2013 STP Gas Booster 500

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2013 STP Gas Booster 500
Race details[1][2][3][4]
Race 6 of 36 in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
A map showing the layout of Martinsville Speedway
A map showing the layout of Martinsville Speedway
Date April 7, 2013 (2013-04-07)
Location Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway, Virginia, U.S.
Course Permanent racing facility
0.526 mi (0.847 km)
Distance 500 laps, 263 mi (423.257 km)
Weather Overcast with a temperature around 71 °F (22 °C); wind out of the SSW at 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h).
Average speed 72.066 mph (115.979 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Hendrick Motorsports
Time 19.244 seconds
Most laps led
Driver Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Laps 346
Winner
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports
Television in the United States
Network Fox
Announcers Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds
Nielsen Ratings 4.4/10
(6.924 million viewers)

The 2013 STP Gas Booster 500 was NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on April 7, 2013, at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia, United States. Contested over 500 laps on the 0.526-mile (0.847 km) oval, it was the sixth race of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship. Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports won the race, his record eighth win at the track, and second win of the season, while Clint Bowyer finished second. Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Martinsville Speedway, the race track where the race was held.

Martinsville Speedway is a four-turn short track that is 0.526 miles (0.847 km) long.[5] The track's turns are banked at eleven degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, has a zero degree banking.[5] Like the front stretch, the backstraightaway also doesn't have a banked surface.[5] The race consists of 500 laps, which is equivalent to a race distance of 263 miles (423 km).[5]

Before the race, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was leading the Drivers' Championship with 199 points, while Brad Keselowski stood in second with 187 points. Jimmie Johnson followed in the third position, 19 points ahead of Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle in fourth and fifth. Kyle Busch, with 163, was four points ahead of Kasey Kahne and nine ahead of Paul Menard, as Joey Logano was one point ahead of Denny Hamlin and five ahead of Matt Kenseth in tenth and eleventh. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. completed the first twelve positions with 139 points.[6] The defending winner of the race was Ryan Newman, who won the race in 2012.[7]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Jimmie Johnson won his 30th pole position during qualifying.

Three practice sessions were scheduled before the race. The first session, held on April 5, 2013, was 90 minutes long. The second and third were scheduled on April 6, and were 45 and 60 minutes long.[8] During the first practice session, Johnson was quickest with a time of 19.214 seconds, ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya and Clint Bowyer in second and third. Jeff Gordon followed in the fourth position, ahead of Keselowski in fifth.[9]

In the Saturday morning session, Bowyer was quickest, ahead of Kyle Busch and Gordon in second and third. Brian Vickers and Newman followed in the fourth and fifth positions.[10] Jamie McMurray, Biffle, Jeff Burton, Martin Truex, Jr., and Kevin Harvick rounded out the first ten positions.[10] In the final practice session for the race, Bowyer was quickest with a time of 19.518 seconds.[11] Johnson followed in second, ahead of Edwards and Biffle in third and fourth.[11] Burton, who was eighth quickest in second practice,[10] managed fifth.[11]

During qualifying, forty-four cars were entered, meaning only one car was not able to start because of NASCAR's qualifying procedure.[12] Johnson clinched his thirtieth career pole position, with a time of 19.244 seconds.[13] After his qualifying run, Johnson commented, "In the first run out, we were in (qualifying) trim and made two or three laps, and I knew right away that we had a great shot at it today. At that point, I just needed to do my job and not mess up."[3] He was joined on the front row of the grid by Marcos Ambrose.[13] Vickers qualified third, Logano took fourth, and Kahne started fifth.[13] Gordon, Keselowski., Kenseth, Newman, and Edwards completed the first ten positions on the grid.[13] The driver who failed to qualify for the race was Mike Bliss.[13]

Race[edit]

Start[edit]

The race was started at 1:13 p.m. EST., Marcos Ambrose led the field to the green flag, A couple of laps later, the first caution came out when Danica Patrick spun in the straightaway, The race restarted on lap 19, the race restarted on lap 22, Jimmie Johnson led on the first restart, the most laps, A couple of laps later, the second caution came out on lap 70 for debris on the track, Juan Pablo Montoya won the free pass under caution, the race restarted on lap 77, with Jimmie Johnson the race leader.

Second Half[edit]

A couple of laps later, the third caution came out for debris on the track, the race restarted on lap 180, the fourth caution came out for a multi-car wreck in the back straightaway, Jamie McMurray, Marcos Ambrose and others were involved, the race restarted on lap 197, A couple of laps later, the fifth caution came out for a crash again, on lap 246, the race restarted on lap 248, A couple of laps later, the sixth caution came out with 246 laps to go, Carl Edwards spun out in the back straightaway, the race restarted with 241 laps to go, Matt Kenseth led the most laps.

Third half[edit]

The seventh caution came out for debris on the track again, with 224 laps to go, the race restarted with 215 laps to go, The eighth caution came out for a spin for Kurt Busch with 208 laps to go, the race restarted with 202 laps to go. Kyle Busch led the most laps of the race, The ninth caution with Ryan Newman cutting a right front tire, the race restarted with 132 laps to go, A couple of laps later, the tenth caution came out with 52 laps to go when Brian Vickers spun out in the back straightaway, Paul Menard won the free pass under caution, the race restarted with 42 laps to go.

Fourth half[edit]

The eleventh caution came out with 35 laps to go when Dale Earnhardt Jr. spun out in the back straightaway, the race restarted with 28 laps to go, With 14 laps to go, The twelfth caution came out when Kurt Busch caught fire in the back straightaway, the race was red flagged for more than six minutes with 13 laps to go, the race restarted with 8 laps to go, Jimmie Johnson won his race in Martinsville.

Results[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Time Speed
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.244 98.400
2 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 19. 251 98.364
3 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 19.266 98.287
4 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 19.269 98.272
5 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.286 98.185
6 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.286 98.185
7 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 19.307 98.078
8 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.319 98.017
9 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.330 97.962
10 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.330 97.962
11 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.333 97.947
12 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 19.334 97.941
13 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 19.352 97.850
14 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 19.366 97.780
15 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 19.378 97.719
16 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.393 97.643
17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 19.399 97.613
18 51 Regan Smith Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 19.419 97.513
19 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 19.430 97.458
20 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.433 97.442
21 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.435 97.432
22 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 19.438 97.417
23 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 19.445 97.382
24 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Ford 19.462 97.297
25 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 19.472 97.247
26 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.478 97.217
27 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Toyota 19.487 97.177
28 95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 19.512 97.048
29 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 19.523 96.993
30 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 19.532 96.949
31 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 19.541 96.904
32 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 19.542 96.889*
33 33 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 19.546 96.879
34 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 19.556 96.830
35 11 Mark Martin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 19.571 96.755
36 32 Ken Schrader FAS Lane Racing Ford 19.587 96.676
37 36 JJ Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 19.591 96.657
38 44 Scott Riggs Xxxtreme Motorsports Ford 19.603 96.597
39 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 19.625 96.489
40 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 19.628 96.474
41 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 19.642 96.406
42 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 19.672 96.259
43 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 19.824 95.521
Failed to Qualify
19 Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota 19.614 96.543
Source:[13]

Race results[edit]

Johnson's car during the race
Pos. Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 48
2 15 15 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 500 42
3 6 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 41
4 5 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 500 40
5 11 18 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 40
6 7 2 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 500 38
7 13 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 500 37
8 2 9 Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 500 37
9 22 16 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 35
10 35 11 Mark Martin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 34
11 3 55 Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 500
12 32 10 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 500 32
13 21 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 31
14 8 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 500 31
15 9 99 Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing Ford 500 29
16 41 13 Casey Mears Germain Racing Ford 500 28
17 26 14 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 500 27
18 29 31 Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 26
19 16 27 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 500 25
20 34 43 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 500 24
21 31 47 Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota 500 23
22 18 51 Regan Smith Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 500
23 4 22 Joey Logano Penske Racing Ford 499 21
24 17 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 498 20
25 20 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 498 19
26 14 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 497 18
27 37 36 J. J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 497 17
28 30 38 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 496 16
29 39 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 495 15
30 23 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 493 14
31 10 39 Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 492 13
32 36 32 Ken Schrader FAS Lane Racing Ford 492 12
33 33 33 Landon Cassill Circle Sport Chevrolet 492 11
34 43 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 491
35 42 35 Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports Ford 488
36 24 30 David Stremme Swan Racing Toyota 485 8
37 19 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 457 7
38 40 83 David Reutimann BK Racing Toyota 457 6
39 25 93 Travis Kvapil BK Racing Toyota 436 6
40 12 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 385 4
41 28 95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 64 3
42 38 44 Scott Riggs Xxxtreme Motorsports Ford 47 2
43 27 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 26 1
Source:[14]

Standings after the race[edit]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ a b c "STP Gas Booster 500 Final Practice Speeds". Motor Racing Network. April 6, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
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