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

LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 23:  Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota, Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, and Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota, lead the field on a restart during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SYLVANIA 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 23, 2012 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 28, 2012

There are only eight remaining races for drivers to make their mark in the 2012 Sprint Cup Series.

Jimmie Johnson comes into the AAA 400 in first place of the standings after a second-place finish in the Sylvania 300 last week. He holds a narrow one-point lead over Brad Keselowski, who looks to regain the top spot with a good finish in Dover.

Last week's winner, Denny Hamlin, also looks to keep pace in a highly competitive event.

Between this group, the nine other drivers in the Chase for the Cup and the rest of the field, this should be an exciting race.

 

When: September 30, 2 p.m. ET

Where: Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3

Starting Lineup: Qualifying takes place on Saturday, September 29 at 1:30 p.m. ET. Fans can watch the qualifying on SPEED. Check back here for updates.

 

Drivers to Watch

Jimmie Johnson

Not only has the five-time Sprint Cup Series Champion regained the lead in the standings, but he does some of his best work on this track in Dover.

Johnson won earlier this year in race No. 13, and he won three straight races here from 2009-2010. 

The rest of the field is well aware of his skill and accomplishments. When his No. 48 car comes appears in view, the intimidation might be all it takes to help clinch a victory.

 

Tony Stewart

Last year's champion has stayed right around the top of the standings throughout the past month and has put himself in position to win once again.

Stewart has three straight top-10 finishes and currently stands in fourth place, only 10 points behind Johnson for the lead.

He has not had much success in Delaware in his career, but he has enough momentum to be a contender this weekend.

 

Kevin Harvick

Even though Harvick does not have any wins this season, he has been consistent enough to stay in contention for the cup.

Only once in the last 18 races has he finished lower than 16th place, including a second-pace finish at the FedEX 400 on this very track.

Harvick's 11th-place finish last week at the Sylvania 300 actually helped him move up two spots in the overall standings into eighth place. A win on Sunday would do wonders for his chances of taking home his first championship.

 

Predicted Winner: Jimmie Johnson

 

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