For many of NASCAR's top competitors, Richmond will be remembered for the race that got away.
While race winner Kyle Busch exclaimed, "What up boys, we back," as he came to the checkered flag at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night, Jimmie Johsnon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards were trying to ascertain what went wrong.
Johnson's team lost control of a tire during pit stops on Lap 311. The No. 48 car, which had led a lap and was running in the top 10 most of the race, had to battle back from 14th after a penalty for that infraction. He salvaged a sixth-place finish.
Edwards led 206 laps throughout the evening and assumed he controlled the lead coming to the green flag after the fourth caution on Lap 319. However, Stewart was scored as the leader, and as he spun his tires, NASCAR accused Edwards of jumping the start and black-flagged the No. 99 Ford. Edwards was forced to serve a drive-thru penalty on Lap 321. He lined up 15th - the last car on the l...