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Edwards Bumps Way To Second Straight Win

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Sunday, April 24 2016
Carl Edwards used speed and his front bumper to win at Richmond on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Rusty Jarrett )

Carl Edwards used speed and his front bumper to win at Richmond on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Rusty Jarrett )

By Jim Pedley | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com

Carl Edwards bumped teammate Kyle Busch out of the lead on the final lap and went on to win Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway.

The victory was the second straight for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver. He led 151 laps Sunday, a week after winning Bristol.

sprint-logo-08“Kyle’s an amazing teammate,” Edwards said. “It’s like he got really slow there at the end. Something happened there that last lap. It was like his rear tires when off or something.

Busch, looking for his third win of the season, finished second.

“It’s racing, I guess,” Busch said of getting bumped out of the victory. “We were fast but maybe not as good as Carl on long runs. We did everything, right, we did everything we were supposed to do and put ourselves in the right position.”

Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne finished third and fourth.

Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing finished fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch.

Edwards dogged leader Kyle Busch over the 20 laps but could not pull even. As the final lap began, Edwards said he thought there was no way he was going to be able to get past the defending series champion.

Then he responded to a command over the radio from crew chief Dave Rogers to “just go get him”.

“He went down into (Turn) 1 and I dove it in and I got to him and I thought, man, I got something here,” Edwards said. “Then he went to get down to the bottom (of the .75-mile RIR oval) to park it in 3 and 4 and I already decided to go down there so I thought, man, I’m going to give him a little nudge. We both got wins (that will get them into the Chase) and were racing for fun and getting these trophies.”

Tony Stewart, who was driving in his first race in 2016 after sitting out eight races with an injury, finished 19th – and loved it.

“How much fun I had in it,” the three-time champion said when asked about what he liked. “This place is so cool anyway. It’s always been my favorite race track. Like we predicted, a day race we’d be all over the race track. That’s what made it fun. The drivers got to dictate it today as far as….  You weren’t just stuck in one line. You had the ability to move around and change lines. We got in a spot there with a group of five cars racing for position once and it was fun because the five of us totally ran the track totally different. So, it made it a lot of fun.

“We got the lap down there. I got a lap down and almost drove back by and got my lap back. But Carl (Edwards) was strong. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to hang on long, but I was going to hold on as long as I could and hope we got a caution. It just seemed like we would get really close to being able to get that Lucky Dog spot back, and something would happen and we’d miss it by one. So, magic cautions coming out at wrong times for us. But it was fun. I had a good time and I’m looking forward to running the rest of this year with these guys.”

(This story will be updated shortly)

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race – Toyota Owners 400
Richmond International Raceway
Richmond, Virginia
Sunday, April 24, 2016

  1. (4) Carl Edwards, Toyota, 400.
  2. (9) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 400.
  3. (3) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 400.
  4. (8) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 400.
  5. (1) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 400.
  6. (5) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 400.
  7. (13) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 400.
  8. (2) Joey Logano, Ford, 400.
  9. (22) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 400.
  10. (7) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 400.
  11. (6) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 400.
  12. (23) Chase Elliott #, Chevrolet, 400.
  13. (16) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 400.
  14. (19) Greg Biffle, Ford, 400.
  15. (15) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 400.
  16. (27) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 400.
  17. (17) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 400.
  18. (14) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 400.
  19. (18) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 400.
  20. (11) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 400.
  21. (24) Aric Almirola, Ford, 400.
  22. (26) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 400.
  23. (30) David Ragan, Toyota, 400.
  24. (21) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 400.
  25. (10) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 400.
  26. (12) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 400.
  27. (28) Landon Cassill, Ford, 399.
  28. (29) * Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 399.
  29. (25) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 399.
  30. (36) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, 399.
  31. (32) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 399.
  32. (34) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 399.
  33. (39) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 398.
  34. (33) Chris Buescher #, Ford, 396.
  35. (20) Brian Scott #, Ford, 395.
  36. (40) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 394.
  37. (37) * Ryan Ellis(i), Toyota, 393.
  38. (38) Jeffrey Earnhardt #, Ford, 392.
  39. (31) * Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 390.
  40. (35) * Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 390.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  97.07 mph.

Time of Race:  3 Hrs, 05 Mins, 26 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.675 Seconds.

Caution Flags:  8 for 49 laps.

Lead Changes:  23 among 8 drivers.

Lap Leaders:   K. Harvick 1-21; J. Johnson 22-63; C. Edwards 64; J. Johnson 65; C. Edwards 66-89; D. Hamlin 90; J. Johnson 91; M. Kenseth 92-93; C. Edwards 94-157; Kyle Busch 158-168; C. Edwards 169-196; Kyle Busch 197; C. Edwards 198-229; K. Harvick 230-270; B. Keselowski 271-273; K. Harvick 274; B. Keselowski 275-277; Kurt Busch 278-286; Kyle Busch 287-314; Kurt Busch 315-360; Kyle Busch 361-363; C. Edwards 364; Kyle Busch 365-399; C. Edwards 400;.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  C. Edwards 7 times for 151 laps; Kyle Busch 5 times for 78 laps; K. Harvick 3 times for 63 laps; Kurt Busch 2 times for 55 laps; J. Johnson 3 times for 44 laps; B. Keselowski 2 times for 6 laps; M. Kenseth 1 time for 2 laps; D. Hamlin 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 16 in Points: C. Edwards – 331; K. Harvick – 324; J. Johnson – 310; Kyle Busch – 302; J. Logano – 299; Kurt Busch – 279; D. Earnhardt Jr. – 278; D. Hamlin – 258; B. Keselowski – 255; M. Truex Jr. – 246; C. Elliott # – 234; A. Dillon – 234; J. Mcmurray – 224; K. Kahne – 222; M. Kenseth – 212; R. Newman – 205.

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Sunday, April 24 2016
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