Posts tagged: Daytona 500

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 »

Feb 16 2009

Kenseth Wins Daytona 400

Matt Kenseth did something I don’t remember him being all last season, lucky, and another he had never done before today, win the Daytona 500. Matt Kenseth won the rain shortened 51st running of the Daytona 500 today, after passing Elliott Sadler on the very last green flag lap. I bet Elliott is kicking himself right now. This was also Jack Roush’s first Daytona 500 win in 20 years as an owner, in an article posted at Nascar.com, Roush and Kenseth both did not believe it would happen today.

One day before the Daytona 500, Matt Kenseth confided in his wife Katie that he was tired of no longer being a serious title contender on NASCAR’s premier series, and harbored no illusions about his chances in the sport’s biggest race. On the morning of the Daytona 500, Jack Roush woke up feeling pessimistic as always, those two decades of close calls and near misses on the big race track engrained in his bones. Source: At Daytona, rain washes a team’s pessimism away

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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 19 2008

Ryan Newman Wins the 50th Daytona 500

It seemed like they came out of nowhere, a bright blue freight train, the 12 and the 2 cars, with Kurt Busch giving Ryan Newman a BIG push in the final laps to win the 50th running of the Daytona 500. This was the first time Penske Racing has ever finished 1-2 and not only Roger Penske’s first Daytona 500 win, but his first restrictor plate win as well.

After watching it live and reading some of the comments they made afterwards, if they continue running and working together like they did Sunday, then they could be pretty hard to beat this year.

“Just to be part of the 50th running of the Daytona 500 … 15 years ago I was sitting in the grandstands in the Seagrave Tower,” Newman said. “Obviously, [I want to thank] Kurt Busch. Without a doubt, he could have easily gone three-wide and split us through the center and made one heck of a mess going into [Turn] 3.

“But he chose to be a teammate, and that’s the most honorable thing that he could be — and I would have done the same thing for him.”

“For us to come home and push Ryan Newman to victory, I feel like I’ve got a small bit of that victory within me,” Busch said. “I was emotional pushing him across the line. It felt incredible to have a Penske 1-2 finish [Sunday]. To have Newman jump up in front of me, I thought that was the most beautiful thing in the world because I knew one of us Penske cars was going to win at that point.” Source: Newman gets last-lap push from teammate to win 500

Dale Jr. led for 12 laps, Tony Stewart 16, Ryan Newman 8, Kurt Busch 9, Denny Hamlin had 32 and Kyle Busch led the most laps at 86, among others. There were a lot more lead changes this year, the viewer ship increased by 1% over last year, and, even though Gordon wasn’t there at the finish, it was a pretty good ending too.

Here is how they finished:

1 7 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 190/5 200 Running 1,506,040
2 43 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 175/5 200 Running 1,063,870
3 6 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 170/5 200 Running 871,049
4 24 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 170/10 200 Running 652,938
5 5 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 160/5 200 Running 545,959
6 35 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy 150/0 200 Running 430,015
7 10 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 151/5 200 Running 389,204
8 26 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam 142/0 200 Running 352,921
9 3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / National Guard 143/5 200 Running 352,920
10 18 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 139/5 200 Running 313,763
11 13 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 130/0 200 Running 329,756
12 23 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 127/0 200 Running 285,245
13 36 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 129/5 200 Running 323,496
14 16 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 121/0 200 Running 322,224
15 19 77 Sam Hornish Jr. * Dodge Mobil 1 118/0 200 Running 319,845
16 20 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 115/0 200 Running 277,213
17 4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express 117/5 200 Running 341,416
18 42 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 109/0 200 Running 291,221
19 11 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 106/0 200 Running 321,520
20 25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 103/0 200 Running 303,978
21 27 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters 100/0 200 Running 287,928
22 21 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet PEAK / Menards 97/0 200 Running 279,295
23 33 70 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon 94/0 200 Running 271,220
24 31 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 96/5 200 Running 284,545
25 37 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV 88/0 200 Running 277,095
26 38 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal Cask No. 16 85/0 200 Running 276,888
27 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 87/5 200 Running 329,606
28 32 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditReport.com 79/0 200 Running 278,746
29 2 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 81/5 200 Running 275,135
30 30 28 Travis Kvapil Ford K&N Filters 73/0 200 Running 291,202
31 12 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 70/0 200 Running 301,846
32 15 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline 67/0 200 Running 290,753
33 40 40 Dario Franchitti * Dodge Dodge Journey 64/0 199 Running 270,613
34 39 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Wells Fargo 61/0 197 Running 260,320
35 9 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 58/0 194 Accident 284,945
36 28 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 60/5 194 Running 308,129
37 29 01 Regan Smith * Chevrolet Principal Financial Group 52/0 194 Running 267,095
38 34 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 54/5 189 Accident 259,563
39 8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 51/5 186 Susp. 319,599
40 22 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Makoto 43/0 184 Running 258,613
41 41 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 40/0 171 Running 258,470
42 14 6 David Ragan Ford AAA 37/0 161 Accident 267,763
43 17 187 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row/DenverMattress.com 34/0 141 Engine 256,735

Feb 17 2008

2008 Daytona 500 Predictions

Sometimes races aren’t hard to pick, a driver gets on a roll at a particular track and they can dominate there for quite awhile, look at what Dale Jr. has done at Daytona, what his father has done there, look at what Jimmie Johnson has done in Charlotte, and Jeff Gordon on several tracks at several different times. But, this year in Daytona, I think there are several drivers who could win, a few have already been dominate, Dale Jr., Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart, a few have ran up front after coming from the back, a few are always good picks in Daytona, Gordon, Earnhardt, and Johnson. Throw in a big wreck that can take out all or none of the top drivers, the car of tomorrow and tempers, and this is going to be one tough race to predict.

The drivers that I think are capable of winning tomorrow are, in no particular order, the standbys: Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, and others who have shown the potential or have the equipment, Casey Mears, a Hendricks Car, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Mark Martin and Bobby Labonte.

So, I’m just going to pick:

1. Jeff Gordon, of course
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
3. Kyle Busch
4. Tony Stewart
5. Casey Mears

Feb 14 2008

How About Dale Earnhardt Jr.?

Talk about a strong start for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and an even stronger start for Hendrick Motorsports, Dale wins the shootout and then wins the first Gatorade Duel race today, and Jimmie Johnson has the pole for the Daytona 500. I wonder if all those people who said they would not root for Dale Jr. because he went to Hendrick Motorsports are regretting that decision now? Probably not, I bet they are already back on the bandwagon.

Denny Hamlin wins the first race for Toyota; you just knew it would be a Gibbs car, I mean, what has Waltrip and his bunch done with a year under their belts? I especially liked his little comment about Jeff Gordon hanging back on the restart, but it was fine for him to go to the back and block and weave in front of his teammates competitors to help them get in the 500. I bet Michael gets on your nerves when he’s drunk.

With a push from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin won the second Gatorade Duel 150 qualifying race for Sunday’s Daytona 500 in a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the event four laps beyond its posted distance. The victory for Toyota was the second for a foreign manufacturer in NASCAR’s top series. Jaguar driver Al Keller won a road-course race in Linden, N.J., in 1954.

In the first Duel 150, Dale Earnhardt Jr. passed Ryan Newman for the lead on Lap 51 of 60 and held on for the win — his second in two races for Hendrick Motorsports.

But the story of Thursday was the success of three veteran drivers — Dale Jarrett, Kenny Wallace and John Andretti — who persevered to make the field. Source: Earnhardt Jr., Hamlin win qualifying races at Daytona

A total of ten cars changed engines before the duel races, including all four Hendrick cars, so I was not too excited about Gordon’s chances, but only Dave Blaney had engine trouble during the races. This will be the first time the Daytona 500 has been run without a car from the Wood Bros.

I did not know you could do this though:

“It’s too early to diagnose the problem,” said Busch, who gave up the owner points on his No. 2 Dodge to guarantee rookie teammate Sam Hornish Jr. starting spots in the first five races of 2008.

I wonder why you don’t hear about it happening more often on teams with the really good drivers who make every race on speed, but it is only for the first five races.

Gatorade Duel 1 Unofficial Results
Gatorade Duel 2 Unofficial Results

Here’s how they will start for the Daytona 500:

1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 187.075 48.109 Leader
2 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 186.734 48.197 -0.088
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet AMP Energy / National Guard – - -
4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express – - -
5 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target – - -
6 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot – - -
7 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL – - -
8 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont – - -
9 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST – - -
10 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser – - -
11 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot – - -
12 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army – - -
13 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker – - -
14 6 David Ragan Ford AAA – - -
15 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline – - -
16 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil – - -
17 187 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row
/ DenverMattress.com – - -
18 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M – - -
19 77 Sam Hornish Jr.* Dodge Mobil 1 – - -
20 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS – - -
21 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet PEAK / Menards – - -
22 34 John Andretti Chevrolet Makoto – - -
23 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull – - -
24 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s – - -
25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker – - -
26 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam – - -
27 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet State Water Heaters – - -
28 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT – - -
29 01 Regan Smith* Chevrolet Principal Financial Group – - -
30 28 Travis Kvapil Ford K&N Filters – - -
31 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s – - -
32 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditReport.com – - -
33 70 Jeremy Mayfield Chevrolet Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon – - -
34 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar – - -
35 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy – - -
36 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility – - -
37 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV – - -
38 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal Cask No. 16 – - -
39 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Wells Fargo – - -
40 40 Dario Franchitti* Dodge Dodge Journey – - -
41 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing – - -
42 00 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine – - -
43 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite Champion’s Provisional

Did Not Qualify
44 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull – - -
45 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie – - -
46 49 Ken Schrader Dodge HealthLife.com – - -
47 160 Boris Said Ford 7-Eleven Slurpee / No Fear – - -
48 10 Patrick Carpentier* Dodge Valvoline – - -
49 137 Eric McClure Chevrolet Hefty – - -
50 109 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming – - -
51 27 Jacques Villeneuve* Toyota Bill Davis Racing – - -
52 150 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet NOS Energy Drink / SKI / SBM – - -
53 08 Carl Long Dodge MILLSTAR Tools / Rhino’s Energy Drink

Feb 21 2007

Harvick Wins 500

This post is a few days late, finally posted the scores for the Race League and it kept me busy for a couple days. Kevin Harvick won the Daytona 500, charging past Mark Martin as Nascar let them race back to the flag. I have been really curious what other fans thought about it, personally, I think they should’ve thrown the flag at the same point they would have on lap number 1. What if one of the drivers or even both drivers had let off because they expected Nascar to throw the flag? When they made the rule about racing back to the flag, I hoped they would be consistent with it, if they don’t want to end under caution, then they should make another rule, or get rid of this one. I don’t know, maybe I’m too picky.

It would have been nice to see Martin win the Daytona 500, so he could put that one behind him, always the bride’s maid never the bride. Ginn Racing has already said that if Mark wants to race the full season, he is welcome to do so, they would be glad to have him, and they should be, he is used to racing in the top 10, and it would not be much of a stretch for him to win the Nextel Cup this year.

Martin is scheduled to compete in about 22 events this season in a No. 01 car he’ll share with teammate Regan Smith, along with a variety of Busch and Craftsman Truck starts for other teams. But if results like his dramatic runner-up finish to Kevin Harvick in Sunday’s Daytona 500 whet his appetite for another championship run, Martin has the option of driving the U.S Army car full time.

“If he came to us and that’s what he wanted to do,” Jay Frye, Ginn Racing’s CEO and general manager said Tuesday, “then we would do that.”

Frye stressed that the subject hasn’t even come up. But should Martin make that decision, Smith would move to the team’s No. 39 car, which failed to qualify at Daytona. Source: Car open should Martin opt for full-time ride

I wouldn’t mind to see him complete the whole season, he is a competitive driver and one of those guys you know who won’t wreck you on purpose to get the win.

That was a pretty good wreck on the last lap; it definitely shook up the points at the end of the race, with some going from hero to zero and vice versa. It wasn’t the best Daytona I have ever seen, but probably a top five for me, but I haven’t been watching as long as some of you guys.

Feb 19 2007

Daytona 500 2007 Videos

Here are some great videos we have been adding from this years Daytona 500, including the Bud Shootout, the Twin 125′s, qualifying and the Daytona 500. Here is the best video I have found so far of the final lap crash.

Feb 11 2007

Michael Waltrip Manifold, and Car Confiscated by Nascar

Michael Waltrip could miss his first Daytona 500 in 21 years, he has to run 1st or 2nd in the cars who aren’t already in the Daytona 500, those outside the top 35 in points from last year, to make the race, and with Juan Montoya and David Gilliland qualifying so well today, Gilliland had the pole and Juan Montoya qualified 4th, that could be a tall order for Waltrip whose time of 24th is still good, for the moment. Nascar found a substance inside the manifold, a substance that Michael said was oil, so they confiscated the manifold. Later, they put another on the car, as the one had been shipped to Concord, NC for inspection, and qualified 24th, and then, Nascar kept the car and a second manifold. As of now, the 24th qualifying spot is still good, until they figure out what the substance is.

Before qualifying began NASCAR vice president for competition Robin Pemberton said an inspector in NASCAR’s engine checking area “caught a substance inside” Waltrip’s No. 55 Toyota Camry’s manifold in its initial pass through inspection.

Also running afoul of NASCAR inspectors were Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne, whose qualifying speeds were disallowed due to infractions discovered in post-qualifying inspection.

Hunter said any penalties or sanctions for anyone related to the three infractions would be announced later in the coming week, including “monetary fines, points penalties or suspensions.” Source: Waltrip’s car, manifold confiscated at quals

A noted engine builder, they would not give his name, said it wasn’t possible for lubricating oil to leak into the engine’s manifold, under normal conditions that is. Waltrip and others continued to say they did not know why the oil was in those spots and didn’t know what Nascar was doing with the car exactly.

Looks like Kenseth and Kahne will start in the back in the second qualifier, and it seems they are in no more trouble, other than the possibility of some upcoming fines.

Feb 11 2007

Daytona 500 Qualifying, Part 1

Looks like there was a couple surprises today during qualifying for the Daytona 500, Robert Yates is back, big time, as he filled the front row with both of his drivers, David Gilliland and Ricky Rudd. Gilliland ran very strong Saturday night during the 70 lap Bud Shootout, finishing second behind Tony Stewart, who aero-bumped Kyle Busch out of the way to take the lead and the win.

David Gilliland and Ricky Rudd won the top two starting spots Sunday in qualifying for the Daytona 500, putting Yates back on the racing map after a horrendous 2006 season.

That dark time saw Yates lose his drivers, a sponsor and both of his crew chiefs in a tumultuous year that saw the once-proud team collapse to the point that Yates was convinced he was dying. But just like a true racer, the car owner refused to close shop and fought to keep the family business on the track.

He handed the keys to his two cars to Gilliland, an unproven rookie, and Rudd, the Iron Man of NASCAR who spent last year out of racing and mowing the 30 acres of grass on his North Carolina farm.

They proved Sunday that there’s life in this Yates team, after all. Source: Yates puts both cars on front row at Daytona

Gilliland, a West Coast racer who rocketed onto the NASCAR radar by winning a Busch race last June in an under funded, part-time team, is coming on strong to start the season, but don’t count out Juan Montoya yet either, he qualified fourth, right behind a surprising David Stremme, Ricky Rudd took last year off and mainly mowed his grass on his farm, and was sad to see how Yates had to start over after Dale Jarrett left and took UPS with him, and Eliot Sadler asked out of his remaining contract.

Of course, this is just the first part of the Daytona 500 Qualifying, while Gilliland and Rudd will start 1st and 2nd in the 500, the rest of the field is set by the two qualifying races that will be run this Thursday, the starting lineup is as follows:

Qualifying Race #1:
1 38 David Gilliland
2 6 David Ragan
3 160 Boris Said
4 70 Johnny Sauter
5 48 Jimmie Johnson
6 25 Casey Mears
7 11 Denny Hamlin
8 36 Jeremy Mayfield
9 20 Tony Stewart
10 1 Martin Truex Jr.
11 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
12 43 Bobby Labonte
13 55 Michael Waltrip
14 66 Jeff Green
15 16 Greg Biffle
16 4 Ward Burton
17 45 Kyle Petty
18 7 Robby Gordon
19 22 Dave Blaney
20 84 A.J. Allmendinger
21 07 Clint Bowyer
22 37 Bill Elliott
23 41 Reed Sorenson
24 78 Kenny Wallace
25 21 Ken Schrader
26 44 Dale Jarrett
27 31 Jeff Burton
28 49 Mike Bliss
29 130 Stanton Barrett
30 72 Brandon Whitt
31 158 James Hylton

Qualifying Race #2:
1 88 Ricky Rudd
2 40 David Stremme
3 42 Juan Montoya
4 24 Jeff Gordon
5 14 Sterling Marlin
6 5 Kyle Busch
7 00 David Reutimann
8 18 J.J. Yeley
9 23 Mike Skinner
10 19 Elliott Sadler
11 26 Jamie McMurray
12 139 Regan Smith
13 12 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 183.494 49.048 -0.549
15 15 Paul Menard
16 01 Mark Martin
17 96 Tony Raines
18 2 Kurt Busch
19 34 Kevin Lepage
20 83 Brian Vickers
21 13 Joe Nemechek
22 10 Scott Riggs
23 99 Carl Edwards
24 171 Frank Kimmel
25 104 Eric McClure
26 27 Kirk Shelmerdine
27 74 Derrike Cope
28 109 Mike Wallace
29 17 Matt Kenseth
30 9 Kasey Kahne

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