Joey Logano ended the race in third behind Harvick and Bowyer. Montoya settled for a disappointing fourth with Burton ending up fifth in the final rundown.
Despite once again coming up short of his first Sprint Cup victory on an oval, Montoya was surprisingly chipper post-race.
“We got that caution at the end and it was a no brainer to take tires,” Montoya said. “I think what hurt us was we restarted on the outside. When you restart on the outside and people have really bad tires, everything stacks up.
“You can’t, when you are on the outside, where are you going to jump? When you are on the inside you can just jump to the guys inside, like Harvick did. When Harvick went by I tried to get to the bottom, but the 22 (Logano) was there,” Montoya said. “Remember, before this we had six really bad weeks. Everybody on the Depends Chevy this week did an amazing job. I’m just really proud of the guys.”
Carl Edwards wheeled his Ford Fusion to a sixth-place finish. Matt Kenseth, who started from the pole and led the most laps, was seventh. Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. completed the top-10.
Kyle Busch, who had won the last four spring events at Richmond Int’l Raceway, was involved in a crash on lap 328 and finished 24th.