All-Star Race: A recap in GIFs
By Steve Luvender | Sunday, May 19, 2019
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Hey, now! It's the All-Star. Get your GIF on. Go play. Relive an evening of non-points, million-dollar racing action entirely in GIFs. We hope you'll forgive us in advance for the excessive Smash Mouth references -- but it didn't make sense not to live for fun.
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Saturday night marked the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race -- but before the big show, four drivers would transfer through the Monster Energy Open.
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All that glitters is gold. Daniel Hemric, driving a gold car, started the Monster Energy Open from the pole, hoping to win Stage 1 and transfer to the All-Star Race. It looked like Hemric's stage to lose, until ...
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BJ McLeod's car went up in a McLeod of smoke, setting up for an overtime finish to the stage.
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With an insane fourth-to-first last-lap pass, William Byron edged Bubba Wallace to win Stage 1 of the Monster Energy Open and transfer to the main event.
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In Stage 2, Daniel Hemric slid in front of fellow rookie Ryan Preece -- and Preece wasn't having any of it. Hemric's spin set up for another overtime finish.
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On the ensuing restart, Bubba Wallace set his sights on transferring to the All-Star Race, edging Daniel Suarez at the line after a bit of contact. Rubbin's racin', as they say.
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Wallace received a hug from best friend Ryan Blaney after the stage win.
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It's all ogre. In the final stage of the Open, Kyle Larson finally made it after coming up short the previous two stages -- the last spot earned via racing into the All-Star Race.
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The winner of the fan vote ... it was Alex Bowman, right?
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When the lights turned on at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the 19-car field was set for the All-Star Race. And then Bubba Wallace made himself really sticky.
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Everybody wants that million dollars.
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Erik Jones ran into trouble early when a tire shredded the fender of his Toyota.
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Jones' teammate Kyle Busch, on the other hand, won the first stage.
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In Stage 2, Ryan Newman went for a slide through the grass -- err, artificial grass-like ground covering.
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Kevin Harvick's bright pink millennial machine won Stage 2.
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Erik Jones ran into more bad luck when Kyle Busch and Austin Dillon tangled, sending Jones into the wall.
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Defending series champ Joey Logano took Stage 3, setting up for a 15-lap sprint to the finish and a cool million.
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In the final stage, drivers wasted no time going three- and four-wide.
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Denny Hamlin's shot at a million dollars didn't quite work out when a cut tire slowed the No. 11, collecting Austin Dillon along the way after spinning.
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For the third time, Erik Jones ran into trouble with his No. 20 car, tagging the wall late in the race.
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On the ensuring restart, Kyle Larson made an impressive run from sixth to first after Kevin Harvick's millennial car hit that yeet behind Larson.
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In the battle of the Kyles, Kyle Busch tagged the wall in an attempt to run down Kyle Larson.
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Nobody could touch Kyle Larson in the end, winning the million-dollar prize -- especially impressive after winning the Monster Energy Open earlier in the evening.
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After the race, Ryan Newman raised the ire of Clint Bowyer, who tried to ... Smash Mouth of Newman.
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She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb in the shape of an "L" on her forehead -- the "L" for Larson, of course.
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Hey, now, Kyle Larson -- you're an all-star.