Edwards bumps to victory at Richmond

Edwards for the second-straight week celebrates in Victory Lane

Edwards for the second-straight week celebrates in Victory Lane

Carl Edwards has scored back-to-back victories with a final corner ‘bump-and-run’ to beat home team-mate Kyle Busch at Richmond.

Edwards closed-in on his Joe Gibbs Racing stablemate through the final laps. As they made their way through traffic, Busch had Edwards glued to his bumper, when Edwards made the dive on the final corner and moved his fellow Toyota driver up the track.

The result was the fourth-straight week that the Gibbs operation had gone to Victory Lane, after Busch had scored back-to-back wins prior to Edwards’ run. It was the first time since 2010 that Edwards had scored two wins in succession.

“Kyle is an amazing teammate,” said Edwards. “He got really slow there at the end, it’s like something happened to him on that last lap. He went down in Turn 1, and I dove it in, and I’m like ‘Man, I got something here.’

“We’ve both got wins. We’re racing for fun, getting these trophies. Just an awesome day. Man, I didn’t think we had anything for him. Kyle was so good. If (crew chief) Dave (Rogers) hadn’t screamed at me on the radio to just go get him, I don’t know if I ever would have caught him. Big win for us.”

As pleased as Edwards was, it was a far more subdued Kyle Busch post-race.

“It’s racing I guess,” said Kyle Busch.

“We had a really great car. We were fast — maybe not as good as Carl on the long run. The guys gave me everything we needed today. We lost it there on the second-to-last run, but we had a shot to win and that’s all that matters.”

Another driver in focus at Richmond was Tony Stewart, who made his first start of the season after missing the first eight races after an off-track recreational vehicle accident prior to the Daytona 500.

“What I’ll remember is how much fun I had today,” said Stewart who finished 19th despite a puncture mid race.

“This place is so cool anyway. It’s always been my favourite race track. I had a good time. I’m looking forward to running the rest of the year with these guys.”

In a similar situation to Kyle Busch 12 months ago, Stewart can still win the championship if he can win a race and finish the “regular season” inside the top 30 in points.

VIDEO: Race recap

VIDEO: Victory Lane

 

RESULTS: Toyota Owners 400 – Richmond International Raceway

POS.   CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 4 400 151 Running 45 5
2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 9 400 78 Running 40 1
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 3 400 44 Running 39 1
4 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 8 400 0 Running 37 0
5 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 1 400 63 Running 37 1
6 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 5 400 1 Running 36 1
7 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 13 400 2 Running 35 1
8 22 Joey Logano Ford 2 400 0 Running 33 0
9 78 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 22 400 0 Running 32 0
10 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 7 400 55 Running 32 1
11 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 6 400 6 Running 31 1
12 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 23 400 0 Running 29 0
13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 16 400 0 Running 28 0
14 16 Greg Biffle Ford 19 400 0 Running 27 0
15 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 15 400 0 Running 26 0
16 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 27 400 0 Running 25 0
17 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 17 400 0 Running 24 0
18 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 14 400 0 Running 23 0
19 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 18 400 0 Running 22 0
20 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 11 400 0 Running 21 0
21 43 Aric Almirola Ford 24 400 0 Running 20 0
22 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 26 400 0 Running 19 0
23 23 David Ragan Toyota 30 400 0 Running 18 0
24 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 21 400 0 Running 17 0
25 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 10 400 0 Running 16 0
26 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 12 400 0 Running 15 0
27 38 Landon Cassill Ford 28 399 0 Running 14 0
28 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 29 399 0 Running 13 0
29 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 25 399 0 Running 12 0
30 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 36 399 0 Running 11 0
31 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 32 399 0 Running 10 0
32 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 34 399 0 Running 9 0
33 15 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 39 398 0 Running 8 0
34 34 Chris Buescher Ford 33 396 0 Running 7 0
35 44 Brian Scott Ford 20 395 0 Running 6 0
36 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 40 394 0 Running 5 0
37 93 Ryan Ellis Toyota 37 393 0 Running 4 0
38 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt Ford 38 392 0 Running 3 0
39 30 Josh Wise Chevrolet 31 390 0 Running 2 0
40 55 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 35 390 0 Running 1 0

 

STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Carl Edwards 331 Leader 9 2 5 8 0
2 Kevin Harvick 324 -7 9 1 4 8 0
3 Jimmie Johnson 310 -21 9 2 5 6 0
4 Kyle Busch 302 -29 9 2 7 7 1
5 Joey Logano 299 -32 9 0 3 6 0
6 Kurt Busch 279 -52 9 0 2 7 0
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr 278 -53 9 0 4 5 1
8 Denny Hamlin 258 -73 9 1 3 4 1
9 Brad Keselowski 255 -76 9 1 2 4 0
10 Martin Truex Jr 246 -85 9 0 1 4 0
11 Chase Elliott 234 -97 9 0 2 5 1
12 Austin Dillon 234 -97 9 0 2 4 0
13 Jamie McMurray 224 -107 9 0 0 1 0
14 Kasey Kahne 222 -109 9 0 1 3 0
15 Matt Kenseth 212 -119 9 0 0 2 1
16 Ryan Newman 205 -126 9 0 0 2 1
17 AJ Allmendinger 204 -127 9 0 1 2 0
18 Trevor Bayne 196 -135 9 0 1 1 0
19 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 193 -138 9 0 1 2 1
20 Ryan Blaney 187 -144 9 0 0 2 1
21 Paul Menard 186 -145 9 0 0 1 1
22 Kyle Larson 184 -147 9 0 1 2 1
23 Greg Biffle 167 -164 9 0 0 0 2
24 Aric Almirola 165 -166 9 0 0 0 1
25 Danica Patrick 148 -183 9 0 0 0 2
26 Casey Mears 141 -190 9 0 0 0 0
27 Landon Cassill 140 -191 9 0 0 0 0
28 Brian Scott 131 -200 9 0 0 0 0
29 Clint Bowyer 126 -205 9 0 0 1 1
30 Matt DiBenedetto 123 -208 9 0 0 1 1
31 Regan Smith 118 -213 9 0 0 1 1
32 David Ragan 116 -215 9 0 0 0 1
33 Michael McDowell 100 -231 8 0 0 0 0
34 Chris Buescher 97 -234 9 0 0 0 1
35 Michael Annett 87 -244 9 0 0 0 0
36 Brian Vickers 86 -245 5 0 0 1 1
37 Cole Whitt 62 -269 7 0 0 0 2
38 Jeffrey Earnhardt 36 -295 6 0 0 0 0
39 Josh Wise 34 -297 8 0 0 0 2
40 Tony Stewart 22 -309 1 0 0 0 0
41 Michael Waltrip 12 -319 1 0 0 0 0
42 Bobby Labonte 11 -320 1 0 0 0 0
43 Reed Sorenson 11 -320 4 0 0 0 1
44 Ryan Ellis 4 -327 1 0 0 0 0
45 Robert Richardson 3 -328 1 0 0 0 1
46 Ty Dillon 0 -331 5 0 0 0 0
47 Joey Gase 0 -331 2 0 0 0 0
48 David Gilliland 0 -331 0 0 0 0 0

 

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