Neglected and decaying three years ago, North Wilkesboro Speedway roared back to life this past weekend with the NASCAR Cup Series all-star race, won by Kyle Larson.

NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. — Kyle Larson’s third NASCAR All-Star Race victory was a case of absolute dominance.

It was also a case study in strategy at revitalized North Wilkesboro Speedway, with the eventual winning move made on Lap 18 of 200. That’s when Larson’s crew chief, Cliff Daniels, called his driver to the pits under caution for a fresh set of tires. Even though Larson incurred a speeding penalty exiting pit road and restarted from the rear, he charged through the field on new rubber and took the lead from Daniel Suarez on Lap 55.