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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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