NASCAR at Darlington 2020 Results: Denny Hamlin Wins Shortened Race

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IIMay 21, 2020

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA - MAY 20: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Delivering Strength Toyota, stands on the grid during the national anthem prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota 500 at Darlington Raceway on May 20, 2020 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Denny Hamlin claimed the checkered flag of a shortened Toyota 500 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina—the track's second NASCAR Cup Series race in a four-day span as Kevin Harvick won The Real Heroes 400 on Sunday.

The Toyota 500, which featured 16 lead changes, started late because of a rain delay and ended 20 laps early because the rain returned:


OFFICIAL: Rain ends the Toyota 500 early. Retweet to congratulate @dennyhamlin on his WIN at Darlington! https://t.co/nDHN6DtXA4

There was even a fox sighting once the red flag came out:


Hey, little buddy. 🦊 Didn't we see you at Pocono a few years ago? https://t.co/D4clZdJxwQ

The event, the first Wednesday NASCAR race "since 1984 when Richard Petty scored his 200th and final Cup win on July 4 at Daytona" (h/t NASCAR.com), was held without any fans in attendance to accommodate public health safety protocols during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic:


From Darlington, Charlotte, Los Angeles and multiple home studios! #NASCARIsBack and here's how we are (safely) bringing it to your living rooms. https://t.co/uk5JPtJN3R

Sunday's Real Heroes 400 marked the first Cup Series race since the FanShield 500 on March 8.

Hamlin began the 2020 Cup Series with a win at the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17, making him the annual race's back-to-back reigning champion and making this his second 2020 Cup Series victory.


Toyota 500 Top 10

1. Denny Hamlin

2. Kyle Busch

3. Kevin Harvick

4. Brad Keselowski

5. Erik Jones

6. Joey Logano

7. Aric Almirola

8. Jimmie Johnson

9. Matt DiBenedetto

10. Martin Truex Jr.

Full results at NASCAR.com.

Ryan Preece started at pole position for the first time in his Cup Series career:


First eight rows and notable starting positions for Darlington. Top 20 have been inverted from where they finished Sunday. https://t.co/iqoWgCvN7W

But the No. 37 car's good fortune didn't last through all 228 laps:


Issue for Ryan Preece. https://t.co/DgqxX517oU

Clint Bowyer found himself in a similar situation. The 40-year-old won Stages 1 and 2, seemingly in position to capture his first Cup Series victory of the year:


STAGE WINNER: @ClintBowyer left no doubt in Stage 1 😤. He cruises to a stage win in the #Toyota500 at @TooToughToTame. https://t.co/gdohIoXFvQ


@ClintBowyer You know the No. 14 Home Team is happy. https://t.co/4XQpW2GSrQ


STAGE WINNER: Double down, @ClintBowyer! That No. 14 machine is a 🚀 tonight at @TooToughToTame and takes Stage 2. https://t.co/ZAJPRAbOYT

However, Bowyer finished in 22nd place after clipping Turn 3:


Clint Bowyer goes around! https://t.co/421TuYMi40

Jordan Bianchi @Jordan_Bianchi

"F*** I smoked the wall. Goddammit." -- Clint Bowyer says.

The more controversial crash between Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott, who finished 38th after Busch spun him out with 28 laps to go:



Elliott flipped off Busch and will reportedly not be fined for the gesture by NASCAR, and Busch apologized after the race's conclusion: 


"There's no question. I made a mistake." — @KyleBusch on his incident with @chaseelliott. https://t.co/AL1rRO6z5x

Jeff Gluck @jeff_gluck

Kyle Busch says he’s “certainly going to reach out” to Chase. They’re not friends, Kyle says, but they’re cordial and have a good relationship. He says again, “It was entirely unintentional.”

Everybody will have just four days to regroup before the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday.