Posts tagged: Daytona

Feb 13 2011

Kurt Busch Wins 33rd Bud Shootout

There I was, laying on the couch, enjoying the 33rd running of the Bud Shootout at Daytona, Earnhardt Jr was wrecked by Regan Smith or Carl Edwards and they had a couple long commercials and I feel alseep. Daggonit. I missed the rest of the race, but, apparently, Kurt Busch was ruled the winner after Denny Hamlin passed by crossing the yellow line.

Here is how they finished:
1 – 22 Kurt Busch
2 – 1 Jamie McMurray
3 – 39 Ryan Newman
4 – 48 Jimmie Johnson
5 – 16 Greg Biffle
6 – 24 Jeff Gordon
7 – 29 Kevin Harvick
8 – 31 Jeff Burton
9 – 33 Clint Bowyer
10 – 47 Bobby Labonte
11 – 14 Tony Stewart
12 – 11 Denny Hamlin
13 – 17 Matt Kenseth
14 – 64 Derrike Cope
15 – 115 Michael Waltrip
16 – 18 Kyle Busch
17 – 5 Mark Martin
18 – 20 Joey Logano
19 – 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
20 – 42 Juan Montoya
21 – 99 Carl Edwards
22 – 78 Regan Smith
23 – 97 Kevin Conway
24 – 4 Kasey Kahne

Jul 06 2009

Nascar Sucks Blog

I haven’t posted much to the blog lately, all the action has been on my Nascar Blog twitter account, as I have been wondering if I should even keep the site up. Nascar has threatened a lawsuit saying my site looks too much like theirs and that I am making money off of their trademark. While I’ve been thinking about it, I removed the ads and changed the theme, so that even their bonehead lawyers can tell the difference. But, I have noticed one thing, the negative comments have been coming in to other posts since I haven’t been posting, but, no positive ones. Here are some examples.

From Jeff Patterson:

I have been a diehard Nascar fan since network TV only showed a few of the biggest races, and that is a long time ago. But I am losing my enthusiasm for Nascar racing faster and faster every week. The biggest money and sponsorship goes to a namesake that can’t race his way out of a windtest tunnel, but can win a race at opportune times with the help of Nascar’s wisdom and timely debris calls. That applies to other highly publicized drivers that make good Nascar TV ratings. They are “hot” drivers that benefit from Nascars decisions to call a race. I am especially getting tired of green, white, checkers. I have an idea: lets have qualifying, take the top 20, and just run a green, white, checker. I, myself would find that much more exciting, and surely a lot of my time less wasted. There are still a lot of people out there who believe professional wrestling is REAL, and I think Nascar is banking on that mentality to hoodwink us all for the sake of fat TV contracts. As for me, you can call me a hater, but I call ‘em as I see ‘em. I am going back to my local dirt track, where the real races, and the real drivers DRIVE.

From Namon Jhonston:

NASCAR Sucks. Daytona 500 200 laps only called for rain. Now the 600. Drive damn it. Its a race. Safety, then go be a Nanny.

From Bette Mininger:

Nascar Officials:
I would like to know if Kyle Busch is going to get away with, deliberately, knocking Jeff Gordon out of the All Star 2009 race on May 16, 2009? I would call that dirty driving and deliberate, on his part. Something must be done about Kyle Busch! He seems to think that the end justifies the means. Well, I disagree, and his type of driving may get someone killed. I know that he is a good driver, but lately, he has been carrying it TOO far and to the limit! he drives as if he can do ANYTHING, just to get the win. I am not in favor of these tactics, when the majority of drivers, use more common sense and think of the consequences of their actions toward their fellow drivers. My only gratification, was that Tony Stewart came in and won the race. At least, Kyle Busch’s bullying did not pay off for him.
Please seriously, look into this.
Thank You,
Bette Mininger

From Jumbybird:

I agree, the whole bogity and digger nonsense has to go, Its kinda embarassing to say I love Nascar when this is what transpires on their telecast, and will somebody please tell Larry Mac to shut the heck up! OH GOD, the guy goes on and on and on, while the stuff he says make sense and is informative, THAT VOICE just goes on and on and you don’t have to explain everything, let the pictures and racing speak for them selves.
I have found a work around for them though… play your sound through your home theater system and lower the output of the center channel speaker all the way down…. that way you get the ambient sound and none of the chatter.

And now Nascar says that I can’t use the word Nascar? How in the heck am I supposed to talk about Nascar without using the word Nascar? I guess in their heavy handed way they are probably talking about the title of my website, but Nascar is what it’s about. Maybe I could just change the title to Nascar Sucks. There are many websites about stuff sucking, I wonder if they could sue me over that? I bet I could be on the first page of Google for Nascar sucks in no time.

Oh, and another thing, I wonder how many people, such as myself, went out and enjoyed the 4th of July instead of staying home and watching the Coke Zero 400? The ONE day I would rather Nascar race on a Sunday and they race on a national holiday when the kids expect to be out watching fireworks. What morons.

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.
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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 12 2008

Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart Videos

This is a quick first post for 2008, here are the Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart videos that everyone is looking for from this years Daytona racing action.

Here are some links to articles discussing the crash, the pit road incident, and both meetings with Nascar and what happened inside.

Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch placed on probation for six races

NASCAR warns Stewart, Busch to avoid each other

Jul 08 2007

Pepsi 400 Videos

Here are a bunch of videos from this years Pepsi 400. Including the wreck between Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin, the wreck between Bobby Labonte and Juan Montoya, the last 7 laps, the first lap and many others as we add them.

Jul 08 2007

Jamie McMurray Wins the 2007 Pepsi 400

Jamie McMurray beats Kyle Busch by .005 seconds
Was that a good race or what? No Nascar related controversy to speak of, had the usual wrecks, good racing, a wreck between teammates that ended with an owner who wasn’t too happy I’m sure, and a photo finish. What else could you ask for? Not too sure about the change in advertising, it was a little weird at first, need to see how easy it is to ignore.

Jamie McMurray passes Kyle Busch at THE last second to win the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway by only .005 second. This tied the second closest victory margin of all time, the number one being that great finish between Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch in 2003 at Darlington. Talk about another good race. This win one a long time in coming for Jamie, he hadn’t won since his second actual Nascar start while replacing Sterling Marlin in 2002.

McMurray, one of the Roush Fenway Racing drivers, benefited with his first trip to Victory Lane since 2002 when he scored his only career victory as a replacement driver for an injured Sterling Marlin at Charlotte. The win came in McMurray’s second career start, a NASCAR record, and anointed him as the sport’s newest star.

But expected success never followed as McMurray struggled through the next four seasons. Those down times were not lost on him in an emotional Victory Lane.

“I always said for five years, however long, there would never be another victory like Charlotte,” McMurray said. “And you wait so long to win. Every driver out here can tell you how special it is. I started crying, and I said, ‘Why are you crying?’ Because I was so happy.” Source: McMurray ends 166-race streak with Daytona win

Tony Stewart is starting to crack me up, it’s always someone else’s fault not his, as evidenced by his first interview after he wrecked Denny Hamlin. I don’t know about you guys, but it’s really funny that he said something about him being a teammate and wrecking him, when it was the other way around, it didn’t look to me like Denny slowed down that much, but he did slow down. Here is a video from the broadcast of the wreck and how it happened.

Kyle Busch felt snubbed by Gordon after the race, I remember seeing him slap high fives with Gordon after the race, while they were asking Jeff a question, and it didn’t look to me like he snubbed him, but, I wasn’t there. I’m sure Kyle feels like he’s all alone right now, when you leave an organization, you do kinda get put outside. I’m sure Jeff has already talked to him about it.

Here is how they finished:
1 15 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Marathon Saw Blades 190/5 160 Running
2 11 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s 175/5 160 Running
3 16 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 170/5 160 Running
4 7 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 160/0 160 Running
5 1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Pepsi / DuPont 160/5 160 Running
6 18 16 Greg Biffle Ford Dish Network 150/0 160 Running
7 12 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 156/10 160 Running
8 3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford R+L Carriers / DEWALT 142/0 160 Running
9 27 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry 138/0 160 Running
10 4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 134/0 160 Running
11 32 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s Red, White & Blue 130/0 160 Running
12 24 6 David Ragan * Ford AAA Travel 127/0 160 Running
13 10 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / NWTF 124/0 160 Running
14 14 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 121/0 160 Running
15 25 7 Robby Gordon Ford Camping World / RVs.com 118/0 160 Running
16 5 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 115/0 160 Running
17 9 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet Principal Financial Group 112/0 160 Running
18 35 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Haas Automation 109/0 160 Running
19 21 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 111/5 160 Running
20 17 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 103/0 160 Running
21 41 15 Paul Menard * Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 100/0 160 Running
22 26 40 David Stremme Dodge Coors Light 97/0 160 Running
23 40 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 94/0 160 Running
24 38 21 Bill Elliott Ford U.S. Air Force 96/5 160 Running
25 43 78 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 93/5 160 Running
26 42 00 David Reutimann * Toyota Burger King 85/0 160 Running
27 37 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 82/0 160 Running
28 34 45 John Andretti Dodge Tire Kingdom 79/0 160 Running
29 33 13 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Charleston S.C. Fire Dept. 76/0 160 Running
30 36 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 73/0 160 Running
31 31 88 Ricky Rudd Ford M&M’s 70/0 158 Running
32 20 42 Juan Montoya * Dodge Texaco / Havoline 67/0 157 Running
33 22 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 64/0 153 Running
34 8 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 66/5 147 Running
35 19 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Pillsbury / Cinnabon 63/5 137 Running
36 13 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 55/0 134 Running
37 30 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Haas Automation 52/0 131 Running
38 6 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 49/0 125 Running
39 23 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 46/0 120 Running
40 29 14 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Waste Management 43/0 114 Out of Race
41 39 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Valvoline / Stanley Tools 40/0 105 Out of Race
42 28 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 37/0 103 Running
43 2 11 Denny Hamlin

Jul 07 2007

Pepsi 400 Race Predictions

Okay, Tony Stewart has won the last two races here, so he is surely a favorite, Kyle Busch won the Busch race this morning and ran good in the 500 and Busch series race before having trouble, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson always run good here, the DEI cars in the past have always run good at Daytona and about any restrictor plate race, Kurt Busch has bee running good at Daytona of late, and has stately this week his planning on running with Stewart during the race, which should be interesting. Denny Hamlin is second in the points, and had it not been for some bad endings, he could possibly be leading the points, or, at least a lot closer to Gordon.

Here are my predictions:
1. Jeff Gordon (of course)
2. Tony Stewart
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
4. Clint Bowyer
5. Mark Martin
6. Jimmie Johnson
7. Kyle Busch
8. Carl Edwards
9. Matt Kenseth
10. Martin Truex Jr.

But what do I know, I’m just hoping for a good race without any stupid penalties or controversy. Let’s Go Racing!

Jul 07 2007

Kyle Busch Wins Winn-Dixie 250 in Daytona

Kyle Busch Wins Winn-Dixie 250 in Daytona
Kyle Busch picked up his first win in Daytona this morning in the rain delayed Winn-Dixie 250 at Daytona International Speedway, leading the most laps and making it look easy at the end. Dave Blaney finished third after finishing second in this years other Busch race at Daytona, right after Kevin Harvick who finished second, Tony Stewart fourth and Clint Bowyer finished fifth.

Kyle could’ve won the Busch race at Daytona in February, and could’ve won the 500 the next day, but both races ended up with him finishing poorly, as fuel problems ended his day in the Busch race, and being in the big wreck in the 500, that Kevin Harvick won in one of Nascar’s controversial calls this year. This is bound to help Kyle Busch make even more money next year when he gets picked up by whichever team is going to get him, especially if he runs well in tonights Pepsi 400.

Here is how they finished:
1 14 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Delphi 195/10 102 Running
2 4 21 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet AutoZone 175/5 102 Running
3 9 10 Dave Blaney Toyota Seymour Paints 165/0 102 Running
4 2 18 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Slim Jim Monster / Act II 165/5 102 Running
5 5 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T 160/5 102 Running
6 15 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Hellmann’s Mayonnaise 150/0 102 Running
7 10 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit 146/0 102 Running
8 7 24 Casey Mears Chevrolet Nat’l Guard / 53rd Infantry Brig. 142/0 102 Running
9 1 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 138/0 102 Running
10 22 25 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditRep
ort.com 134/0 102 Running
11 19 60 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 130/0 102 Running
12 28 35 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Ford McDonald’s 127/0 102 Running
13 12 32 Brian Vickers Toyota Fort McDowell Resort Destination 124/0 102 Running
14 35 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet U.S. Navy SEALs 121/0 102 Running
15 30 7 Mike Wallace Chevrolet GEICO 118/0 102 Running
16 23 47 Kelly Bires Ford Armor All / AutoZone 115/0 102 Running
17 37 22 Mike Bliss Dodge Family Dollar 112/0 102 Running
18 16 37 Jamie McMurray Ford U.S. Postal Service 109/0 102 Running
19 6 27 Ward Burton Ford Cottonelle / Kleenex 106/0 102 Running
20 25 14 Kyle Krisiloff * Ford Lilly / Walgreens 103/0 102 Running
21 26 33 Tony Raines Chevrolet RoadLoans.com 100/0 102 Running
22 40 1 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Miccosukee Gaming & Resorts 97/0 102 Running
23 31 77 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Dollar General 94/0 102 Running
24 27 36 Brent Sherman Chevrolet Big Lots 91/0 102 Running
25 33 163 Kerry Earnhardt Chevrolet Team Glock 88/0 102 Running
26 32 28 Robert Richardson, II * Chevrolet Checkers Midnight or Later / U.S. Border Patrol 90/5 102 Running
27 21 90 Stephen Leicht Ford CitiFinancial 82/0 102 Running
28 3 20 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Rockwell Automation 79/0 102 Running
29 20 4 Regan Smith Chevrolet U.S. Army 76/0 102 Running
30 17 42 Juan Montoya * Dodge Texaco / Havoline 73/0 102 Running
31 8 29 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Holiday Inn / MLB All-Star Game 70/0 102 Running
32 36 170 Mark Green Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach / Biomet 67/0 102 Running
33 38 01 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet Davis Motorsports 64/0 102 Running
34 24 6 David Ragan * Ford Discount Tire 61/0 102 Running
35 18 59 Marcos Ambrose * Ford Kingsford / Winn-Dixie 58/0 101 Running
36 39 0 Eric McClure Chevrolet Hefty 55/0 100 Running
37 13 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 52/0 71 Out of Race
38 34 156 Larry Foyt Chevrolet Global Market / Firehouse Subs 49/0 69 Out of Race
39 29 66 Steve Wallace Dodge HomeLife Communities 46/0 51 Out of Race
40 11 99 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 43/0 50 Out of Race
41 41 252 Donnie Neuenberger Ford Means Racing 40/0 33 Out of Race
42 42 105 Justin Ashburn Chevrolet CertainTeed / 31-W Insulation 37/0 14 Out of Race

Jul 07 2007

Qualifying Rained Out, Nascar Warns Crew Chiefs

Mother Nature took over with 14 drivers left to qualify yesterday, so they will be starting according to points position now, knocking out several drivers who would’ve qualified on time, including one who was sitting in the pole position when the rain started. Boris Said was on the pole, yes really, and after the rain out, he will be going home instead of racing, as will several others.

Boris Said and two others were poised to make the race, but steady rain forced NASCAR officials to cancel the qualifying session with 14 cars left to make runs. NASCAR couldn’t postpone qualifying much longer because of the Busch Series race scheduled to start later Friday.

The top 35 spots in the field were set using owner points. Brian Vickers will start 36th because he won a race last season. Dale Jarrett and Bill Elliott got the next two spots as past series champions.

The last five spots went to Riggs, Blaney, Paul Menard, David Reutimann and Wallace — based on owner points and number of qualifying attempts this season.

Ward Burton would have gotten in over Wallace, but he had made one less qualifying attempt this season. Source: Gordon to start from pole after rain washes out quals

I have posted the starting order below.

In other news, Nascar in an attempt to warn the suspended crew chiefs has issued an order that says, if you are suspended, don’t show up at the track. In an article from Nascar.com, the writer had a funny remark that is absolutely true, because we heard Earnhardt confirm it on national TV, the crew chiefs are still in contact with the teams trying to help in any way they can.

The sanctioning body, miffed at the sight of a supposedly-suspended Tony Eury Jr. sitting atop his motor coach Sunday at New Hampshire International Speedway, has issued an informal edict: If you’re suspended, don’t show up at the racetrack. Nextel Cup director John Darby told The Associated Press that NASCAR would “throw the fear of God” into anyone who does otherwise.

But even NASCAR’s power has its limits. Suspensions used to mean crew chiefs couldn’t enter the garage and pit area, but didn’t specifically prohibit them from buying a ticket or obtaining an infield pass and showing up to confer with their team. That’s why Eury, crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr., was at New Hampshire even though he was in the final week of a six-week suspension for mounting rear wing brackets illegally at Darlington.

Evidently this routine bit of subterfuge was common knowledge to everyone but the top brass at NASCAR, which seems stung by what they perceived as Eury flaunting his punishment, and in retaliation has taken a hard line. But as they are paid to do, crew chiefs will find that line and stand one inch behind it. Because working in the gray area isn’t limited to the cars. Source: For crew chiefs, gray area isn’t limited to the cars

And that is what everything is about in Nascar, working and finding the best spots to work in the gray areas, and with the COT and some of the rules they have set this year, maybe we should change what Nascar really stands for. Much as they call the NFL the no fun league, maybe we should start calling Nascar “Not About Stock Car Auto Racing anymore”.

Here is the qualifying order:
1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Pepsi / DuPont
2 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Kinko’s
3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford R+L Carriers / DEWALT
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s
5 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility
6 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot
7 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot
8 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil
9 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet Principal Financial Group
10 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / NWTF
11 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s
12 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s
13 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser
14 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL
15 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Marathon Saw Blades
16 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite
17 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries
18 16 Greg Biffle Ford Dish Network
19 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Pillsbury / Cinnabon
20 42 Juan Montoya* Dodge Texaco / Havoline
21 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC
22 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW
23 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV
24 6 David Ragan* Ford AAA Travel
25 7 Robby Gordon Ford Camping World
/ RVs.com
26 40 David Stremme Dodge Coors Light
27 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
28 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target
29 14 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Waste Management
30 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Haas Automation
31 88 Ricky Rudd Ford M&M’s
32 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s Red, White & Blue
33 13 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Charleston S.C. Fire Dept.
34 45 John Andretti Dodge Tire Kingdom
35 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Haas Automation
36 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull
37 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS
38 21 Bill Elliott Ford U.S. Air Force
39 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Valvoline / Stanley Tools
40 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar
41 15 Paul Menard* Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards
42 00 David Reutimann* Toyota Burger King
43 78 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing

Did Not Qualify
44 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC
45 84 A.J. Allmendinger* Toyota Red Bull
46 49 Larry Foyt Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America
47 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts
48 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge Taco Bell
49 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet State Water Heaters
50 160 Boris Said Ford SOBE No Fear
51 109 Mike Wallace Chevrolet Miccosukee Gaming & Resorts
52 104 Eric McClure Chevrolet Hefty
53 27 Kirk Shelmerdine Chevrolet Batista Grading / Lilly Trucking

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