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Tony Stewart turned into happy to be lower back in a race automobile for the primary time in his closing sprint Cup season after missing eight races as a result of a back harm.
"The other guys did an outstanding job filling in for me, but i love how it feels at the moment," Stewart advised his crew chief Michael Bugarewicz before the race.
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however "Smoke" had to battle lower back from a blown tire that put him a lap down, he wanted to retain racing — after a chilly beer, of route.
"Man, a chilly Busch beer or an ice-cream sandwich appears basically good correct about now," Stewart referred to after a pit cease. "Line 'em again up and let's delivery over. I consider that became an exquisite decent first day."
Stewart complete 19th. he's expected to birth Sunday's race at Talladega however now not finish it as a result of crash risks, hence receiving points credit for Ty Dillon's conclude. Stewart, who became granted a waiver from NASCAR, can make the Chase if he can win a race and conclude within the proper 30 in the point standings. He is anticipated to run a full race mother's Day weekend at Kansas Speedway.
Take a listen to the premier in-motor vehicle audio from the Toyota owners four hundred at Richmond international Raceway that also protected a no longer-so-satisfied Kurt Busch and a very good combat for the win between Kyle Busch and teammate Carl Edwards.