Pure Michigan 400 2013 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis

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Pure Michigan 400 2013 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis
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In another exciting race toward the Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Championship, it was Joey Logano and the No. 22 car that took the checkered flag and won the 2013 Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

The win helps the Penske team get closer to ensuring a spot in the championship chase and could be the shift in momentum that brings a NASCAR title to the 23-year-old driver.

Kevin Harvick earned a second-place finish, and Kurt Busch ended up finishing third. Paul Menard took home a stunning fourth-place finish, and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five.

 

Full Pure Michigan 400 Results

Pos Driver Car # Make Started
1 Joey Logano 22 Ford 1
2 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 15
3 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet 2
4 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet 20
5 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 11
6 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford 26
7 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet 31
8 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 5
9 Greg Biffle 16 Ford 16
10 Carl Edwards 99 Ford 19
11 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet 6
12 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford 9
13 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet 21
14 Austin Dillon 14 Chevrolet 27
15 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota 12
16 Martin Truex Jr. 56 Toyota 17
17 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 13
18 Aric Almirola 43 Ford 14
19 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17 Ford 22
20 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota 8
21 Trevor Bayne 21 Ford 18
22 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 29
23 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet 28
24 David Ragan 34 Ford 24
25 Casey Mears 13 Ford 33
26 David Stremme 30 Toyota 36
27 Mark Martin 55 Toyota 4
28 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota 38
29 Timmy Hill 32 Ford 34
30 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet 42
31 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 10
32 Landon Cassill 33 Chevrolet 43
33 Brendan Gaughan 51 Chevrolet 39
34 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota 37
35 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota 30
36 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 Chevrolet 7
37 David Gilliland 38 Ford 23
38 David Reutimann 83 Toyota 25
39 Josh Wise 35 Ford 40
40 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 3
41 Scott Speed 95 Ford 32
42 Johnny Sauter 98 Ford 41
43 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet 35

*Visit NASCAR.com for results and race times.

 

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Logano and the No. 22 car won the honor of starting the race on the pole, but the serenity of the Irish Hills of Michigan was shattered almost immediately after Bowyer and the No. 15 car spun out on Lap 2 and brought out the caution flag.

After a return to green-flag racing, David Reutimann brought another yellow flag on Lap 8. The early string of bad luck didn't end there, as yet another crash on Lap 13 between Austin Dillon and J.J. Yeley slowed the field again.

Though chaos ruled early in the race, it was relatively smooth sailing for the remainder of the first 100 laps for almost every driver except Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 car. Johnson was already in a backup car, but the motor blew up and forced him to enter the garage early on Lap 60.

Almost the entire field hit pit road during a debris caution on Lap 107, and the intense racing of Michigan took over for a long green-flag run. However, Dale Earnhardt Jr. brought out another yellow flag as he cut down a right-front tire and smashed into the wall while running in seventh place.

The yellow flag flew once again on Lap 149 when Bobby Labonte spun into the grass and set up an intriguing last 50 laps of the race.

Kyle Busch brought out yet another caution flag on Lap 157, and the majority of the field hit the pits in hopes of finishing without making another stop. Busch wasn’t done spinning, though, as he took a trip through the grass on Lap 173.

Mark Martin led the final stretch of laps, but it came down to fuel mileage once again, as the No. 55 was forced to pit with four laps remaining and give the lead to Logano.

 

2013 Sprint Cup Standings

Rank Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF Laps Laps Led
1 Jimmie Johnson 813 - 23 4 9 15 1 6004 1139
2 Clint Bowyer 772 41 23 0 8 13 1 6141 115
3 Carl Edwards 762 51 23 1 7 12 0 6117 214
4 Kevin Harvick 749 64 23 2 6 12 2 5861 44
5 Kyle Busch 706 107 23 3 10 14 3 5744 1066
6 Matt Kenseth 688 125 23 4 5 11 3 5748 995
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 679 134 23 0 5 12 2 5906 114
8 Brad Keselowski 667 146 23 0 7 11 1 5945 170
9 Kurt Busch 665 148 23 0 6 11 2 6055 314
10 Greg Biffle 663 150 23 1 3 9 0 5911 115
11 Kasey Kahne 659 154 23 2 7 10 3 5825 466
12 Martin Truex Jr. 653 160 23 1 5 9 2 5827 253

*Complete standings found at ESPN.com.

 

With another chapter in the books, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves toward the Chase for the Sprint Cup as it travels to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Irwin Tools Night Race. The next race will take place Aug. 24 at 7:43 p.m. ET and will be televised on ABC.

Denny Hamlin was the 2012 race champion. 

 

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