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Late Saturday: Logano wins confusing NASCAR All-Star Race

CONCORD, N.C. -- New tires are king at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and so is Joey Logano.A NASCAR All-Star Race gimmick conceived by driver Brad Keselowski put six-time champion Jimmie Johnson and defending Cup champion Kyle Busch at the front, but...

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Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano does a victory burnout during the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., on Saturday. Jim Dedmon / USA Today Sports

CONCORD, N.C. - New tires are king at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and so is Joey Logano.
A NASCAR All-Star Race gimmick conceived by driver Brad Keselowski put six-time champion Jimmie Johnson and defending Cup champion Kyle Busch at the front, but on old tires, for the final segment.
They held those spots for less than two corners.
Kyle Larson and Logano, two of the first three cars on new tires, quickly overtook the cars on older tires.
After a three-lap, side-by-side battle for the lead, Larson slid up and scraped the wall between Turns 1 and 2 with three laps to go, and Logano ran away for a 1.142-second victory.
“He ran me hard, and I had to run him hard, but it’s for a million bucks,” Logano said.
The first-year formant, which put drivers on older tires at the front and those on newer tires at the rear for the final segment after a random inversion, created weirdness that lasted all evening.
With no shot at getting to the front in the second segment, it became a battle for which driver could be 12th - the first car guaranteed not to be inverted. Johnson dropped to that spot, with Busch 13th, and sat there for the final five laps of the segment.
When Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen drew the envelope that inverted 11 cars, that put Johnson and Busch first and second, on old tires.
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
The cars on old tires couldn’t hold off Larson and Logano, or much of anyone else.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third, Carl Edwards fourth and Kurt Busch fifth.

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