NASCAR’s top stars raced at Richmond Raceway for the Toyota Owners 400 on April 18th 2021.
The race at Richmond started off with an interesting start with Denny Hamlin spinning his tires, stacking the field up heading into turn 1. Stage 1 ran green, until the competition caution on lap 30. Teams put on new tires, as Richmond is a very slick track, and filled the tank up with gas. Martin Truex Jr won Stage 1, the 19 team is a very dominant team, as they won two out of the last three races here.
Stage 2 looked the same as the first, long green flag runs with many battles in between with a couple of green-flag stops. As a cycle of tops was happening, Austin Cindric got with Ryan Newman, spinning the 6 in turn 2. This was awesome timing for drivers like Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, and four others as they had not to pit yet. Martin Truex Jr continued to dominate the race, as he won both of the first stages.
Just like the first two, stage 3 was one with green flag stops and hard racing. Off of a stop, Truex Jr had to give up the lead, as he found himself with a penalty. This left the race open for Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano. The 11 and 22 teams had almost a 12 second lead with 70 laps remaining. This battle stuck as one until there were 13 laps to go.
Kevin Harvick brought out the caution with a spin. The big lead with Logano and Hamlin now was erased, and they had to fight for the win off a restart. Alex Bowman restarted third, and quickly took second place away from Logano heading off of turn two. The 48 teams took the lead for the first time of the entire race with 10 laps to go. Bowman was able to drive away from the two dominant cars, and win the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway
NASCAR heads to Talladega Superspeedway next Sunday for the next Cup race on the 2021 schedule.