Published on May 17th, 2009 | by Michael J Smith0
Stewart Wins All-Star Race
Tony Stewart passed Matt Kenseth in the closing laps of the final segment and began pulling away, winning the All-Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon each won one of the first three segments. Sam Hornish Jr and Jamie McMurray won the Sprint Showdown and both raced their way into the All-Star Race.
Joey Logano was the fan vote, and also raced in the All-Star event.
Top 10: Stewart, Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Mark Martin, Kyle Busch, Logano, McMurray, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Jimmie Johnson had a strong car, but he hit the wall hard in one of the segments. He also made a late pit stop for tires. He never really recovered.
Kyle Busch had a strong car, too. He was great on the restarts, getting good runs on Kenseth both outside and inside. He made a daring three-wide move to the middle on one of the restarts that earned him the lead, but his car faded in the closing laps of the final segment.
Ryan Newman had an up and down night. In the first segment, he went a lap down because something broke in the car, and was hitting the race track. Johnson would not pass him in the final laps of the first segment, keeping him one lap down instead of putting him two laps down. Newman got the free pass. The team fixed whatever was broken, and Newman recovered to take the lead in the final segment. But, he made contact with Kyle Busch, who made contact with Jeff Gordon (resulting in Gordon spinning). The contact cut down Newman’s left rear tire. He finished 18th.
Sam Hornish Jr got loose inside of Greg Biffle, and the two made contact and hit the wall, ending Biffle’s day. Biffle finished 21st, and Hornish finished 16th.