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Kevin Harvick becomes one million dollars richer with his victory Saturday night.

Harvick held off the hard charging Daniel Suarez in overtime of the final stage to win Saturday nights Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 

While this win may not count points wise, it sure adds to the magnificent season of team NO. 4. 

"Thank you, thank you, thank you" Harvick yelled over his radio after crossing the finish line. Harvick's crew would then join the celebration by climbing the frontstretch fence. 

Saturday's race was the first run a NASCAR's new aero package that feature front air ducks, restrictor plates, larger rear spoiler and splitter.

"We got a little behind on the first pit stop and traffic wasn't our friend," Harvick said in Victory Lane. "I mean these guys built a really, really fast Ford. I have to say thank you to the aero department and the fab shop and all the guys in engineering.

"And special thanks to the Roush-Yates engine department. They put a lot of effort in, they love restrictor-plate racing - and we won!"

Joey Logano finished third, Denny Hamlin finished fourth and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five. 

When the final stage went underway, Harvick would lead the field, just behind him was Daniel Suarez in second, Kyle Larson in third, Ryan Blaney in fourth and Joey Logano rounding out the top five. 

Ryan Blaney would take third position away from Daniel Suarez after the race restarted. 

Denny Hamlin would move into third behind Harvick and Suarez with six laps remaining. 

Joey Logano's and Kyle Larson's night wouldn't get much better as with two laps remaining the two drivers would make contact. The two drivers would make contact on Turn 4, ultimately sending sending Logano into the wall and Kyle Larson through the infield grass. As result, the All-Star Race would then go into overtime with Harvick in control of the top spot and Suarez in second, Hamlin in third, Logano in fourth and Jimmie Johnson rounding out the top five. 

All-Star Race Results

Stage 1 Winner: Kevin Harvick

Stage 2 Winner Kyle Busch 

Stage 3 Winner/Race Winner: Kevin Harvick

Next Race: Coca-Cola 600 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, May 27th on Fox. 

 

NASCAR made the decision to let teams have a one hour practice session that would begin at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. The session would be combined with drivers from tonight's All-Star Open and All-Star Race. 

Kyle Larson would lead the combined All-Star final practice at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 

Driver NO. 42 ran a lap time of 31.159 with a speed of 173.255 mph. The Elk Grove, California native will start from the sixteenth position Saturday night. 

Rounding out the top five were Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola and Daniel Suarez. 

Daniel Suarez would lead the field of All-Star Open drivers with a lap of 31.276 and a speed of 172.656 mph.

Pole sitter Matt Kenseth was 20th fastest.

Tonight's All-Star Open coverage is slated to begin at 6:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1. Four drivers from the All-Star Open will transfer into the All-Star Race; Stage 1 winner, Stage 2 winner, Stage 3 winner and fan vote. 

All-Star Race coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1. 

Final Practice Results: 

1. Kyle Larson

2. Clint Bowyer

3. Aric Almirola

5. Daniel Suarez

6. Darrell Wallace Jr. 

7. Kurt Busch

8. Alex Bowman

9. Ryan Blaney 

10. Chase Elliott

11. Jimmie Johnson

12. Kyle Busch

13. Brad Keselowski

14. Ryan Newman

15. Austin Dillion

16. Joey Logano

17. Denny Hamlin

18. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 

19. Martin Truex Jr.

20. Matt Kenseth

21. Kasey Kahne

22. Chris Buescher

23. Michael McDowell

24. Erik Jones

25. Paul Menard

26. Ty Dillion

27. William Byron

28. David Ragan 

29. Jamie McMurray 

30. AJ Allmendinger

31. Matt DiBenedetto

32. Corey LaJoie

33. Gray Gaulding 

34. Landon Cassill

35. Reed Sorenson 

36. BJ McLeod 

37. Ross Chastain 

38. Timmy Hill

 

Matt Kenseth, driver of the #6 DoYouKnowJack Ford, poses for a photo after winning the pole award during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 18, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Matt Kenseth hopes Friday's Monster Energy All-Star pole is a sign of good things to come from team N0. 6.

Kenseth will run a partial schedule this year with his former team Roush Fenway Racing at select races. Driver NO. 6 will start alongside teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on Saturday night. 

”I’m just getting started, so I am still in the catch-up mode,” Kenseth said. ”I’m trying to get caught up to Ricky and just get running.”

Kenseth started his rookie season with Roush in 2000 before leaving at the end of 2012 to go to Joe Gibbs Racing.

Kenseth; however, would be without a ride after Homestead of 2017. 

The Wisconsin native agreed in April of 2018 to return to Roush Fenway Racing, which he will share the NO. 6 with 2012 Daytona 500 champion Trevor Bayne. Kenseth's first race of 2018 was at Kansas last Saturday. However, he would wreck with fifteen laps remaining, 

Ford would claim six out of the top ten spots in qualifying. 

Kevin Harvick, who heads into Saturday night on a hot streak with five Monster Energy Cup Series wins, most recent at Kansas Speedway last weekend.

Saturday's 80 lap shootout will feature Restrictor Plates; just like the ones NASCAR uses at Daytona and Talladega. 

Restrictor Plates aren't the only rule change heading into Saturday night. Also, the cars will carry a six inch spoiler on the rear deck lid, hoping to create more passing opportunities. NASCAR most recently used this package at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year, which had a record number of lead changes. 

2017 All-Star Race winner; Kyle Busch, will start seventh. 

”Way, way slower,” Busch said of his car this year. ”Everything all around. I think obviously the cars are just slower to begin with, but I think I was just a little tentative to it, which is what you’d expect, I guess, with no practice. I think it’s gonna be a crapshoot on how this race goes and how it plays out.”

2018 All-Star Race Format: 30 laps, 20 laps and 20 laps with a 10 lap shootout. 

Coverage of the 2018 Monster Energy All-Star Race is slated to begin at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1. 

In only his second time behind the wheel of Roush Fenway’s flagship No 6 Ford Fusion, Matt Kenseth bested the field of all-stars to win the pole for Saturday night’s NASCAR All-Star event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was second fastest and will start beside Kenseth on the front row of tomorrow night’s 80-lap All-Star event.

“Having both cars on the front row is a tribute to these guys,” said Kenseth, who won the 2004 All-Star race in Roush Fenway’s No. 17 Ford. “This was really more about the car and the team and of course the Roush Yates engines are great.”

Running a special #DoYouKnowJack paint shame paying tribute to the 20th Anniversary of Jack Roush and Mark Martin’s 1998 All-Star win, Kenseth looked right at home in the No. 6 posting a time of 127.644 in the special qualifying format that features two laps and a pit stop.

“The guys brought a fast car and they were great on pit road,” added Kenseth. “Ricky (Stenhouse Jr.) was a huge help with the breaking zones and input on the laps, since we didn’t get any practice today with the rain. It’s great to be on front row with Ricky and looking forward to the race tomorrow.”

“It’s great having an all-Roush front row,” added Stenhouse. “It’s just a week into it, but Matt’s already been a great help to the team. I’m really looking forward to getting back out here and racing tomorrow night from the front.”

It marks the third (2002 and 2007) All-Star pole for Kenseth, who will make his 18th consecutive start in the NASCAR All-Star race on Saturday.

Roush Fenway has won the All-Star event on four occasions; the 2004 victory with Kenseth and wins by Martin in 1998 and 2005. Carl Edwards earned Jack Roush’s fourth All-Star win in 2011.

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EDITORS NOTE: Monster Energy Open Stage Winners and Fan Vote winners will be added to this page in real-time

STAGE ONE WINNER: Alex Bowman

STAGE TWO WINNER: Daniel Suarez

MONSTER ENERGY OPEN WINNER: AJ Allmendinger

FAN VOTE WINNER: Chase Elliott

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC), which has served the people of North Carolina with high-quality health insurance for nearly 85 years, has extended its sponsorship of 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports and star driver Jimmie Johnson through 2018.

Blue Cross NC will continue as the Official Health Insurance Provider of Hendrick Motorsports with logo placement on the uniforms of Johnson and his No. 48 team. In addition, Blue Cross NC will be featured on the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 as an associate sponsor during the May and September Cup Series events at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It will mark the first on-car branding for Blue Cross NC since joining Hendrick Motorsports as an official corporate partner in September 2013.

“North Carolina has a longstanding history with NASCAR, and we’re proud to support Jimmie Johnson throughout the season,” said Reagan Greene Pruitt, vice president of integrated marketing and community engagement for Blue Cross NC. “As an athlete, Jimmie understands the importance of a healthy lifestyle and is an advocate and a friend of Blue Cross NC. We’re excited to continue this partnership and work together to improve the health and well-being of our customers and communities.”

A winner of 83 career races and a record-tying seven championships in NASCAR’s top series, Johnson is known for being health conscious and a passionate advocate for healthy living. His physical training and nutrition regimens have been documented by media outlets such as Bicycling, LAVA Magazine, Men’s Journal, Men’s Fitness, Triathlete, ESPN and USA Today. For nearly five years, he has served as a Live Fearless Ambassador for Blue Cross NC and has been featured in campaigns promoting its health coverage and the value of an active and healthy lifestyle.

“My passion for living a healthy and active lifestyle continues to be an integral part of my life and who I am as a person,” said Johnson, 42, who lives in Charlotte. “It’s awesome to have a partner like Blue Cross NC that is just as committed to encouraging others to live better and feel better. For me, it’s a natural fit and very rewarding to work together.”

Johnson has been a Blue Cross NC member since 2002 and trusts the company with his family’s health insurance coverage. Additionally, Hendrick Motorsports and the No. 48 team have relied on Blue Cross NC as their corporate healthcare provider since 2004.

“People are our number-one asset,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “For nearly 15 years, we’ve trusted Blue Cross NC to take care of our team members and their families. The partnership has been a wonderful fit for our company and for Jimmie, and it’s exciting to see it grow even more in 2018. We are proud to continue working with Blue Cross NC and look forward to a long relationship ahead.”

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CONCORD, N.C. (May 18, 2018) – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC), which has served the people of North Carolina with high-quality health insurance for nearly 85 years, has extended its sponsorship of 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports and star driver Jimmie Johnson through 2018.

Blue Cross NC will continue as the Official Health Insurance Provider of Hendrick Motorsports with logo placement on the uniforms of Johnson and his No. 48 team. In addition, Blue Cross NC will be featured on the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 as an associate sponsor during the May and September Cup Series events at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It will mark the first on-car branding for Blue Cross NC since joining Hendrick Motorsports as an official corporate partner in September 2013.

“North Carolina has a longstanding history with NASCAR, and we’re proud to support Jimmie Johnson throughout the season,” said Reagan Greene Pruitt, vice president of integrated marketing and community engagement for Blue Cross NC. “As an athlete, Jimmie understands the importance of a healthy lifestyle and is an advocate and a friend of Blue Cross NC. We’re excited to continue this partnership and work together to improve the health and well-being of our customers and communities.”

A winner of 83 career races and a record-tying seven championships in NASCAR’s top series, Johnson is known for being health conscious and a passionate advocate for healthy living. His physical training and nutrition regimens have been documented by media outlets such as Bicycling, LAVA Magazine, Men’s Journal, Men’s Fitness, Triathlete, ESPN and USA Today. For nearly five years, he has served as a Live Fearless Ambassador for Blue Cross NC and has been featured in campaigns promoting its health coverage and the value of an active and healthy lifestyle.

“My passion for living a healthy and active lifestyle continues to be an integral part of my life and who I am as a person,” said Johnson, 42, who lives in Charlotte. “It’s awesome to have a partner like Blue Cross NC that is just as committed to encouraging others to live better and feel better. For me, it’s a natural fit and very rewarding to work together.”

Johnson has been a Blue Cross NC member since 2002 and trusts the company with his family’s health insurance coverage. Additionally, Hendrick Motorsports and the No. 48 team have relied on Blue Cross NC as their corporate healthcare provider since 2004.

“People are our number-one asset,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “For nearly 15 years, we’ve trusted Blue Cross NC to take care of our team members and their families. The partnership has been a wonderful fit for our company and for Jimmie, and it’s exciting to see it grow even more in 2018. We are proud to continue working with Blue Cross NC and look forward to a long relationship ahead.”

ABOUT BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina improves the health and well-being of our customers and communities through innovative health care products, insurance, services and information to more than 3.8 million members, including approximately 1 million served on behalf of other Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield plans. Since 1933, we have worked to make North Carolina a better place to live through our support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross NC is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Visit Blue Cross NC online at bluecrossnc.com. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

ABOUT HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS:

Founded by Rick Hendrick in 1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned 249 points-paying race victories and a record 12 car owner championships in the premier NASCAR Cup Series. The organization fields four full-time Chevrolet teams on the Cup circuit with drivers Chase Elliott, William Byron, Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman. Headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, Hendrick Motorsports employs more than 600 people. For more information, please visit HendrickMotorsports.com or interact on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Saturday nights Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway will showcase the sports best drivers in a 80 lap exibition race under the lights.

For the first time in the tracks history, NASCAR will run restrictor plates; the ones similar at Talladega and Daytona. The field will include all 2017 and 2018 race winners, plus former series champions and All-Star race winners that are still competing full-time in the series. The three stage winners from the Open will also qualify for the event.

No stage will end under yellow flag conditions and only green flag laps count in the fourth and final stage.

Defending All-Star race winner Kyle Busch will look to repeat his success from last year. Driver NO. 18 is on a hot streak at the moment, scoring three wins in his first 12 races of the 2018 season. 

"For us, being an all-star and being in the All-Star Race is one of the most fun things we get to do each year,’’ Busch said. "I’d say the Clash is another one of those and, with the All-Star Race, they are certainly two fun races where we get a chance to go after just a win and bring home the checkers or end up on the wrecker.

"It’s an exciting night and there’s a lot of energy there. It gives you the opportunity to run that many qualifying laps in a row. That’s all you’re doing – you’re giving it all you’ve got every single lap." - Kyle Busch said

Jimmie Johnson, the all-time winningest driver at the Monster Energy All-Star Race with four victories will look to turn his 2018 season around with a million dollar check in hand. 

In 16 All-Star Race starts, Johnson has four trophies and nine top-five finishes – including a runner-up finish in 2007 and a third-place showing last May in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. And in a race known for its hard-charging, win-at-all-costs style, Johnson has only one DNF in all those starts.

2017 Monster Energy Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. set a presiden at last years Coca-Cola 600 leading 392 of 400 laps to win the sports longest race. Driver NO. 78 is the most recent All-Star Race winner leading 91 laps to win the Bank of America 500 last October at Charlotte Motor Speedway. 

Truex will look for his first All-Star win on Saturday night. He has two wins in the open (2007 and 2010) with a race best runner-up in 2010. 

The Open: The qualifying race for the All-Star Race; The Open will be a field made up of non-winners looking to race their way in to Saturday's main event. Notable drivers include: Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, William Byron, Aric Almirola, Daniel Suarez, Erik Jones and this years Daytona 500 runner-up Darrell Wallace Jr., will be among the field looking to race their way in. 

The 2018 Monster Energy All-Star Race is Saturday May 19, 2018 with coverage beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern on Fox Sports 1.