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2016 Toyota Owners 400

The 2016 Toyota Owners 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held on April 24, 2016, at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Contested over 400 laps on the 0.75 mile (1.2 km) asphalt short track, it was the ninth race of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Carl Edwards won the race. Kyle Busch finished second. Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top-five, The race had 23 lead changes among different drivers and eight cautions for 29 laps.

2016 Toyota Owners 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Race 9 of 36 in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
2016 Toyota Owners 400.jpeg
Date April 24, 2016 (2016-04-24)
Location Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia
Course Permanent racing facility
0.75 mi (1.2 km)
Distance 400 laps, 300 mi (480 km)
Weather Clear blue skies with a temperature of 67 °F (19 °C); wind out of the north at 6 mph (9.7 km/h)
Average speed 97.070 mph (156.219 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Stewart-Haas Racing
Time 20.919
Most laps led
Driver Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 154
Winner
No. 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
Nielsen Ratings 2.9/5 (Overnight)[10]
3.1/5 (Final)[11]
4.7 million viewers[11]
Radio in the United States
Radio MRN
Booth Announcers Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and Rusty Wallace
Turn Announcers Mike Bagley (Backstretch)

Contents

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

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

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. Known as "America's premier short track", it formerly hosted a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, an IndyCar Series race, and two USAC sprint car races.

Entry listEdit

The entry list for the Toyota Owners 400 was released on Monday, April 18 at 12:58 a.m. Eastern time. Forty-one cars are entered for the race.

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota
24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
30 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Go FAS Racing Ford
34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
83 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota
88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
93 Ryan Ellis (i) BK Racing Toyota
95 Michael McDowell Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
98 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
Official entry list

First practiceEdit

Kevin Harvick was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 20.919 and a speed of 129.069 mph (207.716 km/h).[12] The session was cut short by rain.[13]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 20.919 129.069
2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 20.980 128.694
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21.063 128.187
Official first practice results

QualifyingEdit

Kevin Harvick earned the pole for Sunday's race after rain washed out qualifying.[14] He said afterwards that his team "had decided to come into the weekend and approach qualifying a little bit different, with just the way the race tracks have been and the timing of the practices. We decided to go and take advantage of being the first car on the race track, which is usually a big advantage here when the track is green and doesn't have a lot of rubber on it. It worked out today, and Rodney and everybody had a good plan, and it's going to be interesting just for the fact that, the second and third times out, the times weren't near what the first time was because the tires fall off -- which is great."[15]

Joey Logano, who earned the second starting spot, said that he felt "like my team did a great job understanding the weather today before we hit the race track. We went out there and made our qualifying run off the truck and then focused in on race trim thinking that we weren’t going to qualifying anyway. The plan was executed perfectly besides second instead of first. Overall it is a good starting spot.”[16]

Starting lineupEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
4 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
5 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
6 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford
7 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
8 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
10 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
11 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
13 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
14 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
15 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
16 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
17 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
19 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
20 44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
21 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
22 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
23 24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
24 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
25 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet
26 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
27 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
28 38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford
29 21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford
30 23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota
31 30 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet
32 95 Michael McDowell Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
33 34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford
34 7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
35 55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
36 83 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota
37 93 Ryan Ellis (i) BK Racing Toyota
38 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Go FAS Racing Ford
39 15 Clint Bowyer[N 1] HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
40 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet
Did not qualify
41 98 Cole Whitt Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
Official starting lineup

Final practiceEdit

Jimmie Johnson was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 22.342 and a speed of 120.849 mph (194.488 km/h).[17]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.342 120.849
2 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.384 120.622
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22.408 120.493
Official final practice results

RaceEdit

First halfEdit

StartEdit

Under clear blue Virginia skies, Kevin Harvick led the field to the green flag at 1:16 p.m. After 15 laps, he pulled to seven-tenths of a second over Jimmie Johnson. By lap 20, however, Johnson reeled in Harvick and passed him on the outside going into turn 1 to take the lead on lap 21. After 10 laps, he pulled to a second and a quarter lead over Harvick. By lap 54, Carl Edwards pulled to within a quarter of a second of Johnson. After battling back and forth for nearly 10 laps, Edwards edged Johnson for the lead on lap 63. Johnson would pull back ahead to retake it the next lap. Edwards pulled ahead of Johnson the next lap to assume the lead. A number of teams began pitting on lap 85. Edwards pitted on lap 90 and handed the lead to Denny Hamlin. He pitted the next lap and handed the lead to Johnson. He pitted the next lap and handed the lead to Matt Kenseth. He pitted the next lap and the lead cycled back to Edwards.

Second quarterEdit

After the first cycle of stops, Edwards led over Kyle Busch by two seconds. By lap 115, however, that lead had been cut by half a second. By lap 155. Busch pulled to within half a second of teammate Edwards. Debris on the backstretch brought out the first caution of the race on lap 157. Busch exited pit road with the race lead. Chris Buescher and Hamlin were tagged for an uncontrolled tire and restarted the race from the tail-end of the field.

The race restarted on lap 165. Edwards spun the tires on the restart and Busch pulled away. Edwards, however, reeled him back in and took back the lead on lap 169. Debris on the backstretch brought out the second caution of the race on lap 195.

Second halfEdit

HalfwayEdit

The race restarted on lap 203. By lap 231, Harvick reeled in and passed Edwards for the lead. After 15 laps, he pulled away to a two and three-quarter second lead over Edwards. Debris in turn 2 brought out the third caution of the race on lap 251. It came from the shredded tire of the No. 23 car of David Ragan.

The race restarted on lap 258. The fourth caution of the race flew on lap 268 for a single-car incident in turn 2. After cutting down his left-rear, Tony Stewart suffered a blowout and slowed down on the track. Brad Keselowski opted not to pit and assumed the lead.

The race restarted on lap 275. After going back and forth for three laps, Kurt Busch passed Keselowski for the lead. Brother Kyle passed him for the lead on lap 287. Debris in turns 1 and 2 brought out the fifth caution of the race with 88 laps to go. Kurt Busch exited pit road with the race lead.

Fourth quarterEdit

The race restarted with 82 laps to go. The sixth caution of the race flew one lap later for a single-car spin in turn 4. Exiting the turn, Ryan Newman suffered a left-rear tire blowout and spun out.

The race restarted with 75 laps to go and the seventh caution of the race flew just after the restart for a spin by Ryan Ellis after being turned by Landon Cassill.

The race restarted with 66 to go. The eighth caution of the race flew with 42 laps to go for a single-car spin in turn 4 involving Brian Scott. Kyle Busch exited pit road with the race lead.

The race restarted with 36 laps to go. Rounding turn 4, Edwards bumped Busch out of the lead and scored the victory.[18]

Post-raceEdit

Driver commentsEdit

Edwards said in victory lane that Kyle Busch is "an amazing teammate and it’s like he got really slow there at the end. Something happened that last lap. It was like his rear tires went off or something. He went down into (turn) one and I dove it in and I got to him and I thought, ‘Man, I’ve got something.’ And he went to get down to the bottom and park it in three and four and I had already decided to go down there so I thought, ‘Man, I’m going to give him a little nudge,’ and we both have got wins and we’re racing for fun getting these trophies and just an awesome day.”[19]

“It's racing, I guess,” Busch said. “We had a really great car. We were fast - maybe not as good as Carl on the long run. The guys gave me everything we needed today. We lost it there on the second-to-last run, but we had a shot to win and that's all that matters."[20]

Race resultsEdit

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 4 19 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 45
2 9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 40
3 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 39
4 8 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 37
5 1 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 400 37
6 5 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 36
7 13 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 35
8 2 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 400 33
9 22 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 400 32
10 7 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 400 32
11 6 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 400 31
12 23 24 Chase Elliott (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 29
13 16 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 28
14 19 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 400 27
15 15 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 400 26
16 27 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 400 25
17 17 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 400 24
18 14 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 400 23
19 18 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 400 22
20 11 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 400 21
21 24 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 400 20
22 26 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 400 19
23 30 23 David Ragan BK Racing Toyota 400 18
24 21 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 400 17
25 10 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 400 16
26 12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 400 15
27 28 38 Landon Cassill Front Row Motorsports Ford 399 14
28 29 21 Ryan Blaney (R) Wood Brothers Racing Ford 399 13
29 25 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 399 12
30 36 83 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 399 11
31 32 95 Michael McDowell Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 399 10
32 34 7 Regan Smith Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 399 9
33 39 15 Clint Bowyer HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 398 8
34 33 34 Chris Buescher (R) Front Row Motorsports Ford 396 7
35 20 44 Brian Scott (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 395 6
36 40 46 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 394 5
37 37 93 Ryan Ellis (i) BK Racing Toyota 393 0
38 38 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt (R) Go FAS Racing Ford 392 3
39 31 30 Josh Wise The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 390 2
40 35 55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 390 1
http://www.jayski.com/stats/2016/pdfs/09rir2016racereport.pdf Official race results]

Race summaryEdit

  • Lead changes: 23 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 8 for 29
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 5 minutes and 26 seconds
  • Average speed: 97.07 miles per hour (156.22 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

Fox Sports covered their 16th race at the Richmond International Raceway. Mike Joy, two-time Richmond winner Jeff Gordon and six-time Richmond winner Darrell Waltrip had the call in the booth for the race. Jamie Little, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum handled the pit road duties for the television side.

Fox Television
Booth announcers Pit reporters
Lap-by-lap: Mike Joy
Color-commentator: Jeff Gordon
Color commentator: Darrell Waltrip
Jamie Little
Vince Welch
Matt Yocum

RadioEdit

MRN will have the radio call for the race which will also be simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and six-time Richmond winner Rusty Wallace will call the race in the booth when the field is racing down the frontstretch. Mike Bagley will call the race from a platform inside the backstretch when the field is racing down the backstretch. Kim Coon, Alex Hayden and Steve Post will work pit road for the radio side.

MRN Radio
Booth announcers Turn announcers Pit reporters
Lead announcer: Joe Moore
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
Announcer: Rusty Wallace
Backstretch: Mike Bagley Kim Coon
Alex Hayden
Steve Post

Standings after the raceEdit

NoteEdit

  1. ^ Clint Bowyer started from the rear of the field for a transmission change.

ReferencesEdit

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  5. ^ "Starting Lineup". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. April 22, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  6. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. April 23, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  7. ^ "Toyota Owners 400 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. April 24, 2016. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  8. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. April 24, 2016. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  9. ^ "Manufacturers standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. April 3, 2017. Retrieved April 3, 2017.
  10. ^ Paulsen (April 25, 2016). "NASCAR on FOX Overnights Low Again, This Time at Richmond". SportsMediaWatch.com. Sports Media Watch. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Paulsen (April 29, 2016). "Richmond Continues Rough Stretch For NASCAR on FOX". SportsMediaWatch.com. Sports Media Watch. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  12. ^ Spencer, Lee (April 22, 2016). "Harvick tops Cup practice, Stewart completes first laps of 2016". Motorsport.com. Richmond, Virginia: Motorsport Network, LLC. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  13. ^ White, Tucker (April 22, 2016). "Harvick fastest in first practice". SpeedwayMedia.com. USA Today Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  14. ^ Kurz, Hank (April 22, 2016). "Harvick wins pole on rainy day at Richmond". Associated Press. Richmond, Virginia: AP Sports. Associated Press. Archived from the original on April 23, 2016. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  15. ^ Spencer, Reid (April 22, 2016). "Kevin Harvick on Richmond pole position after qualifying rained out". NASCAR.com. Richmond, Virginia: NASCAR Media Group, LLC. NASCAR Wire Service. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  16. ^ Albert, Barry (April 22, 2016). "Qualifying cancelled; Harvick on the pole for Sunday's race at Richmond". SpeedwayMedia.com. Richmond, Virginia: USA Today Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  17. ^ Utter, Jim (April 23, 2016). "Jimmie Johnson leads final Richmond practice". Motorsport.com. Richmond, Virginia: Motorsport Network, LLC. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
  18. ^ Kurz, Hank (April 24, 2016). "Edwards passes Kyle Busch on last lap to win at Richmond". Associated Press. Richmond, Virginia: AP Sports. Associated Press. Archived from the original on April 25, 2016. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  19. ^ Pistone, Pete (April 24, 2016). "Edwards Bumps to Richmond Win". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. Retrieved April 24, 2016.
  20. ^ James, Brant (April 24, 2016). "Kyle Busch on Carl Edwards pass: 'It's racing'". USA Today. Richmond, Virginia: Gannett Company. Retrieved April 24, 2016.


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