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CONCORD, N.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson finished Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race inside the top six, while their Hendrick Motorsports teammates were impacted by different incidents. Kasey Kahne, who won segments two and three, brushed the wall in segment four and was scored 15th. Jeff Gordon, fast from the very beginning, was collected in a separate incident early in segment four that concluded his run in the exhibition event. He was scored 17th.
Here is a look at Jimmie Johnson’s race by segment:
Segment one: The first 20-lap segment was uneventful for Johnson and he finished sixth. He complained the car was too tight so crew chief Chad Knaus and team went to work on the No. 48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevy during the caution period and took on four tires and fuel with adjustments.
Segment two: Despite two on-track spins and close calls for Johnson, he maintained the sixth position. During the caution he took on four tires and fuel, again complaining the car was tight.
Segment three: Johnson raced in the sixth position and finished there. During the ensuing pit stops, Johnson’s team picked up three spots thanks to a two-tire call.
Segment four: Johnson restarted segment four in third, but immediately struggled for track position. The call for two tires didn’t work as many other cars were stronger on four.
10-lap shootout: Johnson crossed the finish line sixth. Jamie McMurray won the event.
Quoting Jimmie:“We just didn’t get off pit road where we needed to and those first couple of laps those guys got away. And Jamie (McMurray) got free and took off, so I congratulate those guys. I think tonight was a great night for our sport. To have qualifying take place like it did and have the fans get into it and see how excited they were; and then to have the race straight after that was pretty cool. It was definitely not the performance that I wanted for our Lowe’s Patriotic Paint Scheme tonight, but I think it was a great night for our sport.”
Hendrick Motorsports finishes:Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (4th), Kasey Kahne (15th), Jeff Gordon (17th).
Next Up:Charlotte 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 25, 2014