By: Adam Niemeyer (FOX19 Sports)
It was a great Saturday for Roger Penske. His driver Helio Castroneves won the pole for the Indy 500 next week and another one of his drivers won a million bucks in Charlotte.
Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge, won a two-lap shootout at the end of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race. The event pays $1 million dollars to the winner, and it's NASCAR's second non-points paying event of the year.
"This car was a rocketship at the end," he said. "To win a million bucks from Sprint is unbelievable."
Kurt Busch maneuvered the Blue Deuce from fifth to first on one lap after his younger brother Kyle was forced into the turn two wall by his teammate Denny Hamlin. Hamlin and Kyle Busch had a meeting in Hamlin's hauler after the race with team owner Joe Gibbs.
Jimmie Johnson set sail early on, winning the second segment and the third segment. After the third segment the field took a ten minute break and then every car came to pit road for a mandatory four tire stop. Denny Hamlin won the pit road race with teammate Kyle Busch in second. Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin came out third and fourth.
Just feet beyond taking the green flag to start the final segment—a ten-lap shootout—a bunch of cars got together and took out about half of the field including Martin, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., David Reutimann and Tony Stewart. "That was a mess," Martin said, after being released from the infield care center. "We were in position to have a chance, and I don't know exactly what happened there."
Martin Truex Jr., who won the Sprint All-Star Showdown, finished second. "A couple more laps, I was right there," he said. Joey Logano, who celebrates his 20th birthday on Monday, came home third. Denny Hamlin finished fourth and Tony Stewart—the '09 All-Star race winner—came home fifth.
Carl Edwards won the fan vote to get into the All-Star race. He finished last after being involved in the Martin accident.
On Sunday afternoon NASCAR will induct the inaugural Hall of Fame class. Seven-time champions Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. along with Junior Johnson and the sport's founders Bill France Jr. and Bill France Sr. The ceremonies will be televised on SPEED Channel at 1 p.m.