KYLE BUSCH WINS NASCAR ALL-STAR EVENT
It took Kyle Busch 12 years to win the Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but one move on Brad Keselowski in Saturday's final segment did the job.
Busch passed Brad Keselowski and Segment 3 winner Jimmie Johnson on the Segment 4 restart and pulled away to become the 23rd driver to win an All-Star Race. Busch prevailed over polesitter Kyle Larson – who dominated the first two segments, but restarted fourth for Segment 4 after Keselowski did not pit. Busch’s victory, coupled with his win in Friday’s N.C. Education Lottery 200, made it a weekend sweep.
“It’s the All-Star Race for one and for two we’ve never won at Charlotte in a Cup car so we’ve achieved that goal tonight," Busch said. "I can’t say enough about this team and everybody on this M&M’s Caramel Camry. First race, first win for (M&M’s Caramel). I can’t say enough about (crew chief) Adam Stevens and the guys on this pit box. We weren’t quite the fastest car but we made the right changes when it mattered most and we made the right moves when it mattered most. … It means a lot, first of all, to finally win at Charlotte and to win the All-Star Race. … Taking home a million bucks, that’s not such a bad payday, even though I know (car owner) Joe (Gibbs) takes home most of it. A good night for us overall.”
Johnson finished third with Kurt Busch fourth and Jamie McMurray fifth. Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott – the Monster Energy Open Fan Vote winner – Joey Logano, Keselowski and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top 10. Fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr., the 2000 All-Star Race winner, finished 18th in his final All-Star start.