2015 Toyota Owners 400
The 2015 Toyota Owners 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. It was scheduled to be held on April 25, 2015, but was run on April 26, 2015 due to rain. Contested over 400 laps on the 0.75 mile (1.2 km) D-shaped short track, it was the ninth race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Kurt Busch won the race, his first of the season, while teammate Kevin Harvick finished runner-up. Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray and Joey Logano rounded out the top five.
|Race 9 of 36 in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series|
Layout of the track
|Date||April 26, 2015|
|Location||Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia|
Permanent racing facility|
0.75 mi (1.2 km)
|Distance||400 laps, 300 mi (482.803 km)|
Light rain showers with a temperature of 50 °F (10 °C); wind out of the east at 6 mph (9.7 km/h) (Saturday)|
Sunny, clear blue skies with a temperature of 55 °F (13 °C); wind out of the north/northeast at 6 mph (9.7 km/h) (Sunday)
|Average speed||97.157 mph (156.359 km/h)|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|No. 41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip|
5.2 Million viewers
|Radio in the United States|
|Booth Announcers||Joe Moore and Jeff Striegle|
|Turn Announcers||Mike Bagley (Backstretch)|
Joey Logano won the pole for the race. He led 94 laps on his way to a fifth-place finish. Kurt Busch led a race high of 291 laps. The race had twelve lead changes among five different drivers, as well as eight caution flag periods for 53 laps.
This was the 26th career victory for Kurt Busch, second at Richmond International Raceway and first at the track for Stewart-Haas Racing. The win moved Busch up to 18th in the points standings. Chevrolet left Richmond with a 29-point lead over Ford in the manufacturer standings.
The Toyota Owners 400 was carried by Fox Sports on the broadcast Fox network for the American television audience. The radio broadcast for the race was carried by the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
Richmond International Raceway (RIR) is a 3/4-mile (1.2 km), D-shaped, asphalt race track located just outside Richmond, Virginia in Henrico County. It hosts the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Xfinity Series. "America's Premier Short Track" formerly hosted a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, a Verizon IndyCar Series race, and two USAC sprint car races.
Changes to the trackEdit
Following an incident from last year's Federated Auto Parts 400, Richmond International Raceway has added metal barriers and more security personnel to prevent fans from scaling the catch fence during the race. With 71 laps to go in last September's race, a man identified as James Dennis climbed to the top of the catch fence overhead of turn 4. This forced David Hoots, competition director for the Sprint Cup Series, to put the race under caution. "It's frustrating and unfortunate," Dennis Bickmeier, track president of Richmond, said Friday. "I was very adamant after hearing about it that fans don't do that. A fan doesn't disrupt an event. You respect it."
The entry list for the Toyota Owners 400 was released on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 11:23 a.m. Eastern time. Forty-five cars were entered for the race. Chase Elliott attempted to make his second career Sprint Cup Series start in the No. 25 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Ron Hornaday Jr. was on the initial entry list, but The Motorsports Group decided to replace him in the No. 30 Chevrolet, which was driven by Jeff Green who attempted to make his first start since the 2011 Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Reed Sorenson drove the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford that had been driven by Chris Buescher.
|1||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||21.414||126.086|
|2||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||21.498||125.593|
|3||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||21.511||125.517|
|Official first practice results|
|1||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||21.368||126.357|
|2||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||21.401||126.162|
|3||19||Carl Edwards||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||21.424||126.027|
|Official final practice results|
Joey Logano won the pole with a time of 21.248 and a speed of 127.071 mph (204.501 km/h). “The guys did a great job getting us faster today,” Logano said. “It is fun because you go out and run all these laps and that lap didn’t even actually feel that good because you have seven or eight laps on your tires and the car is sliding around a lot so it is funny that the pole sitting car is sliding all over the place but everyone is on old tires out there.” Denny Hamlin, who got out of the car last week at Bristol because of neck spasms, qualified second. “I’m 100 percent fore sure,” the Joe Gibbs Racing driver said. “I would have liked the pole but I am definitely happy for Joey to see him get it,” Brad Keselowski said of his teammate being on the pole. “It is nice for Team Penske and great for Ford. If you can’t get a pole you want it to be your teammate so I am happy that he was able to get it done.” Jeb Burton and Brendan Gaughan failed to qualify for the race. Just before the race, BK Racing announced that Burton will drive the No. 23 car in place of teammate J. J. Yeley. Because of the driver change, Jeb Burton started the race from the rear of the field.
|1||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||21.089||21.303||21.248|
|2||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||21.121||21.080||21.294|
|3||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||20.987||21.297||21.326|
|4||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||21.136||21.294||21.332|
|5||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||20.840||21.152||21.356|
|6||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||21.043||21.236||21.409|
|7||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||20.894||21.220||21.424|
|8||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||21.099||21.211||21.459|
|9||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||21.179||21.262||21.499|
|10||18||David Ragan||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||21.012||21.303||21.519|
|11||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||21.043||21.278||21.540|
|12||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||21.047||21.313||21.604|
|13||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||21.197||21.358||—|
|14||55||Brett Moffitt (R)||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||21.066||21.359||—|
|15||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||21.096||21.368||—|
|16||25||Chase Elliott (i)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||21.115||21.373||—|
|17||15||Clint Bowyer||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||21.199||21.376||—|
|18||19||Carl Edwards||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||21.071||21.390||—|
|19||40||Landon Cassill (i)||Hillman-Circle Sport LLC||Chevrolet||21.109||21.398||—|
|20||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||21.138||21.400||—|
|21||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||21.197||21.470||—|
|22||51||Justin Allgaier||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||21.137||21.487||—|
|23||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||21.096||21.512||—|
|24||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||21.195||21.607||—|
|25||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||21.208||—||—|
|26||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||21.216||—||—|
|27||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||21.248||—||—|
|28||98||Josh Wise||Phil Parsons Racing||Ford||21.251||—||—|
|29||9||Sam Hornish Jr.||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||21.278||—||—|
|30||38||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||21.289||—||—|
|31||35||Cole Whitt[N 1]||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||21.293||—||—|
|32||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||21.311||—||—|
|33||30||Jeff Green (i)[N 2]||The Motorsports Group||Chevrolet||21.318||—||—|
|34||6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||21.334||—||—|
|35||32||Joey Gase (i)||Go FAS Racing||Ford||21.337||—||—|
|36||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||21.341||—||—|
|37||83||Matt DiBenedetto (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||21.341||—||—|
|38||46||Michael Annett||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||21.352||—||—|
|39||23||J. J. Yeley (i)[N 3]||BK Racing||Toyota||21.418||—||—|
|40||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||21.444||—||—|
|41||7||Alex Bowman||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||21.535||—||—|
|42||33||Alex Kennedy (R)||Hillman-Circle Sport LLC||Chevrolet||21.539||—||—|
|43||34||Reed Sorenson||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||21.912||—||—|
|Failed to qualify|
|44||26||Jeb Burton (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||21.511||—||—|
|45||62||Brendan Gaughan||Premium Motorsports||Chevrolet||21.644||—||—|
|Official qualifying results|
The race was scheduled to start at 7:14 p.m. Eastern time, but the threat of bad weather moved the start up to 7:05 p.m. It was all for naught, however. NASCAR made the decision to postpone the race to Sunday at 1:16 p.m.
The race started at 1:19 p.m. with Joey Logano leading the field to the green flag. With all the rubber being washed away by the rain, the cars were primarily running the bottom groove. Coming out of turn 4 on lap 4, Danica Patrick got hit by Casey Mears and about spun out. She saved the car and the race remained green. Logano caught the end of the field ten laps into the race. By lap 21, Kurt Busch began reeling in the leader. By lap 42, Busch, his teammate Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex Jr. pulled within a second of Logano. The first caution of the day flew on lap 51. This was a planned competition caution for overnight rain. The top ten in the running order entering pit road would've remained the same exiting, but Jamie McMurray, who was running eighth, had to make another pit stop for loose lug nuts. He restarted the race in 30th position.
The race restarted on lap 57. After 40 laps, Busch pulled up to the leader. Using the lapped car of Josh Wise as a pick, Busch passed to the inside of Logano to take the lead on lap 96. The second caution flew on lap 124 when Joey Gase, coming off turn 2, got turned by Aric Almirola and hit inside backstretch wall head-on. Busch swapped the lead with Harvick on pit road with his teammate pitting before the start/finish line. Busch, however, exited pit road with the lead.
Trouble for Josh WiseEdit
The race restarted on lap 137. The third caution flew the next lap for Wise's car had stalled at the exit of pit road.
The race restarted on lap 144. The fourth caution race flew on lap 163 when Wise blew an engine. Having just rejoined the race, his No. 98 Ford went up in smoke while going into turn 1. Busch swapped the lead with Harvick on pit road. This time, however, it was Harvick who exited with the lead.
The race restarted on lap 171 and Busch immediately took back the lead. The race went through a long green flag run with everyone settling into a rhythm. McMurray, who restarted the race earlier in 30th, eventually ran Busch down. and took the lead on lap 260. He gave it back to Busch the next lap and took it back the lap after that. While McMurrary and Busch fought for the lead, many cars began hitting pit road. McMurray gave up the lead to pit on lap 266 and gave it to Brad Keselowski. Brett Moffitt had a tire going flat and slammed the wall in turn 1. This brought out the 5th caution on lap 270. Trevor Bayne also had a tire going flat and hit the wall in turn 4. To add insult to injury for Moffitt, he was forced to restart the race from the tail-end of the field for having too many men over the wall. Fifteen cars took the waive-around, most of whom were cars running in the top ten when the caution came out.
The race restarted on lap 279 with Busch still in the lead. After a nearly 60 lap green run, debris in turn 3 brought out the sixth caution of the race with 50 laps to go. Kurt Busch exited pit road first to maintain the lead. Jeb Burton was forced to drop to the tail-end of the field for an uncontrolled tire.
The race restarted with 42 laps to go. The seventh caution of the race flew with 41 laps to go when Tony Stewart went spinning on the front stretch. Coming to the line, Stewart made contact with Dale Earnhardt Jr., went spinning and made contact with the inside pit wall towards turn 1. “I don’t know," Dale said after the race. "You’ll have to ask him. He hit me in the left-rear quarter panel. I was trying to clear the 51 on the outside of me, so I was as high as I could go. You’ll have to ask him.” "I mean, he hit me right here. I ain't got that good of a peripheral vision. Pretty good, but not that good. Well, it's never his fault. I was doing everything I needed to do. I didn't drive under, I didn't drive into him, I didn't move my line at all. He's gotta take a little ownership in what happened there."
The race restarted with 26 laps to go and Kurt Busch drove off scoring the 26th victory of his career.
“It’s an incredible feeling,” said Busch. “It’s a total team effort. And the way that everything came together just seemed like we were building and building and building towards a great finish like this. And I have this opportunity because of Gene Haas and everybody that’s part of our family at Stewart-Haas. It’s an unbelievable feeling when you pull deep from within and you go through troubles and you know, when you’re accused of something and things go sideways, your personal life doesn’t need to affect your business life.”
|1||3||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||400||48|
|2||5||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||400||43|
|3||36||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||400||41|
|4||9||1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||400||40|
|5||1||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||400||40|
|6||40||5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||400||38|
|7||8||20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||400||37|
|8||11||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||400||36|
|9||17||15||Clint Bowyer||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||400||35|
|10||6||78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing||Chevrolet||400||34|
|11||23||31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||400||33|
|12||12||42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||400||32|
|13||4||47||A. J. Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||400||31|
|14||26||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||400||30|
|15||15||27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||400||29|
|16||16||25||Chase Elliott (i)||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||400||0|
|17||7||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||400||28|
|18||22||51||Justin Allgaier||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||400||26|
|19||18||19||Carl Edwards||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||400||25|
|20||27||43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||399||24|
|21||32||16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||398||23|
|22||2||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||398||22|
|23||10||18||David Ragan||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||398||21|
|24||34||6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||398||20|
|25||21||10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||398||19|
|26||19||40||Landon Cassill (i)||Hillman-Circle Sport LLC||Chevrolet||398||0|
|27||20||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||398||17|
|28||24||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||398||16|
|29||14||55||Brett Moffitt (R)||Michael Waltrip Racing||Toyota||396||15|
|30||25||13||Casey Mears||Germain Racing||Chevrolet||396||14|
|31||30||38||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||396||13|
|32||41||7||Alex Bowman||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Chevrolet||396||12|
|33||38||46||Michael Annett||HScott Motorsports||Chevrolet||395||11|
|34||43||34||Reed Sorenson||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||395||10|
|35||29||9||Sam Hornish Jr.||Richard Petty Motorsports||Ford||394||9|
|36||31||35||Cole Whitt||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||394||8|
|37||37||83||Matt DiBenedetto (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||394||7|
|38||39||23||Jeb Burton (R)||BK Racing||Toyota||393||6|
|39||42||33||Alex Kennedy (R)||Hillman-Circle Sport LLC||Chevrolet||392||5|
|40||33||30||Jeff Green (i)||The Motorsports Group||Chevrolet||386||4|
|41||13||14||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet||359||3|
|42||28||98||Josh Wise||Phil Parsons Racing||Ford||137||2|
|43||35||32||Joey Gase (i)||Go FAS Racing||Ford||124||0|
|Official Toyota Owners 400 results|
- 12 lead changes among 5 different drivers
- 8 cautions for 53 laps
- Time of race: 3 hours, 05 minutes, 16 seconds
- Average speed: 97.157 mph (156.359 km/h)
- Kurt Busch took home $221,240 in winnings
- Coors Light Pole Award: Joey Logano (21.248, 127.071 mph (204.501 km/h))
- 3M Lap Leader: Kurt Busch (291 laps)
- American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kurt Busch (22.082, 122.273 mph (196.779 km/h))
- Duralast Brakes "Bake In The Race" Award: Joey Logano
- Freescale "Wide Open": Jimmie Johnson
- Ingersoll Rand Power Move: Ryan Newman (5 positions)
- MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Hendrick Engines, #41
- Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Kurt Busch (148.1 driver rating)
- Moog Steering and Suspension Problem Solver of The Race: Jamie McMurray (crew chief Matt McCall (-0.069))
- NASCAR Sprint Cup Leader Bonus: No winner: rolls over to $60,000 at next event
- Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap: A. J. Allmendinger (Lap 4, 21.659 124.657 mph (200.616 km/h))
- Sunoco Rookie of The Race: Brett Moffitt
Fox Sports covered their 15th race at Richmond International Raceway. Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds and six-time Richmond winner Darrell Waltrip had the call in the booth for the race. Jamie Little, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum handled the pit road duties for the television side.
|Booth announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Larry McReynolds
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
MRN had the radio call for the race, which was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Joe Moore and Jeff Striegle called the race in the booth when the field was racing down the front stretch. Mike Bagley called the race from a platform inside of turn 3 on the backstretch when the field was racing down the backstretch. Alex Hayden, Winston Kelley and Steve Post worked pit road for MRN.
|Booth announcers||Turn announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
|Backstretch: Mike Bagley||Alex Hayden|
Standings after the raceEdit
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