Race Recap for the NASCAR All-Star Race
Date: June 13, 2021
Event: NASCAR All-Star Race (non-points event)
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (1.5-mile oval)
Format: 100 laps, broken into six stages (15 laps/15 laps/15 laps/15 laps/30 laps/10 laps)
Start/Finish: 2nd / 9th (Running, completed 100 of 100 laps)
● Race Winner: Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
● Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Larson of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
● Stage 2 Winner: Ryan Blaney of Team Penske (Ford)
● Stage 3 Winner: Alex Bowman of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
● Stage 4 Winner: William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
● Stage 5 Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Note: The NASCAR All-Star Race was comprised of drivers who won a points-paying race in 2020 or 2021, fulltime drivers who have previously won the All-Star Race, fulltime drivers who have won a NASCAR Cup Series championship and drivers who advanced from the All-Star Open.
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-15):
● Kyle Busch started second and finished third.
● The M&M’S Never Stop Summering Toyota Camry rolled off third by random draw.
● Busch battled Hendrick Motorsports drivers Kyle Larson, William Byron and Chase Elliott for much of the stage, as he told crew chief Ben Beshore that he couldn’t keep front grip.
● Following the stage, Busch came to pit road. The No. 18 team did not take on tires, as all caution flag pit stops were timed stops, and they did not lose track position on pit road.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 16-30):
● Busch started 10th and finished seventh.
● The first 12 cars were inverted after the first stage, and Busch started seventh for Stage 2.
● Busch radioed to Beshore that the adjustment to the right-rear of the car made the rear of the car chatter too much, and he fell to 16th during the 15-lap stage.
● Busch brought his M&M’S Never Stop Summering Camry to pit road following the stage and took on four tires.
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 31-45):
● Busch started 15th and finished 16th.
● Following another invert, Busch started 16th for Stage 3.
● Again, Busch radioed to tell Beshore all four tires were chattering and the M&M’S Never Stop Summering Camry was handling poorly in traffic.
● Busch came to pit road again following Stage 3 and took on four tires, fuel and adjustments.
Stage 4 Recap (Laps 46-60):
● Busch started 16th and finished 15th.
● The two-time Cup Series champion was stuck deep in the field and again told Beshore that his car was just too loose as the run went on.
● Busch came to pit road following the stage for a chassis adjustment but did not change tires, as there was only one set of fresh tires remaining.
Stage 5 Recap (Laps 61-90):
● Busch started seventh and finished 12th.
● The longest stage of the race – 30 laps – got underway with teams required to make a green-flag pit stop at some point during the stage.
● Busch brought his M&M’s Never Stop Summering Camry to pit road on the seventh lap of the stage. But after quick work by the No. 18 over-the-wall crew, Busch was penalized for speeding on pit road, which necessitated a pass-through penalty under green.
● The Las Vegas native came back out in 20th place, one lap down, but caught a break when the caution waved with 10 laps to go in the stage. Busch was able to get the Lucky Dog and return to the lead lap.
Final Stage (Laps 91-100):
● Busch started 12th and finished ninth.
● With horsepower cut more for this race to 510 horsepower, passing at the rear of the field was made even more difficult. The speeding penalty put Busch too far back to gain enough to have a chance at victory, and he brought home a top-10 finish.
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Never Stop Summering Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:
“The race didn’t turn out the way that we had hoped. Our M&M’S Never Stop Summering Camry handled much better towards the front, but when you get in the back it was hard to pass. We’ll move onto Nashville next week.”
The NASCAR Cup Series returns to points-paying racing on Sunday, June 20, with the inaugural Ally 400 at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. The race gets underway at 3:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.