In one of the most exciting All Star Races in recent years, Jamie McMurray led the last 10 laps to win this year's event and pocketed a cool Million Dollars for his team.
With an emphasis placed on running up front in each of the four 20 preliminary segments, NASCAR's elite lit up the sky with sparks and smoke from hard racing action.
AJ Allmendinger was the first major casualty as he bounced off several drivers trying to get to the head of the pack.
"I bounced of Vickers and Vickers bounced of me and I was just an innocent bystander," said AJ beside his battered race car in the garage area after the mishap.
Shortly afterwards, Jeff Gordon had some mysterious type of mechanical malfunction in his fast Chevrolet that sidelined him after a very impressive run in the early goings.
"I just felt something in the front end and all of a sudden I had more wheel and I wasn't on the straightaway yet," said a puzzled Gordon from his garage stall.
As Gordon pondered what happened, the remaining teams made their mandatory pit stops before the final 10 lap sprint to the Million Dollars with Carl Edwards and McMurray being the fastest off pit road.
When the green fell, Edwards and McMurray pushed each other to the limit for the next 4 laps until McMurray gained the advantage for good.
"It was awesome," said an excited McMurray after the race. "It's three or four of the hardest laps I've ever driven in my racing career, and it's one of those memories that I hope I never forget."
McMurray has won the two most prestigious NASCAR events in his career in the Daytona 500 and the Indy 400 and can now, he can add the All Star Race to his resume as well.
"There's been a lot of guys come along that don't ever get to win a race, much less win three of the biggest races of the year," continued McMurray on his accomplishments. "Yeah, I feel really lucky to be able to do what I've done."
There hasn't been a lot to cheer about so far this season for the No. 1 team but, an All Star win can certainly build your confidence and send you off to a more successful rest of the season.
We'll see if that happens for McMurray as NASCAR heads to its longest race of the season, the Coke 600, next weekend.
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