2013 Quaker State 400

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2013 Quaker State 400
Race details[1][2]
Race 17 of 36 in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
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Date June 29, 2013 (2013-06-29)
June 30, 2013 (2013-06-30) (Postponed)
Location Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky, United States
Course Permanent racing facility
1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Distance 267 laps, 400.5 mi (644.542 km)
Weather Temperatures reaching up to 69.1 °F (20.6 °C); wind speeds approaching 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h)
Average speed 131.948 mph (212.350 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time 29.406 seconds
Most laps led
Driver Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 182
Winner
No. 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing
Television in the United States
Network TNT
Announcers Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach, Jr. and Kyle Petty
Nielsen Ratings 2.6 (3.984 million viewers)

The 2013 Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race scheduled to be held on June 29, 2013, at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky, United States, but was postponed to June 30 because of persistent rain. Contested over 267 laps on the 1.5-mile (2.4 km) tri-oval, it was the seventeenth race of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship. Matt Kenseth of Joe Gibbs Racing won the race, his fourth win of the 2013 season, while Jamie McMurray finished second. Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five.

Report[edit]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Two practice sessions were held on June 28 in preparation for the race. The first session was 60 minutes, while second session was 90 minutes long.[3]

During the first practice session, Kevin Harvick, for the Richard Childress Racing team, was quickest ahead of Jimmie Johnson in second and Brad Keselowski in third.[4] Kurt Busch was scored fourth, and Jeff Gordon managed fifth.[4] Kyle Busch, Brian Vickers, Juan Pablo Montoya, Paul Menard, and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. rounded out the top ten quickest drivers in the session.[4] In the final practice session for the race, Johnson was quickest with a time of 29.819 seconds.[5] Carl Edwards followed in second, ahead of Kyle Busch and Gordon in third and fourth.[5] Jeff Burton, who was twelfth quickest in second practice,[4] managed fifth.[5]

During qualifying, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. clinched his twelfth career pole position,[6] with a record lap time of 29.406 seconds and a speed of 183.636 miles per hour (295.533 km/h).[7] After his qualifying run, Earnhardt, Jr. said, "We thought we had a top-five car in practice, and we got some good cloud cover about six or seven cars in front of us before we went to qualify, and that brought the track temp down to give us a good advantage," Earnhardt said. "It gave us a good opportunity to run a bit quicker lap than maybe what the car had in it."[6] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Edwards.[7] Johnson qualified third, Kyle Busch took fourth, and Marcos Ambrose started fifth.[7] Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, Keselowski, Vickers, and Montoya completed the first ten positions on the grid.[7]

The early morning hours of race day.

Race[edit]

Defending race winner Brad Keselowski goes for a spin in the grass and then comes back up onto the track, into the wall and takes out multiple cars.
Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, and the field are stopped on the front stretch because of a crash in turn 1.

Start[edit]

First half[edit]

The race was scheduled to start Saturday at 8:00 p.m., but pushed to Sunday afternoon due to rain, at 12:00 p.m. E.T., This prompted NASCAR to have a competition caution on Lap 30. Carl Edwards lead lap 1. The race ran 29 laps before the first caution, which was the competition caution, The race restarted on lap 36, and four laps later, the second caution of the race came out for a tire blowout on lap 39, The race restarted on lap 47, and the third caution of the race flew on lap 48 for a huge crash in the front straightaway, Brad Keselowski, Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch and others were involved in the incident, it started with Brad Keselowski spinning in the grass, and took out multiple cars, The red flag was displayed with Jimmie Johnson the race leader, it was lifted after 5 minutes and 3 seconds, The race restarted on lap 51. A couple laps later, The fourth caution came out on lap 89 for debris on the track.

Second Half[edit]

David Gilliland blew a tire and brought out the fifth caution, Kasey Kahne was the free pass, The race restarted on lap 94. A couple of laps later, The fifth caution of the race came out on lap 149, Jeff Gordon was the free pass under caution. The race restarted on lap 154, Jimmie Johnson took the lead, The fifth caution then came out on lap 241 for a tire blowout.

Wreck again and finish[edit]

The race restarted on lap 243 and the sixth caution came out for a wreck again, on lap 246, the race restarted on lap 250, Matt Kenseth won his first race at Kentucky.

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won his first pole position of the year, setting a new qualifying speed record of 183.636 mph.
Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29.406 183.636
2 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 29.459 183.306
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29.485 183.144
4 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 29.574 182.593
5 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 29.575 182.587
6 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 29.615 182.340
7 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 29.629 182.254
8 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 29.639 182.192
9 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 29.683 181.922
10 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 29.716 181.720
11 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 29.718 181.708
12 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29.727 181.653
13 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 29.770 181.391
14 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Ford 29.775 181.360
15 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 29.808 181.159
16 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 29.816 181.111
17 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 29.852 180.892
18 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 29.856 180.868
19 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 29.862 180.832
20 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 29.873 180.765
21 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29.894 180.638
22 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 29.904 180.578
23 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 29.926 180.445
24 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 30.005 179.970
25 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 30.006 179.964
26 51 Austin Dillon Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 30.033 179.802
27 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 30.102 179.390
28 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 30.155 179.075
29 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 30.177 178.944
30 33 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 30.292 178.265
31 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 30.297 178.235
32 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 30.340 177.983
33 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 30.386 177.713
34 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 30.425 177.486
35 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 30.571 176.638
36 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 30.597 176.488
37 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 30.615 176.384
38 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 30.622 176.344
39 19 Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota 30.714 175.816
40 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 30.733 175.707
41 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 30.816 175.234
42 44 Scott Riggs Xxxtreme Motorsports Ford 30.832 175.143
43 32 Ken Schrader FAS Lane Racing Ford 31.216 172.988
Source:[7]

Race results[edit]

Matt Kenseth took his fourth race victory of the 2013 season.
Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Led Points1
1 16 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 38 47
2 23 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 267 0 42
3 15 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 267 0 41
4 11 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 267 0 40
5 4 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 267 0 39
6 27 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 267 0 38
7 19 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 267 0 37
8 12 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 0 36
9 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 182 37
10 22 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 0 34
11 21 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 0 33
12 1 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 267 10 33
13 5 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 267 0 31
14 7 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 0 30
15 18 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 267 0 29
16 10 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 267 0 28
17 13 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 0 27
18 31 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 267 1 27
19 14 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 267 0 25
20 25 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 0 24
21 2 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 267 35 24
22 17 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 267 0 22
23 29 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 267 0 21
24 26 51 Austin Dillon Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 267 0 0[2]
25 28 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 267 0 19
26 38 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 265 0 18
27 36 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 263 0 17
28 34 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 262 1 17
29 42 32 Ken Schrader FAS Lane Racing Ford 262 0 15
30 24 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 259 0 14
31 9 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 240 0 0[2]
32 35 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 165 0 12
33 8 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 153 0 11
34 20 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 151 0 10
35 6 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 147 0 9
36 30 33 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 104 0 0[2]
37 41 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 95 0 0[2]
38 33 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 84 0 6
39 37 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 77 0 0[2]
40 32 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 62 0 4
41 39 19 Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota 57 0 0[2]
42 40 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 47 0 2
43 43 44 Scott Riggs Xxxtreme Motorsports Ford 6 0 03
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.
2. a b c d e f Ineligible for driver's championship points.
3. ^ Post entry, driver and owner did not score points.

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  2. ^ "2013 Quaker State 400 weather information". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  3. ^ "Quaker State 400 Race Information". Jayski's Silly Season Site. ESPN. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Quaker State 400 1st Practice Speeds". Motor Racing Network. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  5. ^ a b c "Quaker State 400 Final Practice Speeds". Motor Racing Network. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  6. ^ a b Spencer, Reid (2013-06-28). "Dale Earnhardt Jr. takes his first pole of 2013". NASCAR. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "2013 Quaker State 400 Qualifying Results". Motor Racing Network. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 


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