Carl Edwards wasn’t going to be denied his first win at Bristol, nor was he going to be denied his second straight win at Richmond. Carl made sure of that on the final lap, as he became the first driver in Richmond’s history to do so by passing Kyle Busch. Kyle was well on his way to winning his third Sprint Cup race in four tries, and leading with the most wins in 2016, but is instead in a three-way tie with Edwards and Jimmie Johnson with two each.
There were eight different leaders throughout the Toyota Owners 400, with five leading 40 laps or more. Carl led the most with 151, for a total of 626 and taking over the points lead from Kevin Harvick. Kurt Busch battled brother Kyle for the lead with 55 laps led, but a sudden change to his car after a pit stop forced Kurt to drop like a rock and never recovered. Kyle led 78
Harvick was awarded the pole after the first practice when qualifying was washed out on Friday and led 63 laps, the third most. A fifth place finish along with Carl’s win knocks him back to third in points and Kyle up to second. Kasey Kahne got his best finish of the season in fourth, his second top 10 in three races. Johnson led 44 laps and locked in a third place spot.
The rest of the top 10 were Denny Hamlin sixth, Matt Kenseth seventh, Joey Logano eighth, Martin Truex Jr ninth and Kurt 10th. In true Kyle fashion, he wouldn’t speak immediately after the race, which shows his usual frustration. There was no doubt that he and Samantha were extremely upset after the bump. How Carl was able to catch him after hitting loose spots on the track is anyone’s guess. Carl could just be getting better than his teammate.
Tony Stewart made his return from his back injury after missing eight races and finished 19th.
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