Joey Logano put Team Penske and Ford on the front row for the start of the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond this past Sunday, however the Chevys took control of the race not long after the green flag flew. Logano managed to lead the race’s first 94 laps, but eventual race winner Kurt Busch then took the reigns on Lap 95 and led a personal best 291 of the race’s 400 laps.
The Richmond race was intended to be run under the lights Saturday night, however rain postponed it to early Sunday afternoon. Team Penske was optimistic about their prospects going into the race, with Logano and Brad Keselowski winning the spring and fall races at the venue last year, but Busch and his Stewart-Haas Chevy were too fast for Logano to keep at bay, and much too fast for him to catch once they were past.
After Busch moved into first on Lap 95, different drivers attempted to steal the lead. His Haas teammate Kevin Harvick appeared to have the best shot at passing him, but even on the restarts Busch proved he was the class of the field, pulling quickly on the rest of the pack behind him. He would eventually cross the finish line a full second ahead of Harvick, with Jimmie Johnson, Jamie McMurray, and Joey Logano rounding out the top five.