Sylvania 300 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 21, 2013

LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 21:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Home Depot / Husky Toyota, sits in his car during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 21, 2013 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

The Sylvania 300, the second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, will fire up on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and there is plenty of drama and intrigue heading into the showdown.

Matt Kenseth, who won the Sprint Cup championship in 2003, leads in the standings after his victory in the Geico 400 at Chicago last week.

Kyle Busch, who just missed the Chase last year, is seeking his first Sprint Cup title, eight points behind Kenseth.

After a brutal first race in the Chase that saw Michael Waltrip Racing get penalized 50 points, the unlucky Martin Truex Jr.—who had nothing to do with the penalty—looks to pick up the pieces.

Here's a preview of the 2013 Sylvania 300, complete with TV info, the lineup and the current Sprint Cup standings.

 

Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, N.H.

When: Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: FoxSports.com

 

Lineup

Starting Lineup for 2013 Sylvania 300
PositionDriverManufacturerTeam
1Ryan NewmanChevroletStewart-Haas Racing
2Kasey KahneChevroletHendrick Motorsports
3Jeff GordonChevroletHendrick Motorsports
4Kurt BuschChevroletFurniture Row Racing
5Martin Truex Jr.ToyotaMichael Waltrip Racing
6Joey LoganoFordPenske Racing
7Paul MenardChevroletRichard Childress Racing
8Kevin HarvickChevroletRichard Childress Racing
9Matt KensethToyotaJoe Gibbs Racing
10Greg BiffleFordRoush Fenway Racing
11Jimmie JohnsonChevroletHendrick Motorsports
12Kyle BuschToyotaJoe Gibbs Racing
13Aric AlmirolaFordRichard Petty Motorsports
14Denny HamlinToyotaJoe Gibbs Racing
15Juan Pablo MontoyaChevroletEarnhardt Ganassi Racing 
16Clint BowyerToyotaMichael Waltrip Racing
17Dale Earnhardt Jr.ChevroletHendrick Motorsports
18Mark MartinChevroletStewart-Haas Racing
19David RaganFordFront Row Motorsports
20Brad KeselowskiFordPenske Racing
21Danica PatrickChevroletStewart-Haas Racing
22Marcos Ambrose FordRoush Fenway Racing
23Jamie McMurrayChevroletEarnhardt Ganassi Racing
24David GillilandFordFront Row Motorsports
25Jeff Burton ChevroletRichard Childress Racing
26Carl EdwardsFordRoush Fenway Racing
27Michael McDowellChevroletPhoenix Racing
28Bobby LaBonteToyotaJTG Daugherty Racing
29Brian Vickers ToyotaMichael Waltrip Racing
30Travis KvapilToyotaBK Racing
31Ricky Stenhouse Jr.FordRoush Fenway Racing
32Landon CassillChevroletMike Hillman Racing
33Kevin SwindellChevroletSwan Racing
34Casey MearsFordGermain Racing
35David ReutimannToyotaBK Racing
36Joe NemechekToyotaNemco-JRR Motorsports
37JJ YeleyChevroletTommy Baldwin Racing
38Dave BlaneyChevroletTommy Baldwin Racing
39Tony RainesChevroletCircle Sport Racing
40Scott RiggsFordLeavine Family Racing
41Johnny SauterFordPhil Parsons Racing
42Timmy HillFordFAS Lane Racing
43Josh WiseFordFront Row Motorsports

Bob Pockrass/Sporting News

 

Drivers to Watch

Matt Kenseth

Sep 15, 2013; Joliet, IL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth (right) celebrates in victory lane with teammate Kyle Busch (left) after winning the Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

First and foremost, current Sprint Cup points leader Matt Kenseth has been on fire in 2013 after switching from Roush Fenway Racing to Joe Gibbs Racing at the start of the season.

The 41-year-old hasn't won the Sprint Cup Championship since 2003. You may remember that year came with some controversy. While Kenseth posted 11 top-five finishes and 25 top-10 finishes on the year, he only had one victory, leading to some drivers calling for a change in the points and playoff systems. New systems were put in place for the 2004 campaign.

Well, Kenseth has plenty of wins this year, racking up six victories, as well as seven top-five finishes and 14 top-10 finishes. He's coming off of a win at the Geico 400 at Chicago.

 

Martin Truex Jr. 

Sep 15, 2013; Joliet, IL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Martin Truex Jr. (56) before the Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

It's been a pretty rough couple of weeks for Martin Truex Jr.

The 33-year-old would have qualified for a wild card in the Chase on Sept. 7 at Richmond International Speedway but was assessed a 50-point penalty from NASCAR's sanctioning body after teammates Clint Bowyer and Brian Vickers spun out and pitted on command, respectively.

Not only that, NAPA opted to pull its sponsorship at the end of the year after the ordeal.

Truex now finds himself in 17th place in the Sprint Cup standings. He's slotted in the fifth position at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, looking to bounce back from a perfect storm.

 

Kyle Busch

Sep 14, 2013; Joliet, IL, USA; NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Kyle Busch (54) celebrates in victory lane after winning the Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Busch has never won the Sprint Cup Championship, but he placed fifth in 2007 and has posted a top-15 finish every year since.

The 28-year-old finds himself in second place headed into the Sylvania 300 on Sunday, eight points behind Kenseth. He has four wins, 12 top-five finishes and 16 top-10 finishes on the year. He's coming off of a second-place finish in the Geico 400 at Chicago.

Last year, Busch just missed the Chase, finishing 13th in the Sprint Cup standings. But instead of lamenting over the disappointment, Busch has called it a "learning experience," per Michael Vega of the Boston Globe.

It's that kind of positive outlook—not mention, an impressive 2013 campaign—that has Busch's peers thinking he could win it all this year.

 

Up-to-Date Standings

Chase for the Cup Standings
PositionDriverPointsBehind
1Matt Kenseth2063--
2Kyle Busch20558
3Jimmie Johnson205211
4Kevin Harvick204815
5Carl Edwards204023
6Kurt Busch204023
7Jeff Gordon203924
8Ryan Newman203528
9Clint Bowyer203528
10Kasey Kahne203231
11Greg Biffle203231
12Joey Logano201152
13Dale Earnhardt Jr.201053

NASCAR.com

 

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