With an aggressive late push at the Darlington Raceway in South Carolina on Sunday, Dawson County native Chase Elliott finished the Real Heroes 400 in fourth place, behind Kevin Harvick, Alex Bowman and Kurt Busch.
The racing league's return comes with a new set of rules for drivers and teams to follow, requiring pit crew members to wear face masks, keeping team rosters 16 people and subjecting crews to random temperature checks. But most noticeably of all, no fans lined stands at the Darlington Raceway.
Elliott started Sunday's race in 11th position but now sits 3rd in the overall standings. Last year in Darlington, Elliott finished 19th in the Bojangles Southern 500.
This year, NASCAR called the race the Real Heroes 400 to honor the first responders that have risked their lives to battle COVID-19.
Before the race, Elliott tweeted a video announcing that he would be honoring Atlanta EMT Walter “Buddy” Standridge during the race. Standridge's name was printed on the side of Elliott’s No. 9 Chevy.
Racers remain in Darlington this Wednesday night for the Toyota 500.