The Herald Bulletin

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September 7, 2013

Edwards wins race, Keselowski misses Chase

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RICHMOND, Va. —

"I didn't even know it happened until after the race," Truex said. "I raced my (butt) off all night long. That's all I can do. I tell my crew chief what my car is doing, what I need to go faster. That was enough to worry about. I don't have to worry about any other people out on the racetrack. I didn't even know that (Bowyer) brought out the caution until after the race."

Bowyer, who led 72 laps earlier in the race, denied any wrongdoing and said he simply lost the handling on his car. He said it was no different than Jimmie Johnson, who hit the wall earlier in the race to bring out the caution that jumbled the field and ultimately ruined Keselowski's Chase bid.

"I think we had something going wrong. We went from a car capable of winning the race, leading, to ... just went straight backwards," Bowyer said. "My car was tight as hell, (Johnson) blew a tire and hit the wall. I'm telling you, I was the next one. I know it's a lot of fun for you guys to write a lot of whacky things. Go ahead if you want to, get creative. But don't look too much into it."

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was right behind Bowyer when he spun, wasn't so sure.

"He just spun right out. That's the craziest thing I ever saw," Earnhardt said. "He just came around."

The winner wasn't even immune from controversy, with many believing Edwards jumped the final restart to get past Paul Menard. But Edwards said Menard spun his tires, and if he waited for Menard to get moving, both drivers would have been run over by the field behind them.

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