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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 5:35 pm/et on Friday, April 26, 2013

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • April 2012 Pole Sitter: #55-Mark Martin, 128.327mph, finished 8th

  • September 2012 Pole Sitter: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 127.023, finished 14th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Brian Vickers, May 2004, 129.983mph

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Clint Bowyer, May 2008, started 31st

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 53 years, 3 months, 19 days, 4/27/2012

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Brian Vickers, 20 years, 6 months, 21 days, 5/15/2004


  • 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

  • Kenseth wins Richmond pole: #20-Matt Kenseth won the pole for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway with speed of 130.334mph, a new track record, for his 2nd pole of 2013 and 10th of his career. #11-Vickers is on the outside pole, followed by #24-Gordon (was fastest in final practice), #5-Kahne, #15-Bowyer, #42-Montoya, #22-Logano, #18-Busch, #56-Truex, Jr, and #55-Martin. With 43 teams at the track, no one missed the race.(4-26-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Richmond:
    Matt Kenseth won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 59th Annual Toyota Owners 400 with a lap of 20.716 seconds, 130.334 mph.
    This is his 10th pole in 481 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and fifth top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in 27 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Matt Kenseth's qualifying speed set a track record previously held by Brian Vickers, set in May 2004 (129.983 mph).
    Brian Vickers(i) (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2013 and his sixth in 15 races at Richmond International Raceway.
    Jeff Gordon (third) posted his 31st top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway. It is his sixth in nine races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(4-26-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for Friday, April 26, 2013 at 5:35pm/et.
    TV: SPEED at 5:30pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network at motorracingnetwork.com.
    Scheduled Qualifying TV Re-Air: 11:30pm/et

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #14-Stewart, 1st out to qualify, 129.112mph, starting 21st
    #39-Newman, 2nd out to qualify, 129.385mph, starting 15th
    #9-Ambrose, 5th out to qualify, 129.565mph, starting 11th
    #15-Bowyer, 15th out to qualify, 130.158mph, starting 5th
    #20-Kenseth, 10th out to qualify, 130.334mph, starting 1st

  • Final practice for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over after 45 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #24-Gordon 126.963
    #42-Montoya 126.103
    #11-Vickers 125.792
    #27-Menard 125.769
    #1-McMurray 125.675
    slowest: #19-Bliss 120.509 & #52-Keselowski 118.990. no speed: #87-Nemechek.
    Notes: Qualifying is at 5:35pm/et and will be televised on SPEED.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the Richmond Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(4-26-2013)

  • First Friday practice for the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway is over after 120 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #55-Martin 126.755
    #2-Keselowski 126.535
    #18-Busch 126.458
    #20-Kenseth 125.810
    #11-Vickers 125.535
    slowest: #36-Yeley 120.730, #52-Keselowski 118.286.
    Notes: There will be a second practice session this afternoon at 2:45pm/et, followed by qualifying at 5:30pm/et.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the Richmond Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(4-26-2013)

  • 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
Toyota Owners 400
Richmond International Raceway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manu Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(secs)
1 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 130.334 20.716
2 11 Brian Vickers(i) FedEx Delivery Manager Toyota 130.303 20.721
3 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevy 130.252 20.729
4 5 Kasey Kahne Quaker State / Menards Chevy 130.183 20.740
5 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota Care Toyota 130.158 20.744
6 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Depend Chevy 129.851 20.793
7 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 129.758 20.808
8 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 129.633 20.828
9 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Brakes Toyota 129.596 20.834
10 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 129.577 20.837
11 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 129.565 20.839
12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Zest Ford 129.552 20.841
13 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevy 129.534 20.844
14 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing / Sealy Chevy 129.422 20.862
15 39 Ryan Newman Outback Steakhouse Chevy 129.385 20.868
16 31 Jeff Burton Airgas / Bulwark Chevy 129.372 20.870
17 29 Kevin Harvick Bell Helicopter Chevy 129.366 20.871
18 7 Dave Blaney SANY Chevy 129.292 20.883
19 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevy 129.187 20.900
20 34 David Ragan CSX / Play it Safe Ford 129.162 20.904
21 14 Tony Stewart Rush Truck Centers / Mobil 1 Chevy 129.112 20.912
22 83 David Reutimann Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 129.112 20.912
23 2 Brad Keselowski Redd's Apple Ale Ford 129.032 20.925
24 51 AJ Allmendinger Phoenix Construction Chevy 128.915 20.944
25 30 David Stremme Swan Energy Toyota 128.811 20.961
26 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Dover White Chevy 128.780 20.966
27 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford 128.743 20.972
28 99 Carl Edwards Geek Squad Ford 128.725 20.975
29 27 Paul Menard Menards / CertainTeed Chevy 128.719 20.976
30 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy.com Chevy 128.700 20.979
31 33 Landon Cassill Little Joe's Autos / Precon Marine Chevy 128.682 20.982
32 47 Bobby Labonte Bush's Beans Toyota 128.608 20.994
33 16 Greg Biffle American Red Cross Ford 128.516 21.009
34 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 128.351 21.036
35 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 128.053 21.085
36 93 Travis Kvapil Dominion Raceway Toyota 127.956 21.101
37-OP 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 127.883 21.113
38-OP 19 Mike Bliss(i) Plinker Tactical / G Oil Toyota 127.485 21.179
39-OP 36 JJ Yeley NASCAR Foundation Chevy 126.547 21.336
40-OP 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 126.404 21.360
41-OP 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Acredale Vending / AM FM Energy Toyota 125.886 21.448
42-OP 32 Timmy Hill # OXY water Ford 125.692 21.481
43-OP 52 Brian Keselowski Highland Wealth Advisors Toyota 123.751 21.818

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
Toyota Owners 400
Richmond International Raceway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Rank Sched
Qual
Pos
Actual
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Manu Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(secs)
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Difference from
practice speed
Owners
Points
Rank
1 13 13 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 130.334 20.716 124.844 20 5.490 8
2 19 19 11 Brian Vickers(i) Toyota 130.303 20.721 125.792 3 4.511 12
3 40 40 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 130.252 20.729 126.963 1 3.289 18
4 24 24 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 130.183 20.740 124.983 16 5.200 2
5 10 10 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 130.158 20.744 125.284 11 4.874 9
6 16 16 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 129.851 20.793 126.103 2 3.748 28
7 20 20 22 Joey Logano Ford 129.758 20.808 123.220 32 6.538 22
8 17 17 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 129.633 20.828 125.012 15 4.621 7
9 26 26 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 129.596 20.834 125.605 7 3.991 17
10 30 30 55 Mark Martin Toyota 129.577 20.837 123.677 28 5.900 11
11 5 5 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 129.565 20.839 124.683 21 4.882 21
12 42 42 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford 129.552 20.841 125.255 13 4.297 20
13 11 11 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 129.534 20.844 125.675 5 3.859 13
14 12 12 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 129.422 20.862 123.598 30 5.824 24
15 2 2 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 129.385 20.868 124.942 17 4.443 19
16 6 6 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 129.372 20.870 125.570 8 3.802 25
17 18 18 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 129.366 20.871 125.267 12 4.099 14
18 41 41 7 Dave Blaney Chevy 129.292 20.883 124.430 23 4.862 30
19 8 8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 129.187 20.900 125.546 9 3.641 5
20 25 25 34 David Ragan Ford 129.162 20.904 123.672 29 5.490 33
21 1 1 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Chevy 129.112 20.912 125.023 14 4.089 23
22 27 27 83 David Reutimann Toyota 129.112 20.912 123.069 34 6.043 34
23 15 15 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 129.032 20.925 124.867 18 4.165 3
24 35 35 51 A.J. Allmendinger Chevy 128.915 20.944 125.622 6 3.293 16
25 43 43 30 David Stremme Toyota 128.811 20.961 123.967 25 4.844 31
26 7 7 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Chevy 128.780 20.966 124.861 19 3.919 1
27 22 22 35 Josh Wise(i) Ford 128.743 20.972 122.183 38 6.560 39
28 37 37 99 Carl Edwards Ford 128.725 20.975 125.436 10 3.289 6
29 23 23 27 Paul Menard Chevy 128.719 20.976 125.769 4 2.950 10
30 3 3 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 128.700 20.979 123.842 27 4.858 27
31 33 33 33 Landon Cassill Chevy 128.682 20.982 122.482 35 6.200 38
32 29 29 47 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Toyota 128.608 20.994 122.194 37 6.414 29
33 31 31 16 Greg Biffle Ford 128.516 21.009 124.619 22 3.897 4
34 4 4 43 Aric Almirola Ford 128.351 21.036 124.109 24 4.242 15
35 39 39 98 Michael McDowell Ford 128.053 21.085 123.893 26 4.160 42
36 21 21 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 127.956 21.101 123.271 31 4.685 36
37 38 38 38 David Gilliland Ford 127.883 21.113 122.117 39 5.766 35
38 9 9 19 Mike Bliss(i) Toyota 127.485 21.179 120.509 41 6.976 44
39 28 28 36 J.J. Yeley Chevy 126.547 21.336 120.714 40 5.833 32
40 36 36 13 Casey Mears Ford 126.404 21.360 123.085 33 3.319 26
41 32 32 87 Joe Nemechek (i) Toyota 125.886 21.448 0.000 43 125.886 41
42 34 34 32 Timmy Hill # Ford 125.692 21.481 122.294 36 3.398 37
43 14 14 52 Brian Keselowski Toyota 123.751 21.818 118.990 42 4.761 48

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
Toyota Owners 400
Richmond International Raceway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
Final
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Owners
Points
Rank
1 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Chevy 125.023 14 23
2 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 124.942 17 19
3 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 123.842 27 27
4 43 Aric Almirola Ford 124.109 24 15
5 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 124.683 21 21
6 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 125.570 8 25
7 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Chevy 124.861 19 1
8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 125.546 9 5
9 19 Mike Bliss(i) Toyota 120.509 41 44
10 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 125.284 11 9
11 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 125.675 5 13
12 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 123.598 30 24
13 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 124.844 20 8
14 52 Brian Keselowski Toyota 118.990 42 48
15 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 124.867 18 3
16 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 126.103 2 28
17 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 125.012 15 7
18 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 125.267 12 14
19 11 Brian Vickers(i) Toyota 125.792 3 12
20 22 Joey Logano Ford 123.220 32 22
21 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 123.271 31 36
22 35 Josh Wise(i) Ford 122.183 38 39
23 27 Paul Menard Chevy 125.769 4 10
24 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 124.983 16 2
25 34 David Ragan Ford 123.672 29 33
26 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 125.605 7 17
27 83 David Reutimann Toyota 123.069 34 34
28 36 J.J. Yeley Chevy 120.714 40 32
29 47 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Toyota 122.194 37 29
30 55 Mark Martin Toyota 123.677 28 11
31 16 Greg Biffle Ford 124.619 22 4
32 87 Joe Nemechek (i) Toyota 0.000 43 41
33 33 Landon Cassill Chevy 122.482 35 38
34 32 Timmy Hill # Ford 122.294 36 37
35 51 A.J. Allmendinger Chevy 125.622 6 16
36 13 Casey Mears Ford 123.085 33 26
37 99 Carl Edwards Ford 125.436 10 6
38 38 David Gilliland Ford 122.117 39 35
39 98 Michael McDowell Ford 123.893 26 42
40 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 126.963 1 18
41 7 Dave Blaney Chevy 124.430 23 30
42 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford 125.255 13 20
43 30 David Stremme Toyota 123.967 25 31

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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