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2013 Talladega NASCAR: Cup results

6 May 2013

David Ragan claimed his second NASCAR Sprint Cup race win in 228 series starts, his first since losing his Roush Fenway Racing seat and moving to the small Front Row Motorsports operation. Ragan's team mate David Gilliland had boosted him into the lead on the final lap of the severely delayed Aaron's 499 on Sunday, and was himself rewarded with second place.

Front Row Motorsports' first Cup victory came in a green-white chequered finish at Talladega Superspeedway at the end of a race that had been red flagged for rain for nearly four hours. Matt kenseth was the long-time leader, heading 142 of the 192 laps of the race but falling to eighth in the final shootout.

There were two big wrecks in the race: the first on lap 44 was initiated when Kyle Busch collided with Kasey Kahne. One of the cars involved was the Joe Gibbs Racing #11, but fortunately Denny Hamlin had already handed the car off to Brian Vickers as planned and so didn't aggravate his spinal injury. A second multi-car wreck occurred near the end under fading light and with renewed drizzle in the air, and saw Kurt Busch's car flipped and rolled into the air before landing on the hood of Ryan Newman's #39 car.

Jimmie Johnson finished in fifth position two spots behind Carl Edwards, which means that Johnson's lead in the Cup point standings remains virtually unchanged with a 41 point margin over Edwards.

Race results

1. David Ragan Front Row Motorsports 192 laps 3hrs 26mins 02secs
2. David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports + 0.213s
3. Carl Edwards Roush Fenway Racing + 0.227s
4. Michael Waltrip Michael Waltrip Racing + 0.293s
5. Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports + 0.307s
6. Regan Smith Phoenix Racing + 0.403s
7. Martin Truex Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing + 0.416s
8. Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing + 0.416s
9. Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing + 0.489s
10. Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports + 0.492s
11. Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports + 0.518s
12. David Stremme Swan Racing + 0.594s
13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr Roush Fenway Racing + 0.616s
14. Marcos Ambrose Richard Petty Motorsports + 0.645s
15. Brad Keselowski Penske Racing + 0.730s
16. Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing + 0.750s
17. Dale Earnhardt Jr Hendrick Motorsports + 0.755s
18. Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing + 1.018s
19. Josh Wise Front Row Motorsports + 6.153s
20. Bobby Labonte JTG Daugherty Racing + 16.334s
21. Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing + 1 Laps
22. Landon Cassill Circle Sport + 1 Laps
23. Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing + 1 Laps
24. Casey Mears Germain Racing + 3 Laps
25. Juan Pablo Montoya Earnhardt Ganassi Racing + 3 Laps
26. Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing + 4 Laps
27. Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing + 5 Laps
28. Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing + 5 Laps
29. Terry Labonte FAS Lane Racing + 7 Laps Accident
30. Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing + 10 Laps Accident
31. J.J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing + 10 Laps Accident
32. Ryan Newman Stewart-Haas Racing + 10 Laps Accident
33. Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing + 10 Laps Accident
34. Denny Hamlin/Brian Vickers Joe Gibbs Racing + 44 Laps
35. Joey Logano Penske Racing + 49 Laps Engine
36. Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing + 51 Laps
37. Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing + 54 Laps
38. Travis Kvapil BK Racing + 64 Laps
39. Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports + 139 Laps Engine
40. Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing + 145 Laps Accident
41. David Reutimann BK Racing + 149 Laps Accident
42. Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports + 150 Laps Accident
43. Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing + 170 Laps Engine

Sprint Cup Series championship standings

1. (--) Jimmie Johnson 383pts (Leader)
2. (--) Carl Edwards 342pts (-41pts)
3. (+1) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 324pts (-59pts)
4. (+1) Clint Bowyer 316pts (-67pts)
5. (+1) Brad Keselowski 314pts (-69pts)
6. (-3) Kasey Kahne 299pts (-84pts)
7. (+4) Aric Almirola 293pts (-90pts)
8. (+2) Paul Menard 290pts (-93pts)
9. (-2) Kyle Busch 285pts (-98pts)
10. (-2) Greg Biffle 280pts (-103pts)
11. (+2) Matt Kenseth 279pts (-104pts)
12. (-3) Kevin Harvick 276pts (-107pts)
13. (+2) Martin Truex Jr. 269pts (-114pts)
14. (--) Jeff Gordon 269pts (-114pts)
15. (-3) Jamie McMurray 267pts (-116pts)
16. (+2) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # 256pts (-127pts)
17. (-1) Ryan Newman 242pts (-141pts)
18. (-1) Joey Logano 237pts (-146pts)
19. (--) Jeff Burton 235pts (-148pts)
20. (--) Kurt Busch 231pts (-152pts)
21. (+2) Marcos Ambrose 225pts (-158pts)
22. (--) Tony Stewart 224pts (-159pts)
23. (-2) Mark Martin 207pts (-176pts)
24. (+1) Casey Mears 203pts (-180pts)
25. (-1) Juan Pablo Montoya 202pts (-181pts)
26. (+4) David Ragan 192pts (-191pts)
27. (-1) Danica Patrick # 180pts (-203pts)
28. (-1) Bobby Labonte 177pts (-206pts)
29. (+4) David Gilliland 173pts (-210pts)
30. (-1) Dave Blaney 173pts (-210pts)
31. (-3) Denny Hamlin 155pts (-228pts)
32. (--) Jj Yeley 148pts (-235pts)
33. (+2) David Stremme 146pts (-237pts)
34. (-3) David Reutimann 141pts (-242pts)
35. (-1) A J Allmendinger 122pts (-261pts)
36. (+1) Landon Cassill 116pts (-267pts)
37. (-1) Travis Kvapil 106pts (-277pts)
38. (+2) Scott Speed 71pts (-312pts)
39. (-1) Michael McDowell 70pts (-313pts)
40. (+3) Michael Waltrip 63pts (-320pts)
41. (-2) Terry Labonte 52pts (-331pts)
42. (-1) Timmy Hill 34pts (-349pts)
43. (-1) Ken Schrader 29pts (-354pts)
44. (--) Scott Riggs 6pts (-377pts)
45. (--) Brian Keselowski 4pts (-379pts)

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