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Toyota Owners 400

Richmond Raceway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #9 of 36

Saturday, April 13, 2019
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:44pm/et
Laps/Stages: 400 laps total. Stages end on laps: 100/200/400


TELEVISION / RADIO / STREAMING

Television Coverage: Time 7:00pm/et, FOX and FOX Sports GO streaming (available with participating TV provider login)
Radio Coverage (over the air and streaming): Motor Racing Network (MRN) / SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR (available with subscription)


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

On track schedule

Practices:
Friday, April 12, 11:05-11:55am/et, NASCAR.com streaming;
Friday, April 12, 1:05-1:55pm/et, NASCAR.com streaming;
Qualifying: Friday, April 12 at 5:45pm/et, TV-FS1.

Complete Event Schedule (times local to the track)

Thursday, April 11
3:30 PM 5:30 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER (EQUIPMENT UNLOAD)

Friday, April 12
8:00 AM-7:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:45 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:05 AM-11:55 AM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
1:05 PM-1:55 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
5:45 PM MENCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND (MULTI-VEHICLE / THREE ROUNDS)

Saturday, April 13
1:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
5:30 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (AMPHITHEATER)
6:50 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:30 PM MENCS RACE (STAGES 100/200/400 LAPS = 300 MILES)

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


Links to race, practice, qualifying results (in pdf): (will be added as available)
Race Results
Drivers Points
Owners Points
Cumlative Race Report
Penalty Report
Pitstalls
Final Starting lineup
Preliminary Starting lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 1 Speeds
Crew Rosters
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List


RACE RUNDOWN….News & Links

Martin Truex Jr. gets breakthrough short-track win at Richmond: Saturday night’s victory in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway was a first for Martin Truex Jr.—and more of the same for Joe Gibbs Racing. Truex won his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on a short track in his 81st try and in the process picked up his first victory with joe Gibbs Racing since moving from now-defunct Furniture Row Racing between seasons.[More](4-13-2019)

#19-Martin Truex, Jr. won the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway. The win is his 1st win of 2019, 1st win at Richmond and 20th career win. The win is Truex, Jr’s first on a shot track.
#22-Logano finished 2nd followed by #14-Bowyer, pole winner #4-Harvick, #11-Hamlin, #3-Dillon #2-Keselowski, #18-Busch, #6-Newman, and #21-Menard.
Stage 1 was won by #18-Busch.
Stage 2 was won by #22-Logano.
There were 8 lead changes among 5 drivers and 5 cautions for 41 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 99.852mph.
See race details at:
Race Results (pdf)
Drivers Points Standings
Owners Points Standings
Cumulative Report
Penalty Report

Race Fast Facts – Richmond
Martin Truex Jr won the 65th Annual Toyota Owners 400, his 20th victory in 486 Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and sixth top-10 finish in 2019.
This is his first victory and 10th top-10 finish in 27 races at Richmond Raceway.
Joey Logano (second) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 21 races at Richmond Raceway. It is his sixth top-10 finish in 2019.
Clint Bowyer (third) posted his 15th top-10 finish in 27 races at Richmond Raceway.
Daniel Hemric (19th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 20 points over Joey Logano.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(4-13-2019)

2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff Standings after Richmond:
1) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 400 pts
2) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins]
3) #2-Brad Keselowski [2 wins]
4) #22-Joey Logano [1 win]
5) #19-Truex, Jr. [1 win]
6) #4-Kevin Harvick, 349, -51
7) #1-Kurt Busch, 287, -113
8) #14-Clint Bowyer, 280, -120
9) #12-Ryan Blaney, 277, -123
10) #9-Chase Elliott, 267, -133
11) #10-Aric Almirola, 260, -140
12) #41-Daniel Suarez, 235, -165
13) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 234, -166
14) #3-Austin Dillon, 216, -184
15) #6-Ryan Newman, 216, -184
16) #21-Paul Menard, 213, -187
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.

To the rear: None.

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway have been made.
Pole winner #4-Harvick chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #1-Busch took the 6th stall, with an opening in front of it.
#22-Logano, starts 3rd and chose the 4thX stall, with an opening behind it.
The final pit stall was taken by #17-Stenhouse, Jr., who starts 11th.
See all pit choices on Pit Stall chart.(4-13-2019)

QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Kevin Harvick underscores short-track prowess with Richmond pole run: Where the short tracks are concerned, Kevin Harvick and his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team appeared to have turned a corner. And on Friday afternoon at Richmond Raceway, Harvick got through the corners better than everyone else in winning the pole position for Saturday’s Toyota Owners 400 at the .75-mile track [More](4-12-2019)

#4-Kevin Harvick won the Busch pole for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway with speed of 124.298mph for his 2nd pole of 2019, 3rd at Richmond and 27thX of his career.
#20-Jones will start 2nd followed by #1-Busch, #22-Logano, #18-Busch, #78-Truex, Jr., #9-Elliott, #3-Dillon, #41-Suarez, #48-Johnson, #37-Buescher and #2-Keselowski.
#18-Busch was fastest in the second round with a speed of 124.769mph.
#1-Busch was quickest in the first round with a speed of 125.815mph.
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 37 were entered for 40 spots.
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(4-12-2019)
UPDATE: #20-Jones, #9-Elliott, #41-Suarez, #48-Johnson, #10-Almirola, #11-Hamlin, #36-Tifft, and #66-Gase failed inspection. Their qualifying times were disallowed.
UPDATE 2: #11-Hamlin, #36-Tifft, and #9-Elliott each failed a second time and had a crew member ejected.(4-13-2019)

Richmond Raceway – Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kevin Harvick won the Pole Award for the 65th Annual Toyota Owners 400 with a lap of 21.722 seconds, 124.298 mph.
This is his 27th pole in 655 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his second pole and sixth top-10 start in 2019.
This is his third pole in 37 races at Richmond Raceway.
Erik Jones (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2019 and his fourth in five races at Richmond Raceway.
Kurt Busch (third) posted his 14th top-10 start at Richmond Raceway. It is his second in nine races this season.
Matt Tifft (20th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
(NASCAR Statistics)(4-12-2019)

Due to rain at the track, final Cup practice has been canceled.(4-12-2019)

First practice for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#42-Larson 121.704
#11-Hamlin 121.682
#37-Buescher 121.638
#18-Busch 121.611
#38-Ragan 121.518
Slowest: #66-Gase 114.723 & #77-Houff 114.562mph.
Most laps run: #9-Elliott, 68 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 33 drivers): #18-Busch 120.529mph.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds page (pdf).(4-12-2019)

Entry List for the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway is posted, 37 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
Some of the drivers entered include: #51-Burton, #52-Currey, #66-Gase, #77-Houff.
Since only 37 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf).


RACE AND TRACK NEWS AND LINKS

April 2018: see the Richmond Race Info page
September 2018: see the Richmond Race Info page

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Jay Riley, Toyota Customer
Command to start engines: Jay Riley, Toyota Customer
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: NFL Hall of Famer Ronde Barber
Color Guard: LNCOA Color Guard, Fort Lee, VA
Invocation: United States Navy Chaplain, Lieutenant James Block
National Anthem: Sophie Nadder
Flyover: TBD

Saturday Richmond Notebook: Kurt Busch takes quantum leap in qualifying in stride; Goodyear unveils Charlotte sidewall honoring fallen heroes; Short Strokes.(More)(4-12-2019)

Friday Richmond Notebook: Chris Buescher’s strong run at Bristol was bittersweet; Elliott Sadler enjoying lifestyle change after full-time racing; Christopher Bell already planning strategy for Homestead; Stewart-Haas, Clint Bowyer announce Toco partnership.(More)(4-12-2019)

Weekend Preview: Richmond Raceway: Busch Brothers have been good at Richmond; Bell seeks to double up on Dash 4 Cash.(More)(4-11-2019)

NASCAR National Series News & Notes – Richmond Raceway A look at storylines from all three NASCAR national series this week.(More)(4-11-2019)


WEATHER

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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

Tire: Goodyear Eagle Intermediate Radials

Set limits:
Cup: 3 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 10 sets for the race (9 race sets plus 1 set transferred from qualifying or practice);
Xfinity: 6 sets for the event

Tire Codes:
Left-side — D-4874;
Right-side — D-4876

Tire Circumference:
Left-side — 2,214 mm (87.17 in.);
Right-side — 2,244 mm (88.35 in.)

Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 12 psi; Left Rear — 12 psi;
Right Front — 30 psi; Right Rear — 27 psi

Storyline – NASCAR teams “stagger” into high-wear Richmond: Richmond has traditionally lined up with a couple other tracks of similar length – New Hampshire and Phoenix – but its “racy” configuration requires more stagger (difference in height between the shorter left-side tire and the taller right-side tire) be built into the tire set-up.  It is also a high tire wear track, so Goodyear puts a premium on selecting tread compounds that rubber-in the track surface to address that and create multiple racing grooves.

“Richmond is currently one of the more high tire wear race tracks on the NASCAR circuit,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing.  “While we’ve seen a little less wear with this new, higher downforce rules package than we’ve had over the past few years, tracks like Atlanta and Fontana and Richmond still wear tires.  The tires this weekend feature the same compounds we’ve been running at Richmond for the past several seasons, and being able to lay rubber on this track creates multiple racing grooves and more side-by-side racing as drivers move around to find the fastest line.

Notes – New tire set-up for both NASCAR series at Richmond: Teams in both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Richmond this week . . . this is the first time these teams have run either of these two Goodyear tire codes . . . compared to what was run at Richmond last year, both this left-side and right-side tire feature construction updates . . . this is the only track at which teams in these two series will run these either of these two tire codes . . . as on most NASCAR ovals one mile or less in length, teams will not run liners in their tires at Richmond.

Upcoming Tire Test – Xfinity cars to test Iowa next week: Goodyear will hold a tire test with NASCAR Xfinity Series teams at Iowa Speedway next Tuesday and Wednesday (April 16-17) . . . teams (drivers) scheduled to participate are Richard Childress Racing (Tyler Reddick), Joe Gibbs Racing (Christopher Bell) and Stewart-Haas Racing (Cole Custer).