Posts tagged: Qualifying

Sep 16 2007

Clint Bowyer Claims Pole in New Hampshire

Clint Bowyer grabbed the pole late in qualifying, looking like he finally figured out how to qualify there, his previous best start was 24th, and it also is the best way he could’ve started his first race in the Chase for the Cup. Martin Truex Jr. will start second, Kurt Busch third, Jimmie Johnson fourth and Ryan Newman, the only non-chase driver in the top five. The other Chase contenders will start with a sixth for Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick 8th, Carl Edwards 11th, Kyle Busch 12th, Denny Hamlin 14th, Jeff Gordon 18th, Jeff Burton 23rd, and Matt Kenseth 30th.

“It’s just exciting,” said Bowyer, who along with Truex are the only first-time drivers in the 10-race Chase. “It’s an exciting time for not only me, but everybody at [Richard Childress Racing] and on my team.

“It’s a lot of fun to be in this Chase. You know the pressures off of us. We’re 12th [in the points]. We only have one way to go and that’s forward. Sitting on the pole right here in the first race of the Chase is a big step in the right direction and it says a lot about our race team.” Source: Bowyer edges Truex at end for New Hampshire pole

Here is how they qualified:

1 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 130.412 29.206 Leader
2 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 130.255 29.241 -0.035
3 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 130.011 29.296 -0.090
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 129.798 29.344 -0.138
5 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Mobil 1 129.723 29.361 -0.155
6 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 129.679 29.371 -0.165
7 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 129.679 29.371 -0.165
8 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 129.362 29.443 -0.237
9 16 Greg Biffle Ford Lumber Liquidators 129.226 29.474 -0.268
10 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 129.164 29.488 -0.282
11 99 Carl Edwards Ford Marriott Vacation Club 129.024 29.520 -0.314
12 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s 129.024 29.520 -0.314
13 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 129.007 29.524 -0.318
14 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Express 128.946 29.538 -0.332
15 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 128.885 29.552 -0.346
16 01 Regan Smith Chevrolet Principal Financial Group 128.859 29.558 -0.352
17 15 Paul Menard* Chevrolet Sylvania / Menards 128.854 29.559 -0.353
18 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 128.828 29.565 -0.359
19 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 128.784 29.575 -0.369
20 00 David Reutimann* Toyota Burger King 128.776 29.577 -0.371
21 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 128.771 29.578 -0.372
22 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 128.294 29.688 -0.482
23 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 128.199 29.710 -0.504
24 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 128.191 29.712 -0.506
25 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 128.143 29.723 -0.517
26 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Trix / Lucky & Friends 128.087 29.736 -0.530
27 88 Kenny Wallace Ford Snickers 128.014 29.753 -0.547
28 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters 128.014 29.753 -0.547
29 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Stanley Tools / Valvoline 127.868 29.787 -0.581
30 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 127.838 29.794 -0.588
31 42 Juan Montoya* Dodge Texaco / Havoline 127.829 29.796 -0.590
32 40 David Stremme Dodge Energizer e2 Lithium 127.825 29.797 -0.591
33 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Best Buy 127.791 29.805 -0.599
34 21 Ken Schrader Ford Little Debbie 127.688 29.829 -0.623
35 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 127.615 29.846 -0.640
36 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet FleetPride / Yellow 127.525 29.867 -0.661
37 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 127.470 29.880 -0.674
38 6 David Ragan* Ford AAA 127.155 29.954 -0.748
39 84 A.J. Allmendinger* Toyota Red Bull 126.998 29.991 -0.785
40 7 Robby Gordon Ford Jim Beam 126.960 30.000 -0.794
41 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Victory Junction Gang Camp 126.960 30.000 -0.794
42 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 126.812 30.035 -0.829
43 98 Boris Said Dodge Valvoline / Stanley Tools 126.744 30.051 -0.845

Did Not Qualify
44 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 126.690 30.064 -0.858
45 06 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Penske Truck Rental 126.631 30.078 -0.872
46 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 126.086 30.208 -1.002
47 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 125.649 30.313 -1.107
48 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge Front Row Motorsports 125.035 30.462 -1.256
49 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 128.109 29.731 -0.525

Sep 07 2007

Call Him Butter, Jimmie Johnson is on Another Roll

I mentioned this when Johnson won the last race in California, if Johnson gets on a roll, it’s gonna be bad news for everybody, and it appears he is in fact on a roll. He qualified in the second spot and times usually get better as the session goes on, especially if it is getting cooler, but he was over one second faster than second place Jeff Gordon. With Jeff Gordon qualifying second and Kyle Busch third, this gave Hendrick Motorsports the first three starting positions, Casey Mears, the other Hendrick entry, qualified 23rd.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., the only person who can still knock someone out of the chase, qualified 21st, behind his competition, Kurt Busch, who starts 14th and Kevin Harvick will start 13th. But, even if Earnhardt wins the race, Kevin can still clinch by finishing 32nd or better and Busch can still clinch his spot by finishing 36th or better, so, his chances are very, very slim, but anything can happen. Richmond is, statistically, Earnhardt’s best track, though, so it could possibly happen.

Oh, and believe it or not, this is Johnson’s first pole of the year.

“I figured out how to drive this track when we were here in the spring,” said Johnson, who outran Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kyle Busch to win in May. Busch qualified third Friday, giving Hendrick the top three spots in the field.

Gordon said it was clear early that Johnson had done something special. He was just the second car to make his run, and typically speeds get better as darkness falls.

Not this time.

Before making his laps, Gordon said he looked at what had happened so far and thought, “He must have put a really good lap down because nobody was close to him.” Source: HMS to start 1-2-3; Earnhardt Jr. to begin race 21st

Here is how they qualified:

1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 126.298 21.378 Leader
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Nicorette / DuPont 125.342 21.541 -0.163
3 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 125.331 21.543 -0.165
4 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 125.249 21.557 -0.179
5 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Express 125.087 21.585 -0.207
6 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 125.017 21.597 -0.219
7 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 124.931 21.612 -0.234
8 6 David Ragan* Ford AAA 124.902 21.617 -0.239
9 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 124.740 21.645 -0.267
10 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / B. Labonte’s 500th Career Start 124.711 21.650 -0.272
11 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 124.700 21.652 -0.274
12 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 124.654 21.660 -0.282
13 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 124.642 21.662 -0.284
14 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 124.614 21.667 -0.289
15 42 Juan Montoya* Dodge Texaco / Havoline 124.573 21.674 -0.296
16 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Valvoline / Stanley Tools 124.498 21.687 -0.309
17 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 124.412 21.702 -0.324
18 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 124.372 21.709 -0.331
19 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 124.315 21.719 -0.341
20 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 124.309 21.720 -0.342
21 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Elvis Presley / Budweiser 124.309 21.720 -0.342
22 88 Kenny Wallace Ford Snickers 124.155 21.747 -0.369
23 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 124.104 21.756 -0.378
24 00 David Reutimann* Toyota Burger King 124.047 21.766 -0.388
25 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 124.018 21.771 -0.393
26 40 David Stremme Dodge Energizer e2 Lithium 123.984 21.777 -0.399
27 84 A.J. Allmendinger* Toyota Red Bull 123.984 21.777 -0.399
28 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 123.944 21.784 -0.406
29 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 123.938 21.785 -0.407
30 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 123.808 21.808 -0.430
31 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 123.796 21.810 -0.432
32 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 123.694 21.828 -0.450
33 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Best Buy 123.626 21.840 -0.462
34 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 123.564 21.851 -0.473
35 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Radioactive Energy Drink / Yellow 123.496 21.863 -0.485
36 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 123.429 21.875 -0.497
37 16 Greg Biffle Ford VoomHD.com / Dish Network 123.338 21.891 -0.513
38 15 Paul Menard* Chevrolet PEAK / Menards 123.327 21.893 -0.515
39 7 Robby Gordon Ford Jim Beam Black 123.220 21.912 -0.534
40 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 123.164 21.922 -0.544
41 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 122.968 21.957 -0.579
42 21 Bill Elliott+ Ford U.S. Air Force 121.940 22.142 -0.764
43 49 John Andretti Dodge LifeLock 123.108 21.932 -0.554

Did Not Qualify
44 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 122.900 21.969 -0.591
45 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 122.244 22.087 -0.709
46 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Miccosukee Indian Gaming / State Water Heaters 122.089 22.115 -0.737
47 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge Front Row Motorsports 121.770 22.173 -0.795

Sep 02 2007

Kurt Busch Gets Pole, Gibbs Moves to Toyota

I haven’t been able to watch qualifying much lately so I don’t have much to say, I am listing the starting order below.

The other big news, is Joe Gibbs racing is moving to Toyota in 2008. This is great news for Toyota, an experienced and good racing organization like the Joe Gibbs operation will make these Toyota cars catch up to everyone else a lot faster than Michael Waltrip and his cronies have. I am kind of surprised though.

Busch said Friday at California Speedway that team officials have told him the organization’s long-awaited move from Chevrolet to Toyota is official. “They finally made their decision, and they called me,” said the current Hendrick Motorsports driver, who is moving into Gibbs’ No. 18 car next season.

“I feel fine with it,” he said. “I think it’s something that’s going to take Joe Gibbs Racing a step forward in the right direction. They have a great reputation for being able to produce winning racecars year in and year out, and championship teams. I think they’re going to be just fine. This is a business decision that they felt was right. I guess now I have to talk to Five Star Race Bodies to make me a late model that’s a Camry.”

Toyota’s move into Nextel Cup has been fraught with difficulty, beginning even before the season-opening Daytona 500 when Michael Waltrip’s team was busted for an illegal fuel additive. While there have been a few bright spots — Dave Blaney’s pole at New Hampshire and Brian Vickers’ fifth-place finish at Charlotte foremost among them — the manufacturer’s first season in Cup has been defined by struggles just to make races on Friday.

So is the chance of Gibbs taking a competitive step back in its first season under the Toyota banner. For a Gibbs car to make the Chase next year in a Camry, it would require a dramatic leap in performance. The highest-ranking Toyota driver this year is Blaney, who sits 33rd in points. Source: Busch says Gibbs move to Toyota in ’08 is a done deal

Which is what I am saying, Gibbs will help Toyota a lot more than this will help Joe Gibbs racing, and if they start falling down and having trouble like the Waltrip organization has, how long will it be before Tony, Denny and Kyle are ready to leave?

Here is how they qualified:

1 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 182.398 39.474 Leader
2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Jimmie Johnson Foundation 182.394 39.475 -0.001
3 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 182.020 39.556 -0.082
4 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Kodak think: 181.415 39.688 -0.214
5 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Cheez-It / CARQUEST 181.342 39.704 -0.230
6 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 181.333 39.706 -0.232
7 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 181.132 39.750 -0.276
8 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 180.818 39.819 -0.345
9 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Express 180.805 39.822 -0.348
10 16 Greg Biffle Ford Aflac 180.605 39.866 -0.392
11 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Totino’s Pizza Rolls 180.596 39.868 -0.394
12 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 180.542 39.880 -0.406
13 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 180.542 39.880 -0.406
14 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 180.533 39.882 -0.408
15 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Richard Childress Racing 180.338 39.925 -0.451
16 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont Cromax Pro 180.185 39.959 -0.485
17 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 180.144 39.968 -0.494
18 84 A.J. Allmendinger* Toyota Red Bull 180.085 39.981 -0.507
19 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot Worklife Rewards 179.937 40.014 -0.540
20 15 Paul Menard* Chevrolet Johns Manville / Menards 179.856 40.032 -0.558
21 40 David Stremme Dodge Target 179.721 40.062 -0.588
22 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 179.502 40.111 -0.637
23 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 179.497 40.112 -0.638
24 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet DIRECTV 179.417 40.130 -0.656
25 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 179.332 40.149 -0.675
26 21 Bill Elliott Ford Motorcraft 179.305 40.155 -0.681
27 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 179.207 40.177 -0.703
28 00 David Reutimann* Toyota Burger King 179.202 40.178 -0.704
29 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 179.024 40.218 -0.744
30 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 178.904 40.245 -0.771
31 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target / Memorex 178.824 40.263 -0.789
32 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Best Buy 178.594 40.315 -0.841
33 6 David Ragan* Ford AAA Insurance 178.576 40.319 -0.845
34 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 178.545 40.326 -0.852
35 7 Robby Gordon Ford Original Roadhouse Grill / Jim Beam 178.372 40.365 -0.891
36 17 Matt Kenseth Ford R+L Carriers 178.297 40.382 -0.908
37 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Snickers Generation Max 178.258 40.391 -0.917
38 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Sharp AQUOS / 3M Vikuiti 178.024 40.444 -0.970
39 45 Kyle Petty+ Dodge Wells Fargo 176.796 40.725 -1.251
40 01 Aric Almirola+ Chevrolet U.S. Army 175.204 41.095 -1.621
41 70 Johnny Sauter+ Chevrolet Haas Automation 174.757 41.200 -1.726
42 42 Juan Montoya+* Dodge Wrigley’s Big Red – - -
43 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 178.722 40.286 -0.812

Did Not Qualify
44 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Sears Auto Center / Valvoline / Stanley 178.709 40.289 -0.815
45 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters 177.993 40.451 -0.977
46 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 177.405 40.585 -1.111

Aug 17 2007

Jeff Gordon Claims Pole in Michigan

Jeff Gordon qualified last in Michigan today and made the best of it, with a top speed of 189.026 and a time of 38.090. This is his ninth pole of the season, three of which were rain outs, he has an average finish here of 10th, has won twice and has 15 top fives. Another good stat, this season he hasn’t finished worse than 9th, one time, and the rest are top fives with two wins, Phoenix and Talladega. Would be a nice time to get another 10 bonus points, but, in the end, I don’t think it will matter, Tony and Johnson will both come strong, but Gordon has been stronger all year long.

Gordon had to wait a little more than two hours after drawing the last spot in the qualifying line. But the current Nextel Cup points leader said that waiting — as frustrating as it can be — can also be an advantage.

“The biggest thing is you get the opportunity to watch everybody, listen to what they have to say on their radios and talk with your teammates to find out what they think about their qualifying runs,” he explained. “I knew I had to pick up about six-tenths [of a second] from what we ran in practice and I could hardly believe we got it.

“We’ve had a few surprises this year in qualifying, but this is probably the biggest.”

Asked if having Letarte back made the difference, Gordon said, “I think that Steve just brings a little something special. He’s the guy who’s gotten us into the situation, leading the points, winning four races and qualified for the Chase.” Source: Gordon saves the last for best, takes Michigan pole

Here is how they qualified:

1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 189.026 38.090 Leader
2 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 188.684 38.159 -0.069
3 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 188.516 38.193 -0.103
4 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 188.132 38.271 -0.181
5 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 188.024 38.293 -0.203
6 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s 187.882 38.322 -0.232
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 187.877 38.323 -0.233
8 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Kinko’s 187.373 38.426 -0.336
9 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 187.344 38.432 -0.342
10 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 187.246 38.452 -0.362
11 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 187.042 38.494 -0.404
12 00 David Reutimann* Toyota Dominos.com 186.848 38.534 -0.444
13 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 186.780 38.548 -0.458
14 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 186.746 38.555 -0.465
15 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 186.577 38.590 -0.500
16 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 186.446 38.617 -0.527
17 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 186.393 38.628 -0.538
18 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 186.239 38.660 -0.570
19 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 186.225 38.663 -0.573
20 40 David Stremme Dodge TUMS 186.215 38.665 -0.575
21 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 186.181 38.672 -0.582
22 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Snickers 186.167 38.675 -0.585
23 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie 186.124 38.684 -0.594
24 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 185.946 38.721 -0.631
25 6 David Ragan* Ford AAA Insurance 185.888 38.733 -0.643
26 42 Juan Montoya* Dodge Texaco / Havoline 185.807 38.750 -0.660
27 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters 185.591 38.795 -0.705
28 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 185.428 38.829 -0.739
29 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 185.428 38.829 -0.739
30 7 Robby Gordon Ford Jim Beam 185.366 38.842 -0.752
31 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 185.338 38.848 -0.758
32 208 Joe Nemechek Dodge E&M Motorsports 185.319 38.852 -0.762
33 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 185.061 38.906 -0.816
34 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 184.947 38.930 -0.840
35 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 184.800 38.961 -0.871
36 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Industrial Tools 184.791 38.963 -0.873
37 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 184.611 39.001 -0.911
38 15 Paul Menard* Chevrolet Sylvania / Menards 184.450 39.035 -0.945
39 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 184.421 39.041 -0.951
40 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Best Buy 184.327 39.061 -0.971
41 70 Johnny Sauter+ Chevrolet Yellow Trans. 183.641 39.207 -1.117
42 45 Chad McCumbee+ Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil 180.582 39.871 -1.781
43 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Auto Value / Bumper to Bumper – Valvoline 184.672 38.988 -0.898

Did Not Qualify

44 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 184.398 39.046 -0.956
45 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 184.063 39.117 -1.027
46 78 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 183.744 39.185 -1.095
47 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge Front Row Motorsports 183.580 39.220 -1.130
48 84 A.J. Allmendinger* Toyota Red Bull 183.248 39.291 -1.201

Dale Jarret not making it kind of surprises me, he usually runs well here, I guess the big difference for him is the Toyota, but that has been the case all year long. He has won here four times, with 15 top fives and 20 top tens.

Aug 10 2007

Watkins Glen Qualifying Rained Out

Watkins Glen Qualifying Rained Out
Jeff Gordon has the pole for the third time this year because of a rain out, one of the benefits for dominating so far this season. He has struggled at the Glen in recent years, so I think it’s time he got that monkey off his back, and runs this race up front all day, from start to finish, but that’s just my opinion, I could be wrong.

Jeff Gordon, who has led the standings for the last 17 weeks, took advantage of that and will start first — the third time this season he has started first after qualifying was rained out. The remainder of the 43-car lineup was set according to the Cup rule book.

Gordon will start his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet on the pole for the eighth time this season, with five of them earned with fast time. Second-place points man Denny Hamlin will line up on the outside of the front row in his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevy. Source: Rain (again) washes out qualifying at Watkins Glen

This definitely doesn’t not bode well for the rest of the drivers, Gordon has definitely been a master at the road coarse races these past few years, and would have probably been close to starting on the front row anyway. But, he hasn’t run well at the Glen lately, he has mastered Sonoma though. After winning four of five races at the Glen from 1997 through 2001, he’s failed to crack the top 10 in the five races that followed. The closest he’s come was 13th in this race here last year, but it certainly hasn’t been for lack of strength. Problems in the pits, errant fuel calculations and general bad luck have plagued him during this span. In 2007, he has finished in the top 10 in all but two races, however, and it’s hard to imagine that with momentum like that on his side, he won’t get the this monkey off his back. It will be interesting to see how Juan Montoya moves up threw the field, and with Tony Stewart starting fifth, some of the best competition is right behind him. Stewart has been as close to perfect as any driver can be at The Glen, with three victories and a runner-up finish in his last five races. The only time he struggled was in 2003 where he still managed to finish 11th.

Here is how they will start on Sunday:
1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont N/A N/A N/A
2 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Ground N/A N/A N/A
3 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT N/A N/A N/A
4 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility N/A N/A N/A
5 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot N/A N/A N/A
6 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot N/A N/A N/A
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s N/A N/A N/A
8 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s N/A N/A N/A
9 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil N/A N/A N/A
10 01 Regan Smith Chevrolet U.S. Army N/A N/A N/A
11 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s N/A N/A N/A
12 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker N/A N/A N/A
13 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite N/A N/A N/A
14 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser N/A N/A N/A
15 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Kodak think: N/A N/A N/A
16 16 Greg Biffle Ford Nintendo Wii N/A N/A N/A
17 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal N/A N/A N/A
18 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Wrigley’s Big Red N/A N/A N/A
19 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC N/A N/A N/A
20 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker N/A N/A N/A
21 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries N/A N/A N/A
22 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance N/A N/A N/A
23 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW N/A N/A N/A
24 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target N/A N/A N/A
25 40 David Stremme Dodge Coors Light N/A N/A N/A
26 96 Ron Fellows Chevrolet DLP HDTV N/A N/A N/A
27 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Snickers / EA SPORTS NASCAR 08 N/A N/A N/A
28 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW N/A N/A N/A
29 7 Robby Gordon Ford Jim Beam N/A N/A N/A
30 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s N/A N/A N/A
31 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Quaker State / Menards N/A N/A N/A
32 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Haas Automation / Best Buy N/A N/A N/A
33 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Marathon American Spirit Motor Oil N/A N/A N/A
34 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Haas Automation N/A N/A N/A
35 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar N/A N/A N/A
36 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull N/A N/A N/A
37 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS N/A N/A N/A
38 55 Terry Labonte Toyota NAPA Auto Parts N/A N/A N/A
39 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie N/A N/A N/A
40 10 Patrick Carpentier Dodge Valvoline / Stanley Tools N/A N/A N/A
41 00 P.J. Jones Toyota Burger King N/A N/A N/A
42 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC N/A N/A N/A
43 78 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing N/A N/A N/A

Here are the ones that do not get a chance, even as several looked like they were good enough to make the field, Boris Said is one of those gun slinger road course racers who usually run well, he was not feeling too good about losing all the money he invested to run here.

“For a part-time team, you don’t get to race that much and two races in a row get taken away,” Said said. “I don’t understand why the schedule can’t be adjusted and just qualify [Saturday] when it’s going to be sunny. It’s just hard for a small team — it pretty much puts us out of business, it puts me out of business. It’s just a lot of income lost.

“We’re going to Talladega. That’s our next race. That’s our last race. We’ve shown performance every time we’ve gone, but the problem right now, an independent team, it’s almost impossible. Right now, it’s just depressing.”

Did Not Qualify
44 49 Klaus Graf Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America – - -
45 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull – - -
46 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters – - -
47 37 Brian Simo Dodge Front Row Motorsports – - -
48 160 Boris Said Ford SOBE – No Fear – - -
49 177 Marcos Ambrose Ford Camping World / RVs.com / Kingsford – - -

Jul 14 2007

Casey Mears Continues Roll, Gets Pole in Chicago

Casey Mears continues his run this past month or so, grabbing the pole for this year’s race in Chicago, the USG Sheetrock 400. Mears bumped Martin Truex Jr. late, on what would have been his first career pole, Ryan Newman, who said there is already a second groove out there, qualified third, Mark Martin qualified fourth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualified in the fifth position.

It was Mears’ third career pole, and the latest in a series of benchmarks that indicate improvement for the 29-year-old nephew of four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears.

Mears joined the elite Hendrick Motorsports team this year and won his first career race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in May.

And Mears said he got a little boost in qualifying on Friday when a cloud floated over Turns 3 and 4 during his lap to cool off the track and make it slightly less slippery.

Can one cloud really help a driver go faster in qualifying?

“Whether it’s in my head or there’s grip on the track, I always go faster when there’s a cloud out,” Mears said. Source: Surging Mears edges Truex for pole position at Chicago

Michael Waltrip qualified for only his fourth race of the year, qualifying in the 28th position. Here is how they qualified:

1 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 182.556 29.580 Leader
2 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 182.476 29.593 -0.013
3 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Mobil 1 182.463 29.595 -0.015
4 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 182.297 29.622 -0.042
5 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 182.272 29.626 -0.046
6 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg’s 181.885 29.689 -0.109
7 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 181.653 29.727 -0.147
8 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 181.580 29.739 -0.159
9 45 John Andretti Dodge National Tire & Battery 181.427 29.764 -0.184
10 17 Matt Kenseth Ford USG Sheetrock 181.409 29.767 -0.187
11 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Nicorette / DuPont 181.330 29.780 -0.200
12 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 181.263 29.791 -0.211
13 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Express 181.226 29.797 -0.217
14 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 181.147 29.810 -0.230
15 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 181.038 29.828 -0.248
16 15 Paul Menard* Chevrolet Turtle Wax Ice / Menards 180.959 29.841 -0.261
17 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie 180.808 29.866 -0.286
18 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Yellow Trans. 180.693 29.885 -0.305
19 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 180.638 29.894 -0.314
20 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 180.632 29.895 -0.315
21 00 David Reutimann* Toyota Burger King 180.602 29.900 -0.320
22 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 180.536 29.911 -0.331
23 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 180.463 29.923 -0.343
24 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 180.319 29.947 -0.367
25 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 180.312 29.948 -0.368
26 49 Chad Chaffin Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 180.210 29.965 -0.385
27 13 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet CertainTeed 180.198 29.967 -0.387
28 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 180.174 29.971 -0.391
29 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Comcast 180.150 29.975 -0.395
30 42 Juan Montoya* Dodge Wrigley’s Big Red 179.910 30.015 -0.435
31 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 179.874 30.021 -0.441
32 6 David Ragan* Ford AAA Insurance 179.850 30.025 -0.445
33 16 Greg Biffle Ford Aflac 179.778 30.037 -0.457
34 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal 179.671 30.055 -0.475
35 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 179.653 30.058 -0.478
36 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 179.563 30.073 -0.493
37 14 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Waste Management 179.444 30.093 -0.513
38 40 David Stremme Dodge TUMS 179.354 30.108 -0.528
39 7 Robby Gordon+ Ford Jim Beam 178.749 30.210 -0.630
40 96 Tony Raines+ Chevrolet DLP HDTV 178.731 30.213 -0.633
41 88 Ricky Rudd+ Ford Pedigree 178.601 30.235 -0.655
42 38 David Gilliland+ Ford M&M’s 178.182 30.306 -0.726
43 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet Lucas Oil / State Water Heaters 179.581 30.070 -0.490

Here are the cars that did not qualify:
44 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Stanley Tools / Valvoline 179.134 30.145 -0.565
45 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 178.980 30.171 -0.591
46 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 178.766 30.207 -0.627
47 84 A.J. Allmendinger* Toyota Red Bull 178.642 30.228 -0.648
48 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge Front Row Motorsports 178.353 30.277 -0.697
49 78 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 178.200 30.303 -0.723

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

Jun 15 2007

J.J. Yeley Wins Pole in Michigan

J.J. Yeley has the pole for the race at Michigan International Speedway, the Citizens Bank 400. This is J.J.’s first pole of his career and is kind of surprising by looking at his numbers in Michigan, he finished 40th in his first Cup race there and finished 37 last year after being involved in a wreck. The intermediate tracks like this one have been his best tracks, but his average finish still isn’t the best on those at 24.2. I predict he won’t win this race.

Michael Waltrip qualified for his third race of the year, and will be starting in 18th position. Of the top ten, only two were Dodges, both of the Penske cars of Ryan Newman, starting 4th, and Kurt Busch, starting 10th, the rest were Chevy’s. Of the Hendrick cars, three are starting in the top ten, Jimmie Johnson starts 2nd, Kyle Busch starts 3rd and Jeff Gordon starts in 6th and Casey Mears is starting in the 13th position. Joe Nemechek is the lone standout you wouldn’t expect to start up front, and he is starting in the 5th position, lets just hope he doesn’t wreck Jeff on the first lap, hehe. Sorry Joe.

The fastest Ford was Carl Edwards in 12th starting position, with Greg Biffle in 14th, the surprise for me was Matt Kenseth, who usually runs really well here, starting in 26th position, but, I have no doubts he will be running up front at the end. Tony Stewart took a provisional starting position in 43rd, and knowing ol Smoke, he will be running up front at the end, unless he gets into it with some driver holding him up along the way. Brian Vickers had the fastest Toyota and is starting in the 16th position.

Here is how they qualified for the Citizens Bank 400 at Michigan International Speedway:

1 18 J.J. Yeley
2 48 Jimmie Johnson
3 5 Kyle Busch
4 12 Ryan Newman
5 13 Joe Nemechek
6 24 Jeff Gordon
7 11 Denny Hamlin
8 1 Martin Truex Jr.
9 31 Jeff Burton
10 2 Kurt Busch
11 07 Clint Bowyer
12 99 Carl Edwards
13 25 Casey Mears
14 16 Greg Biffle
15 01 Mark Martin
16 83 Brian Vickers
17 22 Dave Blaney
18 55 Michael Waltrip
19 29 Kevin Harvick
20 38 David Gilliland
21 21 Bill Elliott
22 10 Scott Riggs
23 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
24 40 David Stremme
25 88 Ricky Rudd
26 17 Matt Kenseth
27 14 Sterling Marlin
28 70 Johnny Sauter
29 41 Reed Sorenson
30 7 Robby Gordon
31 43 Bobby Labonte
32 96 Tony Raines
33 42 Juan Montoya
34 6 David Ragan
35 26 Jamie McMurray
36 9 Kasey Kahne
37 45 John Andretti
38 15 Paul Menard
39 19 Elliott Sadler
40 00 David Reutimann
41 84 A.J. Allmendinger
42 44 Dale Jarrett
43 20 Tony Stewart

Those who did not make it:

44 66 Jeff Green
45 4 Ward Burton
46 36 Jeremy Mayfield
47 49 Mike Bliss
48 37 Kevin Lepage
49 78 Kenny Wallace

Jun 08 2007

Ryan Newman Claims Pole in Pocono, Third Straight

Ryan Newman qualified on the pole for the third time in a row, at 170.062 mph, this was the 41st pole of his career. He ended Denny Hamlin’s perfect streak there, Hamlin qualified second this time, but had the pole in the previous two races at Pocono and won both of them. Newman is the only good thing to happen to Roger Penske this week, with the pit road incident and fine for Kurt Busch, this had to help a little.

He has four poles overall this year with no wins. His best finish came Monday at Dover when he finished second behind Martin Truex Jr., and his last win came nearly two years ago.

“It’d be nice to click off three wins in a row, not just three poles in a row,” Newman said. Source: Newman ends Hamlin’s run by taking Pocono pole

Here is how they qualified:

1 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 170.062 52.922 Leader
2 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Ground 169.278 53.167 -0.245
3 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 168.710 53.346 -0.424
4 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Kellogg’s / CARQUEST 168.139 53.527 -0.605
5 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel’s 168.058 53.553 -0.631
6 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 167.998 53.572 -0.650
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 167.942 53.590 -0.668
8 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 167.436 53.752 -0.830
9 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 167.336 53.784 -0.862
10 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 167.274 53.804 -0.882
11 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 167.268 53.806 -0.884
12 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 166.976 53.900 -0.978
13 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 166.957 53.906 -0.984
14 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 166.939 53.912 -0.990
15 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 166.936 53.913 -0.991
16 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M’s 166.920 53.918 -0.996
17 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 166.917 53.919 -0.997
18 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 166.824 53.949 -1.027
19 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 166.648 54.006 -1.084
20 4 Ward Burton Chevrolet State Water Heaters 166.568 54.032 -1.110
21 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 166.457 54.068 -1.146
22 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 166.405 54.085 -1.163
23 00 David Reutimann Toyota Burger King 166.362 54.099 -1.177
24 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT 166.319 54.113 -1.191
25 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Industrial Tools 166.187 54.156 -1.234
26 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 166.168 54.162 -1.240
27 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 166.119 54.178 -1.256
28 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull 166.070 54.194 -1.272
29 40 David Stremme Dodge Coors Light Wide Mouth Can 165.981 54.223 -1.301
30 88 Ricky Rudd Ford Snickers 165.789 54.286 -1.364
31 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Valvoline / Stanley Tools 165.715 54.310 -1.388
32 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 165.670 54.325 -1.403
33 13 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Haier 165.627 54.339 -1.417
34 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 165.411 54.410 -1.488
35 45 Chad McCumbee Dodge Goody’s Cool Orange 165.383 54.419 -1.497
36 6 David Ragan Ford AAA 165.177 54.487 -1.565
37 7 Robby Gordon Ford Jim Beam 165.141 54.499 -1.577
38 42 Juan Montoya Dodge Texaco / Havoline 165.104 54.511 -1.589
39 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Best Buy 163.782 54.951 -2.029
40 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Yellow Trans. 162.537 55.372 -2.450
41 16 Greg Biffle Ford Dish Network 161.178 55.839 -2.917
42 14 Sterling Marlin Chevrolet Pep Boys – - -
43 21 Bill Elliott Ford Little Debbie Champion’s Provisional

The following drivers did not make the race:

44 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 165.691 54.318 -1.396
45 78 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 165.396 54.415 -1.493
46 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 360 OTC 164.944 54.564 -1.642
47 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge Front Row Motorsports 164.669 54.655 -1.733
48 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 164.078 54.852 -1.930
49 49 Mike Bliss Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 163.381 55.086 -2.164

Jun 01 2007

Ryan Newman on Pole for Dover Race

Ryan Newman claims pole at Dover speedwayRyan Newman claimed the Bud Pole for the second week in a row, knocking off Earnhardt Jr late in qualifying for the Autism Speaks 400 at Dover, the Monster Mile. Newman was the last driver to win from the pole at Dover in 2003, but, in recent memory, being on the pole doesn’t mean much for Newman, as he really hasn’t finished well.

Michael Waltrip finally made a race, qualifying in the 23rd position in the number 55 Toyota. Waltrip had not qualified for a race since Daytona, where he lost his crew chief and a bunch of points for using a fuel additive. Dave Blaney and David Reutimann both failed to qualify their Toyota’s, with Kenny Wallace, Paul Menard, Mike Bliss and Kevin Lepage also failing to make the race.

Jeff Gordon qualified in the sixth position in his COT, and I’m sure people are already thinking he’s going to win this race as well, I know I am. Jimmie Johnson qualified 27th, Kyle Busch 19th and Casey Mears, last weeks winner, in the 41st position, obviously taking a provisional to get in. So, as far as qualifying goes, Gordon looks like the only strong Hendricks car, but I am sure Johnson and Kyle Busch will both be strong on race day.

Earnhardt almost had a pole to celebrate until he was bumped off late Friday by Ryan Newman for the top spot for the race at Dover International Speedway (watch video). Newman followed last week’s front-row start with his second consecutive pole and 40th overall with a lap at 152.925 mph.

Earnhardt was second at 152.387 and Bobby Labonte third in 152.304 for Sunday’s race on the mile concrete track.

“Second was close and we can have a sense of pride in that accomplishment,” Earnhardt said. Source: Newman bumps Junior for second consecutive pole

Here is how they qualified:

1 12 Ryan Newman
2 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
3 43 Bobby Labonte
4 9 Kasey Kahne
5 99 Carl Edwards
6 24 Jeff Gordon
7 19 Elliott Sadler
8 26 Jamie McMurray
9 31 Jeff Burton
10 16 Greg Biffle
11 10 Scott Riggs
12 2 Kurt Busch
13 4 Ward Burton
14 21 Bill Elliott
15 07 Clint Bowyer
16 42 Juan Montoya
17 17 Matt Kenseth
18 29 Kevin Harvick
19 5 Kyle Busch
20 36 Jeremy Mayfield
21 01 Mark Martin
22 44 Dale Jarrett
23 55 Michael Waltrip
24 83 Brian Vickers
25 96 Tony Raines
26 1 Martin Truex Jr.
27 48 Jimmie Johnson
28 41 Reed Sorenson
29 11 Denny Hamlin
30 20 Tony Stewart
31 6 David Ragan
32 18 J.J. Yeley
33 7 Robby Gordon
34 40 David Stremme
35 13 Joe Nemechek
36 38 David Gilliland
37 14 Sterling Marlin
38 66 Jeff Green
39 45 Kyle Petty
40 88 Ricky Rudd
41 25 Casey Mears
42 70 Johnny Sauter
43 84 A.J. Allmendinger

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