2024 NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway Race Page

Sunday, March 31, 2024
Easter Sunday
Richmond Raceway
Time: 7:00pm/et
Radio: MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR
Stages: 70/230/400

Practice/Qualifying: Sat, Mar. 30, 10:30am-12:30pm/et. TV-FS1.

Hamlin holds off Truex in overtime to win at Richmond Raceway: Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team gave him a clutch pit stop to emerge with the lead out of the pits and then he was able to hold the advantage on a two-lap overtime shootout to claim the Toyota Owners 400 victory Saturday night at his home track, Richmond (Va.) Raceway. It was Hamlin’s 53rd career NASCAR Cup Series win, second of the season and his fifth victory at the three-quarter mile Richmond oval – a .269-second margin of victory over Team Penske’s Joey Logano. And it came at the expense of his JGR teammate Martin Truex Jr. who finished fourth despite leading a dominant 228 of the race’s 407 laps. [Read More]

#11-Denny Hamlin won the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway. The win is his 2nd win of the year, 5th at Richmond and 53rd career win.
#22-Joey Logano finished 2nd followed by pole winner #5-Kyle Larson, #19-Martin Truex, Jr., #9-Chase Elliott, #20-Christopher Bell, #24-William Byron, #6-Brad Keselowski, #17-Chris Buescher, and #45-Tyler Reddick.
The start of the race was delayed 16 minutes due to rain. The race started with the wet weather package and the track damp, but NASCAR was able to have drivers switch over to slick tires by lap 40.
The race ended after the one overtime attempt.  Truex, Jr was seemingly in control of the race when the caution flew for a spin by Larson with two laps remaining. Leaders all pitted and Hamlin took the lead on pit road.  He held the lead through the finish.
Stage 1 was won by #5-Kyle Larson. Stage 2 was won by #19-Martin Truex, Jr.
There were 16 lead changes among 7 drivers and 5 cautions for 54 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 94.076mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Driver Points Standings, Owner Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.

Race Fast Facts – Richmond:
Denny Hamlin won the Toyota Owners 400, his 53rd victory in 657 NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his second victory and third top-10 finish in 2024.
This is his fifth victory and 23rd top-10 finish in 35 races at Richmond Raceway.
Joey Logano (second) posted his 19th top-10 finish in 30 races at Richmond Raceway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2024.
Kyle Larson (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 19 races at Richmond Raceway.
Josh Berry (11th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Martin Truex Jr. leads the point standings by 14 points over Kyle Larson.

Cup Series Playoff Standings after Richmond:
Race 7 of 26 in the regular season
1) #11-Denny Hamlin [2 wins], 252
2) #24-William Byron [2 wins], 215
3) #5-Kyle Larson [1 win], 256
4) #20-Christopher Bell [1 win], 219
5) #99-Daniel Suarez [1 win], 163
6) #19-Martin Truex, Jr., 270 [points leader]
7) #54-Ty Gibbs, 236, -34
8) #12-Ryan Blaney, 229, -41
9) #9-Chase Elliott, 209, -61
10) #1-Ross Chastain, 207, -63
11) #45-Tyler Reddick, 199, -71
12) #48-Alex Bowman, 193, -77
13) #17-Chris Buescher, 185, -85
14) #8-Kyle Busch, 167, -103
15) #23-Bubba Wallace, 165, -105
16) #6-Brad Keselowski, 163, -107
See the Driver Points Standings and Owner Points Standings.

Race updates:
Checkered flag 10:49pm/et – Hamlin wins, then Logano, Larson, Truex, Elliott, Bell, Byron, Keselowski, Buescher, and Reddick.
Lap 407 – White flag for Hamlin.
Lap 406 – Green flag for the first attempt at Overtime.
Lap 402 – Leaders come to pit road for tires. Hamlin is off pit road first, then Truex, Logano, Larson, and Byron.
Lap 398 – Caution for a spin by Kyle Larson.  We will have an overtime finish.
Lap 396 – 5 laps to go. Truex over Logano by a half second.
Lap 391 – 10 laps remaining.  Truex continues to lead and work through lap traffic. Logano is .7 second back. Hamlin has stalled out, 1.2 second back.
Lap 384 – Truex continues to try to work through lap traffic. Second place Logano is now 1.4 second back with Hamlin just behind.
Lap 376 – 25 laps remaining.  Truex leads, Logano 3 seconds back, Hamlin 4.3 seconds back.
Lap 373 – Hamlin gets around Larson for third.
Lap 368 – Logano moves around Larson to take second place.  He’s 3.5 seconds back. Hamlin has moved to fourth, 5.3 seconds back. He’s on fresher tires and faster than everyone around him.
Lap 348 – Bell pits and Truex assumes the lead back.  He’s 1.1 second ahead of Larson.  Third place is Logano, 1.6 seconds back.  Fourth place Wallace is 4 seconds back.
Lap 346 – Hamlin pits and Bell retakes the lead.
Lap 341 – Hamlin leads but has not pitted. Larson came off pit road ahead of Truex, but Truex took the lead back on track.  They are third and fourth on track, behind Hamlin and Bell.
Lap 336 – Truex pits from the lead. Larson follows him in.
Lap 333 – Some final pit stops are beginning.
Lap 326 – 75 laps remaining. Truex leads Larson by .6 second.  Another round of pit stops are coming.
Lap 311 – Truex leads, Larson is .3 second back, then Hamlin .7 second back, Logano .8 second back, and Wallace 3 seconds back.
Lap 297 – Bell too fast exiting pit road. Truex now leads Larson, Hamlin, Logano, and Wallace.
Lap 295 – Christopher Bell pits and green flag stops have cycled through. Everyone will do at least three stops during the final stage.  Truex retakes the lead with 106 laps remaining.
Lap 288 – Green flag pit stops have started with several drivers on pit road including leader Truex.
Lap 282 – NASCAR is checking with officials around the track after some reports of light rain.
Lap 276 – Truex leads Larson by 1.5 seconds.  Teams that will split the final stage into thirds will soon be pitting.
Lap 266 – Truex continues to hold a lead of nearly a second over Larson.
Lap 241 – Green flag for the start of the final stage. 160 laps remaining.
Lap 236 – Drivers pit at the stage break. Truex off first, then Larson, Hamlin, Logano, Bell, Berry, Wallace, Byron, Keselowski, and Buescher.
Lap 231 – Caution out for the end of stage 2. Truex wins it. The rest of the top 10: Berry, Logano, Larson, Hamlin, Bell, Buescher, Wallace, Byron, and Reddick. The free pass will be 19th place, Bowman.
Lap 201 – 30 laps left in stage 2. The race is halfway, and official. Truex leads Berry by 1.5 second. They are followed by Logano Larson and Hamlin.
Lap 178 – Back to green with Truex in the lead. Just over 50 laps left in this stage.
Lap 173 – Leaders are on pit road. Truex, Logano, Berry, Bell, Buescher, Larson, Hamlin, Keselowski, Elliott, Byron off pit road first. Gibbs and Preece too fast on pit road.
Lap 171 – Caution out for Kyle Busch into the wall.  He continues on.
Lap 153 – Truex now the leader but he will pit once more in this stage. Berry is second, then Logano Bell and Buescher.
Lap 152 – Larson pits from the lead.
Lap 150 – Larson leads Wallace by 6.4 seconds, but they will be pitting in a handful of laps, along with other drivers splitting the stage in two.
Lap 130 – 16 drivers have pitted. Other drivers are staying out for a single stop strategy during the stage. Larson leads Wallace Bowman Gilliland and Suarez.
Lap 125 – Truex pits from seconds along with 5 other drivers.
Lap 124 – Green flag pit stops beginning as Berry, Keselowski, Briscoe and McDowell pull off track.
Lap 121 – Truex has closed to .9 seconds of Larson for the lead.  Berry, Logano and Wallace round out the top 5.
Lap 101 – Larson’s lead is up to 2.2 seconds, over second place Truex.  Wallace has fallen to third.
Lap 90 – Larson continues to lead.  He’s led 86 laps tonight.  Wallace is in second, 1 second back.
Lap 80 – Back to green for the start of the second stage.  This stage ends after lap 230.
Lap 75 – Everyone is in for pit stops. Off pit road:  Larson,Wallace, Bowman,Truex, and Elliott.
Lap 73 – Once NASCAR opens pit road, the pit stops will be live and competitive.
Lap 65 – Caution for a spin by Suarez after contact from Berry. Stage 1 will end under caution: Larson, Wallace, Bowman, Truex, Logano, Gilliland, Elliott, Chastain, Berry, and Preece.
Lap 63 – Larson leads Wallace Bowman Truex and Gilliland.
Lap 53 – Larson and Wallace have run side-by-side for the lead since the restart.
Lap 49 – Back to green.  The running order is unchanged, since pit stops were non-competitive.
Lap 46 – The restart has been waved off until NASCAR hears from all drivers that the track is ready for slick tires.
Lap 41 – Drivers are on pit road to change tires and make adjustments.
Lap 38 – NASCAR is drying pit road more before it’s opened to the drivers.
Under caution: Larson, Wallace, Elliott, Bowman, Chastain, Gilliland, Logano, Truex, Buescher, Preece the top 10.
Lap 31 – Competition caution is out.  Pit stops will not be live since pit road is still wet.  Drivers will go back on track in the order the came on pit road.
Lap 26 – NASCAR will call a competition caution on lap 30 to switch back to slick tires.
Lap 25 – Lap times continue to go down as the track dries and drivers get more confident with the tires.
Lap 19 – Larson continues to lead with Bowman now in seconds and Wallace up to third.  Elliott has fallen to fourth with Truex fifth.
Lap 11 – Larson leads #9-Elliott, #48-Bowman, #38-Gilliland and #23-Wallace.
Lap 6 – No issues so far in the race.  There is some light water spray off the cars but not enough to cause problems.  The track should continue drying quickly.
Lap 2 – #9-Elliott led the first lap.
7:31pm/et – Green flag at Richmond.  The race is underway.
7:27pm/et – Pit road drying about complete.  Should go green in a few minutes.
7:19pm/et – Cars are rolling off pit road.  There will be a number of caution laps before the race starts as NASCAR needs to get the standing water off pit road.
7:14pm/et – Engines have been fired.
7:09pm/et – NASCAR will give the command to fire engines in five minutes.
7:02pm/et – The race is currently in a holding pattern.
7:00pm/et – Pre-race ceremonies are underway.
6:55pm/et – NASCAR will start pre-race ceremonies on time but go into a hold before engines are fired.
6:40pm/et – NASCAR has informed teams that they should be prepared to start the race with the wet weather tires once the track is ready.
6:30pm/et – Still some light rain at the track. The start of the race could be delayed, especially if there is some heavier rain at the track beforehand. Teams do have wet weather tires and could start the race with the track still damp (but no standing water)

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA - MARCH 31: The NASCAR Track Drying Team work to dry the track prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on March 31, 2024 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Alex Slitz/Getty Images) | Getty Images

6:00pm/et – Track drying has restarted.
5:40pm/et – Getting some more rain at the track.  An on-time start is looking possible, it’s still just scattered rain on the radar.
5:15pm/et – Track drying is underway.  Still some scattered showers in the area.
3:30pm/et – There has been some rain at the track this afternoon.  The forecast still looks favorable to get the race in tonight, but there could be some delays.
6:30am/et – The Cup garage does not open until 4:00pm/et. Teams are celebrating Easter this morning.  News should be quiet until late afternoon. Tonight’s green flag is scheduled for 7:15pm/et.

Race Details:
Broadcast: FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Distance: 400 laps / 300 miles
Stages: 70 / 230 / 400
Average time of race: 3:09:46
Pit road speed: 40 mph
Caution car speed: 45 mph
Fuel Window: 130 laps

Timing (all times local & subject to change)
Invocation: 7:00:20 p.m.
National Anthem: 7:01:00 p.m.
Command: 7:08:00 p.m.
Green Flag: 7:15:00 p.m.

Paint Schemes

Cars to the rear: none

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway have been made.
Pole winner #5-Kyle Larson chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #9-Chase Elliott took the 6th stall, with an opening in front of it.
See all pit choices on the Richmond Pit Stall page.

#5-Kyle Larson won the Busch pole for the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway with a speed of 120.332mph for his 1st pole of the year, 2nd at Richmond and 17 of his career.
#9-Chase Elliott will start second followed by #1-Ross Chastain, #48-Alex Bowman, #23-Bubba Wallace, #38-Todd Gilliland, #19-Martin Truex, Jr., #54-Ty Gibbs, #2-Austin Cindric, and #22-Joey Logano.
See the complete qualifying results and the Toyota Owners 400 Starting Lineup.

Richmond Raceway – Qualifying Fast Facts:
Kyle Larson won the Pole Award for the Toyota Owners 400 with a lap of 22.438 seconds, 120.332 mph.
This is his 17th pole in 338 NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2024.
This is his second pole in 19 races at Richmond Raceway.
Chase Elliott (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2024 and his sixth in 16 races at Richmond Raceway.
Ross Chastain (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Richmond Raceway. It is his second in seven races this season.
Carson Hocevar (25th) was the fastest qualifying rookie

Qualifying Order

Practice for the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway is over. The results:
#5-Kyle Larson 121.835
#22-Joey Logano 121.490
#17-Chris Buescher 121.462
#42-John Hunter Nemechek 121.402
#48-Alex Bowman 121.353
Slowest: #1-Ross Chastain 16.645
Most laps run: #12-Ryan Blaney, #20-Christopher Bel, #22-Joey Logano – 49 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 36 drivers): #12-Ryan Blaney 119.867mph
Notes: The top 13 speeds were all set during Group A practice. Fastest in Group B, #34-Michael McDowell was 14th fastest overall.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Toyota Owners 400 Practice speeds page.

NASCAR Cup Series pre-race inspection at Richmond Raceway is complete. No issues.(3-29-2024)

Crew Rosters

The entry list for the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway is posted, 36 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
See the full entry list on the Toyota Owners 400 Entry List page.

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