Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins Carfax 250Share
When Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins a NASCAR race, it's usually a popular victory greeted by excessive cheers as one of the circuit's most popular drivers, but jeers also awaited his arrival in Victory Lane today at Michigan International Speedway. Earnhardt apparently won the extremely controversial Carfax 250 Busch Series race under green-white-checkered conditions, running into the back of race leader Carl Edwards, spinning him out and assuming the lead. The ensuing yellow flag officially ended the race. Edwards then drove down pit road, stopped in front of Earnhardt's pit, and then drove back onto the track and ran into the side of Earnhardt's car. Edwards also confronted Earnhardt in Victory Lane just before the trophy presentation, the two disagreeing on what occurred before Edwards strolled off. Edwards reportedly requested that NASCAR officials black flag Earnhardt for spinning him out. The official race results, upon further review, don't have to be officially posted until Monday morning. "I've been around long enough that when you have races like that everyone is not always going to see it your way,' Earnhardt said in regard to the unusual negative fan reaction. "Those that are not my fans have kept their mouths shut in the past, but today they chose not to. We definitely have a great core of fans but I'm sure this divides them down the middle. "I understand why he was upset, but you don't go into my pits like that. It's just uncouth. We've been trying to use that word all year. Now we can. He was uncouth. I had my hand out the window after the race and he could have taken my hand off. Luckily, he didn't. It was pretty stupid. I've seen him do it before. I should have known." Edwards was spun out by Tony Stewart in a Nextel Cup race at Pocono, Pa., a month ago and then purposely ran into Stewart at the entrance to pit road when the cars came around to pit under yellow. "I was having a good time racing and he (Earnhardt) just wrecked me coming off Turn Two," Edwards explained. "I just wanted to make sure he knew that I was mad that he wrecked me. Oh well, that's racing. I don't know what else to say. "NASCAR had a meeting with us the other day, Tony and I, and said they weren't going to stand for that kind of stuff, so we'll see what happens. I was upset. I don't know what to say. I ain't going to get mad. I've had enough stuff happen to me lately. I just wanted to make sure he knew I was upset." Message delivered. Earnhardt, Edwards and Robby Gordon, in a car owned by Earnhardt, were battling hard for the victory in the late stages of the race when Kurt Busch spun out, creating a yellow with six laps remaining. On the restart on Lap 121 of the 125-lap race, Edwards had the lead with Gordon a very close second and Earnhardt right behind. Earnhardt went to the high side behind Edwards and then tagged him in the back bumper on Lap 124. It spun Edwards right in front of Gordon, but Gordon somehow missed him. All of the turmoil allowed Casey Mears to get past Gordon to unofficially take second place, with Gordon finishing third. "Everyone is booing and yelling and everything else," Mears said while standing near Victory Lane shortly after the conclusion of the race. "I don't know what's going to happen. I don't want to throw anyone under the bus or say what's wrong, but it looks like Carl got spun out pretty good there. Dale is a good friend of mine and I don't want to say anything against those guys, but I hope we got second. I got by the 88 (Gordon) and got into Turn Three and that's about when they threw the caution, so we'll see what happens, but it was a little bit of a hairy finish."
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