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Ryan Blaney crashed and finished 36th in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The Wood Brothers Racing driver's tough season on the short tracks would continue Sunday at RIR. Blaney would appear headed to a decent finish for most of the afternoon, however, late-race contact on lap 378 would see the No. 21 Ford involved in a crash with Kurt Busch. The team's Ford would receive substantial damaged and be retired to the garage area for the day. The DNF would drop Blaney two spots to 12th in the series standings.

Kevin Harvick finished fifth in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The Stewart Haas Racing star started near the front and raced there all afternoon in the Toyota Owners 400. Harvick would lead 11 laps in the early going, but he didn't have the speed to seriously contend for the win. However, after 400 laps of action at the historic Virginia oval he would be rewarded with his third Top-5 finish of the season. Harvick climbs into sixth-place in the driver standings after Richmond.

Stenhouse Jr. finished fourth in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The good start to the season on the short tracks continued for Stenhouse. In fact, he turned in his best performance thus far on a small oval Sunday at Richmond. The Roush Fenway Racing driver raced inside the Top 10 all afternoon in the Toyota Owners 400. He would compete with the stars of the series at the front of the pack, and collect his second Top-5 finish of the season when the checkered flag waved. Stenhouse moves up one spot to 15th-place in the driver point standings.

Denny Hamlin finished third in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The Joe Gibbs Racing star continued his strong Richmond history with a great run Sunday afternoon in the Toyota Owners 400. Hamlin started deep in the field and worked his way forward quickly. He would lead 59 laps in the early going, and then stay among the Top 10 most of the afternoon. At lap 400 the veteran driver of the No. 11 Toyota would be credited with third-place. It was Hamlin's first Top-5 finish of the season. He moves up four spots to 11th-place in the series standings after RIR.

Brad Keselowski finished second in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

The Penske Racing star had a great rebound effort from his poor Bristol outing last week. Keselowski's No. 2 Ford was the class of the field and he led a 110 laps throughout the event. Four caution flags over the final 50 laps would slow the pace and put pit strategy square into the picture. That would end up preventing Keselowski from taking home this win. The runner-up finish was his sixth Top 5 of the season.

Joey Logano won the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway Sunday afternoon.

Impact

It would take a lot of work, a lot of racing through traffic, and the right breaks at the right time for Logano at Richmond. He came from deep in the field to take the lead after the final restart. The No. 22 Ford was working extremely well late in the race, and Logano would take off from the field over the final green-flag run. He would capture his first win of the season and second-career win at Richmond International Raceway. The Penske Racing star remains fourth in the overall driver standings after the win.

Justin Allgaier finished second in the ToyotaCare 250 Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway Saturday afternoon.

Impact

Allgaier had easily the fastest car Saturday at the Richmond short track. He led 157 laps and dominated most of the afternoon in the ToyotaCare 250. However, a series of late crashes and cautions would set up several restarts in the closing laps. Those developments would hinder Allgaier from holding the lead and racing away under green. He would lose the lead to Kyle Larson during the final 10 laps and would have to settle for the runner-up finish. On the bright side the JR Motorsports driver collected the $100,000 check for the Dash for Cash and moved up one spot to second-place in the series driver standings.

Kyle Larson won the ToyotaCare 250 Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway Saturday afternoon.

Impact

Larson's No. 42 Chevrolet wasn't the fastest car on the track, but he had the moves and late strategy to take advantage and take the win Saturday at RIR. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver would take the lead over the final 10 laps and endure three restarts to hold off Justin Allgaier and take the victory. It was Larson's second win of the season and seventh of his Xfinity Series career.

Kyle Larson was fastest in Happy Hour practice for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway Saturday. He turned a fast lap of 119.074 mph.

Impact

The No. 42 team picked up some speed from first practice and looked pretty impressive in this final practice. Larson edged Martin Truex Jr. to turn the fastest lap of the session. The Chip Ganassi Racing rising star will be a Top-5 threat in Sunday's Toyota Owners 400.

Matt Kenseth won the pole for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 121.076 mph.

Impact

The Joe Gibbs Racing star poured on the speed in knockout qualifying Friday afternoon at RIR. Kenseth beat out Ryan Blaney for the top starting spot for Sunday's Toyota Owners 400. It was his first pole position of the season and 19th-career pole in NASCAR's top division. Kenseth will challenge the Top 5 in Sunday's race at Richmond International Raceway.

Truex Jr. was fastest in opening practice for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 124.178 mph.

Impact

Furniture Row Racing showed up to compete this weekend at the Richmond short track. The two-car team swept the top two spots in opening practice. Truex edged teammate, Erik Jones, for the fastest lap of the first hour-long session. The driver of the No. 78 Toyota led a bunch of laps at Richmond last fall, and it looks like the notes are still fresh in Cole Pearn's black book. Truex could crack the Top 5 in Sunday's Toyota Owners 400.

Penalties have been issued following the NASCAR XFINITY Series races at Bristol Motor Speedway. The No. 22 NASCAR XFINITY Series team has been found in violation of Sections 20.17.3.2.1.2 Post-Race Front Body, NASCAR PR reports.

Impact

Blaney's runner-up finish this past weekend in the Bristol Xfinity Series race was tarnished by the team's car failing post-race inspection. The No. 22 Ford was measured too low in the left front of the car. Crew chief, Greg Erwin, was fined $10,000 and suspended from the next Xfinity Series race. The team was also assessed with the loss of 10 car owner points.

A Hendrick Motorsports executive said Wednesday there is no timetable - or concern - for finding Earnhardt Jr.'s replacement in the No. 88 Chevrolet, NBC Sports reports.

Impact

The speculation about Earnhardt's replacement for the 2018 season is in full swing. Hendrick Motorsports downplayed the issue Wednesday, but the talk and rumors will be hot among both the fan base and media. Among the candidates to replace Earnhardt would be Hendrick Motorsports' test and backup driver, Alex Bowman. He performed admirably last season in relief of Earnhardt during his concussion stint. Bowman racked up one pole position and three Top-10 finishes in 10 starts in the No. 88 Chevrolet.

Earnhardt Jr. announced Tuesday that he would retire following the 2017 NASCAR season, NASCAR.com reports.

Impact

The 42-year-old, long one of the most popular drivers on the circuit, returned to the No. 88 car this year after a concussion prevented him from racing for much of the 2016 season. Earnhardt, who currently sits 24th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver standings, owns 26 wins over 603 career starts, including two Daytona 500 victories. While he'll step away from racing while on the downturn of his career, Earnhardt's massive fan base will make it difficult for Hendrick Motorsports to fill the void that will be left by his departure.

Kyle Busch crashed and finished 35th in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Monday afternoon.

Impact

It was an uncharacteristically tough day at Bristol Motor Speedway for Busch and his No. 18 JGR team. Busch would struggle with handling problems throughout the race. He would brush the wall in the early stages and rally back inside the Top 10. However, a second encounter with the outside wall wouldn't be as kind. The damage was pretty substantial and Busch would be forced to retire with the DNF on lap 383. It was his second DNF of the season, and the Gibbs star tumbled four spots to 11th-place in the series standings.

Joey Logano finished fifth in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Monday afternoon.

Impact

The Penske Racing star fought a tough battle Monday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Logano would race in the Top 10 most of the 500 laps, and he would even lead 72 laps during the middle stages of the event. The No. 22 Ford was strong and was able to race among the leaders all day. Logano would be rewarded with his fifth Top-5 finish of the season and fourth consecutive Top 5 when the checkered flag waved. He climbs one spot to fourth in the overall standings after Bristol.

Matt Kenseth finished fourth in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Monday afternoon.

Impact

Kenseth showed why he's one of the top performers in the recent history of Bristol Motor Speedway. He came from 22nd-place on the starting grid to race his way through the field. The Joe Gibbs Racing star would consolidate his hold on a Top 5 spot over the closing laps and come home strong with the fourth-place finish. Kenseth logged just his second Top-5 finish of the season and moved into 20th-place in the championship standings after his slow start to the season.

Kevin Harvick finished third in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Monday afternoon.

Impact

The Stewart Haas Racing star almost pulled an upset win Monday at BMS. Harvick would take the lead on the final round of pit stops and lead 14 total laps. However, he could not hold off the hard-charging Jimmie Johnson. Harvick would have to let the No. 48 Chevrolet go by in the closing laps, and he would eventually settle in to finish third. It was his second Top-5 finish of the season. As a result, Harvick climbs two spots to eighth-place in the driver point standings.

Clint Bowyer finished second in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Monday afternoon.

Impact

The Bowyer of old is back, and he's getting better with each week. He had an impressive run Monday in the rain-delayed Food City 500 at Bristol. Bowyer would race in and around the Top 10 most of the day, but it would be late in the race before he would make a big move. He would have leader Jimmie Johnson in his sights over the closing laps, but he couldn't track down the No. 48 Chevrolet. Instead, Bowyer would settle for the impressive runner-up finish which was his second Top 5 of the season. He now sits eighth overall in the championship standings.

Jimmie Johnson won the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Monday afternoon.

Impact

Rain delayed the running of the 500-lap Bristol race until Monday. However, it would not delay Johnson's date with victory lane. The Hendrick Motorsports star would rally late in this short track battle and pass Kevin Harvick on the final green-flag run for the win. It was an impressive performance for Johnson as he would lead 81 laps for the day and claim his second consecutive victory. It was also his second-career win at Bristol Motor Speedway