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Mid-race Snapshot: Toyota Owners 400

April 26, 2014, Staff report,

Catch up on everything that has happened halfway through the Sprint Cup Series race

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Time Elapsed: 1 hour, 32 minutes

Lap leaders:
Brad Keselowski, Laps 1-31
Kevin Harvick, Laps 32-42
Travis Kvapil, Lap 43
Kevin Harvick, Laps 44-55
Brad Keselowski, Laps 56-101
Landon Cassill, Lap 102
Jeff Gordon, Laps 103-165
Brad Keselowski, Lap 166
Jeff Gordon, Laps 167-172
Brad Keselowski, Laps 173-200

Lead changes as of Lap 200: 10
Record at Richmond: 25, achieved in 1991 and 1996

Laps 1-8 (Clint Bowyer spins out polesitter Kyle Larson before Turn 1.)
Laps 40-47 (competition caution)
Laps 99-106 (debris on the track)
Laps 159-165 (debris on pit road)

Best lap: Brad Keselowski | 21.556 seconds | 125.255 mph

Average speed: 97.858 mph

What to watch for:

Here comes Gordon: Jeff Gordon, who started the race 25th, worked his way up to third by the 69th lap and won the race off pit road to take the lead on Lap 103. Gordon said his car was handling well in the corners and didn't want any adjustments when he pitted for a debris caution after Lap 99.

Biffle's day? Greg Biffle, who entered the race without a short-track victory in 69 previous starts, started 26th but moved into 10th by passing Clint Bowyer on the Lap 82. Biffle has been hanging around the top 10 since.

You again: Kyle Busch hasn't led a lap but pushed his way into the top five at the midpoint. Busch has won four times at Richmond, including last year.

Bad luck for: Rookie Kyle Larson, who started on the pole but was spun out by Clint Bowyer on the opening lap. It was Larson's first career pole start in the Sprint Cup Series. Larson returned to the race after getting four new tires and re-started at the back of the field. Bowyer went behind the wall on Lap 166 with a right-front tire problem that led to a fire.