WATCH: Carl Edwards Bumps Kyle Busch on His Way to Victory at Richmond

Published 09/11/2021, 2:09 PM EDT
HOMESTEAD, FL – NOVEMBER 19: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, climbs out of his car after qualifying for pole position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2011 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


In NASCAR, the age old saying is, ‘rubbing is racing.’ Back in 2016 at the Richmond Raceway, Carl Edwards took that piece of advice to heart. While battling with teammate Kyle Busch, he gave him a cheeky little bump into the corner. The #18 car was forced to check up a little and got out of shape.

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Edwards took advantage of Busch’s dilemma and swooped into the race lead. It is also worth mentioning that this was a race-winning move because the #19 driver did it in the last lap at the final corner. Many dub this kind of tactic, the ‘bump, dump and run’ maneuver; the driver behind bumps his opponent to unsettle them and ‘dumps’ them wide, and makes a run for the position.

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Carl Edwards’ team came on the radio and said, “I don’t know what happened, but that was cool.” This win was special because it was his second win in a row, as well as sixth time in his career where he took back-to-back wins.

What else was special about Carl Edwards winning?

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Apparently, this is the first time a driver pulled off a last-lap pass to win the race at Richmond. That win would be his penultimate career win, before he reached Victory Lane at Texas.

In the end, he bowed out of the NASCAR Cup Series with 28 career wins and a best finish of second in the championship. This occurred during the 2008 and 2011 NASCAR Cup Series seasons, where Jimmie Johnson and Tony Stewart won, respectively.

FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 06: Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Sport Clips Toyota, celebrates winning the rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 6, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

During Edwards’ final season, Jimmie Johnson won a record-equaling seven NASCAR Cup Series titles. Carl Edwards himself would bow out on a high note, finishing 4th in the championship. Ahead of him were Joey Logano and Kyle Busch, and the 42-year-old walked away from the NASCAR Cup Series for good.

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