GoBowling.com 400 Preview

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Even though it seemed as we were in Pocono a few weeks ago, it’s time to head back to the tricky triangle for a second go around. June featured another dominant performance by Jimmie Johnson and he’ll be looking to do the same thing again this weekend after coming so close at Indy last week. The ‘tricks’ Pocono has up its sleeves this weekend could come at any of its three corners. You never know what could unfold when we enter the only track with three turns on the circuit, so Sunday’s race will be a good one to watch.

The GoBowling.com 400 is set for Sunday, August 4, 2013 and the green flag will wave at around 1:19 PM ET. The race will consist of 160 laps and 400 miles. Sunday’s weather forecast looks perfect with partly cloudy skies expected, a high of 72 F, and only a 10% chance of rain. The race will be broadcasted on ESPN and the radio coverage will be hosted by MRN.

Jeff Gordon stole the victory last August after rain and storms halted the race. On the final lap before the rain came, Gordon’s teammate Johnson was out front and when he went down into turn 1, he slid up into second place Matt Kenseth. That took both of the drivers out of the lead and Gordon snuck by on the inside to pick up what Johnson and Kenseth lost. The rain came soon after that and all of a sudden, Gordon was sitting in a wild card position with a win. This race changed a lot last season and it very well could do the same on Sunday.

August usually heats up the wild card chase and with six legitimate contenders, it’s anyone’s game. With the win at Indy, Ryan Newman put himself in position to possibly win again and move into one of the positions, but he’ll have to make sure a guy like Martin Truex Jr. or Tony Stewart doesn’t do it first.

Wins mean a lot for guys currently in the Chase and without them heading into NASCAR’s version of the playoffs; it will be hard to go after the championship. Take Clint Bowyer for example. He has been consistent all season and he’s currently sitting second in the standings. That may be good for now, but once Chicagoland comes, it’ll mean he’s back around the tenth position. Out of all the drivers, he needs to win and win quickly to be able to keep up his performance throughout the remainder of the season.

This weekend’s race will be a race of who can beat Jimmie Johnson since five-time won here in June and just finished off a strong performance at a track that has its similarities to Pocono in Indy last weekend. Johnson will be going for the Pocono sweep which would be his second sweep of the season (Daytona). As we saw at Indy, a late pit stop could hurt the No.48 team so you’ll need to watch the whole race to find out if indeed, the dominator can dominate yet another event in 2013 or slip up late in the going.

Event Schedule

11:30 AM-1:00 PM ET (Friday) Sprint Cup Series Practice, not televised

3:10 PM ET (Friday) Sprint Cup Series Qualifying, televised on SPEED

9:00-9:50 AM ET (Saturday) Sprint Cup Series Practice, not televised

11:30 AM-12:20 PM ET (Saturday) Sprint Cup Series Final Practice, televised on SPEED

1:00 PM ET (Sunday) Sprint Cup Series Race, the GoBowling.com 400, televised on ESPN

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By Jason Schultz

Entry List via Jayski.com

Car#

Driver

Manu  

Sponsor

Owner

Owner
Points
Rank

Owner
Race
Attempts

1

1

Jamie   McMurray

Chevy

Cessna

Felix   Sabates

16

20

2

2

Brad   Keselowski (PC1)

Ford

Redd’s   Apple Ale

Roger   Penske

13

20

3

5

Kasey   Kahne

Chevy

Farmers   Insurance

Linda   Hendrick

9

20

4

7

Dave   Blaney

Chevy

TBA

Tommy   Baldwin

32

20

5

9

Marcos   Ambrose

Ford

Stanley

Richard   Petty

24

20

6

10

Danica   Patrick #

Chevy

GoDaddy.com

Gene   Haas

28

20

7

11

Denny   Hamlin

Toyota

FedEx   Office

J   D Gibbs

23

20

8

13

Casey   Mears

Ford

GEICO

Bob   Germain

27

20

9

14

Tony   Stewart (PC2)

Chevy

GoDaddy.com

Margaret   Haas

11

20

10

15

Clint   Bowyer

Toyota

Toyota   Let’s Go Places

Rob   Kauffman

2

20

11

16

Greg   Biffle

Ford

3M

Jack   Roush

8

20

12

17

Ricky   Stenhouse Jr. #

Ford

Zest

John   Henry

22

20

13

18

Kyle   Busch

Toyota

M&M’s   Peanut Butter

Joe   Gibbs

7

20

14

19

Alex   Kennedy (i)

Toyota

Plinker   Tactical / Hampton Inn Lehighton

Randy   Humphrey

44

18

15

20

Matt   Kenseth (PC5)

Toyota

Husky   Tools

Joe   Gibbs

6

20

16

22

Joey   Logano

Ford

Shell-Pennzoil

Walter   Czarnecki

19

20

17

24

Jeff   Gordon (PC6)

Chevy

Drive   to End Hunger

Rick   Hendrick

10

20

18

27

Paul   Menard

Chevy

Menards   / Tarkett

Richard   Childress

20

20

19

29

Kevin   Harvick

Chevy

Budweiser

Richard   Childress

4

20

20

30

David   Stremme

Toyota

Lean1

Brandon   Davis

33

20

21

31

Jeff   Burton

Chevy

fxi   GutterClear365

Richard   Childress

21

20

22

32

Timmy   Hill #

Ford

OxyWater

Frank   Stoddard

38

20

23

33

Tony   Raines (i)

Chevy

Little   Joes Autos

Joe   Falk

36

20

24

34

David   Ragan

Ford

Taco   Bell

Bob   Jenkins

30

20

25

35

Josh   Wise(i)

Ford

MDS   Transport

Jerry   Freeze

39

20

26

36

J.J.   Yeley

Chevy

TBA

Allan   Heinke

35

20

27

38

David   Gilliland

Ford

Long   John Silver’s

Brad   Jenkins

29

20

28

39

Ryan   Newman

Chevy

Hass   Automation 30th Anniversary

Tony   Stewart

17

20

29

40

Landon   Cassill

Chevy

Interstate   Moving Services

Joe   Falk

46

1

30

42

Juan   Pablo Montoya

Chevy

Target

Chip   Ganassi

25

20

31

43

Aric   Almirola

Ford

GoBowling.com

Richard   Petty

18

20

32

47

Bobby   Labonte (PC7)

Toyota

Scott   Products

Tad   Geschickter

31

20

33

48

Jimmie   Johnson (PC3)

Chevy

Lowe’s   / Disney Planes

Jeff   Gordon

1

20

34

51

A.J.   Allmendinger

Chevy

Phoenix   Construction

James   Finch

26

20

35

52

Brian   Keselowski

Toyota

TBA

Bob   Keselowski

45

4

36

55

Mark   Martin

Toyota

Aaron’s   Dream Machine

Michael   Waltrip

15

20

37

56

Martin   Truex Jr.

Toyota

NAPA   Auto Parts

Michael   Waltrip

12

20

38

78

Kurt   Busch (PC4)

Chevy

Furniture   Row / Denver Matress

Barney   Vissar

14

20

39

83

David   Reutimann

Toyota

Burger   King / Dr. Pepper

Ron   Devine

34

20

40

87

Joe   Nemechek (i)

Toyota

TBA

Andrea   Nemechek

40

20

41

88

Dale   Earnhardt Jr.

Chevy

National   Guard Youth Foundation

Rick   Hendrick

5

20

42

93

Travis   Kvapil

Toyota

Burger   King / Dr. Pepper

Ron   Devine

37

20

43

98

Michael   McDowell

Ford

Phil   Parsons Racing

Mike   Curb

42

18

44

99

Carl   Edwards

Ford

Fastenal

Jack   Roush

3

20

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