2013 Food City 500

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2013 Food City 500
Race details[1][2][3]
Race 4 of 36 in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season


Date March 17, 2013 (2013-03-17)
Location Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee
Course Permanent racing facility
0.533 mi (0.858 km)
Distance 500 laps, 266.5 mi (428.89 km)
Weather Rain with a temperature around 66 °F (19 °C); wind out of the SW at 9 miles per hour (14 km/h)
Average speed 92.206 mph (148.391 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 14.813 seconds
Most laps led
Driver Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 117
Winner
No. 5
Kasey Kahne
Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, and Larry McReynolds
Nielsen Ratings 4.6/11
(7.519 million viewers)

The 2013 Food City 500 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on March 17, 2013, at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Contested over 500 laps on the 0.533 mile (0.858 km) concrete oval, it was the fourth race of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship. Kasey Kahne of Hendrick Motorsports won the race, while Kyle Busch finished second. Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Bristol Motor Speedway, the track where the race was held.

The track, Bristol Motor Speedway, is a four-turn short track oval that is 0.533 miles (0.858 km) long.[4] The track's turns are banked from twenty-four to thirty degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked from six to ten degrees. The back stretch also has banking from six to ten degrees.[4] The track has a seating capacity of 160,000 people.[4] The race consists of 500 laps, which is equivalent to a race distance of 266.5 miles (428.9 km).[4]

Before the race, Jimmie Johnson was leading the Drivers' Championship with 129 points, while Brad Keselowski stood in second with 124 points. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. followed in the third position, seventeen points ahead of Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards in fourth and fifth. Mark Martin, with 95, was two points ahead of Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle, as Clint Bowyer was one point ahead of Aric Almirola in tenth, and two points ahead of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.. Paul Menard completed the first twelve positions with 82 points.[5] The defending winner of the race was Keselowski, who won the race in 2012.[6]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Kyle Busch won the pole position, the eleventh of his career

Three practice sessions are were held before the race. The first session, held on March 15, 2013, was 90 minutes long. The second and third were held on March 16, and were both 60 minutes long.[7] During the first practice session, Keselowski was quickest with a time of 14.869, ahead of Kenseth and Kyle Busch in second and third. Bowyer followed in the fourth position, ahead of Hamlin in fifth.[8]

In the Saturday morning session, Busch was quickest, ahead of Kenseth and Hamlin in second and third. Jeff Burton and Kahne followed in the fourth and fifth positions.[9] Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Jamie McMurray, Kurt Busch, and Johnson rounded out the first ten positions.[9] Busch and Keselowski were quickest during ten consecutive laps with an average speed of 124.874 miles per hour (200.965 km/h) and 124.702 miles per hour (200.688 km/h), respectively.[9] In the final practice session for the race, Busch remained quickest with a time of 15.372 seconds.[10] Kahne followed in second, ahead of David Gilliland and Kenseth in third and fourth.[10] Hamlin, who was third quickest in second practice,[9] only managed fifth.[10]

During qualifying, forty-four cars were entered, but only forty-three were able to start because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure.[11] Busch clinched his eleventh career pole position, with a record-setting[3] time of 14.813 seconds.[12] After his qualifying run, Busch commented, “The car felt great during that lap. We’ve never really worried too much about qualifying runs. We unloaded with a really good race car and we just kept fine-tuning to make it a little bit better – and we were able to get it where it was pretty quick in practice.”[3] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Kahne.[12] Hamlin qualified third, Brian Vickers took fourth, and Paul Menard started fifth, after being scored fifteenth in the final practice session.[12] McMurray, Keselowski, Tony Stewart, Martin Truex Jr., and Joey Logano completed the first ten positions on the grid.[12] The driver that failed to qualify was Scott Riggs.[12]


Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 14.813 129.535
2 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 14.875 128.995
3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 14.879 128.960
4 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 14.929 128.528
5 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 14.949 128.356
6 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 14.957 128.288
7 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 14.966 128.211
8 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 14.990 128.005
9 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 14.997 127.946
10 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 15.005 127.877
11 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 15.006 127.869
12 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 15.008 127.852
13 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 15.010 127.835
14 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 15.015 127.792
15 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 15.039 127.588
16 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 15.048 127.512
17 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 15.053 127.470
18 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 15.055 127.453
19 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 15.062 127.393
20 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 15.064 127.377
21 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 15.066 127.360
22 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 15.066 127.360
23 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 15.073 127.300
24 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 15.078 127.258
25 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 15.093 127.132
26 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 15.157 126.595
27 95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 15.159 126.578
28 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 15.165 126.528
29 51 A. J. Allmendinger Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 15.178 126.420
30 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 15.180 126.403
31 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 15.200 126.237
32 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 15.235 125.947
33 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 15.247 125.848
34 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 15.260 125.740
35 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 15.261 125.732
36 19 Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota 15.264 125.708
37 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 15.333 125.142
38 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 15.363 124.897
39 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 15.382 124.743
40 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 15.386 124.711
41 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 15.395 124.638
42 33 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 15.427 124.379
43 32 Terry Labonte FAS Lane Racing Ford 15.560 123.316
Failed to Qualify
44 Scott Riggs Xxxtreme Motorsports Ford 15.418 124.452
Source:[12][3]

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid Car Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 2 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 47
2 1 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 43
3 7 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 500 42
4 19 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 500 41
5 23 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 500 39
6 32 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 38
7 31 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 500 37
8 4 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 500
9 5 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 35
10 6 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 500 34
11 24 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 33
12 9 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 500 32
13 29 51 A. J. Allmendinger Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 500 31
14 18 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 30
15 15 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 500 29
16 28 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 28
17 10 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 500 28
18 21 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 499 26
19 22 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 499 25
20 26 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 498 24
21 30 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 498 24
22 13 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 498 22
23 3 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 498 21
24 14 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 496 20
25 43 32 Terry Labonte FAS Lane Racing Ford 496 19
26 40 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 496
27 35 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 495 17
28 41 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 495 16
29 38 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 490
30 17 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 487 14
31 8 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 464 13
32 16 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 458 12
33 42 33 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 410 11
34 11 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 390 11
35 12 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 390 10
36 33 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 321 8
37 20 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 245 7
38 37 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 234 6
39 25 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 184 5
40 27 95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 184 4
41 39 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 159 3
42 34 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 26 2
43 36 19 Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota 3
Source:

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Brown, Brian (March 13, 2013). "The Food City 500". Rotoworld.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Livingstone, Seth (March 15, 2013). "Busch breaks Bristol qualifying record". NASCAR. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Bristol Motor Speedway Track Facts". Bristol Motor Speedway. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Pre-race Drivers' Championship Standings". SPEED. Fox Sports. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ "2012 Food City 500". Racing-reference.info. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Food City 500 Practice/Qualifying Times". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  8. ^ "2013 NSCS Food City 500 First Practice Session Speeds". Catchfence. Citizen Journalist Media Corps. March 15, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Food City 500 2nd Practice Speeds". Motor Racing Network. March 16, 2013. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c "Food City 500 Final Practice Speeds". Motor Racing Network. March 16, 2013. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Entry List: Food City 500" (PDF). Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
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