Kyle Larson Dominates Richmond Cup Race: Beats HMS Teammate Berry

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Larson won his 20th career race and the first of the 2023 season. He was the sixth different winner in seven races, and this win gave HMS its third victory for that year. Berry substituted for Chase Elliott, who was injured, and he broke through by taking advantage of a caution during the end of the race to get second place.

“It’s super cool,” said Larson. “We were so close to winning a couple times. William (Byron) has been really great this year. It was between us, the 19 (Truex), and the 20 (Bell). Our pit crew had a brilliant stop – big shout-out to Brandon Johnson who is our jackman. Today is his 30th birthday, as well as Tyler Monn, our spotter’s too – two birthdays in one day – what awesome luck!”

I’m really impressed with my Hendrickcars.com Chevy car. While driving in the second stage, I got some damage which caused it to be awful after that and made me really worried. But, thanks to Cliff Daniels and everyone on the team they helped me chill out, refocus and in the end, we were still able to get a win! Hopefully, this is just one of many victories for us.

Ross Chastain, Christopher Bell and Kevin Harvick came in third, fourth and fifth place respectively at a recent NASCAR Cup race at Richmond. Michael McDowell, Joey Logano, Alex Bowman, Ty Gibbs, and Brad Keselowski made up the rest of the top ten.

Bowman Takes the Lead, But Byron Steals the Show at the Starting Line

At the starting line, there were 37 racers with Bowman in first position and Kyle Busch next to him. Bowman took the lead at the beginning with his teammate William Byron right behind him.

Busch and Chastain were fighting for third place when they came out of Turn 4 but Busch lost some spots as he felt his car was too loose.

Byron overtook Bowman after passing him on the outside lane on Lap 11 while Chastain separated them by taking podium from pole-sitter Bowman, putting him back to third.

Ricky Stenhouse was doing really well and he was about to reach the top-five, but then a caution came in on lap 30. Chastain won the race off pit road, followed by Byron and Bowman from Hendrick’s team. Unfortunately, Ricky had to deal with a brake issue and he stopped driveing. On the other hand, Denny Hamlin who was at ninth place got sent to the back because they caught him speeding.

J.J. Yeley spun out, so on the restart Chastain slipped and Larson and Byron got ahead. Byron eventually won the stage, followed by Larson, Chastain, Harvick, Logano, Tyler Reddick, Bowman, Bell, Keselowski and Chase Briscoe.

Larson and Byron Duel it Out, but Bell Walks Away with the Lead and the Win!

William Byron was in the lead ahead of everyone else, when Ryan Blaney and A.J Allmendinger were caught going too fast.

Byron went away while Chastain and Larson competed for 2nd place.

A crash happened because Berry bumped into Blaney, which made the 4th pause in the race. Everyone got new tires with Byron leading Larson and Chastain back to their spots.

Team Penske was not having a good race as Austin Cindric’s car needed some repairs and Joey Logano had to pit a second time to secure the right rear. Then, Kyle Larson overtook William Byron to become the leader of the race and created a gap between them. After that, Chris Buescher and Berry decided to take two breaks in the middle of the stage instead of one like all other drivers.

Race leader Larson crashed into Suarez on the pit stop area, but luckily he didn’t get hurt and no damage was done. Blaney got in trouble because he had removed something from a box with a wrench still stuck in the rear window.

Larson went back to being at the top of the race again, right ahead of Byron. Martin Truex Jr. made big progress by passing Chastain and moving up to fifth place.

Larson started having difficulties controlling his vehicle after the collision and lost first place to Byron with 33 laps left before the end of the stage. Bell quickly overtook him as well.

Bell rapidly moved through heavy traffic and ended up taking the lead in the race from Byron. The cars of Hendrick’s weren’t doing so well as other drivers started to make their way up front.

Eventually, with just two laps left, Hamlin was able to overtake Bell and get the win for the stage. Just after that, it goes Byron, Truex, Chastain, Keselowski, Bowman, Larson, Harvick and Ty Gibbs for the rest of the order.

5 Seconds To Victory

After the restart, Hamlin was still leading with Truex following him closely. Then, Truex went to the pits first when there were 111 laps left. Other racers followed shortly afterwards. When Hamlin went to the pit three laps later, his team had a problem tightening his right-front wheel which made him fall back to 12th place and he was 16 seconds away from the lead.

Truex cycled into 1st place and was ahead of the three Hendrick cars Larson, Byron and Bowman. At the same time, Bubba Wallace wasn’t far behind in 10th place, but he was given a penalty for not following safety guidelines while he stopped. Later, Gragson crashed into the wall resulting in the 6th caution so far during this race. All lead cars reached the pit area again and Truex still held 1st place. Now people were talking about whether to finish without stopping or with one stop for the final part of this race.

With 55 laps remaining, several cars pulled into the pit stop, with Byron being the first to do so. Truex followed in second and was then taken up by Bell and Hamlin. Following this, Keselowski became race leader and soon after went into the pit stop too. After all of that, Berry, McDowell and Todd Gilliland chose not to pit and stick it out for the duration of the race.

Byron overtook Berry with 33 laps left, and Truex followed closely. Suddenly, a warning came due to Reddick spinning.

At the moment of restarting after pit road, Larson came out in front of Berry, Truex, Byron, and Harvick. Then Bell collided into Byron which made his car spin out of control.

Truex’s tyres became worn-out because he had been struggling on them for such a long time, causing him to lose position over the other racers. Meanwhile, Larson and Berry from Hendrick were far ahead while Chastain moved up to third place.

Larson won the race and was 1.5 seconds ahead of their teammate, Berry.

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