April 22, 2018
Richmond International Raceway
First race: 1953
Distance: 300 miles (482.803 km)
NASCAR races often change titles, including this one, formerly known as the Capital City 400 presented by Virginia is for Lovers is now called: Toyota Owners 400 and before that it was the "Chevy American Revolution 400".
The Toyota Owners 400 is a 400 lap Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held at the Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. From 2007 to 2011, former race title sponsor Crown Royal named the race after the winner of an essay contest during Daytona Speedweeks. The winner of the first essay contest was Jim Stewart from Houma, Louisiana, with subsequent contests won by Dan Lowry of Columbiana, Ohio and Russ Friedman of Huntington, New York, with the 2010 race being named for Army veteran Heath Calhoun of Clarksville, Tennessee. Since 2010 only military service members have been eligible to win the contest. Crown Royal moved the "Your Name Here" sponsorship to the Brickyard 400 beginning in 2012.
The Toyota Owners 400, formely the Capital City 400 presented by Virginia is for Lovers, is a NASCAR Sprint Cup stock car race held at the Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Since 2007, race title sponsor Crown Royal names the race after the winner of an essay contest during Daytona Speedweeks.
The Richmond 400 race was currently held as a Saturday night event in early May. For several years, it was held as a daytime event the weekend after the Daytona 500 in February. Lights were installed at the facility in 1991, but the spring race remained during the day. Consistent cold weather, and even a snow delay in 1989, prompted track officials to move the race later in the spring. The race was moved around to May or June, and permanently moved from Sunday afternoons to Saturday nights. After a few years, the race eventually fixed as a May race date by 1999
Since that first race in Richmond in 1953, the track has undergone three name changes, four configuration changes and one surface change, from dirt to asphalt. Lights were also added to the facility in 1991. RIR is the only track to hold all of its major events "under the lights."
Today Richmond Raceway raceway is a sprawling, 800- acre, multi-purpose facility that is home to Richmond International Raceway and one of the most versatile special events sites in the country. It has six permanent buildings with more than 300,000 square feet of exhibition and meeting space.
Richmond's unique layout produces tremendous side-by-side racing, yet drivers obtain high enough speeds to give it a super speedway feel. That rare combination still allows for the beating and banging that fans love, with the drivers' skill playing a major role.
Richmond International Raceway is one of the most exciting venues on the NASCAR schedule. Richmond International Raceway is one of just three short tracks still on the NASCAR schedule, including Martinsville Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway. Richmond may be a short track, but the NASCAR racing is fast and exciting. Richmond NASCAR odds are also available for the NASCAR Busch Series, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the Indy Racing League's Indy Car Series at any of the Racebooks we offer.
2017 Toyota Owners 400 Winner: Joey Logano
2016 Toyota Owners 400 Winner: Carl Edwards
2015 Toyota Owners 400 Winner: Kurt Busch
2014 Toyota Owners 400 Winner: Joey Logano
2013 Toyota Owners 400 Winner
Kevin Harvick held off Clint Bowyer on a green-white checkered finish to win the 2013 Toyota Owners 400 to claim his first Sprint Cup victory of this NASCAR Season.
2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400 Winner
Kyle Busch wins the Capital City 400 Presented by Virginia is for Lovers at Richmond International Raceway. Busch got this NASCAR victory after pulling away from Dale Earnhardt Jr. after a restart with eight laps left.
2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400 Winner
A dominating performance and strong engine at the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400 at Richmond International Raceway earned Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing the victory and a coveted post-race contingency award. Busch led four times for a race-high 235 laps -- including the final 84 -- en route to a dominating win, his third consecutive spring Richmond race victory and 11th top-10 finish in 13 races at the .75-mile oval.
2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400 Winner
Kyle Busch celebrates with an impressive burnout after winning the Crown Royal Presents The Heath Calhoun 400. Kyle Busch snapped a 21-race losing streak -- an eternity by his standards -- with a late-race pass at Richmond International Raceway that denied Jeff Gordon yet another victory. Harvick was third and was followed by Richard Childress Racing teammate Jeff Burton as Chevrolets finished second through fourth. Carl Edwards was fifth in a Ford, followed by Juan Pablo Montoya, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Newman and Marcos Ambrose. Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top 10.
2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400 Winner
Kyle Busch won the Crown Royal Presents the Russ Friedman 400 at Richmond International Raceway, beating Tony Stewart to the checkered flag by 2.75 seconds. Jeff Burton, Ryan Newman and Mark Martin round out the top 5 in the running order. Kyle Busch pushed the #18 Toyota to an average speed of 90.627 mph and led 53 of the race's 400 laps, taking home $257,248. The race ran 3:18:37 and saw 21 lead changes. Due to 15 yellow flags, the race spent 79 laps under caution.