After three weeks of bad weather, race delays, and red flags the Monster Energy Cup Series moves to Richmond…and the hope of better weather…for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.

When the first round of qualifying began, six teams were still trying to make it through inspection.

After three rounds of qualifying Martin Truex Jr wins his first pole at Richmond and his third pole for the 2018 racing season.

The starting lineup for the Toyota Owners 400:
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Joey Logano
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Larson
Kurt Busch
Erik Jones
Jamie McMurray
William Byron
Kevin Harvick
Alex Bowman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Blaney
Ryan Newman
David Ragan
Clint Bowyer
Jimmie Johnson
Darrell Wallace Jr
Chris Buescher
Paul Menard
Trevor Bayne
Daniel Hemric
Austin Dillon
Michael McDowell
Aric Almirola
Daneil Suarez
Matt DiBenedetto
Brad Keselowski
Kasey Kahne
Ross Chastain
Ty Dillon
Kyle Busch
AJ Allmendinger
Gray Gaulding
Cole Whitt
Landon Cassill
Reed Sorenson
Harrison Rhodes

Rowdy Busch is looking for three in a row, but he has never won a race when he has started further back than thirtieth – he starts in thirty second place for this race.

Staqes one and two of the race are 100 laps each with stage three lasting 200 laps for a total of 400 laps. around the ¾ mile track.

Pole sitter Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and holds on to lead the first lap.

Lap three Kyle Busch has moved up four spots to 28th.

Lap four, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap five Martin Truex Jr has a lead of nearly a second and a half on Kyle Larson.

Lap seven Kyle Busch has moved up to 23rd place.

Lap eight, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Joey Logano. Kyle Busch is in 20th place.

Lap eleven, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead Joey Logano by nearly two seconds with Kyle Busch up to 18th place.

Lap 13, Kyle Busch has moved up 15 places.

Lap 21 Martin Truex Jr has a lead of a second and a half on Joey Logano. Kyle Busch is in 15th place.

Lap 23 Martin Truex Jr has a one second lead on Joey Logano.

Jimmie Johnson reports that he had a fight with the wall…and the wall won. Kyle Busch is in 13th place.

Lap 25 the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Kurt Busch, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 27 Reed Sorenson is off the track with 35 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 28 Martin Truex Jr’s lead is down to less than a second on Joey Logano. Kyle Busch is now in 12th place – he has moved up 20 spots since the start of the race.

Lap 30 Martin Truex Jr holds on to his lead of less than a second on Joey Logano with Chase Elliott in third, Kurt Busch in fourth, and Denny Hamlin in fifth. Kyle Busch is now in eleventh place.

Lap 34 Martin Truex Jr is now only a half second ahead of Joey Logano and Kyle Busch is now in the top 10.

Lap 36 Martin Truex Jr leads by a half second over Joey Logano with Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin rounding out the top five.

Lap 39 Joey Logano catches and passes Martin Truex Jr for the lead with Kurt Busch in third, Chase Elliott in fourth and Kevin Harvick in fifth with Kyle Busch in ninth less than 10 seconds behind the leader.

Lap 48 it’s the Kyle and Kyle show with the number 18 M&Ms car driven by Kyle Busch coming out in front of Kyle Larson for ninth place.

Lap 49 Joey Logano has a lead of over a second and a half on Martin Truex Jr with Kurt Busch in third, Chase Elliott in fourth, and Kevin Harvick in fifth.

Lap 52 Joey Logano hold on to his lead of nearly two seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five. Kyle Busch is mired back in ninth place after charging through the field.

Lap 55, Joey Logano encounters lapped traffic but holds on to his lead of over a second and a half on Martin Truex Jr with 29 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 57 Kyle Busch is now in eighth place with Joey Logano leading the race.

Lap 64 Joey Logano has a lead of over two and a half seconds in front of Kurt Busch with Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Aric Almirola rounding out the top five. Kyle Busch is in eighth place. There are 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 70 Joey Logano has a two and a half second lead on Kurt Busch; with Martin Truex Jr in third, Aric Almirola in fourth, and Chase Elliott in fifth. Kyle Busch is in seventh over eight seconds behind the leader. There are 23 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 73, Joey Logano’s lead is down to under two seconds ahead of Kurt Busch.

Lap 75 Kurt Busch has closed to within a second and a half of leader Joey Logano.

Lap 80 the top five are Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola, Martin Truex Jr, and Willian Byron with Kyle Busch in seventh.

Lap 83 Joey Logano’s lead is down to half a second over Kurt Busch with Aric Almirola, William Bryon, and Clint Bowyer rounding out the top five.

Lap 86 there are only 20 cars on the lead lap with Joey Logano leading by less than half a second over Kurt Busch.

Lap 90 Joey Logano holds on to the lead over Kurt Busch; younger brother Kyle has moved up to sixth place. There are 18 cars on the lead lap.

After short pitting, Ricky Stenhouse Jr was down by two laps; on lap 92 he unlapped himself and is back on the lead lap.

Lap 93 Joey Logano has increased his lead to back over a second on Kurt Busch.

Lap 94, Aric Almirola passes Kurt Busch to take over second place with Joey Logano over a second and a half in the lead.

Joey Logano wins stage one for his first stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Joey Logano
Aric Almirola
Kurt Busch
William Byron
Clint Bowyer
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Martin Truex Jr
Austin Dillon
Kevin Harvick

Bubba Wallace is the “lucky dog”.

Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road.

Aric Almirola’s team had a 20 second pit stop after the tire fell on the jack and dropped the car.

Kevin Harvick was sent to the back of the field after being charged with throwing equipment in the pit box – the crew member tossed the wrench after making an adjustment.

Kyle Larson and AJ Allmendinger were both charged with having uncontrolled tires in their pit boxes and will have to restart the race at the back of the field.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 112, followed by the Busch brothers. Joey Logan and Kurt Busch battle for the lead with Kurt Busch taking over the top spot.

Lap 114 Kurt Busch has a half second lead on Joey Logano with William Byron in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Aric Almirola in fifth. There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 118 Kurt Busch has a lead of nearly a second on Joey Logano with William Byron in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Aric Almirola in fifth.

Lap 123 Kurt Busch has a lead of nearly a second on Joey Logano.

Lap 131 Kurt Busch has a one second lead on Joey Logano with Kyle Busch in third, Clint Bowyer in fourth and William Byron in fifth.

Lap 135 Kurt Busch’s lead is now over a second on Joey Logano with Kyle Busch on his bumper.

Lap 137 Kurt Busch has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Joey Logano with Kyle Busch in third, Clint Bowyer in fourth, and William Byron in fifth.

Lap 141, Kurt Busch has a lead of over a second and a half on brother Kyle Busch with Clint Bowyer in third, Joey Logano in fourth and Aric Almirola in fifth.

Lap 144, Kurt Busch as a lead of less than a second on brother Kyle.

Lap 153, Kurt Busch is out in front by a second but Clint Bowyer has taken over second place with Kyle in third; Joey Logano and Aric Almirola round out the top five.

Lap 157 Kurt Busch has a lead of just over half a second on Clint Bowyer with Kyle Busch in third.

Several drivers have come down pit road for service.

Leader Kurt Busch is reporting a loose condition as the track begins to cool.

Lap 160 Kurt Busch’s lead is down to under half a second over Clint Bowyer wit Kyle Busch in third

Clint Bowyer has caught up to Kurt Busch and takes over the lead on lap 169 with Joey Logano in third.

Lap 172 Kurt Busch challenges Clint Bowyer for the lead with Bowyer holding on to the lead.

Lap 175 Clint Bowyer has a lead of under half a second on Kurt Busch with Joey Logano in third, Aric Almirola in fourth, and Kyle Busch in fifth.

Lap 178 Clint Bowyer has a narrow lead on Kurt Busch with Joey Logano in third challenging the top two drivers.

Lap 180 Joey Logano passes Kurt Busch for second with Aric Almirola in fourth, and Kyle Busch in fifth.

Lap 186 Clint Bowyer holds on to the lead of the race with Joey Logano in second, Kurt Busch in third, Aric Almirola in fourth, and Kyle Busch in fifth.

Twelve laps remain in stage two and Joey Logano and Kurt Busch battle it out for second place.

Ten to go in stage two, Clint Bowyer leads the race by half a second on Joey Logano with Kurt Busch in third. There are 17 cars on the lead lap.

Eight to go and Joey Logano has closed the lead to Clint Bowyer and is battling for the lead.

Lap 193, Joey Logano retakes the lead of the race and is looking for another playoff point.

Four laps to go in stage two and Joey Logano has a one second lead on Clint Bowyer.

Joey Logano wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Joey Logano
Clint Bowyer
Aric Almirola
Kurt Busch
William Byron
Kyle Busch
Ryan Newman
Brad Keselowski
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick

Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road.

William Byron and Alex Bowman were caught speeding on pit road.

Ryan Newman was charged with an uncontrolled tire in his pit box.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 213 but it is Kurt Busch who gets out in front for the lead of the race.

Lap 215 Kurt Busch has pulled out to a half second lead on Joey Logano with Clint Bowyer in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Aric Almirola in fifth.

Lap 217 Kurt Busch has a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano.

Lap 220 Kurt Busch has increased his lead to nearly a second on Joey Logano with Clint Bowyer in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Martin Truex Jr in fifth.

Lap 222 Kurt Busch hass pulled out to a lead of over a second on Joey Logano with Clint Bowyer in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Martin Truex Jr in fifth.

Lap 225 Kurt Busch has pulled out to a lead of over a second and a half on Joey Logano with Clint Bowyer in third and Kyle Busch in fourth.

Lap 234, Kurt Busch has a second and a half lead on Clint Bowyer with Joey Logano in third, Martin Truex Jr in fourth, and Kyle Busch in fifth.

Lap 238 there are 19 cars on the lead lap with Kurt Busch out in front by a second and a half on Clint Bowyer.

Lap 242, Kurt Busch has a lead of just under a second and a half on Clint Bowyer with Martin Truex Jr in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Joey Logano in fifth.

Lap 250, Kurt Busch’s lead is down to just a tenth of a second on Clint Bowyer with Martin Truex jr in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Kevin Harvick in fifth.

With 145 laps remaining in the race, Clint Bowyer is in the lead by nearly a second on Kurt Busch.

Lap 157 Clint Bowyer leads the field.

Lap 265 Clint Bowyer has a lead of nearly two seconds on Martin Truex Jr with Kevin Harvick in third, Kurt Busch in fourth, and Kyle Busch in fifth.

Ryan Blaney and Alex Bowman mix it up on the track but the track stays green.

Lap 269, drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

Lap 270 Clint Bowyer has a lead of a second and a half on Martin Truex Jr with Kevin Harvick in third; followed the the Busch brothers.

Kyle Busch takes over the lead of the race with 127 laps to go as green flag pit stops cycle through.

Lap 274 Denny Hamlin is the new leader

Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Bubba Wallace were both charged with commitment cone violations.

Lap 276 Martin Truex Jr takes over the lead.

When coming down pit road, Daniel Suarez ran over Kurt Busch’s air hose and yanked it out of the crew member’s hand. Suarez was caught speeding on pit road.

Lap 285 Martin Truex Jr leads Clint Bowyer by nearly two seconds with only15 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 290 Martin Truex Jr’s lead is down to just over a second and a half over Clint Bowyer with Kevin Harvick in third.

Lap 298 Martin Truex Jr has a quarter second lead on Clint Bowyer with Kevin Harvick in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Joey Logano in fifth. There are 13 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 301, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to half a second on Clint Bowyer.

Lap 305, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of just over half a second on Clint Bowyer with Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano rounding out the top five.

Lap 313 Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick with Clint Bowyer in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Joey Logano in fifth.

Lap 116 Ricky Stenhouse r hits the wall but the track stays green.

Martin Truex Jr has less than a half second lead on Kevin Harvick; Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, and Clint Bowyer battle for the lead with 78 laps remaining in the race.

Lap 323 Kevin Harvick takes over the lead of the race with Clint Bowyer moving into second and Martin Truex Jr in third; Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 326 Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer swap the lead with Harvick holding on to the top spot.

Another cycle of green flag pit stops begins. Ryan Blaney was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Leaders come down pit road for service.

Lap 335 Martin Truex Jr has the lead after green flag pit stops cycle through. Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

With 13 cars on the lead lap, Martin Truex Jr leads the race with Clint Bowyer in second, Kevin Harvick in third, Kyle Busch in fourth, and Joey Logano in fifth.

Lap 343 Martin Truex Jr is in the lead with Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano rounding out the top five.

Fifty three to go, Martin Truex Jr has a three quarter second lead on Clint Bowyer with Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five.

Lap 352, there are only eleven cars on the lead lap.

Ryan Blaney and Ricky Stenhouse bring out the first caution flag for an on track incicdent in the race. Ryan Blaney spins out and hits Stenhouse. Cole Whitt was also involved in the crash.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 361 and jumps out in front for the lead; Kyle Busch takes over second place with Kevin Harvick in third, Joey Logano in fourth, and Denny Hamlin in fifth.

Drivers are battling hard and getting three wide across the track as they vie for position.

Lap 366 Jamie McMurray hit the wall hard and Ryan Newman has a badly smoking car with a bad tire rub and the caution flag comes out with 32 laps remaining in the race.

Ryan Newman takes his car to the garage.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with only 22 laps remaining in the race. After starting the race in 32nd place, Kyle Busch leads the race. The drivers are beating and banging behind the leader as they get three and four wide.

Twenty laps to go, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on pole sitter Martin Truex Jr.

There are only 17 cars on the lead lap with Kyle Busch out in front by over half a second on Martin Truex Jr.

Eleven to go, Kyle Busch holds on to the lead of the race.

The caution flag comes out when David Ragan spins out and hits the wall with only 10 laps remaining in the race.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road. Martin Truex Jr’s team had a slow stop with jack issues and he drops to ninth place.

Daniel Suarez’ car is smoking.

Paul Menard’s team was charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart with only six laps remaining in the race and jumps out in front for the lead.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr gets into the wall and brings out the caution flag with only four laps to go.

The race now goes into overtime for a green/white/checker finish.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart and holds on to the lead of the race with Chase Elliott in second, Denny Hamlin in third, Joey Logano in fourth, and Kevin Harvick in fifth.

Kyle Busch takes the white flag.

Kyle Busch gets the hat trick and for the eighth time, Chase Elliott comes in second with Denny Hamlin in third.

Kyle Busch now has 46 career wins. This is the first time he has won a race after starting the race in 32nd place.

The unofficial results of the Toyota Owner’s 400:
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano
Kevin Harvick
Jimmie Johnson
Kyle Larson
Brad Keselowski
Clint Bowyer
Daniel Suare
Kurt Busch
William Byron
Erik Jones
Martin Truex Jr
Austin Dillon
Matt DiBenedetto
Aric Almirola
Alex Bowman
Jamie McMurray
Ty Dillon
Trevor Bayne
Ryan Blaney
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Paul Menard
Darrell Wallace Jr
Chris Buescher
AJ Allmendinger
Ross Chastain
Kasey Kahne
Cole Whitt
Michael McDowell
Daniel Hemric
David Ragan
Landon Cassill
Gray Gaulding
Harrison Rhodes
Ryan Newman
Reed Sorenson

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