CONCORD, N.C. – Jamie McMurray, a 40-to-1 long shot, had a $1 million payday Saturday night with an upset victory in the Sprint All-Star Race.
McMurray was second on the restart for the 10-lap sprint to the checkered flag. Lined up outside of pole-sitter Carl Edwards, McMurray waged a door-to-door battle with the leader for a lap around Charlotte Motor Speedway, with McMurray surging slightly ahead several times.
The two cars appeared to touch more than once, and McMurray finally cleared Edwards for the lead two laps into the fifth segment.
A million bucks, that’s what I kept telling myself, McMurray said.
McMurray then easily pulled away for his first victory in the event.
For me, in the car, that was as much fun as you can have, a 10-lap shootout, me and Carl going side by side, said McMurray, who scored the first victory of his career in 2002 at Charlotte. Carl and I were just going for it. That’s awesome.
Kevin Harvick finished second, Matt Kenseth was third and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who complained earlier he was driving a dump truck, was fourth.
Edwards faded all the way to fifth.
Kurt Busch was 11th after qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 earlier in the day.
Really happy to see Jamie win, it’s always nice to see good guys win, said Kenseth, a former teammate of McMurray’s at Roush Fenway Racing.
Kyle Busch won the first segment, but his night ended early in the second 20-lap segment when he used an aggressive move in a fast attempt to avoid running into the back of older brother, Kurt.
His brother forced his hand, Clint Bowyer said of the accident that nearly collected his car. Hell, I don’t know how I didn’t wreck.
Busch failed to finish the All-Star race for the fifth time in nine years.
NATIONWIDE: In Newton, Iowa, Ryan Blaney will start from the pole today at Iowa Speedway after winning qualifying.
Blaney, who won a NASCAR Truck Series race in Iowa in 2012, took the pole for the first time in the Nationwide Series.
Sam Hornish Jr. will join Blaney on the front row, followed by Michael McDowell, Regan Smith and Dylan Kwasniewski. Series points leader Chase Elliott will start sixth.
NHRA: In Commerce, Georgia, Alexis DeJoria topped Funny Car qualifying with a track-record time of 4.012 seconds at 313.95 mph, and fellow female racer Erica Enders-Stevens led the Pro Stock field with a track-record run of 6.493 at 212.69 in the NHRA Summer Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Doug Kalitta led Top Fuel qualifying, setting track records for time and speed with his 3.732 run at 328.86. Eddie Krawiec topped the Pro Stock Motorcycle field with a 6.796 at 196.62.