Showdown in Charlotte
For three weekends every year, stock car racing returns home to Charlotte to put on a show for the fans that features some the best racing on the Sprint Cup calendar. The first of those weekends is the NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star race which puts the series’ best drivers firmly in the spotlight for one wild night of racing under the lights.
Benefiting from an unusual format where no points are awarded, the All Star Race is a race purely for glory and money. Nothing else matters. So with a million dollars on the line, you bet the boys put their foot down hard on the gas trying to be the first across the line at the end of the 90 lap race.
However, there was simply no contesting the winner. Jimmy Johnson dominated in the #48 Chevy and just walked away with the race. He was strong from the time the flag dropped, and an unusual strategy allowed him to save tires and stay out of trouble and eventually power to the front and stay there.
I hope you enjoy some of the images I made over the weekend. NASCAR returns to Charlotte next weekend for the Coca Cola 600, and you bet I’ll be there!
Special thanks to the entire Getty Images NASCAR team, Charlotte Motorspeedway, and NASCAR for their hospitality.
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