Edwards win at Richmond not without controversy

RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 07:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kellogg's / Cheez-It Ford, leads the field to a restart during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 07: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kellogg’s / Cheez-It Ford, leads the field to a restart during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 56th Annual Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 7, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Carl Edwards win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night was his second of the season but didn’t come without a bit of controversy.

Edwards first took the lead during a round of green flag pit stops on lap 342. As the leaders pitted in front of him, a caution came out for debris from the blown tire of Jimmie Johnson.  Edwards was among those still on track when the caution came out trapping most of the leaders down a lap. Edwards would take the lead off pit road during the round of pit stops.  Ryan Newman, needing a win to secure a spot in the Chase passed Edwards with 10 to go. But a caution flag for a spin set up a final round of stops and a three lap dash to the finish.

Paul Menard won the race off pit road by virtue of taking only two tires while most of those behind, including Edwards took four.  Menard lined up on the inside with Edwards to the outside for the restart. As the field got the green flag, Menard appeared to slow as Edwards moved ahead of him at the start-finish line.  Edwards would go onto win while Menard finished fifth. Edwards later said that Menard had spun his tires and Edwards had no choice but to continue speeding forward. MORE>>>

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