NASCAR Monster Energy Series Predictions: Toyota Owners 400 4/30/17

"Coming from the back ... man, it really feels good". Was on the splitter for five or six laps, so restarts, I was just trying to keep as best track position as I could, and once we got to Lap 6 or 7, my auto kind of came back around to me.

Then there was Busch, who had charged back from a pit road speeding penalty on lap 67, to get back into contention to win the race. "It's hot in the vehicle, hot in the stands, so I appreciate everybody coming out, and it's nice to have I think four Fords in the top five, so it was cool". Keselowski set up the closing laps that allowed the teammates to make a run.

"The boys had a great stop, which gave us good track position to pass the cars that stayed out", Logano said. "Really what we needed was about 10 more laps".

"I'm not really anxious", Hamlin said. As drivers neared pit road, Logano made a quick decision to stop of fresh tires, forcing Busch to make a quick reaction and follow him down pit road.

Busch finished 16th and was clearly not happy after the race as he stormed off only to tell Fox Sports that NASCAR's ruling was "balls and strikes", in reference to the violation he felt was a judgment call. Earnhardt had a right front tire go down and careened up into the wall between Turn 3 and Turn 4.

In the first wreck, Jimmie Johnson apparently didn't see Earnhardt, who was riding the high-side of the track, and the two collided. Bowyer, runner-up at Bristol, may have failed to lead a lap this season but he owns seven straight top-15 runs. Still, he clearly knows how to get around the three-quarter-mile layout, and one wonders if emotion from his retirement announcement earlier this week can push the No. 88 team to something special today. He wound up finishing 30th.

The defending series champion grabbed the lead when Team Penske teammate Will Power pitted on the 137th lap. Keselowski is a two-time victor this season, taking victories at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Martinsville Raceway.

Friday weather: Mostly sunny, with highs around 60
TUESDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy skies and cool temperatures will be around with a low temperature of 46 degrees. Saturday: A stray shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon otherwise partly cloudy with highs near 90°.

Vettel's second place meant the German extended his standings lead to 13 points over Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who trailed in fourth after suffering overheating trouble. Busch hasn't had a top 5 since, and has only four top 10s in the first nine races of the season.

Hamlin 361-362; B. Keselowski 363-370; J. Logano 371-378; K. Larson 379-383; J. Logano 384-400.

The gamble left Newman up front, but the rest of the field unchanged.

Rookie Erik Jones ran just four laps before getting loose and crashing into the wall. It's led by the same guy who works with WWE part of the year alongside one of their talents, one who is part-time but is extremely revered as an individual that pretty much gets his way in the long run. I think that there's more to it than just people not watching NASCAR.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has just 29 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races left in his career.

GREEN FLAG: Kenseth started on the pole for the first time this season, potentially portending a strong day for Joe Gibbs Racing, which has won the last three races at Richmond International Raceway - Kenseth (September 2015), Carl Edwards (April 2016) and Hamlin (September 2016). It's the fight that I had when I was in the Xfinity Series and won a race from two laps down in Kansas.

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