Jamie McMurray wins All
McMurray used the difficult outside lane to pass Carl Edwards on at the start of the final segment Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, then made it stick to win his first All Star Race.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who won his first career race at Charlotte in 2002 and won his last downforce race at the same track in 2010, held off Kevin Harvick to score a surprising victory.
“I was like, ‘Screw it. If we drive off into the corner and we all wreck, I don’t care,’ ” McMurray said. “I could see the million bucks.”
Though McMurray has only eight career wins including Saturday night’s exhibition race some of them include the Daytona 500, Brickyard 400 and now the All Star Race.
“It’s one of those memories I hope I never forget,” McMurray said of racing side by side with Edwards in the final segment of the race. “It’s what we wake up every single day and live for is to be put in that exact position. It’s really awesome.”
Crew chief Keith Rodden, in his first year in the role after serving as Kasey Kahne’s longtime engineer, said McMurray “drove amazing.”
“That race with Carl was really special,” Rodden said. “I’m looking forward to carrying this momentum to winning some points races.”
McMurray could use the momentum. He’s 24th in the point standings and currently on the outside of the Chase for the Sprint Cup picture.
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“I can’t explain to you how unbelievable that is to hold a check up for that much money,” said McMurray, who acknowledged being buzzed off a large bottle of champagne during his post race interviews.
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“My hat is off to him,” Edwards said. “He did a great job. He earned it. I drove as hard as I could while he was on the outside and he gave me just the right amount of room to not wreck me, but still beat me. It’s a really tough one, though.”
Harvick finished second, Matt Kenseth third and Dale Earnhardt Jr. fourth. Edwards wound up fifth.
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MCMURRAY: Finds answer man in crew chief Keith RoddenThe top five cars had taken two tires after Segment 3, which put former leader Kasey Kahne (four tires) in fifth place to start the segment. McMurray was the first of those cars,
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On the first lap of the segment, Jeff Gordon had some sort of mechanical failure and collected Martin Truex Jr. and Greg Biffle as he shot up the track. All three ended up hitting the wall together.
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