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

May 26, 2013; Concord, NC, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2016

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.

 

May 25, 2013; Concord, NC, USA; General view of the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the History 300. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

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.DRIVERCARMAKESPONSORBEHIND
1Jeff Gordon24ChevroletAxaltaLeader
2Kevin Harvick29ChevroletJimmy John's--0.015
3Greg Biffle16Ford3M--0.050
4Jimmie Johnson48ChevroletLowe's Dover White--0.074
5Kasey Kahne5ChevroletQuaker State--0.088
6Dale Earnhardt Jr.88ChevroletTime Warner Cable--0.111
7Ryan Newman39ChevroletQuicken Loans--0.122
8Juan Pablo Montoya42ChevroletTarget--0.128
9Kyle Busch18ToyotaM&M's--0.130
10Kurt Busch78ChevroletFurniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet--0.172
11Aric Almirola43FordSmithfield--0.189
12Joey Logano22FordShell Pennzoil / Hertz--0.192
13Paul Menard27ChevroletMenards / Duracell--0.224
14Clint Bowyer15ToyotaRaspberry 5-Hour Energy benefiting Living Beyond Breast Cancer--0.229
15Carl Edwards99FordFastenal--0.250
16Ricky Stenhouse Jr.17FordMy Best Buy--0.281
17Martin Truex Jr.56ToyotaNAPA Auto Parts--0.300
18Denny Hamlin11ToyotaFedEx Ground--0.316
19Brian Scott33ChevroletShore Lodge--0.331
20Matt Kenseth20ToyotaDollar General--0.335
21Kyle Larson51ChevroletTarget--0.340
22Mark Martin14ChevroletBass Pro Shops / Mobil 1--0.366
23Brad Keselowski2FordMiller Lite--0.371
24Bobby Labonte47ToyotaScott Products--0.388
25Jamie McMurray1ChevroletMcDonald's--0.398
26Jeff Burton31ChevroletCaterpillar--0.412
27Brian Vickers55ToyotaAaron's Dream Machine--0.487
28Casey Mears13FordNo. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion--0.542
29Marcos Ambrose9FordBOSTITCH--0.548
30David Ragan34FordTaco Bell--0.578
31Cole Whitt30ToyotaSwan Energy--0.579
32Landon Cassill40ChevroletMoon Shine Attitude Attire--0.679
33Josh Wise35FordMDS Transport--0.751
34David Gilliland38FordLong John Silver's--0.770
35Danica Patrick10ChevroletGoDaddy Breast Cancer Awareness--0.792
36David Reutimann83ToyotaBurger King-Dr. Pepper--0.840
37Michael McDowell98FordPhil Parsons Racing--0.868
38Joe Nemechek87ToyotaTBA--0.950
39Dave Blaney7ChevroletBreast Cancer Awareness--0.955
40Timmy Hill32FordU.S. Chrome--1.032
41Travis Kvapil93ToyotaDr. Pepper--1.133
42J.J. Yeley36ChevroletUnited Mining Equipment--1.258
43Blake Koch95FordSupportMilitary.org--2.114

 

Will Jeff Gordon Finally Earn a Win?

KANSAS CITY, KS - OCTOBER 05:  Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 13th Annual Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway on October 5, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Pho
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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

DOVER, DE - SEPTEMBER 29:  Kurt Busch, driver of the #78 Furniture Row / Denver Mattress Chevrolet, and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, lead a group of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on Se
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Given the highly competitive nature of these final races, it's difficult to prognosticate a winner.

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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