May 17, 2020 Darlington (S.C.) Raceway Distance: 400 miles
Start: 12th | Finish: 10th
Points: 27 | Standings: 34th
Details of the Day
Today’s race was the first for NASCAR since competing at Phoenix Raceway on Mar. 8, and was the first major sport to return to competition, with no fans in attendance.
The starting lineup was determined by a random draw based off of current owner points standings, with positions 1-12 picked from the top-12 drivers, positions 13-24 drawn from the drivers in those points positions, followed by 25-36 and 37-40.
Kenseth’s 10th-place finish was his 13th career top-10 at Darlington.
This was Kenseth’s first race since competing at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 18, 2018.
Kenseth has now recorded top-10 finishes in his last three Cup Series start, dating back to Phoenix on Nov. 11, 2018.
Starting positions 1-20 for Wednesday’s race at Darlington will be determined by inverting the top-20 finishers from today’s race, Kenseth is projected to start 11th, and Busch to start 18th.
The caution flag was shown 10 times for a total of 57 laps.
The lead changed 10 times among six drivers.
Matt Kenseth, No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
“First off, thanks to NASCAR and everyone else involved in working to make today happen. Overall, today turned out really well for us. The first few laps today were kind of nerve-racking, but then it was sort of back to racing and thinking about what we needed to be better. Everyone on the team has worked extremely hard the last couple weeks to prepare for today, and I’m proud of what we accomplished today. I learned a lot throughout the race about the way the car handles and reacts to different situations, and it was nice to really get acclimated to the Camaro and the team in a real racing environment. It’s always a good feeling to get a top-10 at a place like Darlington, but to have done it under these circumstances feels that much better. I still have some room to improve, but today shows all of us we have a lot to look forward to as the season continues. It was great to be back racing, and we can’t thank everyone at Credit One Bank, McDonald’s, Clover, AdventHealth and Chevy for the support you’ve given to the team.”
NCS teams will head back to Darlington Raceway on Wednesday, May 20. FS1, MRN, and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90 will have live coverage beginning at 7:30pm ET.