Cross another milestone off Jimmie Johnson's list. He stands alone in All-Star history. "Five-time" became the first four-time winner of...
CONCORD, N.C. — Cross another milestone off Jimmie Johnson’s list. He stands alone in All-Star history.
“Five-time” became the first four-time winner of NASCAR’s annual All-Star race, breaking a tie with the late Dale Earnhardt and teammate Jeff Gordon on Saturday night.
“To beat Jeff and Earnhardt, two guys that I have looked up to my whole life, two massive icons of our sport, this means the world to me,” Johnson said.
It was fitting that he did it at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the track Johnson, the five-time NASCAR champion, has dominated since his 2002 rookie season.
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This win in the $1 million Sprint All-Star Race was his second straight and fourth in 12 years. He also won in 2003 and 2006.
Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports crew changed four tires in 11 seconds on the mandatory final stop to send Johnson back onto the track in second place for the final restart.
He lined up inside of teammate Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw for the final 10-lap sprint to the cash, and the two battled side-by-side for a little more than a lap before Johnson cleared Kahne completely.
Joey Logano finished second and Kyle Busch, who won two of the first four segments, was third.
Kahne faded to fourth and Kurt Busch, who also won two segments, was fifth.
Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., was 15th.
Danica Patrick got a spot in the field through fan voting and finished 20th.
Indy 500 pole
INDIANAPOLIS — Ed Carpenter turned Pole Day into a family celebration.
The stepson of IndyCar founder Tony George became the first member of the Hulman family to win the biggest prerace event in the series — the Indianapolis 500 pole.
Carpenter produced a stunning finish to a day that was rife with suspense. His four-lap average of 228.762 mph was quick enough to break up what appeared to be a Team Penske-Andretti Autosport lock on the front three rows in the nine-car shootout for the pole for the May 26 race.
Carpenter, who owns his team, was followed by three of Michael Andretti’s five drivers — rookie Carlos Munoz of Colombia, Marco Andretti and Venezuelan E.J. Viso took the next three spots. Munoz’s average of 228.342 was just a tick better than Marco Andretti’s 228.261.
Another Indy rookie, AJ Allmendinger, will start fifth, the highest qualifier for Roger Penske’s team.
• John Force ended a 19-race No. 1 qualifying slump with a track-record Funny Car run at the NHRA Kansas Nationals in Topeka. Shawn Langdon led the Top Fuel field, and Mike Edwards topped Pro Stock.