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Edwards steals one at Richmond

NASCAR Sprint Cup
Saturday, September 07, 2013

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Carl Edwards
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Carl Edwards won Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400, and the final five spots in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup were decided in a captivating regular-season finale at Richmond International Raceway.

Edwards led 46 laps, all at the end of the race, and passed leader Paul Menard on the final restart of the night.

Meanwhile, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Joey Logano earned automatic entries into the Chase by finishing the regular season in the top 10 in points. Kasey Kahne, who had already earned a Wild Card berth, is joined by Martin Truex Jr. as Wild Card entries in the postseason.

It came down to the final lap, and Logano’s 22nd-place finish put him in 10th place, one point ahead of Jeff Gordon. Gordon was 11th in the standings, but finished the season without a win.

He finished eighth on Saturday.

Truex Jr. and Newman both had 741 points following the race, and Truex Jr. had the tiebreaker -- both drivers had one victory this year, but Truex had a second-place finish.

Defending series champion Keselowski won't return to defend his title. He had one of the strongest cars in the field early and led 142 laps before getting caught up in an unfortunate caution on Lap 344.

Gordon’s Chase hopes took heavy damage when he began reporting a vibration on Lap 225. The veteran was forced to bring his No. 24 Chevrolet into pit road for an unscheduled stop to repair a loose tire, and by the time he got back on track, he was in 25th place and two laps down.

Gordon chugged past leader Keselowski to get back within one lap down, and was the beneficiary on the next caution to put himself in position for one final surge.

Jimmie Johnson finished outside the top 25 for the fourth consecutive race. He didn’t log a single practice lap in his No. 48 Chevrolet due to the birth of his second daughter. Regan Smith qualified Johnson’s car, which was sent to the rear of the field for a driver change.

Johnson eventually lost power on Lap 223 and went behind the wall. When he returned to the race, he was 24 laps down.

Results

Pos Car Driver MFG start Laps Laps Led Status
1 99 Carl Edwards Ford 26 400 46 Running
2 78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 2 400 73 Running
3 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 24 400 4 Running
4 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 7 400 6 Running
5 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 22 400 3 Running
6 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 5 400 5 Running
7 56 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 11 400 0 Running
8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 1 400 49 Running
9 14 Mark Martin Chevrolet 16 400 0 Running
10 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 21 400 0 Running
11 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 17 400 0 Running
12 16 Greg Biffle Ford 9 400 0 Running
13 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 14 400 0 Running
14 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 18 400 0 Running
15 47 AJ Allmendinger Toyota 34 400 0 Running
16 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 12 400 0 Running
17 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 3 400 142 Running
18 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 19 400 0 Running
19 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 13 400 0 Running
20 43 Aric Almirola Ford 15 400 0 Running
21 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 6 399 0 Running
22 22 Joey Logano Ford 8 399 0 Running
23 38 David Gilliland Ford 37 399 0 Running
24 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 20 399 0 Running
25 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 4 398 72 Running
26 13 Casey Mears Ford 25 397 0 Running
27 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 32 397 0 Running
28 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 33 397 0 Running
29 34 David Ragan Ford 23 397 0 Running
30 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 36 396 0 Running
31 7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 40 396 0 Running
32 83 David Reutimann Toyota 35 395 0 Running
33 33 Tony Raines Chevrolet 41 395 0 Running
34 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 28 395 0 Running
35 51 Ryan Truex Chevrolet 38 395 0 Running
36 36 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 43 393 0 Running
37 32 Ken Schrader Ford 42 393 0 Running
38 30 David Stremme Toyota 29 391 0 Running
39 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 31 388 0 Running
40 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 10 372 0 Running
41 35 Josh Wise Ford 27 142 0 Vibration
42 95 Reed Sorenson Ford 39 126 0 Brakes
43 98 Michael McDowell Ford 30 76 0 Brakes

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