2013 Quicken Loans 400
|Race 15 of 36 in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season|
Michigan International Speedway
|Date||June 18, 2013|
|Location||Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan, U.S.|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
2 mi (3.2 km)
|Distance||200 laps, 400 mi (643.737 km)|
|Weather||Overcast with a temperature around 78 °F (26 °C); wind out of the SW at 8 miles per hour (13 km/h).|
|Average speed||139.278 mph (224.146 km/h)|
|Driver||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Most laps led|
|Driver||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing|
|No. 16||Greg Biffle||Roush Fenway Racing|
|Television in the United States|
|Announcers||Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach, Jr. and Kyle Petty|
|Nielsen Ratings||2.8 (4.533 million viewers)|
The 2013 Quicken Loans 400 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on June 16, 2013, at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, United States. Contested over 200 laps on the two–mile (3.2 km) superspeedway, it was the fifteenth race of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship. Greg Biffle of Roush Fenway Racing won the race, his first win of the 2013 season, while Kevin Harvick finished second. Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch, and Tony Stewart rounded out the top five.
Michigan International Speedway is a four-turn superspeedway that is 2 miles (3.2 km) long. Opened in 1960, the track's turns are banked at eighteen degrees, while the 3,600-foot-long front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at twelve degrees. The back stretch, has a five degree banking and is 2,242 feet long. Michigan International Speedway has a grandstand seating capacity of 84,000 people. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was the defending race winner after winning the race in 2012.
Before the race, Johnson was leading the Drivers' Championship with 521 points, while Carl Edwards stood in second with 470 points. Clint Bowyer followed in the third with 452, thirteen points ahead of Earnhardt, Jr. and eighteen ahead of Kevin Harvick in fourth and fifth. Matt Kenseth, with 418, was in sixth; six ahead of Kyle Busch, who was scored seventh. Eighth-placed Kasey Kahne was two points ahead of Brad Keselowski and five ahead of Greg Biffle in ninth and tenth. Jeff Gordon was eleventh with 393, while Paul Menard completed the first twelve positions with 385 points. In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 101 points, thirteen points ahead of Toyota. Ford was third after recording only 70 points before the race.
Practice and qualifying
Three practice sessions are scheduled to be held before the race. The first session, scheduled on June 14, 2013, was 90 minutes long. The second and third, held a day later on June 15, 2013, will be 55 and 60 minutes long. During the first practice session, Kahne was quickest with a fastest time of 35.889 seconds. Kurt Busch, who was 0.068 of a second slower, followed in second, ahead of Aric Almirola and Harvick in third and fourth. With a fastest time of 36.014 seconds, Earnhardt, Jr. managed to be fifth quickest.
During qualifying, forty-four cars were entered, meaning only one car was bumped from the race because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure. Edwards clinched his twelfth career pole position, with a lap time of 35.564 seconds and a speed of 202.452 miles per hour (325.815 km/h). After his qualifying run, Edwards expressed his, This is one lap, and it's good. I'm really happy. The process that's going to put us out front of Hendrick Motorsports and the guys at Joe Gibbs Racing and the rest of the guys we race against on Sunday, this process is just starting. We can use these positive things, like the pole position, hopefully a win, Greg [Biffle's] run last week, we can move forward. We've just got to keep moving forward. There's not a faster car in the place than our car today, and that's a big deal.” He was joined on the front row of the grid by Kurt Busch. Kahne qualified third, Menard took fourth, and Almirola started fifth. Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, Kenseth, Kyle Busch, and Juan Pablo Montoya completed the first ten positions on the grid. The driver who failed to qualify for the race was Scott Riggs.
In the Saturday morning session, Kurt Busch was quickest with a fastest lap time of 35.829 seconds, over two-tenths ahead of Edwards and Johnson in second and third. Menard and Mark Martin followed in the fourth and fifth positions. Kahne, Biffle, Denny Hamlin, Harvick, and Almirola rounded out the first ten positions. In the final practice session for the race, Kurt Busch remained quickest with a time of 36.480 seconds, 0.651 slower than his fastest time in the second practice session. Kahne followed in second, ahead of Martin and Johnson in third and fourth. Edwards, who was second quickest in second practice, could only manage fifth.
The race began with Menard colliding with pole-sitter Edwards in an attempt to grab the lead in the first turn. While Edwards lost multiple positions, Menard wasn't able to capture the lead either and Kurt Busch came out on top. Shortly after, the caution flag flew after Bobby Labonte got loose and spun into Gordon. After a lap 20 competition caution for the previous night's rain, Kurt Busch got loose off of turn two and crashed down the back-straightaway.
Afterward, multiple caution flags and different pit stop strategies gave Logano, McMurray, Johnson, Earnhardt, Jr., and Kahne turns at leading the race. Johnson rebounded to the second position after falling to twelfth as a result of a restart mistake, and leader Kahne blew a right-front tire and hit the wall in turn one on lap 105. Johnson took over the lead but lost it to Earnhardt during pit stops. On the restart, Earnhardt pulled away from Kenseth and Biffle as Johnson struggled to battle back to the lead. Several laps later, Earnhardt developed engine problems and started to fall back, giving Johnson the lead (after he had passed Kenseth and Biffle). After a few slow laps, Earnhardt's engine blew up, bringing out yet another caution. After taking four tires in the pits, Johnson fell to 20th and Edwards took the lead ahead of Logano, Kenseth, and Biffle.
Biffle then closed in on Edwards and passed him for the lead on lap 150, quickly pulling away. A caution for McMurray's blown right-front tire came in the middle of the last round of pit stops, trapping Edwards a lap down (he would get the free pass). Biffle, who had pitted under the green but did not go a lap down, cycled out as the leader. On the restart at lap 174, Kenseth got loose off of turn two and dropped several positions while Johnson, who restarted 10th, tried to pick up positions. Johnson gradually came through the field, passing Harvick to move into second with eight laps to go. However, as Johnson struggled to catch Biffle, he blew a right-front tire out of turn two on lap 198. Biffle sped away to win over Harvick, Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch, and Stewart. The win gave Ford its 1,000th victory in the Cup Series.
Standings after the race
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