Gatorade Duel 150's Daytona Qualifying Races

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Gatorade Duel 150's - scheduled to START at approx 2:00 pm/et on Thursday, February 23, 2012

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • Daytona 500 Starting Lineup

  • Kenseth wins Gatorade Duel 2: #17-Matt Kenseth won the 2nd Gatorade Duel 150 Qualifying Race for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway followed by #78-Smith, #48-Johnson, #33-Sadler, #16-Biffle, #20-Logano, #18-Busch, #24-Gordon, #39-Newman and #5-Kahne. #36-Blaney (12th) and #87-Nemechek (22nd) got the two transfer spots and will race in the Daytona 500. #26-Raines fell back early and will use qualifying speed to make the race. #32-Terry Labonte will use the past champions provisional to make the Daytona 500. #09-KWallace had fuel pressure issues and finiished 21st, failing to make the race. The average speed was 194.175mph. There were 7 lead changes among 5 drivers and 0 cautions for 0 laps.
    Go-or-Go Homers: making the Daytona 500 were #98-McDowell [transfer spot 6th Duel 1], #7-Gordon [transfer spot 9th Duel 1], #36-Blaney [transfer spot 12th Duel 2], #87-Nemechek [transfer spot 22nd Duel 2], #21-Bayne [qualifying speed], #26-Raines [qualifying speed],#30-Stremme [qualifying speed] and #32-Terry Labonte [past champions provisional].
    DNQ's not making the Daytona 500 were #09-KWallace, #40-Waltrip, #37-MWallace, #97-Elliott, #23-Richardson Jr. and #49-Yeley.
    See race results on the Gatorade Duel 150 Race 2 Results page (pdf) and see the Daytona 500 Starting Lineup page.(2-23-2012)

  • Stewart wins Gatorade Duel 1: #14-Tony Stewart won the 1st Gatorade Duel 150 Qualifying Race for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr., #9-Ambrose, #31-Burton, #99-Edwards, #98-McDowell, #29-Harvick, #22-Allmendinger, #7-Gordon and #1-McMurray. #98-McDowell and #7-Gordon got the two transfer spots and will race in the Daytona 500. #21-Bayne and #30-Stremme will have to use their qualifying speed to make the race, so Bayne will start 40th and Stremme 42nd. #32-Terry Labonte will probably use the past champions provisional to make the Daytona 500 but could still make the race via speed if #26-Raines and #09-KWallace use the transfer positions in the 2nd Duel, Labonte would be the 3rd fastest qualifier left. There were a few wrecks, the first early in the race when #38-Gilliland got tagged and shot up into #42-Montoya collecting #27-Menard and #2-Keselowski. #40-Waltrip made a late pit stop and came off pit road and got loose coming off the apron, shot up and went head first in to the wall, so Waltrip will not make the 500. On the final lap, #1-McMurray moved down, got in to #43-Almirola who tagged #10-Patrick, sending the #10 Chevy head first in to the SAFER wall. All drivers were reported to be ok. Looks like the #10, #27, #38 and #42 team will all have to go to backup cars.
    The average speed was 159.104mph. There were 8 lead changes among 5 drivers and 3 cautions for 8 laps.
    See race results on the Gatorade Duel 150 Race 1 Results page (pdf).(2-23-2012)

  • Coverage of the Qualifying races the Gatorade Duel 150's to make the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 2:00pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 2:00pm/et
    Green Flag approx 2:15pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Gatorade Duel 150's Re-Air: 8:00pm/et on SPEED

  • Gatorade Duel - To the Back: #15-Bowyer (failed post qual inspections); #5-Kahne (backup); #97-Elliott (engine)

  • The Daytona 500 is a different with the Qualifying Races, but the Top 35 are still guaranteed a starting spot, see the rules below click here.


Pit Stall Selections, chosen by fastest qualifyier




Pit Stall Selections, chosen by fastest qualifyier

  • Great Explanation on how to make the Daytona 500: #21-Trevor Bayne and #30-David Stremme from Duel 1 and #26-Tony Raines from Duel 2 are already locked into the Daytona 500 since they were the three fastest non-top 35 qualifiers. However, the incentive remains to finish in a transfer spot to improve starting position for the 500. Without a transfer spot, none of these three are slated to start better than 40th.
    " #32-Terry Labonte is locked into the Daytona 500 by virtue of the past series champion's provisional. However, he can also make the field via a transfer position or possibly fall back on qualifying speed, which would then shift the champion's provisional to #97-Bill Elliott should he need it.
    " There are multiple ways for #09-Kenny Wallace (Duel 2), #32-Terry Labonte (Duel 1), #26-Dave Blaney (Duel 2) and #40-Michael Waltrip (Duel 1) to make the Daytona 500 field. The easiest way, of course, is for each driver to finish in one of the two transfer spots in his qualifying race. Barring that ...
    " K. Wallace: He will make the Daytona 500 based on his speed from qualifying if ...
    Bayne, Raines or Stremme finish in a transfer spot in either qualifying race
    " T. Labonte: He will make the Daytona 500 based on his speed from qualifying if ...
    The two transfer spots in Duel 1 are filled by Bayne and Stremme
    OR
    At least one of the two transfer spots in Duel 1 is filled by Bayne or Stremme AND at least one of the two transfer spots in Duel 2 is filled by Raines or K. Wallace OR
    The two transfer spots in Duel 2 are filled by Raines and K. Wallace
    " Blaney: He will make the Daytona 500 based on his speed from qualifying if ...
    The two transfer spots in Duel 1 are filled by a combination of Bayne, Stremme or T. Labonte AND at least one of the two transfer spots in Duel 2 is filled by Raines or K. Wallace
    OR
    At least one of the two transfer spots in Duel 1 is filled by Bayne, Stremme or T. Labonte AND the two transfer spots in Duel 2 are filled by Raines and K. Wallace
    " Waltrip: He will make the Daytona 500 based on his speed from Sunday's qualifying if ...
    The two transfer spots in Duel 1 are filled by a combination of Bayne, Stremme or T. Labonte AND the two transfer spots in Duel 2 are filled by a combination of Raines, K. Wallace or Blaney
    " All other non-top 35 drivers must finish in one of the two transfer spots in his qualifying race to earn a starting spot in the Daytona 500.(more at CBS Sports)(2-23-2012)

  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 60 laps, 150 miles
    Tri-oval with 31-degree banking in the turns
    18-degree banking in the tri-oval and 6-degree banking on the straightaways
    Date track opened: 1959
    Banking in turns 1-4: 31 degrees
    Banking in tri-oval: 18 degrees
    Banking on backstretch: 3 degrees
    Banking on the straightaway: 6 degrees
    Length of frontstretch: 3,800 feet
    Length of backstretch: 3,400 feet
    Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
    Pace Car Speed: 70 mph
    Pit Road Length: 1,600 feet
    Pit Road Width: 50 feet

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Duel 1 Grand Marshal: Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte
    Duel 1 Command to start engines: Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte
    Duel 2 Grand Marshal: Harris Teeter's Steve Kravitz
    Duel 2 Command to start engines: Harris Teeter's Steve Kravitz
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
    Invocation: Dr. L. Ronald Durham, Great Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Daytona Beach, FL
    National Anthem: Catina Mack
    Military Flyover: 2 T-45 Goshawk, Naval Air Station, Meridian, MS

  • Elliott's team changes engines: Dawsonville's Bill Elliott NEMCO Motorsports team found a motor issues in his #97 Toyota after Wednesday's practice for today's Dual Qualifying races and had to make a motor change. Elliott, will have to start at the rear of the field in his dual race and must race his way into Sunday's Daytona 500. However, if past Cup Champion Terry Labonte races his way in [or uses qyalufiying speed to make the race], Elliott can use his Past Champion provisional to make the field.(41nbc.com)(2-23-2012)

  • 4th practice for the Daytona 500 [and Happy Hour for the Gatorade Duels] Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
    #43-Almirola 199.712
    #30-Stremme 199.331
    #78-Smith 198.360
    #23-Richardson Jr., 197.972
    #16-Biffle 197.655
    Slowest: #93-Reutimann 189.036 & #83-Cassill 189.143
    Only 25 cars ran the practice.
    Notes: for the most part cars were running in packs and the draft. Early in practice #42-Montoya got slightly into #5-Kahne off turn 4 in practice, #5 slid and bounced thru the tri-oval grass, lots of damage to the nose, going to a backup for the Gatorade Duels. Will go to the rear for the Duel, not the Daytona 500.
    See fastest speeds, 10 lap average, laps run on the Daytona Practice 4 Speeds page (pdf).(2-22-2012)

  • 3rd practice for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, the top 5, slowest and notes:
    #17-Kenseth 200.853
    #21-Bayne 200.817
    #6-Stenhouse Jr., 200.673
    #9-Ambrose 200.280
    #55-Martin 200.196
    Slowest: #48-Johnson 193.316 and #88-Earnhardt Jr. 194.999
    No speeds listed: #36-Raines, #30-Stremme, #37-MWallace, #61-Busch, #83-Cassill and #93-Reutimann.
    Notes: for the most part cars were running in packs and the draft. There was once incident when #15-Bowyer got into #2-Keselowski when the #2 slowed to avoid the #39-Newman car, the #2 slid thru the backstretch grass. There was a little damage to the car, but Keselowski doesn't plan to practice in the next practice.
    See fastest speeds, 10 lap average, laps run on the Daytona Practice 3 Speeds page (pdf).(2-22-2012)

  • NASCAR considering minor changes for Daytona UPDATE: NASCAR will consider minor adjustments to reduce the possibility of engines overheating prior to the Daytona 500. But otherwise officials were pleased with the results of Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout, the first race since implementing changes to reduce tandem racing. Vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said before Sunday's qualifying for the 500 that complaints from teams about overheating were "moderate'' at best. He said changes could come in the form of opening up the front grill slightly to allow more air flow or adjusting the pressure release valve. Pemberton said NASCAR will re-evaluate later in the week with temperatures expected to be much warmer during Thursday's qualifying races and Sunday's 500 than it was during the Shootout held at night. "We said all along there was potential to make adjustments,'' Pemberton said. Pemberton said there are no plans to tell drivers they cannot bump draft in the corners or make adjustments in the spoiler height to provide more stability. There were three major wrecks of eight, six and nine cars in the Shootout. "The drivers know they can't push on the left rear end,'' Pemberton said. "They have to get acclimated.''(ESPN.com)(2-20-2012)
    UPDATE: SPEED's NASCAR Live reports that NASCAR made a change, allowing the teams to change the PSI on the radiator pressure release valve from 25 psi to 28 psi.(2-22-2012)

  • Edwards wins Daytona 500 pole: #99-Carl Edwards won the pole for the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway with a lap of 194.738mph for his first Daytona 500 pole and 11th career pole and it is Roush Fenway Racing's 80th pole. Edwards is the 37th driver to win the Daytona 500 pole. #16-Biffle gets the outside pole and will start 2nd. Only Edwards and Biffle have secured their exact starting spot. #88-Earnhardt Jr was 3rd fastest followed by #9-Ambrose, #13-Mears, #24-Gordon, #56-Truex Jr., #6-Stenhouse Jr., #21-Bayne and #14-Stewart. Edwards will start from the pole in the first Gatorade Duel and Biffle will start 1st in the 2nd Gatorade Duel. #15-Bowyer has not passed the height sticks and his qualifying time disallowed
    #21-Bayne (9th), #26-Raines (26th) #30-Stremme (27th) all earned spots in the race as the three fastest drivers among those required to qualify on speed. #32-Terry Labonte will also start the race since he has a past champions provisional to use unless he races his way into one of the two spots available in the Duel he races or gets in by speed since he is 5th fastest of the go-or-go homers.
    If Bayne, Raines, or Stremme race into the Daytona 500 via the Gatorade Duels. #09-KWallace, #36-Blaney and/or #40-Waltrip could make the field via speed. #97-Elliott could use the past champions provisional if Terry Labonte races into the field or uses speed [5th best of go-or-go homers] to make the race.
    #15-Clint Bowyer had 22nd-fastest speed, but his car failed to pass post-qualifying inspection as the car did not meet front-end height requirements. So Bowyer will have to start at the rear of his Gatorade Duel, race 2. It doesn't effect his starting spot in the Daytona 500.
    With the exception of the front row, the starting lineup will be set by the Gatorade Duel races, scheduled for Thursday, February 23rd at 2:00pm/et on SPEED.(2-19-2012)

  • Duel wins doesn't equal 500 win: Only eight times has the winner of a 125 / 150-mile race gone on to win the Daytona 500:
    Fireball Roberts was the first to do so, in 1962
    Cale Yarborough did it twice, in 1977 and 1984
    others:
    Bill Elliott (1985)
    Bobby Allison (1988)
    Sterling Marlin (1995)
    Dale Earnhardt (1998)
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2004)

  • Qualifying: The top-two qualifiers will start on the front row for the 2012 Daytona 500: #99-Carl Edwards (first) and #16-Greg Biffle (second). The bottom line  for the 2012 Daytona 500 - is that the top-two qualifiers are in. The remaining top-35 guaranteed starters are in. Four drivers will make the field based on their performance in the Duels, leaving four positions in the starting field. The three fastest non-guaranteed starters, that do not race their way in by their finish in the Duels, will make the field because they will revert to their qualifying times: #21-Bayne, #26-Rainesl and #30-STremme. #32-Terry Labonte will be in on Past Champion provisional if he does not race his way in.

  • Gatorade Duel Assignment:
    " The eligible highest ranked 35 in 2011 car owner points are assigned to Gatorade Duel races based on their standing in the 2011 final car owner points. Odd-numbered owner points will compete in the first Gatorade Duel; even numbered owners will compete in the second. The only exception is that the fastest qualifier (Edwards) will compete in the first Gatorade Duel and the second fastest (Biffle) will compete in the second, regardless of 2011 car owner point standings.
    " The remaining teams are assigned to a Gatorade Duel based on qualifying times beginning with the fastest team  the #21 of Trevor Bayne. The final lineups will be 25 in Duel 1 and 24 cars in Duel 2.
    " Starting positions for the Gatorade Duels are based on qualifying times.

  • Drivers Locked IN:
    #99-Carl Edwards - pole winner
    #16-Greg Biffle - outside pole winner
    33 other drivers in the top 35 of 2011 owners pts

  • non top 35 owners pts drivers locked in:
    #21-Trevor Bayne - 1st fastest of drivers not on top-35
    #26-Tony Raines - 2nd fastest of dirvers not in top 35
    #30-David Stremme - 3rd fastest of dirvers not in top 35
    #32-Terry Labonte - past series champion

  • If any of the above four drivers NOT in the top-35 races into a transfer spot, 2 spots in each Duel
    the following four drivers could get via their qualifying speed:
    #09-KWallace - 4th fastest of dirvers not in top 35
    #32-TLabonte - 5th fastest of dirvers not in top 35 [past champ]
    #36-Blaney - 6th fastest of dirvers not in top 35
    #40-Waltrip - 7th fastest of dirvers not in top 35

  • If #32-Terry Labonte races into a transfer spot or makes the race via his qualifying speed, then the following driver could use a past chamnpions provisional if needed:
    #97-Bill Elliott (1988 Sprint Cup Champion)

  • Race info at: Daytona 500 Race Info Page

  • Event Entry List


Starting Line Up by Row
Daytona International Speedway
Gatorade Duel #1
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Sun, February 19, 2012 @ 05:03 PM Eastern
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Pos Car# Driver Manu / Sponsor Reason
1 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford won pole
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevy 7th owners pts
3 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 19
4 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(i) Ford EcoBoost Ford 23
5 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 1st fastest non top 35
6 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevy 1
7 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes Ford 15
8 27 Paul Menard Menards/Peak Chevy 17
9 34 David Ragan Scorpion Truck Bedliners Ford 31
10 22 AJ Allmendinger Shell Pennzoil Dodge 11
11 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 5
12 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevy 3
13 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevy 13
14 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 21
15 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 3rd fastest
16 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevy 27
17 10 Danica Patrick(i) GoDaddy.com Chevy 33
18 32 Terry Labonte [PC1] C&J Energy Ford 5th fastest
19 40 Michael Waltrip Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 7th fastest
20 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 9
21 98 Michael McDowell KLOVE/Curb Records Ford 9th fastest
22 83 Landon Cassill Burger King Toyota 25
23 38 David Gilliland MHP/Power Pak Pudding Ford 35
24 37 Mike Wallace(i) Poynt.com Ford 11th fastest
25 7 Robby Gordon MAPEI/Menards/SPEED Energy Dodge 13th fastest

GREEN = are locked in the Daytona 500 field, either by winning the pole, outside pole, three by speed and one past champion provisional if needed

BLUE = could make the field via their qualifying speed if the drivers who are locked in by speed, race into the field via a transfer spot, there are two in each Duel.

MAROON = not Top 35 2011 Owners Points but has a Champions Provisional Available. If #32-Labonte races into a transfer spot in the Gatorade Duel to make the Daytona 500 field, or is able to use his speed, 5th fastest, to make the field, #97-Elliott could use the past champions provisional if needed

RED = need to race in to make Daytona 500 field, via the two transfer spots in each Duel, and are not Top 35 2011 Owners Points

PC1 = is the first past champ eligible, PC2 is the 2nd...and so on if more

(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)

Gatorade Duel 150 Race 1 Starting Lineup (pdf)


Starting Line Up by Row
Daytona International Speedway
Gatorade Duel #2
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Sun, February 19, 2012 @ 05:30 PM Eastern
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Pos Car# Driver Manu / Sponsor Reason
1 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford outside pole winner
2 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 32nd owners pts
3 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevy 8
4 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 18
5 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Toyota 34
6 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevy 6
7 17 Matt Kenseth Best Buy Ford 4
8 39 Ryan Newman U.S. ARMY/Quicken Loans Chevy 10
9 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot Toyota 24
10 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevy 22
11 26 Tony Raines(i) Front Row Motorsports Ford 2nd fastest non top 35
12 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Brown Toyota 12
13 09 Kenny Wallace(i) American Ethanol Toyota 4th fastest
14 36 Dave Blaney Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevy 6th fastest
15 51 Kurt Busch Hendrickcars.com Chevy 30
16 33 Elliott Sadler(i) General Mills/Kroger Chevy 20
17 87 Joe Nemechek(i) AM FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota 8th fastest
18 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevy 26
19 47 Bobby Labonte Kroger Toyota 29 (A)
20 97 Bill Elliott AM FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota 10th fastest
21 93 David Reutimann Burger King Toyota 14
22 23 Robert Richardson Jr.(i) North Texas Pipe Toyota 12th fastest
23 49 JJ Yeley America Israel Racing Toyota 14th fastest
24 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 28

NOTE (A): #47 team which is in the 2nd Duel even thou it is odd number owners points and would normally be in the first, so the slowest top-35 driver from Duel 1 [#47 car] was moved to Duel 2 to even out the races as the pole sitter, who starts Duel 1 on the pole is an even numbered owners points car and otherwise would had been in Duel 2

GREEN = are locked in the Daytona 500 field, either by winning the pole, outside pole, three by speed and one past champion provisional if needed

BLUE = could make the field via their qualifying speed if the drivers who are locked in by speed, race into the field via a transfer spot, there are two in each Duel.

MAROON = not Top 35 2011 Owners Points but has a Champions Provisional Available. If #32-Labonte races into a transfer spot in the Gatorade Duel to make the Daytona 500 field, or is able to use his speed, 5th fastest, to make the field, #97-Elliott could use the past champions provisional if needed

RED = need to race in to make Daytona 500 field, via the two transfer spots in each Duel, and are not Top 35 2011 Owners Points

PC1 = is the first past champ eligible, PC2 is the 2nd...and so on if more

(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)

Gatorade Duel 150 Race 2 Starting Lineup (pdf)


NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Daytona 500 Time Trial Results
Daytona International Speedway
Sun, February 19, 2012 @ 04:30 PM Eastern
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

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 5 5 99 Carl Edwards Ford 194.738 46.216 192.489 10 2.249 2-IN-Pole
2 9 10 16 Greg Biffle Ford 194.087 46.371 193.395 1 0.692 16-IN-outside pole
3 25 25 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 194.038 46.383 192.806 6 1.232 7
4 10 9 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 193.999 46.392 193.349 2 0.650 19
5 4 4 13 Casey Mears Ford 193.844 46.429 190.634 31 3.210 32
6 16 16 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 193.803 46.439 193.150 3 0.653 8
7 27 27 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 193.665 46.472 191.522 23 2.143 18
8 23 23 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(i) Ford 193.665 46.472 192.082 12 1.583 23
9 38 38 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Ford 193.615 46.484 192.881 4 0.734 37-IN-Speed
10 11 11 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 193.607 46.486 192.707 7 0.900 1
11 30 30 55 Mark Martin Toyota 193.503 46.511 192.263 11 1.240 34
12 24 24 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 193.449 46.524 191.951 15 1.498 6
13 14 14 43 Aric Almirola Ford 193.382 46.540 192.641 9 0.741 15
14 1 1 27 Paul Menard Chevy 193.374 46.542 192.810 5 0.564 17
15 34 34 34 David Ragan Ford 193.249 46.572 191.095 26 2.154 31
16 28 28 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 193.245 46.573 192.649 8 0.596 4
17 8 8 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 193.224 46.578 191.530 22 1.694 10
18 20 20 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 193.121 46.603 191.775 18 1.346 11
19 13 13 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 192.992 46.634 191.714 19 1.278 5
20 18 18 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 192.914 46.653 191.967 14 0.947 3
21 6 6 20 Joey Logano Toyota 192.868 46.664 191.644 20 1.224 24
22 17 17 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 192.777 46.686 191.640 21 1.137 13
23 19 19 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 192.600 46.729 191.849 16 0.751 21
24 31 31 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 192.583 46.733 191.828 17 0.755 22
25 42 42 26 Tony Raines(i) Ford 192.534 46.745 189.942 38 2.592 48-IN-Speed
26 48 48 30 David Stremme Toyota 191.963 46.884 190.682 30 1.281 43-IN-Speed
27 22 22 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 191.873 46.906 190.763 28 1.110 12
28 2 2 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 191.840 46.914 189.609 39 2.231 27
29 12 12 10 Danica Patrick(i) Chevy 191.738 46.939 191.975 13 -0.237 33
30 40 40 09 Kenny Wallace(i) Toyota 191.567 46.981 191.201 25 0.366 x
31 44 44 32 Terry Labonte [PC1] Ford 191.522 46.992 190.331 33 1.191 x-IN-champ
32 41 41 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 191.506 46.996 190.054 36 1.452 44
33 3 3 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 191.363 47.031 190.929 27 0.434 30
34 21 21 33 Elliott Sadler(i) Chevy 191.270 47.054 190.714 29 0.556 20
35 39 39 40 Michael Waltrip Toyota 191.180 47.076 190.235 34 0.945 46
36 37 37 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 191.160 47.081 190.026 37 1.134 42
37 7 7 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 191.127 47.089 190.541 32 0.586 9
38 29 29 78 Regan Smith Chevy 191.053 47.107 190.166 35 0.887 26
39 49 49 98 Michael McDowell Ford 190.990 47.123 189.326 41 1.664 40
40 26 26 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 190.905 47.144 188.009 45 2.896 25
41 35 35 38 David Gilliland Ford 190.046 47.357 188.592 43 1.454 35
42 15 15 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 190.022 47.363 189.342 40 0.680 29
43 36 36 97 Bill Elliott [PC2] Toyota 189.950 47.405 189.076 42 0.874 55-PC
44 43 43 37 Mike Wallace(i) Ford 189.853 47.405 188.288 44 1.565 39
45 33 33 93 David Reutimann Toyota 189.235 47.560 187.527 46 1.708 14
46 45 45 23 Robert Richardson Jr.(i) Chevy 188.438 47.761 184.441 49 3.997 61
47 47 47 7 Robby Gordon Dodge 188.229 47.814 186.834 47 1.395 38
48 46 46 49 JJ Yeley Toyota 187.954 47.884 186.621 48 1.333 x
49 32 32 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 0.000 disallowed 191.396 24 0.000 28

GREEN = are locked in the Daytona 500 field, either by winning the pole, outside pole, three by speed and one past champion provisional if needed

BLUE = could make the field via their qualifying speed if the drivers who are locked in by speed, race into the field via a transfer spot, there are two in each Duel.

MAROON = not Top 35 2011 Owners Points but has a Champions Provisional Available. If #32-Labonte races into a transfer spot in the Gatorade Duel to make the Daytona 500 field, or is able to use his speed, 5th fastest, to make the field, #97-Elliott could use the past champions provisional if needed

RED = need to race in to make Daytona 500 field, via the two transfer spots in each Duel, and are not Top 35 2011 Owners Points

PC1 = is the first past champ eligible, PC2 is the 2nd...and so on if more

(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 Procedure for the Gatorade Duels/Daytona 500:

    Pole Day: This "locks in" the first two positions  the front row  for the Daytona 500. It also establishes the starting orders for the Gatorade Duel at Daytona, which are two 150-mile qualifying races for the Daytona 500.

    The fastest car earns the pole for the Daytona 500 AND the pole for the first Gatorade Duel race.

    The second-fastest car earns the outside pole for the Daytona 500 AND the pole for the second Gatorade Duel race.

    The Gatorade Duel at Daytona: These two 150-mile qualifying races set positions 3-39 for the Daytona 500.

    A combined total of 66 cars will be allowed into the two Gatorade Duel races.

    Cars must compete in one of the Gatorade Duel races, in order to race in the Daytona 500.

    Odd-number finishers in the final 2006 car owner point standings (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) are in the first Gatorade Duel race.

    Even-number finishers in the final 2006 car owner point standings (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.) are in the second Gatorade Duel race.

    Additional qualified cars that weren't in the final 2006 top 35 are alternated between the two Gatorade Duel fields using an odd-even format.

    Setting the Daytona 500 field:
    Cars that finished in the top 35 in the 2006 car owner point standings automatically make the Daytona 500 field.
    The top two starting positions are determined by Pole Day qualifying speeds.
    Positions 3-39 are determined by finishing orders in the Gatorade Duel races.
    The final four spots in the 43-car field will be based on Pole Day qualifying speeds of cars that have not already earned a starting position. However, if there is an eligible Sprint Cup Series past champion entered who has not already qualified, that past champion will receive the 43rd and final position. If there is more than one past champion eligible for this berth, it goes to the most recent champion.

    another way to look at it:

    The following cars will be assigned to the first of the two qualifying races:

    The odd-number positions (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) of the highest-ranked 35 finishers in the final previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car owner points standings.

    The pole winner from Pole Qualifying scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 8. Should the pole winner be among the highest-ranked 35 in the the previous season owner points, the pole winner will start in the first race regardless of his odd or even position in those standings. The following cars will be assigned to the second of the two qualifying races:

    The even-number positions (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.) of the highest-ranked 35 finishers in the final previous season NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car owner points standings.

    The second-fastest qualifier from Pole Qualifying. Should this car be among the highest-ranked 35 in the previous season owner points, it will start in the second race regardless of its odd or even position in those standings. Additional cars that were not among the highest-ranked 35 in the final previous season car owner points will be alternated between the first and second 150-mile qualifying events using an odd-even format. The odd-number positions will be assigned to the first qualifier while the even-number positions will be assigned to the second qualifier.

    The odd-even positions are not determined by where the car qualified in the overall field, but their specific qualifying order among those cars not part of the highest-ranked 35 group. For example, a car qualifies eighth overall in Pole qualifying, but ranks third-fastest among those cars not part of the highest-ranked 35. That car would be an odd-number position and start in the first race as a result of its qualifying standing of those cars not in the highest-ranked 35.

    The lineup for each qualifying race will be set based upon the qualifying speeds in the time trials for all cars, including those who are among the highest-ranked 35 in the finalprevious season car owner point standings. The highest-ranked 35 designation does not determine the car's starting position, only the assignment of its 150-mile qualifying event.

    A maximum of 66 cars will be permitted to compete between the two qualifying races, and all cars must compete in one of these events to be eligible for the Daytona 500.

    Starting positions for the Daytona 500 will be designated for the highest-ranked 35 positions from the final previous season car owner point standings from each qualifier, the two-highest finishing cars in each qualifier not among that highest-ranked 35 group and the two front-row qualifiers.

    The balance of the 43-car field will be filled by the fastest remaining qualifiers who have not earned a starting position, with the exception of the 43rd position which will be assigned to an eligible former or current Sprint Cup Series champion. Should there not be an eligible champion, the position will be assigned to the next fastest qualifier not in the field.

  • The simple version: how the Daytona 500 lineup is set:
    Pos 1 and 2: Pole sitter and outside pole sitter from qualifying
    [no need to be top 35 in prevoius season car Owners Points]

    Pos 3 thru 39: top 35 in prevoius season car owners points and two highest finishing teams in each Gatorade Duel races race NOT in the top 35 set by their finishing postion in the Gatorade Duel races.

    Pos 40-42: fastest qualifiers not in by above

    Pos 43: past champion provisional - at this point only. Otherwise the spot goes to the next fastest qualifier.

  • The Gatorade Duel races: The Daytona 500 pole-sitter will start on the pole of the first Gatorade Duel at Daytona. The outside pole winner will start on the pole of the second qualifying race.

    Cars that finished in odd positions (first, third, fifth, etc.) in owner's points last season will fill the first qualifying race, and those with even-number finishes will compete in the second race. The lineup for each qualifying race will be set based on the qualifying speeds. Owner's points do not determine the car's starting position, only which of the two Duel races in which it will race.

    Cars that were not among the highest-ranked 35 in the previous season will be alternately entered into the two 150-mile qualifying events based on qualifying speeds. The non-top 35 car with the fastest qualifying time is entered into the first (odd) Duel race, the next-fastest in the second (even) race and so on.

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