Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

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Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Jimmie Johnson will take a slim four-point lead in the overall standings over Matt Kenseth to the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday. 

Johnson is set to begin the race in second, with Denny Hamlin the only driver starting in front of him. 

Kenseth is in the row directly behind Johnson and Hamlin. 

The No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing car will start fourth, and he will be surrounded by teammates. Pole-sitter Hamlin is a JGR teammate, and so is Kyle Busch. Busch will start in third, which, coincidentally, is also his place in the Cup standings. He trails Johnson by just 26 points.

Kevin Harvick is also just 26 points back. Harvick will start in 10th.

In all likelihood, it will be one of these four drivers who emerges as the 2013 Sprint Cup Series champion. After all, this stop at "The Paperclip" means there are just four races left in the Chase. 

 

Where: Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va. (0.526 mile oval, 500 laps)

When: Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. ET

TV Coverage: ESPN will start its broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET

Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Starting Grid
Pos. Driver Car Manufacturer
1 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota
2 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet
3 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota
4 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota
5 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota
6 Joey Logano 22 Ford
7 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet
8 David Ragan 34 Ford
9 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet
10 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet
11 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet
13 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet
14 Carl Edwards 99 Ford
15 Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota
16 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford
17 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet
19 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet
20 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford
21 Mark Martin 14 Chevrolet
22 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet
23 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet
24 Landon Cassill 40 Chevrolet
25 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet
26 Kyle Larson 51 Chevrolet
27 David Gilliland 38 Ford
28 Casey Mears 13 Ford
29 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet
30 Cole Whitt 30 Toyota
31 Josh Wise 35 Ford
32 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota
33 Greg Biffle 16 Ford
34 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota
35 Elliott Sadler 55 Toyota
36 Michael McDowell 98 Ford
37 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet
38 Ken Schrader 32 Ford
39 Tony Raines 33 Chevrolet
40 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota
41 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet
42 Reed Sorenson 95 Ford
43 David Reutimann 83 Toyota

via ESPN

 

Drivers to Watch

Denny Hamlin

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Denny Hamlin may not be in the Chase, but winning races still means something, and Hamlin is in a great position to do that. He has been excellent at Martinsville over his career, and a win would definitely be a nice bit of momentum for him and his team. 

Hamlin has just one top-10 since his return from a back injury suffered in California this year. That came with a ninth at Charlotte two weeks ago, but he was unable to keep that momentum rolling. He finished 38th after his engine blew in Talladega last week. 

A win from the pole would be huge for this team moving into next season. 

 

Jimmie Johnson

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Johnson is in great position. He has the points lead, is starting in second and he will be racing at Martinsville. As USA Today's Jeff Gluck points out, Johnson's average finish at Martinsville is 5.3. This is his best mark on any track. Given that, it should not be a surprise that his eight wins at Martinsville are tied for his most at any track. 

He also hasn't finished any worse than 12th here since 2002. 

If Kenseth, or anyone else in the Chase, wants to make up any ground on Johnson, he would be wise to plan on going for the win on Sunday. 

 

Matt Kenseth 

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Kenseth's career at Martinsville is not nearly as good (or good at all, for that matter) as Johnson's. He's had just three top-five finishes in his 20 starts at this track.

Still, there is a lot of truth in this tweet: 

Kenseth is eradicating demons from his closet in his first season with JGR. That includes him more than doubling his career total for laps led at Martinsville after leading 96 laps there earlier in the year. He also picked up his first win in 28 starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway earlier in the season. 

Kenseth will push Johnson to be at his best to gain any points on him this week. 

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