2013 AdvoCare 500 (Atlanta)

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2013 AdvoCare 500
Race details[1]
Race 25 of 36 in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Atlanta Motor Speedway track layout
Atlanta Motor Speedway track layout
Date September 1, 2013 (2013-09-01)
Location Atlanta Motor Speedway
Hampton, Georgia, United States
Course Permanent racing facility
1.54 mi (2.48 km)
Distance 325 laps, 500.5 mi (805.476 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 90 °F (32 °C); wind speeds up to 14 miles per hour (23 km/h)[2]
Average speed 135.128 mph (217.467 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing
Time 29.227 seconds
Most laps led
Driver Joey Logano Penske Racing
Laps 77
Winner
No. 18
Kyle Busch
Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, and Andy Petree
Nielsen Ratings 3.2 (5.323 million viewers)

The 2013 AdvoCare 500 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was held on September 1, 2013, at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. Contested over 325 laps on the 1.54-mile (2.48 km) quad-oval, it was the twenty-fifth race of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing won the race, his fourth win of the season, while Joey Logano finished second and Martin Truex, Jr. finished third.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

The venue, Atlanta Motor Speedway, is a four-turn quad-oval track that is 1.54 miles (2.48 km) long.[3] The track's turns are banked at twenty-four degrees, while the 2,332-foot (711 m) front stretch, the location of the finish line, and the 1,800-foot (550 m) back stretch are banked at five.[3] The track's racing surface width varies from 55 feet to 60 feet.[3] Denny Hamlin was the race's defending winner after winning the event in 2012.[4]

Before the race, Jimmie Johnson was leading the Drivers' Championship with 821 points, while Clint Bowyer stood in second with 803 points.[5] Carl Edwards followed in the third with 768, eight points ahead of Kevin Harvick and twenty-nine ahead of Kyle Busch in fourth and fifth.[5] Matt Kenseth, with 730, was in sixth; twenty-two ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who was scored seventh.[5] Eighth-placed Kasey Kahne was three points ahead of Greg Biffle and sixteen ahead of Joey Logano in ninth and tenth.[5] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 168 points, eleven points ahead of Toyota.[6] Ford was third with 124 points.[6]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. started first on the grid after winning the pole position.

Three practice sessions were held before the race. The first session, scheduled on August 30, 2013, was 90 minutes long. The second and third, held a day later on August 31, 2013, were 55 and 50 minutes long.[7] In the first practice session, Brad Keselowski was the quickest with a best lap time of 29.168 seconds.[8] Edwards followed in second, ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya and Kurt Busch in third and fourth.[8] Bowyer was scored fifth quickest with a best lap time of 29.491, more than three-tenths slower than Keselowski.[8] Logano, Martin Truex, Jr., Mark Martin, Biffle, and Kenseth completed the top-ten.[8]

During the qualifying session, Rookie of the Year contender, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. recorded his first Sprint Cup Series career pole position[9] with a lap time of 29.227 seconds and a speed of 189.688 mph (305.273 km/h).[10] Edwards, who completed his lap in 29.330 seconds, will start alongside Stenhouse on the grid, in front of Montoya, Hamlin, and Jeff Gordon.[10] Kenseth, with a lap time of 29.492 seconds, was scored sixth ahead of Truex and Earnhardt in seventh and eighth.[10] Kyle Busch and Johnson completed the first ten grid positions with lap times of 29.570 and 29.572 seconds.[10]

In the first Saturday session, Edwards was quickest with a fastest lap time of 30.224 seconds, six-thousandths of a second faster than Kahne in second. Keselowski managed to be third quickest with a fastest lap time of 30.290. Bowyer and Kenseth followed in the fourth and fifth positions.[11] Johnson, Kyle Busch, Montoya, Harvick, and Biffle completed the first ten positions.[11] In the final practice session, Johnson was quickest with a time of 29.735 seconds and a best speed of 186.447 mph (300.057 km/h).[12] Bowyer followed in second, ahead of Edwards and Montoya in third and fourth.[12] Kahne, who was second quickest in second practice,[11] managed fifth.[12] In the second session, Harvick had the quickest ten consecutive lap average with a speed of 176.789 miles per hour (284.514 km/h),[11] while Edwards had the best average in the final session with a speed of 179.527 miles per hour (288.921 km/h).[12]

Race[edit]

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won his first pole, but quickly fell back at the start. Juan Pablo Montoya led the first 25 laps, before dropping the position to Joey Logano one lap before a scheduled competition caution. On the restart, Jeff Gordon was bumped by Matt Kenseth, causing an accordion effect that involved Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton, and Mark Martin. Some cars suffered major damage. Carl Edwards took the lead from Montoya on the restart and led until pit stops under the third caution at lap 60. Gordon took over here, holding the lead until pit stops on lap 78 (the caution having been for Paul Menard's wheel coming off and being hit by Johnson). Edwards reclaimed the lead and held it until green-flag pit stops on lap 123. Logano (who was off-sequence) took over until Clint Bowyer went by on lap 139. He pitted on lap 166, and reclaimed the position from Logano on lap 173, before blowing his engine on lap 192.

Edwards took the lead on pit road, but lost it to Logano on the restart, just before a crash involving Paul Menard and Denny Hamlin. Brad Keselowski passed Logano on lap 214 (just after the restart) and stayed in front until his engine dropped a cylinder on lap 244. After another cycle of green-flag pit stops, Logano held the lead until Jimmie Johnson spun on lap 286. Kyle Busch won the race off pit road and held the lead through two more cautions to pick up his fourth win of the season. Logano, Martin Truex, Jr., Kurt Busch, and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five.

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 29.227 189.688
2 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 29.330 189.021
3 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 29.405 188.539
4 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 29.406 188.533
5 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29.481 188.053
6 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 29.492 187.983
7 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 29.499 187.939
8 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29.565 187.519
9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 29.570 187.487
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29.572 187.475
11 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 29.580 187.424
12 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 29.616 187.196
13 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 29.646 187.007
14 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 29.658 186.931
15 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 29.689 186.736
16 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 29.699 186.673
17 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 29.714 186.579
18 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29.719 186.547
19 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 29.731 186.472
20 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 29.760 186.290
21 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 29.789 186.109
22 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 29.829 185.859
23 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 29.851 185.722
24 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 29.872 185.592
25 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 29.903 185.399
26 33 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 29.914 185.331
27 14 Mark Martin Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 29.929 185.238
28 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 29.957 185.065
29 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 29.986 184.886
30 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 30.011 184.732
31 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 30.045 184.523
32 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 30.049 184.499
33 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 30.072 184.358
34 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 30.175 183.728
35 95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 30.337 182.747
36 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 30.392 182.416
37 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 30.426 182.213
38 51 Mike Bliss Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 30.473 181.932
39 40 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 30.550 181.473
40 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 30.593 181.218
41 32 Timmy Hill FAS Lane Racing Ford 30.863 179.633
42 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 30.994 178.873
43 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford
Source:[10]


Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 Sprint Cup Series Schedule". ESPN. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ "2013 AdvoCare 500 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Atlanta Motor Speedway Track Facts". Atlanta Motor Speedway. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ "2012 AdvoCare 500". USA Today Sports Media Group. Racing-reference.info. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d "2013 Irwin Tools Night Race Report". Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Site. ESPN. August 24, 2013. p. 2. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Manufacturer's Championship Classification". Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ "AdvoCare 500 Practice/Qualifying Times". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d "AdvoCare 500 1st Practice Speeds". Motor Racing Network. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  9. ^ Ryan, Nate (August 30, 2013). "Ricky Stenhouse Jr. wins first career Cup pole". USA Today. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "2013 AdvoCare 500 Qualifying Results". Motor Racing Network. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c d "AdvoCare 500 2nd Practice Speeds". Motor Racing Network. August 31, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c d "AdvoCare 500 Final Practice Speeds". Motor Racing Network. August 31, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 


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