The bump-and-run heard ’round the garage has been discussed from every angle on nearly every sports media outlet. Carl Edwards using the move on Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch in Turn 4 to claim a win at Richmond International Raceway was as controversial as any in the sport.
One place where it hasn’t been spoken about? The JGR garage between Edwards and Busch.
During Goodyear tire testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week, Edwards spoke about the aftermath with Busch.
“We haven’t had the chance to talk, but we will,” Edwards said, via Curt Cavin of the Indianapolis Star. “… “We’re going to Talladega this week and we’re going to work together as a team just like we did at Daytona, and I hope I have to battle my teammates for the win.”
Ironically enough, last year’s Talladega finish was controversial for teammates working together for a win. Jimmie Johnson pushed Dale Earnhardt Jr. across the finish line, blocking others who tried to get ahead in the draft for his Hendrick Motorsports teammate.
The win at Richmond gave the JGR stable its fourth-straight checkered flag and the team’s fifth of the season. Coming off a 15-win campaign last year, Edwards noted the pass on Sunday was just a byproduct of having two dominant cars.
“The good side of what happened Sunday is that we’ve got very fast race cars, our group is good and as a group we’re fast every week,” Edwards said. “It’s neat to have to race your teammate, but I don’t see it being a problem.”
Following the race, Busch deflected questions about the move, instead talking about his team and the car they put together. Given a week to cool off, it should be interesting to see how Busch reacts when he heads to Talladega in search of his third win of the season.