CONCORD, N.C. — Once again there will be no repeat champion at the Sprint All-Star race.
Defending champion Carl Edwards bowed out in the second segment Saturday night at the Charlotte Motor Speedway after the engine in the No. 99 Ford blew up on lap 25.
Edwards was looking to become the first repeat champion at the All-Start event since Davey Allison did it in 1991 and ‘92, but had to park his car in the garage for the night.
“We were running really well the first segment and I knew something wasn’t right,” Edwards said. “I’m just glad someone didn’t run me over.”
Jimmie Johnson won his third All-Star race on Saturday night by pulling away over the 10-lap sprint to the $1 million prize.
Johnson joins Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon as the only three-time winner in All-Star race history. His other victories were in 2003 and 2006.
Johnson won the first 20-lap segment of the Sprint All-Star race, then cruised around the back of the field for the next three segments at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He was the first driver allowed down pit road before the fifth and final segment, and beat everyone else back on track following the mandatory pit stop.
Johnson had a great restart, and runner-up Brad Keselowski had no chance to catch him.
Matt Kenseth finished third and was followed by Kyle Busch and Earnhardt.
Edwards said the racing was “treacherous” early on as drivers looked to capture the four 20-lap segments, giving them a spot in the top four heading into 10-lap shootout for the $1 million prize.
Edwards took the setback in stride.
“This race lost a driver but it gained a fan,” he said. “I’m going to go watch this thing because it was insane in traffic.”
Edwards was in the TV booth by the end of the second segment.