Executive vice president and chief racing development officer Steve O’Donnell on Sunday afternoon at Darlington Raceway said that the racing went smoother than expected. But the race came with significant restrictions during this coronavirus pandemic.
NASCAR resumes its 2020 schedule without fans after a two-month coronavirus shutdown. It’s the first race return since March 8 and, was an exciting day for fans and world sports.
It was an unusual day for fans since they were enjoying the race on their television, unlike before where they enjoyed the race at grandstands. All who entered Darlington went through a thorough medical screening; masks were mandatory and observed social distancing.
O’Donnell said their medical personnel cleared everyone who worked at Darlington and was 100 percent confident they were in an excellent place to go racing. He added time will tell if anyone will become sick.
Kevin Harvick dominated the race for the first time in the season and won his 50th career NASCAR Cup Series. Darlington Raceway provided a victorious backdrop on Sunday afternoon in South Carolina. Harvick was the only one permitted to victory lane to pose with the trophy.
Crew chief Rodney Childers said that the team would take the same car Kevin Harvick won with Sunday to Wednesday’s race at Darlington.
On Monday, O’Donnell said he would convene a meeting on the way forward since they were two more races at the facility. That’s the Xfinity Series and Second Cup Series which were to race on Tuesday and Wednesday night, respectively. He added that safety practices remain in place, and encouraged teams to keep their road crew and shop crew separated, and drivers to continue isolating themselves.
O’Donnell congratulated everyone for a well-done job since they reached on time, the cars were out and thoroughly inspected, and everything worked as planned, and to all for adhering to rules stated.
However, according to him, there was a slight issue with the 18(Kyle Busch) inspection, but everything else flowed well, and the plan was superb. They didn’t have to tell anyone or even remind them to take precautions such as wearing a mask.
Government directives and sport’s officials set all these precautions that are necessary to curb the spread of the COVID-19. This deadly virus still affects the entire world, with over 4.8 million and more than 319k deaths which are making the world economy and everything scrabble.
The USA is the worst-hit country in the world, with over 1.5 million cases and over 91k deaths. Despite the COVID-19 threat, it was a bold move since the race is held in Darlington city, which is located in Darlington County, South Carolina, United States.
Jim France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO, was at Darlington, but he did not go in the infield. Instead, he shared his message to thank the entire industry for the effort put in place over the loudspeaker to kick-of the day.
O’Donnell Applauded him for doing that, and he said that he thinks that it was a significant gesture to the industry.