Kyle Larson Wins Toyota Care 250 in Overtime at Richmond over Justin Allgaier

Richmond, VA – Kyle Larson only leads 10 laps en route to the victory at in the Toyota Care 250.

Richmond, Va – We have preached this on our platform many times and it has been said much more in this sport, the fastest car does not always win the race. That was the case for the 2017 Toyota Care 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Leading the second least laps of the day Kyle Larson found himself in victory lane after a thrilling but somewhat confusing overtime finish.

“I was happy to see them all wreck because I didn’t want to have to race a whole other lap with Justin behind me because he had the dominant car,” Larson said after the victory. “Good solid race for us. Didn’t expect to be the winner and we ran a lot better than I thought we would.”

The Monster Energy Cup Series points leader holding himself to a much higher standard as the Credit One Bank driver finished all three stages of today’s 250-lap race within the top ten and of course winning the most important one. Showing speed early in the race, Larson seemed to be quite content running the bottom groove and running laps off the board.

Larson almost got caught in a sticky situation early on in the race coming off turn two when he had to back off the throttle to avoid being a sheet metal sandwich and ending his day early. Luckily for Larson, he was able to keep his nose clear and give a car to his crew to work on all day.

As the race progressed, pretty mildly if I might add, it appeared that Justin Allgaier was going to just walk away with not only the race win but his second Dash 4 Cash victory especially after a power move around Larson on the outside to start the second stage. Things got strung out pretty quick and it was just focusing on keeping the car and tires under him dealing with one of the slickest tracks in recent years.

Things did tend to get dicey and had race fans on the edge of their seats with two restarts with just twelve laps to go set up some wild racing throughout the field. Ty Dillion was the control car for one of the late restarts but, did not last long as he was black flagged on the ensuing caution for jumping the start.

The race witnessed the Richmond version of the Big One on the following restart as several cars, including William Byron, who entered the race second in points, as well as the outside pole sitter Kyler Benjamin, who was making his Xfinity series debut. Needless to say, it ended a great run for both drivers.

This set up the final restart of the race in overtime with Kyle Larson and Justin Allgaier on the front row. When the green was displayed Allgaier got on the gas a little too hard and spun the tires going down the front stretch, which gave Larson the slight advantage. It was a drag race down the backstretch before Ryan Reid looked to get a little assistance from Cole Custer in wrecking into the inside retaining wall. By the time the Caution was displayed the cars had made it over the overtime line going into three making the race official.

Catching up with Kyle after the race he was pretty honest in admitting that he didn’t have the best car today. It was almost as if the planets aligned perfectly when Ty Dillion was assessed the penalty handing the lead of the race over the Larson. This way he would be able to control the start of the race.

“Justin (Allgaier) got a really good start in the top lane,” Larson commented. “I thought he was going to spin his tires a little worse than he did and make it a littler easier for me through one and two but, he was able to hang on my right side through one. We were able to clear him out of two and I guess that’s when they started crashing behind us. We had to race to the overtime line and as soon as we got the caution in three and four I knew I got the win.”

Admitting that he has never been that good here at Richmond, Larson was happy to get the win and to get it with Credit One Bank on the car. He also stated that he was able to learn a few things and discipline himself for tomorrow’s Toyota Owners 400.

“Richmond is a track I know I struggle at,” Larson explained. “I know I just won I still struggle here a lot. I was still able to learn a lot for tomorrow and disciplined myself to run the bottom, I feel like it helped me for the long run. Overall it was great to get a win at a track that I don’t run well at, it was a confidence booster.”

With Richmond switching back to day racing for the first time in eighteen years the drivers had to be up on the wheel all 250-laps as ambient temps were in the mid 80’s all day which created a very slick racing surface.

“The track was really hot and slick,” Larson commented about the track conditions. “I was roasting all day. Pretty wore out right and super hot. I have been dumping water on me since the end of the race and still really hot. Going to have rehydrated tonight and get ready for tomorrow’s race because it’s going to be even hotter and a lot longer race.”

RICHMOND, VA – APRIL 29: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet, and his team celebrate in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on April 29, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

 

NASCAR Xfinity OFFICIAL Results – Toyota Care 250 – Richmond, VA April 29, 2017

  1. #42 Kyle Larson
  2. #7 Justin Allgaier
  3. #21 Daniel Hemric
  4. #2 Austin Dillon
  5. #22 Ryan Blaney
  6. #6 Darrell Wallace, Jr.
  7. #1 Elliot Sadler
  8. #5 Michael Annett
  9. #98 Casey Mears
  10. #23 Spencer Gallagher
  11. #11 Blake Koch
  12. #24 Dylan Lupton
  13. #00 Cole Custer
  14. #19 Matt Tift
  15. #51 Jeremy Clements
  16. #28 Dakoda Armstrong
  17. #99 David Starr
  18. #07 Ray Black II
  19. #3 Ty Dillion
  20. #52 Joey Gase
  21. #18 Daniel Suarez
  22. #48 Brennan Poole
  23. #16 Ryan Reed
  24. #01 Harrison Rhodes
  25. #90 Brandon Brown
  26. #39 Ryan Sieg
  27. #46 Quinn Houff
  28. #40 Timmy Hill
  29. #0 Garrett Smithley
  30. #9 William Byron
  31. #8 Matt Mills
  32. #20 Kyle Benjamin
  33. #33 Brandon Jones
  34. #13 Carl Long
  35. #62 Brendan Gaughan
  36. #74 Mike Harmon
  37. #78 BJ McLeod
  38. #4 Ross Chastain
  39. #14 JJ Yeley
  40. #93 Jeff Green

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