Jimmie Johnson will look to defend his 2012 win at the FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks on Sunday in Dover, Del., for what is always one of NASCAR's marquee events.
Denny Hamlin took the pole for the race on a slippery track, while the defending champion, Johnson—who has won seven times at Dover—sits at the 24th position to start out.
Hamlin's No. 1 pit spot post is a unique advantage at Dover. He's followed by three other Toyota drivers: Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth.
Let's take a look at everything you need to know for the 44th annual FedEx 400.
When: Sunday, June 2 at 1 p.m. ET
Where: Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del.
TV Schedule and Starting Lineup
Race coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET, with the actual race start pegged for 1 p.m. ET.
Car number in parentheses, ordered by speed in qualifying run (mph).
Per USA Today:
1. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 157.978.
2. (56) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 157.798.
3. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 157.756.
4. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 157.736.
5. (39) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 157.715.
6. (55) Mark Martin, Toyota, 157.604.
7. (29) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 157.549.
8. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 157.48.
9. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 157.46.
10. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 157.405.
11. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 157.35.
12. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 157.24.
13. (78) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 157.054.
14. (42) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 156.713.
15. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 156.556.
16. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 156.175.
17. (13) Casey Mears, Ford, 156.169.
18. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 156.054.
19. (16) Greg Biffle, Ford, 155.952.
20. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 155.696.
21. (33) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 155.44.
22. (14) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 155.407.
23. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 155.239.
24. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 155.206.
25. (51) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 155.146.
26. (47) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 155.086.
27. (83) David Reutimann, Toyota, 155.059.
28. (38) David Gilliland, Ford, 154.972.
29. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 154.679.
30. (9) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 154.619.
31. (98) Michael McDowell, Ford, 154.573.
32. (19) Mike Bliss, Toyota, 154.5.
33. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 154.48.
34. (30) David Stremme, Toyota, 154.295.
35. (34) David Ragan, Ford, 153.984.
36. (87) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 153.636.
37. (7) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, Owner Points.
38. (93) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, Owner Points.
39. (10) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, Owner Points.
40. (36) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, Owner Points.
41. (35) Josh Wise, Ford, Owner Points.
42. (32) Timmy Hill, Ford, Owner Points.
43. (44) Scott Riggs, Ford, Owner Points.
Last year featured an exciting spectacle that included 17 lead changes and seven caution flags. Johnson eventually outlasted Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth, both of whom are starting in the top 10 on Sunday.
Johnson's victory at Dover last year came at a crucial point for the driver, who was very much in the hunt for his sixth Sprint Cup championship, in fifth place at the time.
It'll be an uphill climb for him this year, but he could greatly use a strong finish at Dover, as he's currently leading the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, via ESPN.
It looks to be a sunny day in Dover around noon, but the chance of precipitation increases to 30 percent at 4 p.m. ET, per Weather.com. Overcast skies should be expected by the end of the race, but it shouldn't be too slippery.
Storyline to Watch
Keselowski Title Defense Reaching Desperation Time
Coming off the heels of Brad Keselowski's epic 2012 Sprint Cup championship, it hasn't been a season to remember in 2013 so far. He's dropped to 10th place in the Sprint Cup rankings. Keselowski also notched his first DNF since early in 2012 last weekend at Charlotte. His plummet down the rankings continues, and his chances of defending his crown become more and more diminished.
There's no doubt Keselowski could use a solid finish Sunday at Dover, and he's in a prime position to do so since he starts out at the eighth spot. It won't hurt that crew chief Paul Wolfe is returning, either, per Dan Gelston the Miami Herald. Wolfe is returning after a two-race suspension for unapproved parts.
If Keselowski is for real about defending his crown, he'll need a top-10 finish at Dover.
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