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Carl Edwards managed to hold off Kyle Busch to the chequered flag of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte, to pocket a pay cheque for a cool million dollars for a night's work.
Carl Edwards was celebrating victory in NASCAR's premier exhibition/invitation event event after he held off Kyle Busch to claim victory and a prize cheque of $1m in the All-Star Race held at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"The key to winning this race are the guys behind me," Edwards said, indicating his pit crew. "They performed a flawless pit stop, and we got out in front of Kyle. He is a bear on those restarts, and if we had started behind him, I think it would have been really tough."

After Edwards got a flying start for the final 10-lap segment of the highly structured exhibition race, a lack of subsequent cautions prevented Busch from getting back in a position to challenge Edwards, and he ran out of laps at the end before the chequered flag. "We came up a little bit short, but we got beat by a faster car," said Kyle.

The only thing that didn't go right for Edwards was his victory celebrations - when he attempted a spin on the infield grass only to cave in the front of the trusty #99 car on the undulating surface so badly it couldn't be driven back to victory road. It didn't stop Edwards using the side door for his trademark backflip, however.

In the earlier Sprint Showdown race - which acted as the 'qualifier' for two final entrants into the All-Star competition - Edwards' Roush Fenway team mate David Ragan managed to beat Brad Keselowski to the finish line, giving them both entry tickets into the main event of the night.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. also raced in the All-Star event, after winning the Fan Vote which saw 2.4 million votes cast. "I thank not only my fans, but all the fans that voted," he said. "I know my fans worked really hard. I kept up on the Internet about the temperature they had about it. They were committed pretty hard. So I appreciate the help." Earnhardt's All-Star race was an uneventful affair, running outside the top ten and finishing 14th.

Race results

Sprint All-Star

1. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 1:10:24.000s Running (0pts)
2. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota + 0.443s Running (0pts)
3. #00 David Reutimann Toyota + 1.054s Running (0pts)
4. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet + 1.630s Running (0pts)
5. #16 Greg Biffle Ford + 2.759s Running (0pts)
6. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford + 3.162s Running (0pts)
7. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota + 3.704s Running (0pts)
8. #6 David Ragan Ford + 4.553s Running (0pts)
9. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet + 5.069s Running (0pts)
10. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet + 6.119s Running (0pts)
11. #5 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet + 6.514s Running (0pts)
12. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet + 7.143s Running (0pts)
13. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge + 7.595s Running (0pts)
14. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet + 7.971s Running (0pts)
15. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet + 8.572s Running (0pts)
16. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet + 10.560s Running (0pts)
17. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet + 13.665s Running (0pts)
18. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge + 1 lap Running (0pts)
19. #25 Mark Martin Chevrolet 93 laps Accident (0pts)
20. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 90 laps Fuel Pump (0pts)
21. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 59 laps Accident (0pts)

Sprint Showdown

1. #6 David Ragan Ford 40 laps Running (0pts)
2. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 40 laps Running (0pts)
3. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 40 laps Running (0pts)
4. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 40 laps Running (0pts)
5. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 40 laps Running (0pts)
6. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 40 laps Running (0pts)
7. #34 David Gilliland Ford 40 laps Running (0pts)
8. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 40 laps Running (0pts)
9. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 40 laps Running (0pts)
10. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 40 laps Running (0pts)
11. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 40 laps Running (0pts)
12. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 40 laps Running (0pts)
13. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 40 laps Running (0pts)
14. #181 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 40 laps Running (0pts)
15. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 40 laps Running (0pts)
16. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 40 laps Running (0pts)
17. #66 Todd Bodine Toyota 40 laps Running (0pts)
18. #150 T.J. Bell Toyota 40 laps Running (0pts)
19. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 40 laps Running (0pts)
20. #192 Brian Keselowski * Dodge 40 laps Running (0pts)
21. #37 Tony Raines Ford 40 laps Running (0pts)
22. #195 David Starr Ford 29 laps Running (0pts)
23. #71 Andy Lally * Ford 28 laps Running (0pts)
24. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 27 laps Accident (0pts)
25. #32 Boris Said Ford 3 laps Accident (0pts)
26. #09 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 2 laps Accident (0pts)
27. #64 Derrike Cope Ford 2 laps Accident (0pts)



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David Ragan crosses the finish line to win the Sprint Showdown which transferred him into the NASCAR Sprint All Star Race for the first time in his career. [Picture credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images for NASCAR]
Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch race side by side for the lead of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. [Picture credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR]
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David Ragan, driver of the #34 Taco Bell Ford, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, are seen on the track after crashing during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 21, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, loses control of the car after making contact with Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 21, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Will Schneekloth/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, drives with damage to his car after crashing during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 21, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 21, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, leads the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 21, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet SS qualified for eleventh position September 19, 2014 for Sunday`s Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Earnhardt, Jr. is in the Chase which continues with the Challenger 16 for this and next week`s race. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, celebrates setting the pole position during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, speaks at a press conference following practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, smiles at Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota, during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Jared Wickerham/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, prepares for practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Jared Wickerham/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, leads the field after a restart during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, places his name in the top twelve on The Chase Grid after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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