Sprint Unlimited 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule, Live Stream and More

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2013

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 13:   Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford and Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Shops / McDonald's Chevrolet lead a pack of cars during Daytona Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway on January 13, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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The 2013 NASCAR season kicks off with a bang this weekend at Daytona International Speedway with the Sprint Unlimited race, a 75-lap battle that marks the official start to the season.

While this race doesn’t count for any points, there are major bragging rights on the line for the competitors.

This will also be the first time the fans get to see the new NASCAR Generation-6 race cars in live race action.

There are so many amazing storylines driving what already is an exciting time in racing—just over a week until the Daytona 500—and this weekend’s first race will be too exciting to miss.

Where: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

When: Saturday, Feb 16 at 8:10 p.m. ET

Watch: FOX

Listen: MRN

Live Stream: FOX Sports Mobile

Sprint Unlimited Lineup (h/t SpeedTV)

Kasey Kahne: No. 5, Hendrick Motorsports—Chevrolet

Marcos Ambrose: No. 9, Richard Petty Motorsports—Ford

Denny Hamlin: No. 11, Joe Gibbs Racing—Toyota

Tony Stewart: No. 14, Stewart-Haas Racing—Chevrolet

Greg Biffle: No. 16, Roush Fenway Racing—Ford

Kyle Busch: No. 18, Joe Gibbs Racing—Toyota

Matt Kenseth: No. 20, Joe Gibbs Racing—Toyota

Joey Logano: No. 22, Penske Racing—Ford

Jeff Gordon: No. 24, Hendrick Motorsports—Chevrolet

Kevin Harvick: No. 29, Richard Childress Racing—Chevrolet

Ken Schrader: No. 32, FAS Lane Racing—Ford

Juan Pablo Montoya: No. 42, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing—Chevrolet

Aric Almirola: No. 43, Richard Petty Motorsports—Ford

Jimmie Johnson: No. 48, Hendrick Motorsports—Chevrolet

Mark Martin: No. 55, Michael Waltrip Racing—Toyota

Martin Truex Jr.: No. 56, Michael Waltrip Racing—Toyota

Kurt Busch: No. 78, Furniture Row Racing—Chevrolet

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: No. 88, Hendrick Motorsports—Chevrolet

Carl Edwards: No. 99, Roush Fenway Racing—Ford

Driver to Watch: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The most popular driver in the sport of NASCAR is veteran Dale Earnhardt Jr., and after the success he found in 2012—one win, one poll, 10 top-fives and 20 top-10s—the expectations for an even bigger 2013 are through the roof.

The fans want Junior to win a Sprint Cup Series Championship this season.

Earnhardt has been with Hendrick Motorsports for several seasons, and more importantly several offseasons, and now is the time for the NASCAR star to put it all together in a championship-worthy effort.

The consistency was there last year as Junior ended up finishing 12th in the standings after making the final Chase to the Sprint Cup, but the veteran must string together a few more wins to put himself into the upper echelon of drivers.

Earnhardt has the talent and the equipment, and it’s about time he puts it all together. It could all start with a strong performance in the Sprint Unlimited race.


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