2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Start Your Engines!)

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The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was the 65th season of professional stock car racing in the United States and the 42nd modern-era Cup series season.

The 2013 season was the first season using the New Body Program carbody, the SC-13 body, and marked the return to the qualifying procedure that was used before the 2005 season. However, at the two road courses on the schedule drivers qualified in groups instead of single laps. In September 2012, NASCAR removed a ban introduced in the 2008 season on testing at tracks that were on any of the premier series' schedules.

Teams and drivers

Complete schedule

Manufacturer Team No. Race driver Crew chief
Chevrolet Cale Yarborough Motorsports 98 Shane Hmiel
Earnhardt Childress Racing 1 Martin Truex Jr. Kevin Manion
3 Jeff Burton Gil Martin
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Tony Eury Jr.
30 Kevin Harvick Shane Wilson
31 Matt Kenseth Drew Blickensderfer
81 Jeffrey Earnhardt Slugger Labbe
Furniture Row Racing 78 Kurt Busch Todd Berrier
Hendrick Motorsports 5 Jerry Nadeau Lance McGrew
25 Ricky Hendrick Alan Gustafson
35 Landon Cassill
50 Jimmie Johnson Chad Knaus
52 Brad Keselowski Steve Letarte
Kennedy Racing 03 Melvin Kennedy Mark Cutter
04 Louise Kennedy
Phoenix Racing (Finch)Phoenix Racing (Scott) 51 Regan Smith Nick Harrison

Jimmy Elledge

Austin Dillon
Bobby Labonte
Jacques Villeneuve
Owen Kelly
Ryan Truex
Mike Bliss
Justin Allgaier
Michael McDowell
Kyle Larson
Stewart-Haas Racing 10 Danica Patrick (R) Tony Gibson
14 Tony Stewart Greg Zipadelli
39 Ryan Newman Matt Borland
61 Mark Martin Steve Addington
Tommy Baldwin Racing 36 Victor Gonzalez Jr. (R) Joe Lax
107 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Jr.
Justin Marks
Dodge AK Racing 7 James Kulwicki
Bill Davis Racing 22 Jeff Gordon
23 Jason Leffler
24 Scott Wimmer
Chip Ganassi Racing 40 Jamie McMurray
41 Bryan Clauson
42 Juan Pablo Montoya
Evernham Motorsports 9 Kasey Kahne Kenny Francis
19 Casey Elliott Ernie Elliott
Kelman Racing 86 Ryan Kelman Wally Rogers
McDuffie Racing 170 Crissy Hillsworth
Moroso-Rudd Racing 82 Rob Moroso
83 Brendan Gaughan
Pacific Coast Racing 60 Chloe Johnson Jed Luke
69 Jenny Smith Barry Baker
80 Tim Johnson Charlie Davis
85 Belle Armstrong Scott Smith
Penske Racing 02 Joey Logano Todd Gordon
2 Blaise Alexander Paul Wolfe
12 Paul Menard
Petty Enterprises 43 Aric Almirola Todd Parrott
44 Chad McCumbee Sammy Johns
45 Adam Petty Drew Blickensderfer
46 Austin Petty Steve Reis
Ford Brett Favre Racing 15 Tim Steele
90 Parker Kligerman (R)
DGB-Medallion Racing 09 Marcos Ambrose
FAS Lane Racing 65 Terry Labonte Frank Stoddard
Ken Schrader
Timmy Hill (R)
Boris Said
Front Row Motorsports 34 David Ragan Jay Guy
35 Josh Wise Steve Lane

Derrick Finley

Todd Anderson

Michael McDowell
38 David Gilliland
Germain Racing 13 Casey Mears Bootie Barker
Roush Racing 16 Greg Biffle Matt Puccia
66 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (R) Scott Graves
99 Carl Edwards Jimmy Fennig
Yates Racing 28 Clifford Allison
88 Jeremy Mayfield
96 J. J. Yeley
Toyota BK Racing 93 Travis Kvapil Todd Anderson

Mike Ford

Dale Ferguson

183 David Reutimann Pat Tryson

Doug Richert

Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Denny Hamlin Darian Grubb
18 Kyle Busch Dave Rogers
20 Elliott Sadler Jason Ratcliff

Wally Brown

Michael Waltrip Racing 17 Clint Bowyer Brian Pattie
55 Brian Vickers Rodney Childers

Scott Miller

NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing 87 Joe Nemechek Scott Eggleston
Tomy Drissi
Swan Racing 30 Michael Waltrip Steve Lane
David Stremme
Cole Whitt
Kevin Swindell

Technical changes

2013 marked the completion of the New Body Program, with the introduction of the SC-13 body. The body was the culmination of five years of development starting in 2008 shortly after a meeting between NASCAR and Detroit automakers.

The goal of the SC-13 body was to update the look of the cars to better match their showroom counterparts. The NC-06 body introduced in 2006 did not reflect the car design trends of the early 2010s, as cars had become taller than the low-slung Sprint Cup Series cars. Not helping matters was the fact the Nationwide Series had switched to a different body in 2011, the NW-11 body, colloquially known as the Muscle Body, that was meant to better represent the cars in showrooms; the NW-11 body was half-successful, as while the Chevrolet Impala bore little resemblence to any Chevrolet model (gaining the derogatory nickname "Frankenpala"), and the Toyota Camry was too boxy compared to its street counterpart, the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger were universally well-received for being nearly-identical to their showroom counterparts.

For the SC-13 body, all four manufacturers were told to make the cars as stock-looking as they could while still staying within NASCAR's guidelines. Chevrolet replaced the Impala with the new Chevrolet SS (really a rebadged Holden Commodore for the American market), while Ford, Dodge, and Toyota continued using the Fusion, Charger, and Camry, respectively; Dodge also offered the Dart as an optional bodystyle, with McDuffie Racing running the full 2013 season with a Dart.

The SC-13 body received universal acclaim for its appearance while still maintaining the high-quality racing that the NC-06 body had come to be associated with.