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April 23, 2013, Staff report,

Sprint Cup Series: Toyota Owners 400 results Nationwide Series: ToyotaCare 250 results

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series both traveled to Richmond International Raceway this week for a pair of night races, won by Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski, respectively.

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In The Rearview

It was another wild weekend in NASCAR, and what better way to catch up on the action than with our new column, In the Rearview? Check out all the interesting tidbits from Kenny Bruce, including how Aric Almirola is on the move, insightful stats on green-white-checkered dominance and the week’s best quotes. | Read the full story

Harvick wins thriller

Kevin Harvick went from seventh place to first on a restart to take a dramatic green-white-checkered finish and win the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Harvick spoiled Juan Pablo Montoya's bid for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory on an oval track. | Read the full story

Busch’s eventful night

After tangling with three different drivers -- including one (Tony Stewart) on the cool-down lap -- Kurt Busch was more interested in talking about results. He finished ninth Saturday, and took an interesting road into the top 10. | Read the full story

No win, no problem

Juan Pablo Montoya led 67 laps and was in position to win Saturday night’s Toyota Owners 400. Then came a late caution. While that ruined his chances of winning, it didn’t ruin his night -- the No. 42 team was thrilled with a top-five. | Read the full story

Patience pays off

Jamie McMurray and his No. 1 team didn’t get the results they wanted last year, but for the greater good, they spent time experimenting late in 2012. That’s paid off in 2013, with McMurray at 10th in the standings. | Read the full story

Engine caution

Given the penalties to Matt Kenseth’s team earlier in the week, Clint Bowyer’s team has erred on the side of caution. The No. 15 crew swapped out engines before Richmond because one connecting rod was too close to the legal minimum. | Read the full story

Scott, Piquet fight

Brian Scott and Nelson Piquet Jr. fight after Friday’s race at Richmond International Raceway. Scott accuses Piquet of a low blow, and both drivers are summoned to the series hauler to talk things out. Watch the video | Read the full story

Kes cashes in

Brad Keselowski outdueled a pair of fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars to win his first Nationwide Series race of the year Friday. Keselowski’s win ended Kyle Busch’s three-race series winning streak. | Read the full story

Annett may be out until Charlotte

Michael Annett, out of the No. 43 Nationwide Series car since a crash in the season-opening race at Daytona, will be sidelined a little longer as he continues to recover from a sternum injury. | Read the full story

Police: RCR crew members charged

Two Richard Childress Racing crew members were charged and released early Saturday morning by the Henrico County (Va.) Police after a post-race altercation on the grounds of Richmond International Raceway. | Read the full story

A well-earned pole

It’s been a difficult week for Matt Kenseth, but the driver drove through the adversity to claim the pole for the second consecutive week. His pace at Richmond International Raceway set a new track record. | Read the full story

Gibbs gives take

Joe Gibbs agrees his No. 20 team should be penalized for having a light rod in Matt Kenseth’s car. Where the JGR owners disagrees, though, is with the penalty’s severity. He spoke Friday at Richmond. | Read the full story

Disagreement discussed

Danica Patrick chided David Gilliland over her radio during last week’s race, and Gilliland responded with a tersely worded reply later that night. The two seem to be on the same page after talking at Richmond, though. | Read the full story

No. 20 team keeps eye on Chase

After being hit hard with a penalty for an underweight engine part at Kansas Speedway, Matt Kenseth and team are insisting their win was fair -- especially crew chief Jason Ratcliff, who spoke to the media Friday afternoon. The team will look to prove that this weekend at Richmond. | Read the full story

Pemberton chimes in on penalties

Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of competition, spoke out Friday to outline the sanctioning body's approach to Matt Kenseth's penalty, one of the most severe in the sport's history, illustrating what care was taken with the case of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' most recent winning car and what areas of the rule book are strict no-nos. | Read the full story

Busch wins Showdown

Kyle Busch is coming off a rough week at Kansas Speedway, but things sure are looking promising this time around. Busch started the weekend by winning Denny Hamlin's Short Track Showdown at nearby Southside Speedway. Can he keep the momentum for a Richmond sweep? | Read the full story

Kenseth responds to penalty

Matt Kenseth sounded off on penalties handed down Wednesday by NASCAR, saying that his team's engine violations were an honest mistake and did not enhance the performance of the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota that carried him to victory the previous weekend at Kansas Speedway. | Read the full story

Kenseth's crew chief's take

Jason Ratcliff said members of Joe Gibbs Racing expected NASCAR to come down hard on the team for an engine infraction discovered two days after Matt Kenseth’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory in Kansas, but admitted that “some of those penalties were quite surprising, were quite shocking.” | Read the full story

Hamlin not cleared to race

Denny Hamlin won't be able to race in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. After checking his latest round of scans, doctors told Hamlin he had not healed enough to get back in his No. 11. | Read the full story

Danica, Comedy Central team up

The orange-haired cartoon face on Danica Patrick's No. 10 car won't be the only man smiling at the Sprint Cup Series driver this weekend. During an appearance on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," host Stephen Colbert offered Patrick a sticker of his face bearing a goofy grin for placement on her car at Richmond International Raceway. | Read the full story

Earnhardt's effort pays off

When JR Motorsports had an open seat in its No. 5 car for Saturday night’s Nationwide Series event at Richmond International Raceway, the call ultimately went to Jeffrey Earnhardt -- who was working on a boat and getting ready to go out fishing when the phone rang. | Read the full story

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