Jamie McMurray Holds Off Kevin Harvick for First Sprint All-Star Race Victory

Saturday, May 17 2467

After rubbing fenders with Carl Edwards, the Mac is back. Jamie McMurray has won his first career NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday evening, holding off an extremely hard charging Kevin Harvick.

McMuray led 31 laps en route to his third race at Charlotte (two points paying races and now the All-Star Race). The win is Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates’ first win at the Sprint All-Star Race.

Kyle Busch won the first segment after pole sitter, Carl Edwards, led the first nine laps. Busch was under heat from Jeff Gordon, but was able to hold him off by a half of a second.

Denny Hamlin stayed out after the first round of pit stops while Keselowski, Newman and Kurt Busch took two-tires only, trying to advance from the middle of the pack.

Kasey Kahne won the second segment after Denny Hamlin stacked up the field with a tire going down due to making contact with Greg Biffle while going three-wide on the front stretch.

Strategy came into play as four drivers opted to stay out after the second segment, but only had seven laps on their tires as they attempted to improve their total average finish. However, Kahne was able to win the third segment as well after maneuvering through traffic.  Kahne hit the wall in the fourth segment, and said on his radio “"I hit it hard. I blew it bad.” Then, Kahne hit the wall hard at the conclusion of that segment.

“I can’t believe that happened…we had a great car. I blew a right front getting into one,” Kahne radioed into his No. 5 team after the second incident.

Jeff Gordon had “something break” during segment four, causing a fire to erupt from his No. 24 Chevrolet. Martin Truex Jr. had nowhere to go as Greg Biffle and he slammed into one another, ending both of their evenings.

Harvick won the fourth segment after having a hard fought battle with Jamie McMurray, who led 15 laps in that sector of the All-Star Race.

Here are the unofficial results from the Sprint All-Star Race:

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). A.J. Allmendinger

21). Kyle Busch

22). Joey Logano

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