2013 Toyota/Save Mart 350

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2013 Toyota/Save Mart 350
Race details[1][2]
Race 16 of 36 in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Toyota-SaveMart 350 race logo.png
Date June 23, 2013 (2013-06-23)
Location Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California, United States
Course Permanent racing facility
1.99 mi (3.2 km)
Distance 110 laps, 218.9 mi (352.3 km)
Weather Clear with a high temperature around 85 °F (29 °C); wind out of the SW at 16 miles per hour (26 km/h).
Average speed 76.658 mph (123.369 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Time 75.422 seconds
Most laps led
Driver Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing
Laps 51
Winner
No. 56
Martin Truex, Jr.
Michael Waltrip Racing
Television in the United States
Network TNT
Announcers Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach, Jr. and Kyle Petty
Nielsen Ratings 3.0/7 (4.660 million viewers)

The 2013 Toyota/Save Mart 350 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on June 23, 2013, at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California, United States. Contested over 110 laps on the 1.99-mile (3.2 km) road course, it was the sixteenth race of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship, and the first of two road course competitions on the schedule. Martin Truex, Jr. of Michael Waltrip Racing won the race, breaking a 218-race winless streak stretching back to June 2007, while Jeff Gordon finished second and Carl Edwards finished third.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Sonoma Raceway, the road course where the race was held.

The course, Sonoma Raceway, is one of two road courses to hold NASCAR races, the other being Watkins Glen International.[3] The standard road course at Sonoma Raceway is a 12-turn course that is 2.52 miles (4.06 km) long;[4] the track was modified in 1998, adding the Chute, which bypassed turns 5 and 6, shortening the course to 1.95 miles (3.14 km).[4] The Chute was only used for NASCAR events such as this race, and was criticized by many drivers, who preferred the full layout.[5] In 2001, it was replaced with a 70-degree turn, 4A, bringing the track to its current dimensions of 1.99 miles (3.20 km).[6] Clint Bowyer was the defending race winner after winning the race in 2012.[7]

Seven teams chose to temporarily replace their regular drivers with road course ringers. Humphrey Smith Racing chose Alex Kennedy to drive the No. 19 Toyota,[8] while Circle Sport chose Ron Fellows to drive their No. 33 Chevrolet.[9] Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) selected Victor Gonzalez, Jr. to drive the No. 36 Chevrolet, making Gonzalez, Jr. the first Caribbean driver to race in the Sprint Cup Series.[10] TBR also chose Justin Marks to drive the No. 7.[11] Brian Keselowski chose Drive for Diversity graduate Paulie Harraka to drive the No. 52 Ford,[12] while NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing selected Tomy Drissi to drive their No. 87 car, replacing Joe Nemechek.[13] Boris Said competed during the race in the No. 32 FAS Lane Racing Ford.[11] Jacques Villeneuve, the 1995 Indianapolis 500 winner and 1997 Formula One World Champion, was selected by Phoenix Racing to drive the No. 51 as well.[14] Jason Bowles was tabbed by Michael Waltrip Racing to pilot the No. 55 in place of Brian Vickers in practice and qualifying due to Vickers participating in the Johnsonville Sausage 200 at Road America.[15]

Before the race, Jimmie Johnson was leading the Drivers' Championship with 538 points, while Carl Edwards stood in second with 507 points.[16] Bowyer followed in the third with 489, thirteen points ahead of Kevin Harvick and thirty-three ahead of Matt Kenseth in fourth and fifth.[16] Kyle Busch, with 452, was in sixth; five ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who was scored seventh.[16] Eighth-placed Greg Biffle was thirteen points ahead of Brad Keselowski and twenty-six ahead of Tony Stewart in ninth and tenth.[16] Paul Menard was eleventh with 415, while Kasey Kahne completed the first twelve positions with 407 points.[16] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 107 points, fifteen points ahead of Toyota.[17] Ford was third after recording only 79 points before the race.[17]

For the first time, Amtrak ran a special train from Sacramento to the race on trackage that had never seen a passenger train. The train was run using Capitol Corridor equipment. 500 fans total rode the train.

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Jamie McMurray won the pole position.

Two practice sessions were held on June 21 in preparation for the race. The first session was 105 minutes, while second session was 90 minutes long.[18]

During the first practice session, Marcos Ambrose, for the Richard Petty Motorsports team, was quickest ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya in second and Casey Mears in third.[19] Kurt Busch was scored fourth, and Jamie McMurray managed fifth.[19] Biffle, Keselowski, Bowyer, Martin Truex, Jr., and Joey Logano rounded out the top ten quickest drivers in the session.[19] Bowyer had the quickest ten consecutive lap average with an average speed of 92.404 miles per hour (148.710 km/h).[19] In the final practice session for the race, Bowyer was quickest with a time of 75.765 seconds.[20] McMurray followed in second, ahead of Kyle Busch and Edwards in third and fourth.[20] Montoya, who was second quickest in second practice,[19] could only manage fifth.[20]

Starting with this race, NASCAR changed qualifying procedures for Sprint Cup races held on the road courses. Rather than having one car attempt to qualify at a time, groups of either five or six cars were released in five-second intervals and had a five-minute time limit to complete their runs.[21] McMurray clinched his ninth career pole position,[22] with a lap time of 75.422 seconds and a speed of 94.986 miles per hour (152.865 km/h).[23] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Ambrose.[23] Edwards qualified third, Biffle took fourth, and Bowyer started fifth.[23] Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Logano, Kyle Busch, and Jeff Gordon completed the first ten positions on the grid.[23]

Qualifying order[edit]

Source:[24]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 75.422 94.986
2 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 75.471 94.924
3 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 75.586 94.779
4 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 75.592 94.772
5 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 75.620 94.737
6 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 75.711 94.623
7 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 75.750 94.574
8 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 75.788 94.527
9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 75.933 94.346
10 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 75.943 94.334
11 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 76.010 94.251
12 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 76.039 94.215
13 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 76.039 94.215
14 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 76.200 94.016
15 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 76.401 93.768
16 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Ford 76.464 93.691
17 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 76.465 93.690
18 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 76.470 93.684
19 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 76.471 93.683
20 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 76.483 93.668
21 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 76.555 93.580
22 51 Jacques Villeneuve Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 76.576 93.554
23 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 76.592 93.535
24 32 Boris Said FAS Lane Racing Ford 76.642 93.474
25 33 Ron Fellows Circle Sport Chevrolet 76.650 93.464
26 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 76.686 93.420
27 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 76.784 93.301
28 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 76.819 93.258
29 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 76.829 93.246
30 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 76.878 93.187
31 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 76.922 93.133
32 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 77.001 93.038
33 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 77.169 92.835
34 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 77.224 92.769
35 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 77.240 92.750
36 7 Justin Marks Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 77.360 92.606
37 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 77.445 92.504
38 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 77.590 92.331
39 19 Alex Kennedy Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota 78.271 91.528
40 52 Paulie Harraka Brian Keselowski Motorsports Ford 78.367 91.416
41 87 Tomy Drissi NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 79.051 90.625
42 36 Victor Gonzalez, Jr. Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet N/A N/A
43 37 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 80.143 89.390
Source:[23][25]

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Led Points1
1 14 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 110 51 48
2 10 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 110 4 43
3 3 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 110 0 41
4 7 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 110 15 41
5 5 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 110 0 39
6 15 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 110 0 38
7 2 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 110 18 38
8 4 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 110 0 36
9 19 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 110 0 35
10 12 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 110 0 34
11 8 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 110 10 34
12 26 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 110 0 32
13 34 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 110 3
14 16 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 110 0 30
15 30 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 110 0 29
16 21 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 110 0 28
17 33 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 110 0 27
18 24 32 Boris Said FAS Lane Racing Ford 110 0 26
19 6 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 110 0 25
20 32 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 110 0 24
21 18 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 110 7 24
22 25 33 Ron Fellows Circle Sport Chevrolet 110 0 22
23 17 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 110 0 21
24 29 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 110 0 20
25 1 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 110 2 20
26 38 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Chevrolet 110 0 18
27 37 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 110 0 17
28 11 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 110 0 16
29 31 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 110 0 15
30 36 7 Justin Marks Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 110 0 14
31 27 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 110 0 13
32 35 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 110 0 12
33 23 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 110 0 11
34 13 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 110 0 10
35 9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 109 0 9
36 28 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 109 0 8
37 42 36 Victor Gonzalez, Jr. Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 109 0 7
38 41 87 Tomy Drissi NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 108 0 6
39 40 52 Paulie Harraka Brian Keselowski Motorsports Ford 89 0 5
40 39 19 Alex Kennedy Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota 30 0 4
41 22 51 Jacques Villeneuve Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 19 0 3
42 43 37 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 7 0 PE
43 20 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 0 0 1
Source:
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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