2013 Coke Zero 400

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2013 Coke Zero 400
Race details[1]
Race 18 of 36 in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Images Coke 400 Logo B.jpg
Date July 6, 2013 (2013-07-06)
Location Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02 km)
Distance 161 laps, 402.5 mi (647.761 km)
Scheduled Distance 160 laps, 400 mi (643.27 km)
Weather Temperatures reading up to 90 °F (32 °C); wind speeds up to 18 miles per hour (29 km/h)[2]
Average speed 154.313 mph (248.343 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 46.458 seconds
Most laps led
Driver Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 94
Winner
No. 48
Jimmie Johnson
Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network TNT
Announcers Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach, Jr. and Kyle Petty
Nielsen Ratings 3.2/7 (5.688 million viewers)

The 2013 Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on July 6, 2013, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Contested over 161 laps, it was the eighteenth race of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports won the race, his fourth win of the season and his first Coke Zero 400 win, rendering him the first driver since Bobby Allison in 1982 to sweep the Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400 in the same year. Tony Stewart finished second while Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, and Michael Waltrip rounded out the top five.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Daytona International Speedway, where the race was held.

Daytona International Speedway is a four-turn superspeedway that is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) long.[3] The track's turns are banked at 31 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at 18 degrees.[3] The backstretch, which has a length of 3,000 feet, has minimal banking that is used for drainage.[3] Tony Stewart was the defending race winner.[4]

Before the race, Jimmie Johnson was leading the Drivers' Championship with 610 points, while Carl Edwards stood in second with 572 points.[5] Bowyer followed in the third with 569, twenty-five points ahead of Kevin Harvick and forty-one ahead of Matt Kenseth in fourth and fifth.[5] Dale Earnhardt, Jr., with 512, was in sixth; twelve ahead of Kyle Busch, who was scored seventh.[5] Eighth-placed Martin Truex, Jr. was one point ahead of Greg Biffle and eleven ahead of Joey Logano in ninth and tenth.[5] Kasey Kahne was eleventh with 478, while Jeff Gordon completed the first twelve positions with 477 points.[5] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 119 points, nine points ahead of Toyota.[6] Ford was third with 87 points.[6]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Kyle Busch, shown here in 2008, won the pole position, his third of the season.

Two practice sessions were held on July 4, 2013, in preparation for the race.[7] The first session lasted for 80 minutes, while second session was 85 minutes long.[7] Prior to the first practice session, NASCAR officials discovered illegal roof flaps in 16 cars. Every Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing and Penske Racing cars were involved, along with Jamie McMurray, Marcos Ambrose, Casey Mears, Aric Almirola and Trevor Bayne.[8]

During the first practice session, A.J. Allmendinger, for the Phoenix Racing team, was quickest ahead of Bowyer in second and Edwards in third.[9] Juan Pablo Montoya was scored fourth, and Earnhardt, Jr. managed fifth.[9] Paul Menard, Danica Patrick, Denny Hamlin, Ambrose, and Johnson rounded out the top ten quickest drivers in the session.[9] In the final practice session for the race, David Reutimann was the quickest of the seventeen drivers who participated.[10] David Ragan followed in second, ahead of Ambrose and Jeff Gordon in third and fourth.[10] Michael Waltrip, who was thirty-sixth quickest in second practice,[9] managed fifth.[10]

During qualifying, Kyle Busch clinched his thirteenth career pole position[11] with a lap time of 46.458 seconds and a speed of 193.723 mph (311.767 km/h).[12] After his qualifying run, Kyle Busch said, "I've not had many opportunities for me to win poles at restrictor-plate races, so I've got to thank the team, all the guys at Joe Gibbs Racing that did such a good job building a slick race car. It's a team effort coming to these places and having great race cars. I'm really excited to be starting up front, especially with my teammate Matt Kenseth on the front row with us."[11] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Kenseth.[12] Bowyer qualified third, Kahne took fourth, and Truex, Jr. started fifth.[12] Menard, Waltrip, Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., and Biffle completed the first ten positions on the grid.[12]

Race[edit]

Kyle Busch started on pole, but Matt Kenseth led the first lap. Busch would then re-take the lead and lead the next 30 laps. The first caution waved on lap 24 when Paul Menard blew an engine. Jimmie Johnson took the lead on the restart at lap 32, as Busch started to drift back in the outside line. Johnson led until lap 70 when the caution came out as Joey Logano hit the wall in the middle of a round of green-flag pit stops. Johnson had not yet pitted and would have to restart 17th behind the cars that had already made pit stops, giving the lead to Denny Hamlin.

Nonetheless, Johnson would draft back up to the front and push Jamie McMurray past Hamlin to take the lead on lap 94. The third caution waved on lap 101 as Martin Truex, Jr. got sideways and collected Hamlin and Juan Pablo Montoya, also giving Busch some significant front damage. Truex would be the only one to retire following the crash. Johnson took the lead on the restart and held it all the way until the fourth caution waved on lap 126 for a crash involving David Stremme, Aric Almirola, Greg Biffle, and A. J. Allmendinger in the tri-oval. Both Stremme and Almirola would retire from the race. Following the lap 133 restart, Johnson held the lead and was joined at the front by teammate Kasey Kahne (who was subsequently passed by both Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart).

On lap 148, the fifth caution of the race came out for a large crash in the tri-oval. It started when Denny Hamlin lost control near the entrance of pit road and turned up the track. He went head on into the wall and was hit by A.J. Allmendinger and Dave Blaney, almost causing Hamlin to flip. Matt Kenseth, who swerved while trying to avoid Hamlin, cut down and collected Jeff Gordon and David Reutimann, totaling six cars in all. The red flag was displayed for nine minutes to allow for cleanup and the race restarted on lap 154, with Johnson and Kahne jumping ahead of Harvick and Stewart. As they began lap 156, Johnson moved up to block a fast-approaching Marcos Ambrose and nearly lost the lead. However, Johnson blocked Ambrose out of turn two, which caused Ambrose to swerve and knock Kahne into the inside wall, bringing out another caution. Ambrose would subsequently have to pit for repairs as Johnson held the lead.

The race restarted on lap 160 (going past the scheduled distance of 160 laps and eventually ending after 161 laps) for a green-white-checker attempt with Johnson and Stewart holding the lead over Harvick and Clint Bowyer. As the field worked through turn one, Carl Edwards was turned around by Scott Speed in turn one, collecting Marcos Ambrose, Bobby Labonte, Joe Nemechek, and Landon Cassill. No caution was thrown for this wreck, which happened behind the leaders, and the field continued racing. Approaching the tri-oval, as Johnson held off Stewart to win his fourth race of the season, Danica Patrick cut down the track and was turned by David Gilliland, collecting Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Casey Mears, Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Terry Labonte, and more. Harvick, Bowyer, and Michael Waltrip rounded out the top five.

Of note, by winning this race, Johnson became the first driver in 31 years (since Bobby Allison in 1982) to win the Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400 in the same year.[13]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 46.458 193.723
2 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 46.560 193.299
3 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 46.594 193.158
4 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 46.595 193.154
5 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 46.601 193.129
6 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 46.614 193.075
7 55 Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 46.618 193.058
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 46.630 193.009
9 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 46.636 192.984
10 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 46.645 192.947
11 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 46.649 192.930
12 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 46.656 192.901
13 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 46.662 192.876
14 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 46.665 192.864
15 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 46.680 192.802
16 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 46.681 192.798
17 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 46.699 192.724
18 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 46.701 192.715
19 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 46.701 192.715
20 21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing Ford 46.733 192.583
21 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 46.748 192.522
22 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 46.756 192.489
23 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 46.766 192.448
24 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 46.768 192.439
25 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 46.827 192.197
26 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 46.838 192.152
27 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 46.905 191.877
28 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 46.935 191.755
29 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 46.986 191.546
30 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 47.045 191.306
31 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 47.171 190.795
32 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 47.186 190.735
33 51 A. J. Allmendinger Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 47.188 190.726
34 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 47.275 190.375
35 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 47.318 190.202
36 95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 47.405 189.853
37 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 47.412 189.825
38 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 47.419 189.797
39 32 Terry Labonte FAS Lane Racing Ford 47.460 189.633
40 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 47.620 188.996
41 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 47.687 188.731
42 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 47.689 188.723
43 33 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 47.840 188.127
Source:[12]

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Led Points1
1 8 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 161 94 48
2 13 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 161 0 42
3 26 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 161 0 41
4 3 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 161 0 40
5 7 55 Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 161 0 39
6 22 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 161 0 38
7 27 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 161 10 38
8 16 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 161 0 36
9 19 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 161 0 35
10 21 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 161 0 34
11 9 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 161 0 33
12 1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 161 29 33
13 32 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 161 2 32
14 11 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 161 0 30
15 28 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 161 1 30
16 17 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 161 1 29
17 10 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 161 0 27
18 40 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 161 1 27
19 39 32 Terry Labonte FAS Lane Racing Ford 161 0 25
20 20 21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing Ford 161 0 0[2]
21 15 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 161 0 23
22 38 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 161 1 23
23 34 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 161 0 21
24 43 33 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 161 0 0[2]
25 37 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 161 1 0[2]
26 25 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 161 0 18
27 42 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 161 0 0[2]
28 36 95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 161 0 16
29 12 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 161 0 15
30 41 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 159 0 14
31 29 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 157 0 13
32 4 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 155 0 12
33 2 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 154 1 12
34 23 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 151 0 10
35 33 51 A. J. Allmendinger Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 149 0 9
36 24 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 149 20 9
37 35 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 127 0 7
38 30 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 127 0 6
39 14 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 126 0 5
40 18 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 105 0 4
41 5 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 97 0 3
42 31 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 33 0 2
43 6 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 23 0 1
Source:
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Notes
  1. ^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.
  2. a b c d Inelligible for driver's championship points.

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule". ESPN. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Weather Information for the 2013 Coke Zero 400". The Old Farmer's Almanac. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Daytona International Speedway Track Facts". Daytona International Speedway. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tony Stewart wins Coke Zero 400". ESPN. July 8, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "2013 Quaker State 400 Report". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. June 30, 2013. p. 2. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Manufacturer's Championship Classification". Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Coke Zero 400 Race Information". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ Associated Press (July 4, 2013). "NASCAR confiscates roof flaps from 31 teams". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Coke Zero 400 1st Practice Speeds". Motor Racing Network. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c "Coke Zero 400 Final Practice Speeds". Motor Racing Network. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Kyle Busch wins pole in Daytona". ESPN. July 5, 2013. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "2013 Coke Zero 400 Qualifying Results". Motor Racing Network. Retrieved July 6, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Jimmie Johnson wins Coke Zero 400, enters record book". News-Journal Online. July 6, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  14. ^ http://www.nascar.com/en_us/sprint-cup-series/standings/results/2013/coke-zero-400-powered-by-cocacola.html


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