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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 5:35 pm/et on Friday, April 27, 2012

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Capital City 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, April 27, 2012 at 5:35pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 5:30pm/et
    Scheduled qualifying re-air: 1:00am/et

  • September 2011 Pole Sitter: #00-David Reutimann, 127.383, finished 28th

  • May 2011 Pole Sitter: #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, 128.639mph, finished 29th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Brian Vickers, May 2004, 129.983mph

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Clint Bowyer, May 2008, started 31st

  • Fastest First Practice Speed: #88-Earnhardt, Jr., 123.853mph, scheduled to qualify 31st out of 45 drivers


  • NOTE: no longer doing semi-live qualifying on Jayski.com.
    NASCAR.com and FoxSports have live realtime qualifying and hits for my qualifying pages were way down in 2011 due to the availabilty of the real-time qualifying found at those sites.
    Will continue to post Jayski.com's unique qualifying results below, to help explain how drivers made the race.
    For Realtime qualifying, check out:
    NASCAR.com and FoxSports


  • Martin wins pole at Richmond: #55-Mark Martin won the pole for the Capital City 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway with a speed of 128.327mph for his 2nd pole of 2012, 53rd career pole. #99-Edwards was 2nd fastest followed by #29-Harvick, #22-Allmendinger, #18-Busch, #24-Gordon, #11-Hamlin, #56-Truex, Jr., #5-Kahne, and #88-Earnhardt Jr.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #98-McDowell, #26-Wise, #30-Stremme, #87-Nemechek, #95-Speed, #19-Bliss, #33-Leicht, #74-Whitt.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (2):#23-Riggs & #49-Yeley.
    (4-27-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Richmond International Raceway:
    Mark Martin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 58th Annual Capital City 400 Presented By Virginia Is For Lovers with a lap of 21.040 seconds, 128.327 mph.
    This is his 53rd pole in 837 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and fifth top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his fifth pole in 53 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Mark Martin breaks his previous record as oldest Coors Light Pole winner at Richmond (53 years, 3 months, 19 days).
    Carl Edwards (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2012 and his 10th in 16 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Kevin Harvick (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway. It is his sixth in nine races this season. (NASCAR Statistics)(4-27-2012)

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #33-Leicht, 1st out to qualify, 125.151mph, starts 40th
    #47-Labonte, 3rd out to qualify, 126.892mph, starts 19th
    #36-Blaney, 6th out to qualify, 126.963mph, starts 17th
    #51-Busch, 21st out to qualify, 127.328mph, starts 13th
    #18-Busch, 23rd out to qualify, 127.956mph, starts 5th
    #99-Edwards, 27th out to qualify, 128.290mph, starts 2nd
    #55-Martin, 45th out to qualify, 128.327mph, 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, 126.612
    #26-Josh Wise#, 126.103
    #30-David Stremme, 125.980
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 125.886
    #95-Scott Speed, 125.839
    #19-Mike Bliss, 125.319
    #33-Stephen Leicht, 125.151
    #74-Cole Whitt, 124.636
    will miss the race:
    #23-Scott Riggs, 123.813
    #49-J.J. Yeley, 122.560

  • 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
Richmond 400
Richmond International Raceway

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manufactuer Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(sec)
1 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 128.327 21.040
2 99 Carl Edwards Ford Eco-Boost Ford 128.290 21.046
3 29 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevrolet 128.041 21.087
4 22 AJ Allmendinger Shell Pennzoil Dodge 127.962 21.100
5 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Brown Toyota 127.956 21.101
6 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevrolet 127.750 21.135
7 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 127.732 21.138
8 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Brakes Toyota 127.678 21.147
9 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 127.593 21.161
10 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet 127.545 21.169
11 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes Ford 127.455 21.184
12 39 Ryan Newman Army Reserve Chevrolet 127.395 21.194
13 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Construction Services Chevrolet 127.328 21.205
14 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 127.280 21.213
15 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing / Farm American 127.208 21.225
16 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 126.993 21.261
17 36 Dave Blaney SealWrap.com Chevrolet 126.963 21.266
18 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot Toyota 126.915 21.274
19 47 Bobby Labonte Bush's Beans Toyota 126.892 21.278
20 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 126.820 21.290
21 83 Landon Cassill Burger King / Dr. Pepper Toyota 126.796 21.294
22 14 Tony Stewart MOBIL 1 / Office Depot Chevrolet 126.749 21.302
23 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 126.695 21.311
24 17 Matt Kenseth Ford EcoBoost Ford 126.683 21.313
25 98 Michael McDowell Curb Records Ford 126.612 21.325
26 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 126.487 21.346
27 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 126.464 21.350
28 16 Greg Biffle 3M / GKAS Ford 126.428 21.356
29 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr. Pepper Toyota 126.351 21.369
30 31 Jeff Burton BB&T Chevrolet 126.121 21.408
31 27 Paul Menard Menards / NIBCO Chevrolet 126.121 21.408
32 26 Josh Wise # Morristown Drivers Service Ford 126.103 21.411
33 10 David Reutimann Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 126.033 21.423
34 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 125.980 21.432
35 87 Joe Nemechek(i) AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota 125.886 21.448
36 95 Scott Speed TWD Drywall Ford 125.839 21.456
37 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 125.669 21.485
38 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 125.564 21.503
39 19 Mike Bliss(i) Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota 125.319 21.545
40 33 Stephen Leicht LittleJoesAutos.com / Link-Belt Chevrolet 125.151 21.574
41 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 124.481 21.690
42-OP 32 Reed Sorenson(i) FAS Lane Racing Ford 124.395 21.705
43 74 Cole Whitt(i) Turn One Racing Chevrolet 124.636 21.663
44-DNQ 23 Scott Riggs North Texas Pipe Chevy 123.813 21.807
45-DNQ 49 J.J. Yeley JPO Absorbents Toyota 122.560 22.030

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

Starting Lineup (pdf)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Qualifying Results
Capital City 400
Richmond International Raceway

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 45 45 55 Mark Martin Toyota 128.327 21.040 126.707 1 1.620 11
2 27 27 99 Carl Edwards Ford 128.290 21.046 124.884 19 3.406 9
3 34 34 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 128.041 21.087 125.494 12 2.547 6
4 23 23 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 127.956 21.101 124.544 23 3.412 14
5 32 32 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 127.750 21.135 125.371 14 2.379 19
6 36 36 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 127.732 21.138 125.616 10 2.116 5
7 35 35 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 127.678 21.147 125.500 11 2.178 2
8 24 24 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 127.593 21.161 124.734 22 2.859 26
9 31 31 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 127.545 21.169 125.360 15 2.185 4
10 37 37 43 Aric Almirola Ford 127.455 21.184 125.646 9 1.809 21
11 33 33 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 127.395 21.194 125.436 13 1.959 10
12 21 21 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 127.328 21.205 124.012 25 3.316 25
13 28 28 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 127.280 21.213 124.925 18 2.355 22
14 30 30 78 Regan Smith Chevy 127.208 21.225 125.087 16 2.121 23
15 6 6 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 126.963 21.266 121.924 40 5.039 33
16 38 38 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 126.963 21.266 125.657 8 1.306 16
17 41 41 20 Joey Logano Toyota 126.915 21.274 125.997 5 0.918 13
18 3 3 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 126.892 21.278 121.687 43 5.205 27
19 18 18 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 126.820 21.290 123.389 28 3.431 17
20 17 17 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 126.796 21.294 123.350 29 3.446 35
21 16 16 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 126.749 21.302 123.305 30 3.444 8
22 39 39 22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge 126.749 21.302 125.739 7 1.010 24
23 42 42 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 126.695 21.311 126.133 4 0.562 12
24 13 13 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 126.683 21.313 122.789 33 3.894 3
25 12 12 98 Michael McDowell Ford 126.612 21.325 122.660 34 3.952 41-IN
26 29 29 13 Casey Mears Ford 126.487 21.346 124.960 17 1.527 28
27 40 40 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 126.464 21.350 125.886 6 0.578 7
28 44 44 16 Greg Biffle Ford 126.428 21.356 126.186 2 0.242 1
29 20 20 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 126.351 21.369 123.802 26 2.549 31
30 15 15 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 126.121 21.408 123.215 31 2.906 18
31 43 43 27 Paul Menard Chevy 126.121 21.408 126.139 3 -0.018 15
32 19 19 26 Josh Wise # Ford 126.103 21.411 123.462 27 2.641 40-IN
33 11 11 10 David Reutimann Chevy 126.033 21.423 122.610 35 3.423 34
34 10 10 30 David Stremme Toyota 125.980 21.432 122.427 36 3.553 38-IN
35 22 22 87 Joe Nemechek (i) Toyota 125.886 21.488 124.390 24 1.496 42-IN
36 7 7 95 Scott Speed Ford 125.839 21.456 122.194 39 3.645 50-IN
37 26 26 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 125.669 21.485 124.873 20 0.796 20
38 9 9 34 David Ragan Ford 125.564 21.503 122.338 37 3.226 30
39 25 25 19 Mike Bliss (i) Toyota 125.319 21.545 124.746 21 0.573 46-IN
40 1 1 33 Stephen Leicht Chevy 125.151 21.574 121.425 44 3.726 36-IN
41 8 8 74 Cole Whitt Chevy 124.636 21.663 122.272 38 2.364 48-IN
42 5 5 38 David Gilliland Ford 124.481 21.690 121.885 41 2.596 29
43 2 2 32 Reed Sorenson(i) Ford 124.395 21.705 121.425 45 2.970 32
44 14 14 23 Scott Riggs Chevy 123.813 21.807 123.001 32 0.812 45-DNQ
45 4 4 49 J.J. Yeley Toyota 122.560 22.030 121.814 42 0.746 37-DNQ

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
Capital City 400
Richmond International Raceway

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
First
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Owners
Points
Rank
1 33 Stephen Leicht Chevy 121.425 44 36
2 32 Reed Sorenson(i) Ford 121.425 45 32
3 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 121.687 43 27
4 49 JJ Yeley Toyota 121.814 42 37
5 38 David Gilliland Ford 121.885 41 29
6 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 121.924 40 33
7 95 Scott Speed Ford 122.194 39 50
8 74 Cole Whitt(i) Chevy 122.272 38 48
9 34 David Ragan Ford 122.338 37 30
10 30 David Stremme Toyota 122.427 36 38
11 10 David Reutimann Chevy 122.610 35 34
12 98 Michael McDowell Ford 122.660 34 41
13 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 122.789 33 3
14 23 Scott Riggs Chevy 123.001 32 45
15 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 123.215 31 18
16 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 123.305 30 8
17 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 123.350 29 35
18 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 123.389 28 17
19 26 Josh Wise # Ford 123.462 27 40
20 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 123.802 26 31
21 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 124.012 25 25
22 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 124.390 24 42
23 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 124.544 23 14
24 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 124.734 22 26
25 19 Mike Bliss(i) Toyota 124.746 21 46
26 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 124.873 20 20
27 99 Carl Edwards Ford 124.884 19 9
28 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 124.925 18 22
29 13 Casey Mears Ford 124.960 17 28
30 78 Regan Smith Chevy 125.087 16 23
31 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 125.360 15 4
32 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 125.371 14 19
33 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 125.436 13 10
34 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 125.494 12 6
35 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 125.500 11 2
36 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 125.616 10 5
37 43 Aric Almirola Ford 125.646 9 21
38 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 125.657 8 16
39 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 125.739 7 24
40 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 125.886 6 7
41 20 Joey Logano Toyota 125.997 5 13
42 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 126.133 4 12
43 27 Paul Menard Chevy 126.139 3 15
44 16 Greg Biffle Ford 126.186 2 1
45 55 Mark Martin Toyota 126.707 1 11

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

Qualifying Order Sheet (pdf)

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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