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Pure Michigan 400 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 19:  Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 19, 2012 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 17, 2013

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to the Michigan International Speedway as the Pure Michigan 400 will be the center of the racing world Sunday.

Here's a look at the important information as the race gets closer.

Here is the starting lineup for Sunday's race:

PositionCarDriverSpeed
122Joey Logano203.949
278Kurt Busch203.695
348Jimmie Johnson203.470
455Mark Martin203.218
531Jeff Burton203.114
642Juan Pablo Montoya202.988
788Dale Earnhardt Jr.202.817
811Denny Hamlin202.800
92Brad Keselowski202.726
1018Kyle Busch202.384
1115Clint Bowyer202.304
1220Matt Kenseth202.230
1324Jeff Gordon202.117
1443Aric Almirola201.799
1529Kevin Harvick201.641
1616Greg Biffle201.590
1756Martin Truex Jr.201.590
1821Trevor Bayne201.337
1999Carl Edwards201.033
2027Paul Menard200.736
2139Ryan Newman200.613
2217Ricky Stenhouse Jr.200.613
2338David Gilliland200.518
2434David Ragan200.261
2583David Reutimann200.178
269Marcos Ambrose199.994
2714Austin Dillon199.983
2810Danica Patrick199.689
291Jamie McMurray199.518
3047Bobby Labonte198.829
315Kasey Kahne197.906
3295Scott Speed197.704
3313Casey Mears197.672
3432Timmy Hill197.028
3536J.J. Yeley197.012
3630David Stremme196.980
3787Joe Nemechek196.818
3893Travis Kvapil196.148
3951Brendan Gaughan195.679
4035Josh Wise195.610
4198Johnny Sauter195.180
427Dave Blaney194.542
4333Landon Cassill192.627

 

Defending Champion

Jimmie Johnson looked like he was going to take home the victory last year at this race, but he had engine trouble near the end of the race. Greg Biffle came from behind to win.

It was Biffle's second victory at the Pure Michigan 400, so look for him to try to defend his title. He will start 16th this year.

 

Weather

It's going to be a nice day for racing, according to Weather.com. The temperature is expected to be around 78 degrees when the race begins and climb as high as 80 degrees later in the afternoon.

Rain will not be an issue, as there is nothing in the forecast.

 

Point Standings

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

 Sprint Cup Standings as of Aug. 17, 2013  
RankDriverPointsWins
1Jimmie Johnson8084
2Clint Bowyer7330
3Carl Edwards7281
4Kevin Harvick7072
5Kyle Busch6933
6Dale Earnhardt Jr.6700
7Matt Kenseth6594
8Brad Keselowski6340
9Greg Biffle6271
10 Martin Truex Jr.6251
11Kurt Busch6230
12Kasey Kahne6222
13Jeff Gordon6100
14Ryan Newman6051
15Jamie McMucrray6000
16Joey Logano5980
17Tony Stewart5941
18Aric Almirola5610
19Paul Menard5590
20Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 5310

For full standings, visit NASCAR.com

The competition for the 10th spot is heating up. Getting an automatic spot in the Chase is what every driver wants, but drivers from the 11th to 20th spots will have a chance at the wild-card spots.

Only three points separate the drivers who are ranked 10th, 11th and 12th. 

It's going to be a tight battle the rest of the way as Martin Truex Jr. tries to hold off his competition for the final automatic spot.

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