2013 NASCAR Cup Series (Simpsonverse)

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The 2013 NASCAR Cup Series was the 65th season of NASCAR professional stock car racing in the United States and the 42nd modern-era Cup season. The season began on February 16, 2013, at Daytona International Speedway, with the Budweiser Shootout, followed by the Daytona 500 on February 24. The season ended with the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on November 30.

This season was the last for defending champion Mark Martin, Rodney Orr, and 27-time race winner Tim Steele. Chevrolet entered the season as the reigning Manufacturer's Champions, while Brad Keselowski was the reigning Drivers' Champion. By the end of the season, Adam Petty claimed his second Cup Championship.

Teams and drivers

Complete schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race Driver Crew Chief Model
Chevrolet Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 01 Jeffrey Earnhardt Dan Stillman Camaro
1 Martin Truex, Jr. Doug Randolph
8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Tony Eury, Jr.
15 Brad Keselowski Keith Rodden
81 Matt Kenseth Kevin Hamlin
Furniture Row Racing 78 Kurt Busch Todd Berrier SS
Hendrick Motorsports 5 Kasey Kahne Kenny Francis Camaro
24 Jeff Gordon Alan Gustafson
25 Mark Martin Steve Letarte
48 Jimmie Johnson Chad Knaus
84 Landon Cassill Lance McGrew
Phoenix Racing (Finch)
Phoenix Racing (Scott)
09 Regan Smith Nick Harrison Camaro
A. J. Allmendinger
Austin Dillon
Bobby Labonte
Jacques Villeneuve
Owen Kelly
Brendan Gaughan
Ryan Truex
Mike Bliss
Justin Allgaier
Michael McDowell
Kyle Larson
Richard Childress Racing 3 Jeff Burton Luke Lambert Template:Tooltip[1]
Ernie Cope Template:Tooltip
Matt McCall Template:Tooltip
30 Kevin Harvick Gil Martin
31 Paul Menard Shane Wilson
33 Austin Dillon Template:Tooltip[2] Scott Naset Template:Tooltip
Ryan Wellman Template:Tooltip
John Rahlf Template:Tooltip
Shane Wilson Template:Tooltip
Mike Abner Template:Tooltip
Brian Scott Template:Tooltip[3]
Circle Sport Landon Cassill Template:Tooltip[4]
Ron Fellows Template:Tooltip
Tony Raines Template:Tooltip
Stewart-Haas Racing 10 Danica Patrick (R) Tony Gibson Camaro
14 Tony Stewart Steve Addington Template:Tooltip
Greg Zipadelli Template:Tooltip
39 Ryan Newman Matt Borland
Tommy Baldwin Racing 7 Dave Blaney Template:Tooltip[5] Tommy Baldwin Jr. Camaro
Justin Marks Template:Tooltip
36 J. J. Yeley Template:Tooltip[6] Joe Lax[7]
Victor Gonzalez Jr. Template:Tooltip[8]
Dodge Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates 40 Bryan Clauson Jeff Vandermoss Challenger
41/43 Kenny Irwin, Jr. Kevin Manion
42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chris Heroy
Petty Enterprises 9 Marcos Ambrose Drew Blickensderfer
43/41 Aric Almirola Mike Ford
44 Chad McCumbee Mark Tudor
45 Adam Petty Billy Wilburn
46 Austin Petty Chris Hussey
Ford Brett Favre Racing 16 Tim Steele Joey Knuckles Mustang
61 Steve Park Slugger Labbe
90 Tony Roper Darrell Bryant
FAS Lane Racing 32 Terry Labonte Template:Tooltip Frank Stoddard Fusion
Ken Schrader Template:Tooltip[9]
Timmy Hill (R) Template:Tooltip[10]
Boris Said Template:Tooltip
Front Row Motorsports[11] 34 David Ragan[11] Jay Guy Fusion
35 Josh Wise Template:Tooltip[11] Steve Lane Template:Tooltip[12]
Derrick Finley Template:Tooltip
Todd Anderson Template:Tooltip
Michael McDowell Template:Tooltip
38 David Gilliland[11] Frank Kerr[12]
Germain Racing 13 Casey Mears[13] Bootie Barker Fusion
Orr Motorsports 37 Rodney Orr John Page Fusion
Penske Racing 2 Blaise Alexander Paul Wolfe Template:Tooltip[14]
Kevin Buskirk Template:Tooltip
22 Joey Logano Todd Gordon Template:Tooltip[15]
Steve Reis Template:Tooltip
Robert Yates Racing 28 Jamie McMurray Greg Erwin Fusion
88 Jeremy Mayfield Todd Parrott
96 Jason Leffler Larry Carter
Roush Fenway Racing 6 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (R) Chad Norris Roush Mustang
17 Trevor Bayne Scott Graves
60 Greg Biffle Matt Puccia
99 Carl Edwards[16] Jimmy Fennig[17]
Toyota BK Racing 83 David Reutimann[18] Pat Tryson Template:Tooltip[18]
Doug Richert Template:Tooltip
93 Travis Kvapil Todd Anderson Template:Tooltip
Mike Ford Template:Tooltip
Dale Ferguson Template:Tooltip
Joe Gibbs Racing[19] 11 Denny Hamlin Template:Tooltip[20] Darian Grubb Camry
Brian Vickers Template:Tooltip
18 Kyle Busch[21] Dave Rogers
20 Elliott Sadler Jason Ratcliff Template:Tooltip[22]
Wally Brown Template:Tooltip
JTG Daugherty Racing[19] 47 Bobby Labonte Template:Tooltip Brian Burns[23] Camry
A. J. Allmendinger Template:Tooltip
Michael Waltrip Racing 51 Clint Bowyer Brian Pattie Camry
55 Brian Vickers Template:Tooltip[24] Rodney Childers Template:Tooltip[25]
Scott Miller Template:Tooltip
Michael Waltrip Template:Tooltip[26]
Elliott Sadler Template:Tooltip
56 Jerry Nadeau Chad Johnston
NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing[27] 87 John Nemechek Eric Phillips Camry
97 Joe Nemechek Template:Tooltip Scott Eggleston
Tomy Drissi Template:Tooltip
Swan Racing[28] 26 Michael Waltrip (1) Steve Lane Avalon
David Stremme Template:Tooltip[28]
Cole Whitt Template:Tooltip
Kevin Swindell Template:Tooltip
Parker Kligerman Template:Tooltip

Limited schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race Driver Crew Chief Round(s) Model
Chevrolet (Start Your Engines!) Circle Sport 04 Tony Raines John Rahlf Template:Tooltip
Mike Abner Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip 2012 Impala
Max Q Motorsports 37 J. J. Yeley James Parrott Template:Tooltip 2011 Camaro
Ford Go Green Racing 52 Paulie Harraka Ben Leslie Template:Tooltip 2010 Fusion
Leavine Family Racing 95 Scott Speed[29] Wally Rogers Template:Tooltip Fusion
Reed Sorenson Template:Tooltip
Scott Riggs Template:Tooltip
Blake Koch Template:Tooltip
Penske Racing 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Greg Erwin Template:Tooltip Mustang
Phil Parsons Racing 98 Michael McDowell[30] Gene Nead Template:Tooltip 2012 Mustang
Johnny Sauter Template:Tooltip
Wood Brothers Racing 21 Travis Pastrana Donnie Wingo[31] Template:Tooltip Mustang
Xxxtreme Motorsport 04 Scott Riggs Tony Furr Template:Tooltip
Walter Giles Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip 2012 Fusion
Toyota Brian Keselowski Motorsports
Hamilton Means Racing[32]
52 Brian Keselowski Bob Keselowski Template:Tooltip
Ben Leslie Template:Tooltip
Template:Tooltip 2011 Avalon
Morgan Shepherd Template:Tooltip
Humphrey Smith Racing 19 Mike Bliss Peter Sospenzo Template:Tooltip 2010 Camry
Jason Leffler Template:Tooltip
Alex Kennedy Template:Tooltip
Scott Riggs Template:Tooltip

Manufacturer Changes

  • Chevrolet replaced the Impala with the Holden Commodore VF, rebadged for American markets as the Chevrolet SS.
  • With the sudden downsurge in part-time teams, and Roger Penske switching back to Ford due to Ford offering him top support priority, Dodge had no choice but to pull the Charger from Cup Series competition, leaving the Challenger as their only model at the top level after they managed to secure the loyalties of Chip Ganassi and Richard Petty. This allowed the remaining Penske Chargers to be cascaded to the Grand National Series. Focusing on one model and two teams had the added benefit of making the remaining Dodge cars much more competitive, with at least one finishing in the top 5 of every race in 2013.


The final calendar was released on September 25, 2012, containing 38 races, with the addition of two exhibition races. The schedule also includes two Gatorade Duels, which are the qualifying races for the Daytona 500.

No. Race Title Track Date TV
Budweiser Shootout Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach February 16 CBS
Gatorade Duels February 21 CBS
1 Daytona 500 February 24 CBS
2 Subway Fresh Fit 500 Rockingham Speedway, Rockingham March 3 Fox
3 Kobalt Tools 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas March 10 Fox
4 Cromax Pro 300 Road America, Elkhart Lake March 17 Fox
5 Budweiser 400 Riverside International Raceway, Moreno Valley March 24 Fox
6 STP Gas Booster 500 Martinsville Speedway, Ridgeway April 7 Fox
7 NRA 500 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth April 13 Fox
8 STP 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City April 21 Fox
9 Old Spice 400 Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison April 27 Fox
10 Aaron's 499 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega May 5 Fox
11 Steven Universe 400 Nazareth Speedway, Nazareth May 11 Fox


Cartoon Network

NASCAR Open Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord May 18 Speed
NASCAR All-Star Race Speed
12 Coca-Cola 600 May 26 Fox
13 FedEx 400 Dover International Speedway, Dover June 2 Fox
14 Howard Johnson's 400 Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain June 9 TBS
15 TNN 420 Fairgrounds Speedway, Nashville June 16 TNN
16 McDonald's 400 Chicago Motor Speedway, Cicero June 23 TBS
17 GEICO 400 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet June 30 MGM
18 Coke Zero 400 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach July 6 MGM
19 Camping World RV Sales 301 New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon July 14 TBS
20 Crown Royal 400 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway July 28 ESPN
21 Gobowling.com 400 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond August 4 MGM
22 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen August 11 MGM
23 Pure Michigan 400 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn August 18 TBS
24 Irwin Tools Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol August 24 MGM
25 Bojangles Southern 500 Darlington Raceway, Darlington September 1 TBS
26 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond International Raceway, Richmond September 7 ESPN
27 Quaker State 400 Kentucky Speedway, Sparta September 15 MGM
28 Jacob's Grand Prix Brands Hatch, West Kingsdown, Kent, England September 22 TBS
29 Tyson Holly Farms 400 North Wilkesboro Speedway, North Wilkesboro September 29 MGM
30 Keystone Light 400 Milwaukee Mile, West Allis October 6 MGM
31 Auto Club 400 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana October 12 MGM
32 Bank of America Roval 500 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord (Roval) October 20 ABC
33 Camping World RV Sales 500 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega October 27 MGM
34 Ford EcoBoost 400 Homestead Miami Speedway, Homestead November 3 MGM
35 Toyota Save/Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma November 10 ESPN
36 AdvoCare 500 Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale November 17 MGM
37 Sega 350 Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan November 24 MGM
38 AdvoCare 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton November 30 MGM

Season summary

Race reports

Results and standings


No. Race Pole position Most laps led Winning driver Make/Model
Sprint Unlimited at Daytona Carl Edwards Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Camaro
Budweiser Duel 1 Danica Patrick Trevor Bayne Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Camaro
Budweiser Duel 2 Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon Kyle Busch Toyota Camry
1 Daytona 500 Danica Patrick Matt Kenseth Adam Petty Dodge Challenger
2 Subway Fresh Fit 500 Mark Martin Carl Edwards Carl Edwards Ford Roush Mustang
3 Kobalt Tools 400 Brad Keselowski Kasey Kahne Matt Kenseth Chevrolet Camaro
4 Cromax Pro 300 Kyle Busch Denny Hamlin Adam Petty Dodge Challenger
5 Budweiser 400 Denny Hamlin Kyle Busch Tony Stewart Chevrolet Camaro
6 STP Gas Booster 500 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Camaro
7 NRA 500 Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Kyle Busch Toyota Camry
8 STP 400 Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth Chevrolet Camaro
9 Old Spice 400 Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth Kevin Harvick Chevrolet SS
10 Aaron's 499 Carl Edwards Matt Kenseth David Ragan Ford Fusion
11 Steven Universe 400 Kurt Busch Kyle Busch Mark Martin Chevrolet Camaro
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Carl Edwards Kyle Busch/Kurt Busch Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Camaro
12 Coca-Cola 600 Denny Hamlin Kasey Kahne Kevin Harvick Chevrolet SS
13 FedEx 400 Denny Hamlin Kyle Busch Tony Stewart Chevrolet Camaro
14 Howard Johnson's 400 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Kyle Busch Toyota Camry
15 TNN 420 Carl Edwards Greg Biffle Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Camaro
16 McDonald's 400 Jamie McMurray Martin Truex Jr. Blaise Alexander Ford Fusion
17 GEICO 400 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jimmie Johnson Matt Kenseth Chevrolet Camaro
18 Coke Zero 400 Kyle Busch Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Camaro
19 Camping World RV Sales 301 Brad Keselowski Kurt Busch Brian Vickers Toyota Camry
20 Crown Royal 400 Ryan Newman Jimmie Johnson Ryan Newman Chevrolet Camaro
21 Gobowling.com 400 Jimmie Johnson Kasey Kahne Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Camaro
22 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen Marcos Ambrose Marcos Ambrose Kyle Busch Toyota Camry
23 Pure Michigan 400 Joey Logano Joey Logano Joey Logano Ford Mustang
24 Irwin Tools Night Race Denny Hamlin Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth Chevrolet Camaro
25 Bojangles Southern 500 Austin Petty Tony Stewart Austin Petty Dodge Challenger
26 Federated Auto Parts 400 Jeff Gordon Brad Keselowski Carl Edwards Ford Roush Mustang
27 Quaker State 400 Jeff Gordon Brad Keselowski Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet Camaro
28 Jacob's Grand Prix Joey Logano Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth Chevrolet Camaro
29 Tyson Holly Farms 400 Ryan Newman Matt Kenseth Tim Steele Ford Mustang
30 Keystone Light 400 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jimmie Johnson Rodney Orr Ford Fusion
31 Auto Club 400 Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Chevrolet SS
32 Bank of America Roval 500 Jeff Gordon Kasey Kahne Brad Keselowski Ford Mustang
33 Camping World RV Sales 500 Aric Almirola Jimmie Johnson Jamie McMurray Ford Fusion
34 Ford EcoBoost 400 Denny Hamlin Matt Kenseth Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Camaro
35 Toyota Save/Mart 350 Carl Edwards Jimmie Johnson Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Camaro
36 AdvoCare 500 Jimmie Johnson Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Chevrolet SS
37 Sega 350 Matt Kenseth Matt Kenseth Jeffrey Earnhardt Chevrolet Camaro
38 AdvoCare 500 Adam Petty Brad Keselowski Tony Stewart Chevrolet Camaro