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Wrapup: Richmond Int'l Raceway

Sunday, April 30, 2017


Richmond International Raceway (RIR) hosted two NASCAR top series events this past weekend. On Saturday, the 0.75-mile oval in Virginia featured the XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250. The Toyota Owners 400 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series was held on Sunday afternoon. The Camping World Truck Series will return to action on Friday, May 12, with the Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway. The results and upcoming scheduled events for the ARCA Racing Series, NASCAR Home Tracks and other covered series are also shown below.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS)
Time Trials: Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Circle K Toyota Camry) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Toyota Owners 400 with a lap of 121.076 mph. This is his 19th pole in 623 MENCS races. It is his first pole and fifth top-10 start in 2017 and his second pole in 35 races at RIR. Ryan Blaney (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2017 and his first in three races at RIR. This is his third front row start of the season. Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his 11th top-10 start at RIR. It is his seventh in nine races this season. Daniel Suarez (11th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Did Not Qualify: No one, only 38 cars entered for 40 starting spots.

Results: Joey Logano (No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion) won the Toyota Owners 400, his 18th victory in 300 MENCS races. This is his first victory and eighth top-10 finish in 2017. It is his second victory and ninth top-10 finish in 17 races at RIR. Brad Keselowski (second) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 16 races at RIR and his seventh top-10 finish in 2017. Denny Hamlin (third) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 22 RIR races. Daniel Suarez (12th) was the highest finishing rookie. Pole-sitter Matt Kenseth led a race-high 164 laps and finished the 400-lap event in 23rd place.

Standings: Kyle Larson leads the point standings by 40 points over Martin Truex Jr.

Top 16 - Chase Contenders:
1. Kyle Larson
2. Martin Truex Jr.
3. Chase Elliott
4. Joey Logano
5. Brad Keselowski
6. Kevin Harvick
7. Jamie McMurray
8. Jimmie Johnson
9. Clint Bowyer
10. Kyle Busch
11. Denny Hamlin
12. Ryan Blaney
13. Ryan Newman
14. Trevor Bayne
15. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
16. Erik Jones

Next: Sunday, May 7, GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile tri-oval in Alabama)
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NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
Time Trials: Daniel Hemric (No. 21 Blue Gate Bank Chevrolet Camaro) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the ToyotaCare 250 with a lap of 117.981 mph. This is his first pole in eight NXS races and his seventh top-10 start in 2017. Hemric is just the fifth driver in series history to win his first career pole at RIR joining Andy Santerre (1998), Wayne Grubb (1998), Butch Lindley (1982) and Geoff Bodine (1982). Kyle Benjamin (second) posted his first top-10 start in his series debut. Cup series regular Daniel Suarez (third) posted his fifth top-10 NXS start at RIR and his third in six NXS races this season.
Did Not Qualify: No. 45 Tommy Joe Martins and No. 89 Morgan Shepherd.

Results: MENCS Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chevrolet SS), driving the No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet Camaro, won the ToyotaCare 250, his seventh victory in 96 NXS races. This is his second NXS victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2017. It is his first victory and third top-10 finish in five NXS races at RIR. Justin Allgaier (second) posted his fifth top-10 finish in 13 races at RIR and his fourth top-10 finish in 2017. Pole-sitter Daniel Hemric led 26 laps and finished third in 254-lap event. He was the highest finishing Rookie of the Year contender.

Standings: Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 41 points over Justin Allgaier.

Top 12 - Chase Contenders:
1. Elliott Sadler
2. Justin Allgaier
3. William Byron
4. Daniel Hemric
5. Darrell Wallace Jr.
6. Ryan Reed
7. Blake Koch
8. Michael Annett
9. Matt Tifft
10. Brennan Poole
11. Dakoda Armstrong
12. Cole Custer

Next: Saturday, May 6, Spark Energy 300 at Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile tri-oval in Alabama)
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)

Standings: Johnny Sauter leads the point standings by four points over Christopher Bell.

Top 8 - Chase Contenders:
1. Johnny Sauter
2. Christopher Bell
3. Matt Crafton
4. Timothy Peters
5. Kaz Grala
6. Ben Rhodes
7. Chase Briscoe
8. Grant Enfinger

Next: Friday, May 12, Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway (1.5-mile oval in Kansas City, KS)
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NASCAR Home Tracks
K&N Pro Series-East
April 22, Zombie Auto 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway (0.533-mile concrete oval in TN)
Winner: Harrison Burton     -Pole: Harrison Burton    -Points Leader: Harrison Burton
Next: May 6, WhosYourDriver.org (twin 100-lap races) at South Boston Speedway (0.4-mile oval in VA)

K&N Pro Series-West (three race- NAPA 500 Challenge this week)
March 23, NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Kern County Raceway Park (0.5-mile oval in Bakersfield, CA)
Winner: Todd Gilliland  -Pole: Todd Gilliland    -Points Leader: Todd Gilliland
Next: March 25,  NAPA Auto Parts Twin 100 at Irwindale Speedway (0.5-mile oval in CA)
Winner: Todd Gilliland  -Pole: Todd Gilliland    -Points Leader: Todd Gilliland
Next: March 25, NAPA Auto Parts T-100 at Irwindale Speedway (0.5-mile oval in CA)
Winner: Todd Gilliland  -Pole: Todd Gilliland    -Points Leader: Todd Gilliland
Next: May 13 at Spokane County Raceway (0.5-mile oval in Airway Heights, WA)

Pinty’s Series
Season-opener:
May 21 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (2.459-mile road course near Bowmanville, Ontario)

Whelen Modified Tour
April 30, NAPA Auto Parts Spring Sizzler 200 at Stafford Motor Speedway (0.5-mile oval in Stafford Springs, CT)
Winner: Ryan Preece  -Pole: Doug Coby    -Points Leader: Rowan Pennink
Next: May 13 at Langley Speedway (0.4-mile oval in Hampton, VA)

Peak Mexico Series
April 23, Canel’s 200 at Autodromo Potosino (0.5-mile oval in San Luis Potosi, Mexico)
Winner: Rogelio Lopez    -Pole: Hugo Oliveras    -Points Leader: Ruben Rovelo
Next: May 14 at Autodromo Miguel E. Abed (1.25-mile oval in Puebla, Mexico)
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Other Series
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
April 30, Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway (0.555-mile oval in Indiana)
Winner: Dalton Sargeant   -Pole: Travis Miller   -Points Leader: Austin Theriault
Next: May 5, General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile tri-oval in Alabama)

Southern Modified Racing Series
April 14, Keller Williams Realty 125 at Caraway Speedway (0.455-mile oval in Sophia, NC)
Winner: Tim Brown   -Pole: Brandon Ward  -Points Leader: Brandon Ward
Next: June 1 at Hickory Motor Speedway (0.363-mile oval in Newton, NC)

EXIT Realty Modified Touring Series
April 22 at Monadnock Speedway (0.25-mile oval in Winchester, NH)
Winner: Ryan Preece   -Pole: Jon McKennedy  -Points Leader: Ryan Preece
Next: May 6 at New London-Waterford Speedbowl (0.375-mile oval in CT)
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