Carl Edwards won his second straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event after spectacularly nudging teammate Kyle Bush on the final turn at Richmond.
Edwards marched to Victory Lane in another emphatic NASCAR finish that had him beaming with joy and Kyle Bush wishing he had a loaded shotgun to aim at Edwards.
It looked like Busch had the victory sealed until the final turn of the race when Edwards finally caught him and decided to nudge the No. 18 Toyota of Busch. Surprisingly, it was the first final-lap pass for a win in Richmonds long and storied history.
Edwards pondered whether to attempt the pass, but like all drivers wanting to get shit done in this world, Edwards decided he was going to show big balls – and that he did. Risking a Joe Gibbs racing wipeout, Edwards successfully pushed Busch out the way and sprinted home towards the checkered flag.
“Yeah, it was a huge question. Kyle’s an amazing teammate. It’s like he just got really slow right there at the end. Something happened that last lap. His rear tires went off or something, Edwards told FOX Sports.”
Busch was surprisingly calm after being forced into second.
“We were fast. Maybe not as good as Carl on the long runs, but we did everything right. We did everything we were supposed to do and put ourselves in the right position, said Bush.”