Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 4/29/12
Okay, so let’s fast forward to 15 laps to go. Tony Stewart, defending Series Champ, driver of the 14 Mobile 1 car, is leading the race. He’s just cruising along, making his way through lap-traffic, basically just having some fun and waiting for the checkers to drop. When we get down to 12 laps to go, the unbelievable happen’s to the 3-time champ Stewart. The caution flag iss waved. What for? Who knows. Well, supposedly it was for “debris”. But whatever it was, it allowed Kyle Busch to catch up to the 14 and later pass him during pit-stops. The win was Kyle’s 4th straight in the April race at Richmond International Raceway. In 15 races at the track, Kyle owns twelve Top 5′s, and 4 victory’s. Tony Stewart watched his 4th career win at Richmond slip right out of his moist fingertips, while  ”Wild Thing”  took zero chances. Busch pulled away with 9 to go on the restart, locking up his fourth consecutive victory in the April race at Richmond. Good Vibrations: All was good for Hendrick Motorsports tonight, with the exception of the grizzled-vet  Jeff Gordon. Gordon would go on to finish 23rd, as his nightmare 2012 season continues. Jeff has collected just one Top 5 finish and has five 20th place finish’s to his name. Dale Jr., Kahne, and Johnson, would all finish inside the Top 10, the third time the trio has done so thus far. The freshly-buzzed Kasey Kahne later tweeted, “Had a strong car tonight. Will keep after it.” Looks like Kahne may be getting on some kind of roll, three straight Top 10 finish’s. But hey, when your teammate is named Jeff Gordon and your outperforming him, you know you must be doing something right. Bad Luck:  You gotta feel for the guy. Get this, Carl Edwards is 2nd with about 78 laps to go. Tony Stewart spins his tires on the restart, Edwards subsequently beats him to the line. The result? A black flag. OUCH. The penalty cost Edwards, probably the fastest guy on the track, an awesome shot at the win. Bob Osborne did not go down without a fight though. Bob would of course argue the call, but to no avail. Edwards did  finish a solid 10th, albeit one lap down.

Nonrecognition

Jamie McMurray, best-known for his 2010 Daytona 500 victory, has been relatively underrated or unrecognized in his career. Jamie was 37th on the starting grid  due to some troubles in practice and qualifying, but that wasn’t enough to hold Mr. McNascar down. No. 1 would silently work his way through the field, alllllllll the way up to the top 10. McMurray would go on to finish in the 14th spot. Quite impressive? You would think so.

Rough Night:

Both Jeff Gordon and Martin Truex Jr. suffered from Rough Night Syndrome. A disease in which effect’s one’s car or team, derailing previous momentum and/or confidence.

Gordon’s trouble started way back on lap 50, when good ol’ Kurt Busch got into the back of him. Whether Kurt was forced into Gordon’s right-rear quarter panel or not remains unknown. The whereabouts of Kurt’s brain at the time also remain unidentified. Jeff’s troubles did not end, in fact they still may be going on. To some it all up, Gordon had a crummy night.

Upon the Capital City 400 at Richmond, experts were suggesting that Martin Truex Jr. could possibly be a legit title contender. And why not? He had just lead 173 laps at Kansas, and sat in second in the point standings. We all had a valid argument, but it’s a shame he had to let us down. Truex just never got it going this evening, he didn’t start well, he didn’t finish well, he just didn’t do anything well. And the end result of that was a 25th place finish, dropping him to 5th in the standings.

Dispute?: 

Was NASCAR’s decision to wave the caution flag with the win on the line, the right call? Was the debris THAT serious? Was Tony Stewart stripped of a win over a wrong call? If the the debris was serious enough to cause an accident, why wasn’t it shown or even mentioned on the telecast before the yellow was waved? Hmm.

 

Official Results: 

1. #18 Ky Busch – 31 Laps lead

2. #88 Earnhardt Jr.

3. #14 Stewart – 112 Laps lead

4. #11 Hamlin

5. #5 Kahne

6. #48 Johnson – 3 Laps lead

7. #15 Bowyer

8. #55 Martin – 29 Laps lead

9. #2 Keslowski

10. #99 Edwards – 211 Laps lead

11. #17 Kenseth

12. #42 Montoya

13. #27 Menard

14. #1 McMurray

15. #39 Newman

16. #22 Allmendinger

17. #47 Labonte

18. #16 Biffle

19. #29 Harvick – 13 Laps lead

20. #83 Cassill

21. #13 Mears

22. #9 Ambrose

23. #24 Gordon

24. #20 Logano

25. #56 Truex Jr.

26. #43 Almirola

27. #78 Smith

28. #51 Ku Busch

29. #36 Blaney

30. #93 Kvapil – 1 Lap lead

31. #30 Burton

32. #34 Ragan

33. #10 Reutimann

34. #32 Sorenson

35. #33 Leicht

36. #38 Gilliland – DNF

37.  #30 Stremme – DNF

38. #26 Wise – DNF

39.  #98 McDowell – DNF

40. #74 Whitt – DNF

41. #87 Nemecheck – DNF

42. #119 Bliss – DNF

43. #195 Speed – DNF

 

Points After Capital City 400: 

1. Biffle -

2. Earnhardt Jr. -5

3. Hamlin -9

4. Kenseth -10

5. Truex Jr. – 22

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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