Johnson's Late Surge Earns Him A Record Fourth NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Win
Jimmie Johnson made history Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, winning his fourth career NASCAR All-Star Race, besting the previous record he shared with racing legends Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt.
"That's crazy, wow," Johnson said. "To beat Jeff (Gordon) and (Dale) Earnhardt, two guys I've looked up to my whole life and two of the best icons of our sport, this means the world to me. I didn't really think we had a shot at winning tonight, starting 20th, but we had a great race car and worked our way through there and got our job done. What we did here tonight - I don't know how we keep doing it; I'm very proud of this race team."
Johnson came off pit road in front after the mandatory pit stop preceding the final 10-lap shootout, then outdueled Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne to earn his second straight win in the All-Star race and pick up a cool million dollars.
A hard-charging Joey Logano and Kyle Busch were both able to get past Kahne in the closing laps to finish second and third respectively.
Busch and his older brother Kurt split the wins in the first four 20-lap segments evenly, but slower pit stops mired the siblings too far back to make a serious run at Johnson in the closing segment.
"That was the race right there," Kyle Busch said. "You have to come out on the front row if you are going to win this thing."