McMurray Drives To Upset In All-Star Race

May 18, 2014

Jamie McMurray was a 40-to-1 long shot but a late surge helped him to an upset victory in the million-dollar NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway Saturday night.  It was the first big event in 2014 Race Week. 

McMurray was in second place as the race restarted for the 10-lap sprint to the checkered flag. Lined up outside of pole-sitter Carl Edwards, McMurray waged a door-to-door battle with the leader for a lap before he finally cleared Edwards for the lead two laps into the fifth segment.   

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Charlotte swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones hopes to inspire young minority kids to embrace the sport with a swim meet just for them. This weekend, hundreds will compete in the inaugural Cullen Jones Diversity Invitational.

Cullen Jones says kids always ask him about his gold medals.


Mecklenburg County is lifting its 30-year ban on public swimming at Lake Norman - possibly by the summer of 2015.

Currently only people with boats or lakefront property have access to swim. A series of drowning deaths in the 1970's prompted the swimming ban.

"Over the past few years there's been a lot of growing requests and need and recognition that 'Yes, we need to have public swimming on our lakes,'" says Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Deputy Director Michael Kirschman. "We have three major lakes - all in Mecklenburg County - with no public swimming facilities."