Irwin Tools Night Race 2012: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

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Irwin Tools Night Race 2012: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More
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The Irwin Tools Night Race in Bristol, TN has been a part of the NASCAR scene for decades now, with the 2012 edition sure to add another twist to the Sprint Cup series standings.

The race in Tennessee marks No. 24 this Sprint Cup season and with just over 10 left to go after this one concludes, every win counts this time in the year.

Names like Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be looking to notch another win to better their top-three ranks in the standings. Others like Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch will try to use Bristol as the start of a rise into the top 10.

Without further introduction, here's everything you need to know about NASCAR's latest race before the green flag is waived.

 

Where: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN

When: Saturday, Aug. 25 at 7:43 p.m. ET

Watch: ABC

Live Stream: TrackPass

Listen: Motor Racing Network

Starting Order: Qualifying will be held Friday, Aug. 24 at 5 p.m. ET. It can be seen on ESPN 2.

 

Full TV Schedule (via NASCAR.com)

Practice: Friday, Aug. 24 at 12 p.m. ET, SPEED

Practice: Friday, Aug. 24 at 2:30 p.m. ET, SPEED

Qualifying: Friday Aug. 24 at 5 p.m. ET, ESPN 2

Irwin Tools Night Race: Saturday, Aug. 25 at 7:43 p.m. ET, ABC

 

Drivers to Watch

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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The biggest name in the sport of NASCAR has finally come out of his multi-year slump at the wheel and finds himself ranked No. 3 in the Sprint Cup heading into Bristol. He's tied for the most top-10 finishes so far this season with 16, while 10 of those resulted in a top-five finish.

Earnhardt has only notched one first-place finish this season, but that doesn't mean he couldn't make a push to win at this track. His rise back to prominence has been one of the biggest stories in NASCAR this season, and he could add another chapter to that story with his second victory of the year.

 

Ryan Newman

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Newman found himself the polesitter at this race track last season, but ultimately couldn't finish ahead of eventual winner Brad Keselowski. The 2003 Driver of the Year Award winner finds himself 13th in the standings right now, and a win in Bristol would certainly help his cause to crack the top 10.

It's been a relatively quiet season so far for Newman, with just eight top-10 finishes and just one trip to victory lane. All that being said, Newman is a veteran of the sport, and if he can be one of the first 10 to cross the finish line Aug. 25, that will help his mission to move up in the rankings.

 

Brad Keselowski

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There might not be a driver more locked in right now than Keselowski, who has nothing but top-10 finishes since June 30 in Kentucky and has finished within the top 15 since the end of April.

Keselowski has finished second in the previous two races heading into the Irwin Tools Night Race and should feel confident about posting similar results considering he won this race just last year.

The 28-year-old driver has arguably the most momentum out of anyone in the field in Bristol considering his wave of success that started earlier this summer.

 

Predicted Winner: Brad Keselowski

What can I say, I'm on the bandwagon. Keselowski won this race last season and five of his recent top-10 finishes were also top-five.

The Dodge driver should have more than enough confidence heading into this race, and whatever the crew did to his car earlier this summer has worked wonders so far. He's a lock for a top-five finish and deserves to be a favorite to take home the win at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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