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2018 Toyota Owners 400

The 2018 Toyota Owners 400 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on April 21, 2018, at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Contested over 402 laps -- extended from 400 laps due to an overtime finish, on the 0.75 mile (1.2 km) asphalt short track, it was the ninth race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

2018 Toyota Owners 400
Race details[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Race 9 of 36 in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Date April 21, 2018 (2018-04-21)
Location Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia
Course Permanent racing facility
0.75 mi (1.2 km)
Distance 402 laps, 301.5 mi (482.4 km)
Scheduled Distance 400 laps, 300 mi (480 km)
Average speed 96.215 miles per hour (154.843 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Furniture Row Racing
Time 21.799
Most laps led
Driver Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing
Laps 121
Winner
No. 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
Nielsen Ratings 1.7 (Overnight)[10]
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 Raceway, the track where the race was held.

Richmond Raceway is a 3/4-mile (1.2 km), D-shaped, asphalt race track located just outside Richmond, Virginia in Henrico County. It hosts the Monster Energy NASCAR 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

No. Driver Team Manufacturer
00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet
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 Ford
6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford
8 Daniel Hemric (i) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford
13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet
14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford
22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford
23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota
24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford
34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
51 Harrison Rhodes Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota
88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
Official entry list

PracticeEdit

First practiceEdit

Chase Elliott was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 22.254 seconds and a speed of 121.327 mph (195.257 km/h).[11]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.254 121.327
2 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 22.300 121.076
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 22.359 120.757
Official first practice results

Final practiceEdit

Kyle Larson was the fastest in the final practice session with a time of 22.441 seconds and a speed of 120.315 mph (193.628 km/h).[12]

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 22.441 120.315
2 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 22.509 119.952
3 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 22.518 119.904
Official final practice results

QualifyingEdit

Martin Truex Jr. scored the pole for the race with a time of 21.799 and a speed of 123.859 mph (199.332 km/h).[13]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Team Manufacturer R1 R2 R3
1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 21.752 21.785 21.799
2 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21.911 21.698 21.841
3 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 21.853 21.717 21.848
4 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 21.827 21.691 21.855
5 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 21.870 21.839 21.912
6 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 21.882 21.807 21.969
7 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 21.854 21.910 21.974
8 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 21.863 21.799 21.982
9 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21.793 21.823 21.985
10 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 21.878 21.832 21.986
11 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21.955 21.820 21.999
12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 21.936 21.815 22.059
13 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 21.934 21.940
14 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 21.879 21.978
15 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 21.875 21.978
16 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 21.837 21.979
17 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 21.807 21.990
18 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 21.940 21.991
19 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 21.895 22.034
20 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 21.922 22.039
21 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 21.854 22.052
22 8 Daniel Hemric (i) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 21.951 22.061
23 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 21.903 22.067
24 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 21.899 22.091
25 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 21.957
26 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 21.963
27 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 21.992
28 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 22.001
29 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 22.015
30 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 22.055
31 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 22.063
32 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22.069
33 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 22.083
34 23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 22.194
35 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 22.236
36 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 22.314
37 55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 22.548
38 51 Harrison Rhodes Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 22.555
Official qualifying results

RaceEdit

 
Eventual race winner Kyle Busch leads late in the race

Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 1 Laps: 100

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 10
2 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 9
3 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 8
4 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 7
5 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 6
6 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 5
7 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 4
8 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 3
9 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 2
10 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1
Official stage one results

Stage 2 Laps: 100

Pos No Driver Team Manufacturer Points
1 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 10
2 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 9
3 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 8
4 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 7
5 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 6
6 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 5
7 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 4
8 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 3
9 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 2
10 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 1
Official stage two results

Final Stage ResultsEdit

Stage 3 Laps: 202

Pos Grid No Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 32 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 402 50
2 2 9 Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 402 39
3 4 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 402 34
4 3 22 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 402 53
5 10 4 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 402 34
6 17 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 402 31
7 5 42 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 402 30
8 28 2 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 402 32
9 16 14 Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 402 43
10 26 19 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 402 27
11 6 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 402 41
12 9 24 William Byron (R) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 402 38
13 7 20 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 402 24
14 1 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Toyota 402 27
15 23 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 402 25
16 27 32 Matt DiBenedetto Go Fas Racing Ford 402 21
17 25 10 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 402 37
18 11 88 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 402 19
19 8 1 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 402 18
20 31 13 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 402 17
21 21 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 402 16
22 13 12 Ryan Blaney Team Penske Ford 402 15
23 12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 402 14
24 20 21 Paul Menard Wood Brothers Racing Ford 401 13
25 18 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. (R) Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 401 12
26 19 37 Chris Buescher JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 401 11
27 33 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 401 10
28 30 15 Ross Chastain (i) Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 401 0
29 29 95 Kasey Kahne Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet 400 8
30 35 72 Cole Whitt TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet 400 7
31 24 34 Michael McDowell Front Row Motorsports Ford 400 6
32 22 8 Daniel Hemric (i) Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 399 0
33 15 38 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 399 4
34 36 00 Landon Cassill StarCom Racing Chevrolet 397 3
35 34 23 Gray Gaulding BK Racing Toyota 393 2
36 38 51 Harrison Rhodes Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 386 1
37 14 31 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 368 5
38 37 55 Reed Sorenson Premium Motorsports Chevrolet 188 1
Official race results

Race statisticsEdit

  • Lead changes: 7 among different drivers
  • Cautions/Laps: 6 for 46
  • Red flags: 0
  • Time of race: 3 hours, 8 minutes and 1 second
  • Average speed: 96.215 miles per hour (154.843 km/h)

MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

Fox Sports covered their 18th race at the Richmond 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. Regan Smith, 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
Regan Smith
Vince Welch
Matt Yocum

RadioEdit

MRN had the radio call for the race which was also simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. Joe Moore, Jeff Striegle and six-time Richmond winner Rusty Wallace called the race in the booth when the field raced down the frontstretch. Mike Bagley called the race from a platform inside the backstretch when the field raced down the backstretch. Winston Kelley, Alex Hayden and Glenn Jarrett worked 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 Winston Kelley
Alex Hayden
Glenn Jarrett

Standings after the raceEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 schedule". Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. May 5, 2017. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "Richmond International Raceway". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. January 3, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "Entry List". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. April 17, 2018. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "First Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. April 20, 2018. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "Final Practice Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. April 20, 2018. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "Qualifying Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. April 20, 2018. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "Toyota Owners 400 Results". MRN.com. Motor Racing Network. April 21, 2018. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  8. ^ "Points standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. April 23, 2018. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  9. ^ "Manufacturer standings" (PDF). Jayski.com. Jayski's Silly Season Site. April 23, 2018. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  10. ^ "Richmond TV Ratings". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  11. ^ Utter, Jim (April 20, 2018). "Chase Elliott leads first Cup practice at Richmond". Motorsport.com. Richmond, Virginia: Motorsport Network. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  12. ^ Utter, Jim (April 20, 2018). "Kyle Larson tops final Cup practice at Richmond". Motorsport.com. Richmond, Virginia: Motorsport Network. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  13. ^ Kurz Jr., Hank (April 20, 2018). "Truex claims pole at Richmond; third of the season". Associated Press. Richmond, Virginia: AP Sports. Associated Press. Retrieved April 20, 2018.


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