Sprint All-Star race as it happened

Denny Hamlin leads the field Saturday night at Charlotte.
Denny Hamlin leads the field Saturday night at Charlotte.
Denny Hamlin leads the field Saturday night at Charlotte.

Denny Hamlin won his first NASCAR Sprint All-Star race Saturday night. A call for two tires gave him track position and winning the pole earlier Saturday gave him the choice of the first pit stall. Combined with a move with three laps to go, gave Hamlin a million dollar payday and his first All-Star win. Here’s how it went down Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Hamlin led to the green in the first segment, leading Brad Keselowski and Greg Biffle, who took the second spot by the end of the first lap; Kasey Kahne moved to third by lap 3. Soon Kahne and Biffle were dueling for second and as the field crossed the line Kahne was second.

By lap 5, Hamlin’s lead was a second MORE>>>

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