2013 AdvoCare 500 (Atlanta)
|Race 25 of 36 in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season|
Atlanta Motor Speedway track layout
|Date||September 1, 2013|
|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)|
|Average speed||135.128 mph (217.467 km/h)|
|Driver||Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Joey Logano||Penske Racing|
||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|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.
The venue, Atlanta Motor Speedway, is a four-turn quad-oval track that is 1.54 miles (2.48 km) long. 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. The track's racing surface width varies from 55 feet to 60 feet. Denny Hamlin was the race's defending winner after winning the event in 2012.
Before the race, Jimmie Johnson was leading the Drivers' Championship with 821 points, while Clint Bowyer stood in second with 803 points. 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. Matt Kenseth, with 730, was in sixth; twenty-two ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who was scored seventh. Eighth-placed Kasey Kahne was three points ahead of Greg Biffle and sixteen ahead of Joey Logano in ninth and tenth. In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 168 points, eleven points ahead of Toyota. Ford was third with 124 points.
Practice and qualifying
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. In the first practice session, Brad Keselowski was the quickest with a best lap time of 29.168 seconds. Edwards followed in second, ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya and Kurt Busch in third and fourth. Bowyer was scored fifth quickest with a best lap time of 29.491, more than three-tenths slower than Keselowski. Logano, Martin Truex, Jr., Mark Martin, Biffle, and Kenseth completed the top-ten.
During the qualifying session, Rookie of the Year contender, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. recorded his first Sprint Cup Series career pole position with a lap time of 29.227 seconds and a speed of 189.688 mph (305.273 km/h). Edwards, who completed his lap in 29.330 seconds, will start alongside Stenhouse on the grid, in front of Montoya, Hamlin, and Jeff Gordon. Kenseth, with a lap time of 29.492 seconds, was scored sixth ahead of Truex and Earnhardt in seventh and eighth. Kyle Busch and Johnson completed the first ten grid positions with lap times of 29.570 and 29.572 seconds.
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. Johnson, Kyle Busch, Montoya, Harvick, and Biffle completed the first ten positions. 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). Bowyer followed in second, ahead of Edwards and Montoya in third and fourth. Kahne, who was second quickest in second practice, managed fifth. 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), while Edwards had the best average in the final session with a speed of 179.527 miles per hour (288.921 km/h).
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.
Standings after the race
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