CONCORD, N.C. — On the 25th anniversary of an incredible evening of racing dubbed “One Hot Night,” NASCAR tried to do something to rekindle the dramatics for its all-star event.

It didn’t get it. The 2017 version of the Monster Energy All-Star Race will go down in history as “One Hot Blight.”

Look, give NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway credit for trying. In hopes of thrilling the racing wonks and the diehard race fans, they decided to have a race in which drivers could use one set of softer tires along with three sets of primary, harder tires. The goal was to have teams choosing to use that soft set at a variety of times, creating more passing and dramatics.

Instead, NASCAR got a 70-lap, all-star dull-fest that had no lead changes on the track except in the first couple of laps at the start of the third 20-lap stage that was more about who had the freshest tires, and a bold move to open the final 10-lap, 10-driver shootout.

In a race in which the talk was tires, tires, tires, it came down to pit stops — Kyle Busch got off pit road second prior to the final segment ahead of the previously dominant Kyle Larson, restarted third because the rules left Brad Keselowski without tires, and performed a stout move to the bottom on Keselowski to snatch the lead and easily blew the doors off everyone to win by 1.274 seconds over Larson.

It was a thrilling night for Busch, who had never won a NASCAR Cup event at the 1.5-mile oval and earned his team $1 million. It also showed that Joe Gibbs Racing, which has not won a Cup points race this year, still has strength and possibly has closed on the competition.

“Certainly, it’s just a true testament to how hard we all work,” Busch said. “I mean everybody in this sport does, but man, I’ve just been trying for here for so long and the right circumstances came our way.”

Charlotte is a track where circumstances need to go a driver’s way — it’s a place where the aero push is king, and the leader in clean air has a big advantage.

Larson was on the pole and led the first 40 laps. He went with the soft tires for the third segment, won by Jimmie Johnson (who already had used his soft tires in a segment earlier) but a bad pit stop because of a jack issue had him restarting fourth for the final 10-lap stage.

Larson and Busch knew after the first lap of the final stage that without another caution, Busch would win.

By that time, everyone knew the soft-tire deal had not met expectations. After three drivers used the soft tires at the start of the race and didn’t do much, no one wanted to use them for the 10-driver, 10-lap final stage because the rules stated that anyone with those tires would have had to start at the rear of the field.