Quicken Loans 400 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2013

BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 17:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew/TheDarkKnightRises/National Guard/ Chevrolet, celebrates with his girlfriend Amy Reimann in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 17, 2012 in Brooklyn, Michigan.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Brooklyn, Mich., is the place as NASCAR descends upon the Michigan International Speedway for the Quicken Loans 400. It's the first of two races at the track, with the Pure Michigan 400 in August.

Carl Edwards won the pole after posing a speed of 202.452 mph in qualifying. It's the first pole Edwards has won since the 2012 Daytona 500.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the defending champion in Brooklyn. He qualified for 12th, putting him in good position to hang back and pick when he wants to make his move.

Earnhardt will be looking for a good showing as he sits fourth in the Sprint Cup standings.

Here's everything you need to you for the Quicken Loans 400.

When: Sunday, June 16, at 1 p.m. ET

Where: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich.

Watch: TNT

Race Lineup (courtesy of NASCAR.com)

Position Driver Car No.
1 Carl Edwards 99
2 Kurt Busch 78
3 Kasey Kahne 5
4 Paul Menard 27
5 Aric Almirola 43
6 Joey Logano 22
7 Austin Dillon 33
8 Matt Kenseth 20
9 Kyle Busch 18
10 Juan Pablo Montoya 42
11 Denny Hamlin 11
12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88
13 Martin Truex Jr. 56
14 Tony Stewart 14
15 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 17
16 Brad Keselowski 2
17 Jimmie Johnson 48
18 Jeff Burton 31
19 Greg Biffle 16
20 Bobby Labonte 51
21 Kevin Harvick 29
22 Mark Martin 55
23 Marcos Ambrose 9
24 Casey Mears 13
25 Trevor Bayne 21
26 David Gilliland 38
27 Clint Bowyer 15
28 Jamie McMurray 1
29 Jeff Gordon 24
30 Michael McDowell 98
31 David Ragan 34
32 AJ Allmendinger 47
33 David Reutimann 83
34 David Stremme 30
35 Ryan Newman 39
36 Dave Blaney 7
37 Danica Patrick 10
38 Josh Wise 35
39 Ken Schrader 32
40 JJ Yeley 36
41 Travis Kvapil 93
42 Joe Nemechek 87
43 Mike Bliss 19

Drivers to Watch

Denny Hamlin

Denny Hamlin's only 25th in the standings, but this could be when he gets his season kick-started. Michigan has been pretty kind to Hamlin over the last couple of seasons.

He was the back-to-back winner at this race in 2010 and 2011. Hamlin also finished second at the Carfax 400 in 2010.

Hamlin hasn't had a ton of luck this season, only finishing in the top 10 four times in 2013. With his history at the track, you shouldn't count Hamlin out. He knows how to handle Michigan and qualified right in the middle of the pack. Hamlin shouldn't have any problem moving up the field.

Jimmie Johnson

Just as sure as the seasons change, Jimmie Johnson is near the top of the Sprint Cup standings. He's going into the race with a 51-point lead over Carl Edwards. Johnson has won three races this season, which ties him with Matt Kenseth for the lead.

More importantly, Johnson has been extremely consistent. He's finished in the top 10 on nine occasions and in the top five seven times.

While he'll probably put in a good performance, don't expect Johnson to win. He's never won at the Michigan International Speedway in his 22 races there. His best finish was second place at the 2011 Pure Michigan 400.

Carl Edwards

Carl Edwards has not been spectacular this season. Instead, he goes out and puts in good showings each and every race. Despite only picking up one win in 2013, Edwards is second in the standings.

Michigan is also a track where Edwards has a very good record. He's got two wins, and between June 2005 and June 2011, Edwards finished in the top 10 in 12 of 14 races. It's not a huge surprise he was able to come away with the pole, given how strong he's been this season and his comfort level at Michigan.

If Edwards doesn't walk away with the victory, he'll probably still manage to finish with a high place and possibly make up some ground on Johnson in the standings.


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