Race to Finish Half Way Over in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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The race track is heating up! And so too is the leaderboard. Just about halfway through the season, Jimmie Johnson is the current Sprint Cup Series points leader. With 20 races still remaining on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule and 10 until the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins, teams and drivers focus on pacing themselves through the grinding 36-race schedule.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup is in its 65th season of professional stock car racing in the U.S. The year began February 16 with the Sprint Unlimited at the famous Daytona International Speedway and will end November 17 with the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Currently sitting in the Top 10 is: Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Martin Truex Jr. If the first segment (first 26 races) came to an end today, these 10 drivers would be competing in the Chase with two drivers who had the most race wins (ranked 11th – 20th). At this moment, those two additional drivers would be Kasey Kahne (#11) and Tony Stewart (#15) – both with one win each.

Next up on the Sprint Cup schedule is Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway. There are only five tracks that Jimmie Johnson hasn’t won at, Kentucky is one of them. Will this open the door for Carl Edwards, or will Johnson continue on the road to his sixth Cup series championship? Last year’s Driver’s Champion Brad Keselowski is currently ninth in the point standings. At this time last year Keselowski was 10th; reminding us that this is not a sprint (like the Cup Series sponsor name might make you think otherwise), it’s a marathon.

Of the remaining 20 races left on the 2013 schedule, the average NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets are $125. The most expensive race of the Series is the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (avg. $241). The cheapest race is Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway (avg. $68).

Date NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Avg. Price
06/29/13 Quaker State 400
Kentucky Speedway
$76.44
07/06/13 Coke Zero 400
Daytona International Speedway
$127.89
07/14/13 Lenox Industrial Tools 301
New Hampshire International Speedway
$71.20
07/28/13 Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
$127.29
08/04/13 Pennsylvania 500
Pocono Raceway
$111.37
08/11/13 Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen
Watkins Glen International Speedway
$172.40
08/18/13 Pure Michigan 400
Michigan Speedway
$88.17
08/24/13 Irwin Tools Night Race
Bristol Motor Speedway
$191.75
09/01/13 AdvoCare 500 Atlanta
Atlanta Motor Speedway
$101.01
09/07/13 Federated Auto Parts 400
Richmond International Raceway
$136.53
09/15/13 Geico 400
Chicagoland Motor Speedway
$113.92
09/22/13 Sylvania 300
New Hampshire International Speedway
$68.15
09/29/13 AAA 400
Dover International Speedway
$105.53
10/06/13 Hollywood Casino 400
Kansas Speedway
$129.42
10/12/13 Bank of America 500
Charlotte Motor Speedway
$116.43
10/20/13 Camping World RV Sales 500
Talladega Superspeedway
$182.16
10/27/13 Tums Fast Relief 500
Martinsville Speedway
$111.08
11/03/13 AAA Texas 500
Texas Motor Speedway
$241.07
11/10/13 AdvoCare 500 Phoenix
Phoenix International Raceway
$82.88
11/17/13 Ford 400
Homestead-Miami Speedway
$150.25

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