Kyle Larson turned in a dominating effort to win his third All-Star race and earn $1 million Sunday evening within the Cup Collection’ return to North Wilkesboro Speedway following a 27-year absence.
Larson grew to become solely the fourth driver to win the All-Star race at the very least 3 times. Jimmie Johnson has probably the most with 4 victories, whereas Larson, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt have three.
Larson is the primary to win the All-Star race at three totally different tracks, additionally having gained in Charlotte in 2019 and Texas in 2021.
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He celebrated with a full lap of burnouts across the .625-mile monitor as Hendrick Motorsports gained its eleventh All-Star race.
Bubba Wallace completed second within the 200-lap non-points exhibition race, adopted by Tyler Reddick, Chase Briscoe and Chase Elliott.
However solely Larson collected prize cash within the winner-take-all occasion.
Larson overcame an early dashing penalty on lap 24, and ran away from the sector.
After being despatched to the again of the sector on lap 24, he drove his No. 5 Chevrolet blowing previous 16 automobiles on recent tires, together with polesitter Daniel Suarez on lap 56 to take the lead. Larson went on to construct an 11-second lead earlier than the primary competitors warning at lap 100.
The competitors warning did not gradual Larson, who was by no means significantly challenged within the second half of the race.
If followers got here to see wrecks, they walked away disenchanted.
There have been none.
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And the one move they noticed for the lead was Larson shifting previous Suarez.
North Wilkesboro Speedway’s patched-up asphalt monitor held up pretty effectively following every week of racing regardless of not having been paved in additional than three a long time.
The monitor, which sat largely dormant and have become overgrown with weeds, was restored with assist of Speedway Motorsports CEO Marcus Smith and Corridor of Fame driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. for NASCAR’s seventy fifth yr anniversary season.
Suarez and Chris Buescher began on the entrance row for the All-Star race after successful their 60-lap heats Saturday evening, when NASCAR experimented for the primary time with moist climate tires on Cup Collection automobiles.
Suarez dominated early, main the primary 55 laps of the race, whereas Buescher shortly fell off the tempo early, dropping to tenth place after simply 5 laps when he caught on the skin.
Kevin Harvick, who is about to retire after the season, drove the throwback No. 29 automotive with the white paint scheme one final time.
It is the identical automotive the two-time All-Star winner started his profession in after taking on Dale Earnhardt’s spot with Richard Childress following Earnhardt’s loss of life on the Daytona 500 in 2001.
Harvick usually races the No. 4 for Stewart-Haas Racing, however SHR labored out a cope with RCR to permit him to run the No. 29 automotive.
Earlier within the day, Josh Berry gained the All-Star Open to advance to the All-Star race together with second-place finisher Ty Gibbs and fan vote winner Noah Gragson. Berry took the lead with 23 laps remaining when he handed Gibbs on the apron on the within of the monitor.
“It’s fairly cool, fairly particular to be right here,” Gibbs mentioned. “I wasn’t alive once they raced right here, but it surely’s actually cool. It’s a worn out race monitor, but it surely’s enjoyable. Simply sort of on the lookout for patches, on the lookout for grip.”
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There have been two crashes within the Open race, together with one involving Michael McDowell and Justin Haley, who have been each operating within the high 5 on the time earlier than Gibbs bumped McDowell.