Qualifying Order, Results and Starting Lineup

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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 11:40 am/et on Saturday, August 11, 2012

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Finger Lakes 355(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 11:40am/et.
    TV: ESPN2 - 11:30am/et
    Scheduled qualifying re-air: none

  • 2011 Pole Sitter: #18-Kyle Busch, 126.421, finished 3rd

  • Track Qualifying Record: Kyle Busch, August 2011, 126.421mph

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Steve Park, August 2000, started 18th

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon (08/09/1998 - 27 years, 0 months, 5 days)

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Morgan Shepherd (08/13/1989 - 47 years, 10 months, 1 days)

  • Fastest First Practice Speed: #51-Busch, 125.055mph, scheduled to qualify 43rd out of 43 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


  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Finger Lakes 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 11:40am/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2, 11:30am/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Montoya wins pole at Watkins Glen: #42-Juan Pablo Montoya won the pole for the Finger Lakes 355(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International with a speed of 127.020mph for his 2nd pole of 2012 and 9th career pole. Montoya has not won a race from the pole position.
    #18-Busch will start 2nd followed by #48-Johnson, #2-Keselowski, #9-Ambrose, #39-Newman, #14-Stewart, #15-Bowyer, #56-Truex, Jr. & #1-McMurray.
    #93-Kvapil wrecked on qualifying lap, hitting the wall in turn 7 and will go to a backup car.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #98-McDowell, #95-Speed, #87-Nemechek, #26-Wise, #33-Leicht, #19-Cook, #49-Leffler and #30-Long.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (0): none, only 43 cars entered.
    See qualifying results & starting lineup below or on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(8-11-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Watkins Glen:
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 27th Annual Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen with a lap of 69.438 seconds, 127.020 mph - a new track record.
    This is his ninth pole in 203 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and third top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his first pole in six races at Watkins Glen International.
    #18-Kyle Busch (second) posted his 12th top-10 start of 2012 and his seventh in eight races at Watkins Glen International.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his ninth top-10 start at Watkins Glen International. It is his 15th in 22 races this season.
    #26-Josh Wise (38th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-11-2012)

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #30-Long, 1st out to qualify, 117.551mph, starts 43rd
    #19-Cook, 2nd out, 118.879, starts 40th
    #33-Leicht, 3rd out, 122.335, starts 39th
    #26-Wise, 5th out, 122.531, starts 38th
    #83-Cassill, 6th out, 123.471, starts 35th
    #34-Ragan, 9th out, 123.868, starts 32nd
    #47-Labonte, 12th out, 124.715, starts 26th
    #1-McMurray, 14th out, 125.959, starts 10th
    #15-Bowyer, 25th out, 126.061, starts 8th
    #42-Montoya, 32nd out, 127.020 [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
    [43 entered for 43 spots]:
    have qualified for the race:
    #98-Michael McDowell, 125.713
    #95-Scott Speed, 125.334
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 123.436
    #26-Josh Wise#, 122.531
    #33-Stephen Leicht, 122.335
    #19-Chris Cook, 118.879
    #49-Jason Leffler, 118.742
    #30-Patrick Long, 117.551
    will miss the race:
    none, only 43 cars entered

  • Friday practice: for the Finger Lakes 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is over, after approx 60 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest, notes:
    #51-Busch 125.055
    #39-Newman 124.406
    #2-Keselowski 124.126
    #14-Stewart 124.120
    #24-Gordon 124.044
    slowest: #30-Long 117.743 & #19-Cook 119.645
    notes: the first practice was rained out so this practice will set the qualifying order. A Saturday morning Sprint Cup practice has been added, scheduled to run 8:00-9:25am/et, no word yet on any TV coverage.
    Qualifying is scheduled for 11:40am/et on Saturday, August 11th and to be aired on ESPN2.
    #31-Burton got his backup out and was up to speed. #11-Hamlin got his backup out and it started smoking, so he took it back to the garage. #30-Long lost an engine just after midway, leaving oil on the track, #11-Hamlin then wrecked and #31-Burton ran into the #11, the #11 and #31 will both go to backup cars. #18-Busch spun out off turn 5. #93-Kvapil spun out in turn one, was was able to drive on with no damage.
    See speeds and laps run on the Watkins Glen practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(8-10-2012)

  • 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
Finger Lakes 355
Watkins Glen International

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manufactuer Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(sec)
1 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 127.020 69.438
2 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 126.928 69.488
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Cortez Silver Chevy 126.925 69.490
4 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 126.626 69.654
5 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 126.524 69.710
6 39 Ryan Newman U.S. ARMY Chevy 126.312 69.827
7 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevy 126.150 69.917
8 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 126.061 69.966
9 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 126.049 69.973
10 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevy 125.959 70.023
11 98 Michael McDowell TRAQM Ford 125.713 70.160
12 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevy 125.643 70.199
13 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row/Farm American Chevy 125.612 70.216
14 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot Toyota 125.518 70.269
15 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 125.516 70.270
16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevy 125.500 70.279
17 22 Sam Hornish Jr.(i) Shell Pennzoil Dodge 125.419 70.324
18 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 125.409 70.330
19 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevy 125.389 70.341
20 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevy 125.339 70.369
21 95 Scott Speed TWD Ford 125.334 70.372
22 27 Paul Menard Menards/Rheem Chevy 125.199 70.448
23 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 125.080 70.515
24 17 Matt Kenseth Ford EcoBoost Ford 124.917 70.607
25 32 Boris Said Hendrickcars.com Ford 124.791 70.678
26 47 Bobby Labonte Miller Welders/Freightliner Toyota 124.715 70.721
27 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Construction Services Inc. Chevy 124.455 70.869
28 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevy 124.208 71.010
29 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 124.187 71.022
30 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 124.131 71.054
31 36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy 124.108 71.067
32 34 David Ragan Scorpion Coatings/Al's Liners Ford 123.868 71.205
33 55 Brian Vickers MyClassicGarage.com Toyota 123.710 71.296
34 38 David Gilliland Mod Space Ford 123.576 71.373
35 83 Landon Cassill Burger King/Dr. Pepper Toyota 123.471 71.434
36 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Genny Light/AM/FM Energy Toyota 123.436 71.454
37 10 JJ Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy 123.270 71.550
38 26 Josh Wise # MDS Transport Ford 122.531 71.982
39 33 Stephen Leicht # LittleJoesAuto.com Chevy 122.335 72.097
40 19 Chris Cook Plinker Tactical Toyota 118.879 74.193
41 49 Jason Leffler(i) America Israel Racing Toyota 118.742 74.279
42-OP 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King/Dr. Pepper Toyota 0.000 wreck
43 30 Patrick Long Inception Motorsports Toyota 117.551 75.031

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 = new track qualifying speed.

# 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
Finger Lakes 355
Watkins Glen International

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 32 32 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 127.020 69.438 123.581 12 3.439 22
2 35 35 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 126.928 69.488 123.753 9 3.175 16
3 36 36 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 126.925 69.490 123.781 8 3.144 4
4 41 41 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 126.626 69.654 124.126 3 2.500 7
5 37 37 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 126.524 69.710 123.948 7 2.576 19
6 42 42 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 126.312 69.827 124.406 2 1.906 15
7 40 40 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 126.150 69.917 124.12 4 2.030 6
8 25 25 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 126.061 69.966 122.941 19 3.120 10
9 33 33 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 126.049 69.973 123.703 11 2.346 5
10 14 14 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 125.959 70.023 121.811 30 4.148 20
11 26 26 98 Michael McDowell Ford 125.713 70.160 122.97 18 2.743 41-IN
12 39 39 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 125.643 70.199 124.044 5 1.599 14
13 27 27 78 Regan Smith Chevy 125.612 70.216 123.064 17 2.548 26
14 29 29 20 Joey Logano Toyota 125.518 70.269 123.353 15 2.165 18
15 34 34 16 Greg Biffle Ford 125.516 70.270 123.737 10 1.779 3
16 16 16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 125.500 70.279 122.406 28 3.094 1
17 19 19 22 Sam Hornish Jr.(i) Dodge 125.420 70.324 122.563 25 2.857 24
18 38 38 99 Carl Edwards Ford 125.409 70.330 124.009 6 1.400 12
19 30 30 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 125.389 70.341 123.384 14 2.005 9
20 28 28 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 125.339 70.369 123.31 16 2.029 11
21 18 18 95 Scott Speed Ford 125.334 70.372 122.517 26 2.817 45-IN
22 24 24 27 Paul Menard Chevy 125.199 70.448 122.874 20 2.325 17
23 21 21 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 125.080 70.515 122.665 23 2.415 8
24 31 31 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 124.917 70.607 123.415 13 1.502 2
25 22 22 32 Boris Said Ford 124.791 70.678 122.828 22 1.963 34
26 12 12 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 124.715 70.721 121.242 32 3.473 25
27 43   51 Kurt Busch Chevy 124.455 70.869 125.055 1 -0.600 27
28 15 15 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 124.208 71.010 122.178 29 2.030 21
29 17 17 43 Aric Almirola Ford 124.187 71.022 122.485 27 1.702 23
30 23 23 13 Casey Mears Ford 124.131 71.054 122.829 21 1.302 28
31 13 13 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 124.108 71.067 121.519 31 2.589 36
32 9 9 34 David Ragan Ford 123.868 71.205 120.857 35 3.011 29
33 20 20 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 123.710 71.296 122.597 24 1.113 13
34 11 11 38 David Gilliland Ford 123.576 71.373 121.146 33 2.430 30
35 6 6 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 123.471 71.434 120.676 38 2.795 32
36 10 10 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 123.436 71.454 120.94 34 2.496 42-IN
37 8 8 10 JJ Yeley Chevy 123.270 71.550 120.766 36 2.504 33
38 5 5 26 Josh Wise # Ford 122.531 71.982 120.477 39 2.054 40-IN
39 3 3 33 Stephen Leicht # Chevy 122.335 72.097 119.738 41 2.597 36-IN
40 2 2 19 Chris Cook Toyota 118.879 74.193 119.645 42 -0.766 44-IN
41 7 7 49 Jason Leffler(i) Toyota 118.742 74.279 120.747 37 -2.005 39-IN
42 1 1 30 Patrick Long Toyota 117.551 75.031 117.743 43 -0.192 38-IN
43 4 4 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 0.000 wreck 119.866 40 x 31

RED = need to get in the race via speed are not Top 35 of current Owners Points

# 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
Finger Lakes 355
Watkins Glen International

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
First
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Owners
Points
Rank
1 30 Patrick Long Toyota 117.743 43 38
2 19 Chris Cook Toyota 119.645 42 44
3 33 Stephen Leicht # Chevy 119.738 41 36
4 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 119.866 40 31
5 26 Josh Wise # Ford 120.477 39 40
6 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 120.676 38 32
7 49 Jason Leffler(i) Toyota 120.747 37 39
8 10 JJ Yeley Chevy 120.766 36 33
9 34 David Ragan Ford 120.857 35 29
10 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 120.94 34 42
11 38 David Gilliland Ford 121.146 33 30
12 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 121.242 32 25
13 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 121.519 31 36
14 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 121.811 30 20
15 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 122.178 29 21
16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 122.406 28 1
17 43 Aric Almirola Ford 122.485 27 23
18 95 Scott Speed Ford 122.517 26 45
19 22 Sam Hornish Jr.(i) Dodge 122.563 25 24
20 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 122.597 24 13
21 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 122.665 23 8
22 32 Boris Said Ford 122.828 22 34
23 13 Casey Mears Ford 122.829 21 28
24 27 Paul Menard Chevy 122.874 20 17
25 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 122.941 19 10
26 98 Michael McDowell Ford 122.97 18 41
27 78 Regan Smith Chevy 123.064 17 26
28 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 123.31 16 11
29 20 Joey Logano Toyota 123.353 15 18
30 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 123.384 14 9
31 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 123.415 13 2
32 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 123.581 12 22
33 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 123.703 11 5
34 16 Greg Biffle Ford 123.737 10 3
35 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 123.753 9 16
36 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 123.781 8 4
37 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 123.948 7 19
38 99 Carl Edwards Ford 124.009 6 12
39 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 124.044 5 14
40 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 124.12 4 6
41 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 124.126 3 7
42 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 124.406 2 15
43 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 125.055 1 27

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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