The Chase is coming rapidly, so every race on the NASCAR schedule is especially important. Next up is the Camping World RV Sales 301 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Last year, Brian Vickers won the event, and he could certainly use a win this time around. Coming into the race, Vickers is 16th in the Sprint Cup standings, sitting 167 points behind leader Jeff Gordon.
It's hard to find any reason to be optimistic about his chances. Vickers didn't look too good during qualifying. He'll take the 16th spot on the grid, while Kyle Busch will enjoy the pole position.
For a look at the starting lineup for Sunday's race click here.
Here's the vital information for fans who want to catch the action.
Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire
When: Sunday, July 13 at 1 p.m. ET
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Radio: Performance Racing Network
Drivers to Watch
After a wreck ruined his outing last week at the Coke Zero 400, Busch seems to be set for a bounce-back performance.
Busch's top speed of 138.310 was a shade better than Jimmie Johnson's in qualifying. He has only won once on the track, and that was back in 2006 when the race was called the Lenox Industrial Tools 300. He did finish second in both trips to New Hampshire last year, so he obviously knows and understands how to contend there.
If he can hold off what is sure to be a hard charge from Johnson and others, he has a good chance to find his second win of the season.
We could point out Johnson's success at any particular track on the NASCAR schedule, but let's face it, he's one to watch everywhere.
Bob Pockrass of Sporting News echoes those sentiments with the aforementioned notes of previous victories in New Hampshire for the No. 48 car: "[Johnson] has three career Cup wins at New Hampshire. But no matter the history, it’s Johnson. He’s fast everywhere."
Johnson is just 55 points behind Gordon in the standings, but it feels like only a matter of time before he catches him.
Gordon was able to escape the crash-riddled Coke Zero 400 last week with the lead in the standings. Heading into Sunday's race, he feels confident that he and his car will perform well.
Per Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald, Gordon said: "Loudon has always been a good and consistent track for us and I’m really looking forward to this weekend. Hendricks Motorsports tested at New Hampshire a few weeks ago and I thought the No. 24 had a really good test."
Gordon has won in New Hampshire three times but not since his heyday in the late 1990s.
He'll be looking to spark some nostalgia in an effort to hold off Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is second in the standings, and Johnson.
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