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NASCAR at Texas 500 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 02:  Elliott Sadler, driver of the #11 OneMain Financial Toyota, leads Parker Kligerman, driver of the #77 ToyotaDreamBuild.com Toyota, and Cole Whitt, driver of the #44 Takagi Tankless Water Heaters Toyota, during the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
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Steven CookContributor IIINovember 3, 2013

The NASCAR schedule continues with a huge Sunday showdown, as the AAA Texas 500 in Fort Worth, Texas, gets ready to shake up the title picture even more.

Firmly in the midst of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, the world's best drivers will be competing for much more than one race, as a number of contenders look to put themselves in position for a championship moving forward.

Let's break down everything you need to know for the Texas 500.

 

Where: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas

When: Sunday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN

2013 AAA Texas 500 Lineup
PositionDriver
1Carl Edwards
2Brad Keselowski
3Jimmie Johnson
4Paul Menard
5Kyle Busch
6Matt Kenseth
7Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8Jeff Gordon
9Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
10Marcos Ambrose
11Kasey Kahne
12Joey Logano
13Ryan Newman
14Denny Hamlin
15Martin Truex Jr.
16Juan Pablo Montoya
17Aric Almirola
18Greg Biffle
19Kevin Harvick
20Jeff Burton
21Austin Dillon
22Bobby Labonte
23Parker Kligerman
24Jamie McMurray
25Elliott Sadler
26Clint Bowyer
27Casey Mears
28David Gilliland
29David Ragan
30Danica Patrick
31Kurt Busch
32Trevor Bayne
33Mark Martin
34Josh Wise
35Michael McDowell
36Kyle Larson
37Landon Cassill
38Travis Kvapil
39David Reutimann
40Timmy Hill
41Joe Nemechek
42Dave Blaney
43J.J. Yeley
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Information courtesy of NASCAR.com

Drivers to Watch

Jimmie Johnson

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 02:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, looks on from the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Ja
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When things get going on Sunday afternoon, all eyes will be on Jimmie Johnson, as he aims to get back on top of the world of racing with another championship.

Coincidentally for Johnson, he's been at his best in Texas, seemingly finishing in the top 10 every time he appears at the speedway. He'll start in good position as the No. 3 driver in the pole.

Coming off a couple of inspiring performances, Johnson is right in the thick of things in the Chase and could really take a firm hold of the lead with a win on Sunday.

 

Matt Kenseth

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 02:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Home Depot 'Let's Do This' Toyota, looks on from the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas
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The 41-year-old is a co-leader in the Chase along with Johnson, and whoever notches the best finish on Sunday will get a big leg up moving forward. 

Kenseth finished in 12th place earlier this year in Texas but will be looking for a slightly better finish this time, as he's in the midst of a tight race with Johnson at the top of the Chase. 

If he can channel his career success at Texas, where he leads all drivers with 12 finishes in the top five, Kenseth could begin pulling away in the Chase. 

 

Carl Edwards

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 02:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, drives through the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Robert La
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Despite entering Sunday's race at No. 10 in the Chase and 76 points back, Carl Edwards will be an important driver to watch as he won the pole position. 

The 34-year-old got into the winner's circle in Fort Worth back in 2008, and with him coming off his first pole at Texas, it makes him an attractive option to get there again on Sunday.

Edwards entered the postseason as one of the favorites, before a 35th-place finish at Dover derailed his chances. But starting at the front of the pack in Texas will help him to finish his year off on a high note.

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