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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 6:40 pm/et on Friday, March 8, 2013

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • 2012 Pole Sitter: #5-Kasey Kahne, 190.456, finished 19th

  • Current Track Config Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, 3/9/2012, 190.456

  • Old Track Config Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, 3/5/2004, 174.904mph

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Dale Jarrett, 44 years, 3 months, 6 days, 3/04/2001

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Kyle Busch, 22 years, 10 months, 0 days, 3/02/2008


  • 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, not worth the time.
    Will still post my unique qualifying results here, to help explain how drivers make the race.
    For Realtime qualifying, check out:
    NASCAR.com
    FoxSports

  • Las Vegas qualifying rained out: Rain forced NASCAR to cancel qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It's the first time a Cup qualifying session has ever been rained out in Las Vegas. The lineup was set by the NASCAR rule book. #2-Keselowski will start from the pole followed by #15-Bowyer, #48-Johnson, #5-Kahne, #16-Biffle, #11-Hamlin, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #29-Harvick, #14-Stewart, and #24-Gordon. The only driver to miss the race: #19-Bliss.(3-8-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 8, 2013 at 6:40pm/et.
    TV: SPEED- 6:30pm/et
    Radio: PRN at goprn.com.
    Qualifying Re-Air: on SPEED at 10:00pm/et & 12:30am/et

  • Race info at: Race Info Page

  • Event Entry List

  • Qualifying Rules

  • Past Champions Provisional

  • All Time Sprint Cup Pole Winners


Starting Lineup
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Kobalt Tools 400
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manu Reason
1 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 2012 OP - 1st
2 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 2012 OP - 2nd
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's / Kobalt Tools Chevy 2012 OP - 3rd
4 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevy 2012 OP - 4th
5 16 Greg Biffle American Red Cross / 3M Ford 2012 OP - 5th
6 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 2012 OP - 6th
7 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Zest Ford 2012 OP - 7th
8 29 Kevin Harvick Rheem Chevy 2012 OP - 8th
9 14 Tony Stewart MOBIL 1 Racing / Bass Pro Shops Chevy 2012 OP - 9th
10 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevy 2012 OP - 10th
11 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 2012 OP - 11th
12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Orange Chevy 2012 OP - 12th
13 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 2012 OP - 13th
14 39 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevy 2012 OP - 14th
15 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 2012 OP - 15th
16 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 2012 OP - 16th
17 27 Paul Menard Menards / Schrock Chevy 2012 OP - 17th
18 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 2012 OP - 18th
19 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 2012 OP - 19th
20 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevy 2012 OP - 20th
21 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 2012 OP - 21st
22 43 Aric Almirola Farmland Ford 2012 OP - 22nd
23 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevy 2012 OP - 23rd
24 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing / Serta Chevy 2012 OP - 24th
25 42 Juan Pablo Montoya AXE Apollo Chevy 2012 OP - 25th
26 47 Bobby Labonte Kingsford Toyota 2012 OP - 26th
27 51 Austin Dillon(i) Tag Heuer Chevy 2012 OP - 27th
28 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 2012 OP - 28th
29 34 David Ragan Ford 2012 OP - 29th
30 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 2012 OP - 30th
31 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 2012 OP - 31st
32 83 David Reutimann Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 2012 OP - 32nd
33 7 Dave Blaney SANY Chevy 2012 OP - 33rd
34 32 Ken Schrader Federated Auto Parts Ford 2012 OP - 34th
35 36 JJ Yeley Accell Construction Chevy 2012 OP - 35th
36 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Ford 2012 OP - 36th
37 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy Racing Chevy 2013 OP - 23rd
38 30 David Stremme MGM Grand, Las Vegas / Lean1 Toyota 2013 OP - 27th
39 98 Michael McDowell Ambient Edge HVAC Ford 2013 OP - 28th
40 95 Scott Speed Surrender the Sponsor Ford 2013 OA - 37th
41 33 Landon Cassill Little Joe's Autos Chevy 2013 OA - 38th
42 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Maddie'sPlaceRocks.com Toyota 2013 OA - 41st
43 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport / Riviera Hotel & Casino Ford 2013 OA - 42th
DNQ 19 Mike Bliss Plinker Tactical / Stratosphere Hotel Casino & Tower Toyota 2013 OA - 44th

BLUE = made the race using a past 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 2013 Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points

Starting Lineup (pdf)


Qualifying Order
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Kobalt Tools 4000
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
Owners
Points
Rank
1 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 2
2 87 Joe Nemechek (i) Maddie'sPlaceRocks.com Toyota 41
3 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevy 4
4 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 16
5 16 Greg Biffle American Red Cross / 3M Ford 5
6 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 30
7 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Miller Lite Ford 1
8 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevy 23
9 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 28
10 43 Aric Almirola Farmland Ford 22
11 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 15
12 39 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevy 14
13 32 Ken Schrader Federated Auto Parts Ford 34
14 21 Trevor Bayne (i) Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 36
15 27 Paul Menard Menards / Schrock Chevy 17
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Zest Ford 7
17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy Orange Chevy 12
18 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Drive to End Hunger Chevy 10
19 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) MOBIL 1 Racing / Bass Pro Shops Chevy 9
20 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevy 20
21 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy Racing Chevy 42
22 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Furniture Row Racing / Serta Chevy 24
23 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 21
24 34 David Ragan Ford 29
25 83 David Reutimann Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 32
26 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Dollar General Toyota 18
27 42 Juan Pablo Montoya AXE Apollo Chevy 25
28 95 Scott Speed Surrender the Sponsor Ford 43
29 47 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Kingsford Toyota 26
30 51 Austin Dillon (i) Tag Heuer Chevy 27
31 98 Michael McDowell Ambient Edge HVAC Ford 39
32 29 Kevin Harvick Rheem Chevy 8
33 30 David Stremme MGM Grand, Las Vegas / Lean1 Toyota 38
34 7 Dave Blaney SANY Chevy 33
35 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 19
36 19 Mike Bliss Plinker Tactical / Stratosphere Hotel Casino & Tower Toyota 45
37 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Lowe's / Kobalt Tools Chevy 3
38 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 11
39 35 Josh Wise MDS Transport / Riviera Hotel & Casino Ford 40
40 36 J.J. Yeley Accell Construction Chevy 35
41 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 13
42 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 31
43 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 6
44 33 Landon Cassill Little Joe's Autos Chevy 37

MAROON = but has a Champions Provisional Available. Seven of the drivers are past series champion and will have the proviisonal available to them.

RED = needs to get in the race on speed and has no provisionals available

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 2013 Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points

Qualifying Order (pdf)


  • Qualifying order is back to the old way, a randon draw. Someone from the team draws a bingo like ball just before the first practice of the event.

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying rules for 2013: (except Daytona 500)
    1) Starting positions 1 through 36 determined by the fastest qualifying speeds in descending order with the fast qualifier being first.
    2) Starting positions 37 through 42) will be provisional starting positions that were not among the fastest 36 from qualifying. Provisional starting positions will be assigned to the highest ranked NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship car owners who are present at the Event and have entered the Event by the entry deadline and will be assigned in descending order until the six (6) provisional spots are filled.
    3) If positions 37 - 42 are not filled by eligible car owners, the remaining positions will be assigned to car owners based on qualifying results.
    NOTE: Once provisional starting positions have been assigned, the cars will be placed in the starting lineup by their qualifying speed in descending order with the fastest qualifying speed starting thirty-seventh.
    4) If after starting positions 1 through 42 are assigned and there remains a car owner whose driver is the current or a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion who participated as a driver in the previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and who was entered in the Event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline, a 43rd provisional starting position, the "Champion's Provisional", will be assigned to that car owner. The most recent NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion driver not previously qualifying for positions 1 through 42 will be assigned the position. 5) If the 43rd provisional starting position is not filled by an eligible NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, it will be assigned to the next highest ranked car owner based on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship car owner points.
    6) If any starting positions remain unfilled, they will be assigned according to current calendar year NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship car owner point standings.
    7) If any starting positions remain unfilled, they will be assigned to the car owners who have made the greatest number of qualifying attempts during the current season.
    8) If any starting positions remain unfilled, they will be assigned to cars in order (1,2,3&etc.) in which their numbers were selected in the qualifying draw.
    NOTE: Until the completion of three races of the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, the final previous season NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship car owner point standings will be used for determining the starting positions for the highest ranked car owners as described above.

    If practice and qualifying are cancelled [rain, etc], the following procedure is used:
    1) For the first three races of the current season the top 36 teams in the previous season owner points would make the race [team doesn't have to had run all the races in that season]. After the first three races of the current season, the top 36 teams in the current season owners points, would make the race.
    2) Then any winning driver or team owner from 2012 or 2013, as well as any past champions, make the field.
    3) Then, for the first three races of the current season, any of the top 36 teams in owner points for this year would make the field.
    4) Then it goes to qualifying attempts this year, with ties broken by owner points.

  • Practice held but Qualifying canceled: If the first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place and is canceled, the procedure for how teams are chosen to fill the field:
    Top 36 in owners points.
    Past Series Champions not in the top 36 of owners points.
    Rrace attempts, ties broken by owners points rank.
    The starting order is then set by 1st practice speed.
    If two or more teams have no attempts, the team highest in qualifying draw gets in the race.
    Provionals are not used and not charged to past series champions.

  • More info on Past Champions Provisonal and rules and limits on my 2013 Past Champions Provisional Page

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