2013 Quicken Loans 400

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2013 Quicken Loans 400
Race details[1][2][3]
Race 15 of 36 in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
Michigan International Speedway
Michigan International Speedway
Date June 18, 2013 (2013-06-18)
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)
Pole position
Driver Roush Fenway Racing
Time 35.564 seconds
Most laps led
Driver Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing
Laps 48
Winner
No. 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing
Television in the United States
Network TNT
Announcers Adam Alexander, Wally Dallenbach, Jr. and Kyle Petty
Nielsen Ratings 2.8[4] (4.533 million viewers)[5]

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.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Michigan International Speedway's front stretch and infield.

Michigan International Speedway is a four-turn superspeedway that is 2 miles (3.2 km) long.[6] 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.[6] The back stretch, has a five degree banking and is 2,242 feet long.[6] Michigan International Speedway has a grandstand seating capacity of 84,000 people.[6] Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was the defending race winner after winning the race in 2012.[7]

Before the race, Johnson was leading the Drivers' Championship with 521 points, while Carl Edwards stood in second with 470 points.[8] Clint Bowyer followed in the third with 452, thirteen points ahead of Earnhardt, Jr. and eighteen ahead of Kevin Harvick in fourth and fifth.[8] Matt Kenseth, with 418, was in sixth; six ahead of Kyle Busch, who was scored seventh.[8] Eighth-placed Kasey Kahne was two points ahead of Brad Keselowski and five ahead of Greg Biffle in ninth and tenth.[8] Jeff Gordon was eleventh with 393, while Paul Menard completed the first twelve positions with 385 points.[8] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 101 points, thirteen points ahead of Toyota.[9] Ford was third after recording only 70 points before the race.[9]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Carl Edwards won the pole position with a speed of 202.452 mph.

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.[10] During the first practice session, Kahne was quickest with a fastest time of 35.889 seconds.[11] Kurt Busch, who was 0.068 of a second slower, followed in second, ahead of Aric Almirola and Harvick in third and fourth.[11] With a fastest time of 36.014 seconds, Earnhardt, Jr. managed to be fifth quickest.[11]

During qualifying, forty-four cars were entered, meaning only one car was bumped from the race because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure.[12] Edwards clinched his twelfth career pole position,[3] with a lap time of 35.564 seconds and a speed of 202.452 miles per hour (325.815 km/h).[13] 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.”[3] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Kurt Busch.[13] Kahne qualified third, Menard took fourth, and Almirola started fifth.[13] Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, Kenseth, Kyle Busch, and Juan Pablo Montoya completed the first ten positions on the grid.[13] The driver who failed to qualify for the race was Scott Riggs.[3]

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.[14] Kahne, Biffle, Denny Hamlin, Harvick, and Almirola rounded out the first ten positions.[14] 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.[14][15] Kahne followed in second, ahead of Martin and Johnson in third and fourth.[15] Edwards, who was second quickest in second practice,[14] could only manage fifth.[15]

Race[edit]

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.[16]

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 35.564 202.452
2 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 35.665 201.879
3 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 35.783 201.213
4 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 35.856 200.803
5 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 35.863 200.764
6 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 35.870 200.725
7 33 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 35.887 200.630
8 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 35.898 200.568
9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 35.918 200.457
10 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 35.920 200.445
11 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 35.927 200.406
12 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 35.982 200.100
13 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 35.991 200.050
14 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 36.038 199.789
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 36.043 199.761
16 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 36.045 199.750
17 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 36.056 199.689
18 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 36.062 199.656
19 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 36.112 199.380
20 51 Bobby Labonte Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 36.116 199.358
21 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 36.139 199.231
22 55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 36.142 199.214
23 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 36.237 198.692
24 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 36.255 198.593
25 21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing Ford 36.285 198.429
26 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 36.297 198.364
27 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 36.310 198.292
28 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 36.349 198.080
29 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 36.378 197.922
30 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 36.508 197.217
31 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 36.583 196.813
32 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 36.587 196.791
33 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 36.683 196.276
34 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 36.685 196.266
35 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 36.784 195.737
36 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 36.826 195.514
37 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 36.942 194.900
38 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 37.131 193.908
39 32 Ken Schrader FAS Lane Racing Ford 37.288 193.092
40 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 37.313 192.962
41 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 37.338 192.833
42 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 37.502 191.990
43 19 Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota 38.472 187.149
Failed to Qualify
44 Scott Riggs Xxxtreme Motorsports Ford 39.047 184.393
Source:[3][13]

Race results[edit]

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Led Points1
1 19 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 48 48
2 21 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 0 42
3 13 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 200 0 41
4 9 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 0 40
5 14 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 200 0 39
6 8 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 200 0 38
7 27 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 200 0 37
8 1 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 16 37
9 6 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 200 21 36
10 18 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 0 34
11 7 33 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 0
12 16 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 200 0 32
13 37 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 200 0 31
14 4 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 0 30
15 25 21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing Ford 200 0
16 15 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 200 0 28
17 5 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 200 0 27
18 35 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 200 0 26
19 32 47 A. J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Ford 200 0 25
20 10 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 0 24
21 24 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 200 2 24
22 26 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 200 0 22
23 23 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 200 0 21
24 40 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 200 1 21
25 31 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 200 1 20
26 22 55 Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 200 0 18
27 41 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 200 2 18
28 17 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 199 18 17
29 34 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 199 0 15
30 11 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 199 0 14
31 36 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 199 0 13
32 33 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 198 0 12
33 28 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 196 21 12
34 39 32 Ken Schrader FAS Lane Racing Ford 195 0 10
35 2 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 193 21 10
36 42 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 193 0
37 12 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 131 34 8
38 3 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 103 14 7
39 29 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 52 0 5
40 38 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 51 0
41 43 19 Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota 50 0
42 30 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 36 1 3
43 20 51 Bobby Labonte Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 5 0 1
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.

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

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