Brickyard 400 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 27, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JULY 26:  Jimmie Johnson drives the #48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samuel Deeds 400 At The Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Winning the Brickyard 400 is second only to winning the Daytona 500 in the NASCAR world. The Brickyard is NASCAR's way to pay homage to the most hallowed race track in the world.

On Sunday, NASCAR's best will converge on Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a chance at glory and valuable points in the Sprint Cup standings.

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As expected, the lineup will feature all of NASCAR's biggest stars, led by Sprint Cup standings leader and five-time Sprint Cup champion, Jimmie Johnson. He may still be the favorite, but Ryan Newman came through with the pace-setting performance in the final qualifying run.

He's in the pole position, and here's a look at the starting lineup:

 

Can Anyone Stop Johnson?

Johnson is the favorite to kiss the bricks on Sunday, as he seems to have returned to the form that won him five straight Sprint Cup titles.

He has already won four times this year, and his second-place finish in qualifying proves his car is in the shape to contend on Sunday. In addition to this season's positives, he has had great success at the world's most famous race track.

He's already won four times at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including a victory in this race last year.

He'll be tough to beat.

 

Other Drivers to Watch

Ryan Newman 

Newman won the pole position, but that has rarely translated to a spot in the winner's circle at the Brickyard. Only Johnson in 2008 and Kevin Harvick in 2003 have won the race after capturing the pole position.

Newman's performance in qualifying will still keep his name on the tips of our tongues during the early portion of the race. Whether he remains relevant throughout the race remains to be seen.

 

Clint Bowyer

Sitting in second place behind Johnson in the Sprint Cup standings, Bowyer has a great opportunity to make a move at the Brickyard 400. Here's a look at the top of the standings heading into Sunday's race:

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Bowyer will be starting 17th, but there is some recent precedence of success for drivers starting in that area of the grid.

Paul Menard won from the 15th spot in 2011, so Bowyer has hope. He has seven top-five finishes and has grabbed 11 top-10 distinctions, but he's yet to capture his first win of the season.

Needless to say, he'd love to earn it in Indy.

 

Sleeper

Jeff Gordon

 

It's been a long time since Gordon won in Indy (2004) or anywhere else for that matter. His last win was at the Ford EcoBoost 400 in Nov. 2012.

That said, he and Johnson are the only four-time winners at the Brickyard. This could be a nostalgic pick, but Gordon's ninth-place position on the grid somewhat validates his legitimacy as a contender.

 

Weather

Per Weather.com, the high is 72 degrees Fahrenheit. The day is expected to stay mostly sunny, and there's a 20 percent chance of rain.

It looks like spectators, drivers and pit crews are in for a cool but pleasant day at the Brickyard.

 

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