Joey Logano led the first 94 laps of the Toyota Owners 400 and then fell back outside the top five for a long time during the middle of the race. He rebounded in the final sequence and narrowly edged Kasey Kahne for fifth on the three-quarter-mile Richmond International Raceway.
This is a pattern that has been repeating itself with regularity this season. Since Logano has been able to overcome these problems and finish in the top 10 nearly every week, he remains one of the best fantasy options. This was his fifth top-five and eighth top-10 in the first nine races of 2015.
Jamie McMurray had the fastest car on long green flag runs, but the end of the race developed yellow fever. McMurray’s fourth-place finish in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway was his second top-five of the year.
This top-five was important because it did not come as the result of a strategy call like the one at Phoenix International Raceway. McMurray is cementing his position in the top 16 in points and making the No. 1 increasingly fantasy relevant.
Ken Schrader (No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet) broke his own record as the oldest winner in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards history, winning the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Salem (IN) Speedway.
Schrader, who turns 60 next month, held several challengers over the last 50 laps to win for the first time at Salem since 1999. Kyle Weatherman finished second, Dominic Ursetta third and J.J. Haley fourth in front of a big crowd under sunny skies at Salem Speedway. It was the 97th ARCA race at the high-banked, half-mile.-ARCA Racing Series
Jimmie Johnson struggled badly in practice and rolled off the grid 36th Sunday afternoon. He carved his way to the front easily and scored his fourth top-five of the year.
Equally important three of these top-fives came after he qualified outside the top 25 (Atlanta Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway). In addition to race points, Johnson earned major place differential points, which has made him one of the top values in those events.
Kevin Harvick fell outside of the top five at the three-quarter mark of the Toyota Owners 400, but he battled back at the end of the race and finished second to his teammate Kurt Busch.
Harvick led only two laps—both under caution—but he was in contact with the leaders most of the day. He remains a place-and-hold driver for the foreseeable future.
Kurt Busch led the most laps in the Toyota Owners 400 and won in dominant fashion. After missing the first three races of the season to suspension, he is now in Chase contention.
Busch came close to winning in his first two races back at Phoenix International Raceway and Auto Club Speedway with a fifth and third respectively. He has been a fantasy favorite every week and final earned maximum points.
A persistent and steady rain has postponed the Toyota Owners 400 to Sunday with a scheduled air time of 1 PM Eastern. It will be shown on the Fox Network.
Joey Logano won this race last year and he will lead the field to green when it finally gets going. Denny Hamlin will join him on the front row.
Ryan Preece, of Berlin, Connecticut, laid down a fast lap of 17.960 seconds (100.223 mph) to score his 13th career Coors Light Pole Award. He just missed the tour’s track record – that he owns – by 0.036 seconds.
It was Preece’s fourth career pole at Stafford overall, but third for the NAPA Spring Sizzler 200, Stafford’s traditional season-opening event. He set that track record prior to the 2012 edition. Preece has three career Whelen Modified Tour wins at the historic half-mile, but has not yet captured the Sizzler checkers.