Sunday, April 24, 2016

Edwards Wins in Richmond

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Carl Edwards won the Toyota Owners 400 from Richmond International Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
Photo courtesy Drew Hallowell/Getty Images
The victory Sunday was Edwards’ second-straight win.  He had to move his teammate Kyle Busch out of the way on the final lap to pick up the win.  Edwards said he was already committed to the inside line when Busch decided to block.

“[Busch] went down to the bottom to park it in 3 and 4 and I had already decided to go down there, so I thought I was going to give him a little nudge,” Edwards said.  “We both got wins and we’re racing for wins and getting these trophies.”

“I didn’t think we had anything, Kyle was so good there for that run.  Kyle’s an amazing teammate.”

Busch said his car wasn’t as good on the long run as Edwards’, and it ultimately cost him the race.

“We had a really great car today,” Busch said.  “We were fast, but not as good as Carl on the long runs.  We did everything right; we did everything we were supposed to do and put ourselves in the right position.”

The race was highlighted by the return of Tony Stewart, who missed the first eight races of the season recovering from a back injury following an off-season crash.  Stewart finished 19th.

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

Photo courtesy Matt Hazlett/Getty Images

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