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2013 Camping World RV Sales 500

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Driver  Aric Almirola
Time  47.406 seconds
2013 Camping World RV Sales 500
Date  October 20, 2013 (2013-10-20)
Location  Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Alabama
Course  Permanent racing facility 2.66 mi (4.256 km)
Distance  188 laps, 500.08 mi (800.128 km)

The 2013 Camping World RV Sales 500 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held on October 20, 2013, at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama. Contested over 188 laps on the 2.66 mile superspeedway, it was the 32nd race of the 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship, and the sixth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Jamie McMurray of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing won the race, breaking a 108 race winless streak, while Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished second. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Paul Menard, and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five. The race had two caution flags, 20 leaders, and 52 lead changes, both of them season highs. This was the second straight Chase race to be won by a non-Chaser.

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Background

Talladega Superspeedway is a four turn tri-oval track that is 2.66 miles (4.28 km) long. The track's turns are banked at 33 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is 18 degrees. The back stretch, opposite of the front, is at only two degrees. The racetrack has a seating capacity for 109,000 spectators. Matt Kenseth was the defending race winner after winning the event during the 2012 race.

Practice and qualifying

Rain cancelled qualifying and Aric Almirola was awarded the pole based on his practice speed. Sam Hornish, Jr. did not qualify due to lack of attempts.

Race summary

Jamie McMurray passed Jimmie Johnson with 15 laps to go. For the final 15 laps McMurray stumped runner-up Dale Earnhardt Jr. holding Earnhardt off for the rest of the race. Austin Dillon spent most of the final 50 laps in third place. On the final lap Dillon got tapped from behind by Ricky Stenhouse Jr.. Dillon cart-wheeled over Casey Mears. Dale Earnhardt Jr. made a pass on Jamie McMurray and finished first, but McMurray took the win as Earnhardt had completed his pass after the caution came out. Officials confirmed 30 minutes after the race was over that McMurray was leader at the moment of caution.

Qualifying

  • Qualifying was canceled because of rain showers, prompting the grid to be set by first practice lap times.
  • References

    2013 Camping World RV Sales 500 Wikipedia


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