Breaking It Down: Richmond’s Tire Strategy Reshuffle

Racing is known as the fastest chess match in the world due to the strategy and split-second decisions that keep fans on their toes. However, under the right circumstances, the race-winning moves are not made by the driver on the track, but by the crew chief on pit road.

This was the case in Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway, when Denny Hamlin and his crew chief Chirs Gabehart employed a daring tire strategy that allowed them to walk away with victory in the closing laps.

For most of the final stage, William Byron was poised to escape with victory. With such a commanding lead, it seemed only caution could stand between Bryon and victory. Or so it seemed.