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2013 DRIVE4COPD 300

The 2013 DRIVE4COPD 300 was a NASCAR Nationwide Series race held on February 23, 2013 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It was the first race of the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. The race was the 32nd running of the event, and the pole position given to Roush Fenway Racing's Trevor Bayne with a lap speed of 177.162 mph (285.115 km/h),[3] while Tony Stewart of Richard Childress Racing won the race. Sam Hornish, Jr. finished 2nd and Alex Bowman finished 3rd.

2013 DRIVE4COPD 300
Race details
Race 1 of 33 in the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season
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Date February 23, 2013 (2013-02-23)
Location Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida
Course Permanent racing facility
2.5 mi (4.02336 km)
Distance 120 laps, 300 mi (400 km)
Weather Temperatures reading up to 88 °F (31 °C); wind speeds up to 19 miles per hour (31 km/h)[1]
Average speed 139.951 mph (225.229 km/h)
Pole position
Driver Roush Fenway Racing
Most laps led
Driver Regan Smith JR Motorsports
Laps 23
Winner
No. 33 Tony Stewart Richard Childress Racing
Television in the United States
Network ESPN
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
Nielsen Ratings 2.2
(3.4 million viewers)[2]

RaceEdit

The race was marred by two crashes. On lap 116, 11 cars were involved in the first one, which led to Michael Annett suffering a bruised sternum,[4] which kept him out of the next eight races of the season.[5] Jamie Dick, Johanna Long, and Hal Martin were also treated and were released. This crash brought out a 20-minute red flag.[6] The second crash occurred on the final lap. This one started when Regan Smith got turned while trying to block Brad Keselowski. Kyle Larson, who was collected in the crash, got the worst of it, as his car went airborne into the catchfence, ripping out everything from its firewall forward, except for the hood, most of which flew into the grandstand (including its engine and both wheels), as did some debris into the second level.[7] Ultimately, 28 fans were injured, with two of them in critical condition.[8] In the midst of the chaos, Tony Stewart escaped the wreck,[9] and won the race, tying Dale Earnhardt for the most Nationwide Series wins at the track with seven.[8] Alex Bowman; Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; and Parker Kligerman closed out the Top 5 while Brian Scott, Justin Allgaier, Eric McClure; Robert Richardson, Jr.; and Travis Pastrana rounded out the Top 10.[10]

Much of the tragedy was due to the car hitting a crossover gate in the catch fence, where the fence is not as strong. In the aftermath of the incident, Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway added cables and tethers to the crossover gates, with Daytona's being installed in time for the Sprint Cup Series' Coke Zero 400 in July.[11] The crash also resulted in the banning of the two-car tandem that had been prevalent since the 2011 introduction of the new cars. This rule change came into effect for the 2014 seasons of all three national touring series.[12]

The picture of Larson's car getting shredded by the catch fence remains as one of the most well-known and reproduced images in the sport's history.

ResultsEdit

Pos Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Points
1 10 33 Tony Stewart Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 120 0
2 2 12 Sam Hornish, Jr. Penske Racing Ford 120 42
3 8 99 Alex Bowman # RAB Racing Toyota 120 41
4 13 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. JR Motorsports Chevrolet 120 0
5 3 77 Parker Kligerman Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota 120 40
6 29 2 Brian Scott Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 120 39
7 14 31 Justin Allgaier Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet 120 38
8 28 14 Eric McClure TriStar Motorsports Toyota 120 37
9 30 23 Robert Richardson, Jr. R3 Motorsports Chevrolet 120 0
10 4 60 Travis Pastrana Roush Fenway Racing Ford 120 34
11 17 30 Nelson Piquet, Jr. # Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet 120 33
12 11 22 Brad Keselowski Penske Racing Ford 120 0
13 21 32 Kyle Larson # Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet 120 32
14 15 7 Regan Smith JR Motorsports Chevrolet 120 32
15 6 11 Elliott Sadler Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 120 30
16 9 18 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 120 0
17 27 74 Mike Harmon Mike Harmon Racing Dodge 120 28
18 33 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing Toyota 120 26
19 20 20 Brian Vickers Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 118 26
20 19 5 Kasey Kahne JR Motorsports Chevrolet 118 0
21 5 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 117 23
22 31 79 Jeffrey Earnhardt # Go Green Racing Ford 116 23
23 26 19 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports Toyota 116 22
24 35 00 Jason White SR² Motorsports Toyota 116 20
25 38 4 Danny Efland JD Motorsports Chevrolet 116 20
26 22 43 Michael Annett Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 115 18
27 25 70 Johanna Long ML Motorsports Chevrolet 115 17
28 32 44 Hal Martin # TriStar Motorsports Toyota 115 16
29 18 55 Jamie Dick VIVA Motorsports Chevrolet 115 15
30 39 40 Reed Sorenson The Motorsports Group Chevrolet 102 14
31 1 6 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 101 14
32 7 54 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 98 0
33 37 51 Jeremy Clements Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet 88 11
34 23 01 Mike Wallace JD Motorsports Chevrolet 87 10
35 40 1 Kurt Busch Phoenix Racing Chevrolet 65 0
36 12 34 Danica Patrick Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet 31 0
37 36 15 Juan Carlos Blum # Rick Ware Racing Ford 30 7
38 34 24 Blake Koch SR² Motorsports Toyota 14 6
39 24 8 Scott Lagasse, Jr. Team SLR Chevrolet 7 5
40 16 10 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Toyota 4 4

Standings after the raceEdit

 
Being the highest finishing Nationwide points finisher in the race, Sam Hornish, Jr. started the season with the points lead.
Pos Driver Points[10]
1 Sam Hornish, Jr. 42
2 Alex Bowman 41
3 Parker Kligerman 40
4 Brian Scott 39
5 Justin Allgaier 38
6 Eric McClure 37
7 Travis Pastrana 34
8 Nelson Piquet, Jr. 33
9 Kyle Larson 32
10 Regan Smith 32

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Weather Information for the 2013 DRIVE4COPD 300". The Old Farmer's Almanac.
  2. ^ "TV Ratings: Big Declines For Daytona Nationwide Race (Also: NBA on ESPN, NBA TV)". SportsMediaWatch. February 26, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
  3. ^ "DRIVE4COPD 300". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Archived from the original on 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  4. ^ Gluck, Jeff (2013-02-26). "Michael Annett out indefinitely with broken sternum". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  5. ^ "Michael Annett to return from injury at Charlotte". Sporting News. 2013-05-20. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  6. ^ "Michael Annett released from hospital after 11-car crash". USA Today. 2013-02-23. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  7. ^ Botelho, Greg (2013-02-23). "Injuries as debris flies into Daytona stands during fiery NASCAR crash". CNN. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  8. ^ a b Ryan, Nate; Gluck, Jeff; Tucker, Heather; Olson, Jeff (2013-02-23). "Fans' conditions upgraded after scary crash at Daytona". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  9. ^ Coleman, Anthony (2013-02-23). "Crash leaves several hurt at Drive for COPD 300 Nationwide Series race". New Jersey On-Line. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  10. ^ a b "2013 DRIVE4COPD 300". Racing-Reference. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  11. ^ Gluck, Jeff (2013-09-08). "Daytona, Talladega reinforce gates following crash". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  12. ^ Bruce, Kenny (January 11, 2014). "NASCAR to Penalize Tandem Drafting". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  13. ^ "DRIVE4COPD 300 - 2013 Results". NASCAR. Retrieved September 10, 2013.

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