‘Best car’ doesn’t win: Kyle Busch tied for the most laps led and won two of the five segments of the all-star race but came away with a third-place finish.
“We definitely had the best car here,” Busch said. “Just didn't quite get the best pit stop there at the end to get us out on the front row. Then when you're back behind cars, you're getting beat up on.
“It is what it is. We'll just take this -- good learning day.
Final pit stop slows Kurt Busch: Like his brother, Kurt Busch also won two segments of the all-star race and led 29 laps. He also entered the final pit stop first on pit road but came out fifth, where he finished in the race.
“Our four-segment average guaranteed us coming down pit road first for the final stop, but it didn't guarantee us leaving pit road first,” said Busch. “We were one tick slow on our pit stop and one tick off on the chassis adjustment. That was the difference.
“You have to be perfect to win this race. We weren’t.”
McMurray best of transfers: Of the three drivers who transferred into the main event, Jamie McMurray performed best, ending up eighth.
McMurray won the 40-lap Sprint Showdown and he and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who finished second in the Showdown, advanced to the all-star race. Danica Patrick advanced through the Sprint Fan Vote.
“I think if we ever could have gotten to the front, probably like most people, our car was extremely fast,” McMurray said. “It’s just really tough in traffic, but overall we had a good car.”
5 key moments
1 . Jamie McMurray wins the Sprint Showdown and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finishes second, so both transferred into the all-star field. Danica Patrick, as winner of the fan vote, joined them.
2 . Rain brought an abrupt halt to the first segment of the all-star race with Kurt Busch in the lead on Lap 13. The race was restarted more than 40 minutes later.
3. Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch dominated the first four segments, each winning two of them and each leading 29 laps.
4. The entry on pit road for the mandatory four-tire pit stop before the final 10-lap segment was set by the average finishing order of the first four segments. Kurt Busch entered first but came out fifth. Kasey Kahne led on the final restart followed by Jimmie Johnson.
5. Johnson quickly got around Kahne on the restart on Lap 91. Johnson then held off a fast-approaching Joey Logano for the win.
Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, N.C.
When: 6 p.m. Sunday
Radio: Performance Racing Network
Last year’s winner: Kasey Kahne