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Edwards wins $1.2m All-Star pay cheque

With the 18 driver line-up now augmented with David Ragan, Brian Keselowski and fan vote winner Dale Earnhardt Jr., it was time for the main event of the evening.

The format of the All-Star is even more convoluted than anything that's proceeded it. It commenced with a 50-lap segment 1 during which time the teams are obliged to make one four-tyre green-flag pit stop.

After a caution break - during which drivers can pit if they wish to - a 20-lap segment 2 is followed by another caution and another chance for a pit stop if teams wish, and then a 20-lap segment 3 which concludes with all cars coming into pit lane for a 10 minute rest break.

Before the final segment, the drivers return to the track in the same order as they were running, do one lap - and then come in for a de facto pit stop challenge, with everyone carrying out a four-tyre pit stop. The order off pit road determines the starting order for segment 4, during which only green flag laps count and the winner receives a $1 million prize.

Got that? Complicated enough? Don't worry if it isn't - they'll come up with some way of making it more devilishly devious and needlessly intricate next year!

Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer had qualified on the front row with Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards made up the second row behind them. Ragan, Keselowski and Earnhardt Jr. all started from the back of the pack as the race went green for the first time at 9.50pm for the first of the 100 laps of racing.

Clint Bowyer had a terrible start and quickly exited the front spots, leaving Kyle susceptible to a successful strike for the lead by Greg Biffle. Kyle also picked up some debris on his front grille, and helped himself to the rear of Biffle's #16 to try and clear it off.

Jeff Gordon had some interesting battles with first Jamie McMurray and subsequently Jimmie Johnson, while Juan Montoya had a scary moment flying up the track, and he lost several positions trying to keep the #42 safely off the wall.

The mandatory green flag four-tyre pit stops came up on lap 25; Kurt Busch was the only driver to fall foul of this, when he was given a drive-thru penalty for a pit crew member coming over the wall too soon. Brad Keselowski went six laps down as the pit crew went to work on a serious brake problem on the #2.

The racing continued without incident through to the scheduled break point at the end of lap 50, and everyone came in for a more normal round of pit stops and mixture of assorted tyre strategies and adjustments. Dale Earnhardt Jr had the longest stop for major adjustments after finding the #88 impossible to wrangle out of19th place, and Kevin Harvick was also looking uncharacteristically off the pace.




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