Brothers Kurt and Kyle Busch each won two of the first four 20-lap segments in Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but Jimmie Johnson came away as the $1 million winner, taking home his record-setting fourth All-Star Race trophy.
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Green flag – 2013 Sprint All-Star Race
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch finished third, the top-ranking JGR driver in the field of 22 top Sprint Cup Series drivers. Busch won the second and third segments of the five-segment event, while older brother Kurt won the first and fourth segments. The younger Busch’s shot at a win in the non-points event was spoiled by a longer-than-normal pit stop between segments four and five, which brought him back on track in the second row.
“We just didn’t get the best pit stop there at the end to get us out on the front row, and when you’re back behind cars, you’re getting beat up on,” said Busch, who drove the No. 18 Snickers Bites Toyota Camry in the race. “It is what it is. We’ll just take this as a good learning day and hopefully bring back some speed like this to the (Coca-Cola) 600.”
Kyle Busch – 2013 All-Star Race rain delay
While JGR is still winless in the special event at Charlotte, all three JGR team members ended up in the top 10 following the final segment. In addition to Busch in third, Denny Hamlin finished sixth in the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota and Matt Kenseth came home ninth in the No. 20 Home Depot/Husky Toyota.
Former JGR driver Joey Logano finished second, while Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
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Next Sunday, May 26th, the Sprint Cup Series returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the longest race of the season, the Coca Cola 600. The Nationwide Series runs the History 300 at Charlotte on Saturday, May 25th. Keep up with the action this week at joegibbsracing.com.