Carl Edwards bumps past Kyle Busch on final lap for Richmond win

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Source:   —  April 25, 2016, at 4:56 AM

-- Carl Edwards bumped teammate Kyle Busch off his racing line in the latest turn and passed him to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Sunday.

Carl Edwards bumps past Kyle Busch on final lap for Richmond win

RICHMOND, Va. -- Carl Edwards bumped teammate Kyle Busch off his racing line in the latest turn and passed him to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on Sunday.

Edwards, who'd fallen nearly 1.5 seconds behind his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate after a restart with thirty-six laps to go, gradually ran him down until the final lap. Then he slipped underneath Busch, a master blocker in late-race situations, and nudged him just sufficient to authorize Edwards to obtain interior him for his second consecutive victory. It was the fourth in a row and fifth in nine races for the Gibbs stable.

"Kyle'south an incredible teammate, and it'south love he got really unhurried there at the end," Edwards said. "Something happened that latest lap. It'south love his rear tires went off or something, and he went down into [turn] one, and I dove it in, and I got to him, and I thought, 'Man, I've got something here.' Then he went to obtain down to the bottom to park it in three and four, and I'd already decided to go down there, so I thought, 'Man, I'm going to give him a little nudge.'

"We've both got wins. We're racing for fun and getting these trophies. Just an awesome day."

After falling so distant behind, Edwards was surprised to finally discover himself in position to challenge for the victory.

"Man, I didn't think we'd anything. Kyle was just so excellent for that run. I was just doing everything I could. He never spun his tires," he said. "If Dave [crew chief Rogers] hadn't screamed at me to just go obtain him, I don't know if I'd have dove it in there that hard."

Busch seemed less than amused after being denied his third triumph in the past four races.

"We just kind of gave it up a tiny bit there on the latest lap, but I guess that'south racing, and we move on," he said. "... We'd a really great car... We were fast, maybe not as excellent as Carl was on the long runs, but we did everything right, everything we were supposed to do."

Jimmie Johnson finished third, followed by Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne and pole-sitter Kevin Harvick.

The race was the first since one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven that was scheduled for during the day at Richmond, and the racing made a enormous fan of Johnson.

"We'd multiple lanes that laid the rubber in the race track, and we didn't have all those marbles construct up on the outside, where it really Ltd your opportunities up high," he said. "It was fun. The cars were slipping and sliding. There was a ton of falloff. I enjoyed the long runs. I really love sizing up guys that I'm racing with and seeing how that works out. And then, at the end, we'd a bunch of short runs."

Kahne was trying to hang on to a excellent finish at the finish and missed the drama ahead of him.

"I didn't watch," he said. "I wish I'd have. It sounded love a great battle."

Edwards dominated the first half of the race by leading one hundred twenty of the first two hundred laps, and he continued to lead until Kevin Harvick slipped underneath him with one hundred seventy laps to go. Edwards faded for a time but wound up leading seven times for a race-high one hundred fifty-one laps.

Seven other drivers also led, with Busch, Harvick, Kurt Busch and Johnson leading for at least forty-four laps.

Game notes
Jimmie Johnson has three career victories at Richmond but none since September 2008... Gibbs cars have won the past three races and four of the first eight... The race went green for the first one hundred fifty-seven laps, the longest green-flag running to start a race at Richmond since one thousand nine hundred seventy-nine and only the fourth time in the past forty-seven races in the premier series that the first one hundred laps were run caution-free.

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