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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 3:40 pm/et on Friday, March 15, 2013

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • 2012 March Pole Sitter: #16-Greg Biffle, 125.215, finished 13th

  • 2012 August Pole Sitter: none, set by rules book, fastest in 1st practice, #13-Casey Mears, finished 21st

  • Track Qualifying Record: #12-Ryan Newman, March 2003, 128.709mph, 14.908 secs

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Harry Gant, 54 years, 7 months, 17 days, 8/27/1994

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Joey Logano, 19 years, 9 months, 23 days, 3/19/2010


  • 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

  • Kyle Busch wins Bristol pole: #18-Kyle Busch won the pole for the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway with speed of 129.535mph for his 1st pole of 2013, his first at Birstol, and 11th of his career.The pole speed is a new track record, breaking the old record set by Ryan Neman in March 2003. The top 3 drivers broke the old record. #5-Kahne will start 2nd, followed by #11-Hamlin, #55-Vickers, #27-Menard, #1-McMurray. #2-Keselowski, #14-Stewart, #56-Truex, Jr., and #22-Logano. Missing the race was: #44-Riggs.(3-15-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Bristol:
    Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 53rd Annual Food City 500 with a track record qualifying lap of 14.813 seconds, 129.535 mph.
    This is his 11th pole in 297 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in 17 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. He has five wins at the track.
    Kasey Kahne (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2013 and his 10th in 19 races at Bristol Motor Speedway. His qualifying speed of 128.995 mph was also above the previous track qualifying record set by Ryan Newman in 2003.
    Denny Hamlin (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Bristol Motor Speedway. It is his third in four races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(3-15-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 15, 2013 at 3:40pm/et.
    TV: SPEED- 3:30pm/et
    Radio: PRN at goprn.com.
    Qualifying Re-Air: on SPEED at 10:30pm/et & 12:30am/et

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #19-Bliss, 1st out to qualify, 125.708mph, starting 36th
    #39-Newman, 4th out, 126.237, starts 31st
    #30-Stremme, 5th out, 126.595, starts 26th
    #15-Bowyer, 6th out, 157.300, starts 23rd
    #99-Edwards, 7th out, 127.360, starts 1st
    #18-Busch, 9th out, 129.535, starts 1st - on pole

  • 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
Food City 500
Bristol Motor Speedway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manu Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
1 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 129.535
2 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevy 128.995
3 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 128.960
4 55 Brian Vickers(i) RK Motors Toyota 128.528
5 27 Paul Menard Menards/Sylvania Chevy 128.356
6 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevy 128.288
7 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 128.211
8 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy 128.005
9 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 127.946
10 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 127.877
11 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevy 127.869
12 20 Matt Kenseth Home Depot/Husky Toyota 127.852
13 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevy 127.835
14 38 David Gilliland A&W All American Food Ford 127.792
15 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 127.588
16 31 Jeff Burton Cheerios Chevy 127.512
17 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target/Mountain Dew Chevy 127.470
18 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevy 127.453
19 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row/Beautyrest Chevy 127.393
20 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 127.377
21 99 Carl Edwards Kellogg's/Frosted Flakes Ford 127.360
22 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 127.360
23 15 Clint Bowyer NAPA Filters Toyota 127.300
24 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 127.258
25 83 David Reutimann Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 127.132
26 30 David Stremme Swan Energy Toyota 126.595
27 95 Scott Speed Sin City Motorsports Ford 126.578
28 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Best Buy Ford 126.528
29 51 AJ Allmendinger Guy Roofing Chevy 126.420
30 34 David Ragan Dockside Logistics Ford 126.403
31 39 Ryan Newman Haas Automation Chevy 126.237
32 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevy 125.947
33 7 Dave Blaney Sany Chevy 125.848
34 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 125.740
35 36 JJ Yeley United Mining Equipment Chevy 125.732
36 19 Mike Bliss(i) Plinker Tactical Toyota 125.708
37-OP 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 125.142
38-OP 87 Joe Nemechek(i) MaddiesPlaceRocks.com Toyota 124.897
39-OP 47 Bobby Labonte Bush's Beans Toyota 124.743
40-OP 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford 124.711
41-OP 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy.com Chevy 124.638
42-OP 33 Landon Cassill Little Joe's Autos Chevy 124.379
43-OP 32 Terry Labonte OXY Water Ford 123.316
DNQ 44 Scott Riggs No Label Watches Ford 124.452

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 Results
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Food City 500
Bristol Motor Speedway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Rank Sched
Qual
Pos
Actual
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Manu Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(seconds)
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Difference from
practice speed
Owners
Points
Rank
1 9 9 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 129.535 14.813 128.900 3 0.635 18
2 41 41 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 128.995 14.875 127.946 8 1.049 15
3 35 35 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 128.960 14.879 128.331 5 0.629 4
4 38 38 55 Brian Vickers (i) Toyota 128.528 14.929 127.929 9 0.599 6
5 43 43 27 Paul Menard Chevy 128.356 14.949 127.605 15 0.751 13
6 21 21 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 128.288 14.957 127.631 13 0.657 22
7 10 10 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 128.211 14.966 129.047 1 -0.836 2
8 12 12 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Chevy 128.005 14.990 127.843 12 0.162 19
9 22 22 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 127.946 14.997 126.754 26 1.192 23
10 24 24 22 Joey Logano Ford 127.877 15.005 127.886 10 -0.009 16
11 26 26 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 127.869 15.006 127.402 19 0.467 14
12 37 37 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 127.852 15.008 128.908 2 -1.056 8
13 17 17 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Chevy 127.835 15.010 126.470 27 1.365 1
14 20 20 38 David Gilliland Ford 127.792 15.015 127.385 20 0.407 38
15 44 44 13 Casey Mears Ford 127.588 15.039 127.546 17 0.042 26
16 31 31 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 127.512 15.048 128.193 6 -0.681 21
17 11 11 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 127.470 15.053 127.605 14 -0.135 24
18 33 33 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 127.453 15.055 127.869 11 -0.416 20
19 34 34 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 127.393 15.062 127.597 16 -0.204 30
20 15 15 43 Aric Almirola Ford 127.377 15.064 128.108 7 -0.731 11
21 7 7 99 Carl Edwards Ford 127.360 15.066 126.880 24 0.480 5
22 23 23 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 127.360 15.066 127.165 21 0.195 17
23 6 6 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 127.300 15.073 128.417 4 -1.117 10
24 13 13 16 Greg Biffle Ford 127.258 15.078 127.453 18 -0.195 9
25 27 27 83 David Reutimann Toyota 127.132 15.093 126.328 29 0.804 28
26 5 5 30 David Stremme Toyota 126.595 15.157 126.445 28 0.150 33
27 30 30 95 Scott Speed Ford 126.578 15.159 125.305 36 1.273 40
28 8 8 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford 126.528 15.165 124.331 41 2.197 12
29 28 29 51 A.J. Allmendinger Chevy 126.420 15.178 126.846 25 -0.426 7
30 42 42 34 David Ragan Ford 126.403 15.180 125.551 32 0.852 39
31 4 4 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 126.237 15.200 126.930 23 -0.693 32
32 39 39 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 125.947 15.235 127.090 22 -1.143 3
33 14 14 7 Dave Blaney Chevy 125.848 15.247 125.831 30 0.017 29
34 29 28 98 Michael McDowell Ford 125.740 15.260 125.412 35 0.328 36
35 19 19 36 J.J. Yeley Chevy 125.732 15.261 125.077 39 0.655 27
36 1 1 19 Mike Bliss Toyota 125.708 15.264 125.428 34 0.280 44
37 3 3 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 125.142 15.333 125.658 31 -0.516 34
38 32 32 87 Joe Nemechek (i) Toyota 124.897 15.363 123.818 42 1.079 43
39 18 18 47 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Toyota 124.743 15.382 123.000 44 1.743 25
40 16 16 35 Josh Wise (i) Ford 124.711 15.386 123.642 43 1.069 42
41 25 25 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 124.638 15.395 125.494 33 -0.856 31
42 2 2 44 Scott Riggs Ford 124.452 15.418 125.248 37 -0.796 45
43 40 40 33 Landon Cassill Chevy 124.379 15.427 124.808 40 -0.429 41
44 36 36 32 Terry Labonte (PC8) Ford 123.316 15.560 125.175 38 -1.859 37

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

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
Food City 500
Bristol Motor Speedway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
First
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Owners
Points
Rank
1 19 Mike Bliss(i) Plinker Tactical Toyota 125.428 34 44
2 44 Scott Riggs No Label Watches Ford 125.248 37 45
3 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 125.658 31 34
4 39 Ryan Newman Haas Automation Chevy 126.930 23 32
5 30 David Stremme Swan Energy Toyota 126.445 28 33
6 15 Clint Bowyer NAPA Filters Toyota 128.417 4 10
7 99 Carl Edwards Kellogg's/Frosted Flakes Ford 126.880 24 5
8 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Best Buy Ford 124.331 41 12
9 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 128.900 3 18
10 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Miller Lite Ford 129.047 1 2
11 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target/Mountain Dew Chevy 127.605 14 24
12 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy 127.843 12 19
13 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 127.453 18 9
14 7 Dave Blaney Sany Chevy 125.831 30 29
15 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 128.108 7 11
16 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford 123.642 43 42
17 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevy 126.470 27 1
18 47 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Bush's Beans Toyota 123.000 44 25
19 36 JJ Yeley United Mining Equipment Chevy 125.077 39 27
20 38 David Gilliland A&W All American Food Ford 127.385 20 38
21 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevy 127.631 13 22
22 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 126.754 26 23
23 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 127.165 21 17
24 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 127.886 10 16
25 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy.com Chevy 125.494 33 31
26 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Drive to End Hunger Chevy 127.402 19 14
27 83 David Reutimann Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 126.328 29 28
28 51 AJ Allmendinger Guy Roofing Chevy 126.846 25 7
29 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 125.412 35 36
30 95 Scott Speed Sin City Motorsports Ford 125.305 36 40
31 31 Jeff Burton Cheerios Chevy 128.193 6 21
32 87 Joe Nemechek(i) MaddiesPlaceRocks.com Toyota 123.818 42 43
33 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevy 127.869 11 20
34 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Furniture Row/Beautyrest Chevy 127.597 16 30
35 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 128.331 5 4
36 32 Terry Labonte (PC8) OXY Water Ford 125.175 38 37
37 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Home Depot/Husky Toyota 128.908 2 8
38 55 Brian Vickers(i) RK Motors Toyota 127.929 9 6
39 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevy 127.090 22 3
40 33 Landon Cassill Little Joe's Autos Chevy 124.808 40 41
41 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevy 127.946 8 15
42 34 David Ragan Dockside Logistics Ford 125.551 32 39
43 27 Paul Menard Menards/Sylvania Chevy 127.605 15 13
44 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 127.546 17 26

MAROON = but has a Champions Provisional Available. Eight 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.

  • 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-36 in speeds placed in that order. The next six cars use provisionals with the highest on owners points (previous season first three races, starting race 4, current season owners points), not already in the race via speed getting a spot. Then the those six cars are lined up by fastest speed in practice. The 43rd spot is for a past champion to use, if needed. If not, the next team eligible for a provisional gets the spot.

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

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