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2013 Sprint Cup All-Star Race Recap
The Charlotte Motor Speedway hosted the Sprint Cup All-Star Race for the 27th time as the best drivers in the Sprint Cup Series dueled in a 90-lap competition. In a race where no points are earned towards the regular season total, drivers had fun like any All-Star race or game, but they put on a show for the fans as it came down to the last few laps.
Jimmie Johnson recorded his 4th career win the All-Star event, making him sole leader for the most All-Star wins in the sports’ history. He was previously tied with Jeff Gordon and the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. This is also the 2nd straight season in which he won the race.
Johnson started the race in the 18th spot but made his way up the track throughout the race. He was able to beat Joey Logano to the finish by only a few seconds. The Busch brothers, Kyle and Kurt Busch finished 3rd and 5th respectively showing that both of them are formidable drivers.
Bad luck plagued Brad Keselowski in his 2013 All-Star Race appearance as he suffered from transmission problems. His car had unexpectedly broken down in only the 2nd lap of the race leaving him unsure as to what exactly happened stating, “Something just broke in the back half of the drivetrain, either the transmission or drive shaft gear.”
In other news of the race, Danica Patrick made her first All-Star race appearance after being the recipient of the Sprint Fan Vote. Although she finished 20th, the Sprint Cup Series rookie of the year candidate overall has had a career year in terms of her milestones and accolades. This would include being the first female to finish in the top 10 for any Sprint Cup race and the first female to capture the pole, winning the No. 1 spot at the Daytona 500.
As we move forward to the 2nd half of the Sprint Cup season, there is still plenty of racing to be done before anyone can tell who will make it in the Chase for the Cup. Next week’s competition will stay in North Carolina as drivers prepare for the Coca-Cola 600.
Written by: Nakeem Grant
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