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Lap-by-Lap: Richmond

September 09, 2011, Rick Houston, Special to NASCAR.COM,

Lap 250 -- CHECKERED FLAG: The win goes to Kyle Busch. It's the 51st of his Nationwide Series career, extending his own record for most in the division's history.

Lap 245 -- Carl Edwards has stalled out a little bit in his charge to Kyle Busch.

Lap 239 -- Kyle Busch's lead over Carl Edwards looks to be shrinking every lap. The margin between them is now about eight tenths of a second.

Lap 235 -- Carl Edwards scoots under Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for second place coming off Turn 2.

Lap 226 -- The top three -- Kyle Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Carl Edwards -- are separated by just a few car lengths each.

Lap 220 -- Kyle Busch flies clear of Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to stake his claim on the top of the leaderboard.

Lap 220 -- GREEN FLAG: Kyle Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Truex, Carl Edwards and Aric Almirola lead the field to the green. Elliott Sadler, Kenny Wallace, Reed Sorenson, Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett round out the top 10.

Lap 216 -- The leaders are on pit road. Carl Edwards loses three spots.

Lap 213 -- Kevin Harvick is on pit road, even though it's closed.

Lap 209 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 6: Kevin Harvick slams into Trevor Bayne, crashing him on the backstretch. Bayne had just got into him coming off the corner.,

Lap 200 -- With 50 laps to go, Carl Edwards' advantage over Kyle Busch remains steady at about half a second.

Lap 190 -- Steve Wallace has to pit with a flat tire. He had been running in fifth place.

Lap 184 -- Carl Edwards now leads Kyle Busch by about five tenths of a second and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. by 1.4 seconds.

Lap 175 -- Carl Edwards finally clears Kyle Busch for the top spot coming off the second corner.

Lap 173 -- Carl Edwards gets a fender under Kyle Busch for the lead coming off Turn 2.

Lap 170 -- Kyle Busch shoots clear of Carl Edwards for the lead.

Lap 170 -- GREEN FLAG: Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kenny Wallace and Elliott Sadler hold down the top-five spots when the race gets back under way.

Lap 163 -- Tenth-place Reed Sorenson is the first to drop onto pit road during the caution.

Lap 159 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 5: Eric McClure has pasted the wall.

Lap 158 -- Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch are still side by side for the top spot.

Lap 156 -- Carl Edwards is going after Kyle Busch for the lead.

Lap 153 -- Jamie McMurray is very slow on the restart. He has damage to the rear bumper of his car.

Lap 153 -- GREEN FLAG: Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Elliott Sadler and Kenny Wallace pace the field to the restart.

Lap 146 -- As the field rolls by under caution, Brian Scott tries to approach Aric Almirola's car but is restrained by a NASCAR official.

Lap 143 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 4: Brian Scott and Michael Annett crash between Turns 3 and 4. Scott was turned into the accident by Aric Almirola.

Lap 143 -- GREEN FLAG: Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Elliott Sadler and Kevin Harvick are the leaders.

Lap 141 -- The leaders are making a second round of stops. Trevor Bayne's stop is a slow one.

Lap 139 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 3: Danica Patrick locks her brakes going into Turn 3, but gets into Brad Keselowski and spins him.

Lap 135 -- Pole-sitter Brad Keselowski goes a lap down. He's shown in 20th place.

Lap 129 -- The gap between first and second place -- Carl Edwards and Trevor Bayne -- is about a car length or so.

Lap 119 -- Trevor Bayne is tracking down Carl Edwards for the lead.

Lap 114 -- Trevor Bayne has moved up to second place. He's about four tenths of a second behind leader Carl Edwards.

Lap 91 -- Kenny Wallace is back in fifth place. It's almost possible to hear his cackling laugh over the roar of the race.

Lap 90 -- Interviewed on ESPN, Jason Leffler is a very unhappy camper.

Lap 87 -- Carl Edwards retakes the lead from Kyle Busch.

Lap 85 -- GREEN FLAG: Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Steve Wallace are the leaders.

Lap 81 -- Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Jason Leffler are on pit road. It's an extended stop for Leffler, who has the most serious damage of the three.

Lap 79 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 2: Brad Keselowski has a problem on the restart and brushes the wall. Moments later, Kevin Harvick and Jason Leffler crash between Turns 3 and 4. Harvick appeared to have simply punted Leffler.

Lap 79 -- GREEN FLAG: Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Trevor Bayne and Steve Wallace lead the field to the restart.

Lap 72 -- Josh Wise appears to have blown an engine during the caution.

Lap 68 -- The leaders are on pit road.

Lap 65 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: Blake Koch spins to the inside of the frontstretch after getting a nudge from Aric Almirola.

Lap 63 -- Move Kenny Wallace into the top five!

Lap 59 -- Brad Keselowski has cut into Carl Edwards' lead by a bit. He's now about seven tenths of a second down.

Lap 53 -- Trevor Bayne looks like he might be ready to give Kyle Busch a run for third place in the next few laps.

Lap 47 -- Trevor Bayne has taken over fourth place from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Other than that, the top five remains unchanged.

Lap 36 -- Instead of her usual green-colored car, Danica Patrick's JR Motorsports Chevrolet is mostly black tonight. She's currently running 27th, one lap down to leader Carl Edwards.

Lap 29 -- Carl Edwards' advantage over second place is now up to 1.1 seconds.

Lap 22 -- After last week's run-in between Turner Motorsports teammates Justin Allgaier and Reed Sorenson, tonight, they're driving cars with identical yellow paint schemes.

Lap 16 -- Along with leader Carl Edwards, there are two more Roush Fenway Racing cars in the top five -- fourth-place Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and fifth-place Trevor Bayne.

Lap 12 -- Carl Edwards had a lead of about half a second over Brad Keselowski, and it's another seven tenths of a second back to third-place Kyle Busch.

Lap 8 -- Brad Keselowski watches as Carl Edwards gets a run on him for the lead on the backstretch.

Lap 6 -- Carl Edwards grabs second from Kyle Busch.

Lap 4 -- Kyle Busch clears Carl Edwards for second place coming off Turn 2.

Lap 3 -- Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards are locked side by side, fighting for second place.

Lap 1 -- Brad Keselowski jumps clear of the rest of the field before they get to Turn 1.

Lap 1 -- GREEN FLAG: The race gets under way at 7:46 p.m. ET.

7:41 p.m. ET -- Cars are beginning to pull onto the track for the start of tonight's pace laps.

7:38 p.m. ET -- Writer and producer Karen Hall gives the command to fire engines.

7:31 p.m. ET -- Rev. Joe Ellison of the Essex Village Community Church is giving tonight's invocation. After he finishes, recording artist Celeste Kellogg sings the National Anthem.

7:30 p.m. ET -- Maj. Ramsey Sulayman of the United States Marine Corps is leading the Richmond crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. The colors are presented by the Joint Services Color Guard from Fort Lee, Va.

5:37 p.m. ET -- Brad Keselowski is on the pole for tonight's race. It's the 11th of his career in the Nationwide Series and his first in the division at Richmond. Carl Edwards starts second, followed by Kyle Busch, Trevor Bayne and Kenny Wallace in the top five. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Steve Wallace, Elliott Sadler, Jamie McMurray and Ryan Truex round out the top 10.

Fein Skinner, T.J. Bell, Casey Roderick, Jake Crum, John Jackson and Jennifer Jo Cobb failed to qualify for the event.

4:01 p.m. ET -- Qualifying for tonight's race is about to start. A total of 49 cars are entered.