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RICHMOND, VIRGINIA - APRIL 02: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, and team race engineer Adam Wall celebrate in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on April 02, 2023 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA - APRIL 02: Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, and team race engineer Adam Wall celebrate in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on April 02, 2023 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The NASCAR Cup Series took on Richmond Raceway this weekend for the Toyota Owners 400.

While the NASCAR Truck Series raced at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, both the Cup Series and Xfinity Series were at Richmond Raceway in Virginia.

Twenty-year-old Chandler Smith pulled off the victory in the Xfinity Series race, the first of his career. He pulled double duty and also participated in the Cup race, his series debut.

Hendrick Motorsport’s Alex Bowman sat on the pole for the Cup race; followed by Kyle Busch, William Byron, Ross Chastain and Tyler Reddick.

NASCAR Cup Series: Kyle Larson takes the lead late to win first race of 2023

Byron dominated the show early, winning Stage 1 over Kyle Larson and Ross Chastain, earning some much needed playoff points. In Stage 2, Denny Hamlin stole the show, beating out Christopher Bell and Byron.

Martin Truex Jr. spent the majority of the final stage out front. Thanks to a poor pit stop, he took himself out of contention and ultimately wasn’t even able to bring home a top 10. Instead, Kyle Larson won the race pretty much solely on pit road strategy. He edged out Josh Berry, who is filling in for Chase Elliott as an injury replacement, who brought it home in second.

For the 30-year-old Larson, the victory is the 19th of his career and first of the 2023 campaign. The 2021 series champion has hit a whole new level since returning from a year long suspension in 2020.

NASCAR Cup Series: Toyota Owners 400 results

  1. Kyle Larson
  2. Josh Berry
  3. Ross Chastain
  4. Christopher Bell
  5. Kevin Harvick
  6. Michael McDowell
  7. Joey Logano
  8. Alex Bowman
  9. Ty Gibbs
  10. Brad Keselowski
  11. Martin Truex Jr.
  12. Chase Briscoe
  13. Aric Almirola
  14. Kyle Busch
  15. Todd Gilliland
  16. Tyler Reddick
  17. Chandler Smith
  18. Ryan Preece
  19. Harrison Burton
  20. Denny Hamlin
  21. Corey Lajoie
  22. Bubba Wallace
  23. Daniel Suárez
  24. William Byron
  25. Austin Dillon
  26. Ryan Blaney
  27. AJ Allmendinger
  28. Austin Cindric
  29. Justin Haley
  30. Chris Buescher
  31. Erik Jones
  32. Ty Dillon
  33. Anthony Alfredo
  34. Cody Ware
  35. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  36. JJ Yeley
  37. Noah Gragson (OUT – ACCIDENT)