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After winning the pole, Hamlin led all but two laps en route to Victory Lane at Richmond.


This marks Denny Hamlin's third XFINITY win at Richmond.

Lap 250:

Denny Hamlin wins the ToyotaCare 250.

Lap 248:

White flag.

Lap 244:

Ryan Sieg runs out of fuel, but makes it to pit road.

Lap 242:

Regan Smith closes in on second-place Joey Logano.

Lap 240:

Elliott Sadler goes a lap down.

Lap 236:

Logano is being told not to run down Denny Hamlin. His crew wants him to save tires in case there is a late-race caution.

Lap 233:

Daniel Suarez looks in on the top five. He is currently sixth.

Lap 230:

Elliott Sadler drops back to fifth. His tires are older than the leader's.

Lap 226:

Denny Hamlin takes the lead back from Elliott Sadler.

Lap 225:

New leader: Elliott Sadler.

Lap 225:

Leaders Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano come down pit road.

Lap 224:

Brian Scott's crew has to give the No. 2 car a push out of the pit box.

Lap 219:

Cars are starting to make green-flag stops.

Lap 218:

Brendan Gaughan's crew chief says they cannot make it on fuel without stopping if the race stays green. But Elliott Sadler's crew chief says the No. 1 car has enough fuel until the end.

Lap 213:

There are only seven drivers on the lead lap.

Lap 210:

Austin Dillon takes his No. 33 car down pit road for a green-flag stop.

Lap 206:

After starting fourth, Aric Almirola has fallen back to 14th.

Lap 201:

Austin Dillion has fallen back to 12th and is frustrated with his No. 33 car.

Lap 197:

Regan Smith passes Erik Jones for fourth.

Lap 196:

Brendan Gaughan peeks into the top 10, currently in P11.

Lap 193:

Teammates Regan Smith and Chase Elliott are racing fifth and sixth, respectively.

Lap 189:

Kevin Harvick is the last car one lap down and would be the beneficiary of the free pass should a caution come out.

Lap 184:

Joey Logano takes the runner-up spot from Brian Scott.

Lap 178:

The No. 88 crew wasn't able to find anything wrong with Kevin Harvick's car. He's currently 18th.

Lap 169:

Rookies Daniel Suarez and Darrell Wallace Jr. are currently racing eighth and ninth, respectively.

Lap 164:

Joey Logano says his car is better in the short run. The No. 22 team will make an adjustment during the last stop.

Lap 163:

Joey Logano gains ground on runner-up Brian Scott.

Lap 158:

Darrell Wallace Jr. appears to have a flat tire.

Lap 154:

Hamlin is back in the lead. Brian Scott is credited with leading one lap.

Lap 154:

Brian Scott takes the lead from Denny Hamlin.

Lap 153:

Green flag.

Lap 150:

The 28, 88 cars are penalized for going over the wall too soon. The 25 car is penalized for pitting out of the box.

Lap 146:

The caution comes as a break for Kevin Harvick, who had been rapidly dropping in the field.

Lap 145:

Caution: Ross Chastain hits the wall. Jeremy Clements is the beneficiary of the free pass.

Lap 140:

Brian Scott's No. 2 Chevrolet appears better, as he cracks the top three.

Lap 136:

The rear tire changer and fueler for Brendan Gaughan will be replaced after they were caught up in the pit road tire.

Lap 131:

Cars are passing Harvick, who continues to drop through the field.

Lap 129:

Kevin Harvick says something doesn't feel right with the No. 88 car.

Lap 127:

JJ Yeley gets sideways, but recovers. The race remains green.

Lap 126:

Ty Dillon has cracked the top 10.

Lap 125:

At the halfway point, Hamlin has led all 125 laps.

Lap 120:

Green Flag: Denny Hamlin leads the field to green.

Lap 118:

Anthony O'Brien, the rear tire changer who was caught up in the pit road fire, has been taken to the infield care center, but is giving a thumbs-up to the camera.

Lap 113:

There is a large fire on pit road. Everyone appears to be OK.

Lap 113:

Leaders come down pit road.

Lap 111:

Chris Buescher is the beneficiary of the free pass.

Lap 110:

Caution: No. 90 car of Jimmy Weller hits the wall off Turn 2.

Lap 105:

Joe Gibbs Racing has led all of the last 354 laps at Richmond.

Lap 104:

Erik Jones takes over the runner-up position from Joey Logano.

Lap 103:

The air pressure adjustment made during Regan Smith's last pit stop has helped the No. 7 car, which is currently in P7.

Lap 97:

Austin Dillon has dropped back down to eighth.

Lap 95:

Rookie Daniel Suarez continues to race in the top 15. He's currently 12th after starting ninth.

Lap 87:

Brian Scott's No. 2 ride was very loose in the first run. He continues to experience looseness, but says it's better this run.

Lap 80:

Erik Jones posted the fastest lap in the field (122.299 mph) at Lap 58. Jones is currently P3.

Lap 74:

Denny Hamlin says he's a little too free on entry and exit. But his crewmembers are having trouble hearing him on the radio.

Lap 72:

Darrell Wallace Jr. moves into the top five.

Lap 69:

After starting fifth, Brian Scott has fallen back to 10th.

Lap 60:

Drivers and spotters are discussing brakes via in-car radio.

Lap 59:

After starting 11th, Darrell Wallace Jr. has moved into the sixth position.

Lap 55:

Green flag.

Lap 54:

Having cracked the top five, Chase Elliott will restart fifth.

Lap 52:

Having the first pit stall and a 12.5-second stop allowed Hamlin to win the race off pit road.

Lap 52:

Race off pit road: 20 22 54 33 9 98 88 7 6 2

Lap 49:

Caution: Debris on the front straightaway. Ryan Reed is the beneficiary of the free pass.

Lap 48:

Austin Dillon is pretty quiet on the radio, signaling he's happy with his No. 33 ride.

Lap 47:

Ryan Sieg is the last car on the lead lap and would be the beneficiary of the free pass if a caution were to come out.

Lap 40:

Denny Hamlin says he's pleased with his No. 20 Toyota.

Lap 38:

Only 24 cars are on the lead lap now.

Lap 31:

All three of the JR Motorsports drivers -- Harvick, Elliott, Smith -- are running in the top 10.

Lap 29:

After starting 21st, Landon Cassill has made his way into the top 15.

Lap 26:

Hamlin battles lapped traffic, as Logano lessens his lead.

Lap 23:

Austin Dillon cracks the top five.

Lap 23:

Darrell Wallace Jr. and Regan Smith battle for a top-10 position.

Lap 16:

Still in the lead, Hamlin is starting to put several cars a lap down.

Lap 10:

Chase Elliott appeared to have made slight contact with teammate Kevin Harvick.

Lap 8:

The top-five (Hamlin, Logano, Jones, Almirola, Scott) remains the same.

Lap 7:

After starting 13th, Austin Dillon is already up to seventh.

Lap 4:

Mike Harmon's No. 74 heads to the garage.

Lap 2:

Ty Dillon and Chase Elliott are already going three-wide.

Green Flag:

ToyotaCare 250 (250 laps, 187.5 miles).

Front row:

Joey Logano will be starting alongside pole-sitter Denny Hamlin. Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award during Sprint Cup qualifying this evening.

“Drivers, Start Your Engines”:

Marcin Paczczatowski, loyal Toyota owner & VIP customer of Haley Toyota of Richmond.

On the pole:

Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

To the rear:

No 44 David Starr, No. 52 Joey Gase, No. 70 Derrike Cope, No. 74 Mike Harmon, No. 97 Peyton Sellers (unapproved adjustments).

Fly by TOT:

4 T-6 Warbirds from Turn 1 to Turn 4.

National Anthem:

Brittany Marie


Joe Ellison

Moment of Silence:

For Steve Byrnes.

Intro Presentation of Colors:

Ft. Lee Color Guard


It's Lap-by-Lap coverage for the ToyotaCare 250 (250 laps) at Richmond International Raceway.