VIDEO: Kyle Busch Wins Lackluster Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race
By NASCAR // May 21, 2017
win worth $1 million for Busch, Coke 600 up next
ABOVE VIDEO: The “Candy Man” Kyle Busch wins a lackluster Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race Saturday night in Charlotte.
CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA— Kyle Busch took control of Saturday night’s Monster Energy All-Star Race on the final restart with 10 laps left and motored away to a 1.274-second victory—his first in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch powered his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to the inside of Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Team Penske Ford—the race leader on old tires—as the field roared toward Turn 1 on the final restart.
Through the first two corners he cleared both Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson, who had restarted second on the outside to gain the race lead in clean air.
Though Johnson pursued with an intensity befitting the $1 million first prize, he was unable to catch Busch. Kyle Larson, winner of the first two 20-lap stages of the 70-lap non-points event, passed Johnson for second-place on the final lap.
“We’ve never won at Charlotte in a Cup car and we finally achieved that goal tonight,” an elated Busch said in Victory Lane.
“I won the All-Star Race. I won a million bucks. There’s reason to celebrate and reason to celebrate big.”
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