Sir Elton John sang that Saturday night’s all right for fighting, but for NASCAR and the Monster Energy Cup Series, Saturday night is right for racing with the Toyota Owner’s 400 from Richmond Raceway.

After seeing the drivers sit on pit road for most of the qualifying time period, NASCAR has changed the rules for Richmond and is allowing only five minutes for each of the three rounds in qualifying.

The drivers did not go through a pre-qualifying inspection process but will have to go through a post-qualifying/pre-race inspection. The teams have one chance to pass inspection and s they al, the qualifying time will be disqualified and the driver will have to start the race from the back of the field.

After three rounds of qualifying Kevin Harvick put his number four car on the pole with Erik Jones starting alongside on the front row.

The starting lineup for the Toyota Owner’s 400:
Kevin Harvick
Erik Jones
Kurt Busch
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Chase Elliott
Austin Dillon
Daniel Suarez
Jimmie Johnson
Chris Buescher
Brad Keselowski
Paul Menard
Kyle Larson
Aric Almirola
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Alex Bowman
Denny Hamlin
William Byron
Matt Tifft
Clint Bowyer
David Ragan
Ryan Preece
Daniel Hemric
Michael McDowell
Bubba Wallace
Matt DiBenedetto
Corey LaJoie
Ryan Blaney’
Ty Dillon
Ryan Newman
Landon Cassill
Bayley Currey
Jeb Burton
Quin Houff
Joey Gase
Ross Chastain

Eight drivers failed the inspection process – Denny Hamlin, Aric Almirola, Chase Elliott, Daniel Suarez, Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, Matt Tifft, and Joey Gase – and will have to start the race from the back of the field.

Stages 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.

After the rain storms over the past few days, NASCAR has called or a competition caution on lap 40.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front to lead lap one.

On lap 14, leader Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on the Busch brothers.

Lap 28, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race but the Busch brothers have closed to less than a second on the leader. There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 31 Kyle Busch passes Kevin Harvick to take the lead of the race with Kevin Harvick in second and brother Kurt in third.

When the competition caution comes out on lap 40, Kyle Busch had a lead of over a second and a half on Kevin Harvick.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 47 and jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap 65, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Joey Logano.

Lap 75, there are 30 cars on the lead lap.

Ten laps remain in stage one with Kyle Busch out in front with a lead of over a second on Joey Logano.

Kyle Busch wins stage one for his fifth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Busch
Joey Logano
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Clint Bowyer
Brad Keselowski
Kurt Busch
Chris Buescher
Paul Menard
Daniel Suarez

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 112 and jumps out in front for the lead.

Kyle Larson’s car is smoking with a severe tire rub after making contact with Daniel Hemric. He finally makes it on pit road and the track stays green.

The caution comes out for Kyle Larson who spins out and hits the wall after blowing a tire. He had just come off of pit road after changing left side tires.

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road; followed by Martin Truex Jr.

Kyle Busch was caught speeding on pit road and will have to start from the back of the field. Ryan Preece was charged with having an uncontrolled tire.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 135 and takes the lead of the race. Kyle Busch restarted in 26th place.

Ryan Blaney is reporting some possible tire issues.

Lap 167, Martin Truex Jr has a one second lead on Joey Logano.

Alex Bowman is reporting some possible power steering issues.

FOX broadcasters report that in 80 Monster Energy Cup Series short track starts, Martin Truex Jr has led more laps than anyone in the history of the sport without winning a race.

With only 14 laps remaining in stage two, Martin Truex Jr continues his lead of around a second on the rest of the field.

Lap 193, Joey Logano is challenging leader Martin Truex Jr for the lead and on lap 15, Joey Logano becomes the new leader.

Joey Logano wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Joey Logano
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Brad Keselowski
Clint Bowyer/
Daniel Suarez
Kurt Busch
Erik Jones
Chris Buescher
Paul Menard

Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 211 with 24 cars on the lead lap. Logano gets out in front to take the lead.

Lap 217, Kyle Busch is batting for 10th place after getting caught speeding earlier in the race.

Lap 224, Joey Logano has a lead of over a second on Martin Truex Jr.

After moving up to ninth place, Kyle Busch is reporting some severe handling issues with his car, saying that he can’t pass anybody.

The caution flag comes out with 158 laps remaining in the race when Michael McDowell blows a tire and hits the wall hard.

Martin Truex Jr wins the race off of pit road and is the new leader.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart with 149 laps remaining in the race as the drivers get four wide across the track.With 130 laps remaining in the race, Brad Keselowski takes over the lead of the race.

With 107 laps remaining in the race, Martin Truex Jr retakes the lead.

One hundred laps to go, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over a second on Brad Keselowski.

Ryan Blaney came down pit road for a pit stop and was charged with a commitment cone violation

Drivers are beginning to make green flag pit stops.

With 8 laps to go, Martin Truex Jr is in the lead but Clint Bowyer is only half a second behind.

Martin Truex Jr makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Brad Keselowski.

Aric Almirola and Daniel Suarez were caught speeding on pit road.

After all o the drivers have made their green flag pit stops, Martin Truex Jr retakes the lead with 78 laps remaining in the race. Truex has a lead of over two seconds on Clint Bowyer.

Ty Dillon was charged with a crew member coming over the pit wall too soon and will have to make a pass through.

There are 17 cars on the lead lap with 72 laps to go.

Sixty four to go, Martin Truex Jr has increased his lead to nearly two seconds over Clint Bowyer.

Fifty to go, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race but second place driver Clint Bowyer s closing the gap which is down to under a second.

Several of the drivers are reporting handling issues as the laps wind down. Martin Truex Jr holds on to his lead with 33 laps to go; Clint Bowyer is less than half a second behind.

Martin True Jr’s lead has closed to less than a quarter of a second with 23 laps remaining in the race.

Twenty to go, Martin Truex Jr is in the lead with Clint Bowyer less than half a second back with 16 cars on the lead lap.

Clint Bowyer reports that he brushed the wall with 14 laps to go.

Five to go, Martin Truex Jr holds on to the lead with Joey Logano and Clint Bowyer right behind.

Martin Truex Jr takes the white flag.

After a number of close calls and leading the most laps in the past three Richmond races, Martin Truex Jr finally won his first short track race.

Toyota Owner’s 400:
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Clint Bowyer
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Austin Dillon
Brad Keselowski
Kyle Busch
Ryan Newman
Paul Menard
Kurt Busch
Jimmie Johnson
William Byron
Erik Jones
Chase Elliott
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Alex Bowman
Daniel Suarez
Daniel Hemric
Ryan Preece
Ty Dillon
Chris Buescher
Aric Almirola
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Blaney
Corey LaJoie
Bubba Wallace
David Ragan
Matt Tifft
Ross Chastain
Jeb Burton
Bayley Currey
Joey Gase
Quin Houff
Landon Cassill
Michael McDowell
Kyle Larson

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