Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/20/14

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 14: Denny Hamlin, sits aboard the #11 Fed Ex Ground Toyota during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 14, 2009 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Tony Stewart put on a clinic Thursday in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway. Stewart qualified fourth and took the lead from pole sitter Greg Edwards for the first time on Lap 31. "Smoke" led 21 of 52 laps when the competition caution was called with 25 circuits remaining in the charity event. When the race restarted, Stewart remained at the point to the finish with a 1.765-second lead over Edwards at the line. Brandon Butler, Burton and Joey Logano rounded out the top five. "I was a little bit free in that first segment, and (car owner/crew chief) Lee McCall made a great adjustment that really made this thing come to life in the second session," Stewart said. "Jeff Burton was definitely keeping us honest there. We got to second there pretty quick, and then it took us 10 or 12 laps to run the leader down. "It wasn't like we were much faster. We just kind of clicked off a little bit at a time, kind of got him there in traffic a little bit, an...
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