Coke Zero 400 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistJuly 6, 2013

Jul 5, 2013; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) during qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports
Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Situated right in the middle of the intense 2013 Sprint Cup Series, the Coke Zero 400 is bound to be an action-packed race at Daytona International Speedway. 

Matt Kenseth picked up a crucial victory on the Sprint Cup Series circuit last week and will attempt to make it two wins in a row when he starts at the No. 2 spot on Saturday night. 

But Kenseth isn't the only contender to watch for. The lineup is littered with a who's who of contenders that would love nothing more to pick up some midseason momentum as the drivers prepare for the last half of the season. 

Tony Stewart also comes in as a four-time winner at Daytona trying to get his season back on track. 

Here's a look at everything you need to know to catch the action, including the full starting lineup and drivers to keep an eye on. 

Where: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Fla.

When: Saturday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Watch: TNT

Distance: 400 miles (160 laps)

Starting Grid

*via ESPN

1 Kyle Busch Toyota 18 193.723 mph
2 Matt Kenseth Toyota 20 193.299 mph
3 Clint Bowyer Toyota 15 193.158 mph
4 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 5 193.154 mph
5 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 56 193.129 mph
6 Paul Menard Chevrolet 27 193.075 mph
7 Michael Waltrip Toyota 55 193.058 mph
8 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 48 193.009 mph
9 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 17 192.984 mph
10 Greg Biffle Ford 16 192.947 mph
11 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 10 192.930 mph
12 Carl Edwards Ford 99 192.901 mph
13 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 14 192.876 mph
14 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 42 192.864 mph
15 Brad Keselowski Ford 2 192.802 mph
16 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 88 192.798 mph
17 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 31 192.724 mph
18 Joey Logano Ford 22 192.715 mph
19 Casey Mears Ford 13 192.715 mph
20 Trevor Bayne Ford 21 192.583 mph
21 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 39 192.522 mph
22 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 78 192.489 mph
23 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 24 192.448 mph
24 Denny Hamlin Toyota 11 192.439 mph
25 Marcos Ambrose Ford 9 192.197 mph
26 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29 192.152 mph
27 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 1 191.877 mph
28 David Gilliland Ford 38 191.755 mph
29 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 7 191.546 mph
30 Aric Almirola Ford 43 191.306 mph
31 Michael McDowell Ford 98 190.795 mph
32 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 36 190.735 mph
33 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 51 190.726 mph
34 Bobby Labonte Toyota 47 190.375 mph
35 David Stremme Toyota 30 190.202 mph
36 Scott Speed Ford 95 189.853 mph
37 Josh Wise Ford 35 189.825 mph
38 David Ragan Ford 34 189.797 mph
39 Terry Labonte Ford 32 189.633 mph
40 Travis Kvapil Toyota 93 188.996 mph
41 David Reutimann Toyota 83 188.731 mph
42 Joe Nemechek Toyota 87 188.723 mph
43 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 33 188.127 mph

Drivers to Watch

Tony Stewart

Stewart isn't having the greatest of seasons. He's only finished in the top 10 five times in 17 starts this season with just one victory to his name. 

However, counting him out at Daytona would be a huge mistake.

Regardless of his recent struggles, the Coke Zero 400 has been kind to Stewart in the past, and he'll be starting close enough to the front of the pack at No. 13 to be a threat throughout the race. 

Stewart won last year's race and will be trying to become the second driver in history to win the race five times. 

Kyle Busch

As successful as Busch has been in his career, he's always struggled in qualifying at speedways. Despite 10 years of experience now, this is the first time that the 28-year-old has ever won a pole on a speedway track. 

Busch is putting together one of the strongest seasons of his career in seventh place in the Sprint Cup standings. He already has two wins and two pole starts on the season. He'll be looking to make it three. 

Considering he's finished in the top five in over half of his starts this here, he'll definitely be in it contention down the stretch. 

Clint Bowyer

It's not very often that someone is in the top three of the Sprint Cup standings without a single victory to this point of the season, yet that's exactly the position that Bowyer finds himself in coming into the race. 

Bowyer is in third place in the overall standings, thanks in large part to his incredible consistency. It doesn't seem Bowyer is capable of running a bad race. 

He's finished in the top 10 in over half of his starts this season and rarely finishes outside of the top 15. Can he get his first win in Daytona?


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