Jamie McMurray wins 2014 Sprint All-Star Race
Jamie McMurray has his share of memorable victories in his racing career.
He added another Saturday at the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
McMurray passed polesitter Carl Edwards with nine laps to go, claiming the trophy for the 30th All-Star event.
"I can't explain how unbelievable that is to hold a check up for that much money," said McMurray of winning the $1 million prize that accompanies his All-Star victory. "It's crazy. I can't even make sense of what's going on right now. It's awesome. It's ultimately what a race car driver wakes up every single day to be put in that position. That's unbelievable."
McMurray, who led an event-high 31 laps, adds his All-Star title to wins in the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 during his career.
"This is just really awesome moment," McMurray said. "It's so much different than winning the Daytona 500 or the Brickyard because there are no points, and I think the mentality going into that last segment is just all or nothing, and that was my thought process. I am like, I don't really care if we wreck. I don't care what happens. I'm racing for a million dollars. I get to start on the front row, and I'm going to make the very most out of the restart and everything that goes with this."
McMurray's victory also gives car owner Chip Ganassi his first All-Star title.
"(McMurray) said to me in victory lane tonight 'We've won a lot of great races together, haven't we?'" Ganassi said . "I said, 'Yes, we have.' You know, it was kind of special for him to think of that, as well, because he's that kind of guy. He understands what it takes to be in this sport and be a driver."
Kevin Harvick finished second, followed by Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Edwards.
Jimmie Johnson, who was seeking a record third-straight All-Star Race crown, finished in sixth, and Sprint Showdown winner Clint Bowyer was seventh.
Josh Wise, who was voted into the All-Star Race by a fan vote, finished 15th.
The cars of several drivers were collected in wrecks during the event, including Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon, Greg Biffle, A.J. Allmendinger and Martin Truex, Jr.
Drivers turn their attention now to the Coca-Cola 600, which takes place next Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway.