NASCAR: Carl Edwards earns controversial Toyota Owners 400 win at Richmond International Speedway
[dropcap style=”style1″]I[/dropcap]n the final lap of the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup race, Carl Edwards ran up on the rear of Kyle Busch’s car in Turn 4, executed a bump-and-run that pushed the No. 18 up the track, allowing Edwards to go by and take the victory leaving Busch with a second place finish at Richmond International Raceway.
The win was Edwards’ second in a row, having won the previous week at Bristol Motor Speedway, “I was just so much faster I had to give him a little tap, and we got by him,” Edwards said. “I didn’t think I was going to get him hard enough. I thought it would just be a bump-and-go, but we got the win.”
Edwards, who led a race-high 151 laps, admitted there was some hesitation whether to get physical with Busch, but with each owning victories and with Busch appearing to slow in final corner, Edwards felt he should do whatever necessary in an attempt to win.
“He went to get down to the bottom and park it in (Turns) 3 and 4, and I had already decided to go down there,” Edwards said. “So I thought, ‘Man, I’m going to give him a little nudge,’ and we both have got wins and we’re racing for fun getting these trophies.”
Busch commented little regarding what transpired with Edwards in the final corner. “It’s racing, I guess,” Busch said.
Team owner Joe Gibbs was diplomatic saying the organization will work through any lingering hard feelings in its weekly competition meeting Tuesday.
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne finished third and fourth, respectively, with pole-sitter Kevin Harvick fifth.