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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 3:40 pm/et on Friday, March 16, 2012

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 16, 2012 at 3:40pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 3:30pm/et
    Qualifying Re-Air: on SPEED at 8:00pm/et

  • 2011 March Pole Sitter: #99-Carl Edwards, 124.014, finished 2nd

  • 2011 August Pole Sitter: #39-Ryan Newman, 122.811mph, finished 8th

  • Track Qualifying Record: #12-Ryan Newman, March 2003, 128.709mph, 14.908 secs

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Harry Gant, 54 years, 7 months, 17 days, 8/27/1994

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Joey Logano, 19 years, 9 months, 23 days, 3/19/2010

  • Fastest First Practice Speed: #99-Edwards, 123.921mph, scheduled to qualify 45th out of 45 drivers


  • NOTE: not doing semi-live qualifying anymore. With NASCAR.com and FoxSports having realtime qualifying and hits for my qualifying pages way down due to the availabilty of the real-time qualifying found elsewhere.
    Will still post Jayski.com's unique qualifying results here, to help explain how drivers made the race.
    For Realtime qualifying, check out:
    NASCAR.com and FoxSports


  • Biffle wins pole at Bristol: #16-Greg Biffle won the pole for the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway with a speed of 125.215mph for his 1st pole of 2012 and 10th career pole. Biffle has never won from the pole. #22-Allmendinger was 2nd fastest followed by #39-Newman, #24-Gordon, #2-Keselowski, #78-Smith, #43-Almirola, #99-Edwards, #20-Logano and #5-Kahne
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #30-Stremme, #36-Blaney, #26-Wise, #74-Sorenson, #98-McDowell, #49-Yeley, #87-Nemechek and #23-Riggs
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (2):#37-Hill & #7-Gordon (withdrew)
    See qualifying results & starting lineup below or on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(3-16-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Bristol:
    #16-Greg Biffle won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 52nd Annual Food City 500 with a lap of 15.324 seconds, 125.215 mph.
    This is his 10th pole in 334 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2012. Biffle is now locked into next year's Shootout at Daytona field.
    This is his first pole in 19 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. His previous best start at Bristol was second, three times (most recently March of 2011).
    #22-AJ Allmendinger (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2012 and his third in ten races at Bristol Motor Speedway.
    #39-Ryan Newman (third) posted his 14th top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his second in four races this season. (NASCAR Statistics)(3-16-2012)

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #23-Riggs, 1st out to qualify, 121.374mph, starts 43rd
    #87-Nemechek, 3rd out, 121.713, starts 41st
    #47-Labonte, 5th out, 122.623, starts 36th
    #33-Gaughan, 7th out, 122.866, starts 32nd
    #30-Stremme, 11th out, 123.087, starts 28th
    #51-Kurt Busch, 12th out, 123.182, starts 27th
    #38-Gilliland, 16th out, 123.269, starts 26th
    #13-Mears, 17th out, 123.419, starts 24th
    #14-Stewart, 19th out, 123.467, starts 23rd
    #10-Reutimann, 20th out, 123.865, starts 19th
    #2-Keselowski, 22nd out, 124.865, starts 5th
    #16-Biffle, 35th out, 124.215, starts 1st

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying?
    Fastest 7 get in, 8th [43rd] spot goes to most recent past champ not in the race already or 8th fastest
    [45 entered for 43 spots]:
    have qualified for the race:
    #30-David Stremme, 123.087
    #36-Dave Blaney, 122.638
    #26-Josh Wise#, 122.380
    #74-Reed Sorenson, 122.287
    #98-Michael McDowell, 121.968
    #49-J.J. Yeley, 121.829
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 121.713
    #23-Scott Riggs, 121.374
    will miss the race:
    #37-Timmy Hill#, 120.278
    #7-Robby Gordon, withdrew

  • NOTES: #7-Robby Gordon, who didn't practice when the team could not get the engine to start, withdrew the car before qualifying

  • Race info at: Race Info Page

  • Event Entry List

  • Past Champions Provisional page

  • All Time Sprint Cup Pole Winners

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Food City 500 Starting Lineup
Bristol Motor Speedway

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manufactuer Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(sec)
1 16 Greg Biffle 811 / 3M Ford 125.215 15.324
2 22 AJ Allmendinger Shell Pennzoil Dodge 125.207 15.325
3 39 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevy 125.158 15.331
4 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevy 125.085 15.340
5 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 124.865 15.367
6 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing/CSXPlayItSafe Chev 124.816 15.373
7 43 Aric Almirola Charter Communications Ford 124.719 15.385
8 99 Carl Edwards Kellogg's / Cheez-It Ford 124.686 15.389
9 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot Toyota 124.662 15.392
10 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevy 124.355 15.430
11 27 Paul Menard Menards / MOEN Chevy 124.339 15.432
12 9 Marcos Ambrose MAC Tools Ford 124.331 15.433
13 18 Kyle Busch Wrigley Doublemint Toyota 124.178 15.452
14 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevy 124.106 15.461
15 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 124.106 15.461
16 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 124.002 15.474
17 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevy 123.953 15.480
18 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew Chevy 123.865 15.491
19 10 David Reutimann TRADEBANK Chevy 123.865 15.491
20 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 123.833 15.495
21 17 Matt Kenseth Best Buy Ford 123.666 15.516
22 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's / Kobalt Tools Chevy 123.539 15.532
23 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevy 123.467 15.541
24 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 123.419 15.547
25 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Toyota 123.419 15.547
26 38 David Gilliland Taco Bell Ford 123.269 15.566
27 51 Kurt Busch Hendrickcars.com Chevy 123.182 15.577
28 30 David Stremme FoodCountryUSA/InceptionMtrsprts Toyota 123.087 15.589
29 83 Landon Cassill Burger King / Dr. Pepper Toyota 123.047 15.594
30 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 122.992 15.601
31 34 David Ragan Long John Silver's Ford 122.968 15.604
32 33 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel & Casino Chevy 122.866 15.617
33 31 Jeff Burton BB&T Chevy 122.780 15.628
34 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr. Pepper Toyota 122.701 15.638
35 36 Dave Blaney Seal Wrap / Widow Wax Chevy 122.638 15.646
36 47 Bobby Labonte Clorox / Scott Products Toyota 122.623 15.648
37 26 Josh Wise # Morristown Drivers Service Ford 122.380 15.679
38 74 Reed Sorenson Carnegie Hotel / Turn One Racing Chevy 122.287 15.691
39 98 Michael McDowell K LOVE - Let It Start With Me Ford 121.968 15.732
40 49 JJ Yeley JPO Absorbents Toyota 121.829 15.750
41-OP 87 Joe Nemechek(i) AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota 121.713 15.765
42 32 Ken Schrader We Drive Sales - TMone.com Ford 120.626 15.907
43 23 Scott Riggs North Texas Pipe Chevy 121.374 15.809
44-DNQ 37 Timmy Hill # Ford 120.278 15.953
45-WD 7 Robby Gordon Dodge 0.000 withdrew

RED = teams that are not in the top-35 of 2011 Owners Points and had to race in to make the race via qualifying speed.

BLUE = made the race using a past champions provisional.

MAROON = not Top 35 2011 Owners Points could had used a Champions Provisional

PC1 = is the first past champ eligible, PC2 is the 2nd...and so on if more

# Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate

(i) = driver not running for 2012 Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points

Starting Lineup (pdf)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Qualifying Results
Food City 500
Bristol Motor Speedway

Rank Sched
Qual
Pos
Actual
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Manu Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(seconds)
First
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Difference from
practice speed
Owners
Points
Rank
1 35 34 16 Greg Biffle Ford 125.215 15.324 123.57 11 1.645 16
2 44 43 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 125.207 15.325 123.881 2 1.326 11
3 41 40 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 125.158 15.331 123.73 5 1.428 10
4 40 39 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 125.085 15.340 123.73 6 1.355 8
5 23 22 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 124.865 15.367 123.055 23 1.810 5
6 38 37 78 Regan Smith Chevy 124.816 15.373 123.658 7 1.158 26
7 34 33 43 Aric Almirola Ford 124.719 15.385 123.507 12 1.212 15
8 45 44 99 Carl Edwards Ford 124.686 15.389 123.921 1 0.765 2
9 42 41 20 Joey Logano Toyota 124.662 15.392 123.826 4 0.836 24
10 25 24 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 124.355 15.430 123.063 21 1.292 22
11 28 27 27 Paul Menard Chevy 124.339 15.432 123.158 18 1.181 17
12 43 42 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 124.331 15.433 123.865 3 0.466 19
13 36 25 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 124.178 15.452 123.594 10 0.584 12
14 39 38 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 124.106 15.461 123.658 8 0.448 3
15 37 36 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 124.106 15.461 123.65 9 0.456 18
16 24 23 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 124.002 15.474 123.055 22 0.947 28
17 33 32 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 123.953 15.480 123.403 13 0.550 27
18 31 30 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 123.865 15.491 123.292 15 0.573 7
19 22 21 10 David Reutimann Chevy 123.865 15.491 122.937 24 0.928 33
20 32 31 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 123.833 15.495 123.332 14 0.501 9
21 29 28 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 123.666 15.516 123.205 17 0.461 4
22 26 25 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 123.539 15.532 123.126 20 0.413 6
23 21 20 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 123.467 15.541 122.905 25 0.562 1
24 18 17 13 Casey Mears Ford 123.419 15.547 122.843 28 0.576 32
25 19 18 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 123.419 15.547 122.85 27 0.569 34
26 17 16 38 David Gilliland Ford 123.269 15.566 122.835 29 0.434 35
27 13 12 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 123.182 15.577 122.576 33 0.606 30
28 12 11 30 David Stremme Toyota 123.087 15.589 122.474 34 0.613 36-IN
29 20 19 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 123.047 15.594 122.89 26 0.157 25
30 30 29 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 122.992 15.601 123.261 16 -0.269 21
31 15 14 34 David Ragan Ford 122.968 15.604 122.764 31 0.204 31
32 8 7 33 Brendan Gaughan Chevy 122.866 15.617 121.96 38 0.906 13
33 27 26 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 122.780 15.628 123.142 19 -0.362 20
34 16 15 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 122.701 15.638 122.764 30 -0.063 14
35 14 13 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 122.638 15.646 122.74 32 -0.102 20
36 6 5 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 122.623 15.648 121.759 40 0.864 29
37 10 9 26 Josh Wise # Ford 122.380 15.679 122.077 36 0.303 37-IN
38 11 10 74 Reed Sorenson Chevy 122.287 15.691 122.271 35 0.016 none-IN
39 9 8 98 Michael McDowell Ford 121.968 15.732 122.053 37 -0.085 42-IN
40 7 6 49 JJ Yeley Toyota 121.829 15.750 121.805 39 0.024 43-IN
41 4 3 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 121.713 15.765 120.877 42 0.836 41-IN
42 2 1 23 Scott Riggs Chevy 121.374 15.809 119.618 44 1.756 45-IN
43 3 2 32 Ken Schrader Ford 120.626 15.907 120.566 43 0.060 23
44 5 4 37 Timmy Hill # Ford 120.278 15.953 120.915 41 -0.637 46-DNQ
wd 1 x 7 Robby Gordon Dodge 0.000 withdrew 0.000 45 0.000 44-WD

RED = need to get in the race via speed are not Top 35 2011 Owners Points

PC1 = is the first past champ eligible, PC2 is the 2nd...and so on if more

(i) = driver not running for 2012 Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points

Ties are broken as follows:
1) Owners Points
2) Best finishes, most wins, 2nds, 3rds and so on until the tie is broken
3) If tie still remains, then the team with the highest position first breaks the tie
(so if two are ties, both have a win, then the team who won first gets the spot)

Qualifying Results (pdf)

Qualifying Order
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Food City 500
Bristol Motor Speedway

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
First
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Owners
Points
Rank
1 7 Robby Gordon Dodge WITHDREW 45 44
2 23 Scott Riggs Chevy 119.618 44 45
3 32 Ken Schrader Ford 120.566 43 23
4 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 120.877 42 41
5 37 Timmy Hill # Ford 120.915 41 46
6 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 121.759 40 29
7 49 JJ Yeley Toyota 121.805 39 43
8 33 Brendan Gaughan Chevy 121.96 38 13
9 98 Michael McDowell Ford 122.053 37 42
10 26 Josh Wise # Ford 122.077 36 37
11 74 Reed Sorenson Chevy 122.271 35 50
12 30 David Stremme Toyota 122.474 34 36
13 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 122.576 33 30
14 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 122.74 32 20
15 34 David Ragan Ford 122.764 31 31
16 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 122.764 30 14
17 38 David Gilliland Ford 122.835 29 35
18 13 Casey Mears Ford 122.843 28 32
19 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 122.85 27 34
20 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 122.89 26 25
21 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 122.905 25 1
22 10 David Reutimann Chevy 122.937 24 33
23 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 123.055 23 5
24 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 123.055 22 28
25 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 123.063 21 22
26 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 123.126 20 6
27 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 123.142 19 20
28 27 Paul Menard Chevy 123.158 18 17
29 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 123.205 17 4
30 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 123.261 16 21
31 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 123.292 15 7
32 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 123.332 14 9
33 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 123.403 13 27
34 43 Aric Almirola Ford 123.507 12 15
35 16 Greg Biffle Ford 123.57 11 16
36 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 123.594 10 12
37 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 123.65 9 18
38 78 Regan Smith Chevy 123.658 7 26
39 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 123.658 8 3
40 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 123.73 6 8
41 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 123.73 5 10
42 20 Joey Logano Toyota 123.826 4 24
43 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 123.865 3 19
44 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 123.881 2 11
45 99 Carl Edwards Ford 123.921 1 2

Drivers in RED will be required to qualify on time/speed, not in top 35, owners points position is 2012

# Rookie of the Year Contender

Starting Lineup & Qualifying Order are provided by NASCAR Public Relations Statistics


  • 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying procedures:
    1) qualifying order will be determined by the driver's fastest lap in first practice.
    2) times on the speed sheet will be inverted with the slowest cars attempting their qualifying runs first
    3) go-or-go-home cars will now qualify among the 35 teams locked in on owner points and not be separated by the field. 4) the NASCAR Sprint Cup director does reserve the right to change a driver's qualifying order or allow "adjustments or repairs" to cars after the car has taken the green flag at the start/finish line.
    5) all cars must qualify with a full fuel cell.
    6) qualifying consists of two consecutive timed laps (except at road courses, 1 lap)
    7) the fastest lap determines qualifying position
    8) in case of a rain-out of practice, a random drawing will be held for cars set up in the garage area to determine qualifying order
    9) if qualifying is rained out, the order of the field will be set according to Section 9-5 of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup rule book.

  • If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.(NASCAR)(7-7-2011)

  • Past Champions Provisional Berths in Sprint Cup: A past champion's provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. A team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional
    See my Past Champions Provisional Page for more.

  • What happens if all qualifying gets cancelled [rain/weather/other]?
    If bad weather cancels qualifying, the final starting lineup will be determined by practice speeds. The same rule book procedures will be used to determine eligibility to start a race. If weather cancels practice sessions, then the starting lineup will be set by points, per the rule book.

  • If qualifying AND all practices are cancled, then:
    If it is during the first 5 races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35][team does not have to attempt all the races]
    #2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
    #3) - Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
    #4) - Current season Owner Position [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
    #5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners position [not in by rules 1-4]
    #6) - For 2nd race of season, teams that missed Daytona 500, are seeded in owners points by thier finish in the Duels
    #7) - Randon Draw if more then one team with no attempts

  • If qualifying is cancled by at least one practice gets run, then:
    If it is the first 5 races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35][team does not have to attempt all the races]
    #2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
    #3) - Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
    #4) - Current season Owner Position [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
    #5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners position [not in by rules 1-4]
    #6) - For 2nd race of season, teams that missed Daytona 500, are seeded in owners points by thier finish in the Duels
    #7) - Randon Draw if more then one team with no attempts
    #8) - One it is determined which teams/driver made the race, then the field is set by 1st practice speeds.

  • What happens if just qualifying is cancelled?
    If it is during the first 5 races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35][team does not have to attempt all the races]
    #2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
    #3) - Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
    #4) - Current season Owner Position [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
    #5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners position [not in by rules 1-4]
    #6) - For 2nd race of season, teams that missed Daytona 500, are seeded in owners points by thier finish in the Duels
    #7) - Randon Draw if more then one team with no attempts
    #8) - One it is determined which teams/driver made the race, then the field is set by 1st practice speeds.

  • What happens if just qualifying is cancelled?
    AFTER the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [team does not have to attempt all the races]
    #2) - Last Years Sprint Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts with current Owners points as the tie breaker
    #7) - NASCAR will hold a draw for teams with no owners points / attempts
    #8) - One it is determined which teams/driver made the race, then the field is set by 1st practice speeds.

    NOTE: all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race

  • 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying procedures:
    1) qualifying order will be determined by the driver's fastest lap in first practice.
    2) times on the speed sheet will be inverted with the slowest cars attempting their qualifying runs first
    3) go-or-go-home cars will now qualify among the 35 teams locked in on owner points and not be separated by the field. 4) the NASCAR Sprint Cup director does reserve the right to change a driver's qualifying order or allow "adjustments or repairs" to cars after the car has taken the green flag at the start/finish line.
    5) all cars must qualify with a full fuel cell.
    6) qualifying consists of two consecutive timed laps (except at road courses, 1 lap)
    7) the fastest lap determines qualifying position
    8) in case of a rain-out of practice, a random drawing will be held for cars set up in the garage area to determine qualifying order
    9) if qualifying is rained out, the order of the field will be set according to Section 9-5 of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup rule book.

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