NASCAR: Jamie McMurray wins All-Star Race
NASCAR • He edges Edwards in 10-lap sprint to the finish.
Published: May 18, 2014 06:53PM
Updated: May 17, 2014 10:15PM
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Jamie McMurray speaks during a media conference after qualifying for the pole position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Sonoma, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Concord, N.C. • Jamie McMurray, a 40-1 long shot, had a $1 million payday Saturday night with an upset victory in the Sprint All-Star Race.

McMurray was second on the restart for the 10-lap sprint to the checkered flag. Lined up outside of pole-sitter Carl Edwards, McMurray waged a door-to-door battle with the leader for a lap around Charlotte Motor Speedway, with McMurray surging slightly ahead several times.

The two cars appeared to touch more than once, and McMurray finally cleared Edwards for the lead two laps into the fifth segment.

“A million bucks, that’s what I kept telling myself,” McMurray said.

McMurray then easily pulled away for his first victory in the event.

“For me, in the car, that was as much fun as you can have, a 10-lap shootout, me and Carl going side by side,” said McMurray, who scored the first victory of his career in 2002 at Charlotte. “Carl and I were just going for it. That’s awesome.”

Kevin Harvick finished second, Matt Kenseth was third and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who complained earlier he was driving a dump truck, was fourth.

Edwards faded all the way to fifth.

Kurt Busch was 11th after qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 earlier in the day.

“Really happy to see Jamie win, it’s always nice to see good guys win,” said Kenseth, a former teammate of McMurray’s at Roush Fenway Racing.

It seemed to be a popular victory as several drivers made a point to congratulate McMurray in their post-race interviews as the driver took his Chevrolet to Victory Lane. He was met there by team owners Felix Sabates and Chip Ganassi, who flew into North Carolina before the race after Indianapolis 500 qualifying.

It was a tough day for Ganassi in Indianapolis, where none of his five cars made it into the Fast 9 qualifying round and Scott Dixon was his fastest driver at 15th.

Kyle Busch won the first segment, but his night ended early in the second 20-lap segment when he crashed after using an aggressive move in a fast attempt to avoid running into the back of older brother, Kurt.

Kasey Kahne went on to win that segment, and the third segment.

“I say just leave the car for now, felt pretty good right there,” Kahne radioed after the third segment as his crew debated pit strategy.

But his night fell apart in the fourth segment when he hit the wall to damage his Chevrolet. Kahne wound up 14th.

All-Star results

At Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.

Lap length: 1.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (11) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 90 laps, 120.3 rating, 0 points.

2. (3) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 90, 123.9, 0.

3. (8) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 90, 88.3, 0.

4. (6) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 90, 92.4, 0.

5. (1) Carl Edwards, Ford, 90, 99.1, 0.

6. (5) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 90, 85.1, 0.

7. (9) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 90, 67.8, 0.

8. (16) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 90, 71.6, 0.

9. (22) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 90, 54.1, 0.

10. (13) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 90, 73.3, 0.

11. (18) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 90, 57.8, 0.

12. (15) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 90, 41, 0.

13. (20) David Ragan, Ford, 90, 36.4, 0.

14. (7) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 90, 95.3, 0.

15. (19) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 90, 32.4, 0.

16. (21) R. Newman, Chevrolet, accident, 77, 44, 0.

17. (4) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, accident, 60, 87.1, 0.

18. (12) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, accident, 60, 37.6, 0.

19. (14) Greg Biffle, Ford, accident, 60, 36.4, 0.

20. (17) A J Allmendinger, Chevrolet, accident, 30, 41.5, 0.

21. (2) Kyle Busch, Toyota, accident, 25, 90.6, 0.

22. (10) Joey Logano, Ford, accident, 25, 50.7, 0.

Sprint Cup standings

Through May 17

1, Jeff Gordon, 394. 2, Matt Kenseth, 379. 3, Kyle Busch, 373. 4, Dale Earnhardt Jr., 368. 5, Carl Edwards, 367. 6, Joey Logano, 346. 7, Jimmie Johnson, 340. 8, Ryan Newman, 332. 9, Greg Biffle, 328. 10, Brian Vickers, 327. 11, Brad Keselowski, 326. 12, Denny Hamlin, 318. 13, Kyle Larson, 318. 14, Austin Dillon, 306. 15, Kevin Harvick, 302.