2013 FedEx 400

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2013 FedEx 400
Race details[1][2][3]
Race 13 of 36 in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Layout of Dover International Speedway
Layout of Dover International Speedway
Date June 2, 2013 (2013-06-02)
Location Dover International Speedway, Dover, Delaware, United States
Course Permanent racing facility
1 mi (1.6 km)
Distance 400 laps, 400 mi (643.737 km)
Weather Isolated storms with a high temperature of 84 °F (29 °C); wind out of the SSW at 16 miles per hour (26 km/h).
Average speed 123.172 mph (198.226 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 22.788 second
Most laps led
Driver Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 150
Winner
No. 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
Nielsen Ratings 3.8/9
(5.973 million viewers)

The 2013 FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on June 2, 2013, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware, United States. Contested over 400 laps on the 1–mile (1.6 km) oval, it was the thirteenth race of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship. Tony Stewart won the race, his first win of the season, snapping a 30–race winless streak, while Juan Pablo Montoya finished second. Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Dover International Speedway is a four-turn short track oval that is 1 mile (1.6 km) long.[4] The track's turns are banked at twenty-four degrees. The front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at nine degrees with the backstretch.[4] The racetrack has seats for 113,000 spectators.[4] Jimmie Johnson was the defending race winner after winning the event in the 2012 race.[5]

Before the race, Johnson was leading the Drivers' Championship with 445 points, while Carl Edwards stood in second with 413 points. Matt Kenseth followed in the third with 394, nine ahead of Clint Bowyer in fourth, and 24 ahead of Kasey Kahne in fifth. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., with 364, was in sixth; two ahead of Kevin Harvick, who was scored seventh. Eighth-placed Paul Menard was eleven points ahead of Martin Truex, Jr. and twelve ahead of Brad Keselowski in ninth and tenth. Kyle Busch was eleventh with 332, while Aric Almirola completed the first twelve positions with 328 points.[6] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 83 points, five points ahead of Toyota. Ford was third after recording only 60 points before the race.[7]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Three practice sessions were held before the race. The first session, held on May 31, 2013, was 90 minutes long. The second and third, held a day later on June 1, 2013, were 55 and 60 minutes long.[8] During the first practice session, Johnson was quickest with a time of 22.556, ahead of his team-mate Kahne and Kyle Busch in second and third. Kurt Busch followed in the fourth position, ahead of Jamie McMurray in fifth.[9]

During qualifying, forty-three cars were entered.[10] Denny Hamlin clinched his third pole position of the season, with a lap time of 22.788 seconds.[11] After his qualifying run, Hamlin commented, "When I ran the lap, I wasn't in love with it. Fundamentally, I knew I didn't do that great of a job. I'm still knocking off some rust. This is only my third race back."[12] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Truex, Jr.[11] Kyle Busch qualified third, Kenseth took fourth, and Ryan Newman started fifth.[11] Mark Martin, Harvick, Keselowski, Joey Logano, and McMurray completed the first ten positions on the grid.[11]

In the Saturday morning session, Kenseth was quickest, ahead of Kahne and Keselowski in second and third. Kyle and Kurt Busch followed in the fourth and fifth positions.[13] Hamlin, Edwards, Bowyer, Johnson, and Juan Pablo Montoya rounded out ten quickest drivers in the session.[13] In the final practice session for the race, Kurt Busch was quickest with a time of 23.495 seconds.[14] Kenseth followed in second, ahead of Montoya and Johnson in third and fourth.[14] Jeff Gordon, who was 27th quickest in second practice,[13] managed fifth.[14]

Race[edit]

Kyle Busch leads the pack through turn 3 following the first caution due to debris

The green flag was waved at 1:15 pm ET, with Denny Hamlin leading the field.[15] Hamlin got the lead at the green flag over 2nd-place Martin Truex, Jr. By lap 12, Matt Kenseth was up to 2nd place and right behind Hamlin. As they battled for the lead, Kyle Busch caught up and took the lead on lap 24.[16][17] Shortly after lap 30, Danica Patrick was forced to make a green-flag pit stop after contact with David Stremme.[15] Busch continued to lead the race, lapping several cars. He nearly lapped 22nd-place Jimmie Johnson until a round of green-flag pit stops allowed Johnson to stay on the lead lap by pitting early.[16] On lap 81, the first caution of the race occurred for debris in turn 2.[17] Tony Stewart got the free pass on this caution. Following the restart, Busch maintained the lead.[16] On lap 128, there was another caution due to debris in turn 3.[17] On the restart following this caution, Kenseth gained the lead from Busch.[16] On lap 159, race leader Kenseth blew an engine.[15] As a result, Busch regained the lead and the third caution of the day would be brought out on lap 161.[16][17] Busch maintained the lead after a round of pit stops under the caution. On the restart, he led the race ahead of Truex, Jr.[16]

At the halfway point of the race, cloud cover began to increase.[15] Busch's lead narrowed and Johnson caught up to him. Johnson eventually passed Busch for the lead on lap 206.[16][17] He maintained the lead after a round of green-flag pit stops.[16] On lap 279, Truex, Jr. blew an engine, bringing out another caution on lap 280.[15][17] The leaders pitted during the caution, and Johnson won the battle off pit road. He would lead the race after the restart.[16] On lap 299, there was a wreck involving Ryan Newman and David Gilliland on the backstretch.[15][17] This wreck brought out the fifth caution of the race on lap 301, in which Hamlin would lead at the restart following different pit strategies. Hamlin continued to maintain the lead until another caution was brought out on lap 318 from a spin by Kasey Kahne in turn 2.[16][17] All the leaders came to pit road during this caution except Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon.[16] Ku. Busch led the race following the restart, but Johnson caught up and regained it on lap 326. The seventh caution of the race was brought out on lap 378, when Hamlin got into the turn 1 wall.[16][17] The leaders pitted under this caution, with Juan Pablo Montoya getting the lead ahead of Johnson on pit road. On the restart following this caution, Johnson took the lead.[16] However, Johnson was black-flagged for jumping the restart on lap 381.[15][18] This driver was forced to come to pit road on lap 385 and Montoya led the race.[16][18] On lap 398, Stewart took the lead from Montoya.[17] Stewart went on to win the race, giving him his first win of the season.[15][16]

Post-race[edit]

Following the race, Keselowski's car failed post-race inspection because the car's front end was too low to the ground, resulting in a six-point penalty for Keselowski and a $25,000 fine for his crew chief Paul Wolfe, who had returned for the first time after a three-week suspension for infractions in the 2013 NRA 500. Car owner, Roger Penske was also penalized six owner's points. An official from Penske Racing said that the infraction was caused by a part failure, but the team is not expected to appeal the penalties.[19]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22.788 157.978
2 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 22.814 157.798
3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22.820 157.756
4 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 22.823 157.736
5 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 22.826 157.715
6 55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 22.842 157.604
7 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 22.850 157.549
8 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 22.860 157.480
9 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 22.863 157.460
10 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 22.871 157.405
11 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.879 157.350
12 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 22.895 157.240
13 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 22.922 157.054
14 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 22.972 156.713
15 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 22.995 156.556
16 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 23.051 156.175
17 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 23.052 156.169
18 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 23.069 156.054
19 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 23.084 155.952
20 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 23.122 155.696
21 33 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 23.160 155.440
22 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 23.165 155.407
23 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 23.190 155.239
24 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 23.195 155.206
25 51 Austin Dillon Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 23.204 155.146
26 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 23.213 155.086
27 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 23.217 155.059
28 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 23.230 154.972
29 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 23.274 154.679
30 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 23.283 154.619
31 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 23.290 154.573
32 19 Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota 23.301 154.500
33 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 23.304 154.480
34 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 23.332 154.295
35 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 23.379 153.984
36 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 23.432 153.636
37 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 23.444 153.557
38 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 23.454 153.492
39 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 23.471 153.381
40 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 23.546 152.892
41 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 23.629 152.355
42 32 Timmy Hill FAS Lane Racing Ford 23.855 150.912
43 44 Scott Riggs Xxxtreme Motorsports Ford 23.887 150.710
Source:[11]

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid Car Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Led Points1
1 22 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 400 3 47
2 14 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 400 19 43
3 20 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 0 41
4 3 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 400 150 42
5 8 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 400 2 40
6 15 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 400 0 38
7 9 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 400 0 37
8 7 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 400 1 37
9 6 55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 400 0 35
10 12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 400 0 34
11 29 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 400 0 33
12 13 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 400 8 33
13 23 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 400 0 31
14 18 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 400 0 30
15 19 16 Greg Biffle Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 400 0 29
16 17 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 400 0 28
17 24 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 399 143 28
18 33 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 399 0 26
19 30 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 399 0 25
20 16 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 399 0 24
21 26 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 399 0 23
22 22 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 397 0 22
23 11 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 396 2 22
24 39 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 396 0 20
25 41 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 395 0 0
26 27 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 394 0 18
27 25 51 Austin Dillon Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 394 0 0
28 34 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 394 0 16
29 37 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 393 0 15
30 40 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 390 0 14
31 36 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 388 0 0
32 21 33 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 388 0 0
33 10 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 381 0 11
34 1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 380 41 11
35 42 32 Timmy Hill FAS Lane Racing Ford 378 0 9
36 5 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 298 0 8
37 28 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 296 0 7
38 2 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 279 2 7
39 38 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 161 0 5
40 4 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 159 29 5
41 32 19 Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota 59 0 0
42 31 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 54 0 2
43 43 44 Scott Riggs Xxxtreme Motorsports Ford 43 0 1
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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