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NASCAR at Richmond results: Alex Bowman steals Toyota Owners 400 victory from Denny Hamlin

NASCAR at Richmond results: Alex Bowman steals Toyota Owners 400 victory from Denny Hamlin


Alex Bowman was the man on Sunday — for 12 laps.

Bowman took home the checkered flag in the 2021 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond with a late charge, holding off Denny Hamlin after a restart with just a dozen laps to go.

Hamlin won the first two stages of Sunday’s race and was in control after a late caution, but Bowman stole the victory from him with great late pace. He opened up a half-second lead after the restart and took home his first win of the 2021 season — and the third win of his career.

Hamlin, meanwhile, secured his eighth top-five finish of the year, but he’s probably left wondering what he’s going to have to do to take home a checkered flag in 2021.

Sporting News tracked action, highlights and more from Sunday’s race at Richmond. Check it out below.

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NASCAR at Richmond results

Official results

Position Driver
1. Alex Bowman
2. Denny Hamlin
3. Joey Logano
4. Christopher Bell
5. Martin Truex Jr.
6. Aric Almirola
7. William Byron
8. Kyle Busch
9. Matt DiBenedetto
10. Austin Dillon
11. Ryan Blaney
12. Chase Elliott
13. Kurt Busch
14. Brad Keselowski
15. Ross Chastain
16. Daniel Suarez
17. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
18. Kyle Larson
19. Erik Jones
20. Tyler Reddick
21. Corey LaJoie
22. Chase Briscoe
23. Cole Custer
24. Kevin Harvick
25. Chris Buescher
26. Bubba Wallace
27. Michael McDowell
28. Austin Cindric
29. Ryan Preece
30. Ryan Newman
31. Anthony Alfredo
32. B.J. McLeod
33. James Davison
34. Quin Houff
35. Garrett Smithley
36. Cody Ware
37. Josh Bilicki
38. Justin Haley

NASCAR at Richmond live updates, highlights

6:25 p.m. FINISH: Bowman, with a late charge, takes home his first Cup Series victory of the season after overtaking Hamlin on the restart.

6:20 p.m.:  On the restart, Alex Bowman takes the lead from Denny Hamlin and opens up a half second lead over him.

6:14 p.m.:  Hamlin and Logano both pit under a yellow flag. Hamlin comes out on front from pit lane. 

6:11 p.m.:  Caution flag out as Kevin Harvick slams into the wall. He’s OK. Right rear tire popped.

6:08 p.m.:  Fun battle between Hamlin and Logano. Hamlin right on Logano’s rear bumper. 24 laps to go.

6:02 p.m.:  First-place battle between Logano and Hamlin heating up. Hamlin right on Logano’s rear. Trying to push.

5:56 p.m.:  Truex pits from the lead, Hamlin sits two seconds behind Logano. Kyle Busch incurs a penalty for pit road.

5:44 p.m.:  81 laps to go, and Hamlin still in the lead.

5:36 p.m.:  Martin Truex slapped with a penalty for speeding down pit road. His first penalty for speeding this year. 

5:34 p.m.:  Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick pitting in lap 293. Hamlin follows them.

5:19 p.m.:  Joey Logano really pushing Denny Hamlin now. Truex in third, followed by Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Christopher Bell. 

5:14 p.m.:  No driver who’s swept the first two stages has ever won. Hamlin out front with 151 laps left in the race.

5:05 p.m. End Stage 2:  Denny Hamlin takes Stage 2, by a second over Truex. Shaping up to be Hamlin’s day for a win — maybe.

4:54 p.m.:  Denny Hamlin is in the lead with 25 laps left in Stage 2. Brad Keselowski charged into third place, behind Truex. Kevin Harvick also making a move, sitting in sixth. 

4:43 p.m.:  Pit stops coming from the leaders. 51 laps left in Stage 2. 

4:32 p.m.:  Restart away, and Truex and Hamlin are still locked in a battle for first. Truex says he’s having issues with his brakes. Uh oh.

4:23 p.m.:  Caution flag is out in lap 143 as Ryan Newman spins out and into the wall. Not a lot of damage for Newman, and he drives off.

4:15 p.m.:  Truex squeaks out in front of Hamlin, taking the lead entering lap 45. 

4:03 p.m.:  Stage 2 underway, 155 laps in this stage. Denny Hamlin clinging to the lead. 

3:51 p.m. End Stage 1:  Denny Hamlin takes home Stage 1, still in search of his first win of the 2021 season. 

3:40 p.m.:  Under 30 laps to go in Stage 1 and it’s pretty tame so far. Chase Elliott down in eighth now, locked in a battle with Brad Keselowski. Elliott seems to be fighting his car right now.

3:31 p.m.:  Competition caution out at Lap 33 and Denny Hamlin exits the pits with the lead.

3:26 p.m.:  Already 25 laps through, and the top five remains the same. Austin Dillon sitting in 10th, fighting with William Byron for that spot.

3:17 p.m.:  Denny Hamlin scuffles off the start, but recovers for third. Truex Jr., Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney round out the early one-through-five.

3:10 p.m. : All systems go with no pre-race drama today. Few minutes to green flag.

NASCAR start time today

The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway is scheduled to wave at 3:15 p.m. ET.

It’s unlikely that weather will delay the start. The National Weather Service’s midweek forecast  for Richmond, Va., called for partly sunny skies and a high temperature near 70 degrees, the capper to a dry weekend.  

NASCAR lineup at Richmond

Here is the complete starting lineup for the Toyota Owners 400 without qualifying:

Driver Car No. Team
Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wood Brothers Racing
Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
Brad Keselowski 2 Team Penske
Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
Daniel Suarez 99 TrackHouse Racing
James Davison 15 Rick Ware Racing
Anthony Alfredo 38 Front Row Motorsports
Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
Josh Bilicki 52 Rick Ware Racing
Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing
Cody Ware 51 Petty Ware Racing
Justin Haley 77 Spire Motorsports
BJ McLeod 78 Live Fast Motorsports
Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports
Garrett Smithley 53 Rick Ware Racing
Austin Cindric 33 Team Penske



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