2013 Party in the Poconos 400

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2013 Party in the Poconos 400
Race details[1][2]
Race 14 of 36 in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Party in the Poconos 400 logo.jpg
Date June 9, 2013 (2013-06-09)
Location Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4 km)
Distance 160 laps, 400 mi (643.737 km)
Weather Overcast with a temperature around 72 °F (22 °C); wind out of the WNW at 9 miles per hour (14 km/h).
Average speed 144.202 mph (232.071 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Time N/A[3]
Most laps led
Driver Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 128
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 2.8/7 (4.358 million viewers)[4]

The 2013 Party in the Poconos 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on June 9, 2013, at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, United States. Contested over 160 laps on the 2.5–mile (4 km) triangular superspeedway, it was the fourteenth race of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship. Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports won the race, his third win of the 2013 season, while Greg Biffle finished second ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who finished third. This was the final NASCAR race for Jason Leffler before his death in a sprint car crash on June 12, 2013.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Pocono Raceway, the race track where the race was held.

Pocono Raceway is a three-turn superspeedway that is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) long.[5] The track's turns are banked differently; the first is banked at 14°, the second turn at 8° and the final turn with 6°.[5] However, each of the three straightaways are banked at 2°.[6] The front stretch at Pocono Raceway is 3,740 feet long, the longest at the track.[6] The back stretch, is 3,055 feet long, while the short stretch, which connects turn two with turn three, is only 1,780 feet long.[6] Joey Logano was the defending race winner after winning the race in 2012.[7]

Before the race, Johnson was leading the Drivers' Championship with 473 points, while Carl Edwards stood in second with 443 points. Clint Bowyer followed in the third with 423, 24 points ahead of Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick in fourth and fifth. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., with 398, was in sixth; six ahead of Kasey Kahne, who was scored seventh. Eighth-placed Kyle Busch was three points ahead of Paul Menard and five ahead of Brad Keselowski in ninth and tenth.[8] Jeff Gordon was eleventh with 361, while Aric Almirola completed the first twelve positions with 354 points.[9] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 92 points, eight points ahead of Toyota. Ford was third after recording only 64 points before the race.[10]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Jimmie Johnson was rewarded the pole position after rain showers cancelled qualifying.

Three practice sessions were held before the race. The first session, scheduld on June 7, 2013, was scheduled for 90 minutes, but was canceled because of rain showers.[3] The second and third, held a day later on June 8, 2013, were 50 and 60 minutes long.[11]

Forty-three cars were entered for qualifying.[12] However, wet weather soaked the track, therefore canceling the session and making the owner's points championship determine the qualifying grid.[13] Johnson, whose owner was first in the owner's championship before the race, was rewarded the pole position.[14] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Edwards.[14] Bowyer was third, Kenseth took fourth, ahead of Earnhardt, Jr. who started fifth.[14] Kahne, Kyle Busch, Menard, Keselowski and Gordon rounded out the first ten positions.[14]

In the Saturday morning session, Johnson was quickest, ahead of Edwards and Kurt Busch in second and third. Marcos Ambrose and Harvick followed in the fourth and fifth positions.[15] Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart, Earnhardt, Jr., Keselowski, and Juan Pablo Montoya rounded out the first ten positions.[15] In the final practice session for the race, Kurt Busch was quickest with a time of 51.331 seconds.[16] Johnson followed in second, ahead of Edwards and Stewart in third and fourth.[16] Ryan Newman, who was fifteenth quickest in second practice,[15] managed fifth.[16]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet N/A
2 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford
3 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
4 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
5 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
6 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
7 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
8 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
9 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
10 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford
11 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
12 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
13 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford
14 55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
15 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford
17 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
18 51 A. J. Allmendinger Phoenix Racing Chevrolet
19 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
20 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet
21 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford
22 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
23 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
24 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
25 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
26 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford
27 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford
28 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford
29 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota
30 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
31 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford
32 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
33 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota
34 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota
35 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet
36 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford
37 33 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet
38 32 Timmy Hill FAS Lane Racing Ford
39 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota
40 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota
41 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford
42 19 Jason Leffler Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota
43 44 Scott Riggs Xxxtreme Motorsports Ford
Source:[14]

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Led Points1
1 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 128 48
2 13 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 160 0 42
3 6 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 0 41
4 19 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 160 0 40
5 23 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 160 19 40
6 8 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 160 0 38
7 20 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 160 0 37
8 17 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 160 0 36
9 5 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 160 0 35
10 21 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 160 0 34
11 24 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 160 0 33
12 11 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 160 0 32
13 22 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 160 0 31
14 25 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 160 0 30
15 3 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 160 0 29
16 10 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 160 4 29
17 26 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 160 0 27
18 2 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 160 9 27
19 14 55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Chevrolet 160 0 25
20 39 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 160 0 24
21 12 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 160 0 23
22 27 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 160 0 22
23 15 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 160 0 21
24 31 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 160 0 20
25 4 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 160 0 19
26 16 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 160 0 18
27 29 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 160 0 17
28 33 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 160 0 16
29 30 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 160 0 15
30 9 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 160 0 14
31 32 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 160 0 13
32 34 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 159 0 12
33 18 51 A. J. Allmendinger Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 158 0 11
34 36 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 157 0
35 38 32 Timmy Hill FAS Lane Racing Ford 156 0 9
36 7 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 141 0 8
37 28 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 121 0 7
38 37 33 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 70 0
39 35 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 39 0 5
40 41 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 33 0 4
41 43 44 Scott Riggs Xxxtreme Motorsports Ford 28 0 3
42 40 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 11 0
43 42 19 Jason Leffler Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota 8 0 1
Source:[17]
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]

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  8. ^ Ryan, Nate (2013-06-04). "NASCAR docks Keselowski points, fines crew chief $25K". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
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  11. ^ "Party in the Poconos 400 Practice/Qualifying Times". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  12. ^ "2013 Party in the Poconos 400 Entry List". Motor Racing Network. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  13. ^ Caraviello, David (2013-06-07). "RAIN WASHES OUT QUALIFYING AT POCONO". NASCAR. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  14. ^ a b c d e "2013 Party in the Poconos 400 Starting Lineup". Motor Racing Network. 2013-06-07. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  15. ^ a b c "Party in the Poconos 400 1st Practice Speeds". Motor Racing Network. 2013-06-08. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  16. ^ a b c "Party in the Poconos 400 Final Practice Speeds". Motor Racing Network. 2013-06-08. Retrieved 2013-06-08. 
  17. ^ "Party in the Poconos 400 Race Results". NASCAR. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  18. ^ "NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Leaders". Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Site. ESPN. 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 


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