Heroes 400: NASCAR Cup Series marks the return of live sports on TV

American sports returns to the airways Sunday with the NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.

Forty drivers are scheduled to participate in the first professional sporting event since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While NASCAR is resuming the Cup Series, the Darlington race will be far from ordinary. The Cup Series skipped both practice and qualifying heats. In addition, there will be no fans in the stands.

The race follows the launch of The Real Heroes Project, a collaborative initiative by 14 sports leagues, including NASCAR, to recognize and pay tribute to medical professionals fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting lineups will be set by random draws for charter teams based on owner points.

Here’s what you need to know about the Heroes 400:

What time: The race is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. EDT, Sunday.

What channel: You can watch on the FOX network and the FOX Sports App.

How long is the race: 400.2 miles

Who is racing: Drivers expected to compete:

  1. Quin Houff

  2. Kurt Busch

  3. Brad Keselowski

  4. Austin Dillon

  5. Kevin Harvick

  6. Ryan Newman

  7. Josh Bilicki

  8. Tyler Reddick

  9. Chase Elliott

  10. Aric Almirola

  11. Denny Hamlin

  12. Ryan Blaney

  13. Ty Dillon

  14. Clint Bowyer

  15. Brennan Poole

  16. Chris Buescher

  17. Kyle Busch

  18. Martin Truex Jr.

  19. Erik Jones

  20. Matt DiBenedetto

  21. Joey Logano

  22. William Byron

  23. J.J. Yeley

  24. Corey Lajoie

  25. Michael McDowell

  26. Ryan Preece

  27. John Hunter Nemechek

  28. Cole Custer

  29. Matt Kenseth

  30. Bubba Wallace

  31. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

  32. Jimmie Johnson

  33. Joey Gase

  34. Garrett Smithley

  35. Timmy Hill

  36. Reed Sorenson

  37. B.J. McLeod 

  38. Alex Bowman

  39. Christopher Bell

  40. Daniel Suarez

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