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The 2014 Toyota Owners 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on April 26, 2014, at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Contested over 400 laps on the 0.75 miles (1.21 km) D-shaped short track, it was the ninth race of the 2014 Sprint Cup Series championship. Joey Logano recorded his fifth career win in this race. Jeff Gordon finished second, while Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five. The top rookies of the race were Kyle Larson (16th), Justin Allgaier (21st), and Austin Dillon (27th).

2014 Toyota Owners 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Race 9 of 36 in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Date April 26, 2014 (2014-04-26)
Location Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia
Course Permanent racing facility
0.75 mi (1.2 km)
Distance 400 laps, 300 mi (482.803 km)
Weather Sunny, 78 °F (26 °C), 13 mph (21 km/h) winds WSW
Average speed 93.369 mph (150.263 km/h)[10]
Pole position
Driver Chip Ganassi Racing
Time 21.280 (set by first practice)
Most laps led
Driver Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 173
Winner
No. 22 Joey Logano Team Penske
Television in the United States
Network Fox & MRN
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds (Television)
Joe Moore and Jeff Striegle (Booth)
Mike Bagley (Backstretch) (Radio)
Nielsen Ratings 3.3/7 (Final)
3.0/7 (Overnight)
5.573 Million viewers[11]

Contents

Previous raceEdit

On the final restart of the Bojangles' Southern 500, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. got an excellent start to get ahead of Kevin Harvick, but Harvick with four tires passed Dale on two and took the victory at Darlington Raceway.[12] “This is the one race I told Rodney (Childers, crew chief) I wanted to win,” said Harvick. “We were able to put it all together, but this is the Southern 500, this is as big as it gets in NASCAR racing. It feels great. It’s allowed us with the way the points system is to go for wins and not have to worry about the bad weeks too much,” he said. “Really proud for these guys and looking forward to the last 10."[12] “It's a little disappointing to come that close because I know I don't really run that well here and the opportunities to win are going to be very few compared to other tracks,” said Earnhardt Jr. “It hurts a little bit to come that close because we worked so hard to try to win races. Running second is great but nobody is going to really remember that. But we're proud of it.”[12] “Yeah, just very happy to finish there in the top three,” said Johnson. “I thought we had a shot at a win. I think if things stayed green after our last pit stop, we had a good chance at it, good shot at it. I'm happy with (crew chief) Chad's (Knaus) decision to go with two, and there were enough cars that took two that it gave us a little bit of a cushion, maybe enough of a cushion to make it four or five laps there.”[12]

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

 
Richmond International Raceway, the race track where the race was held.

Richmond International Raceway is a four-turn short track that is 0.75 miles (1.21 km) long. The turns are banked at fourteen degrees. The front stretch is banked at eight degrees and the back stretch is banked at two degrees. Richmond can seat 97,912 people. Kevin Harvick was the defending race winner after winning the event in 2013.

During the time between Darlington and Richmond, Swan Racing announced, on April 17, 2014, that they were closing shop and reevaluating their financial situation and put the team's prospects of competing at Richmond in doubt.[13] "The team has been unable to secure the kind of sponsorship required to effectively operate the team," the team said in a statement. "As a result, the team management is exploring every available option. We hope to be in a position to provide a detailed update in the near future."[14]

On April 23, Swan Racing sold both of its teams to different shops.[15] Anthony Marlowe merged his ownership of the number 26 car with BK Racing and the number 30 car was sold to Xxxtreme Motorsports. Cole Whitt stayed in the number 26 car for Richmond, but Parker Kligerman was not in the number 30 car and was without a ride for the foreseeable future. J. J. Yeley took his place.[16] "I am very relieved to know that the Nos. 26 and 30 teams will be in good hands, and will continue to compete for the remainder of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season," Davis said in a statement. "Most importantly, most of the team members have the opportunity to continue their employment in the sport and to support their families. This was critically important to me."[17]

Entry listEdit

The entry list for the Toyota Owners 400 was released on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 4:16 p.m. Eastern time. Forty-five drivers were entered for the race.

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski (PC2) Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
7 Michael Annett (R) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Tony Stewart (PC3) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
16 Greg Biffle Roush-Fenway Racing Ford
17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush-Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Alex Bowman (R) BK Racing Toyota
24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
26 Cole Whitt (R) BK Racing Toyota
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
30 J. J. Yeley (i) Xxxtreme Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Travis Kvapil Go FAS Racing Ford
33 David Stremme Circle Sport Chevrolet
34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
35 David Reutimann Front Row Motorsports Ford
36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford
40 Landon Cassill (i) Circle Sport Chevrolet
41 Kurt Busch (PC4) Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson (PC1) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Justin Allgaier (R) HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
66 Joe Nemechek (i) Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
77 Dave Blaney Randy Humphrey Racing Ford
78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
83 Ryan Truex (R) BK Racing Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford
98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet
99 Carl Edwards Roush-Fenway Racing Ford
Official entry list
Key Meaning
(R) Rookie
(i) Ineligible for points
(PC#) Past champions provisional

PracticeEdit

First practiceEdit

Kyle Larson was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 21.280 and a speed of 126.880 mph (204.194 km/h).

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 21.280 126.880
2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 21.396 126.192
3 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 21.444 125.909
Official first practice results

Final practiceEdit

Ryan Newman was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 21.733 and a speed of 124.235 mph (199.937 km/h).

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 21.733 124.235
2 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 21.868 123.468
3 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21.875 123.429
Official final practice results

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying was rained out so the starting lineup was set by first practice results. Kyle Larson earned his first career pole as a result.[18] “We came here and tested last year for Goodyear and had a good baseline and was pretty confident with our qualifying trim without getting used to the car yet,’’ Larson said. “Then we switched over to race trim and we were good in that, so excited about that.’’[18] Dave Blaney and Michael McDowell failed to qualify for the race.[18]

Starting lineupEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
4 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
5 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
6 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
7 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
8 83 Ryan Truex (R) BK Racing Toyota
9 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
11 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
12 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
14 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
15 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
16 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford
17 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
18 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
19 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
21 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
22 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
23 7 Michael Annett (R) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
24 23 Alex Bowman (R) BK Racing Toyota
25 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
26 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
27 3 Austin Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
28 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
29 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
30 35 David Reutimann Front Row Motorsports Ford
31 51 Justin Allgaier (R) HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
32 32 Travis Kvapil Go FAS Racing Ford
33 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford
34 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet
35 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
36 36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
37 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
38 33 David Stremme Circle Sport Chevrolet
39 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet
40 26 Cole Whitt (R) BK Racing Toyota
41 66 Joe Nemechek Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
42 30 J. J. Yeley Xxxtreme Motorsports Chevrolet
43 40 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet
Failed to make the race
95 Michael McDowell Leavine Family Racing Ford
77 Dave Blaney Randy Humphrey Racing Ford
Official starting lineup

RaceEdit

Kyle Larson led the field to the green at 7:14 p.m., but the field didn't make it to turn 1 before the caution flew on the first lap when Larson drifted down in front of Clint Bowyer before he cleared him and got turned around. To make matters worse, Larson caught the tail end of the field exiting pit road and hit the rear of Landon Cassill but only suffered a minor denting in of the faux grill. While Richmond International Raceway, like Bristol Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway, isn't very aero-sensitive, the damage was close enough to the actual grill to cause concern. Brad Keselowski took over the lead as a result.

The race restarted on lap eight and the field made it through the lap with no accident.

Kevin Harvick took the lead on lap 32.

A scheduled competition caution (second of the race) flew on lap 41 because of overnight downpours. Travis Kvapil stayed out to lead a lap before making his stop the next lap and handing the lead back to Harvick.

The race restarted on lap 47.

Keselowski retook the lead on lap 56.

Debris in turn 4 brought out the third caution on lap 99. Landon Cassill stayed out to lead a lap before pitting. Jeff Gordon took over the lead.

The race restarted on lap 107.

Cole Whitt had a right-front tire failure on lap 157 and chunks of burning rubber from his car scattered onto the racing surface past the exit of pit road. This brought out the fourth caution of the race on lap 161. Clint Bowyer had a similar tire failure that caught fire and melted the right-front fender of the car. Gordon and Brad Keselowski swapped the lead with the former being pitted behind the start/finish line. He beat Brad off to resume leading the field.

The race restarted on lap 171.

Brad Keselowski took back the lead on lap 173.

Jeff Gordon reclaimed the top spot on lap 209.

The fifth caution of the race flew on lap 226 after Reed Sorenson cut down his right-front tire and missed the entrance to pit road. Gordon swapped the lead on pit road with Joey Logano, but came out the leader.

The race restarted on lap 239.

Joey Logano took back the lead on lap 243.

Jeff Gordon took back the lead on lap 252.

The sixth caution of the race flew on lap 296 after Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. had a right-front tire failure that caught fire after hitting the wall in turn 4. Gordon swapped the lead on pit road with his teammate Dale Earnhardt, Jr., but this time, Jeff Gordon got beat off pit road.

The race restarted with 96 laps to go.

Joey Logano retook the lead with 95 laps to go.

As is the case with short track races, drivers start becoming agitated and more aggressive in the closing stages of the race. Marcos Ambrose found himself being hit from behind on multiple occasions.

Jeff Gordon took back the lead with 63 laps to go.

Matt Kenseth took the lead with 39 laps to go.

Debris in turn 3 brought out the seventh caution of the race with 33 laps to go.

The race restarted with 24 laps to go and the caution flew for the eighth time after Kyle Busch turned into Justin Allgaier and then into his teammate Denny Hamlin to sent him spinning in turn 3.

The race restarted with 18 laps to go and Joey Logano got a terrible restart that caused him to hold up the inside line.

The ninth caution of the race flew with 16 laps to go after J. J. Yeley blew his engine in turn 1.

The race restarted with nine laps to go. Matt Kenseth couldn't stave off the two car challenge for the lead with Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski. Gordon got into the rear of Keselowski and this allowed Joey Logano to get back to the lead. He built an insurmountable lead with three laps to go over Jeff Gordon to score the victory.[19] "It feels great,” said Logano. “I want to start winning some races in the Chase now. These cars right now are so good and (Team) Penske is doing such a great job with these cars right now. I am just the lucky guy that gets to drive these things."[19] "I had a blast tonight," said Gordon, who remained on top of the point standings. "Great short-track racing here at Richmond. And to have a race car like that to drive from 25th up to the front was so much fun."[19]

Post-raceEdit

Brad Keselowski was not happy with Matt Kenseth and showed his displeasure during the cool down lap when he brake-checked Matt.[20] Dale Earnhardt, Jr. tried to rundown Keselowski after he ran into Kenseth because of Brad, but was stopped by an official and directed to the garage area while Brad continued to the top five impound area on pit road.[20] “Yeah it was a wild finish,” said Keselowski, who confronted Kenseth on pit road after the race. “It just came down to really a four way battle between the 2 (Keselowski), the 20 (Kenseth), the 24 (Gordon) and 22 (Logano) and we had a great car for the short runs and we got up there challenging for the lead. The 20 car ran me off the race track so I made sure to give him a bump and that was what Joey needed to win the race. I had a shot at winning the race and he ran me off the track. It was just a mind-boggling move to me. ... I thought it was uncalled for."[20]

The tempers didn't end on pit road. In the garage area, Casey Mears had got in a scuffle with Marcos Ambrose which ended with the latter appearing to punch the former in the face.

Race resultsEdit

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 17 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 400 47
2 25 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 44
3 19 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 41
4 2 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 400 41
5 12 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 40
6 14 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 400 38
7 13 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 38
8 18 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 400 36
9 16 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 400 35
10 22 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 400 34
11 5 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 400 34
12 6 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 400 32
13 7 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 400 31
14 4 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 30
15 26 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 400 29
16 1 42 Kyle Larson (R) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 400 28
17 15 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 400 27
18 11 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 400 26
19 34 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 400 25
20 33 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 400 24
21 31 51 Justin Allgaier (R) HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 400 23
22 28 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 22
23 21 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 400 21
24 9 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 400 20
25 20 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 399 19
26 43 40 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 398 0
27 27 3 Austin Dillon (R) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 398 17
28 24 23 Alex Bowman (R) BK Racing Toyota 398 16
29 30 35 David Reutimann Front Row Motorsports Ford 397 15
30 37 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 396 14
31 8 83 Ryan Truex (R) BK Racing Toyota 396 13
32 10 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 396 12
33 27 7 Michael Annett (R) Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 396 11
34 35 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 395 10
35 38 33 David Stremme Circle Sport Chevrolet 395 9
36 32 32 Travis Kvapil Go FAS Racing Ford 394 9
37 41 66 Joe Nemechek Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 391 0
38 29 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 390 6
39 39 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 390 5
40 42 30 J. J. Yeley Xxxtreme Motorsports Chevrolet 380 0
41 40 26 Cole Whitt (R) BK Racing Toyota 367 3
42 36 36 Reed Sorenson Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 255 2
43 3 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 159 1

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 20 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 9 for 66
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 12 minutes and 47 seconds
  • Average speed: 93.369 miles per hour (150.263 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

Fox Sports
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Larry McReynolds
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
Matt Yocum
Steve Byrnes
Krista Voda
Jeff Hammond

RadioEdit

MRN Radio
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Backstretch: Mike Bagley Winston Kelly
Steve Post
Alex Hayden
Woody Cain

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Richmond International Raceway (MRN)". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  3. ^ "Entry List" (PDF). jayski.com. NASCAR Statistics. April 21, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. April 25, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  5. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. April 25, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "Starting Lineup". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. April 25, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  7. ^ "Toyota Owners 400 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. April 26, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  8. ^ "Points Standings" (PDF). jayski.com. NASCAR Statistics. April 26, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  9. ^ "Manufacturer Standings" (PDF). jayski.com. NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications. April 26, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  10. ^ "Race Statistics". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. April 26, 2014. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  11. ^ Karp, Austin (May 2, 2014). "Final Ratings: "Sunday Night Baseball" Up Early, While MLB Net Has Record April". SportsBusinessDaily.com. American City Business Journals. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  12. ^ a b c d Pistone, Pete (April 12, 2014). "Harvick Doubles Up at Darlington". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved January 4, 2015.
  13. ^ Pistone, Pete (April 17, 2014). "Swan Racing's Future Uncertain". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved April 22, 2014.
  14. ^ Bruce, Kenny (April 17, 2014). "Swan Racing 'reviewing its current situation'". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved April 22, 2014.
  15. ^ "Swan keeps Parker Kligerman". ESPN.com. The Associated Press. April 23, 2014. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  16. ^ Pistone, Pete (April 23, 2014). "Swan Racing Restructures". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  17. ^ Caraviello, David (April 23, 2014). "Swan breakup leaves Kligerman without ride". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
  18. ^ a b c Long, Dustin (April 25, 2014). "Richmond Qualifying Washed Out". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved April 26, 2014.
  19. ^ a b c Pistone, Pete (April 26, 2014). "Logano Wins Richmond Battle". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  20. ^ a b c Long, Dustin (April 27, 2014). "Kenseth, Keselowski Not Happy With Each Other". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved January 7, 2015.


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