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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 5:10 pm/et on Friday, June 29, 2012

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled for Friday, June 29, 2012 at 5:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 5:00pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performace Racing Network.
    Scheduled qualifying re-air: 1:00am/et

  • July 2011 Pole Sitter: #18-Kyle Busch, none due to inclement weather, WON

  • Track Qualifying Record: none

  • Fastest First Practice Speed: #24-Gordon, 175.097mph, scheduled to qualify 30th 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


  • Johnson wins pole at Kentucky: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the pole for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway with a speed of 181.818mph, a new track record, for his 1st pole of 2012 and 26th career pole.
    #18-Busch will start 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #29-Harvick, #39-Newman, #15-Bowyer, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #2-Keselowski, #24-Gordon, and #56-Truex, Jr.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #95-Speed, #87-Nemechek, #26-Wise, #30-Stremme, #98-McDowell, #23-Riggs,#19-Bliss, #33-Leicht.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (2):#49-Yeley, #52-Skinner.
    The session was halted for about 20 minutes when high winds moved across the track.
    See qualifying results & starting lineup below or on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(6-29-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Kentucky:
    Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 2nd Annual Quaker State 400 with a lap of 29.700 seconds, 181.818 mph.
    This is his 26th pole in 380 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and 11th top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his first pole in two races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Kyle Busch (second) posted his ninth top-10 start of 2012 and his second in two races at Kentucky Speedway.
    Denny Hamlin (third) posted his first top-10 start at Kentucky Speedway. It is his ninth in 17 races this season.
    Josh Wise (30th) was the fastest qualifying rookie. (NASCAR Statistics)(6-29-2012)

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #32-Schrader, 1st out to qualify, 168.534mph, starts 41st
    #98-McDowell, 2nd out to qualify, 174.402mph, starts 35th
    #34-Ragan, 4th out to qualify, 174.695mph, starts 33rd
    #30-Stremme, 6th out to qualify, 174.757mph, starts 32nd
    #47-Labonte, 7th out to qualify, 175.615mph, starts 28th
    #87-Nemechek, 15th out to qualify, 175.730mph, starts 27th
    #95-Speed, 17th out to qualify, 176.505mph, starts 24th
    #14-Stewart, 22nd out to qualify, 177.801mph, starts 22nd
    #5-Kahne, 23rd out to qualify, 178.512mph, starts 19th
    #16-Biffle, 26th out to qualify, 179.754mph, starts 11th
    #24-Gordon, 30th out to qualify, 180.036mph, starts 9th
    #39-Newman, 32nd out to qualify, 180.337mph, starts 5th
    #29-Harvick, 38th out to qualify, 180.367mph, starts 4th
    #11-Hamlin, 39th out to qualify, 181.147mph, starts 3rd
    #48-Johnson, 43rd out to qualify, 181.818mph, 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:
    #95-Scott Speed, 176.505
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 175.730
    #26-Josh Wise#, 175.080
    #30-David Stremme, 174.757
    #98-Michael McDowell, 174.402
    #23-Scott Riggs, 174.345
    #19-Mike Bliss, 174.272
    #33-Stephen Leicht, 173.132
    will miss the race:
    #49-J.J. Yeley, 172.612
    #52-Mike Skinner, 171.876

  • 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
Quaker State 400
Kentucky Speedway

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manufactuer Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(sec)
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Dover White Chevy 181.818 29.700
2 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Red-White-Blue Toyota 181.421 29.765
3 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 181.147 29.810
4 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevy 180.367 29.939
5 39 Ryan Newman Tornados Chevy 180.337 29.944
6 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 180.228 29.962
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Diet Mnt.Dew/National Guard Chevy 180.222 29.963
8 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 180.204 29.966
9 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevy 180.036 29.994
10 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 179.964 30.006
11 16 Greg Biffle American Red Cross Ford 179.754 30.041
12 9 Marcos Ambrose Mac Tools Ford 179.509 30.082
13 43 Aric Almirola Eckrich Ford 179.336 30.111
14 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Construction Services, Inc. Chevy 179.206 30.133
15 27 Paul Menard Menards/Sylvania Chevy 179.075 30.155
16 22 AJ Allmendinger Shell Pennzoil Dodge 179.045 30.160
17 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevy 178.992 30.169
18 20 Joey Logano Dollar General Toyota 178.867 30.190
19 5 Kasey Kahne Quaker State Chevy 178.737 30.212
20 17 Matt Kenseth Fifth Third Bank Ford 178.230 30.298
21 13 Casey Mears Valvoline NextGen Ford 177.825 30.367
22 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevy 177.801 30.371
23 83 Landon Cassill Burger King Toyota 177.020 30.505
24 95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 176.505 30.594
25 99 Carl Edwards UPS Ford 176.217 30.644
26 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Chevy 175.970 30.687
27 87 Joe Nemechek(i) AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota 175.730 30.729
28 47 Bobby Labonte Scott Products Toyota 175.615 30.749
29 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevy 175.211 30.820
30 26 Josh Wise # MDS Transport Ford 175.080 30.843
31 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 175.063 30.846
32 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 174.757 30.900
33 34 David Ragan Front Row Motorsports Ford 174.695 30.911
34 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King Toyota 174.402 30.963
35 98 Michael McDowell Presbyterian Health Care Ford 174.402 30.963
36 23 Scott Riggs North TX Pipe Chevy 174.345 30.973
37 19 Mike Bliss(i) Humphrey Smith Racing, LLC Toyota 174.272 30.986
38 10 David Reutimann Outsourcing in the USA@TMone Chevy 173.511 31.122
39 55 Michael Waltrip Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 172.199 31.359
40 38 David Gilliland Taco Bell Ford 170.573 31.658
41 32 Ken Schrader Federated Auto Parts Ford 168.534 32.041
42 36 Dave Blaney SealWrap Chevy 0.000 0.000
43 33 Stephen Leicht # LittleJoesAuto.com Chevy 173.132 31.190
DNQ 49 J.J. Yeley JPO Absorbents Toyota 172.612 31.284
DNQ 52 Mike Skinner CrusaderStaffing.com Toyota 171.876 31.418

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
Quaker State 400
Kentucky 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 43 43 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 181.818 29.700 176.540 3 5.278 4
2 45 45 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 181.421 29.765 177.801 1 3.620 13
3 39 39 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 181.147 29.810 175.919 7 5.228 8
4 38 38 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 180.367 29.939 175.896 8 4.471 6
5 32 32 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 180.337 29.944 175.456 14 4.881 14
6 42 42 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 180.228 29.962 176.488 4 3.740 7
7 44 44 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 180.222 29.963 176.817 2 3.405 3
8 34 34 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 180.204 29.966 175.610 12 4.594 10
9 30 30 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 180.036 29.994 175.296 16 4.740 19
10 41 41 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 179.964 30.006 176.327 5 3.637 9
11 26 26 16 Greg Biffle Ford 179.754 30.041 174.718 20 5.036 2
12 36 36 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 179.509 30.082 175.856 10 3.653 17
13 40 40 43 Aric Almirola Ford 179.336 30.111 175.936 6 3.400 22
14 31 31 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 179.206 30.133 175.376 15 3.830 25
15 33 33 27 Paul Menard Chevy 179.075 30.155 175.524 13 3.551 15
16 35 35 22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge 179.045 30.160 175.741 11 3.304 24
17 37 37 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 178.992 30.169 175.890 9 3.102 21
18 29 29 20 Joey Logano Toyota 178.867 30.190 175.200 17 3.667 16
19 23 23 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 178.512 30.250 174.255 23 4.257 18
20 27 27 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 178.230 30.298 175.029 19 3.201 1
21 25 25 13 Casey Mears Ford 177.825 30.367 174.644 21 3.181 28
22 22 22 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 177.801 30.371 173.723 24 4.078 5
23 24 24 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 177.020 30.505 174.362 22 2.658 32
24 18 17 95 Scott Speed Ford 176.505 30.594 173.405 28 3.100 45-IN
25 21 20 99 Carl Edwards Ford 176.217 30.644 173.689 25 2.528 11
26 28 28 78 Regan Smith Chevy 175.970 30.687 175.154 18 0.816 26
27 15 15 87 Joe Nemechek (i) Toyota 175.730 30.729 173.071 31 2.659 42-IN
28 9 8 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 175.615 30.749 171.554 37 4.061 27
29 14 14 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 175.211 30.820 173.055 32 2.156 20
30 20 19 26 Josh Wise # Ford 175.080 30.843 173.600 26 1.480 41-IN
31 16 21 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 175.063 30.846 173.227 30 1.836 23
32 8 6 30 David Stremme Toyota 174.757 30.900 171.369 38 3.388 39-IN
33 5 5 34 David Ragan Ford 174.695 30.911 170.519 41 4.176 29
34 13 13 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 174.402 30.963 172.353 33 2.049 31
35 2 2 98 Michael McDowell Ford 174.402 30.963 170.047 44 4.355 40-IN
36 17 16 23 Scott Riggs Chevy 174.345 30.973 173.399 29 0.946 43-IN
37 12 11 19 Mike Bliss (i) Toyota 174.272 30.986 172.293 34 1.979 44-IN
38 10 9 10 David Reutimann Chevy 173.511 31.122 171.565 36 1.946 34
39 7 7 33 Stephen Leicht # Chevy 173.132 31.190 171.200 39 1.932 36-IN
40 11 10 49 J.J. Yeley Toyota 172.612 31.284 171.647 35 0.965 38-DNQ
41 19 18 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 172.199 31.359 173.422 27 -1.223 12
42 6 12 52 Mike Skinner Toyota 171.876 31.418 170.611 40 1.265 51-DNQ
43 3 3 38 David Gilliland Ford 170.573 31.658 170.106 43 0.467 30
44 1 1 32 Ken Schrader Ford 168.534 32.041 169.422 45 -0.888 33
45 4 4 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 0.000 0.000 170.492 42 -170.492 35

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
Quaker State 400
Kentucky Speedway

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
First
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Owners
Points
Rank
1 32 Ken Schrader Ford 169.422 45 33
2 98 Michael McDowell Ford 170.047 44 40
3 38 David Gilliland Ford 170.106 43 30
4 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 170.492 42 35
5 34 David Ragan Ford 170.519 41 29
6 52 Mike Skinner Toyota 170.611 40 51
7 33 Stephen Leicht # Chevy 171.200 39 36
8 30 David Stremme Toyota 171.369 38 39
9 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 171.554 37 27
10 10 David Reutimann Chevy 171.565 36 34
11 49 JJ Yeley Toyota 171.647 35 38
12 19 Mike Bliss(i) Toyota 172.293 34 44
13 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 172.353 33 31
14 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 173.055 32 20
15 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 173.071 31 42
16 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 173.227 30 23
17 23 Scott Riggs Chevy 173.399 29 43
18 95 Scott Speed Ford 173.405 28 45
19 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 173.422 27 12
20 26 Josh Wise # Ford 173.600 26 41
21 99 Carl Edwards Ford 173.689 25 11
22 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 173.723 24 5
23 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 174.255 23 18
24 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 174.362 22 32
25 13 Casey Mears Ford 174.644 21 28
26 16 Greg Biffle Ford 174.718 20 2
27 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 175.029 19 1
28 78 Regan Smith Chevy 175.154 18 26
29 20 Joey Logano Toyota 175.200 17 16
30 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 175.296 16 19
31 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 175.376 15 25
32 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 175.456 14 14
33 27 Paul Menard Chevy 175.524 13 15
34 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 175.610 12 10
35 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 175.741 11 24
36 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 175.856 10 17
37 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 175.890 9 21
38 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 175.896 8 6
39 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 175.919 7 8
40 43 Aric Almirola Ford 175.936 6 22
41 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 176.327 5 9
42 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 176.488 4 7
43 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 176.540 3 4
44 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 176.817 2 3
45 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 177.801 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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