Clint Bowyer claimed his second victory of 2012 and his seventh in 243 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race starts by winning the rain-hit Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

Bowyer won the three-hour race by just over a second from Jeff Gordon, a result that pushes Gordon ahead of Kyle Busch in the points standings and means that the four-time champion clinches the final wildcard spot for the Chase in preference to the Joe Gibbs Racing driver.

Gordon's Hendrick Motorsports team mate Kasey Kahne clinched the other wildcard spot, and reigning Cup champion Tony Stewart finished in the tenth position in the points standings to confirm his appearance in the post-season Chase shootout battle for this year's championship title.

Race results

1. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 400 laps 2hrs 59mins 58secs (47/1 pts)
2. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 400 laps + 1.198s (43/1 pts)
3. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 400 laps + 1.953s (41/0 pts)
4. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 400 laps + 3.163s (41/1 pts)
5. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 400 laps + 6.446s (39/0 pts)
6. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 400 laps + 10.735s (38/0 pts)
7. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 400 laps + 12.066s (37/0 pts)
8. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 400 laps + 13.043s (37/1 pts)
9. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 400 laps + 13.767s (35/0 pts)
10. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 400 laps + 17.306s (34/0 pts)
11. #22 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 400 laps + 20.578s (0pts)
12. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 400 laps + 1 lap (33/1 pts)
13. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 400 laps + 1 lap (32/1 pts)
14. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 400 laps + 1 lap (31/1 pts)
15. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 400 laps + 1 lap (29/0 pts)
16. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 400 laps + 1 lap (28/0 pts)
17. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 400 laps + 1 lap (27/0 pts)
18. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 400 laps + 1 lap (28/2 pts)
19. #83 Landon Cassill Toyota 400 laps + 1 lap (25/0 pts)
20. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 400 laps + 1 lap (24/0 pts)
21. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 400 laps + 1 lap (24/1 pts)
22. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 398 laps + 2 laps (22/0 pts)
23. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 398 laps + 2 laps (21/0 pts)
24. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 398 laps + 2 laps (20/0 pts)
25. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 397 laps + 3 laps (19/0 pts)
26. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 397 laps + 3 laps (18/0 pts)
27. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 397 laps + 3 laps (17/0 pts)
28. #51 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 396 laps + 4 laps (16/0 pts)
29. #13 Casey Mears Ford 396 laps + 4 laps (15/0 pts)
30. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 396 laps + 4 laps (14/0 pts)
31. #38 David Gilliland Ford 395 laps + 5 laps (13/0 pts)
32. #34 David Ragan Ford 395 laps + 5 laps (12/0 pts)
33. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 395 laps + 5 laps (11/0 pts)
34. #10 David Reutimann Chevrolet 393 laps + 7 laps (10/0 pts)
35. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 393 laps + 7 laps (9/0 pts)
36. #33 Stephen Leicht * Chevrolet 390 laps + 10 laps (8/0 pts)
37. #30 David Stremme Toyota 127 laps Brakes (7/0 pts)
38. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 90 laps Brakes (0pts)
39. #23 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 78 laps Brakes (5/0 pts)
40. #119 Mike Bliss Toyota 70 laps Wheel Bearing (0pts)
41. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 63 laps Brakes (4/1 pts)
42. #26 Josh Wise * Ford 57 laps Brakes (2/0 pts)
43. #191 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 57 laps Power (0pts)

* Denotes Rookie

Sprint Cup Series championship standings

1. (--) Greg Biffle 914pts
2. (--) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 902pts (-12pts)
3. (--) Matt Kenseth 897pts (-17pts)
4. (--) Jimmie Johnson 880pts (-34pts)
5. (+1) Brad Keselowski 868pts (-46pts)
6. (-1) Martin Truex Jr. 862pts (-52pts)
7. (+1) Clint Bowyer 858pts (-56pts)
8. (-1) Denny Hamlin 850pts (-64pts)
9. (--) Kevin Harvick 841pts (-73pts)
10. (--) Tony Stewart 810pts (-104pts)
11. (--) Kasey Kahne 784pts (-130pts)
12. (+1) Jeff Gordon 777pts (-137pts)
13. (-1) Kyle Busch 774pts (-140pts)
14. (--) Carl Edwards 747pts (-167pts)
15. (+1) Marcos Ambrose 735pts (-179pts)
16. (+1) Ryan Newman 734pts (-180pts)
17. (-2) Paul Menard 731pts (-183pts)
18. (--) Joey Logano 678pts (-236pts)
19. (+1) Jeff Burton 647pts (-267pts)
20. (-1) Jamie McMurray 640pts (-274pts)
21. (--) Juan Montoya 608pts (-306pts)
22. (--) Aric Almirola 587pts (-327pts)
23. (--) Regan Smith 566pts (-348pts)
24. (--) Bobby Labonte 557pts (-357pts)
25. (--) Kurt Busch 499pts (-415pts)
26. (--) Mark Martin 492pts (-422pts)
27. (--) Casey Mears 462pts (-452pts)
28. (--) David Gilliland 451pts (-463pts)
29. (--) David Ragan 437pts (-477pts)
30. (--) Travis Kvapil 434pts (-480pts)
31. (+1) Landon Cassill 421pts (-493pts)
32. (-1) AJ Allmendinger 400pts (-514pts)
33. (--) Dave Blaney 338pts (-576pts)
34. (--) David Reutimann 316pts (-598pts)
35. (+1) David Stremme 184pts (-730pts)
36. (-1) Brian Vickers 177pts (-737pts)
37. (--) J.J. Yeley 138pts (-776pts)
38. (--) Michael McDowell 126pts (-788pts)
39. (+1) Ken Schrader 111pts (-803pts)
40. (-1) Josh Wise* 109pts (-805pts)
41. (--) Stephen Leicht* 97pts (-817pts)
42. (--) Scott Speed 76pts (-838pts)
43. (--) Michael Waltrip 75pts (-839pts)
44. (--) Tony Raines 67pts (-847pts)
45. (--) Terry Labonte 66pts (-848pts)
46. (--) Brendan Gaughan 50pts (-864pts)
47. (--) Scott Riggs 50pts (-864pts)
48. (--) Boris Said 34pts (-880pts)
49. (--) Bill Elliott 14pts (-900pts)
50. (--) Hermie Sadler 13pts (-901pts)
51. (--) Robby Gordon 11pts (-903pts)
52. (--) Mike Skinner 10pts (-904pts)
53. (--) Tomy Drissi 6pts (-908pts)
54. (--) Stacy Compton 5pts (-909pts)
55. (--) David Mayhew 4pts (-910pts)
56. (--) Kelly Bires 2pts (-912pts)
57. (--) Patrick Long 2pts (-912pts)

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