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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 7:10 pm/et on Thursday, May 24, 2012

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 7:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 7:00pm/et
    Radio online at: PRN Live Streaming
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 10:30pm/et

  • 2011 May Pole Sitter: #2-Brad Keselowski, 192.089mph, finished 19th

  • 2011 October Pole Sitter: #14-Tony Stewart, 191.959mph, finished 8th

  • Track Qualifying Record: #38-Elliott Sadler, Oct 2005, 193.216mph

  • Coke 600 Qualifying Record: #12-Ryan Newman, May 2005, 192.988mph

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 22 years, 2 months, 6 days, 10/10/1993

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Bobby Allison, 49 years, 10 months, 8 days, 10/11/1987

  • Fastest First Practice Speed: #9-Ambrose, 189.215mph, scheduled to qualify 47th out of 47 drivers


  • NOTE: no longer do 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


  • Almirola wins pole at Charlotte: #43-Aric Almirola won the Coors Light pole for the Coca Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a speed of 192.940mph for his 1st pole of 2012 and 1st career pole. #9-Amrose was 2nd fastest [and makes it an all RPM front row] followed by #48-Johnson, #16-Biffle, #15-Bowyer, #55-Martin, #5-Kahne, #11-Hamlin, #27-Menard and #78-Smith.
    #51-Busch wrecked on his first qualifying lap, spinning off turn 2 and nosing in to the inside wall, Busch will start 42nd and go to a backup car, falling to the rear of the field before the start of the race on Sunday. #10-Danica Patrick will start 40th.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #21-Bayne, #74-Whitt, #98-McDowell, #26-Wise, #33-Leicht, #30-Stremme, #95-Speed & #87-Nemechek.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (4): #19-Bliss, #73-Reutimann, #49-Yeley, #23-Riggs.
    See qualifying results & starting lineup below or on the Starting Lineup page (pdf). (5-24-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts -Charlotte Motor Speedway:
    #43-Aric Almirola won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 53rd Annual COCA-COLA 600 with a lap of 27.988 seconds, 192.940 mph.
    This is his first pole in 47 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his first pole in one races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2012 and his first in seven races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 19th top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his seventh in 12 races this season.
    #26-Josh Wise (33rd) was the fastest qualifying rookie. (NASCAR Statistics)(5-24-2012)

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #23-Riggs, 1st out to qualify, 183.630mph, DNQ
    #49-Yeley, 2nd out, 183.730mph, DNQ
    #87-Nemechek, 4th out, 185.784, starts 43rd
    #36-Blaney, 6th out, 186.111, starts 36th
    #26-Wise, 7th out, 187.259, starts 33rd
    #98-McDowell, 12th out, 187.487, starts 32nd
    #1-McMurray, 13th out, 187.526, starts 31st
    #13-Mears, 15th out, 188.363, starts 25th
    #2-Keselowski, 17th out, 188.871, starts 24th
    #17-Kenseth, 21st out, 189.607, starts 20th
    #39-Newman, 27th out, 190.054, starts 16th
    #78-Smith, 29th out, 190.456, starts 10th
    #5-Kahne, 32nd out, 191.130, starts 7th
    #48-Johnson, 37th out, 191.374, starts 3rd
    #43-Almirola. 42nd out, 192.940, 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
    [47 entered for 43 spots]:
    have qualified for the race:
    #21-Trevor Bayne. 190.268
    #74-Cole Whitt, 188.324
    #98-Michael McDowell, 187.487
    #26-Josh Wise#, 187.259
    #33-Stephen Leicht#, 187.169
    #30-David Stremme, 186.143
    #95-Scott Speed, 185.976
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 185.784
    will miss the race:
    #19-Mike Bliss, 185.548
    #73-David Reutimann, 185.338
    #49-J.J. Yeley, 183.730
    #23-Scott Riggs, 183.630

  • Race info at: Race Info Page

  • Event Entry List

  • Past Champions Provisional page

  • All Time Sprint Cup Pole Winners

  • Thursday practice for the Coca Cola 60 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top-5, slowest and any notes:
    #9-Ambrose 189.215
    #83-Cassill 189.182
    #22-Allmendinger 188.409
    #16-Biffle 188.344
    #15-Bowyer 188.016
    slowest: #23-Riggs 181.843 & #49-Yeley 182.822
    See fastest speeds, best ten-lap averages, laps run and more on the Charlotte Practice 1 Speeds (pdf), no average speeds all laps and NOT changing back to the old way, just posting the pdf's.(5-24-2012)

  • Go-or-go homers rank in practice for the Coca Cola 60 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. These drivers are not in the top-35 of team owners points and must qualify by speed for the race, eight will make the race and four will miss the race.
    If things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
    #21-Trevor Bayne, 15th fastest overall
    #74-Cole Whitt, 29th
    #30-David Stremme, 30th
    #98-Michael McDowell, 36th
    #73-David Reutimann, 37th
    #95-Scott Speed, 38th
    #33-Stephen Leicht#, 39th
    #26-Josh Wise#, 41st
    If things stay the same, these four drivers would miss the race:
    #19-Mike Bliss, 43rd
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 44th
    #49-J.J. Yeley, 46th
    #23-Scott Riggs, 47th/last
    (5-24-2012)

Starting Lineup
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Coca Cola 600
Charlotte Motor Speedway

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manufactuer Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(sec)
1 43 Aric Almirola US Air Force Ford 192.940 27.988
2 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 191.598 28.184
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Patriotic Chevy 191.374 28.217
4 16 Greg Biffle Fastenal Ford 191.259 28.234
5 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 191.198 28.243
6 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Armed Forces Foundation Toyota 191.171 28.247
7 5 Kasey Kahne Quaker State Chevy 191.130 28.253
8 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 190.887 28.289
9 27 Paul Menard Menards/Serta Chevy 190.597 28.332
10 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Chevy 190.456 28.353
11 22 AJ Allmendinger Shell Pennzoil Dodge 190.328 28.372
12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. NationalGuardAnAmericanSalute Chevy 190.302 28.376
13 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Ctr. Ford 190.268 28.381
14 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevy 190.201 28.391
15 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 190.194 28.392
16 39 Ryan Newman US ARMY Chevy 190.054 28.413
17 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Red-White-Blue Toyota 190.034 28.416
18 83 Landon Cassill Burger King Real Fruit Smoothies Toyota 189.987 28.423
19 20 Joey Logano Dollar General Toyota 189.707 28.465
20 17 Matt Kenseth Fastenal Ford 189.607 28.480
21 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevy 189.573 28.485
22 31 Jeff Burton Wheaties Chevy 189.520 28.493
23 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevy 189.076 28.560
24 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 188.871 28.591
25 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 188.363 28.668
26 47 Bobby Labonte Kingsford Charcoal Toyota 188.344 28.671
27 74 Cole Whitt(i) Turn One Racing Chevy 188.324 28.674
28 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 188.206 28.692
29 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 187.924 28.735
30 34 David Ragan Al's Liners/Scorpion Coatings Ford 187.656 28.776
31 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops/Arctic Cat Chevy 187.526 28.796
32 98 Michael McDowell Presbyterian Healthcare Ford 187.487 28.802
33 26 Josh Wise # MDS Transport Ford 187.259 28.837
34 33 Stephen Leicht Little Joe's Autos/Precon Chevy 187.169 28.851
35 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 186.143 29.010
36 36 Dave Blaney SealWrap Chevy 186.111 29.015
37 93 Travis Kvapil Dr. Pepper Toyota 186.085 29.019
38 95 Scott Speed Jordan Truck Sales Ford 185.976 29.036
39 38 David Gilliland Mod Space Ford 185.810 29.062
40-OP 10 Danica Patrick(i) GoDaddy.com Chevy 185.179 29.161
41-OP 32 TJ Bell(i) Green Smoke Ford 183.886 29.366
42-OP 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Construction Services Inc Chevy 0.000 wreck
43 87 Joe Nemechek AM/FM Energy / SWM Toyota 185.784 29.066

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
Coca Cola 600
Charlotte 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 42 42 43 Aric Almirola Ford 192.940 27.988 187.996 6 4.944 22
2 47 47 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 191.598 28.184 189.215 1 2.383 19
3 37 37 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 191.374 28.217 187.722 11 3.652 5
4 44 44 16 Greg Biffle Ford 191.259 28.234 188.344 4 2.915 1
5 43 43 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 191.198 28.243 188.016 5 3.182 11
6 38 38 55 Mark Martin Toyota 191.171 28.247 187.754 10 3.417 12
7 32 32 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 191.130 28.253 187.383 16 3.747 17
8 39 39 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 190.887 28.289 187.774 9 3.113 4
9 36 36 27 Paul Menard Chevy 190.597 28.332 187.663 12 2.934 14
10 29 29 78 Regan Smith Chevy 190.456 28.353 187.078 19 3.378 26
11 45 45 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 190.329 28.372 188.409 3 1.920 23
12 31 31 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 190.302 28.376 187.188 17 3.114 3
13 33 33 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Ford 190.268 28.381 187.493 15 2.775 37-IN
14 35 35 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 190.201 28.391 187.578 13 2.623 8
15 30 30 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 190.194 28.392 187.162 18 3.032 6
16 27 27 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 190.054 28.413 186.948 21 3.106 15
17 40 40 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 190.034 28.416 187.931 8 2.103 9
18 46 46 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 189.987 28.423 189.182 2 0.805 35
19 41 41 20 Joey Logano Toyota 189.707 28.465 187.983 7 1.724 16
20 21 21 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 189.607 28.480 186.554 27 3.053 2
21 24 24 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 189.573 28.485 186.812 24 2.761 7
22 23 23 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 189.520 28.493 186.800 25 2.720 18
23 25 25 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 189.076 28.560 186.909 23 2.167 24
24 17 17 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 188.871 28.591 185.669 31 3.202 13
25 15 15 13 Casey Mears Toyota 188.363 28.668 185.529 33 2.834 28
26 28 28 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 188.344 28.671 187.000 20 1.344 27
27 19 19 74 Cole Whitt(i) Chevy 188.324 28.674 185.912 29 2.412 46-IN
28 26 26 99 Carl Edwards Ford 188.062 28.714 186.922 22 1.140 10
29 22 22 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 187.924 28.735 186.670 26 1.254 20
30 16 16 34 David Ragan Ford 187.656 28.776 185.561 32 2.095 29
31 13 13 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 187.526 28.796 185.414 35 2.112 21
32 12 12 98 Michael McDowell Ford 187.487 28.802 185.134 36 2.353 41-IN
33 7 7 26 Josh Wise # Ford 187.259 28.837 184.609 41 2.650 40-IN
34 9 9 33 Stephen Leicht # Chevy 187.169 28.851 184.957 39 2.212 36-IN
35 18 18 30 David Stremme Toyota 186.143 29.010 185.688 30 0.455 38-IN
36 6 6 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 186.111 29.015 184.256 42 1.855 33
37 8 8 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 186.085 29.019 184.679 40 1.406 31
38 10 10 95 Scott Speed Ford 185.976 29.036 185.065 38 0.911 53-IN
39 14 14 38 David Gilliland Ford 185.810 29.062 185.503 34 0.307 30
40 4 4 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 185.784 29.086 183.661 44 2.123 42-IN
41 5 5 19 Mike Bliss(i) Toyota 185.548 29.103 183.767 43 1.781 47-DNQ
42 11 11 73 David Reutimann Toyota 185.338 29.136 185.103 37 0.235 54-DNQ
43 20 20 10 Danica Patrick(i) Chevy 185.179 29.161 185.982 28 -0.803 34
44 3 3 32 TJ Bell(i) Ford 183.886 29.366 183.474 45 0.412 32
45 2 2 49 JJ Yeley Toyota 183.730 29.391 182.822 46 0.908 39-DNQ
46 1 2 23 Scott Riggs Chevy 183.630 29.407 181.843 47 1.787 43-DNQ
47 34 34 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 0.000 wreck 187.520 14 x 25

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
Coca Cola 600
Charlotte Motor Speedway

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
First
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Owners
Points
Rank
1 23 Scott Riggs North TX Pipe Chevy 181.843 47 43
2 49 JJ Yeley America Israel Racing/JPO Absorbents Toyota 182.822 46 39
3 32 TJ Bell(i) Green Smoke Ford 183.474 45 32
4 87 Joe Nemechek AM/FM Energy / SWM Toyota 183.661 44 42
5 19 Mike Bliss(i) Humphrey Smith Racing LLC Toyota 183.767 43 47
6 36 Dave Blaney SealWrap Chevy 184.256 42 33
7 26 Josh Wise # MDS Transport Ford 184.609 41 40
8 93 Travis Kvapil Dr. Pepper Toyota 184.679 40 31
9 33 Stephen Leicht # Little Joe's Autos/Precon Chevy 184.957 39 36
10 95 Scott Speed Jordan Truck Sales Ford 185.065 38 53
11 73 David Reutimann Burger King Toyota 185.103 37 54
12 98 Michael McDowell Presbyterian Healthcare Ford 185.134 36 41
13 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops/Arctic Cat Chevy 185.414 35 21
14 38 David Gilliland Mod Space Ford 185.503 34 30
15 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 185.529 33 28
16 34 David Ragan Al's Liners/Scorpion Coatings Ford 185.561 32 29
17 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 185.669 31 13
18 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 185.688 30 38
19 74 Cole Whitt(i) Turn One Racing Chevy 185.912 29 46
20 10 Danica Patrick(i) GoDaddy.com Chevy 185.982 28 34
21 17 Matt Kenseth Fastenal Ford 186.554 27 2
22 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 186.670 26 20
23 31 Jeff Burton Wheaties Chevy 186.800 25 18
24 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevy 186.812 24 7
25 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevy 186.909 23 24
26 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 186.922 22 10
27 39 Ryan Newman US ARMY Chevy 186.948 21 15
28 47 Bobby Labonte Kingsford Charcoal Toyota 187.000 20 27
29 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Chevy 187.078 19 26
30 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 187.162 18 6
31 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. NatGuardAnAmericanSalute/DietMtn Chevy 187.188 17 3
32 5 Kasey Kahne Quaker State Chevy 187.383 16 17
33 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Ctr. Ford 187.493 15 37
34 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Construction Services Inc Chevy 187.520 14 25
35 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevy 187.578 13 8
36 27 Paul Menard Menards/Serta Chevy 187.663 12 14
37 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Patriotic Chevy 187.722 11 5
38 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Armed Forces Foundation Toyota 187.754 10 12
39 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 187.774 9 4
40 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Red-White-Blue Toyota 187.931 8 9
41 20 Joey Logano Dollar General Toyota 187.983 7 16
42 43 Aric Almirola US Air Force Ford 187.996 6 22
43 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 188.016 5 11
44 16 Greg Biffle Fastenal Ford 188.344 4 1
45 22 AJ Allmendinger Shell Pennzoil Dodge 188.409 3 23
46 83 Landon Cassill Burger King Real Fruit Smoothies Toyota 189.182 2 35
47 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 189.215 1 19

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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