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RICHMOND, Va. Detroit Pistons Jerseys China . -- NASCAR will have a new champion. For now, it has yet another conspiracy. Reigning champion Brad Keselowski failed to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship Saturday night when an ill-timed caution ruined his run at Richmond International Raceway. Same thing happened to Ryan Newman, who used a pass on eventual winner Carl Edwards with 10 laps to go to take the lead for what should have been enough to get in the Chase. Then Clint Bowyer spun three laps later to bring out a caution that ruined Newmans race. The benefactor? Martin Truex Jr., Bowyers teammate at Michael Waltrip Racing, who struggled the entire race. Newman and Truex were locked into a race for the second of two wild cards in the 12-driver Chase field, and the race win would give it to Newman. Only he lost the lead on pit road, wound up finishing third, and Truex grabbed the final spot in the Chase. Conspiracy theorists immediately accused Bowyer of spinning on purpose to help his teammate, and a tweet from Bowyer friend Blake Shelton didnt help his cause: "Yall should follow (at)ClintBowyer!!! The definition of team player!!!" the country music star posted on Twitter. A despondent Newman wasnt sure if Bowyers spin was legitimate. "They are teammates. I dont know if he looked at the scoring pylon, knew I was leading, it doesnt matter," Newman said. "If that was the case, Ill find out one way or the other. At the same time we still had the opportunity to make our own destiny and win it on pit road, and we didnt. That being said, were out." Truex, who broke his right wrist two weeks ago in a crash at Bristol and has been racing with a cast, said he had no idea who even caused the caution. "I didnt even know it happened until after the race," Truex said. "I raced my (butt) off all night long. Thats all I can do. I tell my crew chief what my car is doing, what I need to go faster. That was enough to worry about. I dont have to worry about any other people out on the racetrack. I didnt even know that (Bowyer) brought out the caution until after the race." Bowyer, who led 72 laps earlier in the race, denied any wrongdoing and said he simply lost the handling on his car. He said it was no different than Jimmie Johnson, who hit the wall earlier in the race to bring out the caution that jumbled the field and ultimately ruined Keselowskis Chase bid. "I think we had something going wrong. We went from a car capable of winning the race, leading, to ... just went straight backwards," Bowyer said. "My car was tight as hell, (Johnson) blew a tire and hit the wall. Im telling you, I was the next one. I know its a lot of fun for you guys to write a lot of whacky things. Go ahead if you want to, get creative. But dont look too much into it." Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was right behind Bowyer when he spun, wasnt so sure. "He just spun right out. Thats the craziest thing I ever saw," Earnhardt said. "He just came around." The winner wasnt even immune from controversy, with many believing Edwards jumped the final restart to get past Paul Menard. But Edwards said Menard spun his tires, and if he waited for Menard to get moving, both drivers would have been run over by the field behind them. Kasey Kahne claimed the first wild-card berth, and Joey Logano, Keselowskis teammate at Penske Racing, qualified for the Chase for the first time in his career, by rounding out the top 10 in points. Logano edged four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon for the final spot in the field. Kurt Busch finished second to make Furniture Row Racing the first single-car organization to make the Chase. Busch had been plagued by a slow pit crew all year and it bit him on the first caution of the race when he led the field down pit road as the leader. But the Furniture Row crew was almost a second slower than all the other contenders, and Busch lost five spots, restarting in sixth. He scolded over the team radio Furniture Row general manager Joe Garone, who to The Associated Press before the race the pit crew was under tremendous pressure Saturday night. It had been the weakest spot of the team all season, and Busch might have as many as three races had the crew performed at a higher level. "Its a new group, they started at the beginning of the year and the time that it takes for a crew to come together and gel and be running with the top five cars in the series, you dont get there in eight months," Garone said before the race. "The performance of the car has jumped ahead of the guys. Its not that they are bad, or we have bad stops. The two learning curves dont go together, and we are a little behind. If we can have good, clean, solid stops tonight, well leave the rest up to the calls on the pit box and Kurt behind the wheel." The pit crew rebounded as the night went on and Busch, fired two years ago from Penske Racing, was celebrating his return to elite company. "Well, how about them apples? Unbelievable," Busch said. "The way this team has grown, what weve been able to accomplish, its an amazing feeling. We achieved something very special tonight." Keselowski, who led a race-high 142 laps, at one point seemed to have the race in control even though a victory wasnt necessarily going to be enough to get him into the Chase. He had just pitted under green when Johnson hit the wall to bring out a caution that pinned Keselowski deep in the field, and he never recovered. He finished 17th, and at 16th in points and winless on the season, he wont be eligible to race for the Sprint Cup title. "I dont really have any emotions right now. We werent good enough to make it and we didnt. That is the reality," he said. "We have work to do. At the end of the day, the thing about points is it is the best measuring stick in sports. You know who deserves to be where because the results speak for themselves. We didnt have enough results to get where we needed to be." Performance also hurt Newman, who was more critical of his Stewart-Haas Racing pit crew than he was of Bowyers caution. Newman isnt being brought back to SHR next season, and the team was too slow on pit road for the final stop and that cost him both the win and his spot in the Chase. "We should have been able to come on pit road first and come off first," he said. "If were a championship contending team, we need a championship contending pit crew, and we didnt have that tonight." And that final caution ruined Gordons Chase chances, too. Eighth before the yellow flag and ahead of Logano in the standings, Newman losing the race flipped everything and Gordon wound up on the outside looking in even though he still finished eighth. "We were getting it done until that caution came out," Gordon said. "We still could have made it in. That restart just didnt got the way that we needed it to." Fake Detroit Pistons Jerseys Authentic Detroit Pistons Jerseys . -- Miguel Angel Jimenez quickly shifted his focus back to the Ryder Cup after winning his first Champions Tour event. AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Josh Smith was annoyed with himself earlier in the week, when his jumper with the game on the line missed badly and Detroit went on to lose to the New York Knicks. So when Smith had the ball in the final seconds again Saturday night, he went straight to the basket. "I wanted to be aggressive," Smith said. "When I caught it, I didnt want to settle." Smiths driving, left-handed bank shot with 1.2 seconds left gave the Pistons a 110-108 win over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night. Smith finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds, and Brandon Jennings had 18 assists, the most in the NBA this season, to go with eight points and eight rebounds. Smith was involved in a few big plays in the final half-minute -- both good and bad. His 3-pointer as the shot clock expired put Detroit ahead 108-105 with 26.8 seconds left. Then he fouled Gerald Green while the Phoenix guard was shooting a 3-pointer. Green made all three free throws to tie it with 4.3 seconds remaining. The ensuing inbounds pass went to Smith near the top of the key. He drove to the right and then switched hands, making a tough shot while being tightly defended by Channing Frye. Greens 3-pointer at the buzzer from in front of the Detroit bench missed badly. "This is a great game for us, to be able to see how mentally strong we can be," Smith said. "Weve just got to be able to reflect on these games and apply it to the games that we have in front of us." Frye led Phoenix with 21 points. The Suns tied the game with a 13-3 run to start the fourth quarter, but Detroit responded with a 7-0 run. It was 105-97 before Phoenix scored eight straight points, tying it on a 3-pointer by P.J. Tucker with 51.2 seconds left. "We had one game this year where we came from 21 back, and we usually fight hard," Tucker said. The Pistons barely got a shot off on their next possession, but Smith was able to free himself on the left wing and connect from 3-point range. It was his first of two big shots at the end. "Those were two tough shots that Josh made," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "We let him get to the basket at the end, but he was going in the wrong direction and still knoocked that down. Swingman Detroit Pistons Jerseys. Before that, we play great defence, they lose the ball and they manage to bat it out to him and he hits the 3. Thats just a bad break for us." Jennings equaled team records held by Isiah Thomas with 11 assists in the first quarter and 16 in the first half. But Jennings didnt have any points, rebounds or assists in the fourth quarter. Backup Will Bynum picked up the slack a bit, scoring eight of his 16 points in the final period. "Sometimes in those fourth quarters Brandon was alone out there as far as creating and thats kind of tough on him," Bynum said. "So when were out there we help him out a lot and that spreads the court out." Detroit has been a disappointment after signing Smith and trading for Jennings in the off-season, but those two looked sharp for most of the night Saturday. In the first quarter, the Pistons looked as smooth and cohesive as they have all season, repeatedly beating the transition-oriented Suns down the court for easy baskets. Jennings tossed an alley-oop off the backboard to Andre Drummond for a 12-3 lead, and later in the quarter his alley-oop to Smith gave him 10 assists. Jennings then found Kyle Singler for a dunk that made it 35-19. The Pistons finished the quarter with 16 assists on 17 field goals -- and a 35-21 lead. Even when Jennings shot an airball at the end of the second quarter Drummond was there to tip it in at the buzzer for a 64-51 lead. Detroit had 50 points in the paint in the first half. The Pistons finished with 68. The last player with 16 assists in a half was Jason Kidd, who did it April 5, 2009, for Dallas, according to STATS. That was also against Phoenix. The last player with at least 11 assists in a quarter was Steve Blake, who had 14 for Portland in 2009. Phoenix was without guard Eric Bledsoe, who had surgery Friday on his right knee. NOTES: Thomas had 16 assists in a half against Dallas on Feb. 13, 1985. He tied the team record with 25 assists in that game. He twice reached 11 assists in a quarter. ... Ty Lawson, Kendall Marshall and Chris Paul (twice) have all had 17-assist games this season. Jennings surpassed that before the end of the third quarter. ' ' '

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