Kyle Larson lands $1 million win in NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas — Kyle Larson earned a $1 million paycheck and his second NASCAR All-Star Race victory in three seasons — putting on a racing master class Sunday evening at Texas Motor Speedway.
Larson was part of a frenetic three-wide move for the race lead with eight laps remaining — himself and runner-up Brad Keselowski splitting the car driven by Larson‘s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott to make the move forward.
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Larson pulled his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in front of the field and while Keselowski was able to get to his bumper a couple times thereafter, the Team Penske driver was unable to make a pass in the closing laps of the race.
It was a thrilling finish to a new six-segment, 100-lap race format — with no NASCAR Cup Series championship points on the line, but plenty of bragging rights to claim. Larson‘s other All-Star Race win came in 2019 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He is one of only eight drivers in NASCAR history to win multiple All-Star events.
This is Larson‘s third consecutive victory on the schedule — counting wins at the previous two regular-season races — at Charlotte and Sonoma. He has three points-paying wins and sits second in the NASCAR Cup Series championship standings.
“It was wild,” a smiling Larson said from Texas‘s Victory Lane. “This format set up for an exciting finish and there was a lot of grip on this race track for us to be passing. It was a helluva race from my seat.”
Fans in the packed grandstands apparently agreed — standing on their feet for much of the night and definitely during the final frenetic laps.
“That last restart worked out exactly how I needed it to,” Larson elaborated later. “I wanted Chase to not get a good run down the back. Thankfully, I think the 12 (Ryan 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 then hold him off from there,” the 28-year-old Californian continued with a smile. “I can‘t believe it.”
Larson ultimately held off Keselowski by a scant .206 seconds. Elliott was third, followed by Penske teammates Joey Logano and Blaney. Hendrick Motorsports‘ other two cars — driven by Alex Bowman and William Byron finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Byron‘s 30 laps out front were most on the night.
Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch and his older brother Kurt Busch rounded out the top 10 in the 21-car field.
The new All-Star Race format included inverts in three of the early stages and a pit-stop contest during the race that earned a $100,000 prize for Elliott‘s No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports team.
The final 10-lap run, however, was every bit the wild and competitive flair expected for the sport‘s annual All-Star feature. Blaney, who restarted from the second row in that segment, made a daring move toward the lead at the final green flag, dueling with Elliott and Larson.
And Keselowski briefly took the lead while he and Larson negotiated their three-wide move around Elliott, only to have Larson claim the lead right back. He led 17 of the 100 laps on the evening, most importantly the final seven.
“It feels like just to run second to the Hendrick cars right now is kind of an accomplishment,” Keselowski said. “They‘re just stupid fast and I had him off Turn 4 but they just have so much speed. He just motored right on back by me.
“But feels like a first-in-class day with the Discount Tire Ford. (Crew chief) Jeremy Bullins and the team did a great of executing and getting us in position. We just didn‘t have enough speed to make the most of it, but good execution day and I‘m proud of that.”
Ross Chastain, Tyler Reddick and Almirola advanced to the All-Star Race by way of the All-Star Open — a 50-lap qualifier held earlier in the evening. Chastain and Reddick won stages, and Almirola claimed the last stage for the victory. Wood Brothers Racing driver Matt DiBenedetto advanced to the All-Star Race main event by virtue of the Fan Vote and finished 17th.
The All-Star Race took place at the 1.5-mile Fort Worth track for the first time. The NASCAR Cup Series’ next race — a points-paying event — is Sunday’s Ally 400 (3:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM), which will mark the circuit’s debut at Nashville Superspeedway.
Note: Inspection in the NASCAR Cup Series garage revealed no issues, thus confirming Larson’s victory.
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Aric Almirola won Sunday’s NASCAR All-Star Open at Texas Motor Speedway, joining stage winners Ross Chastain and Tyler Reddick in transferring into the NASCAR All-Star Race.
Chastain led just the last two laps in the first 20-lap segment, putting his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet into the night’s main event (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM). The second 20-lap stint went to Reddick, who started his No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevy from the pole position and held off Almirola down the stretch. Almirola took command of the final 10-lap shootout to put his No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford in the All-Star Race.
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Tyler Reddick led the first 18 laps before giving way to Chastain, finishing second in the opening stage. Corey LaJoie took third, followed by Matt DiBenedetto and Almirola.
“Yeah, I get to race with my heroes. It’s really cool,” said Chastain, who started at the rear of the field after an air-duct violation found in pre-race inspection. “It’s been a good weekend on-track, but off-track has obviously been really tough. It just fired me up more, though. This McDonald’s Chevy was obviously really good to come from the back like that and race with guys like Reddick and those guys. I thought I was getting turned on the backstretch there when he drove in the left rear. It’s a dream come true. I’m living my dream as a farmer and now I get to go NASCAR racing in the All-Star Race with my heroes. It’s amazing.”
With Chastain in the garage with starting spot secured, Reddick took control in Stage 2 and led all the way. Almirola finished second with DiBenedetto, Chris Buescher and Austin Cindric in tow.
Almirola led the final 10 laps to land his All-Star berth, followed by DiBenedetto, Buescher, Chase Briscoe and Cindric.
“It just helps make you happy about something,” Almirola said. “It has been a really tough year and the guys just continue to work their guts out and bring the best cars we can. Here at Texas today we have a really fast car. We took the long way in but I am glad we are racing for a million bucks tonight. I am thankful to all our partners that continue to stick behind us, even through the bad times.”
The 21st and final All-Star starting spot went to DiBenedetto as the top vote-getter in fan balloting who had not already qualified for the main event.
RELATED: DiBenedetto wins All-Star Fan Vote
Three caution periods slowed the early action, just in the Open’s first round. Bubba Wallace brought out the first yellow flag on Lap 4 with a solo spin through Turn 2. Buescher also looped around through Turn 3 after contact from Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in a Lap 8 restart. All drivers continued without major damage. Buescher had been mired back after a penalty for jumping the initial start, beating pole-starter Reddick to the green flag.
Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez were both sidelined after completing just 13 laps. Jones lost control of his No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet while racing Briscoe through Turns 3 and 4, then was clobbered by the No. 99 Trackhouse Racing Chevy of Suarez.
NASCAR All-Star Race results 2021: Red-hot Kyle Larson collects $1 million prize at Texas
Kyle Larson is on some kind of a roll.
He came into Sunday's 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race having won two straight Cup Series races, at Charlotte and Sonoma. He added another first-place finish and picked up a $1 million check by finishing strong in a final-stage shootout to hold off Brad Keselowski and Chase Elliott for the win at Texas.
This is Larson's second All-Star win, with his first coming in the 2019 race.
NASCAR went to a six-stage All-Star format for 2021, and Larson showed early that he would be tough as he won the first stage. He appeared back up near the front when he finished second in the fourth stage behind William Byron, and that is how those two started the fifth stage. Larson went into the 10-lap sixth stage in third behind Elliott and Byron, but in the end it came down to Keselowski, Elliott and Larson. Larson made a bold pass on the outside to get in front.
Keselowski passed him at one point but couldn't hold the advantage. Larson pulled back ahead and held off the competition the rest of the way.
Sporting News provided updates and highlights throughout the All-Star Open qualifying race and the 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race.
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NASCAR All-Star Race results
Larson picked up his second All-Star Race win on Sunday. With the win, he becomes the eighth driver to win multiple All-Star races.
Jimmie Johnson's four wins are the most, while Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon are tied for second-most with three. Larson joins Davey Allison, Mark Martin, Terry Labonte and Kevin Harvick with two wins each.
|13.||Martin Truex Jr.|
NASCAR All-Star Race live updates, highlights from Texas
9:56 p.m.: Kyle Larson has won the 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race. Keselowski, Elliott, Logan, Blaney round out the top five.
9:55 p.m.: One more lap to go.
9:54 p.m.: With three laps left, Keselowski is staying close behind Larson for the top two spots. Keselowski has tried a few times to move on the inside, but Larson isn't giving him space to move up.
9:52 p.m.: Now Keselowski clears Larson and Elliott for the lead. Larson moves back up in front, but Keselowski remains in second ahead of Elliott.
9:51 p.m.: Larson comes around from the outside to pass Elliott. Keselowski and Logano are behind them.
9:50 p.m.: Time for the final round.10 laps to decide the winner of the All-Star Race.
9:46 p.m.: Elliott's pit crew wins the $100,000 prize.
9:42 p.m.: Ending Round 5, Elliott, Byron, Larson, Blaney and Keselowski are the top five. The final order in the fifth round will be the positions for the sixth and final round.
9:38 p.m.: Elliott, Byron and Larson has all moved ahead of Keselowski on the outside. Blaney is just behind Keselowski.
9:36 p.m.: The green flag is back out and Keselowski will lead over Elliott, Byron and Larson.
9:32 p.m.: Keselowski is back in the lead as he came out of pit road under the caution.
9:29 p.m.: Now Keselowski and Logano have pitted. Elliott is now in front of Keselowski and Byron. Chastain has some issues, but is able to save himself. Caution flag comes out.
9:28 p.m.: The two leaders, Byron and Larson, have both gone to pit row. Keselowski and Logano are now at the front of the race, but the two still need to pit.
9:20 p.m.: Byron and Larson starting off in the top two spots early in the fifth round. Seven cars are making a pit stop right away.
9:18 p.m.: During Round 5, drivers will be required to make a green-flag pit stop that will be timed, with the fastest crew winning $100,000.
9:11 p.m.: Larson pulled up close to nearly be side-by-side with Byron right at the end of the fourth round, but Byron kept his first-place finish.
9:09 p.m.: Byron and Larson are in a close fight for the top two spots with four laps remaining. Byron is keeping himself in front of Larson so far.
9:07 p.m.: DiBenedetto quickly drops down three spots as a cluster of cars pull ahead of him. He's now down to seventh.
9:03 p.m.: Time for Round 4, the final 15-lap stage.
9:02 p.m.: Here's a look at how the standings are looking so far.
8:55 p.m.: The invert will be nine. Byron, who already has one of the lowest cumulative scores, will start the fourth round in front. Bell, Hamlin, Larson and Ryan Newman round out the top five.
8:55 p.m.: Bowman finishes the third round in the lead.
8:51 p.m.: Alex Bowman quickly moves his way up and takes the lead over DiBenedetto with eight laps remaining in the third round.
8:48 p.m.: Fan-vote winner Matt DiBenedetto doesn't take long to pass Almirola for the top spot. Michael McDowell passes Almirola and is now pushing DiBenedetto for the lead.
8:45 p.m.: Round 3 will start with a full inversion. So Aric Almirola will now be in the pole position to start things out.
8:39 p.m.: Blaney kept the first-place lead throughout the race and finished Round 2 on top. Keselowski placed second and Chastain was in third, with Kurt Busch in fourth and Byron in fifth.
8:32 p.m.: Blaney, maintaining his lead, picked up an incredible save after he was nudged by Chastain, who is up to third in the race. Brad Keselowski is now in second.
8:31 p.m.: The pace car is in and the drivers are off for the start of Round 2.
8:23 p.m.: The number for the inversion: 12. Ryan Blaney will start the second round in pole position with Larson now in 12th place. The top three will now be Blaney, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano.
8:22 p.m.: Larson stays in first to complete Round 1 with Byron in second, Kyle Busch in third, Chase Elliott in fourth and Cole Custer in fifth.
8:21 p.m.: Very quietly, Ross Chastain has climbed up from being an All-Star Open winner to moving all the way up to 10th in the All-Star Race on the final lap.
8:18 p.m.: Kyle Larson holding onto his lead as Kyle Busch and William Byron battle it out for second and third. Byron pulled in behind Busch on the outside in a very tight window. All three drivers are separated by split seconds as Busch passes Larson for a few seconds before Larson retakes the lead.
8:15 p.m.: The green flag is back out.
8:14 p.m.: Bell had to put on a new set of tires after his spin. He will only be able to change tires twice more during the rest of the 99 green flag laps.
8:10 p.m.: The caution flag has been waved after Christopher Bell spins a bit, but he's able to recover.
8:09 p.m.: The green flag is out and the race is underway.
8 p.m.: Drivers have started their engines for the 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race.
7:52 p.m.: The Side Deal now singing the national anthem.
7:25 p.m.: Drivers being introduced as they walk out double saloon doors.
All-Star Open results
7 p.m.: Think DiBenedetto was happy to get a spot in the All-Star Race?
6:48 p.m.: DiBenedetto is the winner of the fan vote to keep racing on Sunday. He'll have a shot at the $1 million cash prize, along with Chastain, Reddick and Almirola.
6:47 p.m.: Almirola will make his fourth trip to the All-Star Race. He led all 10 laps of the third stage to punch his ticket. Only spot remaining is the winner of the fan vote.
6:42 p.m.: Almirola leads the third stage of the All-Star Open, with DiBenedetto and Buescher right behind him. 10 laps to go to determine who else makes it to the All-Star Race.
6:36 p.m.: Reddick punches his ticket to the All-Star Race. Both drivers to reach the All-Star Race will be making their first appearances in the race.
6:33 p.m.: Now Almirola moves ahead of DiBenedetto and is gaining on Reddick with four laps remaining.
6:30 p.m.: Reddick has a solid lead with 12 laps remaining in the second round. Matt DiBenedetto moves into second after a bold pass over Cindric. Aric Almirola is now up to third with Cindric in fourth.
6:25 p.m.: The first round is in the books. On to the second stage of the All-Star Open.
6:20 p.m.: Ross Chastain takes the lead over Reddick late and advances to the All-Star race with the Round 1 win.
6:17 p.m.: On the FS1 broadcast, Reddick said that the track is "really slick for me" even as he's in the lead. He's up front with three laps to go.
6:15 p.m.: Daniel Suarez got caught up in Jones' crash and both drivers are knocked out with damage to both cars.
6:13 p.m.: Just about as soon as the green flag comes back out, Jones spins out trying to push for second. Caution flag back out, third already in the 20-lap first round.
6:13 p.m.: Green flag back with seven laps remaining. Reddick remains out in front with Chase Briscoe and Erik Jones right behind him.
6:07 p.m.: The green flag is back out and Tyler Reddick is keeping his lead from the start. Buescher spins out early after the green flag comes out, and this race is back under a caution.
6:03 p.m.: Chris Buescher and Austin Cindric will both serve pass-through penalties.
6:02 p.m.: A caution flag is out as Bubba Wallace spins out. It appears there was no contact to cause the spin.
6 p.m.: The green flag is being waved and the NASCAR All-Star Open is undereway.
5:49 p.m.: Brigadier General Lisa M. Craig has given the drivers at the All-Star Open the instruction to start their engines.
5:41 p.m.: Some early news on positioning for the start of the All-Star Open.
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NASCAR All-Star Race start time
The green flag for the Open, a qualifying race for drivers who didn't automatically make the All-Star field, will wave shortly after 6 p.m. ET. The Open will set the 18th through 20th positions in the 21-car field.
The 21st and last spot in the field will go the winner of an online fan vote . If the top vote-getter also wins a stage in the Open, then the driver with the second-most votes will get in, and so on, until a driver is chosen.
The All-Star Race is scheduled to start at 8:10 p.m. ET. As of Saturday night, the weather was expected to cooperate. The National Weather Service's nighttime forecast for the track in Fort Worth, Texas, was for clear skies and a low temperature in the low to mid-70s. Daytime temperatures were expected to reach the mid- to upper 90s, however, and the heat index was forecast to climb over 100 degrees.
NASCAR All-Star Race starting lineup at Texas
The NASCAR drivers who automatically qualified for the 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race field earned eligibility in three ways:
— Won a NASCAR Cup-Series points-paying race in 2020 or 2021. Michael McDowell, (Daytona 500) and Christopher Bell (Daytona Road Course) qualified with wins in '21.
— Won a NASCAR Cup Series championship. There are seven past Cup champions in the All-Star Race field: Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Martin Truex Jr.
— Won a past NASCAR All-Star Race. Eight previous race winners are in the field: Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Harvick, Larson, Logano and Ryan Newman. Harvick is two-time All-Star Race winner (2007, 2018).
The draw for the starting lineup took place Tuesday. Below are the results:
|Start pos.||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||Kyle Larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2||Kyle Busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|3||Christopher Bell||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|4||Cole Custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|5||Austin Dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|6||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|7||Joey Logano||22||Team Penske|
|8||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|9||Brad Keselowski||2||Team Penske|
|10||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|11||Michael McDowell||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|12||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|13||Kurt Busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|14||Ryan Newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|15||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|16||Denny Hamlin||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|17||Ryan Blaney||12||Team Penske|
|18||Ross Chastain||8||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|19||Tyler Reddick||42||Richard Childress Racing|
|20||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|21||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood Brothers Racing|
Kyle Larson continues hot streak with NASCAR All-Star Race win: Larson ultimately held off Keselowski by a scant .206-seconds. Elliott was third, followed by Penske teammates Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney. Hendrick Motorsports’ other two cars – driven by Alex Bowman and William Byron finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Byron’s 30 laps out front were most on the night. Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch and his older brother Kurt Busch rounded out the Top-10 in the 21-car field.[Read More](6-13-2021)
#5-Kyle Larson won the NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his second All-Star Race win.
#2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #9-Elliott, #22-Logano, #12-Blaney, #48-Bowman, #24-Byron, #10-Almirola, #18-Busch, and #1-Busch.
Larson took the lead from Keselowski with 7 laps remaining and help him off the rest of the way.
The race was broken into 6 rounds. The first 4 round were 15 laps each and won by: #5-Larson, #12-Blaney, #48-Bowman, and #24-Byron.
After the first round, the top 12 finishers were inverted. Following the second round, the entire field was inverted. At the conclusion of the third round, the top 9 were inverted.
Before the 5th round, drivers were lined up based on their average finish in the first 4 rounds.
The fifth round was 30 laps and was won by #9-Elliott.
The sixth and final round was 10 laps.
Only green flag laps counted during the entire race.
Drivers that advanced from the Open to the All-Star race: #42-Chastain, #8-Reddick, #10-Almirola.
#21-DiBenedetto was the fan vote winner to get into the race.
There were 10 lead changes among 8 drivers and 7 total cautions.
The average speed of the race was: 84.919mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Penalty Report.
All-Star Race Paint Schemes
Race Fast Facts – All-Star Race:
Kyle Larson won the NASCAR All Star Race, his second All-Star win in five races. He has finished in the top five three times.
Hendrick Motorsports wins its record-extending 10th All-Star Race and second consecutive. Previous wins came in 2020, 2013, 2012, 2006. 2003, 2001, 1999, 1997 and 1995.
Larson becomes the eighth driver to win the NASCAR All-Star Race more than once joining Jimmie Johnson (4), Dale Earnhardt (3), Jeff Gordon (3), Davey Allison (2), Kevin Harvick (2), Mark Martin (2) and Terry Labonte (2).(NASCAR)(6-13-2021)
#10-Aric Almirola won the final stage of the NASCAR All-Star Open at Texas Motor Speedway to advance to the All-Star Race.
#42-Ross Chastain won the first stage and pole sitter #8-Tyler Reddick won the second stage, also advancing them to the All-Star Race.
The fan vote winner was #21-Matt DiBenedetto.
There were 3 lead changes among 3 drivers and 5 cautions for 13 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 94.67mph.
See race details at: All-Star Open Race Results.
Race Fast Facts – All-Star Open:
Aric Almirola won the NASCAR All-Star Open, and will race in the NASCAR All-Star Race for the fourth time in his career.
Ross Chastain won Round 1 of the NASCAR All-Star Open and will race in the NASCAR All-Star Race for the first time in his career.
Tyler Reddick won Round 2 of the NASCAR All-Star Open and will race in the NASCAR All-Star Race for the first time in his career.
Matt DiBenedetto won the Fan Vote and will race in the NASCAR All-Star Race for the second time in his career.
All-Star Open Paint Schemes
To the rear (Open): #42- Chastain (inspection failure), #33-Cindric (failed inspection twice), #13-Starr (unapproved adjustments)
All-Star Race Crew Rosters
NASCAR Open Crew Rosters
All-Star Race Pit Stalls
All-Star Open Pit stalls
#5-Kyle Larson will start from the pole for the NASCAR All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway.
#18-Kyle Busch will start 2nd followed by #20-Christopher Bell, #41-Cole Custer, #3-Austin Dillon, #9-Chase Elliott, #22-Joey Logano, #24-Willilam Byron, #2-Brad Keselowski, and #19-Martin Truex, Jr.
The 17 All-Star drivers will be joined by 4 drivers for the race: the winners of the three Open race segments and the fan vote winner.
The lineup was set by random draw.
See the complete starting order on the All-Star Race Starting Lineup page.(6-8-2021)
#8-Tyler Reddick will start from the pole for the NASCAR Open at Texas Motor Speedway.
#17-Chris Buescher will start 2nd followed by #21-Matt DiBenedetto, #47-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., #42-Ross Chastain, #23-Bubba Wallace, #99-Daniel Suarez, #43-Erik Jones, #14-Chase Briscoe, and #10-Aric Almirola.
The lineup was set by random draw according to driver points.
See the complete starting order on the All-Star Open Starting Lineup page.(6-8-2021)
Goodyear Tire Notes
The Entry Lists for the NASCAR Open and All-Star races at Texas Motor Speedway are posted.
17 eligible drivers are entered for the All-Star race.
For the open, 22 teams are entered, including #13-Starr, #15-Davison, #33-Cindric, #53-Smithley, #66-Hill. Not entered: #37-Preece.
See the full entry list on the NASCAR All-Star race entry list page and the NASCAR All-Star Open entry list page.
The All-Star Open will consist of:
- 50 total laps.
- 3 stages (20-20-10).
- The winner of each stage will advance to the All-Star Race.
- The driver with the highest total in the fan vote that is not already in the race, will get the final spot in the All-Star Race.
The All-Star race format is as follows:
- The race will feature six rounds, totaling 100 laps.
- Starting lineup for Round 1 will be determined via random draw.
- Rounds 1 through 4 will be 15 laps each; Round 5 will be 30 laps; the Final Round will feature a 10-lap shootout.
- At the beginning of Round 2, the field will be inverted via random draw (minimum of eight/maximum of 12) live on FS1.
- Before the start of Round 3, the entire field will be inverted.
- At the beginning of Round 4, the field will be inverted via random draw (minimum of eight/maximum of 12).
- Starting positions for Round 5 will consist of the cumulative finish from Rounds 1-4. The lowest cumulative finisher starts on the pole, second-lowest starts second, and so forth. All cars must enter pit road for a mandatory four-tire pit stop during Round 5.
- The starting positions in the Final Round are set by finishing positions of Round 5.
- Only green flag laps will count in the NASCAR All-Star race.
- The fastest team on pit road during the mandatory pit stop will earn $100,000.
- The race winner will be awarded $1,000,000.
From a technical side, all elements of the car remain the same except for the tapered spacer which will be 57/64ths. That will give the cars a horsepower of about 510.
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Who won the NASCAR All-Star Race? Full results, standings from 2021 race
The winner of the 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race made two daring passes to collect a cool million.
Kyle Larson went from third to first in the final stage of the race Sunday night at Texas, sweeping past Chase Elliott and Brad Keselowski on the outside early in a 10-lap shootout to the checkered flag.
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Larson's move made him a winner for the third week in a row, following regular-season triumphs at Charlotte and Sonoma. More importantly for the Hendrick Motorsports driver, he earned the $1 million winner-take-all prize.
Below is more about Larson's win Sunday, plus the complete results of the race.
Who won the NASCAR All-Star Race yesterday?
This is a copy-and-paste sentence at the moment: Kyle Larson won Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race. His latest triumph was in the All-Star Race at Texas Motor Speedway. Larson collected his second All-Star win, with his first coming in 2019.
Larson squeezed past Elliott and Keselowski with eight laps to go after starting the sixth and final stage of the 100-lap exhibition in third place. Larson and Keselowski traded the lead before Larson took command.
"That last restart worked out exactly how I needed it to," Larson said. "I wanted Chase to not get a good run down the back. Thankfully, I think the 12 (Ryan 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 then hold him off from there," Larson added. "I can't believe it."
Keselowski broke up another Hendrick 1-2 sweep by bringing home his Team Penske Ford second. Elliott finished third.
"It feels like just to run second to the Hendrick cars right now is kind of an accomplishment," Keselowski said. "They’re just stupid fast and I had (Larson) off Turn 4 but they just have so much speed. He just motored right on back by me."
NASCAR All-Star Race results from Texas
First place was the only position that really mattered Sunday night because no points were paid out, just the $1 million prize that Kyle Larson snagged with his late pass for the win.
The Cup Series will resume racing for points Sunday, June 20, at Nashville Superspeedway in the Ally 400 (3:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN3, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). NASCAR last raced on the 1.33-mile oval in 2001, but this will be the first Cup Series race at the track. The Xfinity and Truck series previously raced there.
Because Nashville is a new track on the Cup schedule, there will be a qualifying session at 11:05 a.m. ET on race day.
|13.||Martin Truex Jr.|
Material from the NASCAR Wire Service was used in this report.
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2021 NASCAR All-Star Race
The 2021 NASCAR All-Star Race (XXXVII) was a NASCAR Cup Series stock car exhibition race held on June 13, 2021, at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Contested over 100 laps, it was the second exhibition race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.
The All-Star Race is open to race winners from last season through the 2021 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, all previous All-Star race winners, NASCAR Cup champions who had attempted to qualify for every race in 2021, the winner of each stage of the All-Star Open, and the winner of the All-Star fan vote are eligible to compete in the All-Star Race.
In 2020, the race was moved to Bristol Motor Speedway on July 15 as COVID-19 pandemic prevented Charlotte from accommodating fans. The venue changed again in 2021 to Texas Motor Speedway, which replaced its spring date with the All-Star Race.
- (R) denotes rookie driver.
- (i) denotes driver who is ineligible for series driver points.
NASCAR All Star Open
NASCAR All-Star Race
Tyler Reddick was awarded the pole for the open as it was determined by current driver points.
Open Starting Lineup
For pre race ceremonies, Brigadier General Lisa M. Craig would give out the command to start engines. Austin Cindric (multiple inspection failures), Ross Chastain (aero duct not conforming to NASCAR regulations), and David Starr (unapproved adjustments) were forced to start at the back.
On the start of the race, Chris Buescher was found to had jumped the restart over Tyler Reddick, and thus was given a pass through penalty. Austin Cindric was also given a pass through penalty because NASCAR determined he had switched lanes before the start-finish line. 6 laps into the 20 lap Round 1, Bubba Wallace would spin in Turn 2, causing the first caution of the day. On the ensuing restart on lap 10, Stenhouse drifted up high in Turn 3, spinning out Chris Buescher, causing the second caution of the day. Once again, on the restart on lap 14, Erik Jones would spin after hitting Chase Briscoe and spinning out, causing a major stackup within the field. Daniel Suarez would hit Jones, causing major damage to both cars. After a hard fought battle, Ross Chastain would win Round 1.
In Round 2, after a relatively less chaotic race, Tyler Reddick would successfully defend against Aric Almirola to win Round 2.
In the final round, Aric Almirola would redeem himself, pulling away to win Round 3.
Matt DiBenedetto would win the fan vote.
Qualifying (All-Star Race)
Kyle Larson was awarded the pole for the race as determined by a random draw.
All-Star Race Starting Lineup
For driver introductions, Jamie Little and Adam Alexander announced each driver in order of the starting lineup, being accompanied by the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and music played by local cover band, the Clayton Foghat Band.
For pre race ceremonies, Norm Miller, chairman of Interstate Batteries gave the invocation, and the Side Deal gave an acapella version of the national anthem. Joe Gibbs and Tom Landry, Jr. would give out the command. While cars were doing warm up laps, Sammy Hagar would perform “I Can’t Drive 55”.
The race would start with Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson fighting for the lead, but on lap 2 Christopher Bell would lose control of his car in Turn 1, but would save the car. Nevertheless, the first caution was called.
NASCAR All Star Open
NASCAR All Star Open results
|1||10||10||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||50|
|2||3||21||Matt DiBenedetto||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||50|
|3||2||17||Chris Buescher||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||50|
|4||9||14||Chase Briscoe (R)||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||50|
|5||16||33||Austin Cindric (i)||Team Penske||Ford||50|
|6||6||23||Bubba Wallace||23XI Racing||Toyota||50|
|7||19||77||Justin Haley (i)||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet||50|
|8||12||38||Anthony Alfredo (R)||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||50|
|9||4||47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||50|
|10||11||7||Corey LaJoie||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet||50|
|11||17||51||Cody Ware (i)||Petty Ware Racing||Chevrolet||50|
|12||18||78||B.J. McLeod (i)||Live Fast Motorsports||Ford||50|
|13||15||52||Josh Bilicki||Rick Ware Racing||Ford||50|
|14||20||53||Garrett Smithley (i)||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet||50|
|15||13||00||Quin Houff||StarCom Racing||Chevrolet||49|
|16||14||15||James Davison||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet||49|
|17||21||66||Timmy Hill (i)||MBM Motorsports||Toyota||49|
|18||22||13||David Starr (i)||MBM Motorsports||Toyota||49|
|19||1||8||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||40 a|
|20||5||42||Ross Chastain||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||20 b|
|21||8||43||Erik Jones||Richard Petty Motorsports||Chevrolet||13|
|22||7||99||Daniel Suarez||Trackhouse Racing Team||Chevrolet||13|
|^a Winner of the second segment.|
^b Winner of the first segment.
|Official NASCAR All Star Open race results|
All-Star Race results
|1||1||5||Kyle Larson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||100|
|2||9||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||100|
|3||6||9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||100|
|4||7||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||100|
|5||17||12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Ford||100|
|6||15||48||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||100|
|7||8||24||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||100|
|8||20||10||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||100|
|9||2||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||100|
|10||13||1||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||100|
|11||3||20||Christopher Bell||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||100|
|12||11||34||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||100|
|13||10||19||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||100|
|14||4||41||Cole Custer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||100|
|15||12||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||100|
|16||19||8||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||100|
|17||21||21||Matt DiBenedetto||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||100|
|18||18||42||Ross Chastain||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||100|
|19||5||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||100|
|20||14||6||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||100|
|21||16||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||100|
|Official NASCAR All-Star Race results|
Fox Sports was the television broadcaster of the race in the United States. Lap-by-lap announcer, Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer called the race from the broadcast booth. Jamie Little, Regan Smith and Vince Welch handled pit road for the television side. Larry McReynolds provided insight from the Fox Sports studio in Charlotte. This was also Fox Sports' last Cup race for their portion of the 2021 season as NBC Sports takes over NASCAR broadcasts for the rest of the season.
Motor Racing Network (MRN) continued their longstanding relationship with Speedway Motorsports to broadcast the race on radio. The lead announcers for the race's broadcast were Alex Hayden and Jeff Striegle. The network also implemented two announcers on each side of the track: Dave Moody in turns 1 and 2 and Mike Bagley in turns 3 and 4. Steve Post and Kim Coon were the network's pit lane reporters. The network's broadcast was also be simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
|Booth announcers||Turn announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lead announcer: Alex Hayden|
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
|Turns 1 & 2:Dave Moody|
Turns 3 & 4:Mike Bagley
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