In case you haven’t heard, Nascar is going to resume its season this Sunday, May 17th at the Darlington Raceway, South Carolina after a two month sabbatical due to the coronavirus. Despite resuming with no spectators, this could be the booster shot Nascar needs to increase their slumping ratings as there are no other sports leagues outside of the UFC and WWE in the United States currently live. Fans are desperate for sports, if Americans are willing to watch Korean baseball early in the A.M. hours, an afternoon event of racing should draw a bigger crowd. Nascar fans should also get excited as Matt Kenseth came out of retirement to drive the 42 car after Kyle Larson got suspended for using foul language during a Nascar virtual race, Kenseth should bring a jolt to Chip Ganassi Racing along with his teammate, Kurt Busch. Kenseth isn’t the only driver to come back as Ryan Newman will go back to racing his 6 Ford Mustang since his near tragic crash back at the Daytona 500 start of the season.
With plenty of well rested drivers, you’d hope Kyle Bush and Martin Truex Jr found ways to improve as they both have underperformed the start of this season. On the other side there have been other drivers who have been performing like their usual self such as Kevin Harvick leading the chase with 164 points, Joey Logano with the only driver to have multiple wins and despite finding ways to lose heartbreaker after heartbreaker, Ryan Blaney sits at 6th in the chase. There have been many surprises this season as well, Alex Bowman dominated the field at the Auto Club 400 and came away with the win, Matt DiBenedetto has a top 5 finish and is 9th in the chase and who could leave out rookies Cole Custer who is leading all rookies in points along with Corey Lajoie and Tyler Reddick who both could have had a few top 10 finishes if there wasn’t a caution on the last stage of each race. Perhaps the biggest surprise is Ryan Newman returning to Nascar after his terrifying crash at the Daytona 500 about three months ago, though he is medically cleared to race again, will something trigger to cause him to panic and get himself or other drivers in an unfortunate crash?
To make up for lost races, Nascar made a smart adjustment by adding the Darlington 500K and the Charlotte race on Wednesdays over the next two weeks, nothing will stop serious Nascar fans from watching any race despite the race falling on a weeknight. Many feel that Nascar is not a competitive sport although surrounded by metal, these drivers practice like any other athlete and must have a tremendous amount of mental toughness along with the desire to win each race and like other sports Nascar moreso is fueled by the money from their sponsors. Even if you’ve never watched a Nascar race before but you love games that come down to the wire then tune in on a Sunday or Wednesday to enjoy a race that comes down to the final turn - Darlington Raceway, "The Track Too Tough to Tame."