Edwards meets with NASCAR after Richmond but gets no relief

Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Eco-Boost Ford, sits with a NASCAR official during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Capital City 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 28, 2012 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Carl Edwards seemed to have it in the bag. After starting second in Saturday night’s Capitol City 400 at Richmond International Raceway, Edwards quickly asserted himself and put his Ford in the lead. It was the first time Edwards had led more than one lap all season.

For most of the race, Edwards appeared to be the car to beat. All told Edwards led a race high 206 laps. When the checkered flag fell however, Edwards found himself in tenth and more frustrated than he has been in quite some time.

The problem began on lap 317 on a restart after the fourth yellow flag of the race. According to the scoring pylons at the track, those that drivers and their spotters see, Edwards was in first with Tony Stewart in second.  As the field hit the area designated as the restart area on the track, Edwards took off as Stewart, restarting on the inside, seemed to spin his tires. Edwards shot to the lead while the rest of the field sorted out behind him. The restart however, was seen differently by NASCAR. According to NASCAR, Edwards was actually second prior to the restart at least on electronic scoring.  Since he did restart second, and seemed to pass Stewart, who was the leader according to NASCAR, early, Edwards was black flagged. He was forced to serve a pass through penalty dropping him to fifteenth. MORE>>>


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