Bank of America 500 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

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Bank of America 500 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More
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The top drivers of the 2013 season have convened at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Bank of America 500, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 12. 

Heading into the big race, Matt Kenseth holds a tenuous three-point lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings over Jimmie Johnson. Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon aren't far behind, and this year's Chase is still wide open with six races left to be contested. 

Harvick comes into the race hot, fresh off his impressive victory at Kansas Speedway last weekend, but it is Gordon who will begin the race at the pole, as noted by NASCAR:

There isn't much room for error for the drivers competing for the Sprint Cup, and as such NASCAR fans have been treated to some exhilarating races this past month. This upcoming race should yield more of the same.

 

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When: Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, N.C.

Watch: FS2 (pre-race at 5 p.m.) and ABC (pre-race at 7 p.m. and race at 7:30 p.m.)

Listen: PRN Radio Network and Sirius XM NASCAR radio Channel 90.

 

Lineup

POS. DRIVER CAR MAKE SPONSOR BEHIND
1 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet Axalta Leader
2 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet Jimmy John's --0.015
3 Greg Biffle 16 Ford 3M --0.050
4 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet Lowe's Dover White --0.074
5 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet Quaker State --0.088
6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 Chevrolet Time Warner Cable --0.111
7 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet Quicken Loans --0.122
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet Target --0.128
9 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota M&M's --0.130
10 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet --0.172
11 Aric Almirola 43 Ford Smithfield --0.189
12 Joey Logano 22 Ford Shell Pennzoil / Hertz --0.192
13 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet Menards / Duracell --0.224
14 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota Raspberry 5-Hour Energy benefiting Living Beyond Breast Cancer --0.229
15 Carl Edwards 99 Ford Fastenal --0.250
16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17 Ford My Best Buy --0.281
17 Martin Truex Jr. 56 Toyota NAPA Auto Parts --0.300
18 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota FedEx Ground --0.316
19 Brian Scott 33 Chevrolet Shore Lodge --0.331
20 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota Dollar General --0.335
21 Kyle Larson 51 Chevrolet Target --0.340
22 Mark Martin 14 Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 --0.366
23 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford Miller Lite --0.371
24 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota Scott Products --0.388
25 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet McDonald's --0.398
26 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet Caterpillar --0.412
27 Brian Vickers 55 Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine --0.487
28 Casey Mears 13 Ford No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion --0.542
29 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford BOSTITCH --0.548
30 David Ragan 34 Ford Taco Bell --0.578
31 Cole Whitt 30 Toyota Swan Energy --0.579
32 Landon Cassill 40 Chevrolet Moon Shine Attitude Attire --0.679
33 Josh Wise 35 Ford MDS Transport --0.751
34 David Gilliland 38 Ford Long John Silver's --0.770
35 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet GoDaddy Breast Cancer Awareness --0.792
36 David Reutimann 83 Toyota Burger King-Dr. Pepper --0.840
37 Michael McDowell 98 Ford Phil Parsons Racing --0.868
38 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota TBA --0.950
39 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet Breast Cancer Awareness --0.955
40 Timmy Hill 32 Ford U.S. Chrome --1.032
41 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota Dr. Pepper --1.133
42 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet United Mining Equipment --1.258
43 Blake Koch 95 Ford SupportMilitary.org --2.114

 

Will Jeff Gordon Finally Earn a Win?

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It's incredible that at this point in the season Gordon is in contention for the Sprint Cup without a single victory to date in 2013. 

He's earned his No. 4 spot in the rankings due to a torrid run in the second half of the season. Since his second-place finish in Sonoma back in June, Gordon has tallied 10 top-10 finishes in 15 races—including four top-five finishes.

After he took the pole in Charlotte on Thursday night, it appears Gordon is poised to finally win a race this year, which would put him in excellent position to win his fifth Sprint Cup title.

 

Race Prediction

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Given the highly competitive nature of these final races, it's difficult to prognosticate a winner.

Who will win?

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Kyle Busch has a history of performing well at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He has topped all drivers in laps led (787) the past 11 races, as noted by Matt Taliaferro of AthlonSports.com, but he hasn't been able to finish on top.

Jimmie Johnson is hot, as is Kasey Kahne, who has been productive at Charlotte in the past. 

Current leader Matt Kenseth didn't look sharp in qualifying and will start from the No. 20 spot. Since winning two straight races, he's gotten a bit cold heading down the home stretch, finishing in seventh place at Dover and then in 11th place at Kansas last weekend. 

In the end, I believe Gordon will finally get his first win of the season. He's been consistently running well throughout the second half of the season, as was clearly illustrated during qualifying. 

 

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