Hamlin takes rain-shortened Toyota 500 from Darlington

Published: 12:59pm, May 21, 2020 EDT | Updated: 1:03pm, May 21, 2020 EDT

Written by Ben the Pen

These times call for some extreme measures. That includes NASCAR running a race in the rain at Darlington on a Wednesday. This was the first Wednesday race since 1984.

Denny Hamlin won the Toyota 500 at Darlington Raceway that was shortened due to rain. They stopped the event with 20 laps remaining. The start of the race was moved up an hour due to the weather and the delayed nearly 90 minutes due to the rain.

Hamlin had the lead with 30 laps to go with Kyle Busch in second. He attempted to move past Hamlin on the inside, but couldn't complete the pass. Busch was passed on the outside by Chase Elliott and with Kevin Harvick closing down the space, Busch tried to cut him off, but instead clipped Elliott and spun him out, ending Elliott's hunt for the victory.

The wreck allowed Hamlin to win the race, while Busch finished second and Elliott, who flipped the bird to Busch, ended up at 38.

Clint Boyer finsihed 22nd, but won the first two stages. He fell out of the lead pack with 33 laps left after losing his right rear tire due to damage caused by brushing up against the wall.