Jamie McMurray is back into victory. It took a long time to do so, but he was finally able to win a race, even though it was a non-points race. McMurray dominated NASCAR’s Sprint All-Star Race preview event, the Sprint Showdown, as he locked himself a spot into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
McMurray won $51,000 plus an automatic $87,000 for being in the Sprint All-Star Race. His win is the first for his team since his win at the Brickyard 400 in 2010. The race is redemption for McMurray as he was a favorite to win the Sprint Showdown in 2012, but evidently finished third. In this year’s Sprint Showdown, McMurray never gave up the lead as he led every one of the 40 laps throughout the race.
The second transfer spot went to Ricky Stenhouse Jr. who’s car was running very well on the long run. Stenhouse had to hold off the hard-charging Jeff Burton as well as Martin Truex Jr., but was able to drive several seconds away from the two of them. It will be Stenhouse’s first career NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race as he may be a factor when the evening is over.
As for the worst-kept secret in NASCAR, Danica Patrick has won the Sprint fan vote which brings her into the final starting spot for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. Patrick didn’t run very well in the Sprint Showdown as she just didn’t have the speed to contend for the win as per usual. Patrick finished ninth and even got passed by Travis Kvapil, who’s in the underfunded BK Racing vehicle. The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race will begin shortly.
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