BUSCH: Edwards punts for Richmond win

Carl Edwards punted Elliott Sadler on the last lap to win the Funai 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Sadler pulled past Johnny Sauter with nine laps to go taking Carl Edwards with him to gain the lead. Sadler pulled out to a two car...

Carl Edwards punted Elliott Sadler on the last lap to win the Funai 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Sadler pulled past Johnny Sauter with nine laps to go taking Carl Edwards with him to gain the lead. Sadler pulled out to a two car advantage over Edwards when a late race caution with three laps to go, set up a green/white/checker finish.

Sadler complained of a flat tire under caution but the crew decided not to pit. On the restart, Sadler could not hold off the hard charging car of Edwards and the two battled door-to-door on the last lap, as Edwards almost wrecked the No. 90 Ford on the final pass.

"On that racetrack he washed up in the middle of the corner," said Edwards. "We bumped and he washed up into the corner. He said he wouldn't have raced me that way.I think he plans on a little retaliation later on. I hope he goes home and watches the tape."

In the end, Edwards led just one lap on his way to earning his second win of the season.

"I hope Elliott (Sadler) is not upset," Edwards continued. "We are just here to win."

Sadler had some heated words for Edwards post race as he settled for second. This is Sadler's second consecutive second place finish in the No. 90 CitiFinancial Ford.

"I just told him (Edwards) I would not race him like that," said Sadler. "I try and be a smooth driver and race hard.I think he knew he wasn't as good as us and just tried to knock us out of the way.we had a good good race tonight and we learned a lot.

"I think I have a good Cup car for tomorrow night."

Johnny Sauter was third. It is Sauter's best finish of the season.

"Physical night," said Sauter. "A lot of hard racing. I am disappointed at all the cautions we have had in the Busch series this year. It seems like we haven't had a lot of good green flag racing."

Pole sitter Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle complete the top five.

As per usual it was a wild and wreck filled Busch race at Richmond including a thirteen minute red flag, thirteen caution flags all on Friday the 13th.

Carl Edwards continues to lead Busch series points. Clint Bowyer (-180), Reed Sorenson (-271), Martin Truex, Jr. (-318) and Ashton Lewis, Jr. (-354) complete the top five in standings.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Greg Biffle , Johnny Sauter , Kasey Kahne , Martin Truex Jr. , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer , Ashton Lewis , Elliott Sadler , Reed Sorenson