2013 GEICO 400

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2013 GEICO 400
Race details[1]
Race 27 of 36 in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Chicagoland Speedway track layout
Chicagoland Speedway track layout
Date September 15, 2013 (2013-09-15)
Location Chicagoland Speedway
Joliet, Illinois, United States
Course Permanent racing facility
1.500 mi (2.414 km)
Distance 267 laps, 400.5 mi (644.5 km)
Weather Temperatures up to 70.5 °F (21.4 °C); wind speeds up to 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)[2]
Pole position
Driver Joey Logano Penske Racing
Time 28.509 seconds
Most laps led
Driver Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 89
Winner
No. 20
Matt Kenseth
Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree

The 2013 GEICO 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on September 15, 2013, at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, United States. Contested over 267 laps on the 1.500-mile (2.414 km) tri-oval, it was the twenty-seventh in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, as well as the first race in the ten-race Chase for the Sprint Cup, which ends the season.

Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing won the race, his career best sixth of the season, teammate Kyle Busch finished second, and Kevin Harvick was third.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Chicagoland Speedway is a four-turn tri-oval track that is 1.500 miles (2.414 km) long.[3] The track's turns are each banked at 18 degrees and have a turn width of 55 feet (17 m).[3] The racetrack has a grandstand capacity of 75,000 spectators, and has a 11,050-square-foot (1,027 m2) garage area.[3] Brad Keselowski was the race's defending champion.[4]

Before the race, Matt Kenseth led the Drivers' Championship with 2,015 points, with Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch tied for second place with 2,012. Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards had a total of 2,006 points, while Joey Logano and Greg Biffle were sixth and seventh with 2,003. Clint Bowyer, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, and Jeff Gordon rounded out the Chase field with 2,000 points each. In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 178 points, ten points ahead of Toyota. Ford Motor Company, with 141 points, was in the third psition.[5]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Three practice sessions were held before the race. The first session, scheduled on September 13, 2013, was 90 minutes long. The second and third, held a day later on September 14, 2013, were 55 and 50 minutes long.[6] In the first practice session, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. was the quickest with a best lap time of 28.774 seconds.[7] Kurt Busch followed in second, ahead of Edwards and Johnson in third and fourth.[7] Juan Pablo Montoya was scored fifth quickest with a best lap time of 28.853, seven-tenths slower than Stenhouse.[7] Logano, Biffle, Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, and Bowyer completed the top-ten.[7]

After the first practice session, NASCAR discussed the second half of the Singapore Sling, the match fixing scandal that took place during the last ten laps of the previous week's race in Richmond, which was still under investigation. NASCAR had uncovered radio chatter between two Roush Fenway Racing affiliated teams (Penske and Front Row). At 2:55 PM CT, NASCAR held a press conference to discuss the results and placed both Ford teams in question on probation for the rest of 2013. Furthermore, after discussions that took place because of the first part of the rule where which Michael Waltrip Racing ordered Brian Vickers to pit in order to help Martin Truex, Jr. get into the Chase, and later disqualifying the #56 of Truex from the Chase while reinstating the #39 of Ryan Newman, NASCAR had no choice but to add Jeff Gordon, who was the victim of both manipulations, to the Chase as the 13th team. Chairman Brian France has always had the power to expand the Chase field in exceptional circumstances, and decided to invoke this power in order to add Gordon to the Chase. According to France, "There were too many things that went on Saturday night that provided a clear disadvantage (to the #24 team)" for him not to take this action.[8] Ironically, Joey Logano, one of the drivers involved in the controversy, set a new track qualifying record, qualifying on pole with a time of 28.509 seconds, and speed of 189.414 mph.

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 28.509 189.414
2 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 28.534 189.248
3 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.562 189.062
4 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.604 188.785
5 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.606 188.772
6 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.641 188.541
7 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.645 188.515
8 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.669 188.357
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.677 188.304
10 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.678 188.298
11 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.678 188.298
12 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.679 188.291
13 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 28.681 188.278
14 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.684 188.258
15 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 28.704 188.127
16 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 28.712 188.075
17 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.730 187.957
18 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.742 187.878
19 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.798 187.513
20 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.845 187.207
21 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.892 186.903
22 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.906 186.812
23 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.912 186.774
24 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.915 186.754
25 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.963 186.445
26 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 29.019 186.085
27 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 29.051 185.880
28 30 Cole Whitt Swan Racing Toyota 29.067 185.778
29 14 Mark Martin Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 29.069 185.765
30 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 29.124 185.414
31 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 29.277 184.445
32 40 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 29.283 184.407
33 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 29.288 184.376
34 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 29.293 184.344
35 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 29.331 184.106
36 51 Justin Allgaier Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 29.335 184.080
37 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 29.380 183.799
38 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 29.455 183.331
39 32 Timmy Hill FAS Lane Racing Ford 29.458 183.312
40 95 Reed Sorenson Leavine Family Racing Ford 29.657 182.082
41 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 29.682 181.928
42 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 29.875 180.753
43 33 Tony Raines Circle Sport Chevrolet 30.213 178.731
Source: [9]

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid Car Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Led Points1
1 10 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 89 48
2 12 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 67 43
3 17 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 2 42
4 16 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 267 0 40
5 9 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 40 40
6 6 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 22 39
7 2 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 267 2 38
8 5 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 267 0 36
9 24 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 267 0 35
10 20 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 1 35
11 8 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 1 34
12 4 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 0 32
13 15 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 267 1 32
14 21 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 0 30
15 26 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 267 0 29
16 7 16 Greg Biffle Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 267 2 29
17 29 14 Mark Martin Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 0 27
18 14 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 267 0 26
19 27 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 267 2 26
20 23 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 0 24
21 13 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 267 0 23
22 11 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 0 22
23 41 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 267 0 21
24 37 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 266 0 20
25 30 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 266 2 20
26 19 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 266 1 19
27 36 51 Justin Allgaier Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 266 0 0
28 35 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 266 0 16
29 32 40 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 266 1 0
30 31 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 266 0 14
31 42 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 266 0 0
32 3 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 261 0 12
33 22 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 247 0 11
34 39 32 Timmy Hill FAS Lane Racing Ford 225 0 10
35 18 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 224 2 10
36 33 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 195 0 8
37 1 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 175 32 8
38 25 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 161 0 0
39 28 30 Cole Whitt Swan Racing Toyota 151 0 0
40 43 33 Tony Raines Circle Sport Chevrolet 87 0 0
41 34 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 84 0 0
42 40 95 Reed Sorenson Leavine Family Racing Ford 68 0 0
43 38 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 29 0 1
Source:[10]
Notes

^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.

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule". ESPN. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "2013 GEICO 400 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Chicagoland Speedway Track Facts". Chicagoland Speedway. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "2012 GEICO 400". USA Today Sports Media Group. Racing-reference.info. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Manufacturers' Championship Classification". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "GEICO 400 Practice/Qualifying Times". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d "GEICO 400 1st Practice Speeds". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Statistics. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Gordon Added to Chase as 13th Driver". NASCAR.com. NASCAR. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "GEICO 400 Qualifying Lineup". Motor Racing Network. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Unofficial Race Results for the 13th Annual GEICO 400". NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 


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