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