Richmond’s final restart ‘awful close’ but deemed good by NASCAR

NASCAR did review the final restart from Sunday night’s Cup series race at Richmond Raceway after Martin Truex Jr. accused Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin of firing off early.

“We reviewed that, we looked at it,” Elton Sawyer, NASCAR’s senior vice president of competition, said. “Obviously, the 11 (Hamlin) was the control vehicle. It was awful close, but we deemed it to be a good restart.”

Hamlin won the Toyota Owners 400 and Truex finished fourth after overtime when the final caution flew with two laps to go because of a Kyle Larson spin. The caution sent the field to pit road for the final time, which got Hamlin the race lead as he beat Truex off pit road.