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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 6:40 pm/et on Friday, April 12, 2013

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

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

  • November 2012 Pole Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 191.076mph, finished 1st

  • 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 Final Practice Speed: #9-Ambrose, 191.354mph, scheduled to qualify 38th out of 45 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

  • Kyle Busch wins Texas pole: #18-Kyle Busch won the pole for the NRA 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with speed of 196.299mph, a new track record, for his 2nd pole of 2013 and 12th of his career. #78-Busch will start 2nd, followed by #43-Almirola, #9-Ambrose, #56-Truex, Jr., #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #48-Johnson, #24-Gordon, #99-Edwards, and #42-Montoya. Missing the race were: #95-Speed & #44-Riggs.(4-12-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Texas:
    Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 17th Annual NRA 500 with a track-record lap of 27.509 seconds, 196.299 mph.
    This is his 12th pole in 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and fifth top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in 16 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    Kurt Busch (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2013 and his seventh in 21 races at Texas Motor Speedway.
    This is the second time the Busch brothers have started 1-2. The first was at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2009.
    Aric Almirola (third) posted his first top-10 start at Texas Motor Speedway. It is his first in seven races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-12-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the NRA 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, April 5, 2013 at 6:40pm/et.
    TV: SPEED at 6:30pm/et
    Radio: Performace Racing Network at goprn.com.
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: 12:00am/et

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #11-Vickers, 1st out to qualify, 193.444mph, starting 15th
    #43-Almirola, 5th out to qualify, 195.009mph, starting 3rd
    #78-Kusch, 34th out to qualify, 195.688mph, starting 2nd
    #18-Busch, 42nd out to qualify, 196.299mph, starting 1st

  • Final practice for the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #9-Ambrose 191.354
    #18-Busch 190.988
    #43-Almirola 190.503
    #78-Busch 190.476
    #56-Truex, Jr. 190.255
    slowest: #47-Labonte 181.555 & #87-Nemechek 179.892.
    #29-Harvick blew an engine and will have to start at the rear of the field Saturday night.
    notes: Qualifying is at 6:40pm/et this evening and will be broadcast on SPEED. There is no on-track activity tomorrow, other than the race.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the NRA 500 Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(4-12-2013)

  • Friday's first practice for the NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #56-Truex, Jr. 192.143
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 192.123
    #48-Johnson 191.510
    #1-McMurray 191.347
    #29-Harvick 190.853
    slowest: #32-Hill 181.714 & #44-Riggs 181.488.
    notes: there will be two practice sessions today, followed by qualifying at 6:40pm/et
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the NRA 500 Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(4-12-2013)

  • 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
NRA 500
Texas Motor Speedway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manu Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(secs)
1 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 196.299 27.509
2 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Furniture Row Racing / Serta Chevy 195.688 27.595
3 43 Aric Almirola Eckrich Ford 195.009 27.691
4 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 194.946 27.700
5 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 194.770 27.725
6 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevy 194.532 27.759
7 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Lowe's Dover White Chevy 194.503 27.763
8 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Cromax Pro Chevy 194.168 27.811
9 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 194.147 27.814
10 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target / Kellogg's Chevy 194.007 27.834
11 1 Jamie McMurray Bell Helicopter Chevy 193.819 27.861
12 51 Austin Dillon (i) Bruce Lowrie Chevy / Realtree Chevy 193.764 27.869
13 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops Chevy 193.632 27.888
14 5 Kasey Kahne Time Warner Cable Chevy 193.451 27.914
15 11 Brian Vickers (i) FedEx Office / March of Dimes Toyota 193.444 27.915
16 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Miller Lite Ford 193.431 27.917
17 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Best Buy Ford 193.195 27.951
18 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 192.885 27.996
19 27 Paul Menard Quaker State / Menards Chevy 192.781 28.011
20 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Dollar General Toyota 192.761 28.014
21 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevy 192.761 28.014
22 21 Trevor Bayne (i) Motorcraft/QuickLaneTire&AutoCenter Ford 192.754 28.015
23 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 192.644 28.031
24 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 192.596 28.038
25 34 David Ragan Love's Travel Stops Ford 192.555 28.044
26 15 Clint Bowyer Gander Mountain Toyota 192.267 28.086
27 38 David Gilliland EZ Pawn / EZ Money Ford 192.102 28.110
28 7 Dave Blaney SANY Chevy 191.891 28.141
29 29 Kevin Harvick Rheem Chevy 191.734 28.164
30 47 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Bush's Beans Toyota 191.571 28.188
31 39 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevy 191.557 28.190
32 93 Travis Kvapil Dr Pepper Toyota 191.279 28.231
33 30 David Stremme Lean 1 / Swan Energy Toyota 191.144 28.251
34 19 Mike Bliss Plinker Tactical / MCM Elegante Toyota 190.927 28.283
35 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 190.921 28.284
36 36 J.J. Yeley Accell Construction Chevy 190.705 28.316
37-OP 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 190.698 28.317
38-OP 83 David Reutimann Dr Pepper Toyota 190.020 28.418
39-OP 33 Landon Cassill Little Joe's Autos / Precon Marine Chevy 189.361 28.517
40-OP 35 Josh Wise (i) MDS Transport Ford 189.129 28.552
41-OP 87 Joe Nemechek (i) ATIgunstocks.com Toyota 188.160 28.699
42-OP 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy.com Chevy 188.094 28.709
43-OP 32 Timmy Hill # OXY water Ford 186.290 28.987
DNQ 95 Scott Speed Tracking Point / B&D Electrical Ford 187.617 28.782
DNQ 44 Scott Riggs JPO Absorbents Ford 186.149 29.009

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
NRA 500
Texas Motor Speedway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Rank Sched
Qual
Pos
Actual
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Manu Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(secs)
Final
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Difference from
practice speed
Owners
Points
Rank
1 42 42 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 196.299 27.509 190.988 2 5.311 4
2 37 34 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 195.688 27.595 190.476 4 5.212 21
3 5 5 43 Aric Almirola Ford 195.009 27.691 190.503 3 4.506 19
4 38 35 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 194.946 27.700 191.354 1 3.592 22
5 11 11 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 194.770 27.725 190.255 5 4.515 26
6 43 43 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 194.532 27.759 184.767 38 9.765 3
7 27 27 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Chevy 194.503 27.763 185.810 33 8.693 1
8 18 17 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 194.168 27.811 189.235 11 4.933 15
9 20 20 99 Carl Edwards Ford 194.147 27.814 188.745 15 5.402 7
10 32 31 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 194.007 27.834 190.054 6 3.953 31
11 33 32 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 193.819 27.861 185.586 35 8.233 16
12 34 33 51 Austin Dillon (i) Chevy 193.764 27.869 188.844 14 4.920 11
13 14 18 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Chevy 193.632 27.888 188.422 17 5.210 23
14 29 29 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 193.451 27.914 186.079 32 7.372 5
15 1 1 11 Brian Vickers (i) Toyota 193.444 27.915 188.864 13 4.580 9
16 24 24 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 193.431 27.917 189.361 10 4.070 2
17 25 25 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford 193.195 27.951 186.884 28 6.311 18
18 21 21 22 Joey Logano Ford 192.885 27.996 188.101 19 4.784 14
19 26 26 27 Paul Menard Chevy 192.781 28.011 189.593 9 3.188 10
20 13 13 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 192.761 28.014 185.612 34 7.149 12
21 12 12 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 192.761 28.014 190.020 7 2.741 25
22 6 6 21 Trevor Bayne (i) Ford 192.754 28.015 188.278 18 4.476 42
23 23 23 55 Mark Martin Toyota 192.644 28.031 188.469 16 4.175 13
24 17 16 13 Casey Mears Ford 192.596 28.038 188.003 20 4.593 20
25 28 28 34 David Ragan Ford 192.555 28.044 186.968 26 5.587 33
26 8 8 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 192.267 28.086 188.877 12 3.390 8
27 35 39 38 David Gilliland Ford 192.102 28.110 187.279 25 4.823 35
28 39 40 7 Dave Blaney Chevy 191.891 28.141 184.357 39 7.534 30
29 36 41 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 191.734 28.164 185.401 37 6.333 17
30 44 44 47 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Toyota 191.571 28.188 181.555 44 10.016 29
31 2 2 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 191.557 28.190 187.578 22 3.979 24
32 45 45 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 191.279 28.231 186.909 27 4.370 37
33 4 4 30 David Stremme Toyota 191.144 28.251 187.650 21 3.494 32
34 19 19 19 Mike Bliss Toyota 190.927 28.283 186.471 31 4.456 45
35 10 10 16 Greg Biffle Ford 190.921 28.284 189.673 8 1.248 6
36 22 22 36 J.J. Yeley Chevy 190.705 28.316 182.352 43 8.353 28
37 30 30 98 Michael McDowell Ford 190.698 28.317 187.389 24 3.309 41
38 15 14 83 David Reutimann Toyota 190.020 28.418 185.459 36 4.561 34
39 7 7 33 Landon Cassill Chevy 189.361 28.517 186.780 29 2.581 38
40 31 36 35 Josh Wise (i) Ford 189.129 28.552 186.670 30 2.459 40
41 40 37 87 Joe Nemechek (i) Toyota 188.160 28.699 179.892 45 8.268 39
42 3 3 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 188.094 28.709 187.409 23 0.685 27
43 16 15 95 Scott Speed Ford 187.617 28.782 183.730 40 3.887 43
44 41 38 32 Timmy Hill # Ford 186.290 28.987 183.225 42 3.065 36
45 9 9 44 Scott Riggs Ford 186.149 29.009 183.231 41 2.918 44

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
NRA 500
Texas Motor Speedway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
Owners
Points
Rank
1 11 Brian Vickers (i) FedEx Office / March of Dimes Toyota 9
2 39 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevy 24
3 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy.com Chevy 27
4 30 David Stremme Lean 1 / Swan Energy Toyota 32
5 43 Aric Almirola Eckrich Ford 19
6 21 Trevor Bayne (i) Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 42
7 33 Landon Cassill Little Joe's Autos / Precon Marine Chevy 38
8 15 Clint Bowyer Gander Mountain Toyota 8
9 44 Scott Riggs JPO Absorbents Ford 44
10 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 6
11 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 26
12 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevy 25
13 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Dollar General Toyota 12
14 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops Chevy 23
15 83 David Reutimann Dr Pepper Toyota 34
16 95 Scott Speed Tracking Point / B&D Electrical Ford 43
17 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 20
18 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Cromax Pro Chevy 15
19 19 Mike Bliss (i) Plinker Tactical / MCM Elegante Toyota 45
20 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 7
21 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 14
22 36 J.J. Yeley Accell Construction Chevy 28
23 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 13
24 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Miller Lite Ford 2
25 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Best Buy Ford 18
26 27 Paul Menard Quaker State / Menards Chevy 10
27 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Lowe's Dover White Chevy 1
28 34 David Ragan Love's Travel Stops Ford 33
29 5 Kasey Kahne Time Warner Cable Chevy 5
30 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 41
31 35 Josh Wise (i) MDS Transport Ford 40
32 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target / Kellogg's Chevy 31
33 1 Jamie McMurray Bell Helicopter Chevy 16
34 51 Austin Dillon (i) Bruce Lowrie Chevy / Realtree Chevy 11
35 38 David Gilliland EZ Pawn / EZ Money Ford 35
36 29 Kevin Harvick Rheem Chevy 17
37 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Furniture Row Racing / Serta Chevy 21
38 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 22
39 7 Dave Blaney SANY Chevy 30
40 87 Joe Nemechek (i) ATIgunstocks.com Toyota 39
41 32 Timmy Hill OXY water Ford 36
42 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 4
43 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevy 3
44 47 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Bush's Beans Toyota 29
45 93 Travis Kvapil Dr Pepper Toyota 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.

  • 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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