The 2016 NASCAR All-Star Race In Photos

Stock car racing looks spectacular under the bright lights.

byMay 22, 2016 4:11 PM
The 2016 NASCAR All-Star Race In Photos
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The 31st annual NASCAR All-Star Race is in the books. Joey Lagono parked the No. 22 Penske car on Victory Lane, taking home bragging right and $1 million dollars for his troubles. Still, the big story out of this year’s showdown in Charlotte is the new formatting, a confusing multi-segment event, which included a Carolina Panthers football player picking a lottery envelope to dictate which cars had mandatory four-tire pit stops. Hell, even the broadcast announcers couldn’t clarify the rules. Basically, the whole was a mess. But dammit NASCAR doesn’t look spectacular at night.

Here’s the 2016 All-Star Race in photos. Enjoy.

Charlotte fans show Denny Hamlin love during driver introductions., Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty
Green flag!, Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty
Jimmie Johnson leads from rookie Chase Elliot in the early going., Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crew preps for the first round of pit stops., Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty
Action mid-pack, as Jamie McMurray goes wheel-to-wheel with Danica Patrick., Robert Laberge/Getty
Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne collide midway through the race's second segment., Brian Lawdermilk/Getty
Wonky rules meant confusion (and little chaos) in the pits., Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty
Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick were both in contention early..., Jerry Markland/Getty
...but Joey Logano took over in the final segment., Robert Laberge/Getty
And fended off a late-race charge from Kyle Larson., Brian Lawdermilk/Getty
The first All-Star victory of Lagono's career., Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty
With the race over, and fans clearing out, all that's left on Victory Lane is tire carnage and confetti., Kena Krutsinger/Getty