Kyle Larson wins NASCAR All-Star Race after transferring from Open

The Associated Press
Published 8:19 p.m. ET May 18, 2019 | Updated 10:33 p.m. ET May 18, 2019CONCORD, N.C. — Kyle Larson got a push to the front from Kevin Harvick in the final stage, then held off the defending champion to win the NASCAR All-Star Race on Saturday night.Larson advanced into the prime-time spectacle by winning the Monster Energy Open earlier at Charlotte Motor Speedway, then kept near the top until the next-to-last restart when he was in sixth position. That’s when Larson slipped between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano before Harvick pushed him hard to the front.Larson earned the $1 million first prize and got a measure of success in a season best remembered for his going airborne and barrel rolling a half-dozen times in a scary, last-lap crash at Talladega Superspeedway last month.Harvick was second, Busch third, Logano fourth and Bubba Wallace, who also transferred from the Open, fifth.OPINION: Five reasons NASCAR fans should love the All-Star RaceALL-STAR RACE: Why no drivers really wanted to win fan voteKyle Larson holds the trophy after winning the final stage of the Monster Energy Open. He went on to win the $1 million NASCAR All-Star Race. (Photo: Jim Dedmon, USA TODAY Sports)MONSTER ENERGY OPENWilliam Byron, Bubba Wallace and Kyle Larson have raced their way into the NASCAR All-Star Race after winning the three stages of the Monster Energy Open.Alex Bowman, who has finished second in each of the three races (Talladega, Dover and Kansas) leading up to All-Star weekend, won the NASCAR fan vote, giving him the final spot in the main event at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night.Larson won the final stage of the Monster Energy Open besting Ty Dillon and Bowman to advance, while Wallace won the race’s second stage in overtime holding off fierce charges from Daniel Suarez and Larson.THAT. WAS. ALSO. AWESOME.@CocaColaRacing’s Bubba Wallace and the No. 43 team transfer to the All-Star Race.— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) May 18, 2019″I’ve been feeling like a failure for a really long time.” An emotional Bubba Wallace on what this means for him and his team.— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) May 18, 2019William Byron needed a green-white-checkered finish to win the opening stage and get the chance to race for the $1 million first prize.THAT. WAS. AWESOME. William Byron beats Bubba Wallace to the line. The No. 24 wins Stage 1 and transfers to the All-Star Race.— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) May 18, 2019Clint Bowyer, making his 10th career All-Star appearance, will lead the NASCAR All-Star race field after posting the top qualifying time. Alongside will be 2017 All-Star winner Kyle Busch, who got his time at Charlotte started strongly with a win in the truck series on Friday night.This is the start of two weeks of Charlotte racing with NASCAR’s longest event, the Coca-Cola 600, taking place here on May 26.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide

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