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Monster Energy All Star Race Recap



It was the 25th anniversary of the famed “One Hot Night,” the first NASCAR All Star Race run under the lights in 1992. While there may not have been any last-lap controversy in this year’s running, the anticipation was as large as ever.

The prerace festivities during driver introductions were a new idea to say the least. While the starting field was introduced to the crowd, the front stretch of the track was buzzing with the sounds of motorcycle racers doing burnouts and wheelies. A stadium super truck adorned in Monster Energy colors also added into this fun.

Kyle Larson won each of the first 2 20 lap segments. The third 20 lap segment went to Jimmie Johnson. Lastly, the final 10 lap segment went to Kyle Busch. A new twist was in the All-Star Race this year, softer tires. Teams had the option of using this set of faster tires once throughout the night. Some teams utilized them in order to advance to the final stage, some saved them for the end. The winning 18 team chose to use them earlier on in the night.

The final segment only comprised of 10 drivers. Those who won previous stages and those with the best average finish made the cut. Each of the 10 drivers who advanced on from the initial field of 20 used their softer tires earlier on in the night.

Busch’s winning move came on the final restart, with 10 laps remaining. He took the leaders Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson three wide going into turn 1. Brad had older tires, so he quickly fell through the field. With the preferred inside line, Busch had his eyes set on the checkered flag. He won with a margin of 1.2 seconds over Johnson, taking home the million dollar prize. This marks Busch’s first win in a Cup car at Charlotte.