2013 AAA 400

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2013 AAA 400
Race details
Race 29 of 36 in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Layout of Dover International Speedway
Layout of Dover International Speedway
Date September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29)
Location Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware
Course Permanent racing facility
1 mi (1.6 km)
Distance 400 laps, 400 mi (643.737 km)
Weather Partly cloudy with a high of 71 °F (22 °C), NE winds up to 12 miles per hour (19 km/h)[1]
Pole position
Driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports
Time 22.243 seconds
Most laps led
Driver Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 243
Winner
No. 48
Jimmie Johnson
Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree

The 2013 AAA 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held on September 29, 2013, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware, United States. Contested over 400 laps on the 1–mile (1.6 km) oval, it was the 29th race of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship, and the third race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports won the race, his fifth win of the season and record eighth win at Dover, while Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished second. Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon, and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five.[2]

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

The track, Dover International Speedway, is a four-turn short track oval that is 1 mile (1.6 km) long.[3] The track's turns are banked at twenty-four degrees. The front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at nine degrees with the backstretch.[3] The racetrack has seats for 113,000 spectators.[3] Brad Keselowski was the defending race winner after winning the event in the 2012 race.[4]

Before the race, Matt Kenseth was leading the Drivers' Championship with 2,111 points, while Kyle Busch stood in second with 2,097 points. Jimmie Johnson followed in third with 2,093, 18 ahead of Carl Edwards in fourth, and 20 ahead of Greg Biffle in fifth. Kevin Harvick, with 2,072, was in sixth; one ahead of Kurt Busch, who was scored seventh. Eighth-placed Jeff Gordon was five points ahead of Ryan Newman and six ahead of Clint Bowyer in ninth and tenth. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was eleventh with 2,049, seven points ahead of Joey Logano in twelfth. Kasey Kahne completed the first thirteen positions with 2,040 points.[5] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Toyota and Chevrolet were tied for the lead with 188 points. Ford was third with 149 points before the race.[6]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Final practice

Three practice sessions were held before the race. The first session, held on September 27, 2013, was 90 minutes long. The second and third, held a day later on September 28, 2013, were 55 and 50 minutes long.[7] During the first practice session, Kenseth was quickest with a time of 22.556, ahead of Martin Truex, Jr. and Logano in second and third. Kurt Busch followed in the fourth position, ahead of Kyle Busch in fifth.[8]

During qualifying, forty-three cars were entered. Earnhardt, Jr. clinched his second pole position of the season, with a lap time of 22.243 seconds, setting a new track record. He was joined on the front row of the grid by Kenseth. Newman qualified third, Edwards took fourth, and Aric Almirola started fifth. Keselowski, Jamie McMurray, Johnson, Kurt Busch, and Truex, Jr. completed the first ten positions on the grid.[9]

In the Saturday morning session, Kahne was quickest, ahead of Earnhardt, Jr. and Gordon in second and third. Kurt Busch and Kenseth followed in the fourth and fifth positions. Johnson, Kyle Busch, Bowyer, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Truex, Jr. rounded out ten quickest drivers in the session.[10] In the final practice session for the race, Keselowski was quickest with a time of 23.027 seconds. Johnson followed in second, ahead of Kenseth and Newman in third and fourth. Earnhardt, Jr. managed fifth in the session.[11]

Race[edit]

Kyle Busch leads the pack through turn 3 following the first caution due to debris

Following the green flag, Earnhardt, Jr. gained a large lead over the rest of the pack. His lead narrowed as he caught up to the slower cars toward the back of the pack.[12] Kenseth took the lead from Earnhardt, Jr. on lap 26.[13] Earnhardt, Jr. regained the lead on lap 31 as Kenseth struggled to get around slower cars.[12][13] The first caution of the race occurred for debris in turn 3 on lap 38.[13] During this caution, Kyle Busch took over the race lead after the leaders made pit stops. Kyle Busch continued to lead the race following the restart, gaining a large lead over the rest of the field.[12] Kyle Busch's lead eventually shrunk and on lap 71, Newman passed him for the lead.[12][13] Earnhardt, Jr. took back the race lead on lap 76.[13] During a round of green-flag pit stops, Earnhardt, Jr. missed the commitment line attempting to make his stop and was forced to do another lap before pitting.[14] This cost him the race lead, which was taken over by Johnson on lap 120.[13][14] Johnson continued to lead the race after the round of pit stops.[13] Kurt Busch was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop because of a loose rear wheel.[12] The second caution of the race came out on lap 166 due to debris in turn 1.[13] The leaders came to pit road under this caution and Kenseth won the battle off pit road.[12] Kenseth maintained the race lead following this caution.[13] Kenseth led for multiple laps until he was held up by slower traffic.[12] Johnson regained the lead from Kenseth on lap 198.[13]

Johnson held the lead heading into the second half of the race.[13] Keselowski had to come to pit road after fluid was coming from his car.[12] On lap 229, the third caution was brought out from the fluid dropped by Keselowski.[12][13] Johnson maintained the lead following this caution. He continued to lead following a cycle of green-flag pit stops.[12] At this point, the lead lap cars did not have enough fuel to make it to the finish except for Bowyer.[15] On lap 371, the fourth and final caution of the race occurred for debris in turn 3.[13] During this caution, the leaders came to pit road, with Johnson winning the battle off pit road by taking two tires ahead of Earnhardt, Jr. who took four tires.[15] Johnson maintained the lead after the restart and continued on to win the race.[13] This was Johnson's fifth win in 2013 and eighth career win at Dover, setting the track record for most wins by breaking a tie with Richard Petty and Bobby Allison.[15]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.243 161.849
2 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22.249 161.805
3 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 22.258 161.740
4 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 22.276 161.609
5 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 22.276 161.609
6 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 22.278 161.594
7 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 22.292 161.493
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.313 161.341
9 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 22.315 161.326
10 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 22.332 161.204
11 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 22.357 161.023
12 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 22.388 160.800
13 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 22.397 160.736
14 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22.399 160.721
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. # Roush Fenway Racing Ford 22.400 160.714
16 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.407 160.664
17 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 22.409 160.650
18 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22.422 160.557
19 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 22.424 160.542
20 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.448 160.371
21 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 22.465 160.249
22 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 22.486 160.100
23 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 22.521 159.851
24 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 22.550 159.645
25 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 22.673 158.779
26 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 22.697 158.611
27 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 22.720 158.451
28 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 22.747 158.263
29 14 Mark Martin Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 22.786 157.992
30 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 22.795 157.929
31 10 Danica Patrick # Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 22.848 157.563
32 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 22.850 157.549
33 30 Cole Whitt Swan Racing Company Toyota 22.881 157.336
34 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 22.947 156.883
35 95 Reed Sorenson Leavine Family Racing Ford 22.975 156.692
36 51 Ryan Truex Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 22.982 156.644
37 33 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 23.004 156.495
38 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 23.047 156.203
39 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 23.137 155.595
40 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 23.151 155.501
41 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 23.251 154.832
42 32 Timmy Hill # FAS Lane Racing Ford 23.297 154.526
43 40 Tony Raines Circle Sport Chevrolet 23.445 153.551

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid Car Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Led Points1
1 8 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 243 48
2 1 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 80 43
3 11 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 400 0 41
4 16 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 3 41
5 14 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 30 40
6 12 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 400 0 38
7 2 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 36 38
8 3 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 400 6 37
9 19 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 400 0 35
10 23 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 400 1 35
11 7 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 400 0 33
12 22 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 400 0 0
13 20 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 399 0 31
14 25 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 399 0 30
15 10 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 399 0 29
16 24 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 398 0 28
17 15 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. # Roush Fenway Racing Ford 398 0 27
18 21 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 398 0 26
19 29 14 Mark Martin Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 397 0 25
20 18 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 397 0 24
21 9 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 397 0 23
22 5 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 397 0 22
23 13 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 397 0 21
24 26 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 395 0 20
25 27 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 395 0 19
26 17 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 395 0 18
27 33 30 Cole Whitt Swan Racing Company Toyota 394 0 0
28 39 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 394 0 16
29 31 10 Danica Patrick # Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 394 0 15
30 28 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 393 1 15
31 30 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 392 0 13
32 36 51 Ryan Truex Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 392 0 0
33 40 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 391 0 11
34 32 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 390 0 10
35 4 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 385 0 9
36 42 32 Timmy Hill # FAS Lane Racing Ford 381 0 8
37 6 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 355 0 7
38 37 33 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 275 0 0
39 41 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 168 0 0
40 43 40 Tony Raines Circle Sport Chevrolet 154 0 0
41 35 95 Reed Sorenson Leavine Family Racing Ford 139 0 0
42 38 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 128 0 0
43 34 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 107 0 1
# Rookie of the Year candidate
Source:[13]
^1 Points include 3 Chase for the Sprint Cup points for winning, 1 point for leading a lap, and 1 point for most laps led.

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Utter, Jim (September 29, 2013). "Jimmie Johnson wins AAA 400 for record eighth win at Dover". The News & Observer. Raleigh, NC. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
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  6. ^ "Manufacturer's Championship Classification". Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ "AAA 400 Practice/Qualifying Times". Jayski. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ "NSCS Practice 1 Dover International Speedway 44th AAA 400". Jayski. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Docer Qualifying and Starting Lineup". Jayski. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ "NSCS Practice 2 Dover International Speedway 44th AAA 400". Jayski. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ "NSCS Final Practice Dover International Speedway 44th AAA 400". Jayski. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 
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  15. ^ a b c "Jimmie Johnson wins the 2013 AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway". SB Nation. September 29, 2013. Retrieved September 30, 2013. 


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