Kyle Busch pressed his way to the front of the pack to win his first Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race. The driver shot to the lead at the start of the final 10-lap shootout and never looked back. For Busch, the win marked his first victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a Cup Series car.
Unfortunately for the former NASCAR champion, his monumental victory has been overshadowed by a nagging issue that has plagued drivers for years at Charlotte Motor Speedway – passing, or lack thereof.
In what may be come to known as the least exciting all-star race, only four drivers led the entire 70-lap event, with the only in-race lead change coming via a pit stop. Pole sitter Kyle Larson led all 40 laps of the first two 20-lap segments. Third segment winner Jimmie Johnson led 19 of those 20 laps, with Ryan Blaney leading the other lap.
NASCAR and Goodyear officials hoped to remedy the lack of passing with the introduction of a new tire package called option tires. Motorsport noted that, midway through last season, NASCAR and Goodyear officials met to discuss the possibility of developing a new tire. The two organizations set a date to debut the new softer tire, called an option tire – this weekend's All-Star Race.