Toyota Owners 400: Kyle Larson gets first win of the year at Richmond

After a late race restart, Kyle Larson scores his first win of the year at Richmond.

While Larson ran away with the win, it was his Hendrick teammate William Byron who was the dominant car. Byron got out front early in the race and led until the stage end for his 5th stage win of the year. 

Also notable in the first stage was JJ Yeley in the #15 being spun from the bumper of Denny Hamlin after the competition caution. Yeley was put into the wall and able to continue the race with damage.

Stage One Results

  1. #24
  2. #5
  3. #1
  4. #4
  5. #22
  6. #45
  7. #48
  8. #20
  9. #6
  10.  #14

After the stage caution and another caution for the #9 of Josh Berry spinning, Larson got out front and led until teammate Byron ran him down and took the lead, before Bell and then Hamlin took the top spot back. 

Hamlin held on and won the second stage of the day.

Stage Two Results

  1. #11
  2. #20
  3. #24
  4. #19
  5. #1
  6. #6
  7. #48
  8. #5
  9. #4
  10.  #54

Denny Hamlin led the final stage until a round of green flag pit stops, when he had an issue on the pitstop which handed the lead to fellow JGR driver Martin Truex Jr. Truex led until the final round of pit stops when the #24 of Byron took the lead. 

A caution flew for the #45 spinning which led to the #9, who stayed out, to restart on the outside from row with Larson to his inside. The field restarted but it was not green for long as Byron was spun up and into the wall after dominating the early stages of the race. 

The final restart saw the #5 and the #9 on the front row again. Larson got out front and scored his first win of the year. 

Josh Berry scored his best career finish in the cup series with a 2nd place run while subbing for Chase Elliott. 

The #19 of Truex led late into the race but was caught out on pit strategy and dropped down the running order to outside the top 10. 

Larson’s Hendrick teammate Alex Bowman tops the pile in points with Chastain in 2nd and Bell in 3rd.

Featured Image Credits: NASCAR On Twitter

Published by Joe Sell

Joe is a writer from Poole, UK. He is a fan of anything with four wheels and an engine and his favorite drivers are Ryan Blaney, Bubba Wallace and Daniel Suarez. Outside of racing, he enjoy watching sports and listening to country music.

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