Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 10/21/14

For most of the 400-lap race at Richmond International Raceway last night, it looked like either Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, or Jimmie Johnson would wind up in victory lane when it was all said and done. After all, when the caution flag flew on lap 311, all three were running 1-2-3 going into the yellow flag stops.

That caution was where everything broke loose and took two of the top three out of contention during the yellow flag sequence.

Jimmie Johnson's right rear tire changer forgot to take the tire he just changed with him to the pit wall and the jackman was forced to roll the tire to the wall. That's a penalty and forced Johnson to start at the tailend of the field on the lap 319 restart and in 15th place which was the tail end of the lead lap. He would rally to finish sixth.

On that very restart is where Edwards' dominant night was taken away as well.

Edwards was running second to leader Stewart coming to the restart. Edwards ended up jumping to a very big lead on the start as it looked like Stewart spun his tires and didn't end up going. When NASCAR looked closer at it, it appeared Edwards started just before the restart zone and Stewart looked to do a great job of not taking off so soon so Edwards would get a big enough lead to be penalized.

That is exactly what ended up happening.

Edwards was too far out front to give the position back and was black flagged for jumping the restart and forced to pit road for a drive thru penalty which put him 15th and at the end of the lead lap.

To Edwards defense, the No. 99 team thought they were the leaders after the pit sequence as the electronic leaderboard at the track showed the No. 99 in P1 and No. 14 in P2 heading to the restart. Edwards' spotter told him he was the leader and Edwards thought he was cheated that he didn't get to pick his lane on the restart and wanted to get the best start he can. Edwards at one point of the late green flag run was close to be going down a lap, but would rally to finish tenth after leading a race high 206 laps in the race.

While all this was going on, Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch were duking it out for the win.

A late caution came out with 14 laps to go for a plastic water bottle on the track in Turn 2. During fhis final round of pit stops, Stewart's team had a slow stop and that lined him up second for the restart as Kyle Busch and the No. 18 team came out of pit lane with the lead.

On the restart, Busch pulled away as Dale Earnhardt Jr. passed Stewart for second and tried to chase down Busch. Junior came close, but his brakes started going out with three to go and he had to settle for his fourth top-three finish of the season.

That allowed Busch to capture his 24th career victory, tying him with his older brother Kurt for 26th all-time. It was Busch's fourth straight win at Richmond in the spring race and was team owner Joe Gibbs' 96th career Sprint Cup win and ninth at Richmond.

The win propelled Busch up two spots in the standings to 11th and is currently 73 points behind points leader Greg Biffle who struggled tonight and finished 18th. Biffle is now only five points up on second place Dale Earnhardt Jr. who moved up two spots himself with his runner-up finish and is in danger of losing the points lead next weekend as Earnhardt Jr. is extremely tough at Talladega.

Stewart round up a disappointing third in the No. 14 Chevy and still sits eighth in the points standings going into next week. He was understandably frustrated after the race after seeing a certain win vanish due to a

Rounding out the top five on Saturday night were Denny Hamlin in fourth and Kasey Kahne in fifth. Hamlin also moved up two spots in the standings to third and is only nine points out going to Talladega.

The rest of the top 10 was Johnson, Clint Bowyer, pole sitter Mark Martin, Brad Keselowski and Edwards.

The biggest loser of the weekend was last week's runner-up in Kansas Martin Truex Jr. He finished 25th, one lap down. He slipped down from a career high second in the points standings to fifth.

Matt Kenseth also lost a spot in the top five of the points and is fourth after his 11th-place finish in the No. 17 Ford.

Rounding out the top ten in points heading to Talladega are Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Stewart, Edwards and Ryan Newman.

Capital City 400 Results

1. 18 Kyle Busch
2. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
3. 14 Tony Stewart
4. 11 Denny Hamlin
5.  5 Kasey Kahne
6. 48 Jimmie Johnson
7. 15 Clint Bowyer
8. 55 Mark Martin
9.  2 Brad Keselowski
10. 99 Carl Edwards

11. 17 Matt Kenseth
12. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya
13. 27 Paul Menard
14.  1 Jamie McMurray
15. 39 Ryan Newman
16. 22 A.J. Allmendinger
17. 47 Bobby Labonte
18. 16 Greg Biffle
19. 29 Kevin Harvick
20. 83 Landon Cassill -1

21. 13 Casey Mears -1
22.  9 Marcos Ambrose -1
23. 24 Jeff Gordon -1
24. 20 Joey Logano -1
25. 56 Martin Truex Jr. -1
26. 43 Aric Almirola -2
27. 78 Regan Smith -2
28. 51 Kurt Busch -3
29. 36 Dave Blaney -3
30. 93 Travis Kvapil -3

31. 31 Jeff Burton -4
32. 34 David Ragan -6
33. 10 David Reutimann -6
34. 32 Reed Sorenson -8
35. 33 Stephen Leicht -9
36. 38 David Gilliland -45
37. 30 David Stremme OUT
38. 26 Josh Wise OUT
39. 98 Michael McDowell OUT
40. 74 Cole Whitt OUT

41. 87 Joe Nemechek OUT
42. 19 Mike Bliss OUT
43. 95 Scott Speed OUT

Sprint Cup Points Standings After 9 Races

1. 16 Greg Biffle 338
2. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. -5
3. 11 Denny Hamlin -9
4. 17 Matt Kenseth -10
5. 56 Martin Truex Jr. -22
6. 48 Jimmie Johnson -24
7. 29 Kevin Harvick -25
8. 14 Tony Stewart -31
9. 99 Carl Edwards -51
10. 39 Ryan Newman -60

11. 18 Kyle Busch -73 (Wild Card #1)
12. 15 Clint Bowyer -74
13.   2 Brad Keselowski -86 (Wild Card #2)
14. 27 Paul Menard -89
15. 20 Joey Logano -97
16. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya -99
17. 24 Jeff Gordon -117
18.  1 Jamie McMurray -118
19. 55 Mark Martin -120
20. 31 Jeff Burton -124

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