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Fontana - Cup results

24 March 2013

All kinds of mayhem capped the Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on Sunday afternoon, but it was Kyle Busch who emerged with the actual race win - his first victory in 2013, his second at Fontana and his 25th victory in 298 Cup starts. It breaks a 31-race winless streak stretching back to Richmond in April 2012. Busch also won the Nationwide Series race the previous day. (See separate story.)

The race had looked like it had come to a showdown between Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano, former team mates with Busch at Joe Gibbs Racing before Logano decamped to Penske Racing at the start of 2013 and who have been in an escalating feud over recent weeks. In the end, it appeared suspiciously like Logano opted to settle scores rather than take the win, even telling reporters afterwards: "That's what he gets."

With Hamlin sent into a huge hit with the inside wall out of turn 4, Busch was able to swoop past to secure victory. Described as awake and alert, Hamlin was put into an ambulance and subsequently airlifted to a local hospital for evaluation after being removed form the wrecked #11. Meanwhile Tony Stewart reportedly confronted Logano in pit lane about a blocking incident during a race restart, and insults and punches were thrown: ""He's nothing but a little rich kid who has never had to work in his life," fumed Stewart, adding: "He threw a water bottle at me like a little girl."

Dale Earnhardt Jr. took second place to put himself into the lead of the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship standings over Brad Keselowski by 12 points. Third place in the race went to Joey Logano who was classified ahead of Carl Edwards when the yellow came out for Hamlin's crash; Kyle's older brother Kurt, currently racing for Furniture Row Racing, finished in fifth.

Race results

1. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing 2hrs 57mins 19secs
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Motorsports + 1.261s
3. Joey Logano Penske Racing + 2.475s
4. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing + 2.600s
5. Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing + 2.759s
6. Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing + 2.810s
7. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing + 3.481s
8. Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing + 3.965s
9. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports + 4.113s
10. Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing + 4.505s
11. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports + 4.941s
12. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports + 5.274s
13. Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing + 5.819s
14. Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports + 5.912s
15. Casey Mears Germain Racing + 6.187s
16. AJ Allmendinger Phoenix Racing + 6.579s
17. Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing + 7.158s
18. Martin Truex Jr Michael Waltrip Racing + 8.314s
19. Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing + 8.995s
20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Racing + 9.440s
21. Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing + 14.476s
22. Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing + 24.608s
23. Brad Keselowski Penske Racing + 27.944s
24. David Ragan Front Row Motorsports + 43.650s
25. Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing + 1 Laps Accident
26. Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing + 1 Laps
27. J.J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing + 1 Laps
28. Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing + 1 Laps
29. David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports + 2 Laps
30. Landon Cassill Circle Sport + 6 Laps
31. David Stremme Swan Racing + 7 Laps
32. Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports + 7 Laps
33. David Reutimann BK Racing + 8 Laps Oil Leak
34. Travis Kvapil BK Racing + 12 Laps
35. Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing + 16 Laps Engine
36. Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports + 18 Laps
37. Mark Martin Michael Waltrip Racing + 21 Laps
38. Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing + 31 Laps
39. Timmy Hill FAS Lane Racing + 92 Laps Rear Gear
40. Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports + 97 Laps Overheating
41. Scott Riggs XXXtreme Motorsport + 134 Laps Vibration
42. Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing + 140 Laps Vibration
43. Mike Bliss Humphrey Smith Racing + 156 Laps Fuel pump

Practice 3 times

1. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 39.269s (Leader) 183.351mph (30 laps)
2. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 39.356s (-0.087s) 182.945mph (34 laps)
3. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 39.379s (-0.110s) 182.839mph (29 laps)
4. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 39.470s (-0.201s) 182.417mph (32 laps)
5. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 39.479s (-0.210s) 182.375mph (40 laps)
6. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 39.526s (-0.257s) 182.159mph (29 laps)
7. #51 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 39.528s (-0.259s) 182.149mph (37 laps)
8. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 39.530s (-0.261s) 182.140mph (26 laps)
9. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 39.562s (-0.293s) 181.993mph (23 laps)
10. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 39.567s (-0.298s) 181.970mph (18 laps)
11. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 39.581s (-0.312s) 181.905mph (26 laps)
12. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 39.595s (-0.326s) 181.841mph (27 laps)
13. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 39.702s (-0.433s) 181.351mph (20 laps)
14. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 39.788s (-0.519s) 180.959mph (19 laps)
15. #22 Joey Logano Ford 39.812s (-0.543s) 180.850mph (27 laps)
16. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 39.837s (-0.568s) 180.737mph (34 laps)
17. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 39.860s (-0.591s) 180.632mph (35 laps)
18. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 39.860s (-0.591s) 180.632mph (29 laps)
19. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 39.879s (-0.610s) 180.546mph (36 laps)
20. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 39.942s (-0.673s) 180.261mph (27 laps)
21. #13 Casey Mears Ford 39.950s (-0.681s) 180.225mph (23 laps)
22. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 39.975s (-0.706s) 180.113mph (19 laps)
23. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 39.982s (-0.713s) 180.081mph (17 laps)
24. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 40.016s (-0.747s) 179.928mph (28 laps)
25. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 40.035s (-0.766s) 179.843mph (20 laps)
26. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 40.142s (-0.873s) 179.363mph (36 laps)
27. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 40.147s (-0.878s) 179.341mph (31 laps)
28. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 40.165s (-0.896s) 179.261mph (24 laps)
29. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 40.387s (-1.118s) 178.275mph (14 laps)
30. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 40.531s (-1.262s) 177.642mph (15 laps)
31. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 40.544s (-1.275s) 177.585mph (17 laps)
32. #35 Josh Wise Ford 40.587s (-1.318s) 177.397mph (15 laps)
33. #38 David Gilliland Ford 40.620s (-1.351s) 177.253mph (18 laps)
34. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 40.739s (-1.470s) 176.735mph (9 laps)
35. #30 David Stremme Toyota 40.771s (-1.502s) 176.596mph (15 laps)
36. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 40.840s (-1.571s) 176.298mph (22 laps)
37. #34 David Ragan Ford 41.008s (-1.739s) 175.575mph (23 laps)
38. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 41.077s (-1.808s) 175.281mph (18 laps)
39. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 41.159s (-1.890s) 174.931mph (17 laps)
40. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 41.178s (-1.909s) 174.851mph (9 laps)
41. #19 Mike Bliss Toyota 41.335s (-2.066s) 174.187mph (6 laps)
42. #44 Scott Riggs Ford 41.517s (-2.248s) 173.423mph (12 laps)

Practice 2 times

1. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 38.657s (Leader) 186.253mph (37 laps)
2. #51 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 38.670s (-0.013s) 186.191mph (22 laps)
3. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 38.847s (-0.190s) 185.342mph (31 laps)
4. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 38.861s (-0.204s) 185.276mph (31 laps)
5. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 38.864s (-0.207s) 185.261mph (19 laps)
6. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 38.878s (-0.221s) 185.195mph (19 laps)
7. #55 Mark Martin Toyota 38.895s (-0.238s) 185.114mph (39 laps)
8. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 38.896s (-0.239s) 185.109mph (30 laps)
9. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 38.908s (-0.251s) 185.052mph (25 laps)
10. #22 Joey Logano Ford 38.983s (-0.326s) 184.696mph (28 laps)
11. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 39.122s (-0.465s) 184.040mph (31 laps)
12. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 39.203s (-0.546s) 183.659mph (35 laps)
13. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 39.211s (-0.554s) 183.622mph (29 laps)
14. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 39.223s (-0.566s) 183.566mph (30 laps)
15. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 39.226s (-0.569s) 183.552mph (30 laps)
16. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 39.283s (-0.626s) 183.285mph (24 laps)
17. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 39.308s (-0.651s) 183.169mph (25 laps)
18. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 39.346s (-0.689s) 182.992mph (29 laps)
19. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 39.355s (-0.698s) 182.950mph (31 laps)
20. #13 Casey Mears Ford 39.357s (-0.700s) 182.941mph (29 laps)
21. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 39.448s (-0.791s) 182.519mph (30 laps)
22. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 39.470s (-0.813s) 182.417mph (24 laps)
23. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 39.475s (-0.818s) 182.394mph (30 laps)
24. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 39.509s (-0.852s) 182.237mph (24 laps)
25. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 39.527s (-0.870s) 182.154mph (30 laps)
26. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 39.738s (-1.081s) 181.187mph (26 laps)
27. #30 David Stremme Toyota 39.765s (-1.108s) 181.064mph (17 laps)
28. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 39.782s (-1.125s) 180.986mph (26 laps)
29. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 39.969s (-1.312s) 180.140mph (7 laps)
30. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 40.056s (-1.399s) 179.748mph (23 laps)
31. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 40.080s (-1.423s) 179.641mph (11 laps)
32. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 40.118s (-1.461s) 179.471mph (10 laps)
33. #35 Josh Wise Ford 40.146s (-1.489s) 179.345mph (15 laps)
34. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 40.209s (-1.552s) 179.064mph (13 laps)
35. #34 David Ragan Ford 40.371s (-1.714s) 178.346mph (16 laps)
36. #38 David Gilliland Ford 40.373s (-1.716s) 178.337mph (21 laps)
37. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 40.433s (-1.776s) 178.072mph (18 laps)
38. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 40.439s (-1.782s) 178.046mph (18 laps)
39. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 40.440s (-1.783s) 178.042mph (3 laps)
40. #32 Timmy Hill Ford 40.552s (-1.895s) 177.550mph (17 laps)
41. #19 Mike Bliss Toyota 41.002s (-2.345s) 175.601mph (7 laps)
42. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota No time

Sprint Cup Series championship standings

1. (+1) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 199pts (0pts)
2. (-1) Brad Keselowski 187pts (-12pts)
3. (--) Jimmie Johnson 183pts (-16pts)
4. (+4) Carl Edwards 164pts (-35pts)
5. (--) Greg Biffle 164pts (-35pts)
6. (+4) Kyle Busch 163pts (-36pts)
7. (--) Kasey Kahne 159pts (-40pts)
8. (+1) Paul Menard 154pts (-45pts)
9. (+3) Joey Logano 146pts (-53pts)
10. (-4) Denny Hamlin 145pts (-54pts)
11. (+2) Matt Kenseth 141pts (-58pts)
12. (-1) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # 139pts (-60pts)
13. (+3) Kurt Busch 137pts (-62pts)
14. (-10) Clint Bowyer 137pts (-62pts)
15. (+2) Kevin Harvick 130pts (-69pts)
16. (-2) Jamie McMurray 125pts (-74pts)
17. (+3) Aric Almirola 125pts (-74pts)
18. (+3) Jeff Gordon 123pts (-76pts)
19. (-1) Martin Truex Jr. 122pts (-77pts)
20. (+3) Ryan Newman 121pts (-78pts)
21. (+1) Casey Mears 118pts (-81pts)
22. (+2) Tony Stewart 108pts (-91pts)
23. (-8) Marcos Ambrose 107pts (-92pts)
24. (+1) Jeff Burton 105pts (-94pts)
25. (-6) Mark Martin 102pts (-97pts)
26. (+1) JJ Yeley 92pts (-107pts)
27. (+4) AJ Allmendinger 92pts (-107pts)
28. (+2) Dave Blaney 89pts (-110pts)
29. (-1) Danica Patrick # 87pts (-112pts)
30. (-4) Juan Pablo Montoya 83pts (-116pts)
31. (-2) Bobby Labonte 82pts (-117pts)
32. (--) David Reutimann 74pts (-125pts)
33. (--) David Ragan 74pts (-125pts)
34. (+1) David Gilliland 64pts (-135pts)
35. (-1) David Stremme 63pts (-136pts)
36. (--) Travis Kvapil 57pts (-142pts)
37. (+3) Landon Cassill 39pts (-160pts)
38. (--) Terry Labonte 37pts (-162pts)
39. (--) Scott Speed 32pts (-167pts)
40. (+1) Michael Waltrip 23pts (-176pts)
41. (+1) Ken Schrader 17pts (-182pts)
42. (N/A) Timmy Hill # 5pts (-194pts)
43. (--) Scott Riggs 4pts (-195pts)
44. (N/A) Michael McDowell 2pts (-197pts)

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