NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying Rules

Previous Season NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying Rules, Notes and News

NEM = NASCAR Event Management


2016 Qualifying Rules and Notes

    a) Team owners must submit an executed Annual Entry or Official Entry Blank coupon for each applicable Event to NASCAR Headquarters in order to attempt to Qualify. In cases where adverse conditions or other circumstances affect the normal Qualifying procedures and other considerations such as practice speeds are used to help determine the eligibility for a starting grid position, an Open Team(s) who entered the Event prior to the entry deadline as listed on the Official Entry Blank always receives priority over an Open Team(s) who entered the Designated Vehicle after the entry deadline.
    b) Until the completion of the first three Events of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, the previous calendar year's final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Championship point standings will be used for determining the order of the following:
    Random drawing
    Starting Grid Position Eligibility-Adverse Conditions (when applicable)
    Starting Grid Position Assignments-Adverse Conditions (when applicable)
    c) After the third completed Event and until the completion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, the then-current Team Owner Championship point standings will be used for determining the items above.
    d) Any and all instances of a tie in Team Owner Championship point standings will be broken as set forth in the rules book, except in the case of breaking ties in Qualifying positions as set forth in the rules book.

  • Random Drawing for Event:
    a) A random drawing will be held for each Event at a time specified on the Schedule of Events on the Official Entry Blank and location designated by NEM to determine the following:
    Assigning pit box usage for Qualifying
    Starting grid position assignments in the event of Adverse Conditions
    b) The order of the random drawing will be conducted in accordance with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Championship point standings starting with the highest point holder.

  • Qualifying and Starting Grid Position Overview: NEM will determine if a Team Owner's Designated Vehicle and Driver are eligible for a starting grid position in a Race. A Charter Team is automatically eligible for the Race and will be assigned one of the available starting grid position in every Championship points Event, as long as all conditions of the Charter Membership and the NASCAR Rules are met. An Open Team is not automatically eligible, but may attempt to earn an available starting grid position in the 40-car field, as long as all conditions of the Open Team Owner Agreement and the NASCAR Rules are met.
    Eligibility for each Race and assignment of starting grid positions for a given Race for all Designated Vehicles entered in an Event (Charter Teams and, as applicable, Open Teams) will be determined according to this Section, the Official Entry Blank for an Event and any amendments thereto. As a general rule, eligibility for starting grid positions for each Event, except for the Daytona 500, will be determined as follows:
    36 Charter Teams will be eligible for and assigned a starting grid position
    4 Open teams will be eligible for starting grid positions
    If Qualifying is rained out, combined practice speeds determine eligibility for 4 Open Teams
    If Practice and Qualifying are rained out, Series Team Owner Championship point standings determine eligibility for 4 Open positions (previous season's points for first 3 Events, then-current points for all subsequent Events)(2-11-2016)

  • Qualifying Procedures:
    a) Unless otherwise authorized by NEM, the following are the Qualifying procedures:
    b) Procedures may be modified by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director based on track conditions, configurations, or other circumstances.
    c) Except for Superspeedway Events, each Designated Vehicle is permitted to enter and exit the race track from pit road during Qualifying at any time while the green flag is displayed.
    d) Designated Vehicles that do not immediately elect to make a Qualifying attempt may be staged on pit road single file, with the inside tires on the outer pit box line in the area designated by NEM, and enter the race track at any time during a Qualifying round after the track is open. Once a Designated Vehicle departs its staged position on pit road, the Designated Vehicle must not slow down or stop while properly entering the race track until it returns to its assigned pit box.
    e) Designated Vehicles will be required to enter the track under the same procedures set forth by NEM for the Event (i.e. blend line).
    f) All Designated Vehicles must remain in the lower lane of the race track while accelerating to an appropriate speed before merging into traffic.
    g) Any Competitor that impedes or interferes with another Competitor's Qualifying attempt, or otherwise engages in any unsafe act while on the racing surface (including pit road) during a Qualifying attempt, may be subject to disciplinary action by NEM in order to protect the safety and integrity of the Qualifying procedures. Such action by NEM may include, but is not limited to disallowing such Competitor's posted Qualifying speed(s) and/or removing the Designated Vehicle from any additional Qualifying round(s) for the Event.
    h) Pit road speed limit will be enforced during all Qualifying rounds.
    i) All Designated Vehicles must compete in the first Qualifying round unless otherwise authorized by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director.
    j) Except for Superspeedway Events, Designated Vehicles are permitted to complete as many laps as they desire during the time allotment for the specified format for the Event.
    k) During any Qualifying round, a timed lap cannot begin or end on pit road.
    l) Except for Superspeedway Events, once the time in each Qualifying round has expired, a Designated Vehicle already on the track is permitted to cross the start/finish line one time.
    m) Except for Superspeedway Events, if a Designated Vehicle crosses the start/finish line more than once after the allotted time for a Qualifying round has expired, that extra lap speed(s) will be disallowed and the team may be subject to penalty.
    n) In the event of a red flag during Qualifying and at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director's discretion, the time remaining in the Qualifying round will be stopped and will resume once the green flag is displayed. The designated time allotment for each Qualifying round may be adjusted in the discretion of NEM as a result of adverse conditions or other circumstances.
    o) Teams will be limited in the adjustments that will be permitted during or in between rounds as determined by the Series Managing Director and are subject to change, at the sole discretion of NEM.
    p) Unless otherwise authorized by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director, only one set of tires are permitted during Qualifying.
    q) Once a Designated Vehicle is removed from the competitive side of pit road, the vehicle will not be permitted to return or compete in that Qualifying round or any future Qualifying round(s) for that Event.
    r) Designated Vehicles competing in a Qualifying round are required to have a spotter in the designated spotters stand and a designated crew member to monitor NEM's radio in their assigned pit box at all times during the Qualifying attempt(s).
    s) In the event a Designated Vehicle advances to the next Qualifying round and does not compete in that round, said vehicle will earn the last qualifying position for that particular Qualifying round. If two or more vehicles do not compete in the next Qualifying round, those qualifying positions will be determined based on the fastest single lap speed of the previous Qualifying round for those vehicles.
    t) If one or more Qualifying round(s) are completed, but the final scheduled Qualifying round is not completed due to weather or other adverse circumstances, the starting grid positions will be assigned based on the most recent completed Qualifying round results.
    u) If no Qualifying rounds are completed due to weather or adverse conditions, starting grid positions will be assigned per the rules book.
    v) The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director will have sole discretion in making all determinations of whether Practice sessions and/or Qualifying rounds are deemed "complete" or not. Practice sessions and Qualifying rounds which are not deemed "complete" by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director will not be counted towards starting grid position determinations under the following procedures.

  • Short Track/Intermediate Track Events Qualifying Format:
    a) Qualifying will consist of three scheduled rounds.
    b) The first Qualifying round is 20 minutes in duration, unless otherwise authorized by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director.
    c) Upon completion of the first Qualifying round, eligibility for the forty (40) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting grid positions will be determined. Each Charter Team will be eligible for one of the available forty (40) starting grid positions. Eligibility for the remaining starting grid positions will be available to Open Teams based on the fastest single lap speed from the first Qualifying round.
    d) The twenty-four (24) eligible Designated Vehicles that post the fastest single lap speed from the first Qualifying round will advance to the second Qualifying round.
    e) The remaining eligible Designated Vehicles will be sorted based on their fastest single lap speed posted in the first Qualifying round in descending order to assign starting grid positions 25th - 40th in accordance with Section 9.5 Starting Grid Positions - Eligibility and Assignments.
    f) There will be a seven-minute break after the completion of the first Qualifying round and the twenty-four (24) remaining Designated Vehicles that advance to the second Qualifying round will have their previously posted speed reset.
    g) The second Qualifying round is ten minutes in duration and the twelve (12) eligible Designated Vehicles that post the fastest single lap speed will advance to the final Qualifying round.
    h) The remaining eligible Designated Vehicles will be assigned starting grid positions 13th - 24th based on their fastest single lap speed posted in the second Qualifying round in descending order.
    i) There will be a seven-minute break after the completion of the second Qualifying round and the twelve (12) eligible Designated Vehicles that advance to the final Qualifying round will have their previously posted speed reset.
    j) The final Qualifying round is five minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed posted in the final Qualifying round will be used to assign starting grid positions 1st - 12th in descending order.

  • Road Course Events Qualifying Format: (Sonoma Raceway & Watkin Glen International)
    a) Qualifying will consist of two scheduled rounds.
    b) The first Qualifying round is twenty-five (25) minutes in duration, unless otherwise authorized by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director.
    c) Upon completion of the first Qualifying round, eligibility for the forty (40) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting grid positions will be determined. Each Charter Team will be eligible for one of the available forty (40) starting grid positions. Open Teams will be eligible for the next available starting grid positions based on the fastest single lap speed posted to each Open Team's Designated Vehicle in the first Qualifying round.
    d) The twelve (12) eligible Designated Vehicles that post the fastest single lap speed from the first Qualifying round will advance to the final Qualifying round.
    e) The remaining eligible Designated Vehicles will be assigned starting grid positions 13th - 40th based on their fastest single lap speed posted in the first Qualifying round in descending order in accordance with the rules book.
    f) There will be a ten-minute break after the completion of the first Qualifying round and the twelve (12) remaining Designated Vehicles that advance to the final Qualifying round will have their previously posted speed reset.
    g) The final Qualifying round is ten minutes in duration and the fastest single lap speed posted in the final Qualifying round will be used to assign starting grid positions 1st - 12th in descending order.

  • 2016 Superspeedway Events Qualifying Format: (not Daytona 500)
    a) Qualifying for all Superspeedway Events will consist of two scheduled Qualifying rounds. b) Superspeedway Qualifying consists of one timed lap in each round (EIRI). In all rounds, NEM reserves the right to have more than one vehicle engage in Qualifying runs at the same time.
    c) Vehicles will be lined up and released for the first Qualifying round in the order of their respective fastest single lap speed posted in the combined Practice session(s), in ascending order (slowest to fastest).
    d) A team representative must be present at the Qualifying vehicle release point when their Designated Vehicle is released for a Qualifying attempt. That team representative must scan race control and have direct radio communications with the driver during a Qualifying attempt.
    e) Unless otherwise authorized by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director, adjustments or repairs may not be made to the Designated Vehicle after the vehicle has taken the green flag at the start/finish line.
    f) Any Designated Vehicle or driver not ready to compete within five (5) minutes of the time called onto the track may be sent to the rear of the line, repositioned within the order of the Qualifying round, or left out of the remainder of the Qualifying round, at the discretion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director.
    g) Throughout Superspeedway Event Qualifying, each Designated Vehicle will be released in a predetermined timed interval as determined by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director.
    h) Upon the completion of each Qualifying lap, NEM will impound each Designated Vehicle.
    i) Upon completion of the first Qualifying round, eligibility for the forty (40) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting grid positions will be determined. Each Charter Team will be eligible for one of the available forty (40) starting grid positions. Open Teams will be eligible for the next available starting grid positions based on the fastest single lap speed posted to each Open Team's Designated Vehicle in the first Qualifying round.
    j) The twelve (12) eligible Designated Vehicles that post the fastest single lap speed from the first Qualifying round will advance to the final Qualifying round.
    k) The remaining eligible Designated Vehicles will be assigned starting grid positions 13th - 40th based on their fastest single lap speed posted in the first Qualifying round in descending order.
    l) There will be a ten-minute break after the completion of the first Qualifying round and the twelve (12) remaining Designated Vehicles that advance to the final Qualifying round will have their previously posted speed reset.
    m) Designated Vehicles will be released for final Qualifying round in the order of their fastest single lap speed posted in the first Qualifying round, in ascending order (slowest to fastest).
    n) The final Qualifying round consists of one timed lap (EIRI). The Designated Vehicle's fastest single lap speed posted in the final Qualifying round will be used to assign starting grid positions 1st- 12th in descending order.

  • Eligibility for Starting Grid Positions 1st - 40th:
    a) Each Charter Team is eligible for the Race and will be assigned one of the available forty (40) positions.
    b) Open Teams will be eligible for the next available starting grid positions based on the fastest single lap speed posted to each Open Team's Designated Vehicle in the first Qualifying round.

  • Assignment of Starting Grid Positions 1st - 40th:
    a) Starting grid positions 1st - 40th will be assigned to eligible Team Owners in the order of final Qualifying results.
    b) The fastest single lap speed posted to each eligible Designated Vehicle in that vehicle's last completed Qualifying round will determine its starting grid position assignment in each Event.
    c) When two or more eligible Designated Vehicles have the same Qualifying speed, the starting grid positions for those vehicles in that Event shall be assigned based on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Championship point standings in descending order.
    d) If the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Championship point standings do not prevail in breaking the tie, then starting grid positions amongst those Designated Vehicles will be assigned by the order in which the duplicate speed was posted, with the driver setting the duplicate speed first receiving the higher starting grid position.

  • Race Eligibility When Qualifying Has Not Been Completed but One or More Completed Practices Have Occurred:
    a) If one or more Qualifying rounds are complete, but the final scheduled Qualifying round is not completed due to weather or other adverse circumstances, eligibility for the Race will be determined based on the most recent completed Qualifying round.
    b) If the first Qualifying round was not completed due to weather or other adverse circumstances, Race eligibility will be determine as follows:
    c) Each Charter Team is eligible for the Race and will be assigned one of the available forty (40) positions.
    d) Open Teams that entered the Event by the entry deadline will become eligible for the next available starting grid positions based on the fastest single lap speed posted from the combined eligible Practice(s) before scheduled Qualifying.
    e) Open Teams that are not yet eligible for the Race (e.g. did not post a practice speed and/or late entries) will become eligible for the next available starting grid positions, if any, based on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Championship point standings as follows:
    f) Open Teams that entered the Designated Vehicle in that Event by the entry deadline but are not yet eligible for the Race will become eligible for the next available starting position(s), if any, based on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Championship point standings, in descending order.
    g) Any remaining Open Teams that entered the Designated Vehicle in that Event by the entry deadline will become eligible for the next available starting grid position(s), if any, in the order in which their Designated Vehicle number was selected during the random drawing for that Event.
    h) Open Team Owners who entered the Designated Vehicle in that Event after the entry deadline will become eligible for the next available starting grid position(s), if any, based on Team Owner Championship Points, in descending order.
    i) Open Teams that are not yet eligible for the Race will become eligible for the next available starting grid position(s), if any, in the order in which their number was selected during the random drawing for that Event.

  • Race Eligibility When Qualifying Has Not Been Completed and No Completed Practices Have Occurred:
    a) If one or more Qualifying rounds are complete, but the final Qualifying round is not completed due to weather or other adverse circumstances, eligibility for the Race will be determined based on the most recent completed Qualifying round.
    b) If the first Qualifying round and no practice sessions have been completed due to weather or other adverse circumstances, Race eligibility will be determined as follows: c) Each Charter Team is eligible for the Race and will be assigned one of the available forty (40) positions.
    d) Open Teams will become eligible for the next available starting grid positions based on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Championship point standings as follows:
    e) Open Teams that entered the Designated Vehicle in that Event by the entry deadline but are not yet eligible for the Race will become eligible for the next available starting position(s), if any, based on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Championship point standings, in descending order.
    f) Any remaining Open Teams that entered the Designated Vehicle in that Event by the entry deadline will become eligible for the next available starting grid position(s), if any, in the order in which their Designated Vehicle number was selected during the random drawing for that Event.
    g) Open Teams who entered the Designated Vehicle in that Event after the entry deadline will become eligible for the next available starting grid position(s), if any, based on Team Owner Championship point standings, in descending order.
    h) Any remaining Open Teams that entered the Event after the entry deadline are not yet eligible for the Race will become eligible for the next available starting grid position(s), if any, in the order in which their number was selected during the random drawing for that Event.

  • Short Tracks, Intermediate Tracks, and Road Courses When Qualifying Has Not Been Completed but One or More Completed Practices Have Occurred:
    a) When the first Qualifying round is not completed due to weather or other adverse conditions, starting grid positions for the Race will be assigned to all eligible Team Owners according to their fastest single lap speed posted from the combined Practice session(s) prior to Qualifying.

  • Superspeedways (Except Daytona 500) When Qualifying Has Not Been Completed but One or More Completed Practices Have Occurred:
    For Superspeedway Events, except the Daytona 500, when the first Qualifying round is not completed due to weather or adverse conditions, and combined Practice(s) prior to Qualifying is completed, the following will be utilized to assign starting grid positions:
    a) Charter Teams will be assigned the first available starting grid positions based on the then-current calendar year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Championship point standings in descending order.
    b) The next available starting grid positions will be assigned to the eligible Open Teams based on their fastest single lap speed posted from the combined Practice session(s) prior to Qualifying, in descending order.
    c) The next available starting grid position(s), if any, will be assigned to eligible Open Team(s) who entered the Designated Vehicle in that Event by the entry deadline based on the then-current calendar year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship point standings, in descending order.
    d) The next available starting grid position(s), if any, will be assigned to eligible Open Team(s) who entered the Designated Vehicle in that Event by the entry deadline in the order in which their Designated Vehicle number was selected during the random drawing for that Event.
    e) The next available starting grid position(s), if any, will be assigned to eligible Open Team(s) who entered the Designated Vehicle in that Event after the entry deadline based on Team Owner Championship Points as outlined in the rules book.
    f) Any remaining starting grid position(s) will be assigned to Open Teams who entered the Event after the entry deadline in the order in which their Designated Vehicle number was selected during the random drawing for that Event.

  • All Tracks (Except Daytona 500) When No Qualifying and No Completed Practices Have Occurred:
    If the first Qualifying round and all scheduled Practice sessions prior to Qualifying are not completed due to weather or other adverse circumstances, the following will be utilized to assign starting grid positions for the Race.
    a) Starting grid positions will be assigned to the eligible Team(s) based on Team Owner Championship point standings, in descending order.
    b) The next available starting grid position(s), if any, will be assigned to eligible Open Team(s) who entered the Designated Vehicle in that Event prior to the entry deadline in the order in which their Designated Vehicle number was selected during the random drawing for that Event.
    c) The next available starting grid position(s), if any, will be assigned to eligible Open Team(s) who entered the Designated Vehicle in that Event after the entry deadline based on Team Owner Championship point standings.
    d) Any remaining starting grid position(s) will be assigned to eligible Open Teams who entered the Event after the entry deadline in the order in which their Designated Vehicle number was selected during the random drawing for that Event.

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


2016 Daytona 500 Qualifying Rules and Notes

  • Qualifying - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Daytona 500 Specific
    - Thirty-six Charter teams will be assigned a starting position
    - Four Open teams are eligible for starting positions
    o The highest finishing Open team in each Can-Am Duel race earns a starting position
    o The final two starting positions are awarded to Open teams based on Coors Light Pole Qualifying if not already a top finisher in a Duel race
    - Qualifying sets the front row for the Daytona 500 and the starting lineup for the Can-Am Duel fields, with the number of Charter team and Open team cars split evenly throughout both races
    - If qualifying is cancelled due to weather, the top two finishing Open teams from each Can-Am Duel race earn starting positions in the Daytona 500
    - If the second Can-Am Duel race is cancelled due to weather, the highest finishing Open team from the first race earns a starting position, with the other three Open teams determined by qualifying
    - If both Can-Am Duel races are cancelled due to weather, qualifying determines all four Open teams
    - If qualifying and both Can-Am Duel races are cancelled due to weather, the combined practice speeds are used to determine the four Open teams
    - If all on-track activity prior to the race is cancelled due to weather, 2015 Owner points will be used to determine the four Open teams
    (NASCAR)(2-11-2016)

  • Qualifying - Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway: Qualifying for the Daytona 500 Event (Qualifying Format, 150-Mile Qualifying Races) is outlined in this Section. As described more-fully in this Section, the Qualifying process for the Daytona 500 is scheduled to be a 2-step process:
    Qualifying (two rounds of single car qualifying)
    Two 150-Mile Qualifying Races
    As a general rule, eligibility for starting grid positions for the Daytona 500 Event will be determined as follows:
    36 Charter Teams will be eligible for and assigned a starting grid position
    4 Open Teams will be eligible for starting grid positions
    Open Team with highest finishing position in each Duel will be eligible for a starting grid position
    Remaining Open Teams will be eligible for 2 starting grid positions based on final Qualifying results
    If Qualifying is rained out, Duel finishing positions determine eligibility of 4 Open Teams (2 from each Duel)
    If Duel 2 is rained out, Duel 1 determines eligibility for 1 Open Team; Qualifying determines eligibility for 3 Open Teams
    If Duel 1 and Duel 2 are rained out, Qualifying determines eligibility for 4 Open Teams
    If Qualifying, Duel 1&2 are rained out, combined practice speeds determine eligibility for 4 Open Teams
    If Practice, Qualifying, Duel 1&2 are rained out, previous season's Team Owner Championship point standings determine eligibility for 4 Open positions
    This is a general overview of Daytona 500 Qualifying Procedures, with specific procedures set forth below. The following procedures and variations are intended to recognize the most foreseeable circumstances affecting starting grid position determinations, including those affected by adverse conditions, but all possible scenarios may not be addressed. Situations of unforeseeable circumstances not specifically addressed herein shall be resolved by NEM in its sole discretion using the concepts herein as a guide or reference.

  • Qualifying Procedures:
    a) Unless otherwise authorized by NEM, the following are Qualifying procedures for the Daytona 500:
    b) Procedures may be modified by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director based on track conditions or other circumstances.
    c) Vehicles will be lined up and released for the first Qualifying round in the order of their respective fastest single lap speed posted in the combined Practice session(s), in ascending order (slowest to fastest).
    d) Any Competitor that impedes or interferes with another Competitor's Qualifying attempt, or otherwise engages in any unsafe act while on the racing surface (including pit road) during a Qualifying attempt, may be subject to disciplinary action by NEM in order to protect the safety and integrity of the Qualifying procedures. Such action by NEM may include, but is not limited to disallowing such Competitor's posted Qualifying speed(s) and/ or removing the vehicle from any additional Qualifying round(s) for the Event.
    e) All Designated Vehicles must compete in the first Qualifying round unless otherwise authorized by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director.
    f) During any Qualifying round, a timed lap cannot begin or end on pit road.
    g) Once a Designated Vehicle is removed from the competitive side of pit road, the vehicle will not be permitted to return or compete in that Qualifying round or any future Qualifying round(s) for that Event.
    h) Teams will be limited in the adjustments that will be permitted during or in between rounds as determined by the Series Managing Director and are subject to change, at the sole discretion of NEM.
    i) Unless otherwise authorized by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director, only one set of tires are permitted during Qualifying.
    j) A team representative must be present at the Qualifying vehicle release point when the Designated Vehicle is released for a Qualifying attempt. That team representative must scan race control and have direct radio communications with the driver during a qualifying attempt.
    k) Designated Vehicles competing in a Qualifying round are required to have a designated crew member to monitor NEM's radio in their assigned pit box at all times during the Qualifying attempt(s).
    l) In the event a Designated Vehicle advances to the next Qualifying round and does not compete in that round, said vehicle will earn the last qualifying position for that particular Qualifying round. If two or more vehicles do not compete in the next Qualifying round, those qualifying positions will be determined based on the fastest single lap speed of the previous Qualifying round for those vehicles.
    m) If one or more Qualifying round(s) is completed, but the final scheduled Qualifying round is not completed due to weather or other adverse circumstances, the final Qualifying results will be determined based on the most recent completed Qualifying round results.
    n) If no scheduled Qualifying round(s) are completed due to weather or other adverse conditions, starting grid positions for the 150-Mile Qualifying Races and/or the Daytona 500 will be assigned in accordance with the rules book - Daytona 500 Starting Grid Positions - Adverse Conditions.
    o) The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director will have sole discretion in making all determinations of whether Practice sessions and/or Qualifying rounds are deemed "complete" or not. Practice sessions and Qualifying rounds which are not deemed "complete" by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director will not be counted towards starting grid position determinations under the following procedures.
    p) When two or more Designated Vehicles have the same Qualifying speed, Qualifying positions for those vehicles shall be determined based on previous season's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Championship point standings in descending order.
    q) If the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Championship point standings do not prevail in breaking the tie, then Qualifying positions amongst those Designated Vehicles will be determined by the order in which the duplicate speed was posted, with the driver setting the duplicate speed first receiving the higher Qualifying position.

  • Qualifying Format:
    a) Qualifying will consist of two scheduled Qualifying rounds.
    b) Qualifying consists of one timed lap in each round (EIRI). In all rounds, NEM reserves the right to have more than one vehicle engage in Qualifying runs at the same time.
    c) Unless otherwise authorized by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director, adjustments or repairs may not be made to the Designated Vehicle after the vehicle has taken the green flag at the start/finish line.
    d) Any Designated Vehicle or driver not ready to compete within five (5) minutes of the time called onto the track may be sent to the rear of the line, repositioned within the order of the Qualifying round, or left out of the remainder of the Qualifying round, at the discretion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director.
    e) Throughout Qualifying, each Designated Vehicle will be released in a predetermined timed interval as determined by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Managing Director.
    f) Upon the completion of each Qualifying lap, NEM will impound each Designated Vehicle.
    g) The twelve (12) Designated Vehicles that post the fastest single lap speed from the first Qualifying round will advance to the final Qualifying round.
    h) The remaining Designated Vehicles will be assigned starting grid positions in the 150-Mile Qualifying Races based on their fastest single lap speed posted in the first Qualifying round, in descending order as set forth in the rules book.
    i) There will be a ten-minute break after the completion of the first Qualifying round and the twelve (12) remaining Designated Vehicles that advance to the final Qualifying round will have their previously posted speed reset.
    j) Designated Vehicles will be released for final Qualifying round in the order of their fastest single lap speed posted in the first Qualifying round, in ascending order (slowest to fastest).
    k) The final Qualifying round consists of one timed lap (EIRI). The Designated Vehicle's fastest single lap speed posted in the final Qualifying round will be used to assign grid positions in the 150-Mile Qualifying Races based on their fastest single lap speed posted in the first Qualifying round, in descending order as set forth in the rules book

  • Starting Grid Position Determinations: Two 150-Mile Qualifying Races for The Daytona 500:
    a) Starting grid positions for each of the two 150-mile Qualifying Races (herein referred to as "Race 1" and "Race 2", respectively) are determined by the final Qualifying results and are limited to a maximum of 33 Designated Vehicles in each Race.
    b) NEM will assign a starting grid position to Team Owners in either of the 150-mile Qualifying Races as necessary to attempt to balance the number of Charter Teams and Open Teams, respectively, in each starting field. The following will be used to generally assign Designated Vehicles to Race 1 or Race 2 before determining starting grid position.
    c) Charter Teams will be divided equally amongst each 150-mile Qualifying Race based on their final Qualifying results, strictly in relation to all other Charter Teams, in descending order (e.g. if 36 Charter Teams are entered in the Event, 18 Charter Teams will be assigned to compete in each 150-mile Qualifying Race). Charter Teams with odd numbered final Qualifying results in relation to all other Charter Teams (1st, 3rd, 5th etc.) are assigned to one 150-mile Qualifying Race. Charter Teams with even numbered final Qualifying results in relation to all other Charter Teams (2nd, 4th, 6th etc.) are assigned to the other 150-mile Qualifying Race. For clarification, this process assigns Designated Vehicles to Race 1 or Race 2, but does not establish their starting grid position in that Race.
    d) Open Teams will be divided equally amongst each 150-mile Qualifying Race based on their final Qualifying results, strictly in relation to all other Open Teams, in descending order (e.g. if 30 Open Teams are entered in the Event, 15 Open Teams will be assigned to compete in each 150-mile Qualifying Race). Open Teams with odd numbered final Qualifying results in relation to all other Open Teams (1st, 3rd, 5th etc.) are assigned to one 150-mile Qualifying Race. Open Teams with even numbered final Qualifying results in relation to all other Open Teams (2nd, 4th, 6th etc.) are assigned to the other 150-mile Qualifying Race. For clarification, this process assigns Designated Vehicles to Race 1 or Race 2, but does not establish their starting grid position in that Race.
    e) Following the assignment of all Designated Vehicles to their respective Qualifying Race, starting grid positions for each 150-mile Qualifying Race will then be determined as follows:
    All Designated Vehicles assigned to Race 1 will be assigned a Race 1 starting grid position based on final Qualifying results amongst all Designated Vehicles assigned to Race 1 (Charter Teams and Open Teams).
    All Designated Vehicles assigned to Race 2 will be assigned a Race 2 starting grid position based on final Qualifying results amongst all Designated Vehicles assigned to Race 2 (Charter Teams and Open Teams).
    f) All Designated Vehicles that earned a starting grid position in the Daytona 500 based on final Qualifying results must compete in their respective 150 mile Qualifying Race and comply with all conditions as set forth in the Official Entry Blank and in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rules.

  • Daytona 500 Starting Grid Eligibility: The starting field for the Daytona 500 will be a maximum of 40 Designated Vehicles. All Charter Teams are eligible for and will be assigned one of the available starting grid positions for the Daytona 500, irrespective of their finishing position in the Qualifying Races. The Open Team with the highest finishing position amongst all other Open Teams in Qualifying Race 1 and Qualifying Race 2, respectively, are each eligible for a Daytona 500 starting grid position. Open Teams that have not yet become eligible for a Daytona 500 starting grid position will become eligible for remaining starting grid positions, if any, based on final Qualifying results.

  • Assignment of Starting Grid Positions 1st - 2nd:
    a) The fastest single lap speed posted in the last completed Qualifying round is assigned the 1st starting grid position in the Daytona 500.
    b) The second fastest single lap speed posted in the last completed Qualifying round is assigned the 2nd starting grid position in the Daytona 500.

  • Assignment of Starting Grid Positions 3rd - 40th:
    a) Starting grid positions 3rd - 40th for the Daytona 500 will be assigned to (i) the remaining Charter Teams, (ii) the eligible Open Team with the highest finishing position from each 150-mile Qualifying Race, and (iii) the two eligible Open Teams based on final Qualifying results that have not already earned a starting grid position, as follows:
    The eligible Teams listed above who competed in the first 150-mile Qualifying Race will line up single file on the inside row in the order of the eligible Teams' finishing position in the first 150-mile Qualifying Race and;
    The eligible Team Owners listed above who competed in the second 150-Mile Qualifying Race will line up single file on the outside row in the order of the eligible Team Owner's finishing position in the second 150-mile Qualifying Race. If necessary, the Team Owner with the last finishing position from the second 150-Mile Qualifying Race will be assigned the 39th starting grid position.
    Notwithstanding the above, the eligible Open Team(s) that receive Daytona 500 starting grid position(s) based on final Qualifying results will be assigned the last starting grid position(s), unless one or both such Open Teams posted the fastest or second-fastest single lap speed in the last completed Qualifying round.


2016 Daytona 500 Qualifying Rules Adverse Conditions (such as rain)

  • 150-Mile Qualifying Race Grid Starting Grid Positions When Practice Has Been Completed and There Has Been No Completed Qualifying:
    a) If the first Qualifying round is not completed due to weather or other adverse conditions, and Practice(s) prior to Qualifying is completed the following will be utilized to assign starting grid positions for the 150-mile Qualifying Races, in descending order.
    b) NEM will assign a starting grid position to Team Owners in either 150-mile Qualifying Races as necessary to attempt to balance the number of Charter Teams and Open Teams, respectively, in each starting field.
    c) Charter Teams will be divided equally amongst each 150-mile Qualifying Race based on the previous calendar year's final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Championship point standings in relation to all other Charter Teams, in descending order (e.g. if 36 Charter Teams are entered in the Event, 18 Charter Teams will be assigned to compete in each 150-mile Qualifying Race). Charter Teams with odd numbered final Series Team Owner Championship points in relation to all other Charter Teams (1st, 3rd, 5th etc.) are assigned starting grid positions in one 150-mile Qualifying Race, in descending order. Charter Teams with even numbered final Series Team Owner Championship points in relation to all other Charter Teams (2nd, 4th, 6th etc.) are assigned starting grid positions in the other 150-mile Qualifying Race, in descending order.
    d) Open Teams will be divided equally amongst each 150-mile Qualifying Race based on their fastest single lap speed in the combined Practice session(s), strictly in relation to all other Open Teams, in descending order (e.g. if 30 Open Teams are entered in the Event, 15 Open Teams will be assigned to compete in each 150-mile Qualifying Race). Open Teams with odd numbered fastest single lap speed in the combined Practice session(s) in relation to all other Open Teams (1st, 3rd, 5th etc.) are assigned to one 150-mile Qualifying Race. Open Teams with even numbered fastest single lap speed in the combined Practice session(s) in relation to all other Open Teams (2nd, 4th, 6th etc.) are assigned to the other 150-mile Qualifying Race. For clarification, this process assigns Designated Vehicles to Race 1 or Race 2, but does not establish their starting grid position in that Race.
    e) Remaining Open Teams that did not post a single lap speed in the combined Practice session(s) will be assigned to a 150-Mile Qualifying Race, in alternating order, based on the previous season's Team Owner Championship point standings, in descending order.
    f) Open Teams will be assigned a starting grid position in their respective 150-Mile Qualifying Race behind all Charter Team Designated Vehicles, and based on their fastest single lap speed posted in the combined Practice(s) in relation to all other Open Teams in their respective Qualifying Race.
    g) All Designated Vehicles must compete in their respective 150-mile Qualifying Race to be eligible for the Daytona 500, but only if said Qualifying Race is run.

  • 150-Mile Qualifying Races Starting Grid Positions When Practice Has Not Been Completed and There Has Been No Completed Qualifying: In the event that no Practice session(s), and no Qualifying round(s) are completed due to weather or other adverse circumstances, starting grid positions will be assigned as follows:
    a) NEM will assign a starting grid position to Team Owners in each of the 150-mile Qualifying Races as necessary to attempt to balance the number of Charter Teams and Open Teams, respectively, in each starting field.
    b) Charter Teams will be divided equally amongst each 150-mile Qualifying Race based on the previous calendar year's final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Championship point standings in relation to all other Charter Teams, in descending order (e.g. if 36 Charter Teams are entered in the Event, 18 Charter Teams will be assigned to compete in each 150-mile Qualifying Race). Charter Teams with odd numbered final Series Team Owner Championship points in relation to all other Charter Teams (1st, 3rd, 5th etc.) are assigned to one 150-mile Qualifying Race. Charter Teams with even numbered final Series Team Owner Championship points in relation to all other Charter Teams (2nd, 4th, 6th etc.) are assigned to the other 150-mile Qualifying Race. For clarification, this process assigns Charter Team Designated Vehicles to Race 1 or Race 2, but does not establish their starting grid position in that Qualifying Race.
    c) Open Teams will be divided equally amongst each 150-mile Qualifying Race based on the previous calendar year's final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Championship point standings in relation to all other Open Teams, in descending order (e.g. if 30 Open Teams are entered in the Event, 15 Open Teams will be assigned to compete in each 150-mile Qualifying Race). Open Teams with odd numbered final Series Team Owner Championship points in relation to all other Open Teams (1st, 3rd, 5th etc.) are assigned to one 150-mile Qualifying Race. Open Teams with even numbered final Series Team Owner Championship points in relation to all other Open Teams (2nd, 4th, 6th etc.) are assigned to the other 150-mile Qualifying Race. For clarification, this process assigns Open Team Designated Vehicles to Race 1 or Race 2, but does not establish their starting grid position in that Qualifying Race.
    d) Following the assignment of all Designated Vehicles to their respective Qualifying Race, starting grid positions for each 150-mile Qualifying Race will then be determined as follows:
    All Designated Vehicles assigned to Race 1 will be assigned a Race 1 starting grid position based on the previous calendar year's final Series Team Owner Championship point standings amongst all Designated Vehicles assigned to Race 1, in descending order.
    All Designated Vehicles assigned to Race 2 will be assigned a Race 2 starting grid position based on the previous calendar year's final Series Team Owner Championship point standings amongst all Designated Vehicles assigned to Race 2, in descending order.
    e) All Designated Vehicles must compete in their respective 150-mile Qualifying Races to be eligible for the Daytona 500, but only if said Qualifying Race is run.

  • Daytona 500 Starting Grid Positions When Qualifying Has Been Completed but 150-Mile Qualifying Races Have Not Been Completed:
    a) If neither of the 150-mile Qualifying Races are completed due to weather or other adverse conditions but Qualifying was completed, starting grid positions for the Daytona 500 Event will be assigned as follows:
    Starting Grid Positions 1st - 40th
    a) The order of starting grid positions 1st - 40th will be determined by final Qualifying results. Each Charter Team will be assigned one of the available forty (40) starting grid positions. The remaining starting grid positions will be assigned to the eligible Open Teams based on final Qualifying results, in descending order.

  • Daytona 500 Starting Grid Positions When Qualifying Has Not Been Completed but the 150-Mile Qualifying Races Have Been Completed: If both 150-mile Qualifying Races are completed and Qualifying was not completed due to weather or other adverse conditions, Daytona 500 starting grid positions will be assigned as follows:
    Starting Grid Positions 1st - 40th
    a) Starting grid positions 1st - 40th in the Daytona 500 will be assigned to all Charter Teams and the two (2) Open Teams with the highest finishing positions from each 150-mile Qualifying Race, respectively.
    b) The eligible Teams from the first 150-mile Qualifying Race will line up single file on the inside row and the eligible Teams from the second 150-mile Qualifying Race will line up single file on the outside row in the order of each Designated Vehicle's finishing position in their respective 150-mile Qualifying Race.

  • Daytona 500 Starting Grid Positions When Practice Has Been Completed but No Qualifying Rounds Have Been Completed and Neither 150-Mile Qualifying Race Has Been Completed: When the first Qualifying round and the 150 mile Qualifying Races are not completed due to weather or adverse conditions, but at least one combined Practice(s) prior to Qualifying is completed, the following will be utilized to assign starting grid positions:
    a) Each Charter Team is eligible for the Race and will be assigned the first available starting grid positions based on the previous calendar year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Championship point standings.
    b) Open Teams who have entered their Designated Vehicle for the Race by the entry deadline will become eligible for and will be assigned the next available starting grid positions based on their fastest single lap speed posted from the combined Practice session(s) prior to Qualifying, in descending order.
    c) Any remaining Open Team(s) who entered their Designated Vehicle for the Race by the entry deadline will become eligible for and will be assigned the next available starting grid positions, if any, based on their previous calendar year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Championship points standings, in descending order.
    d) Any remaining Open Team(s) who entered their Designated Vehicle for the Race by the entry deadline will become eligible for and will be assigned the next available starting grid positions, if any, in the order in which their Designated Vehicle number was selected during the random drawing for that Event.
    e) Open Teams who entered the Designated Vehicle in the Race after the entry deadline will become eligible for and will be assigned the next available starting grid position(s), if any, based on the previous calendar year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Championship points standings, in descending order.
    f) Any remaining Open Teams who have not yet become eligible for the Race will become eligible for and will be assigned the next available starting grid position(s), if any, based on their fastest single lap speed posted from the combined Practice session(s) prior to Qualifying, in descending order.

  • Daytona 500 Starting Grid Positions When Only the First 150-Mile Qualifying Race Has Been Officially Completed: If the first 150-mile Qualifying Race is completed and the second 150-mile Qualifying Race is not officially completed due to weather or other adverse conditions, the Daytona 500 starting grid positions will be determined as follows:
    a) Each Charter Team is eligible for the Race and will be assigned one of the available forty (40) starting grid positions.
    b) The Open Team with the highest finishing position in the first 150-Mile Qualifying Race is eligible for the Race and will be assigned one of the available forty (40) starting grid positions.
    c) If one or more Qualifying rounds were completed, the three (3) remaining Open Teams with the highest final Qualifying results prior to the Qualifying Races are eligible for the Race and will be assigned one of the available forty (40) starting grid positions.
    d) If no Qualifying rounds were completed, the Open Team in the second 150-Mile Qualifying Race with the fastest single lap speed posted from the combined Practice session(s) amongst all Open Teams assigned to the second 150-Mile Qualifying Race is eligible for the Race and will be assigned one of the available forty (40) starting grid positions. Additionally, the two (2) Open Teams with the fastest single lap speed posted from the combined Practice session(s) amongst all remaining Open Teams are eligible for the Race and will be assigned one of the available forty (40) starting grid positions.
    e) If no Qualifying rounds and no Practice sessions were completed, the Open Team in the second 150-Mile Qualifying Race with highest finishing position in the previous calendar year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Championship point standings is eligible for the Race and will be assigned one of the available forty (40) starting grid positions. Additionally, the two (2) Open Teams with highest finishing position in the previous calendar year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Championship point standings amongst all remaining Open Teams are eligible for the Race and will be assigned one of the available forty (40) starting grid positions:
    Starting Grid Positions 1st - 2nd
    a) If Qualifying was complete, the fastest single lap speed posted in the last completed Qualifying round is assigned the 1st starting grid position in the Daytona 500 and the second fastest single lap speed posted in the last completed Qualifying round is assigned the 2nd starting grid position in the Daytona 500.
    b) If Qualifying was not complete, the winner of the first 150-mile Qualifying Race will be assigned the 1st starting grid position in the Daytona 500 and the Charter Team in the second 150-mile Qualifying Race with the highest finishing position in the previous calendar year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Champion point standings will be assigned the 2nd starting grid position in the Daytona 500.
    Starting Grid Positions 3rd - 40th
    a) Starting grid positions 3rd - 40th for the Daytona 500 will be assigned to the remaining Charter Teams and the remaining eligible Open Teams in accordance with the eligibility procedures of above.
    The eligible competitors from the first 150-mile Qualifying Race will line up single file on the inside row in the order of the eligible Designated Vehicles' finishing position in the first 150-mile Qualifying Race and;
    All Charter Teams and remaining eligible Open Teams from the second 150-mile Qualifying Race will line up single file on the outside row in the order of their Designated Vehicles' starting grid position in the second 150-mile Qualifying Race.

  • Daytona 500 Starting Grid Positions When No Practice Has Been Completed, No Qualifying Has Been Completed, and Neither 150-Mile Qualifying Race Has Been Completed: If the first Qualifying round, both 150-mile Qualifying Races and all scheduled Practice sessions prior to Qualifying are not completed due to weather or other adverse circumstances, the following will be utilized to determine the starting grid positions for the Event:
    a) Each Charter Team is eligible for the Race and will be assigned one of the available forty (40) positions.
    b) Open Teams who have entered their Designated Vehicle for the Race by the entry deadline will become eligible for the next available starting grid positions based on the previous calendar year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Championship point standings, in descending order.
    c) Any remaining Open Team(s) who entered their Designated Vehicle for the Race by the entry deadline will become eligible for the next available starting grid positions, if any, in the order in which their Designated Vehicle number was selected during the random drawing for that Event.
    d) Open Teams who entered the Designated Vehicle in that Event after the entry deadline will become eligible for the next available starting grid position(s), if any, based on the previous calendar year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Championship points standings.
    e) Any remaining Open Teams who have not yet become eligible for the Race will become eligible for the next available starting grid position(s), if any, in the order in which their number was selected during the random drawing for that Event.
    f) Starting grid positions 1st - 40th will be assigned based on the previous calendar year NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Owner Championship point standings amongst all eligible Team Owners for the Race, in descending order.
    g) Any remaining starting grid positions will be assigned to eligible Team Owners in the order in which their Designated Vehicle number was selected during the random drawing for that Event.


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