Best Tweets: Richmond Controversy Creates Twitter Buzz
With so much on the line, a series of events in the closing laps set social media afire for days to come.
From Clint Bowyer's spin, to Carl Edwards' restart, to Brian Vickers' dramatically slow final lap, the NASCAR Twitterverse had plenty to discuss.
It's almost like Kevin Harvick knew the night would be full of drama.
Aside from us wanting to win tonight, this chase stuff could make for an epic night in NASCAR!!! Have fun watching!!— Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) September 7, 2013
Calling a race as a crew chief is tough, but try being a top-notch NASCAR crew chief watching from home.
Holy cow.. I’m a nervous wreck watching this! This is way worse than sitting on the pitbox…— Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) September 8, 2013
Wow.. Can’t believe how all of that played out.. Crazy!!— Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) September 8, 2013
Despite the drama, at the end of the night, 12 drivers and teams were celebrating the opportunity to battle for the championship.
Apparently Kevin Harvick's crew chief, Gil Martin, is just happy the champion won't be Brad Keselowski.
The controversy surrounding Saturday night's race garnered the attention of IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan.
I'm amazed how people can think that a driver can spin and guess the outcome of the race.— Tony Kanaan (@TonyKanaan) September 8, 2013
After the comment, some NASCAR fans welcomed the Indy 500 champ with open arms...
Too bad Kyle Petty wasn't around to help Kanaan.
Over the next few days, fans and media alike debated the possibility of team orders by Michael Waltrip Racing. Most drivers have remained quiet on the topic, but Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick offered a glimpse into their view.
The suspicious activity by Michael Waltrip Racing wasn't the only incident on the night that got people fired up. The final restart of the night also got social media buzzing, with many claiming Carl Edwards jumped the restart and beat race leader Paul Menard to the line - mainly Menard's crew chief Slugger Labbe.
Eventually, NASCAR announced they were looking into Saturday night's race, but offered little more.
During a Monday press conference announcing his move to Richard Childress Racing, Ryan Newman offered his thoughts on the suspicious move that cost him a shot at making the Chase.
If you thought racing was tough, try being a racer, watching a race at home, with two of your close friends battling for the win. It's OK, you can look, Todd.
Finally, Jimmie Johnson wasn't the only one to welcome a new addition to the family. A big congratulations to Travis Pastrana and wife Lyn-Z on the birth of their daughter. It's a safe bet she will never say, "Man, my dad is soooo boring."