Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Jamie McMurray wins NASCAR All-Star Race

CONCORD, N.C. — Jamie McMurray picked up a $1 million payday by winning the Sprint Cup All-Star Race on Saturday.

McMurray restarted the final 10-lap sprint to the checkered flag in second on the outside of pole-sitter Carl Edwards. The two battled door to door for a lap around Charlotte Motor Speedway, with McMurray's No. 1 Chevrolet surging slightly ahead several times.

"A million bucks. That's what I kept telling myself," McMurray said.

The two cars appeared to touch more than once, and McMurray finally cleared Edwards for the lead two laps into the 10-lap fifth segment of the nonpoints race.

"That was as much fun as you can have, a 10-lap shootout, me and Carl going side by side," said McMurray, who scored the first victory of his career in 2002 at Charlotte. "Carl and I were just going for it. That's awesome."

Kevin Harvick made up time over the final few laps but couldn't catch McMurray. Matt Kenseth was third, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who complained earlier he was driving a "dump truck," was fourth.

Edwards faded to fifth.

"Really happy to see Jamie win," said Kenseth, a former teammate of McMurray's at Roush Fenway Racing. "It's always nice to see good guys win."

Kurt Busch was 11th after qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 earlier in the day.

His brother, Kyle, endured more frustration. Kyle, who has won six truck series races at Charlotte but never a Sprint Cup race, crashed during the second segment to end what started as a promising night. It was the fifth time in nine All-Star Races that Kyle did not finish.

Kyle tried to make a run on the top of the track, but Kurt Busch slowed, forcing him to the low side of the track. Kyle tried to get around Clint Bowyer, but the two cars touched, spinning out Kyle in a wreck that collected Joey Logano.

"I hate that we're out this early," Kyle Busch said. "But you're trying to race hard and protect that average finish (which determined the starting order for the final segment). Those are the opportunities you have to take in the All-Star Race."

Earnhardt was frustrated all night with the setup of his No. 88 Chevy.

"I've been driving a dump truck for two weeks," he said during the race. "I don't know what's going on."

Johnson swims, bikes and runs, then drives

CONCORD, N.C. — Jimmie Johnson proved he can do more than win NASCAR races.

The six-time Sprint Cup champion won the 35-39 age group at the Over The Mountain Triathlon in Kings Mountain, N.C. on Saturday, a few hours before heading to Charlotte Motor Speedway to compete in the All-Star Race.

Johnson finished 11th overall among 119 male participants, swimming 1.5 kilometers, biking 45 kilometers and running 10 kilometers in 2 hours, 30 minutes, 7 seconds.

"It was awesome," Johnson said before the NASCAR race. "I'm so stoked; so stoked."

Johnson said he wasn't tired.

"I feel good so far," he said. "I need sleep. But through this whole process, I've learned so much about nutrition and hydration, and I feel really good. I'll just need to get my sleep (today)."

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