NASCAR at Richmond 2021 Results: Alex Bowman Holds Off Denny Hamlin for Win

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2021

Alex Bowman during a NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 21, 2021, in Hampton, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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There was late drama in Richmond on Sunday, with Alex Bowman making a late charge to take the checkered flag at NASCAR's Toyota Owners 400. 

Bowman held off Denny Hamlin to secure the win. 


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Bowman made the most of a restart with just 10 laps remaining, darting ahead of Denny Hamlin to steal the win.

"To be honest with you, we were terrible on short runs," he said after the race, per Holly Cain of NASCAR.com. "We restarted third, and I'm like, 'If we get out of here with a solid top-five we'll be good.' We overcame a lot today."

"I don't know if [crew chief] Greg [Ives] pumped the pressures way up or what he did, but that's more grip than I've ever had in a race car at Richmond and it worked out really well," he added.

Hamlin, obviously, was more disappointed with how the race unfolded. 

"We just didn't take off quite as good there at the end," he said. "I tried to warm it up and do everything that I could—just the 48 [Bowman] had a little more on those last few laps and I couldn't hold the bottom. Once he got the position, we were just shut down there."

Joey Logano finished third Sunday, followed by Christopher Bell and Martin Truex Jr. Hamlin won both stages, while Logano led for 49 laps (Truex led 107). 


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Hamlin sits atop the NASCAR Cup Series at points, followed by Truex (353 points) and Logano (352). 

The Cup Series heads to the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama for the Geico 500 next Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.