He’s Back: Logano Grabs First Win in a Year at ‘Dega

Joey Logano won the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway after leading 70 of 188 laps. It’s Logano’s first win in nearly a year. The race featured six cautions, 25 lead changes, and two multicar incidents.

When the green flag went in the air, it was polesitter Kevin Harvick who jumped out front. Top five starter Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ended up hung on the outside, sending him all the way outside the top 20. The field quickly strung into a single-file train, similar to the XFINITY race on Saturday. On lap 13, the about half the field came down to pit for fuel, and a few more came the next lap. Kurt Busch got hit with a speeding penalty, as did David Ragan. Clint Bowyer pitted a second time for a tire issue, but the race stayed green. Alex Bowman assumed the lead, followed by others who hadn’t pitted yet. With around 15 to go in stage one, Bowman got passed by Darrell Wallace Jr. for the lead as Bowman tried to lap Erik Jones. With 12 to go in stage one, those that hadn’t pitted yet came down, handing the lead to Brad Keselowski. Keselowski would win the stage uncontested. Under caution, those that pitted on laps 13 and 14 pitted again, while the others stayed out.

On the lap 62 restart, Brad Keselowski jumped away and William Byron charged to the back of him with a head of steam, taking the lead from Keselowski. Keselowski took it right back, though, showing the rookie a thing or two. On lap 12 and 13 of stage one, nearly everyone pitted for fuel, and Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Daniel Suarez, and Alex Bowman were caught for speeding on pit road. Matt DiBenedetto, though, stayed out and inherited the lead. Before DiBenedetto pitted, chaos ensued as Erik Jones and Jamie McMurray came together, collecting Trevor Bayne, Martin Truex Jr., and Kyle Larson. DiBenedetto pitted under yellow, handing the lead over to Joey Logano.

On the lap 79 restart, Logano jumped away easily, followed by Paul Menard. On lap 96, Denny Hamlin grabbed the lead away from Joey Logano as Brad Keselowski got loose. With only a handful of laps remaining in stage two, Paul Menard grabbed the lead from Hamlin after racing side-by-side with him for several laps.The field organized single-file and Menard took home the stage win. On pit stops, Kyle Busch got caught for speeding on pit road. Coming off pit road, it was William Byron, who took no tires, followed by Ryan Blaney and Paul Menard.

The race restarted on lap 116, and William Byron jumped away as the outside lane fell back several carlengths. Around ten laps later, Kurt Busch grabbed the lead from Byron. With about 60 laps left, as the field went single file, the caution came out for debris near the start finish line. On pit stops, Ricky Stenhouse took the lead by taking no tires. Chase Elliott was each busted for uncontrolled tires.

The next restart came with 55 to go, and Ricky Stenhouse cleared Denny Hamlin for the lead. Denny Hamlin caught Stenhouse in the middle and got by him, and a third lane formed. Joey Logano charged by Hamlin not long after. When the field pitted with 44 to go, Denny Hamlin, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Daniel Suarez were caught for speeding on pit road and Kasey Kahne inherited the lead. Hamlin sped again on his drive-through penalty, falling a lap down. With 34 laps remaining, the caution came out as Timmy Hill had an engine failure. Under caution, the leaders stayed out, but much of the back half of the lead lap came down pit road to get tires and fuel. Martin Truex Jr. sped on pit road, sending him to the rear of the field.

The green flag waved again with 29 laps remaining, and Aric Almirola and Joey Logano battled, but Logano prevailed as Almirola got caught in the middle lane. With about 23 laps left, another huge wreck erupted as Jimmie Johnson got loose and he and William Byron collided, collecting Brad Keselowski, Michael McDowell, Paul Menard, Clint Bowyer, Darrell Wallace Jr., Ryan Blaney, A.J. Allmendinger, Austin Dillon, Brendan Gaughan, Cole Whitt, and Kasey Kahne. Keselowski, Menard, Byron, Dillon, McDowell, Allmendinger, and Bowyer would not continue.

The restart came with 17 laps left, and Joey Logano jumped away to the lead, followed by Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch. With seven laps left, the frontrunners strung out single-file, with Logano still leading. Despite a hard charge by Kurt Busch, Logano was able to capture the victory, his first in 36 races.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be back on track at Dover International Speedway for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism on Sunday, May 6.

Below are the full results from the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway:

  1. Joey Logano
  2. Kurt Busch
  3. Chase Elliott
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  6. David Ragan
  7. Aric Almirola
  8. Alex Bowman
  9. Ryan Newman
  10. Daniel Suarez
  11. Chris Buescher
  12. Jimmie Johnson
  13. Kyle Busch
  14. Denny Hamlin
  15. Ty Dillon
  16. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  17. Kasey Kahne
  18. Ryan Blaney
  19. Matt DiBenedetto
  20. DJ Kennington
  21. Cole Whitt
  22. Brendan Gaughan
  23. Timothy Peters
  24. Gray Gaulding
  25. Ross Chastain
  26. Martin Truex Jr. (Accident)
  27. Joey Gase (Engine)
  28. Jamie McMurray
  29. William Byron (Accident)
  30. Paul Menard (Accident)
  31. Clint Bowyer (Accident)
  32. Michael McDowell (Accident)
  33. Brad Keselowski (Accident)
  34. AJ Allmendinger (Accident)
  35. Austin Dillon (Accident)
  36. Timmy Hill (Engine)
  37. Reed Sorenson (Suspension)
  38. Trevor Bayne (Accident)
  39. Erik Jones (Accident)
  40. Kyle Larson (Accident)

Out of Nowhere: Gallagher Shocks for First Career Win at Talladega

Spencer Gallagher won the Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway. It’s Gallagher’s first career win, and he led only one lap: the last one. That lap was also Gallagher’s first career lap led in the series. The race featured five cautions, 12 lead changes, and an overtime finish.

At the initial green flag, Daniel Hemric cleared Spencer Gallagher to claim the lead, and was able to keep the field behind him early on. Elliott Sadler, who started from the rear, flew up to the top five in only about six laps, settling in fourth. After about ten laps, the field strung out single file, still led by Daniel Hemric. On the final lap of stage one, Christopher Bell blew a tire, but saved it with no caution. Daniel Hemric won stage one unchallenged.

On pit stops, strategies varied between no tires and two tires, but the frontrunners stayed up front. Ryan Truex was caught for speeding on pit road after finishing third in stage one. On the lap 32 restart, Hemric again took the lead. A few laps later, trouble erupted as Shane Lee got into the back of Dylan Lupton, sending Lupton spinning. The wreck collected Ty Majeski, Chad Finchum, Ryan Truex, and Spencer Boyd, but everyone was okay.

On the lap 41 restart, Hemric got the jump once again, Ryan Reed blew by him and caught him in the middle, dropping Hemric to the rear of the group. Reed, though, didn’t assume the lead. Instead, Elliott Sadler grabbed it, with Reed second. All this mixing of the field brought it single-file once again. Although some drivers attempted to build runs, Sadler held the lead and brought home the stage two in. Under caution, the No. 51 of Jeremy Clements had a mechanical issue, sending him behind the wall. Clements had been dealing with fuel pressure issues all race.

On the lap 57 restart, it was Christopher Bell in the lead, but Sadler drove right by and took the lead back. Bell, though, remained in second. On lap 62, Austin Cindric spun, but was able to avoid contact, bringing out the caution. Under caution, a few drivers pitted, including Ryan Reed, Tyler Reddick, and Justin Allgaier. Most everyone else stayed out.

On the restart, Sadler again took the lead. After a few laps of two and three wide racing, the field went single file again. With 39 to go, some cars pitted, and John Hunter Nemechek spun coming on to pit road, but didn’t hit anything or bring out the caution. Sadler, who came down with Nemechek and sped up to avoid him, was caught for speeding on pit road. Justin Allgaier assumed the lead, since he pitted under the caution for Cindric’s spin. With 16 to go, Matt Tifft had a tire go down, but made it to pit road without incident. With nine laps left, Daniel Hemric had a right front tire come apart, tearing apart the fender and bringing out the caution. Under caution, some cars near the middle and back of the pack pitted, and John Hunter Nemechek and Michael Annett were busted for blend line violations. As they ran under the yellow flag, Justin Allgaier ran out of gas, ending his chances for a victory. David Starr and Kaz Grala also ran out under yellow, adding laps to the caution and sending the race to overtime, kicking up the nerves for new leader Austin Cindric, who pitted at the same time as Allgaier.

On the overtime restart, Austin Cindric ran out of gas, but they went green anyways. Tyler Reddick grabbed the lead, but Spencer Gallagher challenged as they made it to the final lap. Gallagher got by Reddick and won his first career race.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series will be back on track on Saturday May 5, when they head to Dover International Speedway for the OneMain Financial 200.

Here are the results for the Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway:

  1. Spencer Gallagher
  2. Brandon Jones
  3. Justin Allgaier
  4. Noah Gragson
  5. Elliott Sadler
  6. Ryan Sieg
  7. John Hunter Nemechek
  8. Tyler Reddick
  9. Cole Custer
  10. Garrett Smithley
  11. JJ Yeley
  12. Christopher Bell
  13. Jeff Green
  14. Michael Annett
  15. Shane Lee
  16. Chase Briscoe
  17. Vinnie Miller
  18. Tommy Joe Martins
  19. BJ McLeod
  20. Kaz Grala
  21. Joey Gase
  22. Ryan Reed
  23. Daniel Hemric
  24. Alex Labbe
  25. Matt Tifft
  26. Josh Williams
  27. Timmy Hill
  28. Josh Bilicki
  29. Jennifer Jo Cobb
  30. Austin Cindric
  31. Joe Nemechek
  32. David Starr
  33. Mike Harmon
  34. Ross Chastain (Suspension)
  35. Jeremy Clements (Fuel Pump)
  36. Dylan Lupton (Crash)
  37. Ty Majeski (Crash)
  38. Ryan Truex (Crash)
  39. Chad Finchum (Crash)
  40. Spencer Boyd (Crash)

Harvick Sweeps Rounds; Wins Pole at Talladega

Kevin Harvick won the pole for the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway by running a time of 49.340 seconds. This is Harvick’s first pole of 2018, and the 22nd of his career. The session was stopped once for an incident. It consisted of two rounds: a full-field first round and a 12-car final round. The session was made up of single-car runs, since Talladega is a restrictor-plate track.

In the first round, Aric Almirola had a left rear tire go down during his run. He finished his lap far off the pace, then spun in turns one and two. Kevin Harvick had left pit road when Almirola had his issues, and ran over some debris. When the red flag came out for the incident, Harvick returned to pit road and made repairs. Ty Dillon, who was preparing to leave pit road and make his run, had some issues with a wiring harness inside the car, delaying his run as well. Both cars made it out on track and Kevin Harvick ended the round fastest, with a lap time of 49.291 seconds.

In the second and final round, Kevin Harvick was fastest once again, running a time of 49.340 seconds. Teammate Kurt Busch ran about a tenth slower in second.

The Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway will take place at 2 p.m. eastern time on Sunday afternoon.

The full lineup for the Geico 500 is listed below:

  1. Kevin Harvick
  2. Kurt Busch
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Chase Elliott
  6. Erik Jones
  7. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  8. Clint Bowyer
  9. Joey Logano
  10. Brad Keselowski
  11. Alex Bowman
  12. David Ragan
  13. Paul Menard
  14. Daniel Suarez
  15. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  16. Jimmie Johnson
  17. William Byron
  18. Ryan Newman
  19. Kyle Busch
  20. Michael McDowell
  21. Trevor Bayne
  22. Kyle Larson
  23. Ryan Blaney
  24. Austin Dillon
  25. Chris Buescher
  26. Kasey Kahne
  27. Jamie McMurray
  28. AJ Allmendinger
  29. Ty Dillon
  30. Brendan Gaughan
  31. D.J. Kennington
  32. Timothy Peters
  33. Matt DiBenedetto
  34. Joey Gase
  35. Ross Chastain
  36. Cole Whitt
  37. Gray Gaulding
  38. Reed Sorenson
  39. Timmy Hill
  40. Aric AlmirolaMonster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Food City 500 - Practice

Hemric Wins XFINITY ‘Dega Pole

Daniel Hemric won the pole for the Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway with a lap time of 50.559 seconds, 0.168 seconds in front of second-place Elliott Sadler. Sadler, though, will start from the rear due to an engine change. The session contained no incidents and consisted of single-car runs, rather than the typical group qualifying format. There were two rounds, the first having all 40 cars, and the second having the fastest 12 running for the pole.

In the first round, Daniel Hemric ran fastest, with a lap of 50.640 seconds. No Joe Gibbs Racing cars were among the top 12, but all four JR Motorsports cars were able to advance. Also among the fast 12 were John Hunter Nemechek, Ryan Truex, and Spencer Gallagher. Morgan Shepherd failed to qualify.

In the second round, Hemric again lit up the scoring sheet, gaining nearly a tenth of a second on his first round time. Hemric was followed by Elliott Sadler, Spencer Gallagher, and John Hunter Nemechek.

The Sparks Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway will take place at 2 p.m. eastern time on Saturday afternoon.

Here is the full starting lineup for the Sparks Energy 300:

  1. Daniel Hemric
  2. Elliott Sadler
  3. Spencer Gallagher
  4. John Hunter Nemechek
  5. Michael Annett
  6. Justin Allgaier
  7. Shane Lee
  8. Tyler Reddick
  9. Ryan Truex
  10. Matt Tifft
  11. Austin Cindric
  12. Cole Custer
  13. Christopher Bell
  14. Ty Majeski
  15. Brandon Jones
  16. Chase Briscoe
  17. Dylan Lupton
  18. Joey Gase
  19. Ryan Reed
  20. Noah Gragson
  21. Alex Labbe
  22. Ryan Sieg
  23. Joe Nemechek
  24. Jeremy Clements
  25. Vinnie Miller
  26. Ross Chastain
  27. JJ Yeley
  28. Tommy Joe Martins
  29. BJ McLeod
  30. Spencer Boyd
  31. Josh Williams
  32. Josh Bilicki
  33. Kaz Grala
  34. Garrett Smithley
  35. Jeff Green
  36. Chad Finchum
  37. David Starr
  38. Timmy Hill
  39. Jennifer Jo Cobb
  40. Mike Harmon

Busch Completes Three-peat at Richmond

Kyle Busch won the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway. It’s his third win in a row after starting the race 32nd. Busch led 32 of 402 laps en route to the victory. Joey Logano grabbed both the stage wins and finished fourth.

As the green flag waved for the first time, polesitter Martin Truex Jr. took the lead as Kyle Larson grabbed second, getting by Joey Logano and Chase Elliott. After Truex was able to lead for a while, Joey Logano jumped by him and took the lead away as Kyle Larson faded, drifting all the way outside the top ten. Logano won stage one, followed by a hard-charging Aric Almirola, who had moved from a 25th-place starting position.

On pit stops, though, Almirola had a bad stop, dropping him back to sixth. Logano and the others, though, kept their positions. Kevin Harvick, who finished stage one tenth, served a penalty for his crew throwing equipment. Kyle Larson was penalized for an uncontrolled tire.

On the lap 112 restart, Kurt Busch grabbed the top spot using the outside lane. With about 30 laps remaining in stage two, Clint Bowyer got by his teammate for the lead, but Busch didn’t let Bowyer go easy, hounding him for several laps, but Logano quickly appeared in Busch’s mirror, diverting his attention from Bowyer. Logano got by Busch about ten laps after Busch lost the lead. Logano then got by Bowyer with only a handful of laps left in stage two. Logano was once again able to win the stage.

On pit stops, Joey Logano maintained the lead and Kurt Busch jumped a couple of positions to second. William Byron, who finished fifth in stage two, was busted for speeding on pit road. Teammate Alex Bowman was also busted for speeding, and Ryan Newman was caught for an uncontrolled tire.

Kurt Busch again prevailed on the restart to begin stage three. However, Clint Bowyer took the lead from his teammate with around 150 laps remaining. With around 130 laps left, everyone came down pit road under green. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Darrell Wallace Jr., and Austin Dillon were penalized for commitment line violations, while Daniel Suarez was busted for speeding. Kurt Busch had pit gun issued as Suarez hit his air hose for the pit gun. Busch fell to ninth recovering from that. When stops cycled through, Martin Truex Jr. was in front of Clint Bowyer. With under 90 laps remaining, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. slammed the wall, but continued, and the race stayed green.

With 77 laps remaining, Kevin Harvick got by Truex for the lead, and Bowyer followed his teammate to grab second. As the race eclipsed 70 laps to go, the final round of green flag pit stops began. Ryan Blaney was penalized for an uncontrolled tire, while Kyle Larson missed on his first attempt to hit pit road. When the stops cycled through, Truex was back up front, followed by Bowyer and Harvick. With 47 laps remaining, Ryan Blaney and Cole Whitt made contact and spun, collecting Ricky Stenhouse.

After pit stops, Truex emerged up front, while Bowyer fell from second to fourth. On the restart, Truex got a big launch, legging out a quick lead. Kyle Busch grabbed second from Harvick. With 33 laps left, Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman slammed the wall after McMurray had contact with Kurt Busch. The wreck ended Newman’s race. Inexplicably, teammates McMurray and Kyle Larson door slammed under caution, with McMurray being the instigator.

On yellow flag pit stops, Kyle Busch got off pit road first followed by Denny Hamlin as Truex fell to third and Harvick fell to fourth. The race restarted with 22 laps remaining, and Kyle Busch jumped away as Truex grabbed second from Hamlin. Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones, Jimmie Johnson, and Aric Almirola all bounced off one another, but somehow managed not to wreck. With 11 to go, David Ragan spun into the outside wall after cutting a tire while running 15th, bringing out the caution.

As the field pitted one final time, Martin Truex Jr. had a bad pit stop, causing him to fall from second to ninth. The restart came with six to go, and Kyle Busch again got away for the lead. However, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. slammed the wall, bringing out the caution again and causing overtime.

On the restart, Busch again jumped away and was able to grab the win. Chase Elliott finished second for the eighth time in his career.

The next time the Cup Series will be racing is at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, April 29, at 1 p.m. eastern time.

Here are the full results from the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway:

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Chase Elliott
  3. Denny Hamlin
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Kevin Harvick
  6. Jimmie Johnson
  7. Kyle Larson
  8. Brad Keselowski
  9. Clint Bowyer
  10. Daniel Suarez
  11. Kurt Busch
  12. William Byron
  13. Erik Jones
  14. Martin Truex Jr.
  15. Austin Dillon
  16. Matt DiBenedetto
  17. Aric Almirola
  18. Alex Bowman
  19. Jamie McMurray
  20. Ty Dillon
  21. Trevor Bayne
  22. Ryan Blaney
  23. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  24. Paul Menard
  25. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  26. Chris Buescher
  27. AJ Allmendinger
  28. Ross Chastain
  29. Kasey Kahne
  30. Cole Whitt
  31. Michael McDowell
  32. Daniel Hemric
  33. David Ragan
  34. Landon Cassill
  35. Gray Gaulding
  36. Harrison Rhodes
  37. Ryan Newman
  38. Reed Sorenson

Bell Holds Off Gragson to Win at Richmond

Christopher Bell won the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway. It’s his second career series win and first of 2018. Bell led 120 laps en route to his victory. Daniel Hemric won stage one, while Elliott Sadler won stage two. The race featured five cautions and nine lead changes. Noah Gragson, in his XFINITY Series debut, finished second.

When the race went green for the first time, Cole Custer quickly cleared outside polesitter John Hunter Nemechek. On lap 18, David Starr brought out the caution as he limped around the track with smoke coming from the rear of the car. On the restart, Christopher Bell flew around the outside to grab second spot, right behind Custer. After a couple of attempts, Bell would get by Custer. Justin Allgaier and Daniel Hemric got together fighting inside the top ten, and Allgaier ended up in the fence. The caution didn’t wave, but Allgaier fell back, clearly without the speed he had early on.

With 13 laps left in stage one, Josh Bilicki got into the wall in turn two, bringing out the caution. Four drivers, including Spencer Gallagher and Noah Gragson, were penalized for uncontrolled tires on pit road.

The race restarted with only a handful of laps left in stage one, and Daniel Hemric was able to pass Christopher Bell on the restart, but Bell didn’t let Hemric get away. Unfortunately for Bell, he wasn’t able to catch Hemric, who captured victory in stage one.

When stage two began, Nemechek was up front, having pitted on the previous caution. Daniel Hemric quickly ascended to second, but Noah Gragson, Christopher Bell, Spencer Gallagher, and others were able to get by Hemric as he lost the handle on his car. About halfway through stage two, Christopher Bell was finally able to get by Nemechek and take the lead away. Elliott Sadler was able to climb past a few drivers up to second, and, with 19 laps left in the stage, Sadler grabbed the lead from Bell. The stage ended with Sadler up front.

When the final stage began, Noah Gragson took away the lead as Sadler ended up hung on the outside lane. Not long after, Justin Allgaier spun in an accordian effect incident. Algaier only sustained minor damage, but Chase Briscoe recieved significant front-end damage. Jeb Burton was also involved.

Once the race got back going, Gragson initially cleared Christopher Bell, but Bell got back by him after a lap. Despite a number of hard charges from Gragson, who was running in his series debut, Bell was able to finish it off and win.

The XFINITY Series goes back racing at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, April 28, at 3 p.m. eastern time.

Here are the full results from the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway:

  1. Christopher Bell
  2. Noah Gragson
  3. Elliott Sadler
  4. Matt Tifft
  5. Austin Cindric
  6. Cole Custer
  7. Ryan Truex
  8. Jeremy Clements
  9. Ryan Reed
  10. Brandon Jones
  11. Tyler Reddick
  12. Jeb Burton
  13. John Hunter Nemechek
  14. Justin Allgaier
  15. JJ Yeley
  16. Alex Labbe
  17. Spencer Gallagher
  18. Ross Chastain
  19. Brandon Brown
  20. Michael Annett
  21. Ryan Sieg
  22. Joey Gase
  23. Tommy Joe Martins
  24. Tony Mrakovich
  25. Joe Nemechek
  26. Chase Briscoe
  27. Garrett Smithley
  28. Spencer Boyd
  29. Daniel Hemric
  30. Kaz Grala
  31. Vinnie Miller
  32. BJ McLeod
  33. Josh Bilicki
  34. Chad Finchum
  35. David Starr
  36. Mike Harmon (Clutch)
  37. Stephen Leicht (Brakes)
  38. Timmy Hill (Fuel Pump)
  39. Morgan Shepherd (Brakes)
  40. Jeff Green (Electrical)

Truex Wins Third Pole of 2018 at Richmond

Martin Truex Jr. won the pole for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway. It’s Truex’s 18th career pole and third of 2018. Saturday night will be his 450th career Cup Series start. Truex is looking for his second win of 2018.

In the first round, Martin Truex Jr. was fastest with a time of 21.752 seconds. Rookie William Byron was second, less than half a tenth behind Truex. Aric Almirola (25th), Daniel Suarez (26th), Brad Keselowski (28th), and last week’s winner Kyle Busch (32nd) all failed to make the second round.

In the second round, Denny Hamlin ran a lap of 21.691 seconds to lead the round, followed by Chase Elliott only seven thousandths of a second behind. Notables that weren’t able to run for the pole were Ryan Blaney (13th), Clint Bowyer (16th), Jimmie Johnson (17th), Paul Menard (20th), and Daniel Hemric (22nd). Hemric will make his Cup Series debut in the No. 8 Chevy Camaro for Richard Childress Racing on Saturday night.

In the final round, Martin Truex Jr. ran a 21.799 second lap, which was good for the pole. Chase Elliott ran a half a tenth behind Truex. Elliott was followed closely by third-place Joey Logano.

The Toyota Owners 400 will take place at 6:30 p.m. eastern time on Saturday night.

Here is the full starting lineup for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway:

  1. Martin Truex Jr.
  2. Chase Elliott
  3. Joey Logano
  4. Denny Hamlin
  5. Kyle Larson
  6. Kurt Busch
  7. Erik Jones
  8. Jamie McMurray
  9. William Byron
  10. Kevin Harvick
  11. Alex Bowman
  12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  13. Ryan Blaney
  14. Ryan Newman
  15. David Ragan
  16. Clint Bowyer
  17. Jimmie Johnson
  18. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  19. Chris Buescher
  20. Paul Menard
  21. Trevor Bayne
  22. Daniel Hemric
  23. Austin Dillon
  24. Michael McDowell
  25. Aric Almirola
  26. Daniel Suarez
  27. Matt DiBenedetto
  28. Brad Keselowski
  29. Kasey Kahne
  30. Ross Chastain
  31. Ty Dillon
  32. Kyle Busch
  33. AJ Allmendinger
  34. Gray Gaulding
  35. Cole Whitt
  36. Landon Cassill
  37. Reed Sorenson
  38. Harrison Rhodes