Qualifying Order, Results and Starting Lineup

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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 4:40 pm/et on Friday, November 2, 2012

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, November 2, 2012 at 4:40pm/et.
    Radio: live online at goprn.com.
    TV: ESPN2 - 4:30pm/et
    Scheduled qualifying re-air: none

  • April 2012 Pole Sitter: #56-Martin Truex Jr., 190.369mph, finished 6th

  • November 2011 Pole Winner: #16-Greg Biffle, 193.736 mph, finished 5th

  • Track Pole Record: #25-Brian Vickers, 196.235, 11/3/2006

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 6 months, 0 days, 4/08/2002

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Brian Vickers, 23 years, 0 months, 12 days, 11/05/2006

  • Fastest First Practice Speed: #56-Truex, Jr., 190.745mph, scheduled to qualify 47th out of 47 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 Texas: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the pole for the AAA Texas 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 191.076mph for his 4th pole of 2012 and 29th career pole.
    #16-Biffle will start 2nd followed by #18-Busch, #15-Bowyer, #56-Truex, Jr., #20-Logano, #21-Bayne, #2-Keselowski, #99-Edwards, and #17-Kenseth.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #21-Bayne, #95-Speed, #19-Bliss, #26-Wise, #91-Sorenson, #98-McDowell, #87-Nemechek, and #37-Yeley.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #33-Leicht, #79-Bires, #30-Stremme.
    See qualifying results & starting lineup below or on the Starting Lineup page (pdf).(11-2-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Texas:
    Jimmie Johnson won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 8th Annual AAA Texas 500 with a lap of 28.261 seconds, 191.076 mph.
    This is his 29th pole in 397 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. He moves into a tie with Ricky Rudd for 23rd on the all-time series poles list.
    This is his fourth pole and 23rd top-10 start in 2012. It is also his second-consecutive pole.
    This is his first pole in 19 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Greg Biffle (second) posted his 20th top-10 start of 2012 and his 11th in 18 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Kyle Busch (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his 20th in 34 races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(11-2-2012)

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #32-Schrader, 1st out to qualify, 181.843mph, starts 42nd
    #36-Blaney, 2nd out to qualify, 184.906mph, starts 40th
    #33-Leicht, 3rd out to qualify, 185.103mph, starts DNQ
    #19-Bliss, 4th out to qualify, 186.471mph, starts 34th
    #95-Speed, 11th out to qualify, 186.858mph, starts 31st
    #1-McMurray, 16th out to qualify, 187.565mph, starts 24th
    #48-Johnson, 20th out to qualify, 191.076mph, 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:
    #21-Trevor Bayne, 189.607
    #37-J.J. Yeley, 187.266
    #95-Scott Speed, 186.858
    #19-Mike Bliss, 186.471
    #98-Michael McDowell, 186.066
    #26-Josh Wise#, 186.413
    #91-Reed Sorenson, 185.714
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 185.586
    will miss the race:
    #33-Steven Leicht, 185.103
    #79-Kelly Bires, 183.088
    #30-David Stremme, 176.655

  • 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
AAA Texas 500
Texas Motor Speedway

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manufactuer Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(sec)
1 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevy 191.076 28.261
2 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 190.382 28.364
3 18 Kyle Busch Snickers Toyota 190.127 28.402
4 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 190.067 28.411
5 56 Martin Truex Jr. Carlyle Tools by NAPA Toyota 189.994 28.422
6 20 Joey Logano Home Depot/redbeacon.com Toyota 189.760 28.457
7 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 189.607 28.480
8 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 189.534 28.491
9 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 189.474 28.500
10 17 Matt Kenseth Ford EcoBoost Ford 189.460 28.502
11 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 189.294 28.527
12 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 189.274 28.530
13 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrickcars.com/Great Clips Chevy 188.990 28.573
14 43 Aric Alrmirola Farmland Ford 188.976 28.575
15 9 Marcos Ambrose Mac Tools Ford 188.923 28.583
16 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevy 188.798 28.602
17 22 Sam Hornish Jr.(i) Shell Pennzoil Dodge 188.627 28.628
18 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Chevy 188.396 28.663
19 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevy 188.357 28.669
20 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 188.337 28.672
21 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevy 188.042 28.717
22 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevy 187.996 28.724
23 29 Kevin Harvick Rheem/Budweiser Chevy 187.780 28.757
24 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevy 187.565 28.790
25 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Huggies Chevy 187.435 28.810
26 51 AJ Allmendinger Phoenix Construction Chevy 187.389 28.817
27 27 Paul Menard Quaker State/Menards Chevy 187.350 28.823
28 37 JJ Yeley MaxQWorkForce.com Chevy 187.266 28.836
29 47 Bobby Labonte Wounded Warrior Project Toyota 187.227 28.842
30 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 186.858 28.899
31 95 Scott Speed B&D Electrical/TWD Ford 186.858 28.899
32 10 Danica Patrick(i) GoDaddy.com Chevy 186.541 28.948
33 34 David Ragan CertainTeed/31-W Ford 186.477 28.958
34 19 Mike Bliss(i) Plinker Tactical/MCM Elegante Toyota 186.471 28.959
35 26 Josh Wise # MDS Transport Ford 186.413 28.968
36 39 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevy 186.368 28.975
37 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parson Racing Ford 186.066 29.022
38 93 Travis Kvapil Dr.Pepper Toyota 185.867 29.053
39 91 Reed Sorenson(i) Plinker Tactical/MCM Elegante Toyota 185.714 29.077
40 36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy 184.906 29.204
41 83 Landon Cassill Burger King Toyota 184.382 29.287
42 32 Ken Schrader Federated Auto Parts Ford 181.843 29.696
43 87 Joe Nemechek(i) AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota 185.586 29.097
DNQ 33 Stephen Leicht # LittleJoesAuto.com Chevy 185.103 29.173
DNQ 79 Kelly Bires United Supermarkets / Reload.biz Ford 183.088 29.494
DNQ 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 176.655 30.568

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.

# 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
AAA Texas 500
Texas Motor 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 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 191.076 28.261 185.867 27 5.209 1
2 37 37 16 Greg Biffle Ford 190.382 28.364 187.735 10 2.647 9
3 33 33 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 190.127 28.402 187.149 14 2.978 13
4 43 43 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 190.067 28.411 189.867 4 0.200 3
5 46 46 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 189.994 28.422 190.745 1 -0.751 7
6 24 24 20 Joey Logano Toyota 189.760 28.457 186.091 23 3.669 18
7 32 32 21 Trevor Bayne (i) Ford 189.607 28.480 187.052 15 2.555 36-IN
8 44 44 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 189.534 28.491 190.121 3 -0.587 2
9 35 35 99 Carl Edwards Ford 189.474 28.500 187.402 12 2.072 15
10 40 40 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 189.460 28.502 187.963 7 1.497 8
11 45 45 55 Mark Martin Toyota 189.294 28.527 190.449 2 -1.155 14
12 36 36 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 189.274 28.530 187.474 11 1.800 5
13 39 39 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 188.990 28.573 187.826 8 1.164 4
14 41 41 43 Aric Almirola Ford 188.976 28.575 188.633 6 0.343 23
15 34 34 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 188.923 28.583 187.272 13 1.651 19
16 21 21 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 188.798 28.602 185.918 26 2.880 6
17 26 26 22 Sam Hornish Jr. (i) Dodge 188.627 28.628 186.361 21 2.266 20
18 29 29 78 Kurt Busch Chevy 188.396 28.663 186.522 18 1.874 25
19 30 30 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevy 188.357 28.669 186.670 17 1.687 12
20 28 28 13 Casey Mears Ford 188.337 28.672 186.503 19 1.834 31
21 42 42 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 188.042 28.717 188.805 5 -0.763 10
22 31 31 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 187.996 28.724 186.696 16 1.300 21
23 38 38 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 187.780 28.757 187.748 9 0.032 11
24 16 16 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 187.565 28.790 184.944 31 2.621 22
25 27 27 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 187.435 28.810 186.464 20 0.971 24
26 19 19 51 A.J. Allmendinger Chevy 187.389 28.817 185.790 28 1.599 27
27 25 25 27 Paul Menard Chevy 187.350 28.823 186.329 22 1.021 17
28 17 17 37 J.J. Yeley Chevy 187.266 28.836 185.198 30 2.068 50-IN
29 18 18 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 187.227 28.842 185.204 29 2.023 26
30 22 22 38 David Gilliland Ford 186.858 28.899 185.931 25 0.927 30
31 11 11 95 Scott Speed Ford 186.858 28.899 184.244 36 2.614 43-IN
32 13 13 10 Danica Patrick (i) Chevy 186.541 28.948 184.351 34 2.190 33
33 15 15 34 David Ragan Ford 186.477 28.958 184.881 32 1.596 29
34 4 4 19 Mike Bliss (i) Toyota 186.471 28.959 183.492 43 2.979 45-IN
35 5 5 26 Josh Wise # Ford 186.413 28.968 183.499 42 2.914 40-IN
36 23 23 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 186.368 28.975 186.027 24 0.341 16
37 12 12 98 Michael McDowell Ford 186.066 29.022 184.326 35 1.740 39-IN
38 8 8 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 185.867 29.053 183.748 39 2.119 28
39 6 6 91 Reed Sorenson(i) Chevy 185.714 29.077 183.524 41 2.190 51-IN
40 7 7 87 Joe Nemechek (i) Toyota 185.586 29.097 183.530 40 2.056 42-IN
41 3 3 33 Stephen Leicht # Chevy 185.103 29.173 182.667 44 2.436 37-DNQ
42 2 2 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 184.906 29.204 182.186 45 2.720 35
43 9 9 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 184.382 29.287 183.767 38 0.615 32
44 10 10 79 Kelly Bires Ford 183.088 29.494 183.880 37 -0.792 52-DNQ
45 1 1 32 Ken Schrader Ford 181.843 29.696 180.138 46 1.705 34
46 14 14 30 David Stremme Toyota 176.655 30.568 184.653 33 -7.998 38-DNQ

# 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
AAA Texas 500
Texas Motor Speedway

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
First
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Owners
Points
Rank
1 32 Ken Schrader Federated Auto Parts Ford 180.138 46 34
2 36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy 182.186 45 35
3 33 Stephen Leicht # LittleJoesAutos.com Chevy 182.667 44 37
4 19 Mike Bliss(i) Plinker Tactical/MCM Elegante Toyota 183.492 43 45
5 26 Josh Wise # MDS Transport Ford 183.499 42 40
6 91 Reed Sorenson(i) Plinker Tactical/MCM Elegante Toyota 183.524 41 51
7 87 Joe Nemechek(i) AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota 183.530 40 42
8 93 Travis Kvapil Dr.Pepper Toyota 183.748 39 28
9 83 Landon Cassill Burger King Toyota 183.767 38 32
10 79 Kelly Bires United Supermarkets/RandyHillRacing.com Ford 183.880 37 52
11 95 Scott Speed B&D Electrical/TWD Ford 184.244 36 43
12 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parson Racing Ford 184.326 35 39
13 10 Danica Patrick(i) GoDaddy.com Chevy 184.351 34 33
14 30 David Stremme Toyota 184.653 33 38
15 34 David Ragan CertainTeed/31-W Ford 184.881 32 29
16 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevy 184.944 31 22
17 37 JJ Yeley MaxQWorkForce.com Chevy 185.198 30 50
18 47 Bobby Labonte Wounded Warrior Project Toyota 185.204 29 26
19 51 AJ Allmendinger Phoenix Construction Chevy 185.790 28 27
20 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevy 185.867 27 1
21 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevy 185.918 26 6
22 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 185.931 25 30
23 39 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevy 186.027 24 16
24 20 Joey Logano Home Depot/redbeacon.com Toyota 186.091 23 18
25 27 Paul Menard Quaker State/Menards Chevy 186.329 22 17
26 22 Sam Hornish Jr.(i) Shell Pennzoil Dodge 186.361 21 20
27 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Huggies Chevy 186.464 20 24
28 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 186.503 19 31
29 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Chevy 186.522 18 25
30 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevy 186.670 17 12
31 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevy 186.696 16 21
32 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 187.052 15 36
33 18 Kyle Busch Snickers Toyota 187.149 14 13
34 9 Marcos Ambrose Mac Tools Ford 187.272 13 19
35 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 187.402 12 15
36 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 187.474 11 5
37 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 187.735 10 9
38 29 Kevin Harvick Rheem/Budweiser Chevy 187.748 9 11
39 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrickcars.com/Great Clips Chevy 187.826 8 4
40 17 Matt Kenseth Ford EcoBoost Ford 187.963 7 8
41 43 Aric Alrmirola Farmland Ford 188.633 6 23
42 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevy 188.805 5 10
43 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 189.867 4 3
44 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 190.121 3 2
45 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 190.449 2 14
46 56 Martin Truex Jr. Carlyle Tools by NAPA Toyota 190.745 1 7

Drivers in RED will be required to qualify on time/speed, not in top 35

# 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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