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Edwards and Stewart leave Richmond fuming

RICHMOND, Va. -- 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.

In contrast, Tony Stewart knew exactly why he lost Saturday night's race.

"We did everything we could to throw it away, it got taken away," the defending Sprint Cup champion said. "I'm pretty ticked off about it."

Both drivers were less than pleased when they left Richmond, where late drama spiced up what had been yet another bland NASCAR race. There were just three cautions -- one was a NASCAR-planned competition -- through the first 310 laps and none had much impact on the race.

That changed when Jeff Burton smacked the wall, leaving behind debris that brought out the yellow with 89 laps remaining. It was Stewart and Edwards on the front row for the restart, and both believed they were the leader.

Edwards sailed away at the green flag, and was immediately penalized for jumping the restart and passing the leader before it was permitted.

What followed was a heated confrontation between crew chief Bob Osborne and the NASCAR official assigned to his pit stall, and a lengthy discussion on the team radio between Edwards and Osborne as they tried to figure out exactly what happened.

Edwards had been told by his spotter he was the leader, and the spotter said that information came from NASCAR. And the leader board backed it up, as Edwards was shown in first place. So when he was lined up on the outside of the track, Edwards said he figured NASCAR had made a mistake, and he made a split-second decision to try to get the best restart he could.

That part is not in dispute: replays clearly showed Edwards rocketed past Stewart and had cleared him before reaching the official restart zone.

And that's against the rules, no matter who was leading the race.

"Our issue was the confusion about who was the leader and who wasn't the leader," Osborne said.


Power rules in Brazil

SAO PAULO -- Will Power loves racing in Brazil.

Power had a flawless race to win IndyCar's Sao Paulo 300 for the third straight time Sunday, extending his dominance on the streets of South America's biggest city.

The Australian was hardly challenged at the 2.5-mile, 11-turn Anhembi circuit, taking control of the race from the start to finish ahead of American Ryan Hunter Reay.

"I think I love Brazil, I love Sao Paulo," Power said.

Japan's Takuma Sato had a great run to finish third for his first podium after starting only 25th and overcoming a drive-thru penalty, while Brazilian Helio Castroneves was fourth after starting 18th. Three-time defending series champion Dario Franchitti recovered from an early spin to finish fifth.

It was Power's third straight victory after four races this season, and Penske's fourth straight. It is the first time the team wins four in a row to start the season, dating to the introduction of CART in 1979.


Around the tracks

*Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor won the rain-shortened Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway, in the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Corvette DP. It marked the 19th win for SunTrust Racing -- second in Grand-AM Rolex Series history, in the headlining Daytona Prototype class.

*Mike Neff gave John Force Racing its sixth straight Funny Car victory to open the season, beating Ron Capps on Sunday in the final of the NHRA Spring Nationals in Baytown, Texas.

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