New Hampshire 300 2013 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis

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New Hampshire 300 2013 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis
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The yellow flag made several appearances at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday during the 2013 Camping World RV Sales 301, and it was Brian Vickers who managed to navigate through those multiple cautions to capture the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. 

Fox Sports: NASCAR had the tweet as Vickers crossed the finish line:

Vickers made it back to victory lane for Michael Waltrip Racing for the first time in 75 races, taking over the lead on Lap 287 and withstanding the green-white-checkered finish to take home the victory in New Hampshire. 

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NASCAR's official account had this tweet for the winner as he outlasted a strong field to capture a huge win for driver and crew:

As noted by ESPN's Matt Willis, Vickers had struggled to consistently be toward the top of the final race leaderboards before his win on Sunday:

Vickers pulled away from Tony Stewart around the second turn on the late restart, and Stewart looked to run out of gas before he could give Vickers a run for his money on the final two laps. The winner increased his lead and crossed the line a little more than a half-second faster than Kyle Busch, who finished second. 

Jeff Burton, Brad Keselowski and Aric Almirola rounded out the top five. Jimmie Johnson, who started in the 43rd position, would finish sixth. 

 

Full 2013 New Hampshire 300 Results

 

Finish Driver
1 Brian Vickers
2 Kyle Busch
3 Jeff Burton
4 Brad Keselowski
5 Aric Almirola
6 Jimmie Johnson
7 Kevin Harvick
8 Carl Edwards 
9 Matt Kenseth
10 Jeff Gordon
11 Kasey Kahne 
12 Jamie McMurray
13 Clint Bowyer
14 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 
15 Greg Biffle 
16 Martin Truex Jr. 
17 Paul Menard 
18 David Gilliland 
19 David Ragan 
20 David Stremme 
21 Denny Hamlin 
22 AJ Allmendinger 
23 Dave Blaney
24 Juan Pablo Montoya
25 Joe Nemechek 
26 Tony Stewart 
27 Bobby Labonte 
28 David Reutimann 
29 J.J. Yeley 
30 Ken Schrader 
31 Kurt Busch 
32 Landon Cassill 
33 Marcos Ambrose 
34 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 
35 Josh Wise 
36 Casey Mears 
37 Danica Patrick 
38 Travis Kvapil 
39 Ryan Newman 
40 Joey Logano 
41 Morgan Shepherd 
42 Michael McDowell 
43 Mike Bliss 

*Visit NASCAR.com for results and race times.

 

We should have known early on that there would be plenty of chances for the field to regroup if a mistake was made.

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As noted by NASCAR on ESPN, the drivers had barely been given the green flag to start the race when the yellow flag came out:

Cautions dominated the action for the majority of the early laps, as the drivers had a hard time keeping their cars tight in turns where another car was in close proximity. 

The turns gave the field all kinds of trouble on Sunday, as you can see with this tweet from NASCAR's official account:

Danica Patrick, who finished 37th, was visibly upset when AJ Allmendinger caused her to spin out and lose some valuable ground. As you can see in this tweet from Motor Racing Network, Patrick had some choice words about getting bumped. 

Patrick misread the break coming around a turn later in the race, dinging boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Travis Kvapil. NASCAR's account had this tweet with footage of Patrick's miscue.

The cautions allowed those who might have lost a step to regain it when the pace car came out, and that includes Johnson, who worked and weaved his way from dead last to sixth by the end of the race. 

Tony Stewart was the man to beat through the final two-thirds of the race, but it was Vickers who made the most of the caution to get the jump on Stewart at the line. NASCAR Stats had the tweet as Vickers took control:

A late caution threatened to turn the tables back on the late leader, but Vickers navigated his car on the high side during a three-wide trip on the restart and pulled away when Stewart ran out of gas just before he could make a legitimate push at the win. 

 

Updated 2013 Sprint Cup Standings

Position

Driver and Team

Points

1

 Jimmy Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports

 696

2

 Clint Bowyer, Michael Waltrip Racing

 640 

3

 Carl Edwards, Roush Fenway Racing

 623 

4

 Kevin Harvick, Richard Childress Racing

 622

5

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hendrick Motorsports 

 578

6

 Matt Kenseth, Joe Gibbs Racing

 576

7

 Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing 

 576 

8

 Greg Biffle, Roush Fenway Racing

 545

9

 Brad Keselowski, Penske Racing

 529 

10

 Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports

 523

11

 Martin Truex Jr., Michael Waltrip Racing

 521

12

 Jeff Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports

 521

*Complete standings found at ESPN.com.

 

After a one-week hiatus, NASCAR will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard, otherwise known as the Brickyard 400. 

Johnson is a four-time winner of the event and the defending champion, so you can bet all eyes will be on Hendrick Motorsports when the action picks up again in Indiana on July 28. 

 

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