Cambridge native Matt Kenseth returned to NASCAR racing with a 10th-place finish in the Darlington 400. Kevin Harvick won the first race which was run in front of empty stands at the historic track Sunday.
Kenseth hadn’t raced since 2018. He was hired by Chip Ganassi Racing to take the place of Kyle Larson who was fired for using a racial slur last month.
Harvick took the lead from Alex Bowman on a late restart and pulled away over the final 30 laps at Darlington Raceway. Bowman finished second, followed by Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin.
Harvick is the only driver to finish in the top 10 in each of the Cup Series’ five races this season. He emerged from his car in victory lane wearing a black face mask — what could become NASCAR’s new normal.
Kenseth’s career got its start in 1998. NASCAR has granted him a waiver for eligibility in this year’s playoffs.
Source: Learfield Wire Services & AP