Kyle Busch: Kyle Busch wins 2017 All-star race

Ross Houston
May 23, 2017

For Busch, the win marked his first victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a Cup Series auto. We weren't quite the fastest vehicle, but we made the right moves when it mattered most. "But we run the same speed (at CMS), and you can't pass". Richmond will move into the playoffs so that another short track will be involved in the run to the title.

“I think we had the auto to be the victor, ” he said. The damn rule book is too thick. When I could tell that the rear (tire) changer wasnt around almost as fast as the front, I knew we were in trouble.”. It's time that they opened up to using other tires or at least have a competition where teams can pick and choose. However, Keselowski quickly returned to pit road for a possible lug nut issue. However, Larson still appeared to be the front-runner, using his lone set of softer "Option" tires to finish the segment in third.

The No. 18 auto prevailed in a 10-lap sprint to the finish against the other top nine cars.

Clean air again proved to be king, as it so often is on mile-and-a-half tracks like Charlotte where speed takes a backseat to aerodynamics.

Bowyer started from the pole and dominated the first stage by leading all 20 laps and winning by 3.6 seconds to reach his eighth All-Star race.

Despite falling behind, Larson still made one final push. The old record was 11 by Tony Stewart.

"We have never won in Charlotte in a Cup vehicle, and we finally did that", Busch said from victory lane. Denny Hamlin did it in 2011.

Suarez held the lead for the final three laps to qualify for his first All-Star Race.

The night starts with the open race where three drivers will transfer to the big show. In a race where finishing first is really the only thing that matters, it behooves NASCAR to make sure it's not just a restart competition. "Winning the All-Star Race would be huge for a small team like us, be huge for my resume obviously, and huge for Matt's career as he works his way up the series".

Unfortunately, those moments are now far-and-few between and probably for many reasons. Right before they ended the first segment his auto began smoking. For many years Charlotte was a venue that provided great action and exciting races, but in recent years the All-Star event has seen the exact opposite. "I just won a million dollars".

For all the history of this event, it no longer lives up to its billing. Smith will also pilot the Richard Petty Motorsports Ford in the Coca-Cola 600 next weekend. Technically, this win won't even count because it's not a points race, but the feat still counts in the No. 18 team's eyes. Instead, NASCAR tells the teams which gears they may choose from.

While some traditionalists may argue that moving the event from Charlotte would be too unconventional, there really isn't any limelighted argument in favor of keeping it at the 1.5-mile track. No frontstretch dogleg. Today, there are eight 1.5-mile tracks and those speedways often produce tiresome, even boring, events. That changed, however, after the 1986 debacle.

Bottom line is the All-Star race needs to be moved, and there are plenty of other tracks that could easily put on an action-filled spectacle. It was immediately shifted back to Charlotte where it has remained.

"That was pretty much the difference there", Larson said. The only way to know would be to try it. Such was the case Saturday with the two different compound tires. NASCAR had to decide if that was legal, which it was because Bowyer had placed the four soft tires on at the same time.

The lack of a loophole meant that Keselowski stayed out to start the final stage at the start of the field.

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