As confusing as the issue surrounding Carl Edwards getting black-flagged late in Saturday night's race at Richmond may sound, it's actually very simple.
When the caution came out on Lap 312, Edwards was the only car not to
have made a green-flag pit stop. Thus, there were only three cars on
the lead lap at that time - Edwards, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson who had just completed his pit stop on pit road.
Edwards then pit. There is
no way you can be the only car to pit and still be the race leader.
Regardless of who told who what, what Fox's TV graphic said, or what the scoring pylon showed, Edwards should have known the moment
he went down pit road he was no longer the race leader.
It really is just as simple as that.