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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 7:10 pm/et on Friday, March 22, 2013

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • March 2012 Pole Sitter: #11-Denny Hamlin, 186.403, finished 11th

  • The Final October 2010 Pole Sitter: #1-Jamie McMurray, 185.285, finished 17th
  • Track Qualifying Record: #5-Kyle Busch, Feb 2005, 188.425mph
  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mike Skinner, 42 years, 10 months, 2 days, 4/30/2000
  • Youngest Pole Winner: Kyle Busch, 19 years, 9 months, 25 days, 2/27/2005

  • Fastest First Practice Speed: #15-Bowyer, 185.414mph, scheduled to qualify 9th out of 43 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, 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

  • Hamlin wins Auto Club pole: #11-Denny Hamlin won the pole for the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway with speed of 187.451mph for his 1st pole of 2013 and 13th of his career. #16-Biffle is on the outside pole, followed by #2-Keselowski, #18-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #22-Logano, #56-Truex Jr., #14-Stewart, #55-Martin and #78-Busch. Both #16-Biffle and #2-Keselowski had engines changes before qualifying and will have to fall to the rear of the field before the start of the race on Sunday, but will get to chose good pit stalls. No cars / drivers missed the race as there were 43 cars entered for 43 spots.(3-22-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Auto Club:
    #11-Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 17th Annual Auto Club 400 with a lap of 38.410 seconds, 187.451 mph.
    This is his 13th pole in 264 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his third pole in 13 races at Auto Club Speedway. Hamlin won the pole for last year's Auto Club Speedway event.
    #16-Greg Biffle (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2013 and his 10th in 19 races at Auto Club Speedway.
    #2-Brad Keselowski (third) posted his first top-10 start at Auto Club Speedway. It is his third in five races this season.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (31st) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(3-22-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 22, 2013 at 7:10pm/et.
    Television (TV): SPEED, 7:00pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network, 7:00pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: on SPEED at 11:00pm/et

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #48-Johnson, 1st out to qualify, 184.044mph, starting 18th
    #11-Hamlin, 18th out, 187.451, starts 1st - on the pole

  • Friday practice for the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is over, after 120 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #15-Bowyer 185.414
    #11-Hamlin 184.824
    #51-Allmendinger 184.611
    #18-Busch 184.554
    #22-Logano 184.403
    slowest: #87-Nemechek 174.834 & #38-Gilliland 175.859
    notes: #16-Biffle lost an engine aboutr 13 minutes into practice an the team is putting in a fresh powerplant in the hopes of getting a few practice laps on the engine before qualifying, scheduled for 7:10pm/et tonight. #16-Biffle did get on the track late in practice and ran 6th fastest with the new engine. #2-Kesekowski's team will change an engine before qualifying. So both #16-Biffle and #2-Keselowski will have to start the race on Sunday at the rear of the field. They will be qualifying for their pit position.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the Auto Club 400 Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(3-22-2013)

  • 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
Auto Club 4000
Auto Club Speedway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manu Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(secs)
1 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 187.451 38.410
2 (X) 16 Greg Biffle Ford 187.217 38.458
3 (X) 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 187.149 38.472
4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 187.130 38.476
5 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 186.688 38.567
6 22 Joey Logano Ford 186.514 38.603
7 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Toyota 186.273 38.653
8 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Chevy 185.864 38.738
9 55 Mark Martin Toyota 185.792 38.753
10 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 185.677 38.777
11 13 Casey Mears Ford 185.157 38.886
12 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 185.085 38.901
13 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 184.876 38.945
14 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 184.715 38.979
15 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevy 184.625 38.998
16 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 184.374 39.051
17 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 184.233 39.081
18 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Chevy 184.044 39.121
19 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 184.011 39.128
20 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 183.988 39.133
21 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 183.852 39.162
22 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 183.702 39.194
23 43 Aric Almirola Ford 183.697 39.195
24 99 Carl Edwards Ford 183.570 39.222
25 47 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Toyota 183.248 39.291
26 51 A.J. Allmendinger Chevy 183.113 39.321
27 27 Paul Menard Chevy 183.020 39.340
28 83 David Reutimann Toyota 182.825 39.382
29 7 Dave Blaney Chevy 182.658 39.418
30 35 Josh Wise Ford 182.639 39.422
31 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. # Ford 182.519 39.448
32 30 David Stremme Toyota 182.473 39.458
33 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 182.440 39.465
34 38 David Gilliland Ford 181.493 39.671
35 98 Michael McDowell Ford 181.087 39.760
36 33 Landon Cassill Chevy 181.087 39.760
37-OP 36 JJ Yeley Chevy 180.203 39.955
38-OP 44 Scott Riggs(i) Ford 179.829 40.038
39-OP 32 Timmy Hill # Ford 179.471 40.118
40-OP 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 179.305 40.155
41-OP 19 Mike Bliss(i) Toyota 178.355 40.369
42-OP 34 David Ragan Ford 177.813 40.492
43-OP 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 177.144 40.645

(X) = will fall to the rear of the field before the start of the race due to engine change

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
Auto Club 4000
Auto Club 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 3 3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 187.451 38.410 184.824 2 2.627 7
2 39 39 16 Greg Biffle Ford 187.217 38.458 184.124 6 3.093 6
3 34 38 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 187.149 38.472 182.732 20 4.417 1
4 17 17 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 187.130 38.476 184.554 4 2.576 12
5 40 40 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 186.688 38.567 183.402 11 3.286 15
6 24 24 22 Joey Logano Ford 186.514 38.603 184.403 5 2.111 14
7 38 37 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Toyota 186.273 38.653 183.332 13 2.941 20
8 42 42 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Chevy 185.864 38.738 183.542 10 2.322 25
9 29 29 55 Mark Martin Toyota 185.792 38.753 183.988 7 1.804 4
10 8 8 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 185.677 38.777 183.355 12 2.322 18
11 36 35 13 Casey Mears Ford 185.157 38.886 181.566 27 3.591 23
12 30 30 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 185.085 38.901 182.551 23 2.534 27
13 9 9 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 184.876 38.945 185.414 1 -0.538 5
14 37 36 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 184.715 38.979 183.781 8 0.934 19
15 13 13 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevy 184.625 38.998 183.748 9 0.877 88
16 32 32 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 184.374 39.051 183.020 17 1.354 9
17 4 4 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 184.233 39.081 183.178 14 1.055 16
18 1 1 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Chevy 184.044 39.121 183.146 15 0.898 3
19 22 22 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 184.011 39.128 182.325 24 1.686 22
20 11 11 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 183.988 39.133 182.811 19 1.177 24
21 12 12 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 183.852 39.162 182.829 18 1.023 17
22 16 16 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 183.702 39.194 183.085 16 0.617 26
23 21 21 43 Aric Almirola Ford 183.694 39.196 182.570 22 1.124 21
24 15 15 99 Carl Edwards Ford 183.570 39.222 182.574 21 0.996 10
25 33 33 47 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Toyota 183.248 39.291 180.415 30 2.833 31
26 2 2 51 A.J. Allmendinger Chevy 183.113 39.321 184.611 3 -1.498 8
27 14 14 27 Paul Menard Chevy 183.020 39.340 182.255 25 0.765 11
28 43 43 83 David Reutimann Toyota 182.825 39.382 179.739 32 3.086 33
29 18 18 7 Dave Blaney Chevy 182.658 39.418 181.009 28 1.649 32
30 25 25 35 Josh Wise Ford 182.639 39.422 179.229 35 3.410 38
31 7 7 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. # Ford 182.519 39.448 181.837 26 0.682 13
32 10 10 30 David Stremme Toyota 182.473 39.458 180.914 29 1.559 29
33 28 28 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 182.444 39.464 179.933 31 2.511 37
34 6 6 38 David Gilliland Ford 181.493 39.671 175.859 42 5.634 36
35 23 23 98 Michael McDowell Ford 181.087 39.760 179.426 33 1.661 39
36 27 27 33 Landon Cassill Chevy 181.087 39.760 179.078 37 2.009 41
37 35 34 36 JJ Yeley Chevy 180.203 39.955 176.535 41 3.668 28
38 41 41 44 Scott Riggs(i) Ford 179.829 40.038 176.874 40 2.955 45
39 20 20 32 Timmy Hill # Ford 179.471 40.118 177.139 39 2.332 34
40 19 19 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 179.305 40.155 179.278 34 0.027 30
41 31 31 19 Mike Bliss(i) Toyota 178.355 40.369 178.033 38 0.322 44
42 5 5 34 David Ragan Ford 177.813 40.492 179.113 36 -1.300 35
43 26 26 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 177.144 40.645 174.834 43 2.310 42

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
Auto Club 4000
Auto Club Speedway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
Owners
Points
Rank
1 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Chevy 3
2 51 A.J. Allmendinger Chevy 8
3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 7
4 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 16
5 34 David Ragan Ford 35
6 38 David Gilliland Ford 36
7 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. # Ford 13
8 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 18
9 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5
10 30 David Stremme Toyota 29
11 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 24
12 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 17
13 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevy 88
14 27 Paul Menard Chevy 11
15 99 Carl Edwards Ford 10
16 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 26
17 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 12
18 7 Dave Blaney Chevy 32
19 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 30
20 32 Timmy Hill # Ford 34
21 43 Aric Almirola Ford 21
22 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 22
23 98 Michael McDowell Ford 39
24 22 Joey Logano Ford 14
25 35 Josh Wise Ford 38
26 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 42
27 33 Landon Cassill Chevy 41
28 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 37
29 55 Mark Martin Toyota 4
30 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 27
31 19 Mike Bliss(i) Toyota 44
32 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 9
33 47 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Toyota 31
34 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 1
35 36 JJ Yeley Chevy 28
36 13 Casey Mears Ford 23
37 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 19
38 56 Martin Truex, Jr. Toyota 20
39 16 Greg Biffle Ford 6
40 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 15
41 44 Scott Riggs(i) Ford 45
42 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Chevy 25
43 83 David Reutimann Toyota 33

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.

  • 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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