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May 18, 2019
Kyle Larson, Bubba Wallace and Alex Bowman all reached the NASCAR All-Star Race. Larson won the Monster Energy Open and Wallace took the second stage. Bowman, driving the No. 88 car of beloved Dale Earnhardt Jr., took the final spot in the field by winning the vote of NASCAR fans. William Byron started things off when he outlasted Wallace in overtime to take the 20-lap first stage.

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR All-Star Race (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

Kyle Larson and Bubba Wallace have won their way into the NASCAR All-Star Race.

Alex Bowman also won the NASCAR fan vote, giving him the final spot in the main event at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

Larson won the Monster Energy Open to advance while Wallace won the race’s second stage in overtime. William Byron needed a green-white-checkered finish to win the opening stage and get the chance to race for the $1 million first prize.

Clint Bowyer, making his 10th career All-Star appearance, will lead the field. Alongside will be 2017 All-Star winner Kyle Busch, who got his time at Charlotte started strongly with a win in the truck series on Friday night.

This is the start of two weeks of Charlotte racing with NASCAR’s longest event, the Coca-Cola 600, taking place here on May 26.

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6:50 p.m.

William Byron is an All-Star.

Byron outlasted Bubba Wallace in overtime of the 20-lap first stage of the Monster Energy Open to advance into the All-Star Race later Saturday night.

Two more drivers will move into the All-Star Race from the Open, the leader of the 20-lap second stage and the winner after a final stage of 10 laps. One final driver will make the field from a vote of NASCAR fans.

NASCAR Cup Series rookie Daniel Hemric appeared to have the stage won with a big lead much of the way. But things came down to a green-white-checkered finish where Byron’s No. 24 car moved from fourth to the front and prevailed over Wallace by a few feet.

Clint Bowyer will start the All-Star Race up front with Kyle Busch, the 2017 All-Star winner, alongside.

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Clint Bowyer will start up front as he looks to win his first NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

It won’t be easy, though, with Kyle Busch right alongside.

Bowyer has only had one top-10 finish in this non-points race in his nine previous trips. He says he’s excited to try for the win — and the $1 million prize that goes to the champion.

Busch got the weekend off to a strong start with a victory in the truck series race on Friday night. Busch won this event two years ago.

NASCAR will experiment with a setup that reduces engine temperatures. The hope is to find a usable setup package when NASCAR rolls out its Gen 7 car in 2021.

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