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May 23, 2014

McMurray claims Million Dollar Prize

After four 20-lap segments and then a 10-lap Sprint to the finish, Jamie McMurray claimed his first win in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race on Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

McMurray is known for big wins, winning both the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 and now can add another to his mantel.

Kevin Harvick finished second, Matt Kenseth was third, Dale Earnhardt Jr. fourth and Carl Edwards fifth

The race was four 20 lap segments, followed by a 10 lap shootout.

Kyle Busch took the lead from pole sitter Edwards in the first segment and pulled away. By the end of the first 20 laps, Jeff Gordon was second, Harvick third, Kasey Kahne fourth and Edwards fifth.

Busch’s night ended prematurely though after he got into the retaining wall and spun in turn three on lap six of segment two (lap 26 overall). The incident also collected Joey Logano, also putting Logano out of the race.

The yellow flag waved twice in the second segment, with the second caution ending the race for A.J. Allmendinger.

After the restart from the Allmendinger incident, Kahne soon took the lead and remained up front for the remainder of the second segment. Kahne restarted the third segment in the eighth spot but quickly moved up through the field by cars that stayed out between segments and cars that pitted for only two tires. Within six laps, he was back in the lead.

After retaking the top spot, Kahne pulled away and claimed another segment win, followed by Harvick, McMurray, Bread Keselowski and Kenseth.

Kahne encountered trouble in the final 20-lap segment, though. Pit strategy prior to the start of the segmnet mired Kahne back in the field, and he was unable to get back to the front. He hit the wall just after the yellow flag waved to end the segment and then pitted several times for repairs. Gordon, Greg Biffle and Martin Truex Jr. also had trouble in the fourth segment, as they were caught up in an incident soon after the segment began and all three suffered enough damage to retire from the race.

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