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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 11:10 am/et on Saturday, June 9, 2012

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 11:10am/et.
    TV: SPEED - 11:00am/et
    Scheduled qualifying re-air: 8:30pm/et

  • June 2011 Pole Sitter: #22-Kurt Busch, 171.579mph, finished 2nd

  • August 2011 Pole Sitter: #20-Joey Logano, 172.055mph, finished ?

  • Track Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, June 2004, 172.533mph

  • Oldest Pole Winner: David Pearson, 49 years, 5 months, 19 days, 6/10/1984

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Joey Logano, 21 years, 2 months, 13 days, 8/6/2011

  • Pole Winners: 36

  • Fastest First Practice Speed: #20-Logano, 179.501mph, scheduled to qualify 44th / last out of 44 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


  • Logano wins pole at Pocono: #20-Joey Logano won the pole for the Pocono 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway with a speed of 179.598mph, a new track record, for his 1st pole of 2012 and 4th career pole. #99-Edwards was 2nd fastest followed by #27-Menard, #18-Busch, #11-Hamlin, #55-Martin, #78-Smith, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #9-Ambrose and #5-Kahne. The top 36 drivers broke the old track record.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #19-Bliss, #98-McDowell, #49-Yeley, #87-Nemechek, #26-Wise, #23-Riggs, #74-Compton (his first start since 2003) and #33-Leicht.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (1): #30-Stremme.
    See qualifying results & starting lineup below or on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(6-9-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Pocono Raceway:
    Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 31st Annual Pocono 400 presented by #NASCAR with a lap of 50.112 seconds, 179.598 mph.
    This is his fourth pole in 125 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and seventh top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his second pole in seven races at Pocono Raceway. The first came in the last event at the track, Aug. 7, 2011.
    Carl Edwards (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2012 and his fifth in 15 races at Pocono Raceway.
    Paul Menard (third) posted his third top-10 start - and best career start - at Pocono Raceway. It is his second in 14 races this season.
    Josh Wise (35th) was the fastest qualifying rookie. (NASCAR Statistics)(6-9-2012)

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #36-Raines, 2nd out to qualify, 167.411mph, starts 40th
    #23-Riggs, 3rd out to qualify, 171.520mph, starts 38th
    #38-Gilliland, 4th out to qualify, 173.240mph, starts 36th
    #34-Ragan, 5th out to qualify, 173.853mph, starts 34th
    #93-Cassill, 10th out to qualify, 177.204mph, starts 15th
    #20-Logano, 18th out to qualify, 179.598mph, 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
    [46 entered for 43 spots]:
    have qualified for the race:
    #19-Mike Bliss, 175.387
    #98-Michael McDowell, 175.073
    #49-J.J. Yeley, 173.943
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 173.869
    #26-Josh Wise#, 173.497
    #23-Scott Riggs, 171.520
    #74-Stacy Compton, 171.155
    #33-Stephen Leicht, 170.345
    will miss the race:
    #30-David Stremme, 170.004

  • 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
Pocono 400
Pocono Raceway

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manufactuer Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(sec)
1 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot Toyota 179.598 50.112
2 99 Carl Edwards Kellogg's / Cheez-It Ford 178.866 50.317
3 27 Paul Menard Menards / Sylvania Chevy 178.582 50.397
4 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 178.575 50.399
5 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 178.543 50.408
6 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 178.228 50.497
7 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Chevy 178.158 50.517
8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard / Diet Mtn. Dew Chevy 177.939 50.579
9 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 177.862 50.601
10 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevy 177.823 50.612
11 1 Jamie McMurray Banana Boat Chevy 177.658 50.659
12 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevy 177.536 50.694
13 16 Greg Biffle 3M / Rite Aid / NextCare Ford 177.518 50.699
14 17 Matt Kenseth Ford EcoBoost Fusion Ford 177.501 50.704
15 83 Landon Cassill Burger King - Real Fruit Smoothies Toyota 177.204 50.789
16 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 177.026 50.840
17 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 176.988 50.851
18 39 Ryan Newman HAAS Automation Chevy 176.852 50.890
19 22 AJ Allmendinger Shell Pennzoil Dodge 176.803 50.904
20 31 Jeff Burton The Armed Forces Foundation Chevy 176.658 50.946
21 29 Kevin Harvick Rheem Chevy 176.543 50.979
22 14 Tony Stewart MOBIL 1 / Office Depot Chevy 176.419 51.015
23 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 176.160 51.090
24 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's / Kobalt Tools Chevy 176.149 51.093
25 51 David Reutimann Phoenix Construction Services Chevy 176.074 51.115
26 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 175.596 51.254
27 47 Bobby Labonte Bubba Burgers Toyota 175.575 51.260
28 19 Mike Bliss(i) Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota 175.387 51.315
29 43 Aric Almirola Transportation Impact Ford 175.159 51.382
30 98 Michael McDowell Presbyterian Healthcare Ford 175.073 51.407
31 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 174.880 51.464
32 49 JJ Yeley America Israel Racing/JPO Absorbents Toyota 173.943 51.741
33 87 Joe Nemechek(i) AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota 173.869 51.763
34 34 David Ragan Taco Bell Ford 173.853 51.768
35 26 Josh Wise # MDS Transport Ford 173.497 51.874
36 38 David Gilliland ModSpace Motorsports Ford 173.240 51.951
37 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 171.854 52.370
38 23 Scott Riggs North Texas Pipe Chevy 171.520 52.472
39 74 Stacy Compton Turn One Racing / Country Suites Chevy 171.155 52.584
40 36 Tony Raines SealWrap.com Chevy 167.411 53.760
41 32 Reed Sorenson(i) Herr Foods / Hero Energy Shot Ford 0.000 0.000
42 10 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy 0.000 0.000
43 33 Stephen Leicht # LittleJoesAutos.com Chevy 170.345 52.834
DNF 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 170.004 52.940

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
Pocono 400
Pocono 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 18 18 20 Joey Logano Toyota 179.598 50.112 174.961 27 4.637 17
2 21 21 99 Carl Edwards Ford 178.866 50.317 175.630 24 3.236 12
3 34 34 27 Paul Menard Chevy 178.582 50.397 177.417 11 1.165 16
4 22 22 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 178.575 50.399 175.826 23 2.749 9
5 36 36 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 178.543 50.408 177.718 9 0.825 4
6 44 44 55 Mark Martin Toyota 178.228 50.497 179.379 1 -1.151 13
7 35 35 78 Regan Smith Chevy 178.158 50.517 177.585 10 0.573 25
8 42 42 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 177.939 50.579 178.809 3 -0.870 3
9 23 23 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 177.862 50.601 175.919 22 1.943 20
10 38 38 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 177.823 50.612 177.809 7 0.014 15
11 43 43 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 177.658 50.659 178.937 2 -1.279 23
12 30 30 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 177.536 50.694 176.557 15 0.979 22
13 25 25 16 Greg Biffle Ford 177.518 50.699 176.246 20 1.272 1
14 31 31 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 177.501 50.704 176.866 14 0.635 2
15 10 10 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 177.204 50.789 173.910 35 3.294 32
16 28 28 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 177.026 50.840 176.467 17 0.559 10
17 26 26 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 176.988 50.851 176.381 19 0.607 21
18 39 39 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 176.852 50.890 177.820 6 -0.968 14
19 40 40 22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge 176.803 50.904 178.204 5 -1.401 24
20 13 13 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 176.658 50.946 174.348 32 2.310 19
21 29 29 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 176.543 50.979 176.519 16 0.024 7
22 37 37 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 176.419 50.015 177.739 8 -1.320 8
23 33 33 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 176.160 51.090 177.413 12 -1.253 6
24 41 41 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 176.149 51.093 178.678 4 -2.529 5
25 27 27 51 David Reutimann Chevy 176.074 51.115 176.439 18 -0.365 26
26 24 24 13 Casey Mears Ford 175.596 51.254 176.012 21 -0.416 28
27 11 11 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 175.575 51.260 173.953 34 1.622 27
28 15 15 19 Mike Bliss (i) Toyota 175.387 51.315 174.639 30 0.748 46-IN
29 19 19 43 Aric Almirola Ford 175.159 51.382 175.104 26 0.055 18
30 20 20 98 Michael McDowell Ford 175.073 51.407 175.493 25 -0.420 40-IN
31 32 32 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 174.880 51.464 177.204 13 -2.324 11
32 16 16 49 J.J. Yeley Toyota 173.943 51.741 174.869 29 -0.926 39-IN
33 17 17 87 Joe Nemechek (i) Toyota 173.869 51.763 174.934 28 -1.065 42-IN
34 5 5 34 David Ragan Ford 173.853 51.768 172.738 40 1.115 29
35 14 14 26 Josh Wise # Ford 173.497 51.874 174.530 31 -1.033 41-IN
36 4 4 38 David Gilliland Ford 173.240 51.951 172.302 41 0.938 31
37 6 6 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 171.854 52.370 172.957 39 -1.103 30
38 3 3 23 Scott Riggs Chevy 171.520 52.472 171.916 42 -0.396 43-IN
39 9 9 74 Stacy Compton Chevy 171.155 52.584 173.561 36 -2.406 47-IN
40 8 8 33 Stephen Leicht Chevy 170.345 52.834 173.481 37 -3.136 36-IN
41 7 7 30 David Stremme Toyota 170.004 52.940 173.210 38 -3.206 38-DNQ
42 2 2 36 Tony Raines Chevy 167.411 53.760 170.648 43 -3.237 35
43 1 1 32 Reed Sorenson (i) Ford 0.000 0.000 170.467 44 -170.467 33
44 12 12 10 Dave Blaney Chevy 0.000 0.000 174.304 33 -174.304 34

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
Pocono 400
Pocono Raceway

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
First
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Owners
Points
Rank
1 32 Reed Sorenson(i) Herr Foods / Hero Energy Shot Ford 170.467 44 33
2 36 Tony Raines SealWrap.com Chevy 170.648 43 35
3 23 Scott Riggs North Texas Pipe Chevy 171.916 42 23
4 38 David Gilliland ModSpace Motorsports Ford 172.302 41 31
5 34 David Ragan Taco Bell Ford 172.738 40 29
6 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 172.957 39 30
7 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 173.210 38 38
8 33 Stephen Leicht # LittleJoesAutos.com Chevy 173.481 37 36
9 74 Stacy Compton Turn One Racing / Country Suites Chevy 173.561 36 47
10 83 Landon Cassill Burger King - Real Fruit Smooothies Toyota 173.910 35 32
11 47 Bobby Labonte Bubba Burgers Toyota 173.953 34 27
12 10 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy 174.304 33 34
13 31 Jeff Burton The Armed Forces Foundation Chevy 174.348 32 19
14 26 Josh Wise # MDS Transport Ford 174.530 31 41
15 19 Mike Bliss(i) Humphrey Smith Racing Toyota 174.639 30 46
16 49 JJ Yeley America Israel Racing / JPO Absorbents Toyota 174.869 29 39
17 87 Joe Nemechek(i) AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota 174.934 28 42
18 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot Toyota 174.961 27 17
19 43 Aric Almirola Transportation Impact Ford 175.104 26 18
20 98 Michael McDowell Presbyterian Healthcare Ford 175.493 25 40
21 99 Carl Edwards Kellogg's / Cheez-It Ford 175.630 24 12
22 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 175.826 23 9
23 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 175.919 22 20
24 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 176.012 21 28
25 16 Greg Biffle 3M / Rite Aid / NextCare Ford 176.246 20 1
26 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 176.381 19 21
27 51 David Reutimann Phoenix Construction Services Chevy 176.439 18 26
28 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 176.467 17 10
29 29 Kevin Harvick Rheem Chevy 176.519 16 7
30 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevy 176.557 15 22
31 17 Matt Kenseth Ford EcoBoost Fusion Ford 176.866 14 2
32 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 177.204 13 11
33 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 177.413 12 6
34 27 Paul Menard Menards / Sylvania Chevy 177.417 11 16
35 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Chevy 177.585 10 25
36 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 177.718 9 4
37 14 Tony Stewart MOBIL 1 / Office Depot Chevy 177.739 8 8
38 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevy 177.809 7 15
39 39 Ryan Newman HAAS Automation Chevy 177.820 6 14
40 22 AJ Allmendinger Shell Pennzoil Dodge 178.204 5 24
41 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's / Kobalt Tools Chevy 178.678 4 5
42 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard / Diet Mtn. Dew Chevy 178.809 3 3
43 1 Jamie McMurray Banana Boat Chevy 178.937 2 23
44 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 179.379 1 13

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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