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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 2:40 pm/et on Saturday, March 3, 2012

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Subway Fresh Fit 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 2:40pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 2:30pm/et
    Qualifying Re-Air: none scheduled

  • 2011 February Pole Sitter: #99-Carl Edwards, 137.279mph [track record], finished 28th

  • 2011 November Pole Sitter: #17-Matt Kenseth, 137.101mph, finished 34th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Carl Edwards, 2/26/2011, 137.279mph

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 50 years, 3 months, 9 days, 4/18/2009

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Kyle Busch, 20 years, 11 months, 20 days, 4/22/2006

  • Fastest First Practice Speed: #14-Stewart, 138.680mph, scheduled to qualify 44th out of 44 drivers


  • NOTE: not doing semi-live qualifying anymore. With NASCAR.com and FoxSports having realtime qualifying and hits for my qualifying pages way down due to the availabilty of the real-time qualifying found elsewhere.
    Will still post Jayski.com's unique qualifying results here, to help explain how drivers made the race.
    For Realtime qualifying, check out:
    NASCAR.com
    FoxSports


  • Martin wins pole at Phoenix: #55-Mark Martin won the pole for the Subway Fresh Fit 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway with a lap of 136.814mph for his 1st pole of 2012 and 52nd career pole. The oldest pole sitter is Harry Gant, who won the pole at Bristol in August 1994 at the age of 54 years, 7 months, 17 days. Martin turned 53 in January. #14-Stewart was 2nd fastest followed by #78-Smith, #48-Johnson, #42-MOntoya, #39-Newman, #16-Biffle, #29-Harvick, #20-Logano, and #5-Kahne.
    The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #36-Blaney, #23-Riggs, #26-Wise, 49-Yeley, #98-McDowell, #87-Nemechek, #7-Gordon, and #30-Stremme.
    The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (1): #37-Hill.
    See qualifying results & starting lineup below or on the Starting Lineup page (pdf) (pdf). (3-3-2012)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Phoenix:
    Mark Martin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 8th Annual SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500 with a lap of 26.313 seconds, 136.815 mph.
    This is his 52nd pole in 832 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2012.
    This is his second pole in 31 races at Phoenix International Raceway. He won the the pole on April 18, 2009 leading 157 laps.
    Tony Stewart (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2012 and his 10th in 21 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
    Regan Smith (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Phoenix International Raceway. It is his second in two races this season.
    Josh Wise (33rd) was the fastest qualifying rookie. (NASCAR Statistics)(3-2-2012)

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #37-Hill, 1st out to qualify, 128.968mph, DNQ
    #26-Wise, 2nd out to qualify,132.084mph, starts 33rd
    #10-Reutimann, 10th out to qualify, 132.231mph, starts 32nd
    #11-Hamlin, 11th out to qualify, 134.499mph, starts 13th
    #48-Johnson, 21st out to qualify, 135.583mph, starts 4th
    #78-Smith, 32nd out to qualify, 135.998mph, starts 3rd
    #55-Martin, 43rd out to qualify, 136.814mph, 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
    [44 entered for 43 spots]:
    have qualified for the race:
    #36-Dave Blaney, 133.630
    #23-Scott Riggs, 132.743
    #26-Josh Wise#, 132.084
    #49-J.J. Yeley, 131.685
    #98-Michael McDowell, 131.502
    #87-Joe Nemechek, 130.596
    #7-Robby Gordon, 130.364
    #30-David Stremme, 129.092
    will miss the race:
    #37-Timmy Hill, 128.968

  • Race info at: Race Info Page

  • Event Entry List

  • Past Champions Provisional page

  • All Time Sprint Cup Pole Winners

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Subway Fresh Fit 500(k) Starting Lineup
Phoenix International Raceway

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manufactuer Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(sec)
1 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Toyota 136.815 26.313
2 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevy 136.126 26.446
3 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row / Farm American Chevy 135.998 26.471
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's / Kobalt Tools Chevy 135.583 26.552
5 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 135.547 26.559
6 39 Ryan Newman WIX Filters Chevy 135.491 26.570
7 16 Greg Biffle 3MWraps.com Ford 135.074 26.652
8 29 Kevin Harvick Rheem Chevy 135.014 26.664
9 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot Toyota 134.998 26.667
10 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevy 134.771 26.712
11 31 Jeff Burton Wheaties Chevy 134.615 26.743
12 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Brown Toyota 134.564 26.753
13 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 134.499 26.766
14 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 134.449 26.776
15 22 AJ Allmendinger Shell Pennzoil Dodge 134.278 26.810
16 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 134.268 26.812
17 47 Bobby Labonte Kingsford / Scotts Toyota 134.058 26.854
18 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield / Allez Cuisine Ford 134.048 26.856
19 51 Kurt Busch Phoenix Construction Services Chevy 133.939 26.878
20 27 Paul Menard Menards / Tarkett Chevy 133.814 26.903
21 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevy 133.764 26.913
22 83 Landon Cassill Burger King / Dr. Pepper Toyota 133.665 26.933
23 36 Dave Blaney Ollie's Bargain Outlet Chevy 133.630 26.940
24 99 Carl Edwards SUBWAY Ford 133.615 26.943
25 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Filters Toyota 133.417 26.983
26 17 Matt Kenseth Best Buy Ford 132.871 27.094
27 23 Scott Riggs North Texas Pipe Chevy 132.743 27.120
28 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 132.709 27.127
29 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard / Diet Mountain Dew Chevy 132.597 27.150
30 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevy 132.441 27.182
31 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 132.251 27.221
32 10 David Reutimann Accell Construction Chevy 132.231 27.225
33 26 Josh Wise # Morristown Drivers Service Ford 132.081 27.256
34 34 David Ragan Barrett-Jackson Ford 132.057 27.261
35 49 JJ Yeley America Israel Racing Toyota 131.685 27.338
36 38 David Gilliland Rick Santorum for President Ford 131.516 27.373
37 98 Michael McDowell Curb Records Ford 131.502 27.376
38 87 Joe Nemechek(i) AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota 130.596 27.566
39 7 Robby Gordon SPEED Energy / Bashas' Dodge 130.364 27.615
40 33 Brendan Gaughan South Point Hotel & Casino Chevy 128.824 27.945
41 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr. Pepper Toyota 127.845 28.159
42 32 Mike Bliss Southern Pride Trucking / U.S. Chrome Ford 118.060 30.493
43 30 David Stremme Inception Motorsports Toyota 129.092 27.887
DNQ 37 Timmy Hill# Poynt.com Ford 128.968 27.914
will be posted after qualifying is over and the field set

RED = teams that are not in the top-35 of 2011 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 2011 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
Phoenix Time Trial Results
Phoenix International Raceway

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 55 Mark Martin Toyota 136.814 26.313 138.611 2 -1.797 34
2 44 44 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 136.126 26.446 138.680 1 -2.554 1
3 32 32 78 Regan Smith Chevy 135.998 26.471 137.810 13 -1.812 26
4 21 21 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 135.583 26.552 136.245 24 -0.662 6
5 39 39 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 135.547 26.559 138.360 6 -2.813 21
6 41 41 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 135.089 26.649 138.493 4 -3.404 10
7 42 42 16 Greg Biffle Ford 135.074 26.652 138.568 3 -3.494 16
8 33 33 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 135.014 26.664 137.836 12 -2.822 3
9 37 37 20 Joey Logano Toyota 134.998 26.667 138.313 8 -3.315 24
10 40 40 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 134.771 26.712 138.408 5 -3.637 22
11 30 30 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 134.615 26.743 137.746 15 -3.131 13
12 38 38 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 134.564 26.753 138.344 7 -3.780 12
13 12 11 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 134.499 26.766 135.044 33 -0.545 9
14 34 34 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 134.449 26.776 137.947 11 -3.498 19
15 26 26 22 A.J. Allmendinger Dodge 134.278 26.810 137.190 19 -2.912 11
16 13 13 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 134.268 26.812 135.303 32 -1.035 28
17 15 15 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 134.058 26.854 135.481 30 -1.423 29
18 31 31 43 Aric Almirola Ford 134.048 26.856 137.799 14 -3.751 15
19 19 19 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 133.939 26.878 135.875 26 -1.936 30
20 27 27 27 Paul Menard Chevy 133.814 26.903 137.295 18 -3.481 17
21 36 36 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 133.764 26.913 138.249 9 -4.485 27
22 17 17 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 133.665 26.933 135.563 28 -1.898 25
23 25 25 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 133.630 26.940 136.856 20 -3.226 44-IN
24 29 29 99 Carl Edwards Ford 133.615 26.943 137.678 16 -4.063 2
25 23 23 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 133.417 26.983 136.415 22 -2.998 18
26 35 35 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 132.871 27.094 137.963 10 -5.092 4
27 20 20 23 Scott Riggs Chevy 132.743 27.120 136.204 25 -3.461 61-IN
28 24 24 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 132.709 27.127 136.539 21 -3.830 5
29 14 14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 132.597 27.150 135.476 31 -2.879 7
30 28 28 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 132.441 27.182 137.599 17 -5.158 8
31 16 16 13 Casey Mears Ford 132.251 27.221 135.517 29 -3.266 32
32 11 10 10 David Reutimann Chevy 132.231 27.225 134.882 34 -2.651 33
33 4 3 26 Josh Wise # Ford 132.084 27.256 134.088 41 -2.004 48-IN
34 18 18 34 David Ragan Ford 132.057 27.261 135.675 27 -3.618 31
35 8 7 49 J.J. Yeley Toyota 131.685 27.388 134.424 37 -2.739 0
36 6 5 38 David Gilliland Ford 131.516 27.373 134.118 39 -2.602 35
37 2 12 98 Michael McDowell Ford 131.502 27.376 133.869 43 -2.367 40-IN
38 7 6 87 Joe Nemechek (i) Toyota 130.596 27.566 134.313 38 -3.717 42-IN
39 5 4 7 Robby Gordon Dodge 130.364 27.615 134.108 40 -3.744 38-IN
40 10 9 30 David Stremme Toyota 129.092 27.877 134.857 35 -5.765 36-IN
41 1 1 37 Timmy Hill # Ford 128.968 27.914 133.496 44 -4.528 39-DNQ
42 9 8 33 Brendan Gaughan Chevy 128.824 27.945 134.590 36 -5.766 20
43 3 2 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 127.845 28.159 133.949 42 -6.104 14
44 22 22 32 Mike Bliss Ford 118.060 30.493 136.405 23 -18.345 23

MAROON = not Top 35 2011 Owners Points but has a Champions Provisional Available.

RED = need to get in the race via speed 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 Order
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Phoenix International Racedway
Subway Fresh Fit 500 (k)

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
First
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Owners
Points
Rank
1 37 Timmy Hill # Ford 133.496 44 39
2 98 Michael McDowell Ford 133.869 43 40
3 93 Travis Kavapil Toyota 133.949 42 14
4 26 Josh Wise # Ford 134.088 41 48
5 7 Robby Gordon Dodge 134.108 40 38
6 38 David Gilliland Ford 134.118 39 35
7 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 134.313 38 42
8 49 JJ Yeley Toyota 134.424 37 0
9 33 Brendan Gaughan Chevy 134.590 36 20
10 30 David Stremme Toyota 134.857 35 36
11 10 David Reutimann Chevy 134.882 34 33
12 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 135.044 33 9
13 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 135.303 32 28
14 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 135.476 31 7
15 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 135.481 30 29
16 13 Casey Mears Ford 135.517 29 32
17 83 Landon Cassill Toyota 135.563 28 25
18 34 David Ragan Ford 135.675 27 31
19 51 Kurt Busch Chevy 135.875 26 30
20 23 Scott Riggs Chevy 136.204 25 61
21 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 136.245 24 6
22 32 Mike Bliss Ford 136.405 23 23
23 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 136.415 22 18
24 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 136.539 21 5
25 36 Dave Blaney Chevy 136.856 20 44
26 22 AJ Allmendinger Dodge 137.190 19 11
27 27 Paul Menard Chevy 137.295 18 17
28 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 137.599 17 8
29 99 Carl Edwards Ford 137.678 16 2
30 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 137.746 15 13
31 43 Aric Almirola Ford 137.799 14 15
32 78 Regan Smith Chevy 137.810 13 26
33 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 137.836 12 3
34 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 137.947 11 19
35 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 137.963 10 4
36 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 138.249 9 27
37 20 Joey Logano Toyota 138.313 8 24
38 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 138.344 7 12
39 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 138.360 6 21
40 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 138.408 5 22
41 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 138.493 4 10
42 16 Greg Biffle Ford 138.568 3 16
43 55 Mark Martin Toyota 138.611 2 34
44 14 Tony Stewart Chevy 138.680 1 1

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

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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