Richmond: A Recap in GIFs
By Steve Luvender | Monday, April 15, 2019
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We recap 400 laps of action in Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway, using only GIFs.
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It's time for Saturday night short-track action -- right, Ronde Barber?
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Beneath a beautiful Virginia sunset, Kevin Harvick led the field to the green flag.
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A bearded Kyle Busch -- dominant at Richmond in recent races -- quickly made his way to the front, winning Stage 1.
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Shortly into Stage 2, Kyle Larson and Daniel Hemric made contact, creating a tire rub on Larson's machine. That's just short-track racing.
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Like most tire rubs, it didn't end well for the No. 42, ending Larson's evening a short while later.
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Leader Kyle Busch, who was going to have it his way or nothing at all, was moving too fast. Yep, the No. 18 was busted for speeding on pit road.
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After Busch was sent deep into the field from his penalty, teammate Martin Truex Jr. took over the top spot.
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As Stage 2 drew to a close, Joey Logano caught and passed Truex for the top spot -- then held on to win the stage.
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In the final stage, Michael McDowell spun and crashed into the outside wall, ending his night.
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Though, you've got to hand it to McDowell, who gave a valiant attempt to get going again after the crash.
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Martin Truex Jr. reclaimed the lead after the McDowell caution, swapping the lead back and forth with Brad Keselowski -- just a couple of former champs going at it.
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Eventually, Truex distanced himself from Keselowski, who burned up the brakes on his Ford, as evidenced by the glowing red brake rotors on the No. 2.
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While it looked like Martin Truex Jr. was going to finally win his first-ever short-track race in his 81st attempt, Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano closed in on the No. 19.
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Despite the challengers' efforts, he did it -- Martin Truex Jr. won his first short-track race and his first race for Joe Gibbs Racing, barely holding off Joey Logano.
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A win for the Auto Owners-sponsored Toyota? Our fantasy experts should have predicted such a car would win a race called the Toyota Owners 400. It was right under our noses the whole time.