The start of Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400 at the Richmond Raceway looked like the winner would come from the Stewart-Haas Racing camp. While Martin Truex Jr. started from the pole and led the opening 38 laps of competition, Joey Logano and the Fords quickly struck.
Logano, would lead the next 73 laps, but his main challengers would come from the Stewart-Haas Racing camp. Kurt Busch passed Logano for the lead on Lap 112 and would lead the ensuring 58 laps. Clint Bowyer would pass Busch shortly after and take over the lead on Lap 170. After Logano would get back by and take the lead back for the next 19 laps, Busch and Bowyer would combine the lead the following 61 laps from there.
Basically, from Laps 112 through 272, SHR would lead 142 out of the 161 laps. They had all four cars running inside of the top 11, with three of them being in the top four.
Aric Almirola charged hard and was running as high as second early on. It looked like their race to lose.
But, as the race went on and the lights got brighter, the SHR cars fell off. They’d all start to fade and would finish in spots not indicative on how well their cars really were on Saturday night.
Kevin Harvick would actually be the top finisher among the group in fifth. For much of the race, he was the worst of the four at the Richmond Raceway.
Bowyer, would come home eighth in his No. 14 Ford for his fifth straight top 10 finish. He was eighth last week in Bristol too.
Busch, would finish 11th in his No. 41 Ford. That comes after leading 98 laps on Saturday night.
Almirola, would bring his No. 10 Ford home 17th for his second finish outside of the top 15 in the last three races. The result is no where near that it looked like he would come away with.