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2020 Toyota 500



The 2020 Toyota 500 is a NASCAR Cup Series race held on May 20, 2020, at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina, replacing Richmond Raceway spring race. Contested over 208 laps -- shortened from 228 laps due to rain, on the 1.366 mi egg-shaped oval, it was the sixth race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season.

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Background



Darlington Raceway is a race track built for NASCAR racing located near Darlington, South Carolina. It is nicknamed "The Lady in Black" and "The Track Too Tough to Tame" by many NASCAR fans and drivers and advertised as "A NASCAR Tradition." It is of a unique, somewhat egg-shaped design, an oval with the ends of very different configurations, a condition which supposedly arose from the proximity of one end of the track to a minnow pond the owner refused to relocate. This situation makes it very challenging for the crews to set up their cars' handling in a way that is effective at both ends.

Entry list

  • (R) denotes rookie driver.
  • (i) denotes driver who are ineligible for series driver points.

    Qualifying

    Ryan Preece was awarded the pole for the race as determined by the top 20 from Sunday's lineup inverted.

    Starting Lineup

    Race



    Stage Results



    Stage One Laps: 60Stage Two Laps: 65

    Final Stage Results



    Stage Three Laps: 103

    Race statistics

  • Lead changes: 17 among 13 different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 11 for 54
  • Red flags: 1
  • Time of race: 2 hours, 42 minutes and 23 seconds
  • Average speed: 104.984 mph

    Media



    Television

    The Toyota 500 was carried by FS1 in the United States. Mike Joy and five-time Darlington winner Jeff Gordon covered the race from the Fox Sports studio in Charlotte. Matt Yocum handled the pit road duties. Larry McReynolds provided insight from the Fox Sports studio in Charlotte.

    Radio

    The Motor Racing Network (MRN) called the race for radio, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Alex Hayden and Dave Moody called the action for MRN when the field raced down the front stretch. Dillon Welch called the race from a Billboard outside of turn 1 when the field raced through turns 1 and 2, and Steve Post called the race atop of the Darlington Raceway Club outside of turn 3 when the field raced through turns 3 and 4. Kim Coon and Hannah Newhouse called the action on pit road for MRN.

    Standings after the race

    ;Drivers' Championship standings;Manufacturers' Championship standings
  • Note: Only the first 16 positions are included for the driver standings.