The 2013 NASCAR season gave fans some of the thrilling action they were craving. There was a dirt race at Eldora, Danica Patrick crashed her beau and Joey Logano found himself in trouble, a lot.
Here are some of the biggest moments of the year.
Camping World Truck Series race on dirt at Eldora
The Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway in Ohio was the first NASCAR race on dirt since the 1970’s. The track is owned and operated by Tony Stewart which helped make the night one of the most magical of the season. Watch the whole Eldora race here.
JJ wins 6th Championship
This one is pretty self-explanatory. JJ won a record 6th Championship, only one behind the two greatest drivers in NASCAR history, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Richard Petty.
Danica takes Daytona pole
Danica’s biggest moment of 2013 was during the first week of the Sprint Cup season in February when she took the pole at Daytona. She was the first women to ever take the pole in the Sprint Cup.
Danica crashes Ricky
The second biggest moment of the season for Danica came at the Coca-Cola 600 after she ran into her boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and then took out Brad Keselowski.
Bowyer spins at Richmond
“It isn’t cheating if you don’t get caught” is sort of the unofficial slogan of NASCAR race teams. Clint Bowyer was caught intentionally spinning so his teammate Martin Truex, Jr. would make it into the Chase. NASCAR came down hard on the Michael Waltrip Racing drivers, kicking Truex, Jr. out of the Chase and docking Bowyer so many points, he was nearly incapable of
Hamlin and Logano at Bristol
Round 1 of Denny Hamlin VS Joey Logano. Hamlin wins.
Gordon 700th Start
Jeff Gordon not only made his 700th consecutive start at Darlington on May 11, 2013 but he also clinched his 300th career Top-5 finish.
Auto Club Speedway
Three things happened at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA making it one of the most exciting races on the season and creating a storyline that lived on until the end of the Chase.
Moment #1 – Round 2 of Denny Hamlin VS Joey Logano. Hamlin loses.
Moment #2 – Busch wins as Hamlin and Logano wreck.
Moment #3 – Stewart fights Logano.
Written by Max Katsarelas