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Carl Edwards was black flagged for jumping the start on a late race restart Saturday night in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway.
Following the race, Edwards said he was told by NASCAR that he was the leader, so he led the field the green and pulled away from the inside car of Tony Stewart.
NASCAR however told Edwards he was not the leader and should not have pulled away from the 'real' leader Stewart.
Stewart agreed with Edwards in blaming NASCAR for the error. They may have told Edwards team over the radio that he was the leader, but the racetrack leaderboard was clear - Stewart was the leader.
Q. On the restart with Carl where he was black flagged, you were certain you were the leader? Had that been communicated to you, and did you think that he just clearly jumped the restart?
TONY STEWART: Well, we were the first one to line up and we were the leader on the board. So I don't know how much clearer ...
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(Eds: Updates with quotes, details With AP Photos.) By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer Not even a meeting with NASCAR officials helped Carl Edwards understand why he was given a penalty at Richmond International Raceway.
''We had to just agree to disagree and that's the way it is,'' Edwards said.
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