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
Michigan International Speedway
Michigan International Speedway
Date June 16, 2013 (2013-06-16)
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 1968, 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 71,000 people, with 13,000 seats having been removed from turns 3 and 4 since the race weekend in August 2012.[7] Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was the defending race winner, having won the event in 2012.[8]

Before the race, Jimmie Johnson was leading the Drivers' Championship with 521 points, while Carl Edwards stood in second with 470 points.[9] Clint Bowyer followed in the third with 452, thirteen points ahead of fourth-placed Earnhardt, Jr. and eighteen ahead of fifth-placed Kevin Harvick.[9] Matt Kenseth, with 418, was in sixth; six ahead of Kyle Busch, who was scored seventh.[9] Eighth-placed Kasey Kahne was two points ahead of ninth-placed Brad Keselowski and five ahead of Greg Biffle, who rounded out the top ten.[9] Jeff Gordon was eleventh with 393, while Paul Menard completed the first twelve positions with 385 points.[9] In the Manufacturers' Championship, Chevrolet was leading with 101 points, thirteen points ahead of Toyota.[10] Ford was third after recording only 70 points before the race.[10]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

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

Three practice sessions were held before the race. The first session, held on June 14, 2013, was 90 minutes long. The second and third sessions, held a day later on June 15, were 55 and 60 minutes long, respectively.[11] During the first practice session, Kasey Kahne was quickest with a fastest time of 35.889 seconds.[12] Kurt Busch, who was 0.068 seconds slower, followed in second, ahead of Aric Almirola in third and Kevin Harvick in fourth.[12] With a fastest time of 36.014 seconds, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. managed to be fifth quickest.[12]

During qualifying, forty-four cars were entered, meaning only one car would not obtain a spot in the race per NASCAR's qualifying procedure.[13] Carl 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).[14] After his qualifying run, Edwards commented on his results, saying, "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.[14] Kasey Kahne qualified third, Paul Menard took fourth, and Aric Almirola ranked fifth.[14] Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch, and Juan Pablo Montoya completed the first ten positions on the grid.[14] The driver who failed to qualify for the race was Scott Riggs.[3]

In the Saturday morning practice session, Kurt Busch was quickest with a fastest lap time of 35.829 seconds, over two-tenths ahead of Carl Edwards in second and Jimmie Johnson in third. Paul Menard and Mark Martin followed in the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.[15] Kasey Kahne, Greg Biffle, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Aric Almirola rounded out the first ten positions.[15] 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 of the second practice session.[15][16] Kahne followed in second, ahead of Martin in third and Johnson in fourth.[16] Edwards, who was second-quickest in second practice,[15] could only manage fifth.[16]

Race[edit]

The race began with Paul Menard colliding with pole-sitter Carl Edwards in turn 2 on the opening lap in an attempt to grab the lead. Edwards lost multiple positions as a result, and Menard wasn't able to capture the lead, either, as Kurt Busch emerged in front. The first caution flew on lap 6, after Bobby Labonte got loose and spun in turn 2, collecting Jeff Gordon. A competition caution was thrown on lap 20 for the previous night's rain. Kurt Busch lost the lead to Joey Logano during this caution, and only three laps after the subsequent restart, on lap 29, Busch got loose off of turn two and crashed down the back-straightaway.

Afterward, multiple caution flags and different pit stop strategies gave Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Kasey Kahne turns at leading the race. At one point, Johnson rebounded to the second position after falling to twelfth as a result of a mistake made on a restart. On lap 104 and while leading the race, Kahne experienced a right-front tire failure and crashed into the outside wall in turn 1, setting his car ablaze and eliminating him from the event. Fortunately, Kahne was not harmed by the impact or the fire. Johnson took over the lead but lost it to Earnhardt during pit stops. On the restart on lap 113, Earnhardt began to pull away from Kenseth and Biffle as Johnson struggled to battle back to the front. Several laps later, Earnhardt developed engine problems and fell off the pace, giving Johnson (who had successfully passed Kenseth and Biffle) the lead. After a few slow laps, Earnhardt's engine blew up, bringing out another caution on lap 131. After taking four tires in the pits, Johnson fell to 20th and Edwards took the lead ahead of Logano, Kenseth, and Biffle.

Following the restart on lap 136, Biffle worked his way past both Kenseth and Logano into second and proceeded to chase down Edwards, passing him for the lead on lap 150 and quickly pulling away afterward. A caution for a right-front tire failure on the car of McMurray occurred in the middle of the last round of pit stops, trapping Edwards a lap down (although he would immediately receive the free pass). Biffle, who had pitted under the green but did not go a lap down, cycled out as the leader. On the lap of the restart (lap 174), Kenseth got loose off of turn two, causing him to drop several positions while Johnson, who restarted tenth, began to pass cars. Johnson gradually worked his way through the field, eventually passing Harvick to move into second with eight laps to go. However, as Johnson struggled to catch Biffle, he experienced a right-front tire failure off of turn 2 on lap 198, causing him to make contact with the outside wall and relegating him to a 28th-place finish after having to pit to address the tire. Biffle sped away to take the victory over Harvick, Martin Truex, Jr., Kyle Busch, and Tony Stewart. Biffle's win was the 615th race victory for the Ford marque and 715th for Ford Motor Company in the Cup Series. It was also the 1,000th race victory for Ford Motor Company in NASCAR's three national touring series.[17][18]

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][14]

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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