Busch, Edwards appear to have put Richmond issue in past
VOTE: Edwards' last lap move at Richmond -- clean or dirty? Reigning Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Carl Edwards appear to have buried the hatchet after the finish of the Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway two weekends ago. To refesh your memory, Edwards won his second straight race for JGR on April 24, doing so with a last-lap bump-and-run on Busch, who was seeking his third victory in four Cup events. As of this past weekend at Talladega Superspeedway , the pair still had yet to talk to try to resolve any tension. But on Wednesday morning, Busch tweeted a photo of the pair holding a signed award with M&Ms -- one of Busch's sponsors -- on it and the language, "Congratulations on your win," and the Toyota Owners 400 race logo. pic.twitter.com/rGgozmHOmp — Kyle Busch (@KyleBusch) May 4, 2016
Throwback Thursday: Richmond's return
Take a look back at Tim Richmond's triumphant return to NASCAR after his first absence from the sport.
Humpe back on track at Richmond
Defending NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series champion Kenny Humpe ( The TEAM ) found the winner's circle for the first time in 2016, taking the checkered flag at Richmond International Raceway after leading a race-high 88 of 200 laps. Humpe comfortably held-off Allen Boes ( Deadzone ) by 2.8 seconds, while Boes narrowly beat Ray Alfalla ( Slip Angle Motorsports ) for second. Corey Vincent followed the pair in fourth, 4.4 seconds behind the winner, with Matt Bussa rounding-out the top five. Humpe started from the outside of the front row and took the lead from pole sitter Nick Ottinger on Lap 26, shortly after the second caution flag of the race. He continued to lead until Lap 83 when the field headed to pit road for service under caution. Alfalla and Cody Byus had better pit stops than Humpe, relegating him to third on the restart. After the race went back to green Humpe struggled to close on Alfalla and Byus and, instead, settled into third spot. However, as the run wore on Humpe began gaining on Byus and finally passed him on Lap 138. Alfalla had begun to slow by this point and Humpe made his move for the lead on Lap 145 and nearly had a race-ending moment. As the two raced side-by-side through Turn Three, Humpe suddenly decided to pit for tires but overshot pit entry and narrowly avoided the safety barrels protecting the end of pit wall. Although the mistake cost him time, Humpe kept his car in one piece and safely made it to pit road next time around while Alfalla waited another lap before making his final stop. That extra lap proved costly to Alfalla, as he re-entered the track behind Humpe in spite of the defending champion's botched pit entry a couple laps prior. Although Bussa and Boes were ahead of Humpe and Alfalla, Humpe had no trouble dispatching them. The pass on Bussa only put Humpe in eighth, but the seven cars in front of him had yet to make their final stops and were no match for Humpe on fresh tires. He took the lead for the final time on Lap 168 and never looked back. Unsurprisingly, track position was of the highest importance at Richmond as none of the top five finishers started lower than twelfth and none of the top ten worse than fifteenth. Several sim racers in the running for the championship encountered trouble at Richmond , including both of the Stergios siblings. Jake Stergios ( ineX Racing ) was caught up in a crash and finished thirty-eighth while brother PJ sustained damage of his own but was able to continue and salvage a fourteenth place result. Chris Overland also went laps down early but took wave-arounds to get back into contention, finishing a respectable tenth. PJ Stergios' issues enabled Alfalla to leave Richmond with a nine-point cushion at the top of the standings with Boes an additional ten points back. Jake Stergios slipped to fourth, 54 points back after his troubles. Humpe's victory vaulted him to fifth in a dead heat with Overland but, trailing Alfalla by 62 points, he will need more runs like his Richmond win to get himself back into contention. Week Seven takes the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series to Las Vegas Motor Speedway , the first of four consecutive 1.5 mile tracks on the sim racing schedule. Vegas should play-out similarly to the Week Five race at Texas, so look for the Stergios brothers and Alfalla to be at the front. Can Humpe go back-to-back or will Slip Angle and ineX continue their dominance at the downforce tracks? Find out in two weeks on iRacingLive .
Stewart eager for more after Richmond return
RELATED: Race results " At-track photos RICHMOND , Va. -- Tony Stewart drove his Chevrolet onto Richmond International Raceway 's pit road this bright, sunny Sunday afternoon and after taking his helmet off and climbing out of the car, was all grins -- proudly declaring he could have raced another 400 miles. Stewart's day -- and his 19th-place finish -- was nothing but encouraging for the three-time champion making his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start of the year. "Smoke" missed the first eight races of what is his final season, recovering from a broken back suffered in a pre-season all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident. RELATED: Full coverage of Stewart's injury, comeback Leaning back against his car, Stewart was upbeat and excited while speaking with reporters at the track post-race. He sipped his Coca-Cola and reflected on his long-awaited, highly anticipated return to the NASCAR driving seat with the kind of positive vibes equal to that of a race winner. "I love this job," he declared. "If you asked me how I felt, I would be perfectly content to have them just line us up and start another 400-mile race right now. I can promise you I can outlast a bunch of these guys. "I could run 800 more laps and still out-race a bunch of these guys. If anyone thinks we've lost something, we haven't lost (expletive)." MORE: Hear 'Smoke' on the radio It was exactly the kind of confidence, high expectation and bravado that has characterized Stewart's storied racing career. It's also why the Richmond crowd gave him a standing ovation during driver introductions and why so many NASCAR fans are counting on the 48-time winner to finish his remarkable career on top. Or at least making a darn good run at it. RELATED: Relive all of Stewart's w ins Stewart described his weekend back behind the wheel as feeling "like an old pair of shoes" and said it only took him about 10 laps "to get reacclimated" with the car and his team. Starting mid-pack, he ended up spending most of the race trying to earn the free pass to get back on the lead lap and, maddeningly, he would be one position shy of the lucky dog spot time-after-time. At one point as he fought hard to stay on the lead lap and dueled with then-race leader -- and eventual Toyota Owners 400 winner -- Carl Edwards to hold onto position. Edwards said after the race that he was impressed with Stewart's effort. "I was real happy he was back until about five laps into that battle," Edwards said smiling. "Let me tell you, the guy is competitive. I was thinking during that, what a heckuva run to have (the) first time back in the driver's seat. It's great to have him back." "I made it interesting for him for about 15 laps," Stewart proudly told his team on the radio after being lapped by Edwards a quarter of the way into the 400-lap event. After the race Stewart said, "I felt like we ran a good race. "It's so chaotic on the re-starts and I had a plan and I would try to execute my plan, but I zigged when I should have zagged every time for about four straight re-starts. "You just didn't know exactly where you needed to be, but that stuff will come." It wasn't just Stewart's first time turning laps this year, it was also his first time working with his new crew chief Mike Bugarewicz and the No. 14 driver seemed encouraged about that relationship too after the race. "Being on the pit box with him and listening to him communicate really helped a bunch," Stewart said of his time spent out of the car this season. "I think being as active with him as I could up to this point, really shortened the learning curve up. "I know he's going to sit there when we're done and wonder, 'what could I have done to communicate different?' Really it was nice and just felt like it clicked so I don't think there's a big learning curve there. We get this car a little better and we're going to have a lot of fun with it." Stewart said that -- shortly after his comeback announcement -- he won't compete in the full 500-miler at Talladega Superspeedway next weekend, per doctor's orders. But he will qualify the car, start the race and then hand over the steering wheel to Ty Dillon , who made three starts in Stewart's Chevrolet while the veteran was recovering. From there, it's all Stewart, all the time. And he proved Sunday that he is not only back, but very glad to be back. "I felt like I was doing everything I needed to do," Stewart said. "And I bet you go up and down this pit road and ask those guys if they think I'm back and they'd be shaking their heads and going, 'I don't think that he was ever gone.' " MORE: Stewart granted Chaise wa iver
Edwards: 'Kyle and I haven't talked' since Richmond
RELATED: No team orders for Edwards, Busch " Vote: Clean or dirty move? TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Following last weekend's thrilling finish to the Sprint Cup series race at Richmond International Raceway in which Carl Edwards bumped teammate Kyle Busch from the lead to pick up his second straight victory, the lingering question in the days leading up to this weekend's events at Talladega Superspeedway was if the Joe Gibbs Racing duo would bury the hatchet. According to Edwards, the two drivers have yet to speak to each other. "No, Kyle and I have not had a chance to talk yet," Edwards said Friday at Talladega Superspeedway . "I was testing at ( Indianapolis Motor Speedway ) for two days. I missed the meetings. This weekend will require us to all get together as a group and work well together. I'm sure we'll have a chance to talk." Busch confirmed Sunday at Talladega during the pre-race telecast that he and Edwards still have yet to clear the air, replying to FOX Sports analyst Kenny Wallace 's question about the situation with a simple, "No." Much was made of the move that saw Edwards nudge his teammate Busch, the reigning series champion, up the track in Turns 3 and 4 on the final lap to beat him by .675 seconds on the Virginia short track. RELATED: Cain: Edwards' move is what racing is all about Was it clean? Was it dirty? Should it matter that they're teammates? Should it matter that they're both already virtually locked into the Chase for the Sprint Cup by virtue of their early-season wins? (A NASCAR.com poll revealed that 76 percent of our readers deemed it a clean, racing move, for what it's worth.) But it all boils down to how the pair -- who've been racing against each other full-time for over a decade, but have been teammates for just over a year -- will handle things moving forward, both on and off the track. Busch was understandably terse in his post-race press conference at Richmond on Sunday, deflecting questions about the incident and instead noting how good of a car his team gave him. The two-time 2016 race winner has yet to offer any comment since. RELATED: Recap all of Edwards' wins " All of Busch's wins
Race Rewind: Richmond in 15
Relive all of the highlights from the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway in only 15 minutes.
Edwards moves Busch in final lap to win at Richmond
Carl Edwards moves his teammate Kyle Busch to grab his second win in two weeks in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
Edwards hopes to discuss Richmond with Busch
Carl Edwards states he has not talked to teammate Kyle Busch about Edwards' bump-and-run to win in the final lap at Richmond International Raceway.
Junior, Suarez, Dillon avoid potential disaster at Richmond
Watch as Austin Dillon, Daniel Suarez and Dale Earnhardt Jr. make some great moves to avoid wrecks at Richmond International Raceway.
One final restart sets up teammate battle at Richmond
The last pit stop at Richmond International Raceway set up a dash to the finish between Joe Gibbs Racing teammates. Check out NASCAR Race Hub weekdays at 5 pm ET on FS1.