For the primary time in its 37-year historical past, the NASCAR All-Star Race passed off at Texas Motor Speedway. Sunday’s exhibition race, divided into six rounds, was crammed with inversions and calculations that decided Kyle Larson was the brightest star. Larson held off Brad Keselowski within the ultimate ten-lap spherical to win his second All-Star and for the third straight week.
Larson drew the pole to guide the sphere of twenty-one; seventeen have been already locked into the race whereas 4—Ross Chastain, Tyler Reddick, Aric Almirola, and Fan Vote winner Matt DiBenedetto—certified by way of the All-Star Open earlier within the day.
As a part of the format, the race was break up into six rounds with the primary 4 being fifteen laps every. It solely took one lap for a warning to wave when Christopher Bell acquired sideways regardless of avoiding a spin. Kyle Busch took the lead for the restart and led earlier than Larson reclaimed the spot and drove off to the spherical win. The prime twelve was inverted to place Ryan Blaney on pole for the second spherical, and no lead adjustments occurred within the spherical as he gained.
After pit stops, DiBenedetto grew to become the brand new chief and led six laps earlier than Alex Bowman started the Hendrick Motorsports run on the entrance earlier than wrapping it up with the spherical victory. HMS team-mate William Byron took the lead on lap 46 to start the fourth spherical and edged out Larson to win.
The fifth spherical was the longest at thirty laps and thus necessitated a cycle of green-flag stops. All 4 Hendrick drivers ran within the prime 4 earlier than pitting collectively on lap 76, which allowed Keselowski to take the lead. On lap 79, Chastain almost spun after being tapped by Ryan Newman from behind however saved it; however, the warning was known as. Reigning All-Star winner Chase Elliott took the lead for the restart and claimed the spherical win.
The ultimate spherical ran for ten laps. Keselowski handed Elliott for first on lap 92, however misplaced his battle with Larson. Despite Keselowski’s efforts, he couldn’t catch Larson as he stormed off to his second profession All-Star win, an unofficial third straight race win, and technically his second consecutive All-Star victory (he gained in 2019 and missed 2020 as a result of suspension).
“It feels like running second to the Hendrick cars right now is an accomplishment,” quipped Keselowski. Hendrick drivers have gained the final 4 factors races whereas a team-mate completed second in every. “They are just stupid fast. I had him off turn 4 but they just have so much speed. He just motored right back by me, like damn!”
In addition to claiming the $1 million prize cash, Larson is the primary driver to win the All-Star within the #5 since Terry Labonte in 1999. He can be the primary driver not from the Elliott household to win the All-Star when it’s held exterior of Charlotte Motor Speedway (Bill Elliott gained at Atlanta in 1987 and Chase at Bristol in 2020).
“That second run there, we were really bad, and I was like, ‘Man, we’re in trouble.’ I went backwards that round,” Larson instructed FS1. “I used to be like, ‘We got an uphill battle and did not imagine seeing myself winning this race today,’ however Cliff (Daniels, crew chief) and all people labored so laborious on this factor, made some good changes all through these second and third rounds and acquired us in place.
“That last restart worked out exactly how I needed it to. I wanted Chase to not get a good run down the back. Thankfully I think the #12 (Blaney) got to his inside, and I just shoved him down the back and he probably thought I was going to just follow him and I was like, ‘There’s got to be enough grip where we’d be running for one corner.’ It was a little slick up there but I was able to get it and hold him off from there. I can’t believe it.”
|1||1||5||Kyle Larson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||100||Running|
|2||9||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||100||Running|
|3||6||9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||100||Running|
|4||7||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||100||Running|
|5||17||12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Ford||100||Running|
|6||15||48||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||100||Running|
|7||8||24||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||100||Running|
|8||20||10||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||100||Running|
|9||2||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||100||Running|
|10||13||1||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||100||Running|
|11||3||20||Christopher Bell||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||100||Running|
|12||11||34||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||100||Running|
|13||10||19||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||100||Running|
|14||4||41||Cole Custer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||100||Running|
|15||12||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||100||Running|
|16||19||8||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||100||Running|
|17||21||21||Matt DiBenedetto||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||100||Running|
|18||18||42||Ross Chastain||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||100||Running|
|19||5||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||100||Running|
|20||14||6||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||100||Running|
|21||16||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||100||Running|