NASCAR at the Glen 2013 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis

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NASCAR at the Glen 2013 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis
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In an entertaining race from world-famous Watkins Glen International, it was Kyle Busch and the No. 18 car that took the checkered flag and won the 2013 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen.

Busch has been a serious contender at each of the last two races at Watkins Glen, but after holding off Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 car on the last lap, he was finally able to drive into victory lane.

Keselowski held on for a second-place finish, Martin Truex Jr. managed a very respectable third-place finish and Carl Edwards finished fourth. Juan Pablo Montoya rounded out the top five.

 

Full Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Results

Pos Driver Car # Make Started
1 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 5
2 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford 8
3 Martin Truex Jr. 56 Toyota 3
4 Carl Edwards 99 Ford 16
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet 11
6 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 2
7 Joey Logano 22 Ford 9
8 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 18
9 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet 13
10 AJ Allmendinger 47 Toyota 4
11 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 6
12 Casey Mears 13 Ford 30
13 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 26
14 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet 14
15 Max Papis 14 Chevrolet 29
16 Greg Biffle 16 Ford 17
17 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet 7
18 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17 Ford 33
19 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota 20
20 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet 35
21 David Ragan 34 Ford 31
22 Boris Said 32 Ford 27
23 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota 10
24 Owen Kelly 51 Chevrolet 23
25 David Gilliland 38 Ford 21
26 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 22
27 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet 40
28 Landon Cassill 140 Chevrolet 41
29 Alex Kennedy 19 Toyota 37
30 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 Chevrolet 25
31 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford 1
32 Brian Vickers 55 Toyota 15
33 David Stremme 30 Toyota 39
34 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet 19
35 Ron Fellows 33 Chevrolet 24
36 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 28
37 Aric Almirola 43 Ford 32
38 Michael McDowell 35 Ford 12
39 Brian Keselowski 152 Toyota 43
40 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota 38
41 Victor Gonzalez Jr. 36 Chevrolet 34
42 Tomy Drissi 87 Toyota 42
43 David Reutimann 83 Toyota 36

*Visit NASCAR.com for results and race times.

 

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Two-time Watkins Glen winner Marcos Ambrose raced his way to the pole for the race and started off red-hot, staying in the lead and putting a healthy gap between himself and the field.

David Reutimann and the No. 83 car brought out the first caution of the day on Lap 6 with a blown engine. After the race returned to green for a few laps, Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 car brought out the second caution of the day with major front-end damage on Lap 14.

After Ambrose once again brought the field back to racing, the race stayed clean until teams began pitting under the green flag. Kevin Harvick then took the lead following the first round of stops.

The yellow flag came out for the third time as Michael McDowell blew out a tire on Lap 35. Shortly after returning to green-flag racing, the red flag was brought out in a four-car wreck on Lap 40 that involved Travis Kvapil, Ron Fellows, Tomy Drissi, Landon Cassill and Victor Gonzalez Jr.

Ambrose took the lead once the race restarted and maintained it until a caution on Lap 60 came out when Aric Almirola smashed into the tire barrier. Teams made pit stops under caution, and the field was shuffled.

With Ambrose stuck in traffic, Busch took the lead with just over 20 laps to go. Another yellow flag was brought out on Lap 78 and turned the race into a closing-lap shootout.

The hope of a clean finale was shattered with just 10 laps left as Kasey Kahne and the No. 5 car got sideways and collected the No. 88 of teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr., as well as Jeff Burton, Alex Kennedy and David Ragan.

Just as the green flag came out once again, Ambrose was turned around coming up the hill. The wreck included Brian Vickers and Max Papis. After the final restart of the day, Busch emerged to win the race.

 

2013 Sprint Cup Standings

Rank Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF Laps Laps Led
1 Jimmie Johnson 808 - 22 4 9 15 0 5950 1136
2 Clint Bowyer 733 75 22 0 7 12 1 5941 115
3 Carl Edwards 728 80 22 1 7 11 0 5917 214
4 Kevin Harvick 707 101 22 2 5 11 2 5661 44
5 Kyle Busch 693 115 22 3 10 14 3 5547 1066
6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 670 138 22 0 5 12 2 5735 94
7 Matt Kenseth 659 149 22 4 5 11 3 5548 995
8 Brad Keselowski 634 174 22 0 7 11 1 5745 153
9 Greg Biffle 627 181 22 1 3 8 0 5711 87
10 Martin Truex Jr. 625 183 22 1 5 9 2 5627 253
11 Kurt Busch 623 185 22 0 5 10 2 5855 271
12 Kasey Kahne 622 186 22 2 7 9 3 5625 466

*Complete standings found at ESPN.com.

 

Another wild race is in the books, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves toward the Chase for the Sprint Cup as it travels to Michigan International Speedway for the Pure Michigan 400. The next race will take place Aug. 18 at 1:16 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN.

Greg Biffle was the 2012 race champion.

 

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