JOHNSON WINS HIS FOURTH ALL-STAR RACE
Kyle Busch started third on the final restart but could not keep up with Jimmie Johnson. He got roughed on the restart at the start of segment four, denting his fender during contact with Ryan Newman and others (photo courtesy: Kevin C. Cox, GETTY IMAGES SPORT)
Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Jimmie Johnson etched his name in the sport’s history books by becoming the first four-time winner of the annual Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He broke the tie for the all-time All-Star race wins lead with Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Sr. Johnson also won the annual event in 2003, 2006, and 2012.
The driver of the No. 48 car led only the final 10 of the 90-lap non-points dash-for-cash race to take home the $1 million prize for the second consecutive year. He became the second driver to win back-to-back All-Star events; the first was Davey Allison in 1991-’92.
Johnson’s win also marked the eighth All-Star win for team owner Rick Hendrick, more than any other. In addition to Johnson’s wins, Gordon won the event in 1995, ’97, and 2001. Terry Labonte took the victory in 1999.
In the fifth and final All-Star segment of the evening, Kasey Kahne had the lead and the preferred lane, but could not hold off his Hendrick Motorsports teammate. Battling a tight car in the end, Kahne was still able to score a fourth place overall finish.
Kurt Busch had a strong race by winning the first and third segments and earning the best finishing average through the first four segments. Even though he entered pit road in first place, a slow pit stop cost him valuable positions for the final restart, and he finished the race in fifth place.
Joey Logano was second and Kyle Busch finished third to round out the top-five.
Heading into this weekend's Coca-Cola 600, Johnson maintains the lead in the Sprint Cup Series standings by 44 points over Carl Edwards. The Chase will consist of the Top 10 drivers in points plus the two drivers from 11th to 20th with the most wins after Race 26. The Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup will culminate at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 17.
Next up for the Sprint Cup drivers is the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte on Sunday, May 26 (6:00 p.m. EDT, SPEED and Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 90).