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NASCAR All-Star at Texas: Larson edges out Keselowski to win the million dollars

Fort Worth, TX, June 13/21 (by John Davison): The Kyle Larson parade continued with the race moving to Texas Motor Speedway, the young Californian winning his second NASCAR All-Star race in five attempts and his fourth Cup race of the 2021 season. The win marked the tenth All-Star victory for Hendrick Motorsports and second in a row, with Larson becoming the eighth driver to win more than one All-Star. Another win for the Hendrick organization came when Chase Elliott’s pit crew won the $100,000 in the pit stop competition.

The preliminary race leading to the All-Star, the Open, was won by Aric Almirola after Stage winners Ross Chastain and Tyler Reddick raced their way into the evening's finale, with Matt DiBenedetto getting the fan vote slot in the race.

The NASCAR All-Star Open saw four drivers transfer to the big-money All-Star race. Ross Chastain and Tyler Reddick won the preliminary two Stages and advanced. Aric Almirola won he final and advanced and Matt DiBenedetto was the beneficiary of the fan vote. Not that any of these four played much of a part in the All-Star race itself.

The All-Star race had a total of six segments – sort of modified Stages – but in the end it came down to the final ten-lap segment which turned into a battle between three Hendrick cars and the three Penske cars.

When that final shootout got underway, Elliott and Byron held the front row with Blaney moving to the inside of Byron, sending him to the center lane with no drafting help and he fell back to eighth. Keselowski went three wide below Larson and Elliott for the lead but Larson went high and retook the lead before Keselowski tried another look low.

Larson hung on take the checker ahead of Keselowski by a 0.2 sec margin to win the million-dollar prize, extending his winning streak to three wins in a row, heading the four Hendrick cars in first, third, sixth and seventh.

Honestly, I can't believe it," said Larson, crediting his crew with the constant changes to the car that kept it ahead of the changing track conditions. "That last restart worked out exactly how I needed it to. I wanted Chase (Elliott) to not get a good run down the back. Thankfully, I think the No. 12 (Ryan Blaney) got to his inside. I just shoved him down the back and he probably thought I was going to just follow him. I thought there had to be enough grip above where we'd been running for one corner. It was a little slick up there, but I was able to get it and hold him off from there. I can't believe it."

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