GEICO 400 2012: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

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GEICO 400 2012: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More
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The 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup Series will get underway at the 1.5 mile-Chicagoland tri-oval in Joliet, Illinois on Sunday. 

Having entered the Chase with the lead, Denny Hamlin begins with a three-point cushion. However, that certainly is not enough to keep him from looking over his shoulder. 

Three points is a negligible amount to begin with, but considering that five-time NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson and defending champ Tony Stewart are two of the three drivers just three points back, Hamlin has no room to rest on his laurels.

Johnson wasted no time letting everyone know he was ready to go for the Chase, as he grabbed the top spot in qualifying for this race. Hamlin will start in eighth. 

Stewart will start way back in 28th, which might be a concern for his prospects had it not been for his performance last year. He limped into the Chase, yet still managed to win this very race. 

Last year's results were largely determined by fuel mileage gambles, and no one played that game better than Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (who finished second and third respectively). 

Earnhardt, who enters the Chase in seventh, qualified in fourth, but as Speed.com's Tom Jensen reports, Jr. will be starting from the back of the pack after being forced to switch engines. 

This is surely not the way Earnhardt wanted to start the Chase, but by no means does this mean his chances are doomed. As a member of Hendrick Motorsports, Dale's backup engine is going to be top notch, and that team will have his car ready to perform. 

Check out all the vitals below. 

 

Photo Credit: Nascar.com

Start Time: Sunday, September 16 at 2 p.m. ET

Where: Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois 

TV: ESPN 

 

Chase Standings

1 Denny Hamlin ---
2 Jimmie Johnson -3
3 Tony Stewart -3
4 Brad Keselowski -3
5 Greg Biffle -6
6 Clint Bowyer -6
7 Dale Earnhardt Jr. -9
8 Matt Kenseth -9
9 Kevin Harvick -12
10 Martin Truex Jr. -12
11 Kasey Kahne -12
12 Jeff Gordon -12



 

Lineup

Pos.  Driver Car  Make Qual. Speed
1 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 182.865
2 Aric Almirola 43 Ford 182.636
3 Matt Kenseth 17 Ford 182.334
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 Chevrolet 182.070
5 Carl Edwards 99 Ford 182.045
6 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet 181.971
7 Regan Smith 78 Chevrolet 181.953
8 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota 181.928
9 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 181.855
10 Joey Logano 20 Toyota 181.629
11 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet 181.616
12 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 181.525
13 Brad Keselowski 2 Dodge 181.507
14 Trevor Bayne 21 Ford 181.354
15 Mark Martin 55 Toyota 181.257
16 Sam Hornish Jr. 22 Dodge 181.251
17 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford 181.050
18 Martin Truex Jr. 56 Toyota 180.989
19 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 180.874
20 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet 180.729
21 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 180.705
22 Greg Biffle 16 Ford 180.524
23 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota 180.463
24 Michael McDowell 98 Ford 180.276
25 Scott Speed 195 Ford 180.210
26 Landon Cassill 83 Toyota 180.120
27 Casey Mears 13 Ford 180.048
28 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet 179.940
29 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet 179.892
30 Kurt Busch 51 Chevrolet 179.671
31 David Stremme 30 Toyota 179.575
32 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 179.569
33 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota 179.539
34 Mike Bliss 119 Toyota 179.533
35 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 179.456
36 Cole Whitt 33 Chevrolet 179.438
37 David Ragan 34 Ford 179.265
38 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota 178.986
39 T.J. Bell 32 Ford 177.003
40 David Gilliland 38 Ford 176.702
41 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet 176.188
42 Dave Blaney 36 Chevrolet 176.033
43 Josh Wise 26 Ford 179.164






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