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This Week’s Race: Camping World 500

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013
Points Leaders Sprint Cup 1. Matt Kenseth 2,225 2. Jimmie Johnson 2,221 3. Kevin Harvick 2,196 4. Jeff Gordon 2,189 5. Kyle Busch 2,188 6. Greg Biffle 2,167 7. Kurt Busch 2,166 8. Clint Bowyer 2,162 9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,159 10. Carl Edwards 2,158 11. Joey Logano 2,150 12. Ryan Newman 2,147 13. Kasey Kahne 2,144 14. Brad Keselowski 874 15. Jamie McMurray 872 16. Martin Truex Jr. 828 17. Paul Menard 825 18. Aric Almirola 796 19. Marcos Ambrose 783 20. Jeff Burton 780 21. Juan Pablo Montoya 772 22. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 772 23. Casey Mears 634 24. Denny Hamlin 608 25. Tony Stewart 594 26. David Ragan 565 27. Mark Martin 554 28. Danica Patrick 554 29. David Gilliland 534 30. Dave Blaney 472 31. Travis Kvapil 429 32. David Reutimann 420 33. A J Allmendinger 402 34. J.J. Yeley 401 35. Bobby Labonte 363 36. David Stremme 362 37. Timmy Hill 177 38. Michael McDowell 148 39. Michael Waltrip 102 40. Scott Speed 99 41. Ken Schrader 92 42. Terry Labonte 77 43. Boris Said 48 44. Ron Fellows 31 45. Alex Kennedy 21 46. Justin Marks 14 47. Scott Riggs 11 48. Victor Gonzalez Jr. 10 49. Brian Keselowski 9 50. Tomy Drissi 8 Nationwide 1. Austin Dillon 1,067 2. Sam Hornish Jr. 1,059 3. Regan Smith 1,015 4. Justin Allgaier 997 5. Elliott Sadler 989 6. Trevor Bayne 976 7. Brian Scott 974 8. Brian Vickers 970 9. Kyle Larson 910 10. Parker Kligerman 893 11. Alex Bowman 824 12. Nelson Piquet Jr. 772 13. Mike Bliss 759 14. Travis Pastrana 689 15. Michael Annett 609 Truck 1. Matt Crafton 644 2. James Buescher 603 3. Ty Dillon 591 4. Jeb Burton 571 5. Miguel Paludo 567 6. Timothy Peters 559 7. Ryan Blaney 552 8. Johnny Sauter 541 9. Darrell Wallace Jr. 538 10. Brendan Gaughan 520 11. Ron Hornaday 519 12. Dakoda Armstrong 490 13. Joey Coulter 488 14. John Wes Townley 483 15. German Quiroga 476

What: 188 laps or 500.08 miles

Where: Talladega Superspeedway, a 2.66-mile highly banked tri-oval in Talladega, Ala.

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

TV: ESPN

Radio: Motor Racing Network

Last year’s winner: Matt Kenseth

Also this week: Fred’s 250, Truck Series, Talladega Superspeedway, 4 p.m. Saturday, Fox Sports 1.

Worth mentioning: David Ragan was the surprise winner of the spring Sprint Cup race at Talladega, but perhaps it wasn’t that much of a surprise. Both of Ragan’s Cup wins have come on restrictor-plate tracks. His first win was the July 2011 race at Daytona.

Who’s Not/Who’s Not

HOT

Brad Keselowski: The champ is back in the win column.

Matt Kenseth: Basically held serve, but when you’re the points leader, that’s OK.

Jimmie Johnson: Clearly has speed to win this championship. He still has fives races to do it.

Kyle Busch: He has 11 wins and counting in the Nationwide Series this season.

Kyle Larson: Turned a lot of heads with his performances at Charlotte.

Austin Dillon: Inching closer to the Nationwide series title.

NOT

Mark Martin: Tony Stewart isn’t having an easy time in rehab for his broken leg and Martin isn’t having an easy time replacing him in the driver’s seat.

Elliott Sadler/Brian Vickers: Never good when teammates wreck.

Travis Kvapil: Also never good when drivers appear on the police blotter.

Jim Utter

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