Once again the yearly tradition of NASCAR’s All-Star race sees the Monster Energy Cup Series elite competing for a million dollar prize.
Kyle Larson leads the field to green sharing the front row with Kyle Busch. With the green waving, Larson left his competition while the rest battled for position.
Stage 3 open winner Daniel Suarez would start on the new green wall option tire. He proved his and the tires pace gaining seven positions throughout the first stage. Martin Truex Jr would report major shaking in the car on lap 7.
Larson would pull a 2-second lead by lap 12 completely outpacing everyone in the field. Larson keeping his big lead would win segment 1 guaranteeing his way into the final segment. Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch would round out the top 3 helping their average finish which could help them make it into the final round.
Pitting under the stage caution would see multiple drivers switch onto the green option tires. Matt Kenseth’s team would spot and oil leak knocking him out of the race.
With the green flag waving Jimmie Johnson would shoot into 3rd place with his option tires as Kevin Harvick fades due to his normal prime tires. Johnson would take his next victim Kyle Busch with just Larson left.
Larson much like the first stage would pull away despite the speed advantage of the green option tires. Larson not having any challenges wins stage 2 easily.
Clint Bowyer and Ryan Blaney under stage caution only took 2 tires to everyone’s 4 getting them out first 1st and 2nd position. Bowyer’s team would make a call that saw him keep 2 of his option tires on. Larson along with the other front runners that hadn’t put on the option tires did so sending them to the back.
With green waving unfortunately for Bowyer his gamble would not pay off. Blaney would also get swept up by the drivers who took 4 tires. Kevin Harvick would make his way back up the field settling into 3rd behind his teammate Kurt Busch.
Chase Elliott would get into the wall with 14 laps to go. Bowyer keeps inside the top 10 despite his big fall after the restart. Dale Earnhardt Jr also found his way into the wall adding to an already mediocre day for the 88 team.
Kevin Harvick makes the pass on Kurt Busch with 8 to go in the stage. With 2 laps to go in the stage, Newman makes contact with Denny Hamlin. Newman would take his car behind the wall. Jimmie Johnson would hold on despite Harvick and Larson closing to win stage 3.
Advancing to stage 3 will be Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Jamie McMurray, Denny Hamlin, and Brad Keselowski.
Brad Keselowski would be the only driver to stay out during pit-stops with Jimmie Johnson being the first driver out of the pits. Kevin Harvick would be the big loser going from 4th to 8th.
Keselowski led the field to green but would only keep the lead for just a few seconds before Kyle Busch would make it three wide. The move saw Keselowski sent high up the track after trying to clear Kyle Larson and would get into Denny Hamlin. The commotion would see Kyle Busch take the lead and never look back. Kyle Larson would battle Jimmie Johnson for 2nd place as Kyle Busch would pull away.
Kyle Busch would take his first All-Star Race win and his first win ever at Charlotte Motor Speedway in NASCAR’s top series. Making the prize even sweeter is the 1 million dollar prize and momentum going into next week’s Coke 600.
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