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

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

Here's how you can watch:

Crown Royal Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard
When Where TV Time
Sunday, July 28 Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Ind. ESPN 1 p.m ET

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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:

Crown Royal Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard Starting Lineup
Driver Car Make Best Speed
Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet 187.531
Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 187.438
Carl Edwards 99 Ford 187.157
Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota 187.122
Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet 186.827
Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet 186.722
Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet 186.633
Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet 186.536
Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 186.474
Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford 186.281
Joey Logano 22 Ford 185.954
Brad Keselowski 2 Ford 185.920
Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota 185.789
AJ Allmendinger 51 Chevrolet 185.655
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 Chevrolet 185.621
Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet 185.448
Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota 185.437
Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 185.181
Kyle Busch 18 Toyota 185.101
Austin Dillon 33 Chevrolet 184.961
Aric Almirola 43 Ford 184.794
Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota 184.676
Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet 184.646
Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 184.593
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17 Ford 184.536
Mark Martin 55 Toyota 184.305
Greg Biffle 16 Ford 184.045
Trevor Bayne 21 Ford 183.906
Landon Cassill 40 Toyota 183.816
Casey Mears 13 Ford 183.752
David Reutimann 83 Toyota 183.329
Josh Wise 35 Ford 183.046
Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet 182.938
Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota 182.826
Michael McDowell 98 Ford 182.819
David Ragan 34 Ford 182.448
David Stemme 30 Toyota 181.675
Martin Truex Jr. 56 Toyota 181.536
J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet 181.240
Joe Nemecheck 87 Toyota 180.825
Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet 179.878
Dave Gilliland 38 Ford 179.548
Timmy Hill 32 Ford 178.770

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Can Anyone Stop Johnson?

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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 

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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

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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:

Sprint Cup Standings - Top 10
Pos. Driver Points
1 Jimmie Johnson 696
2 Clint Bowyer 640
3 Carl Edwards 623
4 Kevin Harvick 622
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 578
6 Matt Kenseth 576
7 Kyle Busch 576
8 Greg Bifle 545
9 Brad Keselowski 529
10 Kasey Kahne 523

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Click here to see the full standings.

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

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Who wins the Brickyard 400?

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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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