For the first time since 1984, NASCAR is running a race on a Wednesday night as the NASCAR Cup Series returns to Darlington Raceway for the Toyota 500 (kilometres – about 300 miles).  This marks the first time in NASCAR’s 70 plus year history that they have run two full races – other than qualifying races in Daytona – in the same week…or even a month.

With the second race without any practice or qualifying, NASCAR has taken the results from the Real Heroes 400 and inverted part of the field.  The top 20 finishers have been inverted putting race winner Kevin Harvick in the 20th spot and the 20th place driver Ryan Preece on the pole with Ty Dillon sitting alongside on the front row.

After the Xfinity Series return to racing was postponed on Tuesday night due to rain and rain showers throughout the day, NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 20.

The starting lineup for the Toyota 500:
Ryan Preece
Ty Dillon
Joey Logano
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Blaney
Ryan Newman
Matt DiBenedetto
Brad Keselowski
Aric Almirola
Austin Dillon
Matt Kenseth
John Hunter Nemechek
Erik Jones
Tyler Reddick
Martin Truex Jr
Kenny Hamlin
Chase Elliott
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Kevin Harvick
Bubba Wallace
Cole Custer
Michael McDowell
Christopher Bell
Daniel Suarez
Kyle Busch
Brennan Poole
Gray Gaulding – moved to the back of the field due to a driver change
JJ Yeley – moved to the back of the field due to a driver change
Joey Gase
Corey LaJoie
Chris Buescher
Timmy Hill
William Byron
Quin Houff
Garrett Smithley
Jimmie Johnson
BJ McLeod
Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Originally scheduled for an 8pm start, NASCAR adjusted the start time to 6pm due to weather issues; however, the rains during the day have caused a further start time change while NASCAR works to dry the track.

After over an hour delay for track drying, the cars and teams are on the track with the drivers heading from their motorhomes to the cars.

Again for this race, there are names of front line workers on the upper windshield of the cars.

At 7:30pm Hall of Fame team owner Joe Gibbs gets the pre-race festivities started with the opening prayer.

Award winning artist Jewel performs the National Anthem.

And the most famous words in motor sports are given by Grand Marshall Chef Guy Fieri gives the command to start engines.

Stage one of the race is 60 laps long, stage two is 65 laps, and stage three is 103 laps in length for a total of 228 laps around the 1.66 mile track.

As a part of the pace laps, NASCAR brings the cars down pit road to check pit road speeds.

Erik Jones has been moved to the back of the field due to unapproved adjustments.

JJ Yeley replaces Reed Sorenson in the number 77 car; allowing Grey Gaulding to take over the driving duties of the number 27 car.

Ryan Preece brings the field down for the green flag start of the race at 8:00pm.  Preece edges out Ty Dillon to take the lead of the race.

Once the green flag dropped, BJ McLeod had to make a pass through penalty down pit road due to some inspection issues.

Lap two, Ty Dillon takes the lead, this is the first time Dillon has led a race at Darlington.

John Hunter Nemechek brings out the first caution flag of the race on lap four after he gets into the outside wall, causing significant damage to his car.

Ty Dillon brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap eight with Dillon getting out in front for the lead with Joey Logano in second; Ryan Blaney, Ryan Preece, and Matt DiBenedetto round out the top five.

Lap 10, Joey Logano takes the lead with Ty Dillon in second; Ryan Blaney, Matt DiBenedetto, and Clint Bowyer rounding out the top five.

John Hunter Nemechek brings out the second caution of the race on lap 12 when he spins out.  FOX broadcaster Jeff Gordon speculates that Nemechek had a tire rub and cut the tire.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for fresh tires and service.

NASCAR has moved the competition caution to at least lap 25.

The drivers are running speeds faster than the times of the race on Sunday.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 15 with Ty Dillon edging out Logano for the lead.

Joey Logano has retaken the lead with Ryan Blaney in second; Clint Bowyer, Ty Dillon, and Ryan Newman round out the top five.

Lap 18, the top five are Joey Logano, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Blaney, Ryan Newman, and Aric Almirola.

Lap 20, Joey Logano has pulled out to a one second lead on Clint Bowyer.

Kyle Busch is reporting radio issues in his car; he cannot hear his crew chief.

Lap 23, Clint Bowyer has closed the gap on leader Joey Logano to just a quarter of a second; Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola, and Ryan Newman round out the top five.

When NASCAR throws the competition caution flag on lap 26, Logano and Bowyer had a lead of over four seconds on Ryan Blaney.  Unlike Sunday’s race, this competition caution follows normal pit stop procedures.

The seven week break did not harm Clint Bowyer’s team at all, they just completed a 13.1 second pit stop for four tires and fuel.

Aric Almirola was charged with an uncontrolled tire penalty after it was clipped by Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

NASCAR has rescinded the penalty on Almirola since the tire issue was not his team’s fault.

After staying out on the track, Bubba Wallace brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 30 and takes the lead.

Lap 31, Clint Bowyer takes the lead.

Lap 33, Clint Bowyer has the lead with Ryan Blaney in second; Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, and Aric Almirola round out the top five as the drivers get aggressive on the track.

Lap 35, leader Clint Bowyer has pulled out to a one second lead on Ryan Blaney.

After staying out on the track, Bubba Wallace has fallen through the field and is now in eleventh.  Clint Bowyer continues to lead the race with a lead of nearly two seconds on Ryan Blaney; Alex Bowman, Joey Logano, and Martin Treux Jr round out the top five.

Lap 47, Clint Bowyer has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Ryan Blaney; Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

Sunday’s race winner Kevin Harvick has been mired back in the pack and is currently in 17th place.

Lap 52, leader Clint Bowyer now has a lead of over three seconds on Ryan Blaney; Martin Truex, Jr, Alex Bowman, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

With four laps remaining in stage one, there are 30 cars on the lead lap.

With a lead of some three and a half seconds, Clint Bowyer wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Clint Bowyer
Ryan Blaney
Martin Truex Jr
Alex Bowman
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Matt Kenseth
Ryan Preece

Clint Bowyer wins the race off of pit road.

Cole Custer was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

With 31 cars on the lead lap, Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 69 from the outside lane and goes nose to nose with Ryan Blaney before getting out in front for the lead.

Lap 70, Ryan Preece has a smoking car but the track stays green as Preece gets his car down pit road.

Chris Buescher spins out on lap 73 and brings out the caution flag after Buescher makes contact with Michael McDowell.

Some of the drivers come down pit road for service.  The teams were given nine sets of tires for this race, but with the threat of more bad weather in the area, crew chiefs are engaging in some strategic moves in anticipation of a shortened race.

Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 77 and jumps out in front for the lead leaving Alex Bowman and Martin Truex Jr to battle it out for second.

The top 13 cars stayed out on the track when the last caution flag came out.

Getting aggressive, some drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Lap 80, Clint Bowyer has a  narrow lead on Martin Truex Jr; Alex Bowman, Aric Almirola, and Ryan Newman round out the top five.

Lap 82, Ryan Preece is the only driver off the track with 31 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 83, the caution flag comes out after Ricky Stenhouse Jr hit the wall.

Drivers come down pit road for service; including those that did not stop during the last caution flag.

Clint Bowyer wins the race off of pit road with Alex Bowman in second.

After staying out on the track, Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 87 and goes nose to nose with Kevin Harvick for the lead with Truex eventually getting out in front.

Lap 89, Martin Truex Jr are in the lead with Kevin Harvick in second; William Byron, Ty Dillon, and Cling Bowyer round out the top five.

Ryan Blaney comes down pit road after hitting the wall.  The track stays green.

Lap 95, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of just under half a second on Kevin Harvick; Clint Bowyer, William Byron, and Ty Dillon round out the top five.

Driving the exact same car as he drove to a win on Sunday, Kevin Harvick has closed the gap on leader Martin Truex Jr and takes the lead on lap 100.

After retaking the lead, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a second lap on Martin Truex Jr in just one lap.

Lap 104, Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Clint Bowyer; Martin Truex Jr, William Byron, and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Cole Custer brings out the caution flag on lap 108 after he gets into the wall.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Clint Bowyer just edging out Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr.

Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 113 – one lap shy of halfway – and edges out Martin Truex Jr for the lead thanks to a little help of a push form Chase Elliott.

Lap 114, Clint Bowyer is in the lead with Chase Elliott in second; Martin Truex, William Byron, and Erik Jones round out the top five.  Kevin Harvick is in sixth place.  Harvick has finished every race in to the top 10 including a race win on Sunday.

Clint Bowyer wins stage two to sweep the stage wins for the race.  This is the first race of the 2020 season that the same driver has won both stages of the race.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Clint Bowyer
Chase Elliott
Martin Truex Jr
Erik Jones
Kevin Harvick
William Byron
Denny Hamlin
Alex Bowman
Joey Logano
Matt DiBenedetto

Lead lap drivers bring their cars down pit road for service.  Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer come out of pit road nearly nose to nose with Harvick edging out for the lead.

After staying out on the track, Ryan Newman brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with 96 laps remaining in the race.  Drivers get three wide across the track battling for position.  Erik Jones takes the lead.

Erik Jones has the lead; Ryan Newman is in second; Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

With reports of rain in the area, the drivers are taking chances and getting very aggressive as they battle for position.

With 92 laps to go, Erik Jones has a lead of over half a second on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, and Ryan Newman round out the top five.

Ninety to go, Erik Jones increases his lead to over half a second on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, and Ryan Newman round out the top five.

With 85 laps to go, Erik Jones has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

With 81 laps to go, Erik Jones has increased his lead to over a second on Chase Elliott.

With 78 laps to go, Chase Elliott is slowly cutting into Erik Jones’ lead and is now less than a second back; Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

With 74 laps remaining in the race, there are 29 cars on the lead lap and only one driver out of the race – Ryan Preece.

Erik Jones’ lead is down to just half a second on Chase Elliott; Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

With 69 laps remaining in the race, Erik Jones and Chase Elliott battle it our for the lead with Chase Elliott getting the spot; Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Sixy five laps to go, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a two second lead on Erik Jones; Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Sixty to go, Denny Hamlin is cutting into Chase Elliott’s lead which is now under a second and a half; Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Fifty-six laps to go, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Denny Hamlin; Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

With 54 laps to go, drivers are beginning to make green flag pit stops.

Leader Chase Elliott comes down pit road for service with 53 laps to go and gives the lead over to Brad Keselowski.

Fifty to go, Brad Keselowski and Brennan Pooole have yet to make their pit stops.

Matt Kenseth spins out with a flat tire and brings out the caution flag with 49 laps remaining in the race.

There were only four cars on the lead lap when the caution flag came out with Kyle Busch the “lucky dog”.

Drivers left one lap down when the caution flag came out took the wave around.  Twenty-three drivers took the wave around.

Matt Kenseth’s team reports that they believe something under the car broke and caused his flat tire.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 42 laps remaining in the race.  Chase Elliott edges out Brad Keselowski to take the lead as drivers battle back and forth for position.

Forty to go, Chase Elliott is in the lead with Brad Keselowski in second; Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Brad Keselowski is on Chase Elliott’s bumper and challenging for the lead with 38 laps remaining in the race.

With 36 laps remaining in the race, there are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Clint Bowyer brings out the 10th caution flag of the night on lap 195 after cutting a tire and getting into the wall.

Even though the drivers were on pit road only a short time ago, they come back for fresh tires.  Denny Hamlin and Matt DiBenedetto stayed out on the track.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 29 laps remaining in the race.  Denny Hamlin gets out in front for the lead but he is getting a challenge from Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, nad Kevin Harvick.

Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch make contact sending Elliott across the track and into the wall; bringing out the caution flag.  Chase Elliott becomes just the second driver out of the race.

And rain has come to Darlington Raceway as the laps count down under the caution flag.

With 20 laps remaining in the race, NASCAR brings the cars down pit road and halted the race at 10:40.

A fox has come onto the track.

The rain has stopped but things are very damp.

At 10:48 NASCAR has called the race, giving the win to Denny Hamlin.  Denny’s mask is a smiling face of himself.

And the rains return…

The unofficial results of the Toyota 500:
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
Erik Jones
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Jimmie Johnson
Matt DIBenedetto
Martin Truex Jr
Christopher Bell
William Byron
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Newman
Kurt Busch
Bubba Wallace
Michael McDowell
Alex Bowman
Ty Dillon
Austin Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Clint Bowyer
Chris Buescher
Corey LaJoie
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Quin Houff
Daniel Suarez
JJ Yeley
Joey Gase
Matt Kenseth
Cole Custer
Gray Gaulding
Timmy Hill
Garrett Smithley
John Hunter Nemechek
BJ McLeod
Brennan Poole
Chase Elliott
Ryan Preece