2013 Irwin Tools Night Race

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2013 Irwin Tools Night Race
Race details
Race 24 of 36 in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
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Date August 24, 2013 (2013-August-24)
Location Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee
Course Permanent racing facility
0.533 mi (0.858 km)
Distance 500 laps, 266.5 mi (428.89 km)
Scheduled Distance 500 laps, 266.5 mi (428.89 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching as low as 63 °F (17 °C); wind speeds up to 8 miles per hour (13 km/h)[1]
Average speed 90.279 mph (145.290 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Joe Gibbs Racing
Time 14.878 seconds
Most laps led
Driver Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing
Laps 149
Winner
No. 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN on ABC
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, and Andy Petree
Nielsen Ratings 3.9 (6.322 million viewers)

The 2013 Irwin Tools Night Race was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was held on August 24, 2013, at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Contested over 500 laps, it was the twenty-fourth race of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing won the race, his fifth victory of the season, while Kasey Kahne finished second. Juan Pablo Montoya, Brian Vickers, and Joey Logano rounded out the top five.

Report[edit]

Denny Hamlin took the pole and led the first 22 laps. After being passed by Kurt Busch, Hamlin would fall back to mid-field. Busch would lead most of the laps until lap 81, when he came down pit road for a loose wheel and was given a pass-thru for speeding. Carl Edwards and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. shared the lead during the next two stints, before Clint Bowyer passed Earnhardt for the lead on lap 126. Bowyer led until getting spun on lap 176, causing the fourth caution. Edwards retook the lead, showing the way until being passed by Matt Kenseth on lap 236. After a lap 259 debris caution, Kenseth was caught speeding on pit road and relegated to the back, while Paul Menard stayed out to take the lead. Edwards once again claimed the lead on lap 322.

Kevin Harvick took the lead after the seventh caution on lap 335, but he was quickly passed by Edwards on lap 344. Edwards held the lead through two more cautions, but dropped a cylinder on lap 380 and blew his engine on lap 389. Kenseth held the lead through most of the final 120 laps and held off a final 10-lap charge by Kasey Kahne to score his fifth victory of the season. Juan Pablo Montoya finished third, and Brian Vickers and Joey Logano rounded out the top five. Eleven caution flags waved during the race, three of which were for debris. Drivers involved in seven, mostly minor, crashes included Ryan Truex, Josh Wise, Clint Bowyer, Tony Raines, Jimmie Johnson, David Reutimann, Aric Almirola, and Jeff Burton. The eleventh caution on lap 448, as Hamlin blew a tire and ran into Ryan Newman, causing a large crash also involving Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex, Jr., Terry Labonte, and Kevin Harvick. After the crash, Harvick stopped for a few moments in Hamlin's pitbox preventing the #11 to access his box. Truex, Jr. suffered a broken wrist after the accident.

Qualifying[edit]

Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Speed Time
1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 128.969 14.878
2 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 128.770 14.901
3 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 128.692 14.910
4 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 128.684 14.911
5 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 128.580 14.923
6 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 128.520 14.930
7 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 128.348 14.950
8 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 128.236 14.963
9 56 Martin Truex Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 128.159 14.972
10 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 128.134 14.975
11 14 Mark Martin Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 127.852 15.008
12 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 127.741 15.021
13 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 127.665 15.030
14 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 127.622 15.035
15 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 127.588 15.039
16 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 127.546 15.044
17 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 127.529 15.046
18 51 Ryan Truex Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 127.393 15.062
19 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 127.048 15.103
20 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 126.813 15.131
21 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 126.787 15.134
22 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 126.587 15.158
23 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 126.578 15.159
24 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 126.495 15.169
25 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 126.470 15.172
26 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 126.362 15.185
27 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 126.278 15.195
28 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 126.245 15.199
29 16 Greg Biffle Roush-Fenway Racing Ford 126.195 15.205
30 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 125.798 15.253
31 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 125.757 15.258
32 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 125.749 15.259
33 40 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 125.338 15.309
34 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 125.036 15.346
35 32 Ken Schrader FAS Lane Racing Ford 125.011 15.349
36 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 124.995 15.351
37 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 124.922 15.360
38 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 124.678 15.390
39 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 124.517 15.410
40 33 Tony Raines Circle Sport Chevrolet 124.162 15.454
41 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 124.090 15.463
42 95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 123.570 15.528
43 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 58.688 32.695
Failed to Qualify
DNQ 19 Mike Bliss Humphrey-Smith Racing Toyota 124.865 15.367
Source:[2]

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Race Status Led Points
1 5 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 Running 149 48
2 7 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 Running 0 42
3 16 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 500 Running 0 41
4 4 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 500 Running 0 0[2]
5 6 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 500 Running 0 39
6 21 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 Running 64 39
7 32 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 Running 0 37
8 14 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 500 Running 0 36
9 29 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 Running 0 35
10 19 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 Running 32 35
11 43 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 Running 0 33
12 17 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 500 Running 0 32
13 41 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 Running 0 31
14 24 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 500 Running 50 31
15 10 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 499 Running 0 29
16 39 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 499 Running 0 28
17 38 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 498 Running 0 27
18 27 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 497 Running 0 26
19 20 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 497 Running 0 25
20 11 14 Mark Martin Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 497 Running 0 24
21 8 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 497 Running 0 23
22 36 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 497 Running 0 22
23 33 40 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 497 Running 0 0[2]
24 34 36 J.J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 496 Running 0 20
25 25 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 495 Running 0 19
26 22 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 493 Running 0 18
27 35 32 Ken Schrader FAS Lane Racing Ford 491 Running 0 17
28 1 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 487 Running 23 17
29 31 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 483 Running 0 15
30 12 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 478 Running 0 14
31 2 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 476 Running 54 14
32 40 33 Tony Raines Circle Sport Chevrolet 475 Running 0 0[2]
33 30 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 467 Running 0 11
34 15 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 449 Running 7 11
35 9 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 446 Crash 2 10
36 13 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 440 Running 0 8
37 28 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 418 Running 0 0[2]
38 23 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 394 Running 0 6
39 3 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 387 Engine 119 6
40 42 95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 223 Brakes 0 4
41 26 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 175 Engine 0 3
42 18 51 Ryan Truex Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 39 Crash 0 0[2]
43 37 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 1 Engine 0 0[2]
Source:[3]
Lap leaders
Leader First Lap Last Lap Number Of Laps
Denny Hamlin 1 22 22
Kurt Busch 23 76 54
Carl Edwards 77 92 16
Martin Truex, Jr. 93 93 1
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 94 125 32
Clint Bowyer 126 175 50
Carl Edwards 176 178 3
Martin Truex, Jr. 179 179 1
Carl Edwards 180 235 56
Matt Kenseth 236 258 23
Denny Hamlin 259 259 1
Paul Menard 260 322 63
Carl Edwards 323 335 13
Paul Menard 336 336 1
Kevin Harvick 337 343 7
Carl Edwards 344 374 31
Matt Kenseth 375 500 126
Source:[3]
Notes
  1. ^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.
  2. a b c d e f Ineligible for driver's championship points.

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 Irwin Tools Night Race weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bristol Irwin Tools Night Race Qualifying and Starting Lineup". ESPN. Jayski's NASCAR Silly Season Site. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Bristol Irwin Tools Night Race Results". Racing Reference. Retrieved October 9, 2013. []


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