Joe Gibbs Racing team-mates Denny Hamlin and also Martin Truex Jr. led a consolidated 314 of 400 laps in Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway, however Alex Bowman led the 10 that mattered one of the most. An superb reboot by Bowman with 10 laps staying confirmed to be the distinction manufacturer as he repelled to his 3rd profession NASCAR Cup Series success and also initially of the period.
Truex, that won recently at fellow brief track Martinsville, began on the post to start what was a reasonably tidy initial stage as he and also Hamlin exchanged the lead throughout the sector. By completion of the phase, the only care was a competitors yellow, while Hamlin took the phase success in advance of Truex, Joey Logano, William Byron, Ryan Blaney, Christopher Bell, Bowman, Austin Dillon, Brad Keselowski, and also Kevin Harvick.
The 2 proceeded their prominence via the 2nd phase up until Ryan Newman rotated on lap 142 for the initial race-related care of the day. When the race returned to 6 laps later on, Truex was back ahead up until the green-flag pit cycle started. Brad Keselowski picked to avoid as long as feasible, which approved him the lead prior to being surpassed by Hamlin. Hamlin, Truex, and also Logano once more consisted of the leading 3 at the end of the phase in advance of Bowman, Harvick, Matt DiBenedetto, Kyle Busch, Byron, Bell, and also Aric Almirola.
Between phases, Bowman experienced a fine and also started the last at the rear of the lead-lap vehicles. Hamlin remained to lead for the 3rd phase’s begin prior to launching a fight with Truex and also Logano for the lead.
Truex obtained a speeding charge throughout the last wave of green-flag quits, however stayed in the leading 10. Hamlin and also Logano proceeded their fight up until Harvick trashed with 20 laps to go. Although Hamlin and also Logano consisted of the front row for the reboot on lap 389, Bowman jumped to the within to take 2nd from Logano prior to running side-by-side with Hamlin.
“We just didn’t take off very good there,” Hamlin claimed after the race. “Definitely was worse when our car took off after restart. The #48 had his tyres pumped up, he was able to take off there, get the lead, build a lead big enough I didn’t have enough time to get back to him.”
Bowman lastly removed Hamlin for the lead on lap 390. Although Hamlin had the ability to tighten the space, he can not capture the leader as Bowman stormed off to his 3rd profession Cup win and also initially of the period.
“(The restart) did not go the way I thought it was going to go,” Bowman commented in his post-race interview. “We were quite horrible on brief runs all the time. To be straightforward with you, a care appeared, I resembled, ‘Man, we’re mosting likely to battle to leave right here with a leading 5.’ Felt like we had such an outstanding future auto, however truly had a hard time on the brief runs.
“We took off. My strong suit all day was being able to get into the corner really deep. I was able to get in deep, aside Denny. I knew I had the preferred lane, could probably clear him. I kind of figured he would get right back to me and be faster than us. When we drove away, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s happening?’ We had some really fast laps there. I was super loose the last couple laps. I did my best to get it back away. We just really improved the race car there, had a lot of grip taken off.”
The success is Hendrick Motorsports’ initially at Richmond given that 2008 with Jimmie Johnson. Incidentally, Johnson’s Cup profession was invested in HMS’s #48 auto that Bowman switched over to for the 2021 period, while Johnson made his NTT IndyCar Series début throughout the day. The #48 last won a Cup race with Johnson at Dover in June 2017, while enroller Ally Financial gos to Victory Lane in a factors race for the very first time (Johnson won the event 2019 Busch Clash with Ally).
“Yeah, it’s really cool. There’s so many different things going on right now, I almost didn’t even remember that it’s my first win in the #48, getting a #48 back in Victory Lane. It’s really special for a lot of reasons, just to win for Ally, to get the #48 back in Victory Lane. Obviously really emotional, losing Rowdy and Blakley this offseason,” Bowman included. Rowdy Harrell was Bowman’s tire service provider before him and also his other half Blakley diing in a cars and truck crash throughout the wintertime. “It’s been a lot. Obviously Jimmie making his IndyCar début today, really cool.”