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Johnson claims record fourth win in all-star race

11:33 PM, May 18, 2013   |    comments
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Concord, NC (Sports Network) - Jimmie Johnson became the first driver to win the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race four times on Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Johnson, the five-time Sprint Cup Series champion, passed his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Kasey Kahne, for the lead after the final restart with 10 laps remaining. He was untouchable from there, beating his closest competitor, Joey Logano, to the finish line by 1.7 seconds. Johnson, who won the all-star race last season, joined Davey Allison as the only drivers to win it in consecutive years. Allison accomplished the feat from 1991-92.

Johnson started the all-star race in 18th due to a mishap during his mandatory four-tire pit stop in Friday's qualifying. He overshot his pit box and then received a five-second penalty for a loose lug nut.

When the fourth segment concluded after 80 laps, Johnson was the fourth driver onto pit road. His No. 48 team gave him a quick enough stop to come out of the pits in second, behind Kahne.

Kyle Busch, who led 29 of 90 laps, finished third, while Kahne faded at the end to place fourth. Kurt Busch, also in front for 29 laps, completed the top- five.

Danica Patrick was the last driver to finish on the lead lap in 20th. Patrick won the fan vote to give her the 22nd and final starting position. She became the first female competitor in the 29-year history of the all-star race.

The Sports Network

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