NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
 
           === Johnson claims record fourth win in all-star race ===
 
 Concord,  NC (Sports  Network) - Jimmie Johnson became the first driver to win
 the  NASCAR  Sprint All-Star  Race four  times on  Saturday night at Charlotte
 Motor Speedway.
 
 Johnson,  the  five-time  Sprint  Cup Series  champion,  passed  his  Hendrick
 Motorsports  teammate, Kasey  Kahne,  after  the final  restart  with 10  laps
 remaining. He was untouchable from there, beating his closest competitor, Joey
 Logano,  to  the finish line  by 1.7 seconds. Johnson  had been tied with Dale
 Earnhardt  and  teammate Jeff Gordon  for most wins  in the all-star race with
 three. His previous victories came in 2003, '06 and last year.
 
 "To  beat Jeff  and Earnhardt, two guys that  I looked up to my whole life and
 two massive icons of our sport, this means the world to me," said Johnson, who
 collected $1,039,175 for his victory.
 
 Johnson  started the  race in 18th due  to a mishap during his mandatory four-
 tire  pit stop  in  Friday's qualifying.  He  overshot his  pit  box and  then
 received a five-second penalty for a loose lug nut.
 
 When  the  fourth segment had concluded  after 80 laps, Johnson was the fourth
 driver  onto pit  road. Johnson's No. 48  team gave him a quick enough stop to
 get him out of the pits in second, closely behind Kahne.
 
 "I  really didn't  think we had a shot  at winning tonight, but we had a great
 car and worked our way through there and got the job done," he said.
 
 Johnson  joined Davey Allison  as the only drivers to win the all-star race in
 consecutive years. Allison won this event in 1991 and '92.
 
 In  addition to his five series titles, Johnson has won the Daytona 500 twice,
 including  a victory in this year's season-opener. He collected $1,525,275 for
 winning  the 2013  Daytona 500. Johnson is the current points leader, taking a
 44-point advantage into next weekend's 600-mile race at Charlotte.
 
 "Over  time,  honestly, it's  just dedication  and drive  from every member at
 Hendrick  Motorsports and  every member on this 48 team," he said. "We're very
 proud  of what we've  done and what we've accomplished, but we know we have to
 keep  pushing harder  and  keep pushing  one  another. We  did  it here  again
 tonight. I don't know how we keep doing it, but I'm proud of this race team."
 
 Kyle  Busch, who  led 29 of 90  laps, finished third, while Kahne faded at the
 end to place fourth.
 
 "We  probably had  the best car here  tonight but just didn't get the best pit
 stop  there  at the end to  get us out on  the front row," said Busch, who has
 finished  no worse  than fourth in the past three all-star races. "When you're
 back behind cars, you're getting beat up on."
 
 His  elder brother, Kurt  Busch, also led a total of 29 laps and was the first
 driver  onto pit road for the mandatory four-tire stop after the conclusion of
 the fourth segment. The first four segments were 20 laps each, followed by the
 10-lap  shootout to the finish. Busch had a slow pit stop that put him back to
 fifth  for the last  restart. He held the lead at the completions of the first
 and fourth segments.
 
 Busch,  who is  in his  first full  season as  driver of  the No.  78 car  for
 Furniture  Row Racing,  finished fifth. Last weekend at Darlington Raceway, he
 started on the pole and led 69 laps in the early part of the Southern 500.
 
 "To  win some segments and to be in position with the all-star race the way it
 is,  it  just shows  the true  strength of  this team,  even though we're only
 running 20 laps at a time, but it still makes you feel proud to race for these
 guys," Busch said.
 
 Denny  Hamlin  finished  sixth,  followed  by Dale  Earnhardt  Jr.  and  Jamie
 McMurray,  who advanced  into the all-star race by placing first in the Sprint
 Showdown  (40-lap preliminary  event). Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards, the pole
 sitter, completed the top-10.
 
 Danica  Patrick was  the last driver to  finish on the lead lap in 20th. After
 finishing ninth in the Showdown, Patrick won the fan vote to give her the 22nd
 and final starting position. She became the first female competitor in the 29-
 year history of the all-star race.
 
 Her  boyfriend,  Ricky Stenhouse Jr.,  also a rookie  in the series this year,
 finished  16th in  his  first  appearance in  this  race.  Stenhouse earned  a
 starting spot based on his second-place finish in the Showdown.
 
 The  all-star race  was stopped for 41 minutes during the first 20-lap segment
 due  to  rain. It  had rained at  this 1.5-mile racetrack  earlier in the day,
 creating a delay in the start of the Showdown.
 
 05/19 01:57:39 ET

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