Kyle Larson scored the $1 million win in Saturday night’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race after transferring into the race earlier in the evening through the Open.
He scored his first career win in the annual race and became the fourth driver in history to make it to Victory Lane in the main event after racing in from the Open.
“This is unbelievable,” Larson said. “This whole day was up and down from the B Main we were into getting a little bit of damage, having to repair the car, had some great restarts there the last few, and Harvick gave me a heck of a push to get to the lead from the third row, and that was huge.
“But man, this is amazing. I’ve been close a couple times. I feel like every time I’ve been in the All Star Race I’ve been close to winning, so it’s neat to finally close it out.
Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Bubba Wallace rounded out the top five.
Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon, Alex Bowman, William Byron and Martin Truex Jr. completed the first ten finishers.
Kyle Busch, Harvick and Logano won the opening three stages.
Byron, Wallace and Larson made the All-Star after winning stages in the Open. Bowman won the fan vote to make the field. Open Results
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How Larson Won: He got a push from behind by Harvick in the final stage that moved Larson to the lead. That was all it took to give Larson the advantage he needed to keep his Chevrolet ahead of first a hard-charging Kyle Busch and finally Harvick to take the checkered flag.
Who Had a Good Night: Harvick came back from a bad late pit stop that dropped him in the field to finish second…Kyle Busch won the first stage and was also able to come back after pitting to repair damage after on track contact. He hit the wall late but was still able to finish third…Wallace had a solid run after racing his way in from the Open for his fifth-place finish.
Who Had a Bad Night: Denny Hamlin had multiple issues including a cut tire and a spin. He wound up finishing 18th…His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Erik Jones also had a number of encounters with the wall and despite getting back into contention made late contact with the wall to end up last in the field…Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman made contact on the last lap that resulted in a pit road scuffle. Bowyer threw several punches at Newman while he was still in his car and they finished 12th and 13th, respectively. (Read More)
What Else Happened: The tone of the night was set by the Open that saw several close finishes in overtime to set the final field for the All-Star Race. The main event did see some string out racing in stretches but for the most part, especially after restarts, cars were packed tightly together and the rules tweaks featuring potential components for the Gen-7 car in 2021, seemed to add to the close competition.
Quotable: “My parents always said and everybody who’s always helped me said I drive better when I’m pissed off…My mental game is shot right now, but it feels good to win something.” Wallace after winning the second stage of the Open.
Notables: Larson led once for the final 13 laps…He was the 17th different driver to win in the last 21 All-Star Races…It was the second All-Star Race win for Chip Ganassi Racing, who won in 2014 with Jamie McMurray.