Record Breaking Day for the Toyota Owners 400

The NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers will make their first daytime start at Richmond International Raceway in over 20 years for the Toyota Owners 400. Richmond is another one of NASCAR’s short tracks at ¾ of a mile.

After being out of his car all season due to an off track injury, Tony Stewart makes his first start of the season. Smoke says that he he ready to go and plans on running the entire race. NASCAR has granted Stewart a waiver that will allow him to be a part of the chase provided he has won a race and is in the top 30 in points at the time the “Chase for the Cup” begins.

After qualifying was rained out, the field was set according to practice times; Kevin Harvick will lead the field to the green flag.

The starting lineup for the Toyota Owners 400:
Kevin Harvick
Joey Logano
Jimmie Johnson
Carl Edwards
Denny Hamlin
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
Kasey Kahne
Kyle Busch
AJ Allmendinger
Austin Dillon
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Matt Kenseth
Ryan Newman
Kyle Larson
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Trevor Bayne
Tony Stewart
Greg Biffle
Brian Scott
Danica Patrick
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Aric Almirola
Casey Mears
Paul Menard
Jamie McMurray
Landon Cassill
Ryan Blaney
David Ragan
Josh Wise
Michael McDowell
Chris Buescher
Regan Smith
Reed Sorenson
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Ellis
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Clint Bowyer – moved to the back of the field with a transmission change
Michael Annett

The 15th and final winner of “American Idol” Trent Harmon performed the National Anthem.

And they’re off with the wave of the green flag. Kevin Harvick leads the first of 400 laps.

After 10 laps Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race and has pulled out to a lead of over half a second.

Jimmie Johnson passes Kevin Harvick to take over the lead of the race on lap 21.

Lap 30, Jimmie Johnson has pulled out to a lead of over one second; there are 36 cars on the lead lap.

Jimmie Johnson continues to lead the race on lap 40, second place driver Kevin Harvick has hit the wall but the car stays green.

Fifty laps down and Jimmie Johnson is still leading the race by over half a second; there are 32 cars on the lead lap.

After 60 laps Jimmie Johnson is still leading the race after defending off a challenge form Carl Edwards; there are 27 cars on the lead lap.

On lap 66 Carl Edwards finally takes the lead from Jimmie Johnson; and over the next three laps he has pulled out to a lead of over half a second.

After 80 laps Carl Edwards has pulled out to a lead of over one second over second place Kyle Busch; there are 25 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 87 drivers are beginning to make green flag pit stops.

After green flag pit stops have cycled through, Carl Edwards retakes the lead of the race and has a load of over two seconds.

Lap 100, the race is a quarter of the way through, Carl Edwards has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half; there are only 23 cars on the lead lap. The race has stayed green so far. In the Xfinity race on Saturday, the first caution flag did not come out until lap 126.

Lap 110 Carl Edwards has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds and half of the field is at least one lap down.

On lap 120, Carl Edwards is still leading the race but second place driver Kyle Busch is slowly eating into that lead; which is now down to less than a second and a half.

Carl Edwards continues to lead the race on lap 135; with a lead of a second and a half. Tony Stewart is the last car on the lead lap in 19th place.

With 150 laps down, Carl Edwards is still leading the race and has finally put Tony Stewart a lap down; there are only 18 cars on the lead lap.

The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 157 for debris. Once pit road opens all of the drivers will come down pit road for service. David Ragan is the “lucky dog”. It was the longest green flag start of the race since 1979.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road to take the lead. Denny Hamlin and Chris Buescher were penalized for having an uncontrolled tire on pit road. One of the air guns broke on Kurt Busch’s team slowing down his pit stop.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for a green flag restart on lap 165.

Carl Edwards retakes the lead from Kyle Busch on lap 169.

Lap 180 Carl Edwards leads the field with a lead of over half a second; there are 18 cars on the lead lap.

On lap 190 Carl Edwards continues to lead the race; there are 18 cars on the lead lap.

The second caution flag of the race comes out on lap 196 for debris on the track. Kyle Larson is the “lucky dog”.

Once pit road opens the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service. Matt Kenseth is having battery issues and spends extra time on pit road changing the battery.

At the halfway point of the race, the track is under only the second caution flag of the race, Carl Edwards is leading the race, and with the wave around there are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Carl Edwards brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 202.

Lap 210 Carl Edwards has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second and a half; there are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 220 Edwards is still in the lead as he dominates the track for a second week in a row.

After closing the gap over the past several laps, Kevin Harvick passes Carl Edwards for the lead of the race on lap 230.

On lap 240 pole sitter Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over a second; there are 19 cars on the lead lap.

On lap 250 Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds.

The third caution flag comes out on lap 251 for more debris on the track. Chase Elliott gets the “lucky dog”.

The drivers bring their cars down pit road for service. Kevin Harvick wins the race off pit road.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 258.

After losing several spots on the track, Ricky Stenhouse Jr brings his car down pit road with a bad vibration. He is now two laps down.

Tony Stewart brings out the fourth caution flag of the race after blowing a tire on lap 268. Joey Logano gets the “lucky dog”.

Even though they have been on pit road only a few laps ago, the drivers bring their cars down pit road for some fresh tires.
Brad Keselowski chose not to pit and will bring the field down for the green flag restart.

Brad Keselowski brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 275 and immediately gets challenged for the lead and on lap 278, Kurt Busch takes over the lead of the race; with little brother Kyle right behind him.

After battling for a few laps, Kyle Busch takes over the lead from big brother Kurt on lap 287.

Three fourths of the way through the race on lap 300, Kyle Busch leads the race with 20 cars on the lead lap, and all 40 cars are still on the track.

Lap 304 Austin Dillon brings his car down pit road with a vibration and is now one lap down. Dale Jr is also reporting a vibration in his car but reports from his pit crew are that all lug nuts are secure.

Lap 310 Kyle Busch has a half second lead over brother Kurt with 19 cars on the lead lap.

The fifth caution flag of the race comes out on lap 312 for debris on the track. Jamie McMurray gets the “lucky dog”.

The drivers bring their cars down pit road for service, Kurt Busch beats brother Kyle on the race off of pit road.

Kurt Busch leads the field down for the green flag restart on lap 318.

Ryan Newman brings out the sixth caution flag of the race on lap 319 after losing a tire and spinning out. The tail pipe of Kyle Larson’s car made contact with Newman’s car causing the tire to go down. Paul Menard was the “lucky dog”.

While on pit road, Ricky Stenhouse Jr is penalized for having an uncontrolled tire. Austin Dillon was penalized for his pit crew coming over the wall too soon.

Kurt Busch brings the field down to the green flag restart on lap 325.

Brian Ellis spins out and brings out the seventh caution of the race on lap 325. Tony Stewart gets the “lucky dog”.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 334.

Lap 345 Kurt Busch is still leading the race with a lead of over a second.

Brian Scott brings out the eighth caution of the race after spinning out. AJ Allmendinger gets the “lucky dog”.

The drivers bring their cars down pit road for service. Fuel is not an issue but all of the drivers want fresh tires.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road with a below eleven second pit stop.

Kyle brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 364.

Lap 375 Kyle Busch leads the field by nearly a second and a half; there are 32 cars on the lead lap after many drivers took the wave around on the last caution flag.

With only 15 laps remaining in the race, second place driver Carl Edwards is closing in on lead Kyle Busch; the lead is down to around half a second.

Less than 10 laps remain and Carl Edwards is right on Kyle Busch’s bumper; but does Edwards have enough time to make the pass?

Kyle Busch takes the white flag. Carl Edwards gets Kyle Busch loose and passes him for the win right at the finish line. It is the first ever last lap pass for the win at Richmond. It is second win in a row for Edwards.

The unofficial results of the Toyota Owners 400:
Carl Edwards
Kyle Busch
Jimmie Johnson
Kasey Kahne
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Matt Kenseth
Joey Logano
Martin Truex Jr
Kurt Busch
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Dale Earnhardt Jr
Greg Biffle
Kyle Larson
Jamie McMurray
Trevor Bayne
Ryan Newman
Tony Stewart
Austin Dillon
Aric Almirola
Paul Menard
David Ragan
Danica Patrick
AJ Allmendinger
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Landon Cassill
Ryan Blaney
Casey Mears
Matt DiBenedetto
Michael McDowell
Regan Smith
Clint Bowyer
Chris Buescher
Brian Scott
Michael Annett
Ryan Ellis
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Jsoh Wise
Reed Sorenson


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