05/18 21:25 CDT The Latest: Larson pushed to victory at NASCAR All-Star Race
The Latest: Larson pushed to victory at NASCAR All-Star Race
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) --- The Latest on the NASCAR All-Star Race (all times local):
Kyle Larson got a push to the front from Kevin Harvick in the final stage, then
held off the defending champion to win the NASCAR All-Star Race on Saturday
Larson advanced into the prime-time spectacle by winning the Monster Energy
Open earlier at Charlotte Motor Speedway, then kept near the top until the
next-to-last restart when he was in sixth position. That's when Larson slipped
between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano before Harvick pushed him hard to the front.
Larson earned the $1 million first prize and got a measure of success in a
season best remembered for his going airborne and barrel rolling a half-dozen
times in a scary, last-lap crash at Talladega Superspeedway last month.
Harvick was second, Busch third, Logano fourth and Bubba Wallace fifth.
Kevin Harvick is out front and seeking his second straight win in the NASCAR
All-Star Race with two stages and 35 laps left.
Harvick moved past Kyle Busch early in the second stage and drove off to a
large and easy lead over defending series champion Joey Logano. Ryan Blaney was
third, William Byron fourth and Kyle Larson fifth.
Harvick won the non-points spectacle at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2007 and
again a year ago. If he can hold on, Harvick would join Jeff Gordon and the
late Dale Earnhardt as three-time All-Star winners.
Jimmie Johnson is the all-time All-Star champion with four victories.
The third stage will go 20 laps before a 15-lap sprint to the $1 million top
We're rolling at the NASCAR All-Star Race.
There will be no points at the end, just $1 million for the winner.
Clint Bowyer led the 19 contenders to the green flag, with 2017 All-Star winner
Kyle Busch right alongside.
Kevin Harvick, a past All-Star winner, quickly moved past Bowyer to take the
very early lead.
The opening stage is 30 laps, then a pair of 20-lap segments before a 15-lap
race to the finish.
Earlier, Kyle Larson, Bubba Wallace and William Byron advanced from the Monster
Energy Open. Alex Bowman gave owner Rick Hendrick four All-Stars when he won
the NASCAR fan vote to get the final berth.
Kyle Larson and Bubba Wallace have won their way into the NASCAR All-Star Race.
Alex Bowman also won the NASCAR fan vote, giving him the final spot in the main
event at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
Larson won the Monster Energy Open to advance while Wallace won the race's
second stage in overtime. William Byron needed a green-white-checkered finish
to win the opening stage and get the chance to race for the $1 million first
Clint Bowyer, making his 10th career All-Star appearance, will lead the field.
Alongside will be 2017 All-Star winner Kyle Busch, who got his time at
Charlotte started strongly with a win in the truck series on Friday night.
This is the start of two weeks of Charlotte racing with NASCAR's longest event,
the Coca-Cola 600, taking place here on May 26.
William Byron is an All-Star.
Byron outlasted Bubba Wallace in overtime of the 20-lap first stage of the
Monster Energy Open to advance into the All-Star Race later Saturday night.
Two more drivers will move into the All-Star Race from the Open, the leader of
the 20-lap second stage and the winner after a final stage of 10 laps. One
final driver will make the field from a vote of NASCAR fans.
NASCAR Cup Series rookie Daniel Hemric appeared to have the stage won with a
big lead much of the way. But things came down to a green-white-checkered
finish where Byron's No. 24 car moved from fourth to the front and prevailed
over Wallace by a few feet.
Clint Bowyer will start the All-Star Race up front with Kyle Busch, the 2017
All-Star winner, alongside.
Clint Bowyer will start up front as he looks to win his first NASCAR All-Star
Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
It won't be easy, though, with Kyle Busch right alongside.
Bowyer has only had one top-10 finish in this non-points race in his nine
previous trips. He says he's excited to try for the win --- and the $1 million
prize that goes to the champion.
Busch got the weekend off to a strong start with a victory in the truck series
race on Friday night. Busch won this event two years ago.
NASCAR will experiment with a setup that reduces engine temperatures. The hope
is to find a usable setup package when NASCAR rolls out its Gen 7 car in 2021.
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