McMurray wins thrilling Sprint All-Star RaceMay 17, 2014 No Comments
If you were to go through a list of favorites before Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race, Jamie McMurray most likely would not have been on that list.
McMurray is no stranger to success at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He won his first Sprint Cup race in October,2002 substituting for the injured Sterling Marlin. McMurray won again at Charlotte in October,2010, capping off a year in which he won both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400.
Throughout the course of the night, McMurray lead the most laps in the race, setting him up to be one of the first cars onto pit road for the final, mandatory 4-tire pit stop due to the order being set by best average finishing position throughout the first-four segments.
McMurray’s crew put his No.1 Bass Pro Shop Chevrolet out in the second-position, lining him up next to the pole-sitter for the night’s race, Carl Edwards, on that final restart.
Edwards and McMurray battled hard for the opening two laps of the final segment, racing side-by-side around the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway.
When it was all said and done, it was McMurray pulling away from the field and winning the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
“As a kid, that’s what you grow up wanting to do,” McMurray said in victory lane about his late-race duel with Edwards. “Carl got a little bit of a jump on me on the restart and I was able to hang on his quarter-panel.
“When we kept entering [turn] one and [turn] three, I was like, ‘Heck with it’, it’s for a million-bucks. If we wreck, it’s not that big of a deal.”
Saturday night’s win was the first for McMurray in the Sprint All-Star Race. His best finish in the event prior to his win was eighth in 2013.
With the win, McMurray takes home the coveted $1-million prize. Now he has to live up to a promise he made his son earlier in the day.
“I asked my little boy what he was going to do today. He was like, ‘I’m gonna play in my sandbox. What are you going to do today, dad? ‘I’m going to race for a million-bucks, Carter. So cool that we were actually able to win.
“Chrissie (McMurray’s wife) asked Carter what he wanted and he said, ‘a train’. So, Carter, you’re going to get a really cool train…I promise.”
McMurray only won one segment on the night, but it was the one that counted.
Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick were the winners of the first four segments. Both Busch and Kahne were involved in separate crashes that ended their night.
The Sprint Cup Series takes to the Charlotte Motor Speedway again next weekend for the running of the Coca-Cola 600.
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Unofficial Results
1: Jamie McMurray
2: Kevin Harvick
3: Matt Kenseth
4: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
5: Carl Edwards
6: Jimmie Johnson
7: Clint Bowyer
8: Brian Vickers
9: Denny Hamlin
10: Brad Keselowski
11: Kurt Busch
12: Tony Stewart
13: David Ragan
14: Kasey Kahne
15: Josh Wise
16: Ryan Newman
17: Jeff Gordon
18: Martin Truex Jr.
19: Greg Biffle
20: AJ Allmendinger
21: Kyle Busch
22: Joey LoganoTags: AJ Allmendinger, Carl Edwards, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jamie McMurray, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Sprint All-Star RaceCoverage