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Texas Motor Speedway hosted the NASCAR All-Star Race for the first time Sunday evening, and it was Kyle Larson who went to Victory Lane for the third consecutive race. While it wasn't a points-paying race, the win did come with a million-dollar prize for him and the team. It was another impressive night from the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports team that is hitting on all cylinders now, and it was Larson's second time winning the annual exhibition race that took place away from Charlotte Motor Speedway for just the third time in its history.
Ross Chastain, Tyler Reddick and Aric Almirola all won segments of the night's preamble to the All-Star Race, the All-Star Open, to claim spots in the main event and Matt DiBenedetto was voted in by the fans to take the 21st starting position. The race featured six different segments with various tricks to keep the drivers, teams, and fans engaged in addition to an in-race timed pit stop where Chase Elliott's crew won an extra $100,000 by pitting their man the quickest. In the end it came down to a 10-lap winner-takes-all finale where Larson, Elliott, and Brad Keselowski battled to claim the night's prize with Larson collecting the spoils.
Kyle Larson – Larson struck out to win the opening segment of Sunday's All-Star Race, stretching his time out front to another week and yet another track. He made a move on the outside in the final 10-lap sprint to the finish to