After leading every lap of the NASCAR Sprint Showdown on Saturday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. advanced to the All-Star race with an impressive A.J. Allmendinger tagging along by finishing second. The third driver to advance was Bobby Labonte, who won the fan vote, and finished 19th in the main event.
The night, as usual was very exciting, with a number of cars experiencing engine problems. Interestingly, two Roush Fenway Racing cars ended their nights with engine trouble, which should telegraph that they were experimenting in order to remain solidly at atop the order in points.
Following the Showdown, Kyle Busch led the field to the green flag and had a strong finish in fourth. Unfortunately, nothing in the All-Star race really matters unless you finish first. The driver who came up with the big check was none other than Jimmie Johnson. Counting Saturday night's triumph, Johnson has back-to-back wins, and that is more than enough to worry just about everyone in the NASCAR paddock.