Tony Stewart wins Denny Hamlin’s charity race, beats another Edwards

Jay Busbee

Here's a tip: if you're a guy named Edwards, Tony Stewart is going to catch you.

Last year it was Carl, and Thursday night at Denny Hamlin's Short Track Showdown, a fella by the name of Greg Edwards, a local Virginia driver, tried to hold off Stewart and failed. Not that he really minded.

''My gosh,'' smiled Edwards, who finished second. ''To get beat by Tony Stewart. How bad is that?''

Good for you, fella. Stewart took the checkers; unlike most charity events, Denny Hamlin didn't actually win his own race. He got caught up in a first-lap wreck and ended up bailing on the race after 29 laps.

The race was a mix of Sprint Cup veterans and local products; for instance, the sixth-place finisher was 15-year-old Ben Rhodes. Other known names included Joey Logano and Jeff Burton, but to Stewart, the best part of the race, held at Richmond International Raceway, was seeing the guys he'll face down the line.

''Trust me, there's a lot of these guys today and we're going to see these guys down the road in Nationwide or trucks or the Cup series, and the fun part is we got to see them here first,'' he said. ''It's fun to race with some of these guys and know their names now.''