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NASCAR Toyota Owner’s 400 at Richmond: Recap, Results

We had barely turned four laps at Richmond when rookie Erik Jones’ day came to an end. Contact with Kasey Kahne ended up cutting down a right front tire for Jones, sending him hard into the fence. Jones was less than thrilled with Kahne during his interview.

Matt Kenseth was the dominant car early on. He led much of the first segment with ease until Ricky Stenhouse got into the wall and brought out the caution. This brought Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski to his bumper. Kyle Busch and Dale Jr. sped on pit road, sending them to the rear with just 30 laps left in the segment.

Nobody could do anything with Kenseth though. He cruised to his first stage win of the season. The second stage was a different story though. Brad Keselowski turned it on and finally got around Kenseth for the lead with 30 laps to go in segment two. He would quickly put a huge lead on Kenseth, setting sail on his way to a stage two win.

The start of stage three saw a new player enter the fold. Denny Hamlin won the race off of pit road, just ahead of Kevin Harvick. These two battled for the lead, until Keselowski showed up. Brad took back the lead just before a debris caution slowed the field once again. Just like last time, Hamlin won the race off of pit road.

Hamlin hoped out to a one second lead, before Harvick slowly started to reel him back in. Keselowski wouldn’t go away, however. He got around Jamie McMurray for third and set his sights on Harvick and Hamlin. Within the next 20 laps, Brad was back out front.

Green flag stops would bring strategy into the picture. Short-pitting allowed Harvick and Hamlin to get ahead of Keselowski once again, but that didn’t last long. Keselowski was just too strong and got back around the two of them for the lead.

Contact between Jimmie Johnson and Dale Jr. brought out the yellow flag, inserting Ryan Newman into the situation after staying out through a pit cycle. Newman restarted second, but was no match for Brad.

A quick yellow for Dale Jr. blowing a tire gave everyone four tires once again. It was Keselowski vs. Hamlin on the front row with Kyle Busch lurking in fourth. A rash of cautions including blown tires from Ryan Blaney and Matt Kenseth would totally drop everything on its head.

Kyle Busch appeared to have the best shot to win this race, but a questionable commitment cone violation call sent him to the back on the final restart. He would rebound to 16th.

Several cars stayed up for track position, but they were no match for Logano, who diced them up on four fresh tires. Joey stayed out inexplicably, but the yellows fell his way.

Logano was long gone on the final restart. Not even Brad Keselowski could run him down. Joey stole one on the day of his 300th career start.

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Brad Keselowski
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Ricky Stenhouse
  5. Kevin Harvick
  6. Jamie McMurray
  7. Ryan Newman
  8. Kurt Busch
  9. Aric Almirola
  10. Martin Truex
  11. Jimmie Johnson
  12. Daniel Suarez
  13. Trevor Bayne
  14. Kyle Larson
  15. Clint Bowyer
  16. Kyle Busch
  17. Chris Buescher
  18. Danica Patrick
  19. David Ragan
  20. Austin Dillon
  21. Landon Cassill
  22. Kasey Kahne
  23. Matt Kenseth
  24. Chase Elliott
  25. Paul Menard
  26. Ty Dillon
  27. Cole Whitt
  28. Matt Dibenedetto
  29. Michael McDowell
  30. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  31. Gray Gaulding
  32. Corey Lajoie
  33. Reed Sorenson
  34. Timmy Hill
  35. Jeffrey Earnhardt
  36. Ryan Blaney
  37. AJ Allmendinger
  38. Erik Jones

 

 

 

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