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NASCAR at Richmond results: Martin Truex Jr. ends 80-race short-track winless streak

Sporting News — (Thomas Schlarp)

There are dry spells, and then there are droughts. Martin Truex Jr. ended both Saturday night at Richmond Raceway by winning his first Cup Series race in 25 tries and his first short-track race in 81 career races.

Truex may not have won had the race been a single lap longer. Joey Logano closed a nearly three-second gap between the two drivers in the final 15 laps as Truex battled heavy traffic while lapping drivers on the 0.75-mile track. Truex and his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing team also picked up a $10,000 bonus for being the highest-finishing Toyota at the Toyota Owners 400.

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Kyle Busch appeared to be headed for his fourth straight victory after dominating Stage 1 and maintaining a lead for the early portion of Stage 2, but when drivers were forced to pit for a caution, Busch was penalized for speeding on pit road and sent to the rear of the field. He never really recovered and finished eighth. He is still the only Cup Series driver to not finish outside the top 10 this season.

Clint Bowyer spent the much of the last 50 laps in second and was closing the gap on Truex, but with about 15 laps remaining, he radioed his team that he scraped the wall, which caused him to lose time and eventually be passed by Logano.

Kyle Larson's rough season continued to spiral downward as an early crash in Stage 2 forced the driver to end his race. It was his second DNF in the last three races.

Busch sits in first place in the Cup Series standings after nine races. The win at Richmond propelled Truex to sixth.

Sporting News tracked live lap-by-lap updates and highlights from the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway. Check out the race updates below (all times Eastern):

NASCAR at Richmond: Toyota Owners 400 updates, highlights

Caution flags: 5.

Lead changes: 8.

Lap leaders: Martin Truex Jr. (186), Kyle Busch (101),  Joey Logano (52), Kevin Harvick (31), Brad Keselowski (28).

Toyota Owners 400: 2019 winner, top 20 order of finish

Finish Driver Team (No.) Laps led
1.Martin Truex Jr.Joe Gibbs Racing (19)186
2.Joey LoganoTeam Penske (22)52
3.Clint BowyerStewart-Haas Racing (14)
4.Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas (4)31
5.Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing (11)
6.Austin DillonRichard Childress Racing (3)
7.Brad KeselowskiTeam Penske (2)31
8.Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing (18)101
9.Ryan NewmanRichard Childress Racing (6)
10.Paul MenardWood Brothers Racing (21)
11.Kurt BuschChip Ganassi Racing (1)
12.Jimmie JohnsonHendrick Motorsports (48)
13.William ByronHendrick Motorsports (24)
14.Erik JonesJoe Gibbs Racing (20)
15.Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports (9)
16.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Roush Fenway Racing (17)
17.Alex BowmanHendrick Motorsports (88)
18.Daniel SuarezStewart-Haas (41)
19.Daniel HemricRichard Childress Racing (8)
20.Ryan PreeceJoe Gibbs Racing (47)

10:46 p.m.: It couldn't have been much closer, but Martin Truex Jr. holds off Joey Logano for his first win of the season.

10:44 p.m.: Five to go and Logano is threatening!

10:39 p.m.: Richmond has a history of cautions in the final 25 laps. There are 20 to go tonight. Truex leads.

10:32 p.m.: Truex and Bowyer are getting close with 35 to go. Logano is in third and Harvick is fourth.

10:26 p.m.: Truex's lead is down under two seconds now as Bowyer closes in. 53 laps remain

10:21 p.m.: Jimmie Johnson is up to 10th for the first time. He's running the Boston Marathon on Monday morning.

10:13 p.m.: Clint Bowyer has quietly been near the top all night. He's up to second with 80 to go.

10:06 p.m.: Truex passes Keselowski for first! Keselowski appears to be having some handling issues.

9:59 p.m.: Brad Keselowski takes the lead with 150 laps to go.

9:52 p.m.: McDowell's night is finished. Kyle Busch has somehow managed to work his way back to fifth!

9:45 p.m.: Truex wins the race off pit road.

9:40 p.m.: Caution flag as Michael McDowell slams into the wall.

9:36 p.m.: Logano still leads with 160 laps left. It's a tough night for Henrick Motorsports, as its best driver is 15th.

9:30 p.m.: Oh, my. Three-wide as they battle it out for second.

9:25 p.m.: Logano is the first off of pit road.

9:18 p.m.: Joey Logano passes Truex to win Stage 2. 

9:10 p.m.: Twenty laps left in Stage 2. Kyle Busch has worked his way back to 16th.

9:01 p.m.: Ryan Blaney has been having a tough night, and now he thinks he has a tire losing pressure. He's fallen out of the top 25.

8:54 p.m.: Things just got interesting. Busch was speeding on pit road and is sent back to 24th. Truex takes the lead. Time to see how good Busch really is.

8:49 p.m.: Larson goes straight to the garage. His night is done.

8:47 p.m.: Kyle Larson spins hard into the wall, and we have a caution.

8:41 p.m.: Daniel Hemric gets into the rear tire of Kyle Larson on the restart. Larson has to pit to assess the damage.

8:32 p.m.: Busch's day just gets better. He even had the quickest pit time.

8:29 p.m.: Kyle Busch wins Stage 1. Logano and Truex take second and third by large margins. 300 laps to go!

8:24 p.m.: Lap 90 and Daniel Suarez has worked his way up to tenth. He started in the rear due to that inspection failure.

8:17 p.m.: Chris Buescher making some big moves, blowing by Kevin Harvick.

8:10 p.m.: Halfway through Stage 1, Busch leads with Joey Logano second and Martin Truex in third.

8:05 p.m.: At the Lap 40 competition caution, Kyle Busch leads. He had a kind gesture of letting Corey LaJoie on the lead lap.

8 p.m.: That didn't take long for Kyle Busch to reassert his dominance. He's taken the lead on lap 32.

7:54 p.m.: Aggressive driving early, as the drivers sent to the rear for pre-race inspection failures look to make up ground before the competition caution at Lap 40.

7:45 p.m.: Engines fired. It's time for racing under the lights!