The track, Talladega Superspeedway, is a four turn tri-oval track that is 2.66 miles (4.28 km) long. The track's turns are banked at 33 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is 18 degrees. The back stretch, opposite of the front, is at only two degrees. The racetrack has a seating capacity for 109,000 spectators.Matt Kenseth was the defending race winner after winning the event during the 2012 race.
Jamie McMurray passed Jimmie Johnson with 15 laps to go. For the final 15 laps McMurray stumped runner-up Dale Earnhardt Jr. holding Earnhardt off for the rest of the race. Austin Dillon spent most of the final 50 laps in third place. On the final lap Dillon got tapped from behind by Ricky Stenhouse Jr.. Dillon cart-wheeled over Casey Mears. Dale Earnhardt Jr. made a pass on Jamie McMurray and finished first, but McMurray took the win as Earnhardt had completed his pass after the caution came out. Officials confirmed 30 minutes after the race was over that McMurray was leader at the moment of caution.