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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 11:40 am/et on Saturday, March 31, 2012

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 11:40am/et.
    TV: SPEED - 11:30am/et
    Scheduled qualifying re-air: on SPEED at 8:00pm/et

  • April 2011 Pole Sitter: #1-Jamie McMurray, 96.509mph, finished 7th

  • October 2011 Pole Sitter: none, rained out, field set by rules book

  • Track Qualifying Record: Tony Stewart, October 2005, 98.083mph

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Morgan Shepherd, 45 years, 6 months, 14 days, 4/26/1987

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Ricky Rudd, 24 years, 7 months, 14 days, 04/26/1981

  • Fastest First Practice Speed: #24-Gordon, 197.028mph, scheduled to qualify 46th out of 46 drivers


  • NOTE: have stopped doing semi-live qualifying. NASCAR.com and FoxSports have live realtime qualifying and hits for my qualifying pages were way down in 2011 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


  • Kahne wins pole at Martinsville: #5-Kasey Kahne won the pole for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway with a speed of 97.128mph for his 2nd pole of 2012 and 24th career pole. #29-Harvick was 2nd fastest followed by #11-Hamlin, #15-Bowyer, #39-Newman, #55-Vickers, #2-Keselowski, #18-Busch, #24-Gordon, and #20-Logano. #37-Raines' time, which was fast enough to make the race, was disallowed after the team failed post-qualifying tech.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #98-McDowell, #26-Wise, #83-Cassil, #23-Riggs, #74-Sorenson, #87-Nemechek, #30-Stremme, and #49-Yeley.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #52-Speed, #19-Bliss, #37-Raines.
    See qualifying results & starting lineup below or on the Starting Lineup page (pdf). (3-31-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Martinsville Speedway:
    Kasey Kahne won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 63rd Annual Goody's Fast Relief 500 with a lap of 19.496 seconds, 97.128 mph.
    This is his 24th pole in 294 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and fifth top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his first pole in 17 races at Martinsville Speedway. His previous best start at Martinsville was second in 2005.
    Kevin Harvick (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2012 and his 11th in 22 races at Martinsville Speedway.
    Denny Hamlin (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Martinsville Speedway. It is his second in six races this season.
    Josh Wise (30th) was the fastest qualifying rookie. (NASCAR Statistics)(3-31-2012)

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #33-Sadler, 1st out to qualify, 94.486mph, starts 41st
    #83-Cassil, 2nd out to qualify, 95.511mph, starts 31st
    #48-Johnson, 9th out to qualify, 95.854mph, starts 22nd
    #17-Kenseth, 17th out to qualify, 95.971mph, starts 21st
    #43-Almirola, 21stout to qualify, 96.049mph, starts 19th
    #31-Burton, 22nd out to qualify, 96.180mph, starts 18th
    #27-Menard, 29th out to qualify, 96.701mph, starts 11th
    #20-Logano, 32nd out to qualify, 96.706mph, starts 10th
    #29-Harvick, 35th out to qualify, 97.048mph, starts 2nd
    #5-Kahne, 39th out to qualify, 97.128mph, 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:
    #98-Michael McDowell, 95.849
    #26-Josh Wise#, 95.583
    #83-Landon Cassill, 95.511
    #23-Scott Riggs, 95.352
    #74-Reed Sorenson, 95.223
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 94.936
    #30-David Stremme, 94.609
    #49-J.J. Yeley, 93.212
    will miss the race:
    #52-Scott Speed, 92.101
    #19-Mike Bliss, 84.846
    #37-Tony Raines, 93.756 (time disallowed)

  • Race info at: Race Info Page

  • Event Entry List

  • Past Champions Provisional page

  • All Time Sprint Cup Pole Winners

Starting Lineup
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Goody's Fast Relief 500
Auto Club Speedway

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manufactuer Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(sec)
1 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 97.128 19.496
2 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 97.048 19.512
3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 97.003 19.521
4 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 97.003 19.521
5 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 96.988 19.524
6 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 96.765 19.569
7 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 96.750 19.572
8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 96.746 19.573
9 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 96.731 19.576
10 20 Joey Logano Toyota 96.706 19.581
11 27 Paul Menard Chevy 96.701 19.582
12 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 96.627 19.597
13 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 96.583 19.606
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 96.430 19.637
15 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 96.322 19.659
16 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 96.215 19.681
17 78 Regan Smith Chevy 96.200 19.684
18 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 96.180 19.688
19 43 Aric Almirola Ford 96.049 19.715
20 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 96.049 19.715
21 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 95.971 19.731
22 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 95.854 19.755
23 98 Michael McDowell Ford 95.849 19.756
24 34 David Ragan Ford 95.830 19.760
25 13 Casey Mears Ford 95.796 19.767
26 16 Greg Biffle Ford 95.743 19.778
27 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 95.738 19.779
28 99 Carl Edwards Ford 95.607 19.806
29 10 David Reutimann Chevy 95.607 19.806
30 26 Josh Wise # Ford 95.583 19.811
31 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 95.511 19.826
32 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 95.477 19.833
33 23 Scott Riggs Chevy 95.352 19.859
34 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 95.347 19.860
35 74 Reed Sorenson(i) Chevy 95.223 19.886
36 32 Ken Schrader Ford 95.127 19.906
37 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 94.936 19.946
38 38 David Gilliland Ford 94.780 19.979
39 30 David Stremme Toyota 94.609 20.015
40 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 94.567 20.024
41 33 Hermie Sadler Chevy 94.486 20.041
42 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 93.180 20.322
43 49 JJ Yeley Toyota 93.212 20.315
DNQ 52 Scott Speed Toyota 92.101 20.560
DNQ 19 Mike Bliss (i) Toyota 84.846 22.318
DNQ 37 Tony Raines Ford time disallowed

RED = teams that are not in the top-35 of current 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 Current 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

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Qualifying Results
Goody's Fast Relief 500
Auto Club 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 39 39 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 97.128 19.496 96.332 8 0.796 27
2 35 35 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 97.048 19.512 96.166 12 0.882 2
3 44 44 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 97.003 19.521 96.835 3 0.168 7
4 38 38 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 97.003 19.521 96.249 9 0.754 9
5 42 42 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 96.988 19.524 96.376 5 0.612 11
6 37 37 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 96.765 19.569 96.220 10 0.545 8
7 36 36 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 96.750 19.572 96.190 11 0.560 17
8 45 45 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 96.746 19.573 96.959 2 -0.213 15
9 46 46 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 96.731 19.576 97.048 1 -0.317 25
10 32 32 20 Joey Logano Toyota 96.706 19.581 95.995 15 0.711 14
11 29 29 27 Paul Menard Chevy 96.701 19.582 95.791 18 0.910 12
12 33 33 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 96.627 19.597 96.034 14 0.593 24
13 41 41 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 96.583 19.606 96.362 6 0.221 5
14 43 43 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 96.430 19.637 96.686 4 -0.256 3
15 40 40 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 96.322 19.659 96.337 7 -0.015 4
16 31 31 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 96.215 19.681 95.820 16 0.395 20
17 34 34 78 Regan Smith Chevy 96.200 19.684 96.112 13 0.088 19
18 22 22 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 96.180 19.688 95.588 25 0.592 16
19 21 21 43 Aric Almirola Ford 96.049 19.715 95.511 26 0.538 21
20 28 28 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 96.049 19.715 95.709 19 0.340 22
21 17 17 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 95.971 19.731 95.199 30 0.772 6
22 9 9 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 95.854 19.755 94.727 38 1.127 10
23 23 23 98 Michael McDowell Ford 95.849 19.756 95.612 24 0.237 41-IN
24 16 16 34 David Ragan Ford 95.830 19.760 95.156 31 0.674 33
25 30 30 13 Casey Mears Ford 95.796 19.767 95.815 17 -0.019 29
26 26 26 16 Greg Biffle Ford 95.743 19.778 95.680 21 0.063 1
27 20 20 22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge 95.738 19.779 95.347 27 0.391 26
28 27 27 99 Carl Edwards Ford 95.607 19.806 95.685 20 -0.078 13
29 25 25 10 David Reutimann Chevy 95.607 19.806 95.651 22 -0.044 34
30 13 13 26 Josh Wise # Ford 95.583 19.811 95.051 34 0.532 39-IN
31 3 2 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 95.511 19.826 93.868 44 1.643 36-IN
32 24 24 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 95.477 19.833 95.627 23 -0.150 18
33 18 18 23 Scott Riggs Chevy 95.352 19.859 95.223 29 0.129 44-IN
34 11 11 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 95.347 19.860 94.994 36 0.353 30
35 14 14 74 Reed Sorenson(i) Chevy 95.223 19.886 95.070 33 0.153 47-IN
36 15 15 32 Ken Schrader Ford 95.127 19.906 95.146 32 -0.019 31
37 19 19 87 Joe Nemechek (i) Toyota 94.936 19.946 95.256 28 -0.320 43-IN
38 10 10 38 David Gilliland Ford 94.780 19.979 94.803 37 -0.023 32
39 12 12 30 David Stremme Toyota 94.609 20.015 95.036 35 -0.427 37-IN
40 5 6 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 94.567 20.024 94.265 42 0.302 23
41 1 1 33 Hermie Sadler Chevy 94.486 20.041 92.299 46 2.187 35
42 8 8 49 J.J. Yeley Toyota 93.212 20.315 94.543 39 -1.331 40-IN
43 7 7 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 93.180 20.322 94.510 40 -1.330 28
44 6 5 52 Scott Speed Toyota 92.101 20.560 94.392 41 -2.291 0-DNQ
45 4 4 19 Mike Bliss (i) Toyota 84.846 22.318 94.247 43 -9.401 46-DNQ
46 2 3 37 Tony Raines Ford 93.756 20.197 93.507 45 0.249 DNQ-time disallowed

MAROON = not Top 35 Current Owners Points but has a Champions Provisional Available.

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

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

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
Goody's Fast Relief 500
Auto Club Speedway

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
First
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Owners
Points
Rank
1 33 Hermie Sadler Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup Chevy 92.299 46 35
2 37 Tony Raines Poynt.com Ford 93.507 45 48
3 83 Landon Cassill Burger King / Dr. Pepper Toyota 93.868 44 36
4 19 Mike Bliss(i) Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota 94.247 43 46
5 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Construction Services Chevy 94.265 42 23
6 52 Scott Speed CrusaderStaffing.com Toyota 94.392 41 0
7 36 Dave Blaney Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevy 94.510 40 28
8 49 JJ Yeley America Israel Racing / JPO Absorbents Toyota 94.543 39 40
9 48 Jimmie Johnson myLowes Chevy 94.727 38 10
10 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 94.803 37 32
11 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr. Pepper Toyota 94.994 36 30
12 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 95.036 35 37
13 26 Josh Wise # Morristown Drivers Service Ford 95.051 34 39
14 74 Reed Sorenson(i) Turn One Racing Chevy 95.070 33 47
15 32 Ken Schrader Federated Auto Parts Ford 95.146 32 31
16 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 95.156 31 33
17 17 Matt Kenseth Stephen Siller Tnl to Twrs/Gary Sinise Fdn Ford 95.199 30 6
18 23 Scott Riggs North Texas Pipe Chevy 95.223 29 44
19 87 Joe Nemechek(i) AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota 95.256 28 43
20 22 AJ Allmendinger Shell Pennzoil Dodge 95.347 27 26
21 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes Ford 95.511 26 21
22 31 Jeff Burton BB&T Chevy 95.588 25 16
23 98 Michael McDowell Curb Records Ford 95.612 24 41
24 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 95.627 23 18
25 10 David Reutimann Accell Construction Chevy 95.651 22 34
26 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 95.680 21 1
27 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 95.685 20 13
28 1 Jamie McMurray Belkin Chevy 95.709 19 22
29 27 Paul Menard Menards / LIBMAN Chevy 95.791 18 12
30 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 95.815 17 29
31 47 Bobby Labonte Bush's Best Beans Toyota 95.820 16 20
32 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot Toyota 95.995 15 14
33 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 96.034 14 24
34 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Rcng/CSX Play It Safe Chevy 96.112 13 19
35 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser is Back Chevy 96.166 12 2
36 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 96.190 11 17
37 55 Brian Vickers RKMotorsCharlotte.com / Aaron's Toyota 96.220 10 8
38 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 96.249 9 9
39 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrickcars.com Chevy 96.332 8 27
40 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevy 96.337 7 4
41 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 96.362 6 5
42 39 Ryan Newman Outback Steakhouse Chevy 96.376 5 11
43 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy/Diet Mtn Dew/Natl Guard Chevy 96.686 4 3
44 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 96.835 3 7
45 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 96.959 2 15
46 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevy 97.048 1 25

Drivers in RED will be required to qualify on time/speed, not in top 35

Drivers in MAROON will be required to qualify on time/speed, not in top 35
BUT has a past champions provisional available if needed, only one is used, so if there are two or more past champs
the driver who has won the championship most recently, gets the spot.

# 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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