Monster Energy Open provides thrilling prelude

Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutLarson, Wallace and Byron race into NASCAR All-Star Race; Bowman wins fan voteHow the NASCAR All-Star Race and the Monster Energy Open played out Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.Post to FacebookSent!A link has been sent to your friend’s email address.Posted!A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. The Associated Press
Published 8:19 p.m. ET May 18, 2019
CONCORD, N.C. — William 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, 2019OPINION: Five reasons NASCAR fans should love the All-Star RaceALL-STAR RACE: Why no drivers really wanted to win fan voteClint 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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