Edwards wins at Richmond as the NASCAR Chase field is set

RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 07: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kellogg's / Cheez-It Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 07:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kellogg's / Cheez-It Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 07: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kellogg’s / Cheez-It Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Carl Edwards took the lead on a final round of pit stops and thanks in part to more troubles for Jimmie Johnson, cruised to his second win of the season in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway.

The drama however wasn’t at the front of the field but back in the pack as the field for the 2013 NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup was set.

Jeff Gordon took an early lead from pole, jumping ahead of Kurt Busch and pulling away.  Brad Keselowski, needing a win to have even a hope for making the Chase, soon passed Busch for second on lap seven and set his sights on Gordon. MORE>>>

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