Kobalt Tools 400 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst IMarch 9, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 09:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday for the Kobalt Tools 400 in what will be the third race of the season thus far.

Weather has become a problem this weekend in Sin City, as Friday's qualifying had to be cancelled due to the rain, so the starting lineup for Sunday's race will be decided by owner points from 2012 and 2013.

That will leave 2012 Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski starting in front, followed by Clint Bowyer and four-time race champion Jimmie Johnson.

Last year's champ, Tony Stewart, will start in the No. 9 hole.

Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Kasey Kahne and Carl Edwards all had great showings in the practice runs and should be primed to make a push for victory come race day.

Danica Patrick will start near the back of the field on Sunday in what has been a rough week for her already. While attending a race at a dirt track in Las Vegas on Thursday, Patrick was hit in the head with a rock, per Bob Pockrass of Sporting News.

Let's take a look at everything you need to know for the Kobalt Tools 400.


When: Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m. ET

Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas

Watch: Fox (Check local listings)

Live Stream: NASCAR.com


Kobalt Tools 400 Lineup (Per NASCAR.com)

1 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford Miller Lite      
2 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 5-Hour Energy Drink      
3 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools      
4 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet Farmers Insurance      
5 Greg Biffle 16 Ford American Red Cross-3M      
6 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota FedEx Office      
7 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford Zest      
8 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet Rheem      
9 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet Mobil 1 Racing/Bass Pro Shops      
10 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet Drive To End Hunger      
11 Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota NAPA Auto Parts      
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet AMP Energy Orange      
13 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota M&M's      
14 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet Quicken Loans      
15 Mark Martin 55 Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine      
16 Carl Edwards 99 Ford Aflac      
17 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet Menards / Schrock      
18 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota Dollar General      
19 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford Stanley      
20 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet Caterpillar      
21 Joey Logano 22 Ford Shell-Pennzoil      
22 Aric Almirola 43 Ford Farmland      
23 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet McDonald's      
24 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing-Serta      
25 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet AXE APOLLO      
26 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota Kingsford      
27 Austin Dillon 51 Chevrolet TAG HEUER      
28 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper      
29 David Ragan 34 Ford TBA      
30 Casey Mears 13 Ford GEICO      
31 David Gilliland 38 Ford Long John Silver's      
32 David Reutimann 83 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper      
33 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet Sany      
34 Ken Schrader 32 Ford Federated Auto Parts      
35 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet Accell Construction      
36 Trevor Bayne 21 Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center      
37 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet GoDaddy.com      
38 David Stremme 30 Toyota Swan Racing-Lean1      
39 Michael McDowell 98 Ford Phil Parsons Racing      
40 Scott Speed 95 Ford Surrender the Sponsor      
41 Landon Cassill 33 Chevrolet TBA      
42 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota Maddie's Place Rocks.com      
43 Josh Wise 35 Ford MDS Transport      
44 Mike Bliss 19 Chevrolet Plinker Tactical / Stratosphere Hotel, Casino & Tower      


Drivers to Watch

Jimmie Johnson

It's always a good race to watch the five-time Sprint Cup champion, but Johnson will be making a bid to become a five-time winner of this race. Johnson enjoyed a three-peat from 2005 to 2007 and took the checkered flag again in 2010.

It's still very early in the season, but Johnson is already at the top of the Sprint Cup standings after winning the opening race of 2013 at the Daytona 500 and taking second at the Subway Fresh Fit 500 in Phoenix.

Johnson is already off to a stellar start to the year, and his favorable pole position should guarantee he's in the running once again this Sunday.


Tony Stewart

Stewart's 2012 performance was not only successful, but it also took him a step closer to history. With his win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last year, Stewart now has just two tracks left that he has yet to conquer: Darlington and Kentucky.

Ranked No. 23 to start the season, Stewart placed a lackluster 41st at Daytona, but followed that up with an eighth-place finish in Phoenix.

Hopefully for Stewart, the upward trend will continue in this race, and he can better his performance in the Subway Fresh Fit 500. Stewart will start in the No. 9 hole, so his chances at a repeat win in Las Vegas are looking good from the start.


Carl Edwards

Edwards has also enjoyed great success in this race in the past, as he is a two-time winner. Edwards took the checkered flag back in 2008 and 2011.

Judging from how his car has run in practice this week, he's got a great opportunity to continue that success. In each practice run, Edwards has finished in the top five, and his car will be one of the fastest when it hits the track in Las Vegas.

Edwards is currently ranked No. 11 in the standings and is coming off a win at the Subway Fresh Fit 500, so he's certainly carrying plenty of momentum with him into this race.


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