Denny Hamlin bounced back from a last-place finish last week at Atlanta to grab his second career victory at Richmond International Raceway.
It is his sixth win of the season and pushes him past four-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson for the top spot in the NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
The Chase begins next week at New Hampshire, and Hamlin will open the 10-race playoffs with a 10-point lead over Johnson.
Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle locked up the final two spots in the 12-driver playoff field. Bowyer finished sixth to get his spot, while Biffle limped in at 32nd.