NASCAR Bristol 2013: Start time, TV schedule for Irwin Tools Night Race


Denny Hamlin hasn't been racing his best of late, but he's on the pole in Bristol for an event he won in 2012.

The lights will be on in Thunder Valley as Denny Hamlin looks to win the Irwin Tools Night Race for the second year in a row.

It's been a rough go for Hamlin of late, winning four poles on the year but failing to take the checkered flag, and he hasn't finished above 18th in any of his last nine races -- a stretch Hamlin called the worst of his career. But he'll sit on the pole for Saturday night's race, and after last year's performance in Bristol, he might be able to turn it around. It will be tough for him to get back into the Sprint Cup chase, as he's back in 25th in the standings.

Kyle Busch was hoping to follow up on his near-impossible feat of pulling the trifecta at Bristol -- winning the Camping World Truck Series event, Nationwide Series event, and Sprint Cup Series event, a feat he accomplished in 2010, and he's in the hunt again after winning Friday night's Food City 250 -- but he'll start in last place after wrecking in practice. Two out of three won't be bad, but it's the Sprint Cup race that reels in the big money.

Here's the link to the full starting grid for Saturday night's race, and here's how to watch the World's Fastest Half-Mile:

Irwin Tools Night Race

Location: Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Green flag: 7:43 p.m. (approximately)

TV Coverage: ABC

Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree. Pit reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch

Pre-race coverage: FoxSports1, 6 p.m., ABC, 7 p.m.

Radio: Sirius XM 90, Motor Racing Network

Times listed in Eastern

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