Race to Finish Half Way Over in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series


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
07/06/13 Coke Zero 400
Daytona International Speedway
07/14/13 Lenox Industrial Tools 301
New Hampshire International Speedway
07/28/13 Curtiss Shaver 400 at the Brickyard
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
08/04/13 Pennsylvania 500
Pocono Raceway
08/11/13 Finger Lakes 355 at the Glen
Watkins Glen International Speedway
08/18/13 Pure Michigan 400
Michigan Speedway
08/24/13 Irwin Tools Night Race
Bristol Motor Speedway
09/01/13 AdvoCare 500 Atlanta
Atlanta Motor Speedway
09/07/13 Federated Auto Parts 400
Richmond International Raceway
09/15/13 Geico 400
Chicagoland Motor Speedway
09/22/13 Sylvania 300
New Hampshire International Speedway
09/29/13 AAA 400
Dover International Speedway
10/06/13 Hollywood Casino 400
Kansas Speedway
10/12/13 Bank of America 500
Charlotte Motor Speedway
10/20/13 Camping World RV Sales 500
Talladega Superspeedway
10/27/13 Tums Fast Relief 500
Martinsville Speedway
11/03/13 AAA Texas 500
Texas Motor Speedway
11/10/13 AdvoCare 500 Phoenix
Phoenix International Raceway
11/17/13 Ford 400
Homestead-Miami Speedway

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