With a fast car and a fast pit crew, Jamie McMurray was able to hold off Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick to win his first NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the $1 million prize to go along with it.
McMurray was helped to the front of the field in part thanks to great pit calls from crew chief Keith Rodden. Taking two tires after the third segment allowed McMurray to get to the front of the field, setting him up for a run to the finish in the final two segments.
Restarting the final segment of the night in the second spot, McMurray and Edwards battled hard for the lead right off the bat, neither giving an inch. Running on the high side of the track, McMurray was able to get a strong run off Turn 2 to power out front and take the lead as Edwards fell back behind him.
Kyle Busch seemed to have the fastest car on the track Saturday night but it was a slight mistake that would end his chances at taking the All Star crown.
Busch won the first segment but he and Joey Logano’s car crashed in the second go round. Busch got a run on Clint Bowyer while diving to the inside of his brother Kurt Busch in the second segment and made contact with Bowyer’s rear bumper. Bowyer got loose and then made contact with Kyle Busch, sending him into the wall. After Busch bounced off the wall, Logano smashed into his car.
The All-Star Race win is McMurray’s third win at Charlotte Motor Speedway. McMurray’s first Cup win came in the fall race in 2002 and he also won the fall race in 2010.