NASCAR at Richmond 2022 Results: Denny Hamlin Picks Up 1st Win of SeasonApril 3, 2022
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin won the 2022 Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on Sunday for his first win of the season after a miserable start in which he hadn't finished in the top 10 all year.
It marks Hamlin's fourth career win at Richmond, his home track.
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Hamlin's two-stop final-stage strategy ended up paying off in a big way. He was able to make a significant push in the race with five laps remaining, moving into second before finishing ahead of Kevin Harvick to grab the checkered flag.
- Denny Hamlin
- Kevin Harvick
- William Byron
- Martin Truex Jr.
- Kyle Larson
- Christopher Bell
- Ryan Blaney
- Alex Bowman
- Kyle Busch
- Austin Dillon
Ryan Blaney, who finished seventh, led the race through 129 laps and grabbed a victory in Stage 1 for his third stage victory of the season. Martin Truex Jr., who finished fourth, won Stage 2 on the 230th lap to also capture his third stage win of the season.
Sunday's race marks Toyota's first win since last October at Talladega Superspeedway. As noted by The Athletic's Jeff Gluck, Joe Gibbs Racing was a huge storyline entering the Toyota Owners 400.
Hamlin had been desperate for a win entering Sunday's race. Before taking the track in Richmond, his best finish this season was 13th in the Ruoff Mortgage 500 at Phoenix Raceway in March.
Sunday's win also marks Hamlin's first since the 2021 South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in September. He is also the seventh different winner this season, with Ross Chastain, William Byron, Chase Briscoe, Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson and Austin Cindric also victorious in 2022.
The drivers will meet again Saturday night at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia for the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400. Bowman last won the fall race in 2021 after Truex won the spring one.