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Carl Edwards maintains NASCAR Sprint Cup lead

Saturday, April 30, 2011 | 10:54 p.m. CDT

RICHMOND, Va. — Kyle Busch denied teammate Denny Hamlin a weekend sweep at his home track by stretching his final tank of gas 107 laps to win Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway.

Hamlin had won his charity race, held Thursday night at RIR, and followed it with Friday night's win in the Nationwide Series. But Busch's car was just a tick better in the Sprint Cup Series, and Busch led the Joe Gibbs Racing sweep.

Kasey Kahne, fresh off surgery to repair a torn ligament in his knee, finished a season-best third to give Toyota the top three spots.

Columbia native Carl Edwards finished fifth behind Roush Fenway teammate David Ragan, who was fourth. The finish keeps Edwards at the top of the points standings, just nine points ahead of Jimmie Johnson, who finished eighth.

The leaders seemed to have an easy go of it, with most of the fireworks coming far behind them in the field.

Ryan Newman and Juan Pablo Montoya were involved in two different on-track incidents, and Newman at one point vowed his payback would come after the race. There was no confrontation, though. Montoya hopped on a waiting golf cart and headed out of the track, while Newman walked to the NASCAR hauler to complain about Montoya's driving.

Kurt Busch completely lost his composure on his team radio several times during the race. Frustrated by an ill-handling car, he was pushed over the edge when he ran into Newman seconds after contact between Newman and Montoya brought out the caution.

And Martin Truex Jr., in position for a top-five finish, threatened over his team radio to fire his entire crew when he was penalized twice on his final pit stop.


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