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Alex Bowman

48 |

24

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400

10

51

5

2

Denny Hamlin

11 |

2

Running

400

207

55

2

3

Joey Logano

22 |

5

Running

400

49

50

0

4

Christopher Bell

20 |

8

Running

400

0

40

0

5

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

1

Running

400

107

50

0

6

Aric Almirola

10 |

22

Running

400

0

32

0

7

William Byron

24 |

4

Running

400

0

40

0

8

Kyle Busch

18 |

10

Running

400

1

33

0

9

Matt DiBenedetto

21 |

16

Running

400

0

33

0

10

Austin Dillon

3 |

11

Running

400

1

30

0

11

Ryan Blaney

12 |

7

Running

400

0

32

0

12

Chase Elliott

9 |

3

Running

400

0

25

0

13

Kurt Busch

1 |

17

Running

400

0

24

0

14

Brad Keselowski

2 |

20

Running

400

25

25

0

15

Ross Chastain

42 |

18

Running

399

0

22

0

16

Daniel Suarez

99 |

27

Running

399

0

21

0

17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

14

Running

399

0

20

0

18

Kyle Larson

5 |

6

Running

398

0

19

0

19

Erik Jones

43 |

30

Running

398

0

18

0

20

Tyler Reddick

8 |

13

Running

398

0

17

0

21

Corey Lajoie

7 |

36

Running

398

0

16

0

22

Chase Briscoe

14 |

26

Running

398

0

15

0

23

Cole Custer

41 |

21

Running

398

0

14

0

24

Kevin Harvick

4 |

9

Running

397

0

20

0

25

Chris Buescher

17 |

12

Running

397

0

12

0

26

Bubba Wallace

23 |

15

Running

397

0

11

0

27

Michael McDowell

34 |

23

Running

396

0

10

0

28

Austin Cindric

33 |

38

Running

396

0

0

0

29

Ryan Preece

37 |

25

Running

396

0

8

0

30

Ryan Newman

6 |

19

Running

395

0

7

0

31

Anthony Alfredo

38 |

29

Running

395

0

6

0

32

BJ McLeod

78 |

35

Running

393

0

0

0

33

James Davison

15 |

28

Running

390

0

4

0

34

Quin Houff

00 |

32

Running

390

0

3

0

35

Garrett Smithley

53 |

37

Running

389

0

0

0

36

Cody Ware

51 |

33

Running

385

0

0

0

37

Josh Bilicki

52 |

31

Running

384

0

1

0

38

Justin Haley

77 |

34

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  • #1 | LEADER

    Alex Bowman

    #1

    LEADER

    Alex Bowman

    48|

  • #2 | 0.381

    Denny Hamlin

    #2

    0.381

    Denny Hamlin

    11|

  • #3 | 0.850

    Joey Logano

    #3

    0.850

    Joey Logano

    22|

Alex Bowman's late surge denies Hamlin, secures clutch Richmond win

An emotional Alex Bowman could only shake his head and give kudos to the crew of his No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet following a dramatic victory over Denny Hamlin Sunday in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.

Bowman took the lead for the first time all race on a restart with 10 laps remaining and easily pulled away from Hamlin, who had been the day‘s most dominant driver. Bowman‘s .381-second winning margin earned the 27-year old his first victory of the season, third of his career and first ever on a short track. He is the eighth different race winner in nine NASCAR Cup Series races this season. 

“To be honest with you, we were terrible on short runs,” said Bowman, who had to overcome a pit-road speeding penalty as well.  “We restarted third and I‘m like, if we get out of here with a solid top-five we‘ll be good. We overcame a lot today. 

“I don‘t know if [crew chief] Greg [Ives] pumped the pressures way up or what he did, but that‘s more grip than I‘ve ever had in a race car at Richmond and it worked out really well.”

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It was an especially tough runner-up finish for Hamlin, considering how strong he‘d been all day, and all season. Hamlin, who swept the two stages wins and led a race high 207 of the 400 laps, had to be thinking he may have finally secured his first victory of 2021. He held the race lead taking the green flag for that last restart, only to be passed easily by Bowman.

The second-place finish is the eighth top-five finish in the opening nine races for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver Hamlin — an all-time record for top fives to start the season without a win. 

“We just didn‘t take off quite as good there at the end,” an obviously disappointed Hamlin said. “I tried to warm it up and do everything that I could — just the 48 (Alex Bowman) had a little more on those last few laps and I couldn‘t hold the bottom.

“Once he got the position, we were just shut down there. Great job by this FedEx Ground team. First and foremost, we want to think of all of the families in Indy right now. Awful tragedy to happen there. Our thoughts and prayers are with these names. We will get them. We will keep digging. We are dominating — just have to finish it.”

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Team Penske’s Joey Logano, who led 49 laps and for much of the closing portion of the race looked as he would settle the trophy with Hamlin, instead finished third, followed by Hamlin‘s JGR teammates Christopher Bell and Martin Truex Jr., who led 108 laps.

Stewart-Haas Racing‘s Aric Almirola finished sixth — his best effort of the season, followed by Hendrick Motorsports‘ William Byron, JGR‘s Kyle Busch, Wood Brothers Racing‘s Matt DiBenedetto and Richard Childress Racing‘s Austin Dillon to round out the top 10.

The late-race caution — and the drama it created — was especially ironic considering most of the event had gone caution free.  

Early on it was a duel between the Gibbs teammates and then Logano, who took the battle to Hamlin late. 

“The adjustments they made on that final pit stop definitely made it start firing off really well,” Logano said of Bowman. “He started to pay the penalty the last couple laps but he was so far out, it didn‘t matter. 

“We were just so close with the Shell Pennzoil Mustang and wanted to get our Ford in victory lane here. We led some laps, made the pass on Denny Hamlin. He and I had a lot of fun with it going back and forth. 

“I just hate being that close,” Logano added. 

With his runner-up effort Hamlin holds a commanding 81-point lead over Truex and 82-point advantage over Logano in the championship standings.

The series‘ next race is the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday (2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

NOTE: The race winning No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Alex Bowman passed NASCAR’s post-race inspection and the race results are official. The No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet driven by William Byron and the No. 51 Petty Ware Racing Chevrolet driven by Cody Ware were each found to have one lugnut not safe and secure.