The quick turn-around from Sunday’s 2020 The Real Heroes 400 to the Wednesday night race two days later leaves little time for Kevin Harvick to celebrate. The driver of the No. 4 Ford for Stewart – Haas Racing (SHR) won his 50th career Cup Series race. And, he is the favorite heading into the Toyota 500, which will also be held at Darlington Wednesday night.
Harvick, one of my picks for the Sunday race and the lone favorite at +350, did well for me as the winner as did Chase Elliott and Erik Jones. Elliott placed 4th while Jones finished in the 8th spot. Check out my complete article on the 2020 The Real Heroes 400 about the return to racing and Darlington for more information.
Kevin Harvick Wins The Real Heroes 400 | Darlington
Busch Not in Favor
One thing that I didn’t have heading into Sunday’s race was much faith in Kyle Busch, who was the favorite heading into the weekend. I just had not seen the results one would expect from a defending Cup Series Champion. And I was right.
The No. 18 team started with too many passes through inspection, which sent them to the back for the start of the race.
Then, Busch tagged the famed outside wall, earning him a “Darlington stripe”, as well as damage. Another problem sent Busch back to pit road under green flag racing which cost him a lap.
There is good news for Kyle Busch fans.
Until he went a lap down, towards the end, he was fast enough to head back towards the front. That might be why he’s right behind Harvick with a +700. Here are the top five favorites for the Toyota 500 (kilometers – not miles) with complete odds below.
Kevin Harvick +350
Kyle Busch +700
Brad Keselowski +750
Denny Hamlin +800
Martin Truex Jr. +850
2020 Toyota 500 at Darlington Info
Track: Darlington Raceway / Darlington, South Carolina
Type: 1.366-mile superspeedway
Banking: Turns 1 and 2: 25°, Turns 3 and 4: 23°
Race Distance: 229 laps / 500 Kilometers
Defending Track Winner: Kevin Harvick
TV/Radio: Fox / MRN
The race will once again be held without fans in the stands and will switch from FOX to Fox Sports One/FS1.
NASCAR Toyota 500 Notes:
The starting lineup has already been determined, and practice, etc has once again been scrapped for safety reasons to limit the number of people at the track.
Here’s how the Toyota 500 starting grid will be determined per NASCAR.
- Starting lineup will use the May 17 finishing order as the starting point for the lineup.
- There will be a top 20 “inversion” of the field.
- The top 20 finishers from Sunday will be inverted for the start of the Wednesday race.
- Starting positions 21-40 will start from their finishing positions for the start of the Sunday race.
- Any new entries will start at the tail of the field.
- Ryan Preece will start on the pole with Ty Dillon in 2nd spot due to blind draw.
Best Picks for the 2020 Toyota 500
Kevin Harvick +700
I had Kevin Harvick as a pick this past Sunday and there is no reason to make a change.
He seemed to have Darlington dialed in and pulled away every time he was out front. Also, Harvick has won once this season and he’s finished in the top-ten in every race this year.
Alex Bowman +900
Alex Bowman has won as a Cup Series driver in his career and the driver of the No. 88 for Hendrick drove to a second-place finish on Sunday. Bowman has grown as a racer since taking over Dale Earnhardt Jr’s ride, and it’s paid off.
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