Check Out These Eerie Photos From NASCAR’s Fan-Less Race At Darlington

The Real Heroes 400 was unlike any other race in NASCAR history.

Held at a fan-less Darlington Raceway with drivers and crews all wearing protective masks, the first Cup Series race since March 8 offered an eerie motorsports respite amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in its own strange way, the Real Heroes 400 — which Kevin Harvick won in dominating fashion — provided some of the most NASCAR images you’ll ever see.

Check these out:

Darlington Raceway

Empty parking lot outside Darlington Raceway (Brynn Anderson/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network Images)

Darlington Raceway

Social distancing guidelines posted outside Darlington Raceway (Brynn Anderson/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network Images)

Ryan Newman crew member

Ryan Newman crew member pulling gas cans before Real Heroes 400 (Brynn Anderson/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network Images)

NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer's No. 14 car

Clint Bowyer’s car pushed through infield before the Real Heroes 400 (Brynn Anderson/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network Images)

NASCAR driver Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell walks to his car before start of Real Heroes 400 (Brynn Anderson/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network Images)

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch

Kyle Busch standing by his car during playing of national anthem ( Brynn Anderson/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network Images)

Darlington Raceway

Drivers approach starting line in front of empty stands at Darlington (Brynn Anderson/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network Images)

Darlington Raceway

Drivers pass by empty stands during Real Heroes 400 (Brynn Anderson/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network Images)

NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick wearing mask in victory lane after winning Real Heroes 400 (Brynn Anderson/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network Images)

NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick

Kevin Harvick celebrates in victory lane (Brynn Anderson/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network Images

Fans can expect more of the same Wednesday night when drivers compete in the Darlington 500K, which will be followed by Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. That’s right: three Cup races in seven days.

Racing certainly is back, for better or for worse.

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Thumbnail photo via Brynn Anderson/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network Images

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