Logano led the final 16 laps and held off teammate Brad Keselowski to win the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Sunday. The final green flag of the day waved on lap 384 and Logano was able to weave his way through the field in front of him that stayed out on the track. Keselowski had the fastest car on the day but found it harder to navigate his way through traffic. By the time he did the 22 had enough of a lead to hold off the hard charging Keselowski.
Virginia native Denny Hamlin was able to take an up and down day to a 3rd place finish for the Joe Gibbs Racing team followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr in 4th and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top 5.
After the race a visibly upset Kyle Busch stormed away from reporters calling the Nascar ruling on his pit lane commitment penalty “balls and strikes”. Busch was ruled in violation of the pit lane commitment penalty that bit a number of drivers of Sunday. Busch was running second to Logano at the time and looked to be following the call by the 22 team. Logano made a late turn into the pits and clipped the commitment box by a few inches costing Busch a shot at the win.
The start of Dale Earnhardt Jr’s farewell tour did not start the way he would have liked. After moving up into the top 10 Earnhardt was hot with a pit road speeding penalty causing him to go to the rear of the field. He never fully recovered after that. While stretching a green flag run out in hopes for a caution he was side swiped by teammate Jimmy Johnson. Johnson either didn’t hear his spotter or his spotter failed to give the “car high” heads up.
Other notables from the day:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr has another strong showing on Sunday. This has been his best season since taking over the wheel of the #17 machine.
Best part of Ryan Blaney’s weekend was qualifying. Once the green flag waved his car dropped positions as he was fighting a very loose racecar. His day ended in the wall and a 36th place finish.
Matt Kenseth dominated the first third of the race only to lose grip on the bottom of the track. A cut tire ended his chances and he made it home in 23rd.
I love the call moving the race to the day. The track was super slick and the racing surface went through multiple changes in grip during the day. Gutsy call to move the race but the right call.
Many seats were available for the race. A track that once had a waiting list now has about 50% capacity. That is a trend that seems to be growing.