Starting lineup for the Toyota Owners 400 at RIR Tom Jensen @tomjensen100 Apr 28, 2017 at 5:39p ET Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400 will be the third and final short-track race this spring in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, with Matt Kenseth starting from the pole at Richmond International Raceway. Getty Images Getty Images 1 Matt Kenseth Three early-season DNFs hurt Kenseth, although his performance has picked up lately. 2 Ryan Blaney The second-year Wood Brothers Racing driver has had a good year so far. 3 Martin Truex Jr. In the day’s only practice, Truex was fastest, ahead of Furniture Row Racing teammate Erik Jones. 4 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Still looking for his first career victory Stenhouse at least has more competitive cars this year. 5 Joey Logano All year long, Logano’s Team Penske Ford has had speed, but he’s still looking for his first victory this season. 6 Kevin Harvick The 2014 NASCAR champion has helped lead the Stewart-Haas Racing switchover to Ford. 7 Kyle Busch One of the big surprises to the season is that Busch hasn’t won yet, but he could on Sunday. 8 Clint Bowyer And Bowyer is still having a great time in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing. 9 Kurt Busch His Daytona 500 victory was an amazing story, but Busch hasn’t had a whole lot of success since then. 10 Jamie McMurray It’s been a good year so far for McMurray, who is an excellent seventh in points. 11 Daniel Suarez A last-minute addition to Joe Gibbs Racing when Carl Edward left, Suarez is learning the ropes in this his rookie seasons. 12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Sunday will be Earnhardt’s penultimate Cup race at Richmond before his retirement at the end of the season. © Matthew T. Thacker/LAT Images www.latphoto.co.uk Matthew T. Thacker 13 Ryan Newman By winning at Phoenix last month, Newman is all but guaranteed a spot in NASCAR’s playoffs. 14 Chase Elliott Still winless, but fast nearly every week, Elliott is second in points in his second season. 15 Brad Keselowski The 2012 champion is one of only two drivers to win twice so far this season, as he’s had fast Team Penske Fords. 16 Denny Hamlin A native of nearby Chesterfield, Virginia., Hamlin is always one of the favorites when NASCAR races at Richmond. 17 Jimmie Johnson Can Johnson win his third straight race? If he does, it wouldn’t be the first time. 18 Kyle Larson The points leader is having a dream season with Chip Ganassi Racing and will look to build on that again this weekend. 19 Kasey Kahne So far this year, Kahne is running about where he has in the past couple of seasons. 20 Erik Jones 21 Danica Patrick Earlier this week, Patrick said her troubles this year were the result of her cars not being good enough. 22 AJ Allmendinger Frankly, it’s been a disappointing season for Allmendinger and the JTG Daugherty Racing team. 23 Chris Buescher An 11th-place run at Martinsville was Buescher’s only top-20 finish so far this year. 24 Ty Dillon Dillon is enjoying a respectable rookie campaign this season. 25 Aric Almirola This is a big weekend for Richard Petty Motorsports, as it’s the home race for sponsor Smithfield. 26 Paul Menard Twenty-fifth in points, Menard will be looking for better results this weekend. 27 Michael McDowell The Leavine Family Racing squad is actually one of the better single-car teams. 28 Landon Cassill So far this season, Cassill has just one finish better than 20th. 29 Trevor Bayne The Roush Fenway Racing organization is performing better this year, with room to improve still. 30 David Ragan At Bristol last week, Ragan tied his season’s-best finish with a 23rd-place run. 31 Gray Gaulding It likely will be another challenging weekend for Gaulding, who has not finished better than 29th. 32 Matt DiBenedetto A 19th-place finish at Bristol last week was DiBenedetto’s best result since Daytona. 33 Reed Sorenson Coming into this race, Sorenson is 35th in points. 34 Corey LaJoie In his rookie season, LaJoie continues to get an education in NASCAR’s top division. 35 Jeffrey Earnhardt This has been a challenging season for Earnhardt, who has a best finish of 26th. 36 Cole Whitt Quietly, Whitt has had a pretty good season, all things considered. 37 Timmy Hill Hill will roll off 37th Sunday. 38 Austin Dillon Dillon will start last because his car flunked inspection five times at Bristol. Next Gallery 10 Ranking past-to-present Dale Earnhardt Jr. Cup crew chiefs Start Gallery » FOX Fantasy Auto Form a Racing Team, Compete for Prizes Play Now!