2013 Bojangles' Southern 500

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2013 Bojangles' Southern 500
Race details[1][2]
Race 11 of 36 in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Date May 11, 2013 (2013-05-11)
Location Darlington Raceway, Darlington, South Carolina, U.S.
Course Permanent racing facility
1.366 mi (2.198 km)
Distance 367 laps, 501.322 mi (806.799 km)
Weather Clear with a temperature around 82 °F (28 °C); wind out of the SW at 13 miles per hour (21 km/h).
Average speed 141.383 mph (227.534 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Furniture Row Racing
Time 27.032 seconds
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 265
Winner
No. 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
Nielsen Ratings 3.8/7
(5.9 million viewers)

The 2013 Bojangles' Southern 500, the 64th running of the event, was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on May 11, 2013, at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina, United States. The race was contested over 367 laps on the 1.366–mile (2.198 km) oval, it was the eleventh race of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship. Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing won the race, his third win of the 2013 season, while his teammate Denny Hamlin finished second. Jeff Gordon grabbed his 300th top 5 finish in his 700th Sprint Cup start, while Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.

There were five cautions for 25 laps and nine lead changes between four different drivers throughout the course of the race. The result moved Kenseth to the third position in the Drivers' Championship, 59 points behind Jimmie Johnson in first and five ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in fourth. Chevrolet maintained its lead in the Manufacturers' Championship, two points ahead of Toyota and 18 ahead of Ford, with 25 races remaining in the season.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

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

Darlington Raceway is a four-turn 1.366 mi (2.198 km) oval.[3] The track's first two turns are banked at twenty-five degrees, while the final two turns are banked two degrees lower at twenty-three degrees.[3] The front stretch (the location of the finish line) and the back stretch is banked at six degrees.[3] Darlington Raceway can seat up to 60,000 people.[3] Jimmie Johnson was the defending race winner after winning the event during the 2012 race.[4]

Before the race, Johnson was leading the Drivers' Championship with 383 points, while Carl Edwards stood in second with 342 points. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. followed in the third with 324, seven ahead of Matt Kenseth in fourth, and eight ahead of Clint Bowyer in fifth. Brad Keselowski, with 314, was in sixth; fifteen points ahead of Kasey Kahne. Eighth-placed Aric Almirola was three points ahead of Paul Menard and eight ahead of Kyle Busch in ninth and tenth. Greg Biffle was eleventh with 280, while Kevin Harvick completed the first twelve positions with 279 points.[5] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 68 points, five points ahead of Toyota. Ford was third after recording only 52 points during the first ten races.[6]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Kurt Busch (shown here in 2012) won his sixteenth career pole position

Two practice sessions were held in preparation for the race; both on Friday, May 10, 2013. The first session lasted for 120 minutes, while second session was 45 minutes long.[7] During the first practice session, Menard, for the Richard Childress Racing team, was quickest ahead of Bowyer in second and McMurray in third.[8] Earnhardt, Jr. was scored fourth, and Edwards managed fifth.[8] Kyle Busch, Martin Truex, Jr., Juan Pablo Montoya, Kenseth, and Biffle rounded out the top ten quickest drivers in the session.[8]

Montoya was quickest in the second and final practice session, ahead of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in second and Edwards in third.[9] Jeff Burton was fourth quickest, and Kurt Busch took fifth.[9] Biffle, Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Truex, Jr., and Kyle Busch followed in the top ten.[9]

During qualifying, forty-three cars were entered.[10] Kurt Busch clinched his first pole position of the season, with a record time of 27.032 seconds.[11] After his qualifying run, Kurt Busch commented, "Wow, what an incredible lap. The way the team gave me the confidence right when we first unloaded, the team deserves all the credit. This gives me a great shot to stay ahead of the field and win by two-thousandths of a second this time."[12] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Johnson.[11] Kyle Busch qualified third, Kahne took fourth, and Truex, Jr. started fifth.[11] Denny Hamlin, Kenseth, Gordon, Biffle, and Harvick completed the first ten positions on the grid.[11]

Race[edit]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 27.032 181.918
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.173 180.974
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.181 180.920
4 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.208 180.741
5 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 27.277 180.284
6 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.296 180.158
7 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 27.303 180.112
8 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.304 180.105
9 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.320 180.000
10 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.355 179.770
11 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.368 179.684
12 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 27.376 179.632
13 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 27.381 179.599
14 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.394 179.514
15 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 27.401 179.468
16 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 27.410 179.409
17 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 27.472 179.004
18 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 27.500 178.822
19 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 27.501 178.815
20 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.511 178.750
21 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 27.550 178.497
22 55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 27.578 178.316
23 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 27.593 178.219
24 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 27.630 177.980
25 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 27.631 177.974
26 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 27.633 177.961
27 51 Regan Smith Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 27.635 177.948
28 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 27.669 177.730
29 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 27.676 177.685
30 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 27.681 177.653
31 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 27.682 177.646
32 33 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 27.736 177.300
33 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 27.775 177.051
34 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 27.835 176.670
35 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 27.837 176.657
36 95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 27.884 176.359
37 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 27.954 175.918
38 19 Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Motorsports Toyota 27.961 175.874
39 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 27.981 175.748
40 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 28.014 175.541
41 32 Timmy Hill FAS Lane Racing Ford 28.080 175.128
42 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 28.083 175.109
43 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 28.315 173.675
Source:[11]

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid Car Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 7 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 367 47
2 6 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 367 42
3 8 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 367 42
4 2 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 367 40
5 10 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 367 39
6 3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 367 40
7 17 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 367 37
8 12 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 367 36
9 16 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 367 35
10 21 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 367 34
11 13 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 367 33
12 5 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 367 32
13 9 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 367 31
14 1 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 367 31
15 20 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 367 29
16 25 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 367 28
17 4 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 367 27
18 14 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 366 26
19 15 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 366 25
20 18 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 366 24
21 11 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 365 23
22 30 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 365 22
23 28 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 364 21
24 27 51 Regan Smith Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 363
25 22 55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 363 19
26 23 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 363 18
27 37 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 362 17
28 40 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 362 16
29 29 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 362 15
30 32 33 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 360 14
31 43 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 359
32 26 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 358 12
33 41 32 Timmy Hill FAS Lane Racing Ford 358 11
34 24 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 358 10
35 42 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 354 9
36 33 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 327 8
37 19 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 327 7
38 34 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 326
39 31 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 318 5
40 39 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 230 4
41 36 95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 77 3
42 35 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 58 2
43 38 19 Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Motorsports Toyota 18
Source:[13]

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  2. ^ Brown, Brian (2013-05-08). "The Bojangles' 500". Rotoworld.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Darlington Raceway". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  4. ^ "2012 Bojangles' Southern 500". Racing-Reference.info. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  5. ^ "Pre-race Driver's Championship Classification" (PDF). Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Site. ESPN. 2013-05-05. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  6. ^ "Manufacturer's Championship Classification". Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  7. ^ "2013 Bojangles' Southern 500 Race Information". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  8. ^ a b c "Bojangles' Southern 500 1st Practice Speeds". Motor Racing Network. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  9. ^ a b c "Bojangles Southern 500 Final Practice Speeds". Motor Racing Network. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 
  10. ^ "2013 Bojangles' Southern 500 Entry List". Motor Racing Network. Retrieved 2013-05-12. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "Bojangles' Southern 500 Starting Grid". Motor Racing Network. Retrieved 2013-05-12. 
  12. ^ Gluck, Jeff (2013-05-10). "Kurt Busch wins Darlington pole with record run". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-05-12. 
  13. ^ "2013 Bojangles' Southern 500 Race Results". Motor Racing Network. Retrieved 2013-05-12. 


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