Camping World RV Sales 500 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More
NASCAR's Chase for the Cup kicks into high gear this Sunday at the Talladega Superspeedway for the Camping World RV Sales 500.
Heading into the second half of the Chase, there are five races left, but to this point, there isn't much separation atop the standings. As shown by NASCAR, Matt Kenseth holds a tenuous four-point lead over Jimmie Johnson, who is 25 points ahead of Kevin Harvick:
Updated top 5 standings: 1) Kenseth 2) Johnson -4 3) Harvick -29 4) Gordon -36 5) Ky Busch -37— NASCAR (@NASCAR) October 13, 2013
Qualifying was cancelled due to inclement weather on Saturday, as noted by Bob Pockrass of Sporting News, and NASCAR has the details on how the field will be set for Sunday's race:
Qualifying canceled. #nascar— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) October 19, 2013
The field for tomorrow's #CWRVS500 will be set per the rule book and based on speeds from yesterday's 1st practice.— NASCAR (@NASCAR) October 19, 2013
Kenseth won this race a year ago, skirting danger when he avoided a 25-car pileup on the final lap.
This track facilitates highly competitive racing, and it's not unusual to see drivers pushing one another four-wide around the track, as noted by NASCAR:
4-wide racing? It must be Talladega. pic.twitter.com/f9qQYzO9G9— NASCAR (@NASCAR) October 14, 2013
The action at Talladega will be intense, as usual, as the 2013 Sprint Cup is still up for grabs. Here's a look at when and where you can catch the action, followed by the full lineup for the race.
When: Sunday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. ET
Where: Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, Ala.
Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
|1||Jamie McMurray||Chevrolet||McDonald's/Monopoly||Felix Sabates|
|2||Brad Keselowski||Ford||Miller Lite||Roger Penske|
|5||Kasey Kahne||Chevrolet||Farmers Insurance||Linda Hendrick|
|7||Dave Blaney||Chevrolet||TBA||Tommy Baldwin Jr|
|9||Marcos Ambrose||Ford||Stanley||Richard Petty|
|10||Danica Patrick||Chevrolet||GoDaddy.com||Gene Haas|
|11||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||FedEx Freight||J.D. Gibbs|
|13||Casey Mears||Ford||GEICO||Bob Germain|
|14||Mark Martin||Chevrolet||Aaron's Dream Machine||Margaret Haas|
|15||Clint Bowyer||Toyota||5-Hour Energy||Rob Kauffman|
|16||Greg Biffle||Ford||3M/WB Mason||Jack Roush|
|17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Ford||Best Buy||John Henry|
|18||Kyle Busch||Toyota||Interstate Batteries||Joe Gibbs|
|19||Mike Bliss||Toyota||Plinker Tactical||Randy Humphrey|
|20||Matt Kenseth||Toyota||Dollar General||Joe Gibbs|
|22||Joey Logano||Ford||Shell-Pennzoil||Walter Czarnecki|
|24||Jeff Gordon||Chevrolet||Drive To End Hunger||Rick Hendrick|
|27||Paul Menard||Chevrolet||Menards/Libman||Richard Childress|
|29||Kevin Harvick||Chevrolet||Budweiser||Richard Childress|
|30||David Stremme||Toyota||Lean 1||Brandon Davis|
|31||Jeff Burton||Chevrolet||Caterpillar||Richard Childress|
|32||Ken Schrader||Ford||Federated Auto Parts||Frank Stoddard Sr.|
|33||Landon Cassill||Chevrolet||Little Joe's Autos||Joe Falk|
|34||David Ragan||Ford||Taco Bell||Bob Jenkins|
|35||Josh Wise||Ford||MDS Transport||Jerry Freeze|
|36||J.J. Yeley||Chevrolet||United Mining Equipment||Allan Heinke|
|38||David Gilliland||Ford||Long John Silver's||Brad Jenkins|
|39||Ryan Newman||Chevrolet||WIX Filters||Tony Stewart|
|42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Chevrolet||Target||Chip Ganassi|
|43||Aric Almirola||Ford||Smithfield||Richard Petty|
|47||Bobby Labonte||Toyota||Kingsford Charcoal||Tad Geschickter|
|48||Jimmie Johnson||Chevrolet||Lowe's||Jeff Gordon|
|51||AJ Allmendinger||Chevrolet||Phoenix Construction Services Inc.||James Finch|
|52||Morgan Shepherd||Toyota||Support Military presented by Victory Weekend||Bob Keselowski|
|55||Brian Vickers||Toyota||Aaron's Dream Machine||Michael Waltrip|
|56||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota||NAPA Batteries||Michael Waltrip|
|78||Kurt Busch||Chevrolet||Furniture Row / Sealy||Barney Visser|
|83||David Reutimann||Toyota||Burger King / Dr. Pepper||Ron Devine|
|87||Joe Nemechek||Toyota||TBA||Andrea Nemechek|
|88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevrolet||National Guard||Rick Hendrick|
|93||Travis Kvapil||Toyota||Burger King / Dr. Pepper||Ron Devine|
|98||Michael McDowell||Ford||Phil Parsons Racing||Mike Curb|
|99||Carl Edwards||Ford||Fastenal||Jack Roush|
Can Matt Kenseth Get Back on Track, or Will He Be Overtaken on Sunday?
Kenseth won three out of five races between Bristol and Loudon to take ownership of the top spot in the Sprint Cup standings, but he's only four points ahead of Jimmie Johnson heading into this upcoming race at Talladega.
He's lost ground to Johnson in two of the three races since then and has seen his lead shrink down to practically nothing. If Johnson finishes higher than Kenseth this weekend, then we'll have a new leader atop the standings.
Kenseth appears to be up for the challenge, however.
He finished in third place—one spot ahead of Johnson—at Charlotte last weekend, and he's been consistently running well the past six races, as noted by STATS:
Chances are, Kenseth will be in the mix heading down the home stretch.
Who Will Win?
Given the unpredictable nature of Talladega Superspeedway, combined with the intensity of the Chase for Cup, this race is impossible to predict.
Who will win?
That said, we know that drivers like Kenseth, Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski have been running hot as of late and will likely be contending with the race on the line.
But nobody should be surprised if one of the drivers outside the Chase ends up winning.
The one thing that is certain about this race at Talladega is that it won't be boring. Tempers are likely to run hot, and it's a given that there will be at least a couple of eventful exchanges between rivals once the action commences.
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