NRA 500 Preview

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A big ‘ole Texas showdown is expected Saturday Night when the Sprint Cup Series cars invade the mile and a half Texas Motor Speedway. Everything is bigger in Texas and when NASCAR invades the Lone Star State, the race is always more exciting than expected. Texas is usually the track where the gloves can come off when the drivers’ tempers reach their boiling points, but the gloves have already come off throughout the last few races and that could spice things up on Saturday Night.

The NRA 500 is set to take place on Saturday April 13, 2013 and the green-flag is set to wave at 7:46 PM EST. Saturday Night racing is always more electrifying and on this Saturday Night, the drivers will have 334 Laps and 501 miles to chase victory. Race Night weather looks to be partly cloudy, but with a 0% chance of rain and the low temperature that night may dip down to 56 F. You can catch the race on FOX and a radio version of the broadcast can be found on PRN.

As many fans remember, last year’s Spring Race at Texas was sort of a “snooze-fest.” Two cautions throughout the entire race left for a lot of green-flag racing which fans didn’t particularly enjoy. Greg Biffle took the win after the night was over and that win was a testament to his hot-start last season. Biffle has had a lot of success at Texas and he may just be back in victory lane this weekend.

Last weekend at Martinsville brought some hot-tempers along with some classic short-track racing. Any feuds that developed during the race could roll-over to this weekend, but the drivers seemed to have left the arguments at Fontana. Jimmie Johnson will attempt to win his third race of the season on Saturday Night and maintain his points lead. We all know that Johnson can do well at any track so we can’t count him out this weekend.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was one of the drivers who struggled at Martinsville and his struggles forced him out of the points lead. His teammate, Johnson, took over on top of the standings, but Earnhardt Jr. would love to regain his position on top of the throne. Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch continue to lurk close to the teammates in the standings and they could get to the top at anytime.

Brian Vickers will be the driver filling in for the injured Denny Hamlin this weekend and that means Mark Martin will be back in the No.55 car at Texas. Vickers piloted the car last weekend, but Martin will get back in the car as scheduled for this race.

Texas is an interesting track where anything could happen. Wild wrecks, hot tempers and even circus performers have been spotted at the track before and that means just about anything could go on in the Lone Star State this weekend. Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon will look to continue their climb back up the point’s ladder and they could easily be in victory lane once this race is over. A Texas size of a race is expected this weekend and you won’t want to leave your couch once this wild party gets underway on Saturday Night.

By Jason Schultz

Event Schedule

1:00-3:00 PM CT (2:00-4:00 PM EST) (Thursday) Sprint Cup Series Testing at Texas, not televised

3:30-5:00 PM CT (4:30-6:00 PM EST) (Thursday) Sprint Cup Series Testing at Texas, not televised

11:30 AM-1:00 PM CT (12:30-2:00 PM EST) (Friday) Sprint Cup Series Practice, televised on SPEED

2:00-3:30 PM CT (3:00-4:30 PM EST) (Friday) Sprint Cup Series Final Practice, televised on SPEED

5:40 PM CT (6:40 PM EST) (Friday) Sprint Cup Series Qualifying, televised on SPEED

6:30 PM CT (7:30 PM EST) (Saturday) Sprint Cup Series’ Race, the NRA 500, televised on FOX

Next Race– STP 400 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas

Entry List via Jayski.com

Car#

Driver

Manu

Sponsor

Owner

Owner
Points
Rank/
Attempts

1

1

Jamie McMurray

Chevy

Bell Helicopters

Felix Sabates

16/6

2

2

Brad Keselowski (PC1)

Ford

Miller Lite

Roger Penske

2/6

3

5

Kasey Kahne

Chevy

Time Warner Cable

Linda Hendrick

5/6

4

7

Dave Blaney

Chevy

SANY America

Tommy Baldwin

30/6

5

9

Marcos Ambrose

Ford

DeWalt

Richard Petty

22/6

6

10

Danica Patrick #

Chevy

GoDaddy.com

Gene Haas

27/6

7

11

Brian Vickers (i)

Toyota

FedEx Office / March of Dimes

J D Gibbs

9/6

8

13

Casey Mears

Ford

GEICO

Bob Germain

20/6

9

14

Tony Stewart (PC2)

Chevy

Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1

Margaret Haas

23/6

10

15

Clint Bowyer

Toyota

Gander Mountain

Rob Kauffman

8/6

11

16

Greg Biffle

Ford

Filtrete

Jack Roush

6/6

12

17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #

Ford

Best Buy

John Henry

18/6

13

18

Kyle Busch

Toyota

Interstate Batteries

Joe Gibbs

4/6

14

19

Mike Bliss (i)

Toyota

Plinker Tactical

Randy Humphrey

45/6

15

20

Matt Kenseth (PC5)

Toyota

Dollar General

Joe Gibbs

12/6

16

21

Trevor Bayne (i)

Ford

Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire &   Auto Center

Gelen Wood

42/2

17

22

Joey Logano

Ford

Shell Pennzoil

Walter Czarnecki

14/6

18

24

Jeff Gordon (PC6)

Chevy

Cromax Pro

Rick Hendrick

15/6

19

27

Paul Menard

Chevy

Menards / Quaker State

Richard Childress

10/6

20

29

Kevin Harvick

Chevy

Rheem

Richard Childress

17/6

21

30

David Stremme

Toyota

Swan Energy / Lean 1

Brandon Davis

32/6

22

31

Jeff Burton

Chevy

Caterpillar

Richard Childress

25/6

23

32

Timmy Hill #

Ford

OXYWater

Frank Stoddard

36/6

24

33

Landon Cassill

Chevy

Little Joe’s Auto

Joe Falk

38/6

25

34

David Ragan

Ford

Love’s Travel Stops

Bob Jenkins

33/6

26

35

Josh Wise (i)

Ford

MDS Transport

Jerry Freeze

40/6

27

36

J.J. Yeley

Chevy

Accell Construction

Allan Heinke

28/6

28

38

David Gilliland

Ford

EZ Pawn / EZ Money

Brad Jenkins

35/6

29

39

Ryan Newman

Chevy

Quicken Loans

Tony Stewart

24/6

30

42

Juan Pablo Montoya

Chevy

Target / Kellog’s

Chip Ganassi

31/6

31

43

Aric Almirola

Ford

Eckrich

Richard Petty

19/6

32

44

Scott Riggs

Ford

TBA

John Cohen

44/4

33

47

Bobby Labonte (PC7)

Toyota

Bush’s Beans

Tad Geschickter

29/6

34

48

Jimmie Johnson (PC3)

Chevy

Lowe’s Dover White

Jeff Gordon

1/6

35

51

Austin Dillon

Chevy

Bruce Lowrie Chevrolet / Realtree

James Finch

11/6

36

55

Mark Martin

Toyota

Aaron’s Dream Maching

Michael Waltrip

13/6

37

56

Martin Truex Jr.

Toyota

NAPA Auto Parts

Michael Waltrip

26/6

38

78

Kurt Busch (PC4)

Chevy

Furniture Row/Serta

Barney Vissar

21/6

39

83

David Reutimann

Toyota

Dr Pepper

Ron Devine

34/6

40

87

Joe Nemechek (i)

Toyota

MaddiesPlaceRocks.com

Andrea Nemechek

39/6

41

88

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Chevy

National Guard

Rick Hendrick

3/6

42

93

Travis Kvapil

Toyota

Dr Pepper

Ron Devine

37/6

43

95

Scott Speed

Ford

TrackingPoint

Bob Leavine

43/5

44

98

Michael McDowell

Ford

Phil Parsons Racing

Mike Curb

41/5

45

99

Carl Edwards

Ford

Fastenal

Jack Roush

7/6

 

 

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