Category: Qualifying

Feb 18 2011

2011 Daytona 500 Qualifying

Its official, after the completion of the two qualifying races today; here is the starting lineup for the 53rd running of the super bowl of racing, the Daytona 500:
1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2 24 Jeff Gordon
3 22 Kurt Busch
4 31 Jeff Burton
5 78 Regan Smith
6 33 Clint Bowyer
7 29 Kevin Harvick
8 115 Michael Waltrip
9 17 Matt Kenseth
10 18 Kyle Busch
11 4 Kasey Kahne
12 192 Brian Keselowski
13 42 Juan Montoya
14 1 Jamie McMurray
15 43 A.J. Allmendinger
16 2 Brad Keselowski
17 5 Mark Martin
18 11 Denny Hamlin
19 27 Paul Menard
20 56 Martin Truex Jr.
21 39 Ryan Newman
22 99 Carl Edwards
23 48 Jimmie Johnson
24 00 David Reutimann
25 14 Tony Stewart
26 16 Greg Biffle
27 83 Brian Vickers
28 37 Robert Richardson Jr.
29 09 Bill Elliott
30 7 Robby Gordon
31 47 Bobby Labonte
32 21 Trevor Bayne
33 46 J.J. Yeley
34 6 David Ragan
35 9 Marcos Ambrose
36 77 Steve Wallace
37 71 Andy Lally
38 20 Joey Logano
39 34 David Gilliland
40 38 Travis Kvapil
41 87 Joe Nemechek
42 36 Dave Blaney
43 32 Terry Labonte

Now, Dale Earnhardt will not be starting the Daytona 500 in the first position, he has to go to the back because he wrecked his car and has to use a backup car. Jeff Gordon MAY have to go to the back as well if they can’t get the damage fixed from his wreck/incident in the second Gatorade duel today. Speaking of the duels here is how they finished in the first duel: Read more »

Jan 27 2011

New Points System, No Catch-can Man, Chase Change

Along with the pick a series rule change we posted about the other day, Nascar has announced some more changes, including the rumored new points system.

First off, they are making a change to the Chase for the Cup, the top ten drivers by points after the 26th race will continue to be in the chase, but position 11 and 12 will now go to the top two race winners in the top 20 points positions, so actually, the ones who win the most races in points positions 11-20. The top 10 chase drivers will still be seeded according to wins, while the 11th and 12th place chasers will stay in those positions. I think this is a good change; it will make it possible for someone who gets hot late to win several races and make the chase even if they were not in the top 12 in points.

They have simplified the points system for all of us loyal idiots I guess. Cup race winners will earn 43 points for the win, three bonus points for the victory and will earn at least 1 point for leading a lap. You can also get 1 point for leading the most laps, bringing the total possible maximum for a win to 48 points. All of the other drivers in finishing order will be separated by one-point increments, thus, the second-place finisher will earn 42 points, a third-place driver 41 points, up to the last place finisher who will earn 1 point. This will certainly make it easier to figure out, it will be interesting to see how it really affects the championship points this next season, and I am sure many will apply the previous rules to see if their driver would have fared differently under the older systems.

The qualifying order will now be set based upon slowest-to-fastest practice speeds. If bad weather cancels qualifying, the final starting lineup will be determined by practice speeds. The same rule book procedures will be used to determine eligibility to start a race. If weather cancels practice sessions, then the starting lineup will be set by points, per the rule book.

Cup teams now are allowed only five sets of tires for practice and qualifying instead of the six they were allowed to have and they must return four of those sets to Goodyear in order to get their race tires, and they may keep only one set of practice/qualifying tires.

The Cup series will be using the Closed Loop Fueling System that was introduced in the Truck Series, it combines a more efficient fueling system with the elimination of the catch-can man, teams will now use six, rather than seven, over-the-wall pit-crew members.

They are also continuing to change the look of the COT, trying to make it more appealing to the fans that think it should look like the actual manufacturer vehicle.

Apr 03 2009

Reutimann Claims Pole in Texas

I didn’t get to see any of the qualifying, as usual, but David Reutimann claimed the pole, his second, with a time of 28.344 running at 190.516 mph. Both Jeff Gordon, 2nd, and Matt Kenseth, 3rd, said they went through turns three and four easier than normal because of the wind, but “the Franchise” said they think things through more than he does, so he didn’t hold back in 3 and 4 and pulled down the best time.

Here is how they qualified:
1 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 190.516 28.344 Leader
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet National Guard GED Plus / DuPont 190.194 28.392 -0.048
3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 189.954 28.428 -0.084
4 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 189.934 28.431 -0.087
5 98 Paul Menard Ford Quaker State / Menards 189.907 28.435 -0.091
6 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 189.900 28.436 -0.092
7 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 189.807 28.450 -0.106
8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 189.427 28.507 -0.163
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt “Tough Tools for Cool Schools” 189.421 28.508 -0.164
10 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 189.268 28.531 -0.187
11 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Clorox / Kingsford / Little Debbie 189.221 28.538 -0.194
12 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 189.215 28.539 -0.195
13 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 189.175 28.545 -0.201
14 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 189.155 28.548 -0.204
15 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 189.122 28.553 -0.209
16 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 188.857 28.593 -0.249
17 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 188.831 28.597 -0.253
18 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 188.778 28.605 -0.261
19 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 188.772 28.606 -0.262
20 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 188.745 28.610 -0.266
21 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 188.626 28.628 -0.284
22 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 188.541 28.641 -0.297
23 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Cheez-It / Carquest 188.515 28.645 -0.301
24 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com 188.469 28.652 -0.308
25 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Super 8 188.298 28.678 -0.334
26 34 John Andretti Chevrolet MyAutoLoan.com 188.291 28.679 -0.335
27 09 Mike Bliss Dodge Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 188.009 28.722 -0.378
28 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 187.950 28.731 -0.387
29 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam 187.898 28.739 -0.395
30 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet Capital Window 187.833 28.749 -0.405
31 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 187.682 28.772 -0.428
32 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 187.493 28.801 -0.457
33 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 187.487 28.802 -0.458
34 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA 187.305 28.830 -0.486
35 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 187.279 28.834 -0.490
36 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Sears Auto Center / Valvoline 187.240 28.840 -0.496
37 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 187.039 28.871 -0.527
38 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge McDonald’s 186.948 28.885 -0.541
39 113 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 186.496 28.955 -0.611
40 25 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 186.355 28.977 -0.633
41 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Guitar Hero 186.156 29.008 -0.664
42 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy 182.395 29.606 -1.262
43 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 186.111 29.015 -0.671

Did Not Qualify
44 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota Huckleberry’s BBQ 186.034 29.027 -0.683
45 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 185.790 29.065 -0.721
46 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota All Sport 185.344 29.135 -0.791
47 64 Todd Bodine Toyota Mambo Restaurants 184.546 29.261 -0.917
48 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Tommy Baldwin Racing 183.974 29.352 -1.008

Mar 27 2009

Rainout Puts Gordon on Martinsville Pole

The rainout of qualifying has put Jeff Gordon on the pole in Martinsville, his eighth there I believe, and one he could have had there if they qualified normally as this is one of his best tracks. This assures him of having the pest pit stall and gives him a little bit of an advantage as far as being the first out of the pits, which leads me to predict that Gordon will break the winless streak this weekend. (I know, big surprise.)

Here is how they will start:
1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont
2 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite
3 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T
4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s
5 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac
6 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser
7 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot
8 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s
10 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt
11 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine
12 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil
13 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar
14 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull
15 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target
16 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Charter Comm.
17 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley Tools
18 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M
19 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy
20 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker
21 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA
22 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing
23 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com
24 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox
25 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s
26 6 David Ragan Ford UPS
27 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army
28 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Irwin Industrial Tools
29 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Charter Comm.
30 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Robby Gordon Motorsports
31 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Kellogg’s / Carquest
32 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1
33 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Taco Bell
34 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot
35 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet Capital Window
36 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull
37 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Guitar Hero
38 98 Paul Menard Ford Energizer / Menards
39 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports
40 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Array Lighting / Nexxus Lighting
41 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports
42 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota All Sport
43 64 Todd Bodine Toyota Gunselman Motorsports

Did Not Qualify
44 09 Sterling Marlin Dodge Miccosukee Resort & Gaming
45 37 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver’s
46 146 Dennis Setzer Dodge Romeo Guest Construction
47 175 Derrike Cope Dodge FW1 Top Secret Wax / Blu Frog Energy / Flip n Bags

Mar 21 2009

Mark Martin on the Pole in Bristol

Mark Martin claimed his second pole in a row today, 8th pole at Bristol, running at a speed of 125.773 mph. Looks like he will turns things around this weekend, I bet he ends up with a top ten at least, and his teammate Jeff Gordon is going to break his winless streak this weekend with another win at Bristol. I didn’t get to see qualifying myself, so not much commentary as far as that goes.

After breaking a 257-race pole drought at Atlanta two weeks ago, Mark Martin topped his second consecutive Sprint Cup qualifying session, streaking around .533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway in 15.256 seconds (125.773 mph) Friday to win the pole for Sunday’s Food City 500.

Martin won back-to-back poles for the second time in his career, having claimed the top starting spot for the April 1989 races at Darlington and Bristol.

“It felt really, really good,” said the 50-year-driver of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, who edged Ryan Newman (125.740 mph) for the pole by .004 seconds. “The car was really fast and it was really comfortable.”

“With the things that have happened to us in the races, it was good to show people that we’ve still got speed in the car,” said Martin, who claimed the 43rd pole of his career. “We’ve got speed, and the other part will come around sooner or later.” Source: Martin edges Newman for second consecutive pole

If you had Scott Riggs or Jeremy Mayfield in your Nascar pool you are going to have a tougher weekend as both did not qualify for this race. And Tony Stewart and AJ Allmendinger have qualified on speed for every race so far this year, good thing since they had to. Scott Speed beat AJ Allmendinger in qualifying again, but is 161 points behind AJ in the points standings.

Here is how they qualified:
1 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Kellogg’s 125.773 15.256 Leader
2 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 125.741 15.260 -0.004
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 125.453 15.295 -0.039
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 125.289 15.315 -0.059
5 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 124.954 15.356 -0.100
6 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 124.808 15.374 -0.118
7 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 124.541 15.407 -0.151
8 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Hyde Park Storage Suites 124.508 15.411 -0.155
9 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 124.492 15.413 -0.157
10 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 124.267 15.441 -0.185
11 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 124.194 15.450 -0.194
12 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 124.130 15.458 -0.202
13 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox 124.130 15.458 -0.202
14 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet Capital Window 123.946 15.481 -0.225
15 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice 123.897 15.487 -0.231
16 64 Todd Bodine Toyota Fred’s Hometown Discount Store 123.698 15.512 -0.256
17 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Golden Corral 123.658 15.517 -0.261
18 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Champion Apparel 123.650 15.518 -0.262
19 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Snickers 123.626 15.521 -0.265
20 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 123.610 15.523 -0.267
21 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA 123.562 15.529 -0.273
22 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy 123.538 15.532 -0.276
23 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 123.523 15.534 -0.278
24 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 123.491 15.538 -0.282
25 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 123.427 15.546 -0.290
26 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Charter Comm. 123.427 15.546 -0.290
27 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 123.372 15.553 -0.297
28 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 123.324 15.559 -0.303
29 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 123.118 15.585 -0.329
30 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 123.071 15.591 -0.335
31 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T 123.032 15.596 -0.340
32 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 123.024 15.597 -0.341
33 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt 122.827 15.622 -0.366
34 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 122.725 15.635 -0.379
35 7 Robby Gordon Toyota SPOT 122.709 15.637 -0.381
36 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Academy Sports + Outdoors 122.654 15.644 -0.388
37 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 122.404 15.676 -0.420
38 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 122.349 15.683 -0.427
39 34 John Andretti Chevrolet WindowWorld.com 122.248 15.696 -0.440
40 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 121.952 15.734 -0.478
41 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 121.914 15.739 -0.483
42 98 Paul Menard Ford Johns Manville / Menards 121.898 15.741 -0.485
43 09 Sterling Marlin Dodge Phoenix Racing 123.189 15.576 -0.320

Did Not Qualify
44 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Array Lighting / Nexxus Lighting 122.193 15.703 -0.447
45 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota All Sport 122.162 15.707 -0.451

Feb 20 2009

Brian Vickers on the Pole in California

I didn’t get to watch qualifying this evening, although, I did just tune into the repeat on Speed, but it looks like Brian Vickers is continuing the strong performances this season claiming the pole in the second race, the Auto Club 500 in California.

The news story talking about it as Nascar.com says that Brian and Dale Jr. had a phone call after last weeks incident in Daytona and they have apparently put everything behind them. Vickers sais he had pretty much forgotten about it after the race in Daytona as he worries more about the mistakes he makes than he does other drivers.

“For me, it’s pretty easy,” Vickers said. “I don’t know if it’s the way I was raised, or my mentality or what. I don’t get mad very easily. Things can happen that will bother me, and I will keep that in the back of my mind and I will learn from those instances, and how I will handle those situations and people in the future. But in general, I don’t let other people affect my daily life.”

“I may make a decision or make a mistake that makes me mad, and I have a hard time letting that go,” Vickers said. “But I don’t let other people ruin my day. Honestly, I probably have the hardest time moving on when it’s a mistake on my part rather than a mistake on somebody else’s.” Source: Vickers puts Daytona crash behind him with pole run

Here is how they will start:
1 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 183.439 39.250 Leader
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 183.164 39.309 -0.059
3 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 182.653 39.419 -0.169
4 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 182.556 39.440 -0.190
5 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 182.302 39.495 -0.245
6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 182.209 39.515 -0.265
7 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 182.089 39.541 -0.291
8 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Charter Comm. 182.048 39.550 -0.300
9 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 181.965 39.568 -0.318
10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 181.919 39.578 -0.328
11 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 181.901 39.582 -0.332
12 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam 181.777 39.609 -0.359
13 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 181.726 39.620 -0.370
14 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox 181.653 39.636 -0.386
15 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 181.616 39.644 -0.394
16 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com 181.461 39.678 -0.428
17 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge Charter Comm. 181.429 39.685 -0.435
18 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Kellogg’s 181.264 39.721 -0.471
19 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 181.210 39.733 -0.483
20 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy 181.173 39.741 -0.491
21 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 181.137 39.749 -0.499
22 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 181.132 39.750 -0.500
23 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 180.836 39.815 -0.565
24 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Carhartt 180.818 39.819 -0.569
25 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 180.773 39.829 -0.579
26 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Auto Club 180.746 39.835 -0.585
27 98 Paul Menard Ford Quaker State / Menards 180.610 39.865 -0.615
28 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Haas Automation 180.397 39.912 -0.662
29 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 180.374 39.917 -0.667
30 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 180.320 39.929 -0.679
31 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Guitar Hero 180.248 39.945 -0.695
32 171 David Gilliland Chevrolet TRG Motorsports 180.234 39.948 -0.698
33 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 180.176 39.961 -0.711
34 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 180.059 39.987 -0.737
35 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 179.991 40.002 -0.752
36 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Red Bank Outfitters 179.721 40.062 -0.812
37 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Farmers Insurance 179.632 40.082 -0.832
38 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing 179.390 40.136 -0.886
39 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota All Sport 179.301 40.156 -0.906
40 34 John Andretti Chevrolet WindowWorld.com 179.287 40.159 -0.909
41 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 179.109 40.199 -0.949
42 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA – - -
43 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 177.997 40.450 -1.200

Did Not Qualify
44 64 Todd Bodine Toyota Gunselman Motorsports 177.454 40.574 -1.324
45 37 Tony Raines Dodge Long John Silver’s 177.405 40.585 -1.335
46 51 David Starr Dodge Allegro Marinade 177.122 40.650 -1.400
47 09 Sterling Marlin Dodge Phoenix Racing 175.328 41.066 -1.816
48 73 Mike Garvey Dodge Jani-King / Quality Concrete 175.897 40.933 -1.683

Feb 12 2009

Daytona 500 Starting Lineup

After todays Gatorade duel races, 1 and 2, the starting lineup is now set in stone, here is how they will start in the running of the 51st Daytona 500:

1 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker
2 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Kellogg’s / Carquest
3 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont
4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s
5 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Old Spice
6 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s
8 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target
9 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot
10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express
11 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Guitar Hero
12 96 Bobby Labonte Ford Ask.com
13 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard
15 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser
16 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac
17 36 Scott Riggs Toyota Tommy Baldwin Racing
18 41 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota All Sport
19 98 Paul Menard Ford Quaker State / Menards
20 44 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Valvoline
21 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal
22 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper
23 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Little Debbie / Kingsford / Clorox
24 12 David Stremme Dodge Penske Racing
25 07 Casey Mears Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s
26 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar
27 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA
28 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine
29 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1
30 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Stanley
31 7 Robby Gordon Toyota Jim Beam
32 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil
33 6 David Ragan Ford UPS
34 43 Reed Sorenson Dodge McDonald’s
35 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M
36 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army
37 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Window World
38 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull
39 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Dewalt
40 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft
41 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Golden Corral
42 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing
43 66 Terry Labonte Toyota Window World

Did Not Qualify
44 187 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports
45 08 Boris Said Ford U.S. Chrome / Scotts Bonus S Max
46 09 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming
47 127 Kirk Shelmerdine Toyota Kirk Shelmerdine Racing
48 171 Mike Wallace Chevrolet TRG Motorsports
49 37 Tony Raines Dodge Long John Silver’s
50 73 Mike Garvey Dodge Jani-King
51 175 Derrike Cope Dodge Blu Frog Energy Drink
52 123 Mike Skinner Chevrolet Mahindra Tractors
53 51 Kelly Bires Dodge BlackJack Racing
54 146 Carl Long Dodge Romeo Guest Construction
55 64 Geoff Bodine Toyota Gunselman Motorsports
56 157 Norm Benning Chevrolet Norm Benning Racing

Feb 10 2009

Daytona 2009 Qualifying

Martin Truex Jr. has the pole for the 2009 Daytona 500 with a speed of 188.001 mph, and Mark Martin claimed second with a speed of 187.817 mph, they also start in the top spot in both of the Gatorade Duel races, Truex in race #1 and Martin in race #2.. The top two spots are the only ones that are guaranteed right now, they use the results of the Gatorade races to determine the rest of the starting order, the top two finishes in each Duel race outside the top 35 in 2008 owners’ points make the race, as well as the next three fastest qualifiers not already locked in.

Pretty complicated, and there has been some debate on how complicated and hard it is on the teams to qualify for Daytona the way that it is now. They should qualify normally for the most part, and use the Gatorade races to determine the top two starters for the race, they would still have the same amount of warm-up races, the Duel races and the Bud Shootout but would make it a lot easier on the drivers I bet. But what do I know.

Here is how they will start for the two Gatorade races.
Read more »

Oct 19 2008

9th Rainout at Martinsville

Guess what? Yep, another rainout during qualifying means Jimmie Johnson is on the pole in Martinsville for the TUMS QuikPak 500. This also gets him the best pit spot on pit lane, the last one as you exit pit row, about the biggest perk you get in Martinsville. Johnson has won three of the last four races in Martinsville, another of the tracks that Jeff Gordon used to dominate, and probably his next best shot at winning a race during the 2008 season.

There is a funny article on Nascar.com of the reporters talking to the drivers and getting some great comments, here is one of them.

“Well, both my children had friends spend the night at the house [on Thursday],” Burton explained. “My mother was there, my wife’s mother and her father were there — and between the four of them they’ll drink enough wine to kill a small animal. So the only way for me to get any sleep was to leave. That was at the heart of my decision. That’s why I made my decision to come early, because it was probably loud at my house [Thursday] night.”

Yeah, but man, what about that drive up from North Carolina through the beautiful Virginia countryside? Coming up early, driving all by yourself, wasn’t that sort of a sacrifice?

“I bummed a helicopter ride so it’s 40 minutes for me. It wasn’t exactly a hardship tour,” Burton admitted. Source:

Here is how they will start Sunday:

1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s
2 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility
3 16 Greg Biffle Ford DISH Network Turbo HD
4 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot
5 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s
6 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil
7 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot
8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont
9 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / National Guard
11 17 Matt Kenseth Ford R+L Carriers
12 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight
13 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance
14 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser
15 8 Aric Almirola Chevrolet U.S. Army
16 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel
17 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull
18 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker
19 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite
20 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal
21 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker
22 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy / Garmin
23 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST
24 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Big Red Slim Pack
25 28 Travis Kvapil Ford All Sport
26 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS
27 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Super Clean / Menards
28 38 David Gilliland Ford Digital TV Transition
29 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target
30 01 Regan Smith Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group
31 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS
32 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet Haas Automation
33 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar
34 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Menards
35 84 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull
36 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1
37 21 Bill Elliott Ford U.S. Air Force
38 00 Mike Bliss Toyota Champion Mortgage
39 10 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge Tow Truck in a Box
40 96 Ken Schrader Toyota DLP HDTV
41 45 Chad McCumbee Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil
42 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row/DenverMattress.com
43 70 Tony Raines Chevrolet Haas Automation

Did Not Qualify
44 175 Derrike Cope Dodge Derrike Cope Inc.
45 109 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming

Apr 05 2008

Michael McDowell Crash at Texas Motor Speedway

Sorry I haven’t posted much this year, I hate to give an opinion on something I didn’t get to see, but this is one hell of a crash. During qualifying today at Texas Motor Speedway, Michael McDowell hit the wall HARD and walked away from it, this one looked a LOT harder than Dale Earnhardt’s, I have no idea if it really was or not, but just looking at the video, it sure looks like it.

This delayed qualifying for almost an hour and a half, as they made repairs to the steel barrier. Michael made an impressive start last week, running up front near the end of the race, and now has probably the hardest looking hit in Nascar history, probably not how he wanted to start, but I bet it helped him gain a few fans.

Here’s what Michael had to say about it:

“I came off of [Turn 4] on that last lap and it just felt a little bit off,” McDowell said. “I went down into [Turn] 1 and I don’t know if it was the oil dry or something happened, but it was real unfortunate for those guys. I hate to make a lot of work for the guys back in the shop.

“That’s one of the worst wrecks I’ve seen, for sure, in a while and I’m not excited I had to participate in it.”

Seeing the accident on television replay, McDowell himself seemed awed and impressed by his escape — and used the word “mad” to describe his emotions while the crash was unfolding.

“I told the guys, ‘Man, this thing feels really tight. I’m going to run another lap,’” he said. “Then I got down in there and it just started to pull right on me. I tried to gather it up and as soon as I turned back to the right, the front tires hooked up and it started rolling down from there. I didn’t lose consciousness, so I felt every roll down the hill.

“I thank the guys back in the shop. They make these cars extremely safe. They spend the extra time padding everything. For me to walk away from that wreck, right there, is unbelievable.” Source: McDowell OK after near head-on crash in qualifying

Here is how they qualified:

1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy 190.907 28.286 Leader
2 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 189.487 28.498 -0.212
3 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 189.069 28.561 -0.275
4 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Samsung HDTV / ALLTEL 189.042 28.565 -0.279
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 188.772 28.606 -0.320
6 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 188.732 28.612 -0.326
7 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 188.534 28.642 -0.356
8 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 188.475 28.651 -0.365
9 84 Mike Skinner Toyota Red Bull 188.390 28.664 -0.378
10 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 188.245 28.686 -0.400
11 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline 188.160 28.699 -0.413
12 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 188.140 28.702 -0.416
13 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 188.009 28.722 -0.436
14 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 187.990 28.725 -0.439
15 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam 187.931 28.734 -0.448
16 16 Greg Biffle Ford DISH Network 187.865 28.744 -0.458
17 77 Sam Hornish Jr.* Dodge Mobil 1 187.741 28.763 -0.477
18 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 187.611 28.783 -0.497
19 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards 187.598 28.785 -0.499
20 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 187.591 28.786 -0.500
21 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 187.493 28.801 -0.515
22 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Cheez-It / CARQUEST 187.474 28.804 -0.518
23 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 187.311 28.829 -0.543
24 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 187.195 28.847 -0.561
25 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 187.156 28.853 -0.567
26 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy / Garmin 187.007 28.876 -0.590
27 10 Patrick Carpentier* Dodge Valvoline 186.981 28.880 -0.594
28 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 186.974 28.881 -0.595
29 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 186.948 28.885 -0.599
30 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios Racing / Sam’s Club 186.935 28.887 -0.601
31 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 186.793 28.909 -0.623
32 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal Cask No. 16 186.645 28.932 -0.646
33 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV 186.220 28.998 -0.712
34 01 Regan Smith* Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 186.046 29.025 -0.739
35 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Prilosec OTC 185.995 29.033 -0.747
36 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 185.752 29.071 -0.785
37 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Front Row Motorsports 185.669 29.084 -0.798
38 28 Travis Kvapil Ford Yates Racing 185.631 29.090 -0.804
39 70 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet Haas Automation 185.350 29.134 -0.848
40 00 Michael McDowell+* Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 182.933 29.519 -1.233
41 38 David Gilliland+ Ford Yates Racing – - -
42 41 Reed Sorenson+ Dodge Target – - -
43 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row
/ DenverMattress.com 185.191 29.159 -0.873

Did Not Qualify
44 40 Dario Franchitti* Dodge Kennametal 185.122 29.170 -0.884
45 45 Chad McCumbee Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 183.736 29.390 -1.104
46 08 Burney Lamar Dodge rhino’s energy drink 181.996 29.671 -1.385

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