Start of NASCAR race at Darlington Raceway delayed by rain

Tanya Simon
May 21, 2020

After emerging from the race auto, Busch spoke with Elliott's crew chief Alan Gustafson.

Busch immediately copped to the error. Hamlin was on older tires when the race restarted with 29 laps to go, and the pair quickly charged to the second and third positions and were not far behind Hamlin when the accident occurred. I've got too many friends over there on that team to do anything like that on objective.

"Obviously, I just made a mistake, misjudged the gap, sent him into the wall", said Busch.

"They're upset, they're mad". The rain then came and Hamlin earned the trophy. "We got it right today".

"Ultimately he made a mistake, and I get it, and I don't think he intentionally wrecked us, but you just get exhausted of coming out on the wrong end of those deals too often", he said.

It was supposed to be the first time on the track for the NASCAR Xfinity Series since March 7 at Phoenix Raceway - a time before COIVD-19 put the entire world in some form of lockdown.

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In recent weeks, the state governments in North and SC have loosened their stay-at-home orders which allowed NASCAR to schedule several race events at Darlington and Charlotte Motor Speedway over the next two weeks but without fans in attendance.

The start of NASCAR's second race back during the coronavirus pandemic was moved up an hour because of poor weather, but that was then delayed almost 90 minutes because it rained most of the day.

Fox Sports again broadcast the race primarily from a studio in Charlotte, North Carolina, with just one pit reporter at Darlington. For its prerace show, drivers have been using varying technology to make brief appearances while sitting alone in their motorhomes.

Drivers had to travel to the track alone, pass through a health screening and then isolate before the race.

Tilton Getty Images Rain postpones Xfinity Series' return at Darlington Raceway Rainy weather led to the postponement of Tuesday night's race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Darlington Raceway. The Darlington event and subsequent races in May and June are scheduled to be held without fans in attendance and without practice or qualifying.

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