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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]
Jeffrey Earnhardt, driver of the #55 Fronius USA/Viva Auto Group Chevrolet, spins out during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 28, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
David Ragan, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, drives in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 27, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox/NASCAR via Getty Images)
David Ragan, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 27, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #4 Energizer Chevrolet SS qualifies in sixth position Friday, February 27, 2015 for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
David Ragan, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, stands in the garage during a testing session at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 26, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS races to a third place finish with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS who finishes in fifth place in the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by HHP/Alan Marler for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Percision Chevrolet, lead the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Smoke pours from the #2 Miller Lite Ford, driven by Brad Keselowski, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Chris Buescher, driver of the #60 Kellogg/Cheez-It Ford, races Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 ENEOS Chevrolet, and Ryan Reed, driver of the #16 Lilly/American Diabetes Association Ford, during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Erik Jones, driver of the #20 GameStop/Rock Candy Toyota, Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #6 Ford EcoBoost Ford, and Landon Cassill, driver of the #01 Flex Seal Chevrolet, race three-wide during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, is interviewed in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Hendrick Motorsports team mates (left) Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet and (right) Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet celebrate in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Alex Bowman, driver of the #7 Toy State/Nikko Chevrolet, and Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the #9 Twisted Tea Ford, are involved in an on-track incident during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 2 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Budweiser Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, lead a pack of cars during practice for the 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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