Carl Edwards Doubles-Up at Richmond International Raceway

Edwards Grabs Second RIR Win in First Day Race Since 1997

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Carl Edwards scored his second RIR victory in dramatic fashion after using the bump-and-run on his teammate Kyle Busch.

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Carl Edwards used the bump-and-run on teammate Kyle Busch coming out of the final turn on the final lap to win the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Edwards and his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was up-front for most of the day and led 151 laps, but found himself chasing down teammate Busch after a multitude of cautions in the final 100 laps.

“Kyle, at the same time, it looked like maybe his tires went away,” said Edwards.  “Going down the back straight, I thought he'd spun his tires, they were hot.  I knew I was going to run the bottom.  Somehow he knew I was going to run the bottom, too.  So he went there.  He squared up the car, slowed down.  He was pretty certain I was going to bump him.  At that point it's like, Man, we're so much faster into the corner, I had to try something. So, yeah, awesome win for us.  Like coach said, I wish it was anybody but my teammate that we had to race like that with.  Big picture to me, we both got wins and we're both in the Chase and it's fun to race your teammate for the win.”

Busch led 78 laps in his second place effort.

“Our Banfield Camry was really awesome today.  We had some real good speed,” said Busch.  “Adam (Stevens) and the guys made some great adjustments.  Second to the last run, we were fading a little bit.  The adjustments Adam made certainly helped our car a lot, got us into the position we needed to be.”

Jimmie Johnson finished third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick.

For Edwards, the win was his second in as many weeks.

“That's the most fun I've had at Richmond.  That was a blast,” said Edwards.  “I don't know what it looks like from the outside, but from the inside, all the cars were out there searching for grip.  Crew chiefs are making changes.  It really was about managing the Goodyears on the racetrack, sliding the tires around, the line you took mattered.  It was really a lot of fun. I had some great races with people out there.  I think the day race, the heat helped, the lower downforce package helped, the Goodyear tire helped.  It was just really a lot of fun to race.”

The race was the first scheduled day race at Richmond International Raceway since 1997.

“I think definitely our fans are extremely loyal.  They love great racing.  I think today was a great race,” said team owners Joe Gibbs.  “I think the changes we made in the off-season are great.  I know that Richmond made a decision, too, that they wanted to have a day race so they could invite families and have more family participation.  I certainly saw that. I think for all those reasons, yeah.  I think if we have great races, we know that got our fan support.  And certainly here at Richmond, too.  So I think we got a lot to look forward to in the future, I really do.”

The race was slowed eight times for caution and there were 23 lead changes among eight drivers.

Racing returns to Richmond September 9-10 for the Federated Auto Parts 400 race weekend.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 29th and can be purchased online at www.rir.com or by calling 866-455-7223.

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