre-race laugh during an interview with Jeff Gordon. "Patience, grasshopper."

3:20 p.m. — All drivers have passed screening and will start the race, per FOX's Bob Pockrass.

What time does the NASCAR race start today?

The NASCAR race at Darlington on May 17 is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Of the seven NASCAR races currently scheduled across all three national series in the span of 11 days, Sunday's event at Darlington is the only "day" race. Although, with a race distance of 400 miles, chances are Sunday's event will end under the lights.

Fox will broadcast five of the nine NASCAR Cup Series races currently on the revised schedule. The other four Cup races will broadcast live on FS1.

MORE: Updated NASCAR schedule for 2020

NASCAR starting lineup at Darlington

Pos.

(Car No.)

Driver

Manufacturer

1

(2)

Brad Keselowski

Ford

2

(88)

Alex Bowman

Chevrolet

3

(21)

Matt DiBenedetto

Ford

4

(18)

Kyle Busch

Toyota

5

(10)

Aric Almirola

Ford

6

(4)

Kevin Harvick

Ford

7

(12)

Ryan Blaney

Ford

8

(48)

Jimmie Johnson

Chevrolet

9

(22)

Joey Logano

Ford

10

(11)

Denny Hamlin

Toyota

11

(9)

Chase Elliott

Chevrolet

12

(42)

Matt Kenseth

Chevrolet

13

(14)

Clint Bowyer

Ford

14

(41)

Cole Custer

Ford

15

(19)

Martin Truex Jr.

Toyota

16

(3)

Austin Dillon

Chevrolet

17

(43)

Bubba Wallace

Chevrolet

18

(24)

William Byron

Chevrolet

19

(32)

Corey LaJoie

Ford

20

(20)

Erik Jones

Toyota

21

(6)

Ryan Newman

Ford

22

(1)

Kurt Busch

Chevrolet

23

(47)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Chevrolet

24

(17)

Chris Buescher

Ford

25

(37)

Ryan Preece

Chevrolet

26

(53)

Garrett Smithley

Ford

27

(00)

Quin Houff

Chevrolet

28

(95)

Christopher Bell

Toyota

29

(8)

Tyler Reddick

Chevrolet

30

(27)

J.J. Yeley

Ford

31

(34)

Michael McDowell

Ford

32

(51)

Joey Gase

Ford

33

(13)

Ty Dillon

Chevrolet

34

(38)

John Hunter Nemechek

Ford

35

(15)

Brennan Poole

Chevrolet

36

(77)

Reed Sorenson

Chevrolet

37

(96)

Daniel Suarez

Toyota

38

(66)

Timmy Hill

Toyota

39

(78)

BJ McLeod

Chevrolet

40

(7)

Josh Bilicki

Chevrolet

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