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Will NASCAR address restarts for Sunday's Texas 500, after Saturday's controversy?

  The final restart, green-white-checkered, for Saturday's Texas Nationwide 300, with Carl Edwards (60) versus Kyle Busch (red car) (Photo: TexasMotorSpeedway/HaroldHinson)


   By Mike Mulhern


   FORT WORTH, Texas

   The pre-race drivers' meeting for Sunday's Texas 500 could be interesting, if any drivers care to stand up and ask NASCAR officials about restarts and the restarting line....following Saturday's controversial victory by Carl Edwards over Kyle Busch in the Nationwide 300.
   Edwards won the 300, in a green-white-checkered two-lap shootout. But Busch, runner-up, complained that Edwards jumped the final restart "by three car lengths."

   In fact Busch launched into a very angry post-race tirade about the issue.
   NASCAR has each track paint two red lines on the outside wall off the fourth turn to demarcate the restarting 'area,' and in the overhead video (below) there are two corresponding white lines on inside part of the asphalt itself. The leader must restart anywhere within those two sets of lines. NASCAR has on occasion blackflagged the leader of a race for jumping a restart, as it did Rusty Wallace once at Charlotte. Wallace is now a TV commentator.
   ESPN carried the Saturday race, but in a curious turn of events, despite Busch's angry complaints about the critical final restart, ESPN did not show a replay of that restart (here: http://bit.ly/d21jZ1 )and did not interview Busch or NASCAR officials about it.


kyle Busch

Not sure about the restart but i do think Nascar needs to deal with the crybaby kyle. He is so struck on himself it is pathetic. Deal with this crybaby.

maybe kyle was 'playing the

maybe kyle was 'playing the refs' on saturday in order to get any call he might need on sunday?

he didn't jump

Based on my viewing of the linked video, my verdict is that Edwards did not jump the start.

I'm assuming that the white restart lines are the ones by the UPS logo. Coming to the first line, Edwards is running high (compared to the cars three rows back), squeezing Busch near the wall. This prevents Busch from getting into the gas for fear of drifting out.

I can't get the video to stop at the frame I want, but it appears that Edwards has about a car length on Busch near the first restart point. I attribute this to the fact that he sets the start and is he first to hit the gas and also because Busch can't respond as quickly due to his high line.

I think it was a fair start.

yep, i tend to agree with

yep, i tend to agree with your analysis. the two white lines on the asphalt itself correspond to the red lines on the wall -- maybe 100 feet apart; the leader is supposed to restart anywhere within those two marks. if carl started early, it was maybe half a car length. and i'm thinking that kyle and brad, having gotten a little snookered by carl, were backing off, or not gassing it, in hopes nascar might either call off the restart or blackflag carl. i've seen drivers just refuse to restart if the leader gets a good jump on them.....one question -- why didn't brad gas it right when carl did. dont believe he really got jumped himself by three lengths; thinking he was maybe thinking about some of those earlier incidents this year and looking for maybe a blackflag on carl....

Ford pressures Nascar

Nascar must have been finally pressured by Ford for a victory. Where nascar in many of the early season races went out of its way to throw a late caution to close the field, this race they were determined not to throw one even though a car crashed on the backstretch littering the track with all sorts of debris. Only until Boyer ran over the shrapnel did they throw the caution. Then Carl leaves 3 car lengths ahead of the line and nascar does nothing. Nascar and Ford got what they planned for.


NASCAR is already viewed by many as World Wide Racing, the professional wrestling of motorsports. Anyone who's been around for a while has seen NASCAR's blatant favoritism. ESPN is already skittish about doing anything to alienate more fans. I'm not at all surprised that they are willing to cover up NASCAR's shenanigans. They think they have to in order to keep the viewers they have left.

Looks to me like everyone

Looks to me like everyone except Busch hit the gas at the same time and then Keselowski fades as if he missed a shift. If Edwards did jump it was no more than *maybe* 1/2 - 1 car length ahead of what looks like a 3 car length box. NASCAR frequently does some inconsistent stuff, but I don't really see anything controversial here.

"I don't really see anything

"I don't really see anything controversial here." I would say its very controversial, rules should be rules.


You're forgetting one thing. The leader is supposed to cross the start/finish line first on restarts. right?

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