2013 STP 400

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2013 STP 400
Race details[1][2]
Race 8 of 36 in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season


Date April 21, 2013 (2013-04-21)
Location Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 267 laps, 400.5 mi (644.5 km)
Weather Overcast with a temperature around 60 °F (16 °C); wind out of the S at 10 miles per hour (16 km/h).
Average speed 119.546 mph (192.391 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 28.145 seconds
Most laps led
Driver Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 163
Winner
No. 20
Matt Kenseth
Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
Nielsen Ratings 4.2/10
(6.495 million viewers)

The 2013 STP 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was held on April 21, 2013, at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, United States. Contested over 267 laps on the 1.5–mile (2.4 km) tri-oval, it was the eighth race of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship. Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing won the race, his second win of the 2013 season and second straight at Kansas Speedway, while Kasey Kahne finished second. Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five

This was the third straight Sprint Cup race of 2013 where the winner won from the pole and led the most laps, following wins by Jimmie Johnson at Martinsville and Kyle Busch at Texas. This was the first such streak in over 28 years (the last time there were three straight races won from the pole was in 1985; with Bill Elliott at Michigan, Dale Earnhardt at Bristol, and Elliott at Darlington).

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Kansas Speedway, the race track where the race was held.

The track, Kansas Speedway, is a four-turn tri-oval track that is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long.[3] The track's turns are banked from seventeen to twenty degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is nine to eleven degrees. The back stretch, opposite of the front, is at only five degrees.[3] The racetrack has a seating capacity for more than 72,000 spectators.[3]Denny Hamlin was the defending race winner after winning the event in 2012.[4]

Before the race, Jimmie Johnson was leading the Drivers' Championship with 269 points, while Kyle Busch stood in second with 251 points. Greg Biffle followed in the third position, four points ahead of Brad Keselowski and five ahead of Carl Edwards in fourth and fifth. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., with 234, was two points ahead of Kasey Kahne and twenty-six ahead of Clint Bowyer, as Paul Menard was two points ahead of Matt Kenseth and fourteen ahead of Kevin Harvick in tenth and eleventh. Jamie McMurray completed the first twelve positions with 190 points.[5][6]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Matt Kenseth (shown here in 2009) won his ninth career pole position and also won the race.

Three practice sessions are scheduled to be held before the race. The first session, held on April 19, 2013, was 90 minutes long. The second and third were held on April 20, and were 55 and 50 minutes long, respectively.[7] During the first practice session, Edwards was quickest with a time of 28.117 seconds, ahead of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Sam Hornish, Jr. in second and third. Martin Truex, Jr. followed in the fourth position, ahead of Aric Almirola in fifth.[8]

During qualifying, forty-four cars were entered, meaning only one car was not able to start because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure.[9] Kenseth clinched his ninth career pole position, with a record-setting time of 28.145 seconds.[10] After his qualifying run, Kenseth commented, "We didn't think we had a chance. It's unexpected, and it's one of the fastest tracks of the year. Felt great to go out late and jump over the other guys."[11] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Edwards.[10] Stenhouse, Jr. qualified third, Hornish, Jr. took fourth, and Kyle Busch started fifth.[10] Almirola, Truex, Jr., Mark Martin, Ryan Newman, and Bowyer completed the first ten positions on the grid.[10] The driver who failed to qualify for the race was Joe Nemechek.[10]

In the Saturday morning session, Juan Pablo Montoya was quickest, ahead of Stenhouse, Jr. and Almirola in second and third. Biffle and Edwards followed in the fourth and fifth positions.[12] Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch, Earnhardt, Jr., Menard, and Newman rounded out the first ten positions.[12] In the final practice session for the race, Kenseth was quickest with a time of 28.615 seconds.[13]Almirola followed in second, ahead of Montoya and Kurt Busch in third and fourth.[13] Kahne, who was twelfth quickest in second practice,[12] managed fifth.[13]

Race[edit]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.145 191.864
2 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.162 191.748
3 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.164 191.734
4 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. Penske Racing Ford 28.213 191.401
5 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.294 190.853
6 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 28.305 190.779
7 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.324 190.651
8 55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.379 190.282
9 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.388 190.221
10 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 28.401 190.134
11 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 28.411 190.067
12 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.454 189.780
13 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 28.491 189.534
14 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.538 189.221
15 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 28.542 189.195
16 11 Brian Vickers Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.544 189.182
17 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.548 189.155
18 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.568 189.023
19 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 28.608 188.758
20 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 28.620 188.679
21 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.656 188.442
22 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 28.675 188.317
23 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.676 188.311
24 81 Elliott Sadler Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 28.724 187.996
25 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.758 187.774
26 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.809 187.441
27 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 28.820 187.370
28 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.834 187.279
29 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 28.835 187.272
30 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 28.889 186.922
31 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 28.891 186.909
32 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 28.919 186.728
33 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 28.930 186.657
34 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 28.945 186.561
35 19 Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Racing Chevrolet 28.950 186.528
36 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 28.967 186.419
37 32 Timmy Hill FAS Lane Racing Ford 29.081 185.688
38 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 29.087 185.650
39 33 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 29.146 185.274
40 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 29.160 185.185
41 51 Regan Smith Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 29.218 184.818
42 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 29.378 183.811
43 24 Jeff Gordon[1] Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Failed to Qualify
87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 29.046 185.912
Source:[10][14]
1. ^ Jeff Gordon collided into the SAFER barrier and failed to complete his qualifying lap.[15]

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid Car Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 1 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 48
2 27 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 42
3 21 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 42
4 7 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 267 41
5 10 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 267 39
6 33 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 267 38
7 14 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 267 37
8 6 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 267 36
9 8 55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 267 35
10 12 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 34
11 3 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 34
12 17 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 32
13 43 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 31
14 9 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 31
15 13 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 267 29
16 23 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 29
17 2 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 28
18 20 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 26
19 11 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 25
20 15 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 267 24
21 18 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 266 23
22 41 51 Regan Smith Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 266
23 28 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 266 21
24 34 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 266 20
25 25 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 265 19
26 36 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 265
27 19 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 264 17
28 31 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 263 16
29 39 33 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 263 15
30 26 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 262 14
31 16 11 Brian Vickers Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 257
32 38 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 256 13
33 37 32 Timmy Hill FAS Lane Racing Ford 242 11
34 30 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 216 10
35 40 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 210 9
36 32 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 209 8
37 4 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. Penske Racing Ford 181
38 5 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 102 6
39 22 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 102 5
40 24 81 Elliott Sadler Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 85
41 35 19 Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Motorsports Toyota 65
42 29 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 43 2
43 42 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 36 1
Source:

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sprint Cup Series Schedule". ESPN. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ Brown, Brian (April 16, 2013). "The STP 500". Rotoworld.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Track Basics— Kansas Speedway". Kansas Speedway. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ "2012 STP 400". Racing-Reference.info. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Pre-race Drivers' Championship Standings". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ "NASCAR Penalizes Penske Drivers, Truex Jr.". NASCAR. April 17, 2013. Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ "STP 400 Practice/Qualifying Times". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ "STP 400 1st Practice Speeds". Motor Racing Network. April 19, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Entry List: STP 400". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "STP 400 Starting Grid". Motor Racing Network. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Matt Kenseth qualifies on pole". ESPN. April 19, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c "STP 400 2nd Practice Speeds". Motor Racing Network. April 20, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c "STP 400 Final Practice Speeds". Motor Racing Network. April 20, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  14. ^ "STP 400 Starting Lineup". Motor Racing Network. April 19, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  15. ^ Spencer, Reid (April 19, 2013). "kenseth earns the pole ahead of Kansas race". NASCAR. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 


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