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Nextel All-Star Challenge - Lowe’s Motor Speedway

Harvick is Ultimate All Star on Saturday Night
Kevin Harvick saved the best for last Saturday night and held off a hard-charging Jimmie Johnson to win the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Harvick took the lead on the 61st of a total of 80 laps around the 1-1/2-mile Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch provided plenty of fireworks as the final segment started, easing below brother Kurt Busch in the first turn. Kyle lost the handle on his Rick Hendrick Chevrolet and spun, collecting brother Kurt in the process. Harvick, who ran in the top five throughout the four-segment event, literally drove the wheels off his Richard Childress Chevrolet to stay in front of Johnson, who was breathing down his tailpipes the final 10 laps. Everybody's favorite Mark Martin finished third with Harvick's teammate Jeff Burton, complete with brand new AT&T logos, in fourth. Tony Stewart battled an ill-handling car all night but wrestled his Home Depot Chevy to fifth place. Rounding out the top 10 were Johnny Sauter, Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, and the DEI cars of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. Jeff Gordon finished 11th after a flat tire forced him into the pits. He was running with the leaders when misfortune struck. Kenseth, who had his Jack Roush Ford up front much of the night, had to go to the rear of the field after speeding on pit road before the start of the final dash. Harvick ran the low line on the track with Johnson in tow for the final laps. Johnson tried every trick he could think of to pass the smooth-driving Daytona 500 winner but fell short by a car length. In the first segment with Johnson several car lengths back. Hamlin was charging through the field and so was Earnhardt Jr. Hamlin slowed, however, and lost several positions as the field stretched out around the track. Gordon took over second after 19 laps. At the end of the first 20-laps, it was Kenseth, Gordon, Johnson, Harvick, Burton, Newman, Kyle Busch, Earnhardt, Kasey Kahne and Hamlin. Kyle Busch stayed on the track at the end of the first segment and led every lap of the second 20-lap run. Gordon pitted along with others but eventually made his way back to second at the end of 40 laps.

NEXTEL All-Star Challenge Notes
· Race Results
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Toyota Post-Race Quotes
· NEXTEL Open Race Results
· NEXTEL Open Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
· NEXTEL Open Ford Post-Race Quotes
· NEXTEL Open Toyota Post-Race Quotes
· NEXTEL Open Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Toyota Qualifying Quotes
· NEXTEL Open Starting Lineup
· NEXTEL Open Qualifying Results
· NEXTEL Open Ford Qualifying Quotes
· NEXTEL Open Toyota Qualifying Quotes
· NEXTEL Open Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Final Practice
· NEXTEL Open Final Practice
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Ford Friday Quotes
· Dodge Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· NEXTEL Open Entry List
· Weekend Schedule
· MRN Notes
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Toyota Notes and Quotes
· Team Red Bull Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· J.J. Yeley Notes
· Tony Raines Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· David Ragan Notes
· David Gilliland Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· David Reutimann Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Jon Wood Notes
· Petty Enterprises Notes

Truex Wins Open, Transfers to All-Star Challenge
Carl Edwards started the NEXTEL Open from the pole position and stunk up the show… until the final few laps when Martin Truex Jr. and Johnny Sauter caught the No. 99 and passed him at the same time, one low and one high with three laps to go. Truex went on to win the race and the first transfer spot into the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge. Sauter settled for second place and the second transfer position into tonight’s all-star event. Edwards finished third.

11.6-Second Pit Stop Boosts Kenseth to All-Star Pole
Matt Kenseth will start Saturday night’s NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge from the pole position thanks in part to a lightening fast pit stop by his No. 17 pit crew. While they did not win the Pit Crew Challenge on Wednesday night, the Killer Bees, as Kenseth’s pit crew is more affectionately known, were in an entirely different zone than the other crews when they made a four-tire pit stop in 11.6 seconds during Friday night’s qualifying session at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The stop, combined with three laps around the 1.5-mile track, helped boost Kenseth to the top starting spot for the all star event. Joining Kenseth on the front row will be Mr. Lowe’s Motor Speedway himself Jimmie Johnson. Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton will start from the top five.

Edwards Wins Pole for NEXTEL Open
Carl Edwards won the Bud Pole for the NEXTEL Open with a lap of 28.802 seconds, at an average speed of 187.487 mph. Mike Bliss holds the qualifying record for The Open with a lap of 28.540 seconds, at 189.208 mph, set in 2005. Edwards' teammate David Ragan qualified second, completing a Roush Fenway Racing sweep of the front-row. Ragan’s time was almost two-tenths slower than that of Edwards at 28.988 seconds, 186.284 mph. Dave Blaney in a Toyota was the third-fastest qualifier followed by David Gilliland and Juan Pablo Montoya.

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