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Kyle Larson extends hot streak, wins NASCAR All-Star Race

Kyle Larson led 17 of 100 laps to win the All-Star Race on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. File Photo by Edwin Locke/UPI
Kyle Larson led 17 of 100 laps to win the All-Star Race on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. File Photo by Edwin Locke/UPI | License Photo

June 14 (UPI) -- Kyle Larson pulled his No. 5 Chevrolet across the finish line first for the third-consecutive event at NASCAR's All-Star Race to extend the most dominant run of the 2021 season.

Larson led for 17 of the 100 laps as part of the six-segment event Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. He beat second-place Brad Keselowski to the checkered flag by .206 seconds on the 1.5-mile track. Larson claimed a $1 million prize for first place.

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"I think I was so excited because there was a while where I didn't think I'd win," Larson told reporters. "Then to go and steal it there in a shootout from Chase Elliott, who's in my opinion like the most aggressive and best restarter, was really cool.

"And to win a lot of money is awesome, too."

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Chase Elliott, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney followed Larson and Keselowski as Top-5 finishers. Alex Bowman, William Byron, Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch rounded out the Top 10.

Byron led a race-high 30 laps. Blaney and Elliott led for 15 and 12 laps, respectively.

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Kyle Busch led for the first six laps. Larson took over for laps 7 through 15. Blaney, Matt DiBenedetto, Bowman and Byron then exchanged the lead through lap 75.

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Keselowski, Elliott and Larson battled for the win down the stretch. Larson took the lead for good with eight laps remaining.

Elliott earned a $100,000 prize for the fastest pit stop as part of the All-Star Race purse.

The All-Star Race did not count toward NASCAR's Cup Series standings. Denny Hamlin still leads the Cup Series, followed by Larson, Elliott, Byron and Logano in the Top 5 of the standings.

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The Cup Series schedule will continue with the 2021 Ally 400 at 3:30 p.m. EDT Sunday in Nashville.

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