NASCAR is back.
On May 17, the roar of engines — albeit without the roar of the crowd — will return to a NASCAR Cup Series race track. And when the competitors do arrive at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina that Sunday, it will be amid an air of apprehension and uncertainty.
“I don’t know that right now there’s many procedures that are business as usual, so to speak,” Cliff Daniels, crew chief for seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, said.
The circuit will be busier than ever making for up for lost time. Five races are scheduled between the return run at Darlington (May 17) and Kansas two weeks later.
Creating the apprehension and uncertainty is the fact that not only have NASCAR teams not competed in an actual race at an actual track in almost two months because of