Irwin Tools Night Race 2013 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis

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Irwin Tools Night Race 2013 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis
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In a race marked by intense action throughout, Matt Kenseth and the No. 20 car emerged victorious in the 2013 Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. 

The dramatic win gives the Joe Gibbs Racing driver his fifth victory of the season, as he edged out Kasey Kahne to take the checkered flag. Both Clint Bowyer and Kenseth locked up spots in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

The second-place finish marked the eighth time Kahne's finished in the top five this season. An inability to make key passes down the stretch prevented him from showing up in victory lane once again. Jeff Gordon put in a solid performance with a seventh-place finish, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. rounded out the top 10. 

POS  Car #  Driver MFG  Started  Laps  Laps Led 
1 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 5 500 149
2 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 7 500 0
3 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 16 500 0
4 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 4 500 0
5 22 Joey Logano Ford 6 500 0
6 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 21 500 64
7 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 32 500 0
8 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 14 500 0
9 16 Greg Biffle Ford 29 500 0
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 19 500 32
11 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 43 500 0
12 34 David Ragan Ford 17 500 0
13 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 41 500 0
14 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 24 500 50
15 43 Aric Almirola Ford 10 499 0
16 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 39 499 0
17 30 David Stremme Toyota 38 498 0
18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 27 497 0
19 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 20 497 0
20 14 Mark Martin Chevrolet 11 497 0
21 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 8 497 0
22 7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 36 497 0
23 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 33 497 0
24 36 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 34 496 0
25 38 David Gilliland Ford 25 495 0
26 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 22 493 0
27 32 Ken Schrader Ford 35 491 0
28 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 1 487 23
29 83 David Reutimann Toyota 31 483 0
30 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 12 478 0
31 78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 2 476 54
32 33 Tony Raines Chevrolet 40 475 0
33 13 Casey Mears Ford 30 467 0
34 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 15 449 7
35 56 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 9 446 2
36 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 13 440 0
37 35 Josh Wise Ford 28 418 0
38 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 23 394 0
39 99 Carl Edwards Ford 3 387 119
40 95 Scott Speed Ford 42 223 0
41 98 Michael McDowell Ford 26 175 0
42 51 Ryan Truex Chevrolet 18 39 0
43 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 37 1 0

Visit NASCAR.com for results and race times.

Denny Hamlin started the race off strong from the pole position, but he wasn't able to take advantage and finished the race in 28th place. 

Bowyer would later take the lead from Hamlin, but he ran into some difficulty when a lapped car caused him to spin out. He would settle for a finish just outside the top 10 at No. 14. 

Jimmie Johnson, the Chase for the Sprint Cup points leader, was another victim of a crash. In a race that saw 11 cautions, he was caught up in one of the more hectic collisions, and it cost him. He finished toward the back of the pack at No. 36. 

With just 54 laps to go, a multiple-car wreck left many drivers with a disappointing finish and tempers flaring as the night race in Bristol headed toward the home stretch. 

However, the leaders of the pack were unscathed by the pileup and continued their pursuit for the checkered flag. Kahne passed Juan Pablo Montoya, but he was just a bit too conservative in his attempts to take the lead over Kenseth and paid dearly for it. 

 

2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Standings

RK DRIVER POINTS BEHIND MONEY WINS POLES TOP 5 TOP 10
1 Jimmie Johnson 821 --- $6,565,912 4 2 9 15
2 Clint Bowyer 803 -18 $3,751,612 0 0 8 13
3 Carl Edwards 768 -53 $3,994,764 1 1 7 12
4 Kevin Harvick 760 -61 $4,314,525 2 0 6 12
5 Kyle Busch 739 -82 $4,645,191 3 3 10 14
6 Matt Kenseth 736 -85 $4,391,363 5 2 6 12
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 714 -107 $3,940,478 0 1 5 13
8 Kasey Kahne 701 -120 $3,648,028 2 0 8 11
9 Greg Biffle 698 -123 $3,394,519 1 0 3 10
10 Joey Logano 685 -136 $3,753,703 1 1 7 13

Complete standings found at ESPN.com.

NASCAR's Sprint Cup series will continue on Sept. 1 with the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The race will take place at 7 p.m. ET and be televised on ESPN. Denny Hamlin won the 2012 race. 

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