Capital City 400: 5 Points to Ponder at the Richmond Race
Kyle Busch had a dream weekend as his KBM Nationwide car took the checkered flag with his brother, Kurt Busch, wheeling the car. Busch then found himself in Victory Lane for the Cup race, but for others, events unfolded oddly.
Busch may just have gotten his mojo back after such a confidence-building weekend. This was the fourth consecutive win at the Richmond spring race and 24th career Cup win.
Controversy was no stranger to this race, and once again, the wait for Hendrick Motorsports to capture their 200th win in NASCAR's top series continued.
Pit mistakes were game-changers for some drivers, and Ford continued their winless streak at this race that goes back some seven years.
In this slideshow, some of the highs and lows of the race at Richmond International Raceway will be highlighted.
Carl Edwards Controversy
Carl Edwards took a hit in the ego when NASCAR officials ruled against him, saying he jumped the start which he obviously did.
He ran at the front, leading five times for 206 laps with his No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford.
Thinking he was the leader, he led the restart on lap 319-of-400, but in reality, Tony Stewart was the leader.
Edwards had to go to the end of the lead pack after a pass-through penalty. He finished in the 10th position.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Moves to Runner-Up in Points
Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran in the top 10 throughout the Capital City 400, but as the final laps rolled, it was Junior in second position trying to run down winner Kyle Busch.
Earnhardt moved to second in the point standings, only five markers behind the leader, Greg Biffle.
The driver of the No. 88 remains the best performer at Hendrick Motorsports, but none of the four stablemates seem able to seal the deal with that coveted 200th Cup win for Rick Hendrick.
Jeff Gordon Struggles
It seems if it wasn't for bad luck, Jeff Gordon, would have no luck this season. He has fast cars, but somehow, he gets caught up in circumstances that prove detrimental to his finishes.
By this time in the season, one would expect Gordon to have taken his No. 24 Chevrolet to Victory Lane. Instead, he's winless and 17th in the point standings.
Gordon got caught up with a bump from Aric Almirola and then made contact with Greg Biffle. Kurt Busch had no place to go and made contact with Gordon with both having tire troubles.
Gordon finished 23rd in the Capital City 400.
Tony Stewart Not Happy
Tony Stewart was leading the Capital City 400 when a caution flag waved for debris with 13 laps to go.
Stewart questioned NASCAR's reasoning being that it he thought it was for a plastic water bottle in the high groove.
Stewart also had problems with his restarts throughout the race, and he spun his tires during the controversial restart with Carl Edwards, making the No. 99 appear to have really made a bigger run than he had.
The driver of the No. 14 had some issues with his pit crew as well, but he was pleased that his team gave him a fast car.
Stewart finished third in the race and is eighth in the point standings.
Jimmie Johnson's Loose Wheel
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the Lowe's No. 48 Chevrolet, started the Richmond race from 27th place due to a poor qualifying attempt.
Johnson made his way to the front pack and was in contention for the lead with 86 laps to go. During Johnson's pit stop, the tire changer rolled the tire toward the wall after taking it off the right rear.
NASCAR penalized Johnson for an uncontrolled tire, and he restarted in 36th place. Johnson again made his way through the field and finished in sixth place. He moved up one slot to sixth in the points.