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Segment Snapshot: Sprint All-STar race

May 17, 2014,

A segment-by-segment recap of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

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TOP 5: Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Carl Edwards (pole sitter).

Carl Edwards (1-9), Kyle Busch (10-20).

STORY LINES: Kyle Busch used speed in the middle lane in Turns 3 and 4 to gain on Edwards and eventually take the lead. ... Good battles early between Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth for seventh place and Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick for third place. Kahne used a cross-over move to go to the bottom and stay ahead of Kenseth. ... Gordon passed Edwards on Lap 14 for second place and appeared to have a strong car to challenge Busch. ... Average finish in the first four segments will help determine how cars line up for the final segment. ... Pit stop is optional following this segment.


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TOP 5: Kahne, Harvick, Edwards, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch.

Denny Hamlin (21-25), Edwards (26-34), Kahne (35-40).

STORY LINES: Denny Hamlin started the segment in first place because he decided not to pit after the first segment. ... Kyle Busch nearly got into the outside wall on the fourth lap of this segment. Then, he did get into the outside wall in Turn 3 on Lap 26 after contact with the tail of Clint Bowyer's car. Busch got out of his banged-up car, pounded his fist atop it, and walked along the apron. ... Joey Logano got caught up in the Busch wreck and had to exit the race. ... On the fifth lap of this segment, Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski touched but kept their cars on the track. Keselowski lost some momentum after the near-miss. ... AJ Allmendinger got loose on Lap 31, slid down the track and slammed hard into the inside wall. He had to exit the race. ... Dramatic three-wide scenario saw Dale Earnhardt Jr. drop back. Meanwhile, Hamlin's car slowed late in the run and he was fighting to stay on lead lap because of a right-side tire problem.


TOP 5: Kahne, Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Keselowski, Kenseth.

McMurray (41-46), Kahne (47-60).

Jamie McMurray started on the inside with the lead with Kenseth to the outside. McMurray got a good start after the green flag and held the lead early in the run. ... Three-wide racing with Gordon, Brian Vickers and Kurt Busch on the fourth lap of this segment. ... Kahne passed Keselowski on the fifth lap of this segment and made a run at McMurray but then dropped behind Kes for a bit before regaining the second spot. ... Kahne pulled away from the field midway through the run, holding nearly a 1-second lead over McMurray. ... Harvick took a strong position in second place with five laps left, but he was still 1.39 seconds behind Kahne. ... Jimmie Johnson made a move late to take sixth place from his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Earnhardt Jr. ... As after the first two segments, drivers had the option of a a pit stop following the third segment.


Harvick, McMurray, Keselowski, Kurt Busch and Vickers.

LAP LEADERS: McMurray (61-75), Harvick (75-80).

STORY LINES: The top five on the restart was made up of McMurray, Keselowski, Johnson, Kurt Busch and Kahne. ... A crash into the outside wall in Turn 3 on the second lap of this segment involved Gordon, Biffle and Martin Truex Jr. and sent all three of those drivers to the garage. ... Kurt Busch touched the outside wall on the ninth lap of this segment, wobbled but was able to keep control. ... Harvick pressured McMurray on Lap 13, pulling right up on the back bumper. Meanwhile, Kahne got a piece of the wall and was struggling to recapture his earlier magic. ... Harvick got by McMurray on Lap 75, pressuring him from close behind, then moving to the low side and powering past for the lead. ... Ryan Newman caught the wall and had to visit pit lane late in the run. ... There was a mandatory four-tire stop after this segment. Average position in the first four segments would help determine the running order for the final segment. ... Kahne got into the wall in Turn 2 after the checkered flag dropped, doing damage to his car. He came to pit road too early and was penalized to 15th place heading into the money pit stop despite having an average finish of second in the first four segments.


TOP 5: McMurray, Harvick, Kenseth, Earnhardt Jr., Edwards.

LAP LEADERS: McMurray (81-90).

STORY LINES: Average finish in the first four segments placed Harvick first heading into the mandatory four-tire pit stop. ... However, Edwards picked up four spots during the pit stop and emerged as the leader coming off of pit road with McMurray in second, Harvick third, Kenseth fourth and Johnson fifth. Hamlin also picked up four spots on the pit stop to jump up to sixth place. ...  McMurray dueled with Edwards on the first lap, claimed the lead and powered away early in the run, building a two-second advantage. ... Harvick closed on McMurray to within 1.20 seconds mid-way through the segment, but McMurray was still looking strong. ... Edwards continued to slip to fifth late in the run as Earnhard Jr. passed him. ... With two to go Harvick closed to within less than a second behind McMurray. ... McMurray won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.


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