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CUP: McMurray, Stenhouse Advance To All-Star

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Jamie McMurray showed a blitz of strength in a limited field and won Saturday’s Sprint Showdown to advance to the featured Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished second and will join McMurray in the All-Star Race.

McMurray had the lead at the 20-lap halftime break and pitted for a two-tire change. He wasn’t seriously challenged over the 20-lap concluding segment.

Completing the top five were Jeff Burton, Paul Menard and Martin Truex Jr.

Danica Patrick finished ninth.

Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for SPEED.com and has been covering motorsports for 31 years. He is a six-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.