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

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Pennsylvania 400 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More
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Don't look at the GoBowling.com 400 (formerly Pennsylvania 400) as a letdown after last week's exciting Brickyard 400. There are plenty of storylines to follow at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa.

Here's a look at the pertinent information needed to enjoy the race, followed by a look at the compelling angles from Long Pond.

GoBowling.com 400 Start Time, Presentation & TV Schedule
Start Time TV
Sunday, Aug. 4, 2 p.m ET ESPN and Motor Racing Network

NASCAR.com

Here are the starting lineups for Sunday's race. Drivers who are in the field based on owners' points don't have qualifying speeds.

GoBowling.com Starting Lineup
Position Car Driver Speed
1 48 Jimmie Johnson 180.654
2 18 Kyle Busch 180.639
3 99 Carl Edwards 180.18
4 39 Ryan Newman 180.004
5 78 Kurt Busch 179.695
6 22 Joey Logano 179.601
7 16 Greg Biffle 179.533
8 9 Marcos Ambrose 179.329
9 11 Denny Hamlin 179.144
10 43 Aric Almirola 179.094
11 2 Brad Keselowski 178.937
12 1 Jamie McMurray 178.848
13 31 Jeff Burton 178.667
14 29 Kevin Harvick 178.508
15 51 A.J. Allmendinger 178.501
16 15 Clint Bowyer 178.409
17 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 178.264
18 5 Kasey Kahne 178.26
19 42 Juan Pablo Montoya 178.056
20 14 Tony Stewart 178.031
21 27 Paul Menard 177.982
22 24 Jeff Gordon 177.658
23 93 Travis Kvapil 177.592
24 20 Matt Kenseth 177.508
25 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 177.441
26 56 Martin Truex Jr. 177.239
27 98 Michael McDowell 177.221
28 55 Mark Martin 176.991
29 13 Casey Mears 176.942
30 34 David Ragan 176.838
31 30 David Stremme 176.821
32 7 Dave Blaney 176.267
33 47 Bobby Labonte 176.098
34 10 Danica Patrick 175.86
35 83 David Reutimann 175.743
36 36 J.J. Yeley 175.179
37 38 Dave Gilliland ---
38 40 Landon Cassill ---
39 87 Joe Nemechek ---
40 35 Josh Wise ---
41 32 Timmy Hill ---
42 19 Alex Kennedy ---
43 33 Tony Raines ---

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Jimmie Johnson vs. Ryan Newman Rivalry Heating Up

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After winning the Brickyard 400 from the pole position, Ryan Newman served notice that he'd do his part to make Jimmie Johnson's path to a sixth Sprint Cup Championship as bumpy as possible.

Despite Newman's pole status, Johnson was the predominant favorite to kiss the bricks at Indy, but pit strategies down the stretch cost Johnson the win.

With Newman hot and Johnson capturing the pole at Pocono Raceway, all eyes will be on these two on Sunday. Newman still needs another win or impressive finishes to ensure a spot in the Chase later in the year.

 

Major Chase Implications

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Last year's champion, Brad Keselowski, has found the going much tougher this season. He's just 13th in the standings, and even more importantly, he's yet to capture a win this season.

Without a move up in the standings and without capturing a checkered flag, Keselowski will miss out on the Chase. He desperately needs a win—or at least a strong showing—at Pocono Raceway to improve his chances of making it to NASCAR's second season.

Here's a look at the Sprint Cup standings prior to Sunday's race:

Sprint Cup Standings as of Aug. 3 2013
Rank Driver Points Wins
1 Jimmie Johnson 740 4
2 Clint Bowyer 665 0
3 Carl Edwards 655 1
4 Kevin Harvick 648 2
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 616 0
6 Matt Kenseth 615 4
7 Kyle Busch 610 2
8 Greg Biffle 565 1
9 Kasey Kahne 564 1
10 Jeff Gordon 559 0
11 Tony Stewart 558 1
12 Martin Truex Jr. 554 1
13 Brad Keselowski 553 0
14 Kurt Busch 546 0
15 Jamie McMurray 537 0
16 Ryan Newman 534 1
17 Aric Almirola 529 0
18 Joey Logano 524 0
19 Paul Menard 520 0
20 Jeff Burton 499 0

Nascar.com

Click here to see the entire standings.

As the standings indicate, there are only six points separating the 10th spot from the 13th. Drivers would obviously prefer to make the top 10 to receive the automatic spot in the Chase. The two wild-card spots will be heavily coveted and hard to come by.

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Only drivers who place 11th to 20th will have a shot, and the first tiebreaker is wins during the season. Of the drivers who currently sit in the aforementioned range, only Newman, Martin Truex Jr. and Tony Stewart have won a race this year.

With only six races remaining before the Chase begins, the bubble drivers and their teams must be at their best.

 

Weather

Per Weather.com, it should be a cool day at Pocono Raceway. The high is just 69 degrees, and there is a slight chance of thunderstorms during race time.

Hopefully, the race will take place without delay and we can take another step toward the culmination of an exciting NASCAR season.

 

Prediction

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Despite Newman's recent success and the pressure on Johnson to continue to shine, it is hard to bet against him. He's already won four times this year and nearly took his fifth in Indy last week.

After grabbing the pole position in qualifying, Johnson is the man to beat.

 

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