New Hampshire 300 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

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New Hampshire 300 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More
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The best of race car driving have flocked to New Hampshire this weekend for the NASCAR Sprint Cup's Camping World RV Sales 301.

At the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Brad Keselowski will man the pole and look to jump-start his title defense after having a less than stellar season so far.

The one-mile oval track will be a tough task for even the best of NASCAR. Adjustments tend to be made on the fly, and those who react the best to adversity will see themselves contending for the win.

Let's take a look at everything you need to know for NASCAR's Sprint Cup at New Hampshire. 

 

When: Sunday, July 14

Start Time: 1 p.m. ET

Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.

TV: TNT

 

Starting Lineup

Lineup courtesy of NASCAR.com

1. Brad Keselowski: No. 2, Penske Racing Ford

2. Kurt Busch: No. 78, Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: No. 88, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

4. Kyle Busch: No. 18, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

5. Jeff Gordon: No. 24, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

6. Carl Edwards: No. 99, Roush Fenway Racing Ford

7. Denny Hamlin: No. 11, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

8. Kasey Kahne: No. 5, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

9. Jeff Burton: No. 31, Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

10. Juan Pablo Montoya: No. 42, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

11. Jamie McMurray: No. 1, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

12. Matt Kenseth: No. 20, Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

13. Brian Vickers: No. 55, Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota

14. Paul Menard: No. 27, Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

15. Ryan Newman: No. 39, Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet

16. Tony Stewart: No. 14, Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet

17. Aric Almirola: No. 43, Richard Petty Motorsports Ford

18. Kevin Harvick: No. 29, Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

19. Martin Truex Jr.: No. 56, Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota

20. Clint Bowyer: No. 15, Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota

21. Marcos Ambrose: No. 9, Richard Petty Motorsports Ford

22. Greg Biffle: No. 16, Roush Fenway Racing Ford 

23. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: No. 6, Roush Fenway Racing Ford

24. David Gilliland: No. 38, Front Row Motorsports Ford

25. Joey Logano: No. 22, Penske Racing Ford

26. A.J. Allmendinger: No. 51, Phoenix Racing Chevrolet

27. David Reutimann: No. 83, BK Racing Toyota

28. Casey Mears: No. 13, Germain Racing Ford

29. David Ragan: No. 34, Front Row Motorsports Ford

30. Michael McDowell: No. 98, Phil Parsons Racing Ford

31. Travis Kvapil:No. 93, BK Racing Ford

32. Danica Patrick: No. 10, Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet

33. Bobby Labonte: No. 47, JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota

34. Mike Bliss: No. 19, Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota

35. Josh Wise: No. 35, Front Row Motorsports Ford

36. Landon Cassill: No. 33, Circle Sport Racing Chevrolet

37. Ken Schrader: No. 32, FAS Lane Racing Ford

38. Joe Nemechek: No. 87, Nemco-JRR Racing Toyota

39. Dave Blaney: No. 7, Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet

40. J.J. Yeley: No. 36, Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet

41. Morgan Shepherd: No. 52, Brian Keselowski Racing Toyota

42. David Stremme: No. 30, Swan Racing Toyota

43. Jimmie Johnson: No. 48, Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

 

Keselowski's Redemption?

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If we've learned one thing from Brad Keselowski, it's that we can't count him out from surprising us even if things are ugly at first.

At 13th in the Sprint Cup Standings, he'll have to show us that ability once again, and it could all start at New Hampshire. 

He'll start from the pole at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway after setting a track record of 135.922 miles per hour in qualifying.

The defending champion will need to dig deep and figure out how to maintain his lead throughout the entire race or at least stay close enough to come back whenever the time calls for it. 

If Keselowski is for real about defending his Sprint Cup championship, he can ill afford to miss out on getting at least a top-10 finish after sitting on the pole heading into Sunday's race.

 

Can Jimmie Johnson Avoid a Bad Finish?

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2013 Sprint Cup leader Jimmie Johnson is dead last in Sunday's starting lineup. He'll start in the 43rd position and will be playing catch-up just to get into a respectable spot.

Johnson will start in the back after notching the second-highest time because his No. 48 car failed inspections, according to The Boston Globe's Julian Benbow

Leading Clint Bowyer by 49 points heading into New Hampshire, Johnson likely wouldn't sacrifice his lead even if he finished poorly. But other than Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and more are breathing down Johnson's neck and lurking for the lead.

You can bet that the rest of the field has taken notice of Johnson starting at the back of the pack. More than one or two drivers will be hoping and attempting to keep him from turning Sunday's race into a good outcome for the points leader.

All of the NASCAR's best racers have been looking for a leg up on Johnson all year, and they finally got it heading into Sunday. 

 

Will Kasey Kahne Defend His 2012 Win?

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Hardly anyone is talking about Kasey Kahne coming into New Hampshire, and that's a shame.

Not only is he the defending champion at New Hampshire's Sprint Cup event, but he slotted the eighth spot on the pole for Sunday's race and looks poised for another solid performance there.

Much like Keselowski, Kahne could use a win to put himself in contention. He's currently outside the top 10 in 12th place, but he's 50 points away from being in the top six.

Kahne should be coming in with plenty of confidence from last year's win, which propelled him to a fourth-place finish in the 2012 Sprint Cup—the best finish of his career. 

If the 33-year-old can stay around the top through the early parts of the race, then he's sure to be in contention for the win heading down to the final laps.

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