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TBT: Jimmie Johnson Wins Record Fourth All-Star Race

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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star race will take place on Saturday, and for this week’s Throwback Thursday we will relive MENCS driver Jimmie Johnson’s record fourth All-Star race win.

Jimmie Johnson has been breaking records for years, therefore it wasn’t very surprising when in 2013 he went on to win a record fourth Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

After a mandatory four-tire pit stop, Johnson’s teammate Kasey Kahne beat him off pit road, but Johnson would only need two laps to catch Kahne and put distance between him and the rest of the field.

Johnson proceeded to outrun Kahne on the final 10-lap shootout to collect the 1 million dollars awarded to the winner.

A hard charging Joey Logano and Kyle Busch were both able to pass Kahne in the closing laps to secure second and third place finishes.

Before his victory Johnson was tired with racing legends Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt with three wins a piece.

“That’s crazy, wow,” Johnson said. “To beat Jeff (Gordon) and (Dale) Earnhardt, two guys I’ve looked up to my whole life and two of the best icons of our sport, this means the world to me.”

A victory didn’t seem possible for Johnson and the 48 team after a poor qualifying effort.

“I really didn’t think we had a shot at winning tonight starting 20th, but we had a great race car and we worked our way through there and got the job done,” Johnson said.

Johnson didn’t lead the race at all until he was able to pass Kahne during the final 10-lap shootout, but he led the laps that counted and won back-to-back All-Star races.

While Johnson hasn’t had the start to 2018 he had hoped for and the All-Star race is a non-points events, he will still look to capture his fifth victory in this race.

A win could certainly provide some much-needed momentum for Johnson and his 48-team heading into the following weeks Coca Cola 600 which will also take place at the 1.5-mile track.

Tune into the NASCAR Monster Energy All-Star Race from Charlotte Motor Speedway which is set for Saturday May 19 at 8:00pm/EST on FS1.

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About Sarah Handy

Sarah is going into her third year covering NASCAR for Rubbings Racing as well as helping run their Social Media platforms. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Sarah is an avid racing fan as well as a fan of the major New England sports teams. She is currently studying Public Relations and Marketing at SNHU with plans to move to North Carolina after graduation. Sarah also enjoys visiting her home track of NHMS each year, reading, running and photography.

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