2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season
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The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be the 65th season of professional stock car racing in the United States. The season is scheduled to start on February 16, 2013 at Daytona International Speedway, with the Daytona Shootout, followed by the Daytona 500 on February 24.

Contents

Signed teams and drivers

TeamManufacturerNo.Race DriverCrew Chief
Earnhardt Ganassi RacingChevrolet1Jamie McMurray[1]TBA
42Juan Pablo Montoya[2]TBA
Furniture Row RacingChevrolet78Kurt Busch[3]TBA
Germain RacingFord13Casey Mears[4]TBA
Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet5Kasey Kahne[5]TBA
24Jeff Gordon[6]TBA
48Jimmie Johnson[7]Chad Knaus[8]
88Dale Earnhardt, Jr.[9]TBA
Joe Gibbs RacingToyota[10]11Denny Hamlin[11]TBA
18Kyle Busch[12]TBA
20Matt Kenseth[13]Jason Ratcliff[14]
JTG Daugherty RacingToyota[10]47TBATBA
Leavine Family RacingFord95Scott Speed[15]TBA
Michael Waltrip RacingToyota[10]15Clint Bowyer[16]TBA
55Mark Martin[17]TBA
Michael Waltrip[17]
56Martin Truex, Jr.[18]TBA
Penske RacingFord[19]2Brad Keselowski[20]Paul Wolfe[20]
22Joey Logano[21]TBA
Richard Childress RacingChevrolet27Paul Menard[22]TBA
29Kevin Harvick[23]TBA
31Jeff Burton[24]TBA
Richard Petty MotorsportsTBA9TBATBA
43TBATBA
Roush Fenway RacingFord16Greg Biffle[25]Matt Puccia[26]
17[27]Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.[28]Jimmy Fennig[26]
99Carl Edwards[29]Chad Norris[26]
Stewart-Haas RacingChevrolet10Danica Patrick[30]TBA
14Tony Stewart[31]TBA
39Ryan Newman[32]TBA
Wood Brothers RacingFord21Trevor Bayne[33]TBA

Team changes

Penske Racing announced that they would change their manufacturer to Ford after being with Dodge since 2003.[19] Penske had collaborated with the Ford corporation from 1992 through 2002.[34]

Driver changes

The 2013 season will see several driver changes. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., enters the series from Nationwide Series to replace Matt Kenseth, who decided not to renew his contract with Roush Fenway Racing after his fourteenth season with the team.[28][35] Kenseth later replaced Joey Logano in the No. 20 at Joe Gibbs Racing.[36] Logano, who had been racing for Joe Gibbs Racing since the 2008 season, moved to Penske Racing to replace A. J. Allmendinger [37]— who was suspended from the series in July 2012 — and Sam Hornish, Jr., who was Allmendinger's temporary replacement.[38] Furniture Row Racing chose not to retain Regan Smith, instead choosing the 2004 season champion, Kurt Busch for the 2013 season, and for the final six races of the 2012 season.[39] Busch was previously with the Phoenix Racing team during the 2012 season.[3]

Schedule

The final calendar was released on September 25, 2012, containing 36 races, with the addition of two exhibition races. The schedule also includes two Budweiser Duels, which are the qualifying races for the Daytona 500.[40]

No.Race TitleTrackDate
Daytona ShootoutDaytona International Speedway, Daytona BeachFebruary 16[41]
Budweiser DuelsFebruary 21[41]
1Daytona 500February 24[42]
2Subway Fresh Fit 500Phoenix International Raceway, AvondaleMarch 3[43]
3TBALas Vegas Motor Speedway, Las VegasMarch 10[44]
4Food City 500Bristol Motor Speedway, BristolMarch 17
5Auto Club 400Auto Club Speedway, FontanaMarch 24
6TBAMartinsville Speedway, RidgewayApril 7
7TBATexas Motor Speedway, Fort WorthApril 13[45]
8TBAKansas Speedway, Kansas CityApril 21
9TBARichmond International Raceway, RichmondApril 27
10Aaron's 499Talladega Superspeedway, TalladegaMay 5
11TBADarlington Raceway, DarlingtonMay 11[44]
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race XXIXCharlotte Motor Speedway, ConcordMay 18[44]
12Coca-Cola 600May 26[44]
13TBADover International Speedway, DoverJune 2[46]
14Pocono 400Pocono Raceway, Long PondJune 9[47]
15TBAMichigan International Speedway, BrooklynJune 16
16TBASonoma Raceway, SonomaJune 23
17Quaker State 400Kentucky Speedway, SpartaJune 29
18Coke Zero 400Daytona International Speedway, Daytona BeachJuly 6
19Lenox Industrial Tools 301New Hampshire Motor Speedway, LoudonJuly 14
20Crown Royal 400Indianapolis Motor Speedway, SpeedwayJuly 28
21TBAPocono Raceway, Long PondAugust 4
22TBAWatkins Glen International, Watkins GlenAugust 11
23Pure Michigan 400Michigan International Speedway, BrooklynAugust 18
24Irwin Tools Night RaceBristol Motor Speedway, BristolAugust 24
25AdvoCare 500Atlanta Motor Speedway, HamptonSeptember 1
26TBARichmond International Raceway, RichmondSeptember 7
Chase for the Sprint Cup
27GEICO 400Chicagoland Speedway, JolietSeptember 15
28Sylvania 300New Hampshire Motor Speedway, LoudonSeptember 22
29TBADover International Speedway, DoverSeptember 29[46]
30TBAKansas Speedway, Kansas CityOctober 6
31TBACharlotte Motor Speedway, ConcordOctober 12
32TBATalladega Superspeedway, TalladegaOctober 20
33TBAMartinsville Speedway, RidgewayOctober 27
34TBATexas Motor Speedway, Fort WorthNovember 3[45]
35TBAPhoenix International Raceway, AvondaleNovember 10[43]
36TBAHomestead-Miami Speedway, HomesteadNovember 17 [40]

Changes

2013 car

In preparation for the 2013 season, NASCAR allowed the manufacturers participating in the series to develop a new car that resembles the production models. Areas of the car that were allowed to be changed were the area above the doors, hood and truck lid.[48]

Ford was the first to announce their 2013 car on January 24, 2012, with the Ford Fusion;[49] however, the company modified the car in June 2012 by designing a new grille and hood lines.[50] Afterward, Dodge revealed their 2013 Dodge Charger,[48] while Chevrolet announced that the Chevrolet Impala would no longer race in the series, instead the Chevrolet SS, which is expected to go into production in 2014, would.[51] On May 22, 2012, Toyota announced that the Toyota Camry would continue to be their race model for the 2013 season.[52]

On July 30, 2012, NASCAR approved each of the manufacturer's design after the results of the final aerodynamic test, allowing them to begin making parts for the cars. The new cars are expected to premiere in the 2013 Daytona Speedweeks.[53] However, Dodge announced on August 7, 2012 that it would not participate in the series during the 2013 season after recording 55 victories in the previous eleven years.[54][55]

To benefit the safety of the drivers, NASCAR improved the roll cage that surrounds the driver after a large amount testing in the NASCAR Research and Development Center. The improvement features a new forward roof bar and center roof support bar that would intersect in the center of the front section of the roll cage.[56]

Rule changes

After banning all testing on tracks where any of the three premier series sanction races in 2008, NASCAR announced on September 29, 2012, that they will implement limited testing at tracks which sanction a race on the schedule. However, NASCAR stated that each team would only be allowed to test four different times, with each test at a different track.[57]

Furthermore, NASCAR announced that they would eliminate the top-35 qualifying rule that had been in place since 2005 and revert to the previous qualifying rule. The rule was originally established so that full time teams, as well as their sponsors, would be ensured a spot in the race when 50+ cars attempted to race. For 2013 the top 36 starting positions will be set by qualifying speed. Positions 37 to 42 will be set by provisionals (based off of owners points). Unlike in previous years, the previous years' Owners points will only be used for the first three races of a season. Also, NASCAR instituted a random draw to determine qualifying order instead of inverting the first practice speeds. Director of Competition Robin Pemberton stated the change was made due to teams manipulating their first practice run to get a later qualifying draw.[58]

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