Carl Edwards has struggled with restarts in the past at Richmond, but on Saturday night he nailed the final three-lap run to win the Federated Auto Parts 400.
The victory was the 21st career win for Edwards -- and his first since Phoenix in March, 23 races ago.
But more important, after a consistent yet understated run over the last seven months, Edwards' first Richmond win elevated him to the top of the standings -- before the drivers are reseeded once the points are recalculated to reflect wins.
Edwards credited his pit crew with providing him the track position to battle for the win.
"That's my pit crew that won this race for us," Edwards said. "It was just an awesome job by them. It was up at the beginning with [crew chief] Jimmy [Fennig] and our new team, and then we struggled for a little while, but the last three weeks have been great. We've led a bunch of laps and have had fast race cars and we're having fun."
Although Edwards was locked into the Chase prior to Richmond...