On a sunny Sunday afternoon, the NASCAR Cup Series takes to the track at Richmond Raceway for the Toyota Owners 400 and another week of short track racing.

Last week’s race winner Martin Truex Jr will sit on the pole and bring the field to green

Stage one of the race is 80 laps, stage two is 155 laps, and stage three is 165 laps in length for a total of 400 laps – 300 miles – around the three quarter of a mile track with points leader Denny Hamlin starting alongside on the front row. Truex’s win last week made him the first driver of the season to win more than one race.

The starting lineup for the Toyota Owners 400:
Martin Truex Jr
Denny Hamlin
Chase Elliott
William Byron
Joey Logano
Kyle Larson
Ryan Blaney
Christopher Bell
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Austin Dillon
Chris Buescher
Tyler Reddick
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Bubba Wallace
Matt DiBenedetto
Kurt Busch
Ross Chastain
Ryan Newman
Brad Keselowski
Cole Custer
Aric Almirola
Michael McDowell
Alex Bowman
Ryan Preece
Chase Briscoe
Daniel Suarez
James Davison
Anthony Alfredo
Erik Jones
Josh Bilicki
Quin Houff
Cody Ware
Justin Haley
BJ McLeod
Corey LaJoie
Garrett Smithley
Austin Cindric

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 30. While drivers may come down pit road prior to the competition caution, they cannot fuel the cars until that caution comes out.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front for the lead.

Lap two, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap five, most of the field is single file early in the race.

Lap six, Kyle Busch is dropping in the field. He is currently in 14th after starting the race in 10th. Chase Elliott has also lost a few spots since the race start.

Lap eight, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and Chase Elliott.

Justin Haley is on pit road with an unscheduled stop.

Lap 12, Martin Truex Jr has a half second lead on Denny Hamlin; Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Brad Keselowski has moved up five spots since the race started and is in 15th place.

Lap 20, Martin Truex continues to lead the race with Denny Hamlin in second; Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Justin Haley has taken his car to the garage.

Kyle Busch is reporting multiple handling issues with his car.

There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 26, Martin Truex Jr’s lead on Denny Hamlin is now over half a second; third place driver Ryan Blaney is three ahd a half seconds back; Joey Logano and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

At the end of lap 30, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Drivers come down pit road for service with Denny Hamlin winning the race off of pit road.

Daniel Suarez was charged with the team having an uncontrolled tire on pit road and will have to restart the race from the back of the field.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 38 from the outside lane. Hamlin gets out in front for the lead with Martin Truex Jr and Joey Logano battling for second.

Lap 39, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, William Byron, and Ryan Blaney.

Lap 40, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, William Byron, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five. There are 33 cars on the lead lap. Justin Haley is out of the race.

Lap 47, Denny Hamlin holds on to his lead of over half a second on Joey Logano; Marting Truex Jr is a second and a half back in third.

Lap 50, Denny Hamlin has increased his lead on Joey Logano to over a second.

Lap 53, after having to restart the race from the back of the field with a penalty, Daniel Suarez has moved up to 27th.

Lap 55, many of the drivers are holding on their same spots with little passing.

Lap 60, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, William Byron, and Ryan Blaney.

With 15 laps remaining in stage one, Denny Hamlin holds his lead of over a second on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, William Byron, and Ryan Blaney round out the otp five.

As the tires wear, the track speeds are slowing down; drivers are running laps of one to two seconds slower than when the race started.

Ten to go in stage one, there are 32 cars on the lead lap with one driver out of the race.

With just six laps remaining in stage one, Denny Hamlin’s lead is down to under a second on Joey Logano; but is getting challenged by Martin Truex Jr for the position.

Three to go in stage one, Denny Hamlin’s lead is back to over a second as Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr continue to battle for second place.

Martin Truex Jr gets around Joey Logano for second.

Denny Hamlin wins stage one.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
William Byron
Ryan Blaney
Christopher Bell
Alex Bowman
Austin Dillon
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick

Drivers come down pit road for service with Denny Hamlin winning the race off of pit road; Martin Truex Jr comes out in second.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 91 and gets out in front to hold on to his lead with Martin Truex Jr in second.

Lap 92, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, and William Byron.

Lap 94, there are 30 cars on the lead lap; Justin Haley is the only driver out of the race.

Lap 97, Kevin Harvick battles Alex Bowman for fifth place but Bowman holds on and passes Ryan Blaney for fourth.

Lap 100, Denny Hamlin has a narry lead on Martin Truex Jr; Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr battle Denny Hamlin for the lead.

Lap 103, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr continue to battle for the lead; Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

With a stage of 155 laps, the drivers will need to make two pit stops for furel.

Lap 104, Martin Truex Jr finally gets past Denny Hamlin to take the lead.

Lap 114, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin; Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 119, Kyle Busch continues to report some major handling issues with his car. Busch is just outside of the top 10 in eleventh.

Lap 120, Denny Hamlin has closed the lead on Martin Truex Jr under half a second.

Lap 124, Martin Truex Jr continues to lead the race with Denny Halin in second; Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 133, Martin Truex Jr encounters slower traffic as he maintains a lead of less than half a second on Denny Hamlin; Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

The first multiple winner of the 2021 season, Martin Truex Jr has won two of the past three races at Richmond.

Lap 138, drivers begin making green flag pit stops including leader Martin Truex Jr who gives the lead over to Joey Logano.

Joey Logano makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Brad Keselowski.

The caution flag comes out on lap 141 in the first caution fo an on track event when Ryan Newman hits the wall in a three wide battle for position. Austin Cindric and Kyle Larson were also a part of that three wide battle.

This was the first caution flag for an on track event at Richmond in two years.

The top six drivers had yet to make their green flag pit stop – Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Matt DiBenedetto, Tyler Reddick, Corey LaJoie, and Daniel Suarez.

The top six make their pit stop for fuel and fresh tires.

Several drivers take the wave around to put 20 cars on the lead lap.

Kevin Harvick brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 148 with Martin Truex Jr getting out in front for the lead as drivers get three wide across the track.

Lap 149, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, and Jeoy Logano.

Lap 151, Martin Truex Jr has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin with Kevin Harvick over a second back in third.

Drivers continue to battle three wide through the field.

Lap 155, Martin Truex Jr has a one second lead on Denny Hamlin. He is reporting that his brakes are shaking.

Lap 158, Joey Logano passes Brad Keselowski for fourth.

Lap 160, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin; Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 170, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of ovr half a second on Denny Hamlin; Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

The three wide battles continue as the on track fueds ratchet up.

There are 20 cars on the lead lap with Justin Haley as the only driver out of the race. Ricky Stenhouse Jr is the last car on the lead lap.

Lap 179, Denny Hamlin has closed the gap on leader MartinTtruex Jr to under half a second; Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 185, drivers are making green flag pit stops including leader Martin Truex Jr. Joey Logano is the new leader.

Several of the drivers are complaing about multiple handling issies.

Joey Logano makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Brad Keselowski.

Denny Hamlin has had two pit stops under 12 seconds today at 11.8 and 11.9 seconds.

Lap 194, Brad Keselowski continues to lead the race but has yet to make his pit stop; Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Kurt Busch makes his pit stop; leaving only Brad Keselowski. Once Keselowski makes his pit stop, Denny Hamlin will take over the lead of the race. Ryan Blaney has also not made his pit stop.

There are currently only seven cars on the lead lap.

Lap 200, Denny Hamlin has closed the gap on leader Brad Keselowski to eight seconds. There are now nine cars on the lead lap as drivers on fresh tires are unlapping themselves.

Lap 203, threre are 13 cars on the lead lap.

The teams were given nine sets of tires for today’s race.

Lap 204, Denny Hamlin has closed the gap on leader Brad Keselowski to under three seconds.

Lap 206, with 14 cars on the lead lap, Brad Keselowski loses his lead to Denny Hamlin. Hamlin passes Keselowski and pulls away from the driver.

Lap 209, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over a second on Martin Truex Jr who has passed Brad Keselowski for second. There are now 16 crs on the lead lap.

Lap 211, Denny Hamlin has a lead of oover four and a half seconds on third place driver Brad Keselowski who has yet to make a pit stop.

Lap 214, Joey Logano takes third from Brad Keselowski.

The top five are Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Alex Bowman.

Lap 220, Denny Hamlin has a one second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five. Brad Keselowski has dropped to sixth place with 15 cars on the lead lap.

Ten laps remain in stage two, Denny Hamlin holds on to his lead over Martin Truex Jr; Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five. Brad Keselowski has dropped to eighth. Ryan Blaney, who also did not make a pit stop, is one lap down in 18th.

Lap 230, six to go in stage two, there are 13 cars on the lead lap with Brad Keselowski in eleventh.

Five to go, Denny Hamlin has a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Three to go, leader Denny Hamlin puts Brad Keselowski one lap down; Keselowski was also passed by Chase Elliott and Tyler Reddick in a battle for the “lucky dog” spot. There are eleven cars on the lead lap.

Denny Hamlin wins stage two for the stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Joey Logano
Alex Bowman
Kevin Harvick
Matt DiBenedetto
Kyle Busch
William Byron
Christopher Bell
Aric Almirola

Drivers come down pit road for service with Denny Hamlin winning the race off of pit road.

Alex Bowman was charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road and Ricky Stenhouse Jr was charged with equipment interference.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 248 from the outside lane and gets out in front of Martin Treux Jr for the lead.

Lap 249, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick.

There are only 12 cars on the lead lap.

Drivers are getting three wide through the field.

Lap 254, Joey Logano battle Denny Hamlin for the lead. So far, Hamlin holds him off but Martin Truex Jr is on Logano’s bumper to make it a three way challenge. The three divers are separated by just half a second.

Lap 258, Joey Logano again battle Denny Hamlin for the lead but Hamlin holds on. Martin Truex Jr challenges Joey Logano for second.

Lap 270, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 275, Denny Hamlin pulls out to a one second lead on Joey Logano with 12 cars on the lead lap. Justin Haley remains the only driver out of the race.

Lap 282, Denny Hamlin has pulled out to a lead of a second and a half on Joey Logano; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five. Brad Keselowski is in the “lucky dog” spot in 13th place.

With 111 laps remaining in the race, drivers are beginning the first of two planned green flag pit stops in stage three.

Leader Denny Hamlin makes his green flag pit stop on lap 294 and gives the lead over to Joey Logano.

Joey Logano makes his green flag pit stop.

Denny Hamlin regains the lead of the race with Joey Logano in second; Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr was caught speeding on pit road and will have to make a pass through penalty. He returns to the track the last car on the lead lap in 12th place.

Lap 304, Denny Hamlin has a lead of over a second and a half on Joey Logano; Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

With 90 laps remaining in the race, Denny Hamlin has a second and a half lead on Joey Logano; Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Christopher Bell round out the top five. There are 12 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 314, there is 1.29 seconds separating leader Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano; Kyle Busch is nearly five seconds back in third place; Kevin Harvick and Christopher Bell are over eleven seconds back.

After serving his penalty, Martin Truex Jr returned to the track the last car on the lead lap in 12th place. Truex has passed Chase Elliott for eleventh.

Lap 323, Joey Logano has closed the gap on leader Denny Hamlin to under a second with Kyle Busch over five seconds back in third; Christopher Bell and Kevin Harvick are over 12 seconds back in fourth and fifth.

Lap 329, Martin Treux Jr has moved into 10th place.

Lap 331, Denny Hamlin’s lead over Joey Logano is down to under half a second. Hamlin has put Cup champion Chase Elliott one lap down.

Denny Hamlin is reporting a wheel shake. He has led 297 laps so far.

Lap 334, Joey Logano finally gets around Denny Hamlin to take the lead; Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

With 64 laps remaining in the race, there are only 10 cars on the lead lap.

With green flag pit stops looming, Michael McDowell comes down pit road for service.

Lap 240, Joey Logano has a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin.

Drivers begin green flag pit stops.

Leader Joey Logano makes his green flag pit stop on lap 243 and gives the lead over to Denny Hamlin.

Denny Hamlin brings his car down pit road and gives the lead over to Kyle Busch.

Lap 343, Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road for service but has a commitment cone violation.

Lap 244, Martin Truex Jr makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead back to Joey Logano.

Kyle Busch will have to serve a pass through penalty for his violation. He comes back on the track right behind the leader, one lap down…but he is currently in the “lucky dog” spot.

Fifty to go! Joey Logano has a lead of over a second and a half on Denny Hamlin; Christopher Bell, Alex Bowman, and William Byron round out the top five.

Lap 353, Joey Logano has a near one second lead on Denny Hamlin; but Christopher Bell, Alex Bowman, and Kevin Harvick – 3rd, 4th, and 5th – are over 12 seconds back with nine cars on the lead lap.

Lap 358, Kenny Hamlin is just two tenth of a second behind leader Joey Logano.

Forty to go, the top five are Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell, Alex Bowman, and Kevin Harvick with nine cars on the lead lap.

Lap 365, Joey Logano has increased his lead over Denny Hamlin to over half a second; Christopher Bell, Alex Bowman, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 369, Denny Hamlin has closed the gap on leader Joey Logano to under half a second.

Thirty to go, Denny Hamlin battles Joey Logano for the lead.

With 27 laps remaining in the race, Denny Hamlin continues to challenge and battle Joey Logano for the lead.

Joey Logano passes Matt DiBenedetto; leaving only eight cars on the lead lap.

Denny Hamlin continues to challenge Joey Logano for the lead.

Kevin Harvick brings out the caution flag with just 20 laps remaining in the race. He hits the wall with a flat tire.

After passing Matt DiBenedetto, Kyle Busch is the “lucky dog” and is back on the lead lap.

Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road in a battle with Joey Logano.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart with just 12 laps remaining in the race from the inside lane. There were 25 drivers who took the wave around. Hamin gets out in front for the lead.

Lap 388, the top five are Denny Hamlin, Alex Bowman, Joey Logano, Aric Almirla, and Christopher Bell.

Alex Bowman battles Denny Hamlin for the lead.

With 10 laps to go, Alex Bowman takes the lead.

Now bald, FOX Sports broadcaster and former crew chief Larry McReynolds said that the last time Hendrick Motorsports won a race at Richmond, he had hair.

Seven to go, Alex Bowman has pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Denny Hamlin.

Five to go, the drivers are battling for position all through the field.

With a great deal of slower traffic in front of him, Alex Bowman takes the white flag.

Alex Bowman wins the race to become the eighth different winner this season. Bowman overcame a pit road penalty for the win.

This is the first time the number 48 car has been to victory lane since 2017.

Denny Hamlin gets his eighth top five finish in nine races with his second place finish.

The unofficial results of the Toyota Owners 400:
Alex Bowman
Denny Hamlin
Joey Logano
Christopher Bell
Martin Truex Jr
Aric Almirola
William Byron
Kyle Busch
Matt DiBenedetto
Austin Dillon
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
Kurt Busch
Brad Keselowski
Ross Chastain
Daniel Suarez
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Kyle Larson
Erik Jones
Tyler Reddick
Corey LaJoie
Chase Briscoe
Cole Custer
Kevin Harvick
Chris Buescher
Bubba Wallace
Michael McDowell
Austin Cindric
Ryan Preece
Ryan Newman
Anthony Alfredo
BJ McLeod
James Davison
Quin Houff
Garrett Smithley
Cody Ware
Josh Bilicki
Justin Haley