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The four-time NASCAR champ has been struggling to get to Victory Lane as of late, enduring eight runner-up finishes since his last win at Texas in April 2009. But that's good enough to get him into a race he dominates unlike any other as the 38-year-old seeks an end to a 41-race victory drought. His three wins in the All-Star Race are a NASCAR record, and he's long overdue for a fourth: the last of them occurred in 2001.

Text: Tom Bowles
Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR

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