Carl Edwards emerged victorious from the 2013 Chase decider at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night, his second win of the year and his 21st victory in 327 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

It's the first time that the 34-year-old Roush Fenway Racing driver has won at Richmond, and the success couldn't have ben better-timed as it means he goes into the Chase having sneaked into the point lead at the end of the regular season.

After celebrating with his trademark backflip, Edwards credited his team with the success: "That's my pit crew that won this race for us. It was just an awesome job by them," he said. "We've led a bunch of laps and have had fast race cars and we're having fun. Thanks to Jack Roush. We got Greg Biffle in the Chase. We got Ford to Victory Lane."

Battery issues and a blown tyre for Jimmie Johnson together with a spin for Clint Bowyer meant that the longtime championship leaders ended up in second and third place in the standings, which in any case will be reset for the Chase according to the number of wins.

Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth were already locked into the Chase and are now confirmed as being joined by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle and Joey Logano. And clinching a famous Chase success for one-car operation Furniture Row Racing is Kurt Busch, who finished second in Richmond this weekend to secure his place. The wildcard spots went to Martin Truex Jr. and Kasey Kahne.

There was heart-break for polesitter Jeff Gordon, who failed to finish in the crucial top ten by a single point; and even crueller for Ryan Newman, he failed to clinch a wildcard spot despite being equal in points with Truex. As expected, resigning champion Brad Keselowski will not be able to defend his title after missing the cut.

Race results

1. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 400 laps 2hrs 51mins 23secs (47pts)
2. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet + 0.688s (43pts)
3. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet + 0.812s (42pts)
4. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet + 1.765s (41pts)
5. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet + 2.024s (40pts)
6. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota + 2.123s (39pts)
7. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota + 2.309s (37pts)
8. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet + 2.520s (37pts)
9. #14 Mark Martin Chevrolet + 2.888s (35pts)
10. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford + 2.925s (34pts)
11. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet + 3.027s (33pts)
12. #16 Greg Biffle Ford + 3.103s (32pts)
13. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet + 3.363s (31pts)
14. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet + 3.520s (30pts)
15. #47 AJ Allmendinger Toyota + 3.643s (29pts)
16. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet + 3.693s (28pts)
17. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford + 3.745s (29pts)
18. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet + 4.011s (26pts)
19. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota + 4.906s (25pts)
20. #43 Aric Almirola Ford + 5.240s (24pts)
21. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota + 1 lap (23pts)
22. #22 Joey Logano Ford + 1 lap (22pts)
23. #38 David Gilliland Ford + 1 lap (21pts)
24. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota + 1 lap (0pts)
25. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota + 2 laps (20pts)
26. #13 Casey Mears Ford + 3 laps (18pts)
27. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford + 3 laps (17pts)
28. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota + 3 laps (16pts)
29. #34 David Ragan Ford + 3 laps (15pts)
30. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet + 4 laps (14pts)
31. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet + 4 laps (13pts)
32. #83 David Reutimann Toyota + 5 laps (12pts)
33. #33 Tony Raines Chevrolet + 5 laps (0pts)
34. #40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet + 5 laps (0pts)
35. #51 Ryan Truex Chevrolet + 5 laps (0pts)
36. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet + 7 laps (8pts)
37. #32 Ken Schrader Ford + 7 laps (7pts)
38. #30 David Stremme Toyota + 9 laps (6pts)
39. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota + 12 laps (0pts)
40. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet + 28 laps (4pts)
41. #35 Josh Wise Ford + 258 laps Vibration (0pts)
42. #95 Reed Sorenson Ford + 274 laps Brakes (0pts)
43. #98 Michael McDowell Ford + 324 laps Brakes (1pts)

Sprint Cup Series championship standings

1. (+3) Carl Edwards 842pts
2. (-1) Jimmie Johnson 841pts (-1pts)
3. (-1) Clint Bowyer 829pts (-13pts)
4. (-1) Kevin Harvick 828pts (-14pts)
5. (--) Kyle Busch 811pts (-31pts)
6. (--) Matt Kenseth 807pts (-35pts)
7. (--) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 781pts (-61pts)
8. (+2) Kurt Busch 762pts (-80pts)
9. (--) Greg Biffle 759pts (-83pts)
10. (-2) Joey Logano 751pts (-91pts)
11. (--) Jeff Gordon 750pts (-92pts)
12. (+1) Martin Truex Jr. 741pts (-101pts)
13. (+1) Ryan Newman 741pts (-101pts)
14. (-2) Kasey Kahne 739pts (-103pts)
15. (+1) Jamie McMurray 721pts (-121pts)
16. (-1) Brad Keselowski 720pts (-122pts)
17. (--) Paul Menard 698pts (-144pts)
18. (--) Aric Almirola 664pts (-178pts)
19. (--) Juan Pablo Montoya 656pts (-186pts)
20. (+1) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 644pts (-198pts)
21. (-1) Marcos Ambrose 638pts (-204pts)
22. (--) Jeff Burton 628pts (-214pts)
23. (--) Tony Stewart 594pts (-248pts)
24. (--) Casey Mears 544pts (-298pts)
25. (--) David Ragan 489pts (-353pts)
26. (--) Denny Hamlin 485pts (-357pts)
27. (--) Danica Patrick # 473pts (-369pts)
28. (--) David Gilliland 462pts (-380pts)
29. (--) Mark Martin 457pts (-385pts)
30. (--) Dave Blaney 396pts (-446pts)
31. (--) David Stremme 362pts (-480pts)
32. (+1) David Reutimann 353pts (-489pts)
33. (+1) Travis Kvapil 352pts (-490pts)
34. (-2) Bobby Labonte 343pts (-499pts)
35. (--) JJ Yeley 340pts (-502pts)
36. (--) AJ Allmendinger 337pts (-505pts)
37. (--) Timmy Hill 127pts (-715pts)
38. (--) Michael McDowell 122pts (-720pts)
39. (--) Michael Waltrip 102pts (-740pts)
40. (+1) Ken Schrader 92pts (-750pts)
41. (+1) Terry Labonte 77pts (-765pts)
42. (+1) Boris Said 48pts (-794pts)
43. (+1) Ron Fellows 31pts (-811pts)
44. (+1) Alex Kennedy 21pts (-821pts)
45. (+1) Justin Marks 14pts (-828pts)
46. (+1) Victor Gonzalez Jr. 10pts (-832pts)
47. (+1) Scott Riggs 10pts (-832pts)
48. (+1) Brian Keselowski 9pts (-833pts)
49. (+1) Tomy Drissi 8pts (-834pts)
50. (+1) Jacques Villeneuve 3pts (-839pts)
51. (+1) Jason Leffler 1pts (-841pts)

# = Cup series rookie Only drivers registered for points in this series are shown in the standings.

Chase-adjusted points standings

1. Matt Kenseth 2015pts
2. Jimmie Johnson 2012pts (-3pts)
3. Kyle Busch 2012pts (-3pts)
4. Kevin Harvick 2006pts (-9pts)
5. Carl Edwards 2006pts (-9pts)
6. Joey Logano 2003pts (-12pts)
7. Greg Biffle 2003pts (-12pts)
8. Clint Bowyer 2000pts (-15pts)
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2000pts (-15pts)
10. Kurt Busch 2000pts (-15pts)
11. Kasey Kahne 2000pts (-15pts)
12. Martin Truex Jr. 2000pts (-15pts)

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