(RICHMOND, Va.) — In the final race before the start of the Chase for the Championship, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Carl Edwards took home the checkered flag in Saturday night’s running of the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Speedway.
Edwards edged past Paul Menard on the final restart for his second victory of the season. Menard’s crew chief, Slugger Labbe felt Edwards jumped the final restart.
“The guy in second place in that circumstance is in a tough position,” Edwards said. “If I had lifted and waited, I think the whole field would have run over us. You just can’t. If he had four tires, it probably would have been different.”
The Chase begins on Sept. 15 at Chicagoland Speedway.
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