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Race Rewind: Looking back at the Camping World 500

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013
Race facts Goody’s 500 Where: Martinsville (Va.) Speedway When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday TV: ESPN Radio: Motor Racing Network Last year’s winner: Jimmie Johnson
More information Camping World 500
FinStDriverCarLaps*PtsEarnings
19Jamie McMurrayChevy18847$236,345
28Dale Earnhardt Jr.Chevy18843$180,210
321Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Ford18842$187,596
434Paul MenardChevy18840$154,726
527Kyle BuschToyota18840$162,068
67David RaganFord18839$133,618
724David GillilandFord18837$122,293
84Martin Truex Jr.Toyota18836$128,235
917Ryan NewmanChevy18835$128,493
1020Clint BowyerToyota18835$132,793
116Greg BiffleFord18834$106,710
1233Kevin HarvickChevy18832$134,071
1311Jimmie JohnsonChevy18833$140,346
1419Jeff GordonChevy18831$131,671
1536Michael McDowellFord18829$90,310
1618Joey LoganoFord18829$115,343
175Carl EdwardsFord18828$121,660
1830Kurt BuschChevy18827$113,030
1938Travis KvapilToyota18825$108,468
2012Matt KensethToyota18825$122,076
212Jeff BurtonChevy18824$98,460
221Aric AlmirolaFord18823$122,046
2326Trevor BayneFord1880$84,735
2435Justin AllgaierChevy1880$104,018
2539Dave BlaneyChevy18820$94,057
2616Austin DillonChevy18710$127,535
2710Casey MearsFord187118$96,510
2837J.J. YeleyChevy18716$83,360
2913Brad KeselowskiFord18715$133,651
3014Josh WiseFord1870$84,035
3131Cole WhittToyota1870$79,880
3222Michael WaltripToyota18712$87,660
3323Danica PatrickChevy18711$79,510
3429Bobby LabonteToyota18711$87,310
3540Terry LabonteFord18710$79,135
3628Kasey KahneChevy1869$96,980
3743Landon CassillChevy1830$78,846
3815Denny HamlinToyota14226$93,625
393Marcos AmbroseFord1345$97,039
4025David ReutimannToyota11924$65,825
4132Juan Pablo MontoyaChevy7813$89,039
4242Joe NemechekToyota6020$57,825
4341Tony RainesChevy220$54,325
Race Statistics Average Speed: 178.795 mph. Time of Race: 2 hours, 47 minutes, 49 seconds. Margin of Victory: Under caution. Caution Flags: Three for 10 laps. Lead Changes: 52 among 20 drivers. Lap Leaders: Almirola 1; Burton 2; Almirola 3-7; Burton 8-10; Kenseth 11-14; Biffle 15-18; Logano 19-24; Biffle 25; Kenseth 26-41; Logano 42; B.Labonte 43-44; Gordon 45; T.Labonte 46; Kahne 47; Earnhardt Jr. 48-49; Johnson 50-54; Earnhardt Jr. 55-57; Kenseth 58-68; Johnson 69-77; Earnhardt Jr. 78-80; Ku.Busch 81-82; Johnson 83-84; Kenseth 85; Johnson 86-93; Bowyer 94; Johnson 95-97; Bowyer 98; Johnson 99-101; Earnhardt Jr. 102-103; Johnson 104; Earnhardt Jr. 105; Johnson 106-110; Stenhouse Jr. 111-113; Johnson 114-120; Stenhouse Jr. 121; McMurray 122; Mears 123; Gordon 124-125; Almirola 126-127; Earnhardt Jr. 128-131; Johnson 132-135; Earnhardt Jr. 136-146; Ky.Busch 147; Stenhouse Jr. 148; Earnhardt Jr. 149-160; Stenhouse Jr. 161; Ku.Busch 162; Ragan 163; Blaney 164; Ky.Busch 165-170; Edwards 171; Ky.Busch 172-173; McMurray 174-188. *Reason out: 1. Wreck, 2. Engine.

Observations

• The checkered flag in Sunday’s race had barely stopped waving when some fans on social media were already complaining about NASCAR waving the caution flag for an accident on the last lap. In my opinion, cautions should be called for the same reasons at the end of a race as they are during a race, although NASCAR has made distinctions in the past. In this case, Austin Dillon’s car got airborne on the backstretch and at the time there was no way to tell whether he was injured or not. NASCAR should never put itself in position to leave driver safety to chance.

• It’s been a big month for owner Chip Ganassi. In the last 30 days, Ganassi’s Grand Am team won a series championship, his driver Scott Dixon clinched this year’s IndyCar Series championship Saturday night in Fontana, Calif., and NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray ended his two-year winless streak with a victory Sunday at Talladega.

• Jimmie Johnson is the Sprint Cup Series points leader and the next race on the schedule is at Martinsville, Va., where he has won an astounding eight times in his career. We’ve seen this move before – many times.

How the Chase contenders faired:

1 Jimmie Johnson (2,254): Johnson, who swept both Daytona races this season, appeared ready to collect a victory at Talladega as well, leading a race-high 47 laps. He got shuffled back to 13th but still finished seven spots better than Matt Kenseth and took over the series points lead.

2 Matt Kenseth (-4): Kenseth clearly had one of the fastest cars in the race but late in the event he struggled with the handling on his No. 20 Toyota. “It was really bizarre, typically handling is a non-issue here but we got so loose I couldn’t even hand on to it,” he said.

3 Kyle Busch (-26) : Lately restrictor-plate races haven’t been good experiences for Busch, but that changed Sunday even though he missed his pit stall during the first round of green-flag stops. He ended up fifth and moved into a tie for third in the series standings.

4 Kevin Harvick (-26) : Harvick spent much of the race running near the back of the field, hoping to make a late charge to the front. A slower-than-usual green-flag pit stop left him further back in the field than he wanted and didn’t have enough time to all the way to the front. He finished 12th.

5 Jeff Gordon (-34) : Gordon called Sunday’s race pretty much “a wash” as his position in the championship race barely changed. Gordon said he was shocked more drivers didn’t attempt to make a run on the leaders before the final lap unfolded.

“I’ve never seen guys have that much patience here in my life,” he said.

6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (-52): Earnhardt was in prime position to make a run on race leader Jamie McMurray on the final lap but a caution robbed him of the chance of any last-lap dramatics.

7 Greg Biffle (-53): Biffle was never in contention but pleased to get out of Talladega without getting involved in a wreck. “That is all I really care about,” he said.

8 Clint Bowyer (-57): Bowyer actually took the lead briefly midway through the race and ended up finishing 10th – tied for his second-best finish so far in the Chase.

9 Kurt Busch (-61): Sporting a Wonder Bread paint scheme reminiscent of the “Talladega Nights” movie didn’t help Busch’s fortunes much this week. He finished 18th.

10 Carl Edwards (-68) : Edwards made a move to the front late in the race but it may have been too soon. He ended up getting shuffled back to 17th. “I thought he were in a really good spot but it just didn’t work out,” he said.

11 Ryan Newman (-72): Newman never got to the front to contend for the win but did manage to earn his fourth Top-10 finish of the Chase.

12 Joey Logano (-75): Logano tried to get a run started in the bottom groove in the closing laps but not enough cars joined in to make any significant progress.

13 Kasey Kahne (-101) : A bad day just kept getting worse. Kahne fell a lap down riding near the back of the field and was later penalized for speeding on pit road.

Five key moments

1 . Early in the race, it appeared Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson had the fastest cars. They ended up leading 79 of the 188 laps.

2 . Kyle Busch missed his pit stall and was forced to make two stops during the race’s first round of green-flag pit stops.

3 . Kasey Kahne had a bad day. First, he fell a lap down racing in the back of the field, then on Lap 122, he was penalized for speeding on pit road.

4 . Jamie McMurray moved into the lead with 15 laps remaining and runs the high line – the fastest way around the track – and has no intentions of giving it up without a fight.

5 . McMurray takes the white flag as the leader so when a caution is displayed by NASCAR for an accident, his victory is assured.

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