Toyota Owners 400 Playbook — DFS NASCAR


It was Busch's 46th career victory and fifth win at Richmond after finishing ahead of Chase Elliot and Denny Hamlin.

Busch has won the last two Monster Cup events, taking checkered flags at Texas and Bristol.

Afterward the Joe Gibbs Racing driver tipped his helmet to his crew.

"We can't look at the results tonight and think we're right there, because in reality I think we still have some work to do". (Crew chief) Adam Stevens and my guys did a phenomenal job.

"They got us off pit road those last two times that we came down for tires and got us where we needed to be".

He ran into problems not on the racetrack but on pit road.

Entering Saturday's Toyota Owners 400, it had been six years since Kyle Busch won at Richmond.

Next up for the streaking Busch is a track where the race often goes not to the swiftest, but the luckiest - Talladega Superspeedway.

Pit stops were a crucial aspect of Busch's victory.

"I felt like if I didn't wreck you at some point, my fans were going to be really [angry]", Earnhardt told Busch on the broadcast, admitting it was premeditated. "But we'll give it a go anyways; we'll see what we get". Last year's victor was Joey Logano, but if you remember, his win was taken away due violations found on his #22 Ford during post-race inspections.

Elliott made a nice move in overtime to finish second, his eighth career runner-up finish, while defending series champion Martin Truex Jr. had trouble on the pitstop before overtime and finished 14th.

"It was a fortunate circumstance for us there at the end with how the cautions fell", Elliott said. "Having a short run there at the end was definitely in our favor".

Logano would hold strong through the end of the first stage as things stayed clean without a caution through the entire 100 lap stage.

"I thought it was much improved from where we have been", the Hendrick Motorsports driver said. I think it certainly was different tonight.

Truex, who remained seventh in the season standings, and race victor Kyle Busch were dueling after a restart with 23 laps to go, and after Busch pulled away, Truex seemed to be closing ground until a spin by David Ragan brought out the yellow. Logano established a sizable lead for most of the stage, as it was under green flag conditions for its entirety. "I wondered if I'd come out alive".

Joey Logano has won the first stage of the NASCAR CUP Series race at Richmond.

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Today the people deserved this. "On Tuesday at the board meeting we will take the decisions". The chants echoing around the Wanda Metropolitano stadium until after the final whistle.

While running second, he pitted on Lap 390.

But lately, there's been no stopping him.

"Looking forward, we have to be realistic about how we ran tonight".

"Disappointed that we didn't get a chance at least", Truex said. I don't know what we have to do to win at one of these short tracks and get everything to go the way we need it to. Penalties on pit road and unlucky breaks is what has held the #11 auto back the last few races in 2018. Impound races are more hard to accurately handicap based on what we are able to study, due to the relative small sample size of data when compared to a typical weekend. "We scored a lot of points, so we're proud of that".

Take a bow, Kyle Busch.

(2) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 402.

"We've been friends, acquaintances, friendly or competitors with one another over the course of the last 3, 4, 5 years".

(17) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 402. Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 402 8. Jamie McMurray 9. William Byron 10. Erik Jones, Toyota, 402 14.

The last of the elite Toyotas this week is Martin Truex Jr.

(25) Aric Almirola, Ford, 402. Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 402 19.

(20) Paul Menard, Ford, 401. Darrell Wallace Jr., Chevrolet, 401 26. Chris Buescher 27. AJ Allmendinger 28.

(33) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 401. Ross Chastain 29. Kasey Kahne 30. Cole Whitt was also involved.

(24) Michael McDowell, Ford, 400. Trevor Bayne 22. Daniel Hemric 23. AJ Allmendinger 34. Gray Gaulding 35.

(38) Harrison Rhodes, Chevrolet, 386.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 96.215 miles per hour. There were two more cautions: one with nine remaining and one with three.

Lead Changes: 16 among 7 drivers. But he faded a bit in the final stage, which began at Lap 212, and finished fourth. However, Truex was closing in, with Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick not that far off. 336-370; Kyle Busch 371-390; M. Truex Jr. The pair combined to lead 135 laps.