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      The All-Star Showdown is the mini-race that gets the top two finishers into the big All-Star race. The forty-lap event is broken into two twenty-lap segments. At the end of the first segment, cars can pit, if they should choose. Qualifying for the event was rained out so in an unusual move, the starting order was fixed by the order the teams drew in which to qualify. What they did was really mix up the field, putting some of the fastest cars back in the


      The action was wild. A possible million dollars was on the line for the drivers who can race their way into the main event. David Stremme was the early leader and continued to contend. Sam Hornish was a huge surprise. He really drove his 77-car.

      Brian Vickers destroyed his car within a few laps of the start, and Elliott Sadler crashed out with 15 to go, ending their hopes.

      Jamie McMurray wasn’t thrilled about his starting spot, which was way back in the pack, but he ...

      • maneuvered his car up to the third spot in a hurry. The odd part was that McMurray radioed his pits that he couldn’t see anything because his windshield had oil or something all over it. He was driving out the windshield and by feel. Now that’s scary. With 7 to go, he was solid in the second spot.

        There had been a lot of action early on, but in the final laps, Hornish was pulling away big time, and McMurray had several car lengths on

        the third-position Stremme, so the competition ebbed towards the end. All around the track, the cars had somewhat spread out, which was somewhat surprising. In the end, it was Hornish and McMurray transferring into the big show later in the evening.

        One of the fun parts of the race was Carl Edwards, who wasn’t in the show but was working as a pit reported for the Speed-TV crew. He’s come a long way in that department and is pretty good now. It was an entertaining short race.

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