Polesitter holds off Kevin Harvick on final 10-lap segment RELATED: Full race results " SHOP: Winner's gear CONCORD, N.C. -- With a deft move with three laps left in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway , Denny Hamlin delivered the first victory in the non-points showcase event to Joe Gibbs Racing and to Toyota. As he drove into Turn 1 to start Lap 97, with Kevin Harvick glued to his bumper and ready to make a run at the $1 million first prize, Hamlin moved up a lane in the corner and took Harvick's line away, causing Harvick’s No. 4 Chevrolet to lose momentum. “It was more defense than anything, but it turned into offense for me," Hamlin said. "He (Harvick) kept getting closer and closer, and eventually he gets to that right rear quarter panel, and your race is done. Initially, I was looking in my mirror, and I knew it was going to be a defensive move to take his line. "But I was just going to have to do something different, because I was starting to lose time. My laps time were dropping off, and I just had to do something different to try to salvage a win, and that was obviously the key move for us." Harvick didn't disagree with that assessment. "I had committed to the center of the corner and just really lost the front of the car up the race track, had to get out of the throttle," Harvick explained. "As soon as Denny moved up that one time it kind of took the air off. ... Once I got to the middle of the corner the car just washed all the way up the race track and I had to lift way out of the gas to get the car back off the wall." If that was the on-track move that made the difference, the real Saturday night heroes were the crew members on Hamlin's No. 11 Toyota, who gained five spots for their driver during mandatory four-tire pits stops before the race’s final 10-lap segment. Hamlin led the field to the green for the final segment and stayed in front the rest of the way, beating Harvick to the finish line by .823 seconds. Kurt Busch ran third, followed by Jeff Gordon (making his final All-Star appearance), Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch , who showed excellent speed in his first competition since breaking his right leg and left foot in an XFINITY Series race at Daytona on Feb. 21. Brad Keselowski took the lead after the first segment, thanks to a two-tire call by crew chief Paul Wolfe. Though Kurt Busch started the second segment with four fresh tires, Keselowski was able to keep the No, 41 Chevrolet at bay throughout the run. Kurt Busch led one lap during the battle, nosing ahead at the stripe, but Keselowski pinned him down on the inside through Turns 1 and 2 and regained the top spot. Ultimately, Keselowski finished .349 seconds ahead of Busch in segment No. 2. Both Keselowski and Busch took four tires between the second and third segments, and Keselowski led every lap en route to winning the third segment. Kevin Harvick got past Busch for second with four laps left. But Kurt Busch restarted fifth to begin segment No. 4 and split the middle with a bold move into Turn 1. Three laps into the run, Busch passed Denny Hamlin for the lead, with Hamlin suffering the consequences of a two-tire track-position call that put him on the front row for the start of the segment. Keeping Harvick a safe distance behind him, Busch won the fourth segment by 1.693 seconds over his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate, and the cars entered pit road during the caution before the final 10-lap shootout in order of average finish over the first four segments. The top five entering the pits were Keselowski, Busch, Kasey Kahne , Harvick and Jeff Gordon , but Hamlin was first off pit road from stall No. 1, and Keselowski drew a speeding penalty that dropped him to the back of the field for the start of segment No. 5. "I knew that was the race, and I went for it," said Keselowski, who sped up in the final timed segment in an effort to beat Hamlin off put road. That left Hamlin and Busch on the front row for the restart, with Harvick and Kahne behind them. Notes: Kahne passed Hamlin , the pole winner on Lap 15 and went on to win the first segment. … Danica Patrick took her car behind the wall with engine issues on lap 58 but returned to the track during segment No. 4, having lost 32 laps for repairs. … Greg Biffle , who transferred into the All-Star race from Friday night’s Sprint Showdown, brushed the Turn 4 wall twice during the first segment and was never a factor thereafter. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Denny Hamlin has the perfect weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway after winning the pole, grabbing the checkered flag, and winning one million dollars in the Sprint All-Star Race.
Greg Biffle joins Hamlin on front row for Saturday's race RELATED: Full qualifying results Denny Hamlin will start first in the 31st annual NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race after winning the Coors Light Pole Award at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday. Hamlin turned in a qualifying time of 145.648 mph on the 1.5-mile track. The top five also includes Greg Biffle (144.643 mph), Brad Keselowski (144.349), Clint Bowyer (144.256) and Kasey Kahne (143.625). Danica Patrick qualified sixth, one spot ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr . TV coverage of the race begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1; the green flag is scheduled to drop at 9:16 p.m. ET. After missing the first 11 races of the year due to a broken leg and foot suffered in an accident at Daytona in February, Kyle Busch is making his season debut at the All-Star Race. Kyle Busch , who had the fastest practice lap at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, qualified 19th out of 20 drivers. The race includes four segments of 25 laps, and the average finishing position determines the order for the final 10-lap sprint to the finish. The winner earns $1 million. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Denny Hamlin reflects on his win in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. He talks about his pit crew getting him in a position to win and breaks down his final moves to hold off Kevin Harvick for one million dollars.
NASCAR.com's Costner Merrifield recaps the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway where Denny Hamlin holds off Kevin Harvick to grab the checkers and win the one million dollar check.
Denny Hamlin and crew chief Dave Rogers discuss the final 10 laps and Hamlin's winning move against Harvick in the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Denny Hamlin talks about how his pit crew helped him get into Victory Lane and win the one million dollars in the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Denny Hamlin voices his displeasure over not seeing a caution in the moments after he crashed at Kansas Speedway.
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Joey Logano will also start from the front row in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 RELATED: Full starting lineup " See all 43 cars CONCORD, N.C. – After powering to his second pole of the season on Thursday night, Matt Kenseth will start NASCAR's longest race from the most advantageous position—with his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota getting serviced in the most advantageous pit stall. Kenseth ran his fastest lap of the night (194.252 mph) in the third and final round of knockout qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway and secured the top spot on the grid for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 (6 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN, SiriusXM), the 12th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season. The Coors Light Pole Award was Kenseth's first at Charlotte and the 15th of his career. Kenseth, who covered the 1.5-mile distance in 27.799 seconds, was a whopping .204 seconds faster than Joey Logano (192.836 mph), whose No. 22 Team Penske Ford will start beside Kenseth's Camry on the front row. "I think starting up front is important at this track," Kenseth said. "It typically goes through a lot of changes here, especially if the sun is out for the beginning of the race. You want to have good track position, good pit selection—all those things—so if you get a little bit off and you're chasing the setup, or the track changes, you have a little bit of a buffer being toward the front, hopefully... "All the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas had some speed tonight, and that was encouraging." SHOP: Kenseth gear Carl Edwards (192.733 mph) was third in his No. 19 JGR Toyota, followed by Greg Biffle in his No. 16 Roush Fenway Ford (192.226 mph) and NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winner Denny Hamlin in his No. 11 JGR Toyota (192.007 mph). Surprisingly, in consecutive seasons that have seen domination of the intermediate speedways by the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Chevrolet of reigning series champion Kevin Harvick and the No. 48 Chevy of six-time champ Jimmie Johnson , Toyotas and Fords claimed the top seven qualifying positions for the 600. To Logano, however, the absence of a Chevrolet from the top five spots on the grid for the first time this season isn't hugely significant. "Those guys have been fast in the race—that's where their speed really shines," Logano said. "They qualify good--don't get me wrong—but in the race they shine a little bit more. You're talking about the 4, the 41 ( Kurt Busch ) and the 48. Those are the ones that stand out. "And I'm sure they'll be fast when it comes to race time. Qualifying's a different animal. You use a completely different setup, and qualifying can kind of mask over some issues you have in race trim a lot of times. ... I wouldn't (read) too much into it." Notes: All four Hendrick Motorsports entries failed to advance to the final round of knockout qualifying, but Kasey Kahne had a valid excuse. A cut tire prevented him from posting a quick qualifying laps. As a result, the three-time winner of the Coca-Cola 600 will start 33rd on Sunday ... Jeb Burton , Mike Bliss , Travis Kvapil , Jeff Green and Brendan Gaughan failed to make the 43-car field. The 48-car turnout for qualifying was the largest since 49 entries showed up for the season-opening Daytona 500 .