The NASCAR Cup Series begins the short track series at the ¾ mile track of Richmond Raceway and the Toyota Owner’s 400.

Several teams had issues during the inspection process again this week.

A total of seven teams will be facing penalties for failing inspection multiple times including two who will not be allowed to qualify and have to serve a penalty at race start.

the Richard Childress number three car driven by Austin Dillon

the Kaulig Racing number 16 car driven by AJ Allmendinger

the Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing number 17 car driven by Chris Buescher

the 23XI Racing number 23 car driven by Bubba Wallace

the JTG Daugherty number 47 car driven by Ricky Stenhouse Jr

have all failed inspection twice and as a result will lose a crew member for the weekend after failing inspection twice.

The Kaulig Racing number 31 car driven by Justin Haley and the NY Racing number 44 car driven by Greg Biffle failed inspection three times.  As a result the teams will lose a crew member, will not be able to qualify for the race, and will have to serve a pass through penalty upon race start after starting the race from the back of the field.

The starting lineup for the Toyota Owner’s 400:
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Kyle Busch
Chase Briscoe
Erik Jones
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick
Ross Chastain
Christopher Bell
Aric Almirola
Joey Logano
Cole Custer
Denny Hamlin
Daniel Suarez
Chase Elliott
Tyler Reddick
Harrison Burton
Chris Buescher
Brad Keselowski
Austin Cindric
Kyle Larson
Todd Gilliland
Landon Cassill
Michael McDowell
Austin Dillon
AJ Allmendinger
Kurt Busch
Alex Bowman
Bubba Wallace
Ty Dillon
Corey LaJoie
Ricky Stenhouse J
Cody Ware
BJ McLeod
JJ Yeley
Justin Haley
Greg Biffle

Hendricks Motorsports vice president of competition Chad Knaus joins Mike Joy and Clint Bowyer in the FOX broadcast booth for today’s race.

Austin Cindric will have to move to the back of the field after his crew made some unapproved adjustments to his car after qualifying.

Kurt Busch has donated 500 tickets for today’s race to veterans after visiting military members at Walter Reed Hospital.

Stage one of the race is 70 laps, stage two is 160 laps in length, and stage three is 170 laps in length for a total of 400 laps around the ¾ mile track.

The teams were given nine sets of tires for today’s race.  Drivers can run 125 to 130 laps on a single load of fuel.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and jumps out in front for the lead going into turn one.

Ryan Blaney leads lap one with William Byron in second; Kyle Busch, Chase Briscoe, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap four William Byron and Kyle Busch battle for second but so far, Byron holds off Busch and the blue M&M’s car.

Lap seven, after having to make a pass through penalty on race start due to inspection issues, Justin Haley and Greg Biffle are one lap down.

Kurt Busch is having some power issues.

Lap nine, Ryan Blaney has a near half second lead on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.

Kurt Busch brings hout the first caution flag of the race on lap 10.  Busch is reporting no fuel pressure in the car.  He is getting a push back to pit road.

Several drivers came down pit road for service.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 16 and holds on to the lead.  Blaney has led at least one lap in every race so far this season.

Lap 17, the top five are Ryan Blaney, William Byron, Ross Chastain, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 18, Kyle Busch has gotten around Ross Chastain for third.

Lap 20, Kyle Busch passes William Byron for second.

Lap 22, after Justin Haley got the “lucky dog” on the caution flag, Greg Biffle is the only driver on the track, not on the lead lap.  Kurt Busch is off the track.

Lap 24, Kyle Busch and William Byron battle for second place.

Lap 25, the top five are Ryan Blaney, William Byron, Kyle Busch, Ross Chastain, and Ross Chastain.

Lap 27, Ryan Blaney has pulled out to a half second lead on William Byron.

Lap 29, Kurt Busch has taken his car to the garage.  With a mechanical issue, the crew can take as much time as needed to try and repair the issue.

Lap 31, Ryan Blaney has increased his lead to nearly a second on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Ross Chastain, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 40, Ryan Blaney has a near one second lead on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Ross Chastain, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

There are 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 45, Ryan Blaney now has a lead of over a second on William Byron; third place driver Kyle Busch is over two seconds behind the leader.

Kevin Harvick’s spotter is having some communications issues.  There is some interference on their channel and will have to change frequencies during the stage break.

Now in 15th place, Kyle Larson has moved up 17 spots since the race start.

Lap 51, Ryan Blaney has increased his lead to a second and a half on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Ross Chastain, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 58, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over a second on William Byron; Kyle Busch, Ross Chastain, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Chase Briscoe is reporting a very tight condition in his car.

There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 63, Ryan Blaney has a one second lead on William Byron; Ross Chastain, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Kyle Busch is reporting some handling issues with his car.

Kurt Busch’s car is still in the garage for repairs.

Lap 66, only five laps remain in stage one and Ryan Blaney has led every lap so far.

With a lead of over a second and a half, Ryan Blaney wins stage one after leading every lap of the stage.  This is Blaney’s third stage win of the season – the most by drivers so far.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ryan Blaney
William Byron
Ross Chastain
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Christopher Bell
Joey Logano
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick

Drivers come down pit road for service with Ryan Blaney winning the race off of pit road.

Alex Bowman was charged with pitting outside of his pit stall.

Cody Ware’s team was charged with pitting too soon.

Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two on lap 81 with Ross Chastain alongside.

The top five are Ryan Blaney, Ross Chastain, Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, and Chase Elliott.

Martin Truex Jr is reporting some brake issues.

Lap 88, Ryan Blaney has a lead of nearly half a second on Ross Chastain; Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Leader Ryan Blaney is reporting a brake vibration.

Lap 93, Ryan Blaney continues to lead the race with 28 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 100, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over half a second on Ross Chastain; Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 104, Christopher Bell and Ross Chastain battle for the lead.

Ryan Blaney has led over 300 laps this season so far.

Lap 113, Ryan Blaney has a lead of over half a second on Ross Chastain; Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Ryan Blaney has reported that his previous brake issue has gone away.

Lap 123, Ryan Blaney has a one second lead on Christopher Bell; Ross Chastain, Kyle Busch, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.  Ryan Blaney has led every lap of the race so far.

Lap 125, Martin Truex Jr brings his car down pit road as drivers begin making green flag pit stops.

Kevin Harvick is reporting no rear drive.

Lap 130, leader Ryan Blaney makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Christopher Bell.

Lap 135, there are only six cars on the lead lap – the drivers who have yet to make a pit stop Christopher Bell, Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones, Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon, and Martin Truex Jr.

Drivers with fresh tires are passing the leaders and unlapping themselves.

Lap 148, Christopher Bell holds on to the lead with Denny Hamlin in second; Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Kurt Busch has returned to the track with many replaced parts 107 laps down.

Lap 153, leader Christopher Bell, Denny Hamlin, and Aric Almirola are the only three drivers who have yet to make a pit stop.

Aric Almirola comes down pit road for his service.

Denny Hamlin and Christopher Bell have made their pit stops to finish out the drivers to make pit stops.  Martin Truex Jr is the new leader.

Lap 157, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Chase Elliott.

There are 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 168, Martin Truex Jr has a three second lead on Ryan Blaney; Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Greg Biffle is out of the race with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 176, Chase Elliott has gotten around Kyle Busch for fourth.

Ross Chastain comes down pit road for service with Martin Truex Jr right behind.  Several more drivers make green flag pit stops.

Christopher Bell is the new leader.

Lap 181, Christopher Bell has a 12 second lead on Denny Hamlin with just eleven cars on the lead lap.  The staggered pit stops makes for a mixed field.

Kevin Harvick has unlapped himself to make it 12 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 188, with 13 cars on the lead lap, Christopher Bell has a lead of over eleven seconds on Denny Hamlin; Martin Truex Jr, Ross Chastain, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 198, Christopher Bell’s lead is shrinking, it is down to just over seven seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Denny Hamlin, Ross Chastain, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five with 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 203, Christopher Bell’s lead is down to five seconds over Martin Truex Jr. with 18 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 207, Martin Truex Jr has closed the gap on leader Christopher Bell to under three and a half seconds with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 210, Christopher Bell’s lead is down to a second on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 212, Martin Truex has caught leader Christopher Bell and passes him to take the lead.

Lap 213, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Christopher Bell, Ross Chastain, Ryan Blaney, and Chase Elliott.

Lap 221, Martin Truex Jr leads the race with a second and a half lead on Christopher Bell; Ross Chastain, Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano round out the top five with 17 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 226, Joey Logano passes Ryan Blaney for fourth with Martin Truex Jr leading the race.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage two.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Martin Truex Jr
Christopher Bell
Ross Chastain
Joey Logano
Ryan Blaney
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Brad Keselowski

Drivers come down pit road for service with Martin Truex Jr winning the stage off of pit road.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 241 and takes the lead as drivers get three and four wide back in the field.

Lap 242, Martin Truex Jr leads the race with Joey Logano in second; Christopher Bell, Ross Chastain, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 246, the second caution flag for an on track incident comes out for Cody Ware when he gets into the wall.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Erik Jones also has some damage to their cars.

Even though they were on pit road only a few laps ago, some of the drivers come down pit road for fresh tires.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 253 with Joey Logano alongside on the front row.  Truex jumps out in front for the lead with Joey Logano in second.

Lap 254, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Joey Logano, Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney.

Cody Ware is off the track.

Austin Cindric brings out the caution flag on lap 258 after Ty Dillion and Cole Custer make contact and Custer hits Cindric, sending him spinning.

The field comes down pit road for service.  Martin Truex Jr is reporting some brake issues.  Christopher Bell also reports some brake issues.

Joey Logano has a lengthy pit stop with jack issues.

After William Byron, Daniel Suarez, and Austin Dillon stay out on the track; William Byron brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 264 and takes the lead of the race.

The top five are William Byron, Daniel Suarez, Austin Dillon, Martin Truex Jr, and Christopher Bell.

Lap 268,William Byron has the lead after staying out on the track; Martin Truex Jr, Ryan Blaney, Daniel Suarez, and Denny Hamlin.

Pit reporters reveal that the jack for Joey Logano’s team locked up and had to be replaced causing the extended pit stop.  Logano returns to the race in 16th place.

Lap 274, Martin Truex Jr has caught up to lead William Byron; Ryan Blaney, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Lap 279, Kyle Busch passes Ryan Blaney for fourth.

Lap 281, William Byron leads the race with Martin Truex Jr in second; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 291, William Byron holds on to the lead with Martin Truex Jr in second; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 297, Chris Buescher makes his green flag pit stop.

Cody Ware is out of the race.

There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 300, 100 to go, William Byron leads the race with Martin Truex Jr in second; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Christopher Bell is reporting some handling issues.

Lap 308, pit road is starting to get busy.  William Byron has a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

Lap 211, leader William Byron comes down pit road for his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over to Martin Truex Jr.  Third place driver Denny Hamlin also makes a pit stop.

Corey LaJoie was caught speeding on pit road.

Lap 313, the top 10 drivers have not yet made a pit stop.

Drivers get four wide across the track.  Harrison Burton’s car is smoking after the four wide battle.

Lap 322, Ryan Blaney makes his green flag pit stop.

Lap 323, leader Martin Truex Jr comes down pit road for his green flag stop and gives the lead over to William Byron as more drivers come down pit road.  Third place driver Alex Bowman is the only lead lap driver who has not made a pit stop.

Lap 326, Alex Bowman makes his pit stop.

The top five are William Byron, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, and Austin Dillon.

William Byron has a lead of over a second on Denny Hamlin with 14 cars on the lead lap.

Chase Briscoe and JJ Yeley make contact but the track stays green.

Lap 334, William Byron has pulled out to a lead of three and a half seconds on Denny Hamlin; Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 240, Kyle Larson splits Tyler Reddick and Chris Buescher to take eighth place.

Lap 342, William Byron leads the race with Denny Hamlin in second; Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

NASCAR has posted the number 18 of Kyle Busch.  There is a piece of tape on the grille which is illegal.  He has to come down pit road to have it removed.

Lap 351, William Byron has a near five second lead on Denny Hamlin; Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

some of the drivers are making green flag pit stops.

Kyle Busch returns to the track in 17th place but is moving up as drivers in front of him make pit stops.

Lap 259, leader William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, Chase Briscoe, and Joey Logano are the only drivers on the lead lap.

Kyle Busch’s crew chief reports that the tape that NASCAR deemed illegal was added 200 laps ago.

During the first six races of the season, there were only five green flag pit stops combined; today there have been four…so far.

Just 30 laps remain in the race, William Byron has a lead of nearly three seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, and Chase Briscoe round out the top five.  Kyle Busch is in twelfth place.

Kyle Larson is running the fastest laps on the track.

Lap 376, Kyle Busch has passed William Byron and is now back on the lead lap.  There are eleven cars on the lead lap.

Twenty to go, William Byron has a two and a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

With 17 laps to go, William Byron’s lead is down to just a second and a half on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Just 13 laps to go, the gap between leader William Byron and Martin Truex Jr is down to under a second.

Ten to go!  William Byron has just a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Six to go, Denny Hamlin passes Martin Truex Jr for second.  Kevin Harvick also passes Truex.

Five to go, William Byron and Denny Hamlin battle for the lead.  Denny Hamlin is the new leader.  Kevin Harvick passes William Byron for second.

Leaders encounter lapped traffic with just two laps to go.

Denny Hamlin takes the white flag.

Denny Hamlin wins the race and gives Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota their first win of the season.  Hamlin is the seventh different winner this season.

The unofficial results of the Toyota Owners 400
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
William Byron
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Larson
Christopher Bell
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman
Kyle Busch
Austin Dillon
Chase Briscoe
Tyler Reddick
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Chris Buescher
Daniel Suarez
Joey Logano
Harrison Burton
Ross Chastain
Austin Cindric
Aric Almirola
Cole Custer
Erik Jones
Ty Dillon
Todd Gilliland
Bubba Wallace
AJ Allmendinger
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Justin Haley
Michael McDowell
Corey LaJoie
Landon Cassill
JJ Yeley
BJ McLeod
Kurt Busch
Cody Ware
Greg Biffle