LARSON GETS SPUN BY BOWYER ON THE START
A stunning first-turn, first-lap incident slowed the start of the Toyota Owners 400, sending rookie polesitter Kyle Larson spinning and leaving both him and Clint Bowyer scratching their heads.
Larson was sent spinning after contact with third-place starter Bowyer, who dipped low to make an inside move for the lead into Turn 1. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver righted his No. 42 Chevrolet and avoiding contact with the outside wall and rejoined the 43-car field at the back of the pack.
"What the (expletive)?" radioed an exasperated Larson, starting first for the first time in his young NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career.
Bowyer, a two-time winner at Richmond, relayed confusion to his Michael Waltrip Racing crew but continued without significant damage to his No. 15 Toyota.
"Like I wasn't even there!" Bowyer said over his radio. "Obviously, I didn't mean to do that. I got under him and he just turned back down."
BOWYER CATCHES FIRE
Clint Bowyer came to Richmond International Raceway this weekend with optimism, a new wedding ring and what appeared to be a contending race car. He left with just the ring.
Bowyer triggered a rare first-lap, first-turn accident with rookie pole-starter Larson before a series of misfortune eventually turned his No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota into a fiery mess, bringing an early end to his Saturday night in the Toyota Owners 400. The resulting last-place finish as the race's first retiree sent him plummeting in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standings, going home early at one of his best tracks.
"It was on fire. What a bad night," Bowyer said. "I hate this for AAA. This is our first race with them and was really proud to have them on board with us tonight. It was just one thing after another and not a very good night."
LOGANO'S LATE RESTART WINS THE RACE
Joey Logano was penciled into a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Now you can write his name in indelible ink.
Taking advantage of beating and banging in front of him during a nine?lap green-flag run to the finish, Logano surged from the fifth starting spot to his second victory of the season in Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond.
Logano picked up his second win of the season, his first at Richmond and the fifth of his career. Jeff Gordon came home second and retained the points lead. On fresh tires after a late pit stop, Kyle Busch drove from 16th to third in the final run.
Brad Keselowski ran fourth, followed by Matt Kenseth, who led the field to the final restart on lap 392 but lost positions as he battled with Keselowski.
NASCAR Wire Service contributed to this report.
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