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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 1:10 pm/et on Saturday, June 16, 2012

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 1:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 1:00pm/et
    Scheduled qualifying re-air: none

  • August 2011 Pole Sitter: #16-Greg Biffle, 190.345mph, finished 20th

  • June 2011 Pole Sitter: #2-Kurt Busch, 188.599mph, finished 11th

  • Track Qualifying Record: #12-Ryan Newman, June 2005, 194.232mph

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Dale Jarrett, 45 years, 6 months, 21 days, 6/16/2002

  • Young Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 10 months, 14 days, 6/18/1995

  • Fastest First Practice Speed: #55-Martin, 201.376mph, scheduled to qualify 45th 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


  • Ambrose wins pole at Michigan with new track record: #9-Marcos Ambrose won the pole for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway with a NEW TRACK RECORD speed of 203.241mph for his 1st pole of 2012 and of his career which puts Ambrose in the 2013 Shootout. #29-Harvick was 2nd fastest followed by #16-Biffle, #5-Kahne, #39-Newman, $17-Kenseth, #21-Bayne, #14-Stewart, #20-Logano and #48-Johnson.
    40 drivers, including one who missed the race [#30-Stremme] ran faster laps then the old track record of 194.232mph. 19 drivers ran over 200mph.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #21-Bayne, #33-Dillon, #23-Riggs, #98-McDowell, #19-Bliss, #26-Wise, #87-Nemechek and #49-Yeley.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (2): #30-Stremme & #74-Compton
    See qualifying results & starting lineup below or on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(6-16-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Michigan International Speedway:
    #9-Marcos Ambrose won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 44th Annual Quicken Loans 400 with a lap of 35.426 seconds, 203.241 mph, a new track record.
    This is his first pole in 134 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    Ambrose becomes the fourth driver to win the pole with a lap over 200 mph. The others are Benny Parsons, Cale Yarborough and Bill Elliott.
    Ambrose's speed of 203.241 mph is the 11th-fastest pole-winning speed in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history.
    This is his sixth top-10 start in 2012.
    #29-Kevin Harvick (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2012 and his eighth in 23 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    #16-Greg Biffle (third) posted his ninth top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 11th in 15 races this season.
    40 drivers posted a faster lap than the previous Michigan track qualifying record of 194.232 mph, set by Ryan Newman in 2005.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-16-2012)

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #10-Raines, 1st out to qualify, 188.216mph, starts 41st
    #32-Schrader, 2nd out, 190.638, starts 40th
    #93-Kvapil, 3rd out, 193.107, starts 39th
    #74-Compton, 4th out, 193.606, DNQ
    #2-Keselowski, 5th out, 198.473, TRACK RECORD, starts 25th
    #78-Smith, 9th out, 200.725, TRACK RECORD, starts 12th
    #29-Harvick, 13th out, 202.037, TRACK RECORD, starts 2nd
    #9-Ambrose, 20th out, 203.241, TRACK RECORD, 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:
    #21-Trevor Bayne, 201.444
    #33-Austin Dillon, 199.540
    #23-Scott Riggs, 199.474
    #98-Michael McDowell, 198.118
    #19-Mike Bliss, 197.780
    #26-Josh Wise#, 197.669
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 196.770
    #49-J.J. Yeley, 195.117
    will miss the race:
    #30-David Stremme, 194.295
    #74-Stacy Compton, 193.606

  • Some qualifying notes:
    #29-Harvick got out of groove on warm up lap, stopped on track turned around to restart his lap, ended up taking provisional pole after 13 cars.
    #99-Edwards went out 28th, felt the engine flutter on warm-up lap, turned around to make another attempt, but on his 2nd warm-up lap, the car would not get up to speed and the run was aborted.

  • Happy Hour practice for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 80 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and some notes:
    #16-Biffle 204.708
    #9-Ambrose 203.551
    #29-Harvick 202.954
    #99-Edwards 202.943
    #27-Menard 201.737
    14 drivers were over 200 mph.
    slowest: #10-Raines 191.494 & #32-Schrader 192.318
    #1-McMurray, slapped the wall midway thru practice, but the team is making repairs to the car, mostly right side damage.
    See top speeds, laps run, best 10-lap average on the Michigan Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf).(6-15-2012)

  • 1st Friday practice for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 80 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and some notes:
    #55-Martin 201.376
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 200.803
    #21-Bayne 200.700
    #14-Stewart 200.736
    #17-Kenseth 200.574
    slowest: #10-Raines 190.562 and #32-Schrader 190.981
    Ten drivers were over 200mph. 42 of 45 drivers were faster then the track record of 194.232mph.
    This practice sets the order for qualifying with slowest going out first and fastest out last, scheduled for Saturday, June 16th at 1:00pm/et on SPEED.
    Happy Hour practice is scheduled for 3:00pm/et this afternoon and run 80 minutes.
    See top speeds, laps run, best 10-lap average on the Michigan Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(6-15-2012)

  • Go-or-go homers: where did the 10 cars outside the top-35 in owners points practice at Michigan
    these drivers would make the race if the things stay the same:
    #21-Bayne 3rd fastest overall
    #33-Dillon 13th
    #98-McDowell 19th
    #19-Bliss 21st
    #23-Riggs 27th
    #49-Yeley 28th
    #26-Wise 29th
    #87-Nemechek 32nd
    if things stay the same, these drivers would miss the race
    #30-Stremme 34th
    #74-Compton 42nd
    (6-15-2012)

  • Track records shattered in NASCAR practice at MIS UPDATES: The Sprint Cup Series qualifying record at Michigan International Speedway has been broken unofficially by several cars already this morning, at a special NASCAR test to acclimatize drivers to the newly repaved oval. Toyota driver #56-Martin Truex Jr. became the first NASCAR driver in MIS history to turn a 200-mph lap when he hit 200.261 this morning. Chevy's #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. was right behind him, at 200.206. Chevy drivers #42-Juan Pablo Montoya (199.440 mph) and #29-Kevin Harvick (199.236 mph) also flirted with the 200-mph threshold. #18-Kyle Busch went 194.789 in his Toyota and #24-Jeff Gordon 194.610 in another Chevrolet. The old track record was 194.232, set by Ryan Newman in a Dodge in 2005.(Detroit Free Press)
    UPDATES as I see or hear them on the speeds: #55-Martin fastest at Michigan with lap of 201.089 mph in testing. Then Harvick (200.999), Truex (200.306) & Dale Jr. (200.206).(Dustin Long Twitter)
    Practice can be followed live on NASCAR.com's Leaderboard
    The top five as of 11:00am/et after 3 hours of testing:
    #55-Martin 201.089
    #29-Harvick 200.999
    #56-Truex Jr. 200.306
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 200.206
    #14-Stewart 199.856
    41 cars have run laps so far with 39 over the old track record.
    The best 10 lap average was run by #18-Kyle Busch at 197.065mph.
    4 cars didn't test: #19-Bliss, #10-Raines, #32-Schrader & #49-Yeley.
    See the speeds, laps run, best 10-lap average on the Michigan Test Session 1 Speeds page (pdf)
    Test Session 2 - afternoon: top five speeds at end of the session:
    #14-Stewart 201.896
    #16-Biffle 201.556
    #51-Busch 201.174
    #29-Harvick 200.697
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 200.658
    7 cars were over 200mph, 43 cars have made runs with ALL being faster then the track record speed.
    2 cars didn't test: #10-Raines and #32-Schrader.
    See the speeds, laps run, best 10-lap average on the Michigan Test Session 2 Speeds page (pdf)
    No restrictor plates planned at MIS: NASCAR officials said they have no plan to add restrictor plates used at Daytona and Talladega to reduce speeds. Vice president of competition Robin Pemberton expected speeds to slow on their own as the track rubbers in and the temperature rises. Series director John Darby said NASCAR has a speed at which liftoff is a concern as is the case at Daytona and Talladega, and "we're not there yet."(ESPN)(6-14-2012)

  • 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
Quicken Loans 400
Michigan International Speedway

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manufactuer Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(sec)
1 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 203.241 35.426
2 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 202.037 35.637
3 16 Greg Biffle Ford 201.816 35.676
4 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 201.720 35.693
5 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 201.472 35.737
6 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 201.461 35.739
7 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Ford 201.444 35.742
8 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 201.370 35.755
9 20 Joey Logano Toyota 201.247 35.777
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 201.179 35.789
11 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 200.882 35.842
12 78 Regan Smith Chevy 200.725 35.870
13 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 200.686 35.877
14 55 Mark Martin Toyota 200.591 35.894
15 43 Aric Almirola Ford 200.390 35.930
16 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 200.384 35.931
17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 200.317 35.943
18 27 Paul Menard Chevy 200.133 35.976
19 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 200.111 35.980
20 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 199.944 36.010
21 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 199.612 36.070
22 33 Austin Dillon(i) Chevy 199.540 36.083
23 23 Scott Riggs Chevy 199.474 36.095
24 13 Casey Mears Ford 198.555 36.262
25 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 198.473 36.277
26 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 198.238 36.320
27 98 Michael McDowell Ford 198.118 36.342
28 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 197.922 36.378
29 19 Mike Bliss(i) Toyota 197.780 36.404
30 26 Josh Wise # Ford 197.699 36.419
31 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 197.395 36.475
32 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 197.087 36.532
33 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 197.055 36.538
34 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 197.028 36.543
35 38 David Gilliland Ford 196.829 36.580
36 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 196.818 36.582
37 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 196.770 36.591
38 34 David Ragan Ford 196.673 36.609
39 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 193.107 37.285
40-OP 32 Ken Schrader Ford 190.638 37.768
41-OP 10 Tony Raines Chevy 188.216 38.254
42-OP 99 Carl Edwards Ford 0.000 fuel problem
43 49 JJ Yeley Toyota 195.117 36.901
44-DNQ 30 David Stremme Toyota 194.295 37.057
45-DNQ 74 Stacy Compton Chevy 193.606 37.189

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
Quicken Loans 400
Michigan International 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 20 20 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 203.241 35.426 197.401 26 5.840 18
2 13 13 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 202.037 35.637 196.282 33 5.755 6
3 31 31 16 Greg Biffle Ford 201.816 35.676 199.093 15 2.723 3
4 38 38 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 201.720 35.693 200.507 8 1.213 17
5 32 32 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 201.472 35.737 199.358 14 2.114 15
6 41 41 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 201.461 35.739 200.574 5 0.887 1
7 43 43 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Ford 201.444 35.742 200.770 3 0.674 37-IN
8 42 42 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 201.370 35.755 200.736 4 0.634 8
9 21 21 20 Joey Logano Toyota 201.247 35.777 197.439 25 3.808 16
10 15 15 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 201.179 35.789 196.716 31 4.463 5
11 22 22 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 200.882 35.842 197.542 24 3.340 4
12 9 9 78 Regan Smith Chevy 200.725 35.870 195.982 37 4.743 24
13 35 35 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 200.686 35.877 199.917 11 0.769 9
14 45 45 55 Mark Martin Toyota 200.591 35.894 201.376 1 -0.785 13
15 24 24 43 Aric Almirola Ford 200.390 35.930 197.704 22 2.686 21
16 36 36 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 200.384 35.931 200.056 10 0.328 7
17 44 44 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 200.317 35.943 201.061 2 -0.744 2
18 37 37 27 Paul Menard Chevy 200.133 35.976 200.289 9 -0.156 14
19 23 23 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 200.111 35.980 197.563 23 2.548 20
20 16 16 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 199.944 36.010 196.823 30 3.121 25
21 40 40 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 199.612 36.070 200.552 6 -0.940 22
22 33 33 33 Austin Dillon(i) Chevy 199.540 36.083 199.568 13 -0.028 36-IN
23 19 19 23 Scott Riggs Chevy 199.474 36.095 197.228 27 2.246 43-IN
24 11 11 13 Casey Mears Ford 198.555 36.262 196.084 35 2.471 28
25 5 5 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 198.473 36.277 194.695 41 3.778 10
26 8 8 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 198.238 36.320 195.721 38 2.517 26
27 27 27 98 Michael McDowell Ford 198.118 36.342 198.539 19 -0.421 40-IN
28 39 39 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 197.922 36.378 200.540 7 -2.618 23
29 25 25 19 Mike Bliss(i) Toyota 197.780 36.404 198.003 21 -0.223 46-IN
30 17 17 26 Josh Wise # Ford 197.699 36.419 196.947 29 0.752 41-IN
31 6 6 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 197.395 36.475 194.963 40 2.432 27
32 7 7 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 197.087 36.532 195.355 39 1.732 34
33 10 10 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 197.055 36.538 196.020 36 1.035 19
34 34 34 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 197.028 36.543 199.645 12 -2.617 12
35 29 29 38 David Gilliland Ford 196.829 36.580 198.906 17 -2.077 30
36 26 26 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 196.818 36.582 198.528 20 -1.710 35
37 14 14 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 196.770 36.591 196.287 32 0.483 42-IN
38 30 30 34 David Ragan Ford 196.673 36.609 199.021 16 -2.348 29
39 18 18 49 JJ Yeley Toyota 195.117 36.901 197.034 28 -1.917 39-IN
40 12 12 30 David Stremme Toyota 194.295 37.057 196.207 34 -1.912 38-DNQ
41 4 4 74 Stacy Compton Chevy 193.606 37.189 194.631 42 -1.025 47-DNQ
42 3 3 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 193.107 37.285 193.247 43 -0.140 31
43 2 2 32 Ken Schrader Ford 190.638 37.768 190.981 44 -0.343 33
44 1 1 10 Tony Raines Chevy 188.216 38.254 190.562 45 -2.346 32
45 28 28 99 Carl Edwards Ford 0.000 fuel problem 198.566 18 x 11

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
Quicken Loans 400
Michigan International Speedway

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
First
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Owners
Points
Rank
1 10 Tony Raines Chevy 45 190.562 32
2 32 Ken Schrader Ford 44 190.981 33
3 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 43 193.247 31
4 74 Stacy Compton Chevy 42 194.631 47
5 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 41 194.695 10
6 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 40 194.963 27
7 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 39 195.355 34
8 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 38 195.721 26
9 78 Regan Smith Chevy 37 195.982 24
10 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 36 196.020 19
11 13 Casey Mears Ford 35 196.084 28
12 30 David Stremme Toyota 34 196.207 38
13 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 33 196.282 6
14 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 32 196.287 42
15 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 31 196.716 5
16 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 30 196.823 25
17 26 Josh Wise # Ford 29 196.947 41
18 49 JJ Yeley Toyota 28 197.034 39
19 23 Scott Riggs Chevy 27 197.228 43
20 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 26 197.401 18
21 20 Joey Logano Toyota 25 197.439 16
22 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 24 197.542 4
23 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 23 197.563 20
24 43 Aric Almirola Ford 22 197.704 21
25 19 Mike Bliss(i) Toyota 21 198.003 46
26 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 20 198.528 35
27 98 Michael McDowell Ford 19 198.539 40
28 99 Carl Edwards Ford 18 198.566 11
29 38 David Gilliland Ford 17 198.906 30
30 34 David Ragan Ford 16 199.021 29
31 16 Greg Biffle Ford 15 199.093 3
32 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 14 199.358 15
33 33 Austin Dillon(i) Chevy 13 199.568 36
34 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 12 199.645 12
35 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 11 199.917 9
36 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 10 200.056 7
37 27 Paul Menard Chevy 9 200.289 14
38 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 8 200.507 17
39 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 7 200.540 23
40 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 6 200.552 22
41 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 5 200.574 1
42 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 4 200.736 8
43 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Ford 3 200.770 37
44 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 2 201.061 2
45 55 Mark Martin Toyota 1 201.376 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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