In a wild finish at Richmond, Carl Edwards came from behind on the final lap, literally shoving Kyle Busch out of the way on the final turn to take the checkered flag.
Edwards had been closing the gap on Busch for the final ten laps, before catching him with one lap to go.
On the final, Edwards tried to pass in the first turn and came up short. So when they went into turns three and four, Edwards didn’t take any chances, bumping Busch from behind, causing the No. 18 car to get loose and slide up the track, and clear the way for Edwards to win.
A bump-and-run is a heckuva way to treat a teammate as both Busch and Edwards race for Joe Gibbs Racing.
It was the first pass on the final lap that led to a win in the history of Richmond International Raceway.
Edwards admitted that the bump was no accident, feeling that it was cool since both drivers are already in the chase for the cup at the end of the season.
“He went to get down to the bottom [of the track] and park it in [turns] 3 and 4 and I had already decided to go down there,” Edwards said after the race. “So I thought, ‘I am going to give him a little nudge.’ We’ve both got wins. We’re racing for fun, getting these trophies.”
Edwards is not first in the Chase standings and Busch is third with the top 16 advancing to the NASCAR playoffs.
On the replay, you can clearly see the bump.
After the race, Busch was asked about the finish and could only say, “it’s racing, I guess.”