Texas Motor Speedway
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Texas Motor Speedway
April 13, 2013
Richard Childress Racing teammates finished 13th (Kevin Harvick), 17th (Paul Menard) and 23rd (Jeff Burton).
- Menard is 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings, trailing leader Jimmie Johnson by 63 markers, while Harvick ranks 12th, 77 points back, and Burton sits 23rd, 117 points out of the top position.
- The No. 27 Chevrolet SS team ranks 11th in the Sprint Cup Series owner championship point standings, with the No. 29 team 14th and the No. 31 team 25th.
- According to NASCAR’s post-race loop data statistics, Harvick completed 112 Green-Flag Passes, 59 of those were made while running in the top 15 (Quality Passes) positioning him second in both loop data categories.
- Harvick posted two of the Fastest Laps Run during the 334-lap event.
- Menard spent 157 Laps in the Top 15, for 47 percent of the 500-mile affair.
- Burton made 73 Green Flag Passes and 15 Quality Passes during the NRA 500.
- Kyle Busch earned his second victory of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and was followed to the finish line by Martin Truex Jr., Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and Joey Logano.
- The next Sprint Cup Series race is the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, April 21. The eighth race of the 2013 season is scheduled to be televised live on FOX beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Satellite Radio.
Paul Menard finished 17th at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday evening after having mechanical issues with two laps remaining in the 334-lap event. The Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet SS driver took the green flag from the 19th position and struggled with handling issues during the early and middle portions of the race. The No. 27 pit crew made an array of chassis adjustments on the ensuing pit stops in an attempt to remedy the loose handing condition on entry and exit of the corners. After a lap-152 pit stop for four fresh tires, fuel, air pressure adjustments and removal of a right-side packer, the 32-year-old driver relayed to the crew that the No. 27 machine was the best it had been all night. Steadily working his way toward the front of the field, Menard was scored 10th at lap 262. With just 19 laps remaining, the caution flag flew and the Eau Claire, Wis., native brought his car into the pits for four fresh tires and fuel. A lightning-fast stop by the crew allowed him to gain two spots, restarting ninth. Looking as though he was going to have his fourth top-10 finish of the season, rear suspension failure with just two laps to go relegated Menard to a 17th-place result in the Lone Star State. Menard now sits 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings heading into Kansas Speedway.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE:
“We struggled with the handling of the Quaker State/Menards car early in the race, but the crew never gave up and we were able to work our way inside the top 10. We had a fast Chevrolet SS at the end of the race, and it’s unfortunate we had mechanical issues with just a couple of laps to go. We’ll keep our heads up and head to Kansas Speedway looking for better results.”
Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Rheem Chevrolet SS team finished 13th in the NRA 500 under the lights of Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday evening. Harvick qualified the red and black machine in the 29th position, but was forced to start the 334-lap affair from the back of the field after the team changed engines during the final practice Friday afternoon. The California native was on a mission as soon as the green flag dropped, making a charge toward the front of the field breaking into the top 15 on lap 49. As the race progressed, Harvick informed crew chief Gil Martin that he was battling a tight-handling condition, but continued to work his way closer to the front settling into the top 10 by lap 135. Throughout the course of the race, the Rheem pit crew made chassis and air pressure adjustments during multiple scheduled four-tire pit stops to remedy the handling issues their driver was battling. Harvick continued to race in the top 10 until the caution flag was displayed on lap 282 in the midst of green-flag pit stops, just after the No. 29 team had visited pit road, placing Harvick one lap down to the leader. Harvick took the wave around during the next caution placing the Rheem Chevrolet in the 13th-position for the ensuing restart. The Richard Childress Racing driver remained in the top 15 during the final laps, ultimately crossing the finish line 13th. The top-15 result allowed Harvick to gain two positions, to 12th, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings.
Start – 29 Finish – 13 Laps Led – 0 Points – 12th
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE:
“It seems like we just can’t catch a break these days. All the odds were against us this weekend. We had engine issues that forced us to start from the back of the pack and then went a lap down when the caution came out during green-flag pit stops. Hopefully, our luck will change soon and we can start collecting the finishes this team deserves.”
Late-Race Incident Ends Solid Run for Burton, No. 31 Cat Racing Team at TMS
Jeff Burton was making gains on handling issues that plagued the No. 31 Caterpillar Hybrid Excavator Chevrolet SS throughout the first half of the NRA 500, when unexpected contact with another car ended any chance of a good finish.
Start – 21 Finish – 23 Laps Led – 0 Points – 23rd (+1)
JEFF BURTON QUOTE:
“It was an unfortunate night for the Cat Racing team. We struggled with the handling through the first half of the race. The crew did a great job making adjustments but, for whatever reason, we’d run good for a few laps and then the handling would go back to real loose all of a sudden. We were actually running okay (in the 13th position) when we got caught up in that wreck late in the race.”