Denny Hamlin’s Late Surge Leads to a Richmond Win 

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – APRIL 03: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on April 03, 2022, in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Denny Hamlin’s late surge leads to a Richmond win in the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 on Sunday afternoon.

The NASCAR Cup Series heads into Richmond, Virginia to begin a stretch of short-track battles. Richmond Raceway is the first of three scheduled short tracks on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule. The racing at Richmond is always a precursor to what lies ahead at Martinsville and Bristol. The races are always close, cars are pushing and shoving, and many drivers are going home in poor moods. 

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Denny Hamlin is the Seventh Different NASCAR Cup Series 2022 Winner

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – APRIL 03: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in the Ruoff Mortgage victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on April 03, 2022, in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

Denny Hamlin is the seventh different NASCAR Cup Series 2022 winner in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

Perhaps there was no better place for Denny Hamlin to finally notch his first win of 2022. Much to the pleasure of the fans at Richmond Raceway, the hometown favorite from Chesterfield, Virginia took the lead of the Toyota Owners 400 from William Byron with five laps remaining and held off the field for a 0.552-second victory over Kevin Harvick and Byron.

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Alex Bowman Denies Denny Hamlin a Richmond Win

Alex Bowman denies Denny Hamlin a Richmond win in the NASCAR Cup Series, Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on Sunday.

Alex Bowman denies Denny Hamlin a Richmond win in the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on Sunday.

Richmond Raceway brings a wrap to the NASCAR Cup Series short track stretch. Richmond is always a tough track even for the best teams in the Cup Series. The 0.75-mile track causes a lot of inconsistencies for teams and drivers. One difference is that the spring race is typically in the afternoon, whereas the fall race is at night. The different times of the season and the time of the day forces drivers to adapt to a change in track temperature, which brings a change in grip level. Every race is a different story at Richmond Raceway. 

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Alex Bowman Steals a Richmond Win from a Dominant Hamlin

Alex Bowman steals a Richmond win from a dominan Denny Hamlin in the NASCAR Cup Series, Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on Sunday.

Alex Bowman steals a Richmond win from a dominant Denny Hamlin in the NASCAR Cup Series, Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on Sunday.

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 on Sunday in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway.

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The Pre-Richmond Power Ranking

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The pre-Richmond power ranking for the NASCAR Cup Series is out just before the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

The pre-Richmond power ranking for the NASCAR Cup Series is out just before the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

The streak of different winners has finally ended with the Cup Series at the second short track of the season at Martinsville. Martin Truex Jr. took advantage of a late pit-road penalty for Ryan Blaney to secure his second win of the year. Truex’s victory stopped a string of seven straight unique winners to start the 2021 season and is now the first Cup driver with multiple wins.  

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