AdvoCare 500 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Aug 31, 2013; Hampton, GA, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson during practice for the Advocare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIAugust 31, 2013

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is well underway, and the AdvoCare 500 will be yet another exciting event this Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Heading into this weekend's race, Jimmie Johnson is at the top of the Sprint Cup standings with 821 points, 18 ahead of Clint Bowyer, who is in second.  Johnson will be looking to stay on top after this race, and there's always a chance for him to do just that.

Here's all of the information you need for the race on Sunday, including where, when and how to watch the race, along with some top drivers to watch for.

 

TV Info

Where: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga.

When: Sunday, September 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

 

Lineup

PositionDriverCar No.
1Ricky Stenhouse Jr.17
2Carl Edwards99
3Juan Pablo Montoya42
4Denny Hamlin11
5Jeff Gordon24
6Matt Kenseth20
7Martin Truex Jr.56
8Dale Earnhardrt Jr88
9Kyle Busch18
10Jimmie Johnson48
11Joey Logano22
12Clint Bowyer15
13A J Allmendinger47
14David Ragan34
15Jamie McMurray1
16Paul Menard27
17Ryan Newman39
18Kasey Kahne5
19Casey Mears13
20Marcos Ambrose9
21Danica Patrick10
22Brian Vickers55
23Brad Keselowski2
24Greg Biffle16
25David Stremme30
26Austin Dillon33
27Mark Martin14
28Jeff Burton31
29Aric Almirola43
30Kevin Harvick29
31David Gilliland38
32Kurt Busch78
33John Wise35
34David Ruetimann83
35Scott Speed95
36Dave Blaney7
37Travis Kvapil93
38Mike Bliss51
39Landon Cassill40
40Joe Nemechek87
41Timmy Hill32
42J.J. Yeley36
43Michael McDowell98

 

Top Drivers to Watch

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

You always want to keep an eye on the guy that earned the pole position, but Ricky Stenhouse is a much different story than usual.

This is Stenhouse's first career pole in the Sprint Cup.  In 29 races over his career, he had never won a pole or even finished in the top 10 in any race.  

At least one of those streaks has now been broken.

Even more people will be paying attention to Stenhouse due to his relationship with Danica Patrick and being the two-time champion of the Nationwide Series.

Stenhouse finally has won a pole position, now he's going to try to break into the top 10 for the first time in his career.

 

Juan Pablo Montoya

It was announced on Friday that Juan Pablo Montoya would be replaced by 21-year-old Kyle Larson in the No. 42 car for Chip Ganassi, according to ESPN.com.

With the news now official, it will be interesting to see how Montoya drives on Sunday.  

Perhaps one of the more aggressive drivers in the field, Montoya may take a few more chances on Sunday with the recent news.  

With the No. 3 position to start the race, look for Montoya to perhaps do a little bit more bumping throughout while trying to get to the front of the pack.

 

Martin Truex Jr.

While there are plenty of interesting stories heading into this race, there might not be a more interesting driver to watch in Atlanta than Martin Truex Jr.

During a race in Bristol last Saturday, Truex fractured his right wrist in a wreck.  He was fitted with a special cast and will be racing on Sunday.

It will be tough for Truex to race in the cast, but it will certainly help that he holds the No. 7 spot in the field.  He will have some room to work with, and although it will be hard for him to take home a victory, a solid finish could keep him in the field once the 12-man field is decided.

 

Predicted Winner: Carl Edwards

It's been a great year so far for Carl Edwards, and he's in prime position to pull out his second win of the year.

Edwards will start right behind Stenhouse once the green flag is waved, and Edwards has some history in Atlanta.  His first career Cup win came here in 2005, and he has a shot to take home his 21st career win in the same place.  He is also currently third in the Sprint Cup standings.

I think Edwards has the best shot to win, and with how well he's been racing this year, he can do just that.

 

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