Talladega Qualifying and Starting Lineup

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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 12:10 pm/et on Saturday, May 4, 2013

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • May 2012 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 191.623mph, finished 33rd

  • October 2012 Pole Sitter: #5-Kasey Kahne, 191.455mph, finished 12th

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record (no restrictor plate): Bill Elliott, April 1987, 212.809mph

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record (Restrictor Plate): Bill Elliott, May 1990, 199.388 (15/16th inch plate)

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 52 years, 9 months, 14 days, 10/22/2011

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 26 years, 7 months, 4 days, 4/21/2002

  • Fastest First Practice Speed: #99-Edwards, 199.675mph, scheduled to qualify 36th out of 44 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

  • Qualifying for the Aaron's 499 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway has been canceled due to rain. The lineup was set by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rules book. First the 43 teams making the race are determined:
    Top 36 in owners points.
    Past Series Champions not in the top 36 of owners points.
    Then by race attempts, ties broken by owners points rank.
    The starting order is then set by 1st practice speed.
    So #99-Edwards starts 1st [not awarded the pole], #56-Truex Jr., #9-Ambrose, #22-Logano, #39-Newman, #20-Kenseth, #11-Hamlin, #48-Johnson, #24-Gordon and #5-Kahne.(5-4-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Aaron's 499 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 12:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED at 12:00pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network at motorracingnetwork.com.
    Scheduled Qualifying TV Re-Air: 7:00pm/et

  • Happy Hour practice for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and any notes - some speds under drafting and some one lap attempts:
    #2-Keselowski 195.896
    #30-Stremme 195.544
    #5-Kahne 195.540
    #43-Almirola 195.540
    #83-Reutimann 195.445
    slowest: #33-Cassill 186.634 & #36-Yeley 187.181
    only 27 of 44 drivers ran laps.
    See fastest kaps, best ten-lap average, laps run and more on the Talladega Happy Hour Practice Speeds (pdf) page.

  • First Friday practice for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over, after 45 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and any notes - speeds are under drafting condistions:
    #99-Edwards 199.675
    #56-Truex Jr. 199.652
    #9-Ambrose 199.608
    #22-Logano 199.596
    #39-Newman 199.542
    slowest: #36-Yeley 177.781 & #33-Cassill 182.105
    Notes: cars were doing drafting practice, in a few packs. Denny Halin was in the #11 for the first 20 minutes, then Vickers got in the car with about 10 minutes left in practice. So if qualifying gets rained out, #99-Edwards would start first.
    See fastest kaps, best ten-lap average, laps run and more on the Talladega Practice 1 Speeds (pdf) page.

  • First Friday practice for the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway is over, after 45 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and any notes - speeds are under drafting condistions:
    #99-Edwards 199.675
    #56-Truex Jr. 199.652
    #9-Ambrose 199.608
    #22-Logano 199.596
    #39-Newman 199.542
    slowest: #36-Yeley 177.781 & #33-Cassill 182.105
    Notes: cars were doing drafting practice, in a few packs. Denny Halin was in the #11 for the first 20 minutes, then Vickers got in the car with about 10 minutes left in practice. So if qualifying gets rained out, #99-Edwards would start first.
    See fastest kaps, laps run and more on the Talladega Practice 1 Speeds (pdf) page.

  • Race info at: Race Info Page

  • Event Entry List

  • Qualifying Rules

  • Past Champions Provisional

  • All Time Sprint Cup Pole Winners


Starting Lineup
Qualifying canceled, set by rules book
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Aaron's 499
Talladega Superspeedway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Top 36 in owners points, then past champs not in the field yet
then the rest of the field is chosen by race attempts, ties broken by owners points rank
THEN all 43 set by speeds in 1st practice
Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manu First
Practice
Speed (mph)
Owners
Points
/ Race
Attempts
First
Practice
Rank
1 99 Carl Edwards Ford 199.675 2/9 1
2 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 199.650 18/9 2
3 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 199.608 25/9 3
4 22 Joey Logano Ford 199.596 20/9 4
5 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 199.542 19/9 5
6 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 199.467 14/9 6
7 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 199.317 16/9 7
8 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Chevy 199.222 1/9 8
9 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 198.722 17/9 9
10 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 198.664 3/9 10
11 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 198.606 6/9 11
12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 198.561 4/9 12
13 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 198.499 7/9 13
14 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 198.396 13/9 14
15 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 198.372 41/3 15
16 27 Paul Menard Chevy 198.306 10/9 16
17 16 Greg Biffle Ford 198.162 8/9 17
18 43 Aric Almirola Ford 197.962 11/9 18
19 34 David Ragan Ford 197.627 31/9 19
20 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 197.610 5/9 20
21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford 197.549 21/9 21
22 13 Casey Mears Ford 197.443 27/9 22
23 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 197.439 28/9 23
24 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 197.309 9/9 24
25 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Chevy 196.972 24/9 25
26 35 Josh Wise(i) Ford 196.507 37/9 26
27 30 David Stremme Toyota 196.342 33/9 27
28 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 196.318 12/9 28
29 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 195.985 22/9 29
30 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 195.860 26/9 30
31 38 David Gilliland Ford 195.828 35/9 31
32 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 195.381 38/9 32
33 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 195.098 23/9 33
34 51 Regan Smith(i) Chevy 194.318 15/9 34
35 83 David Reutimann Toyota 194.129 32/9 35
36 95 Scott Speed Ford 189.823 43//6 37
37 32 Terry Labonte (PC8) Ford 189.103 39/9 38
38 98 Michael McDowell Ford 189.044 42/8 39
39 47 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Toyota 188.593 29/9 40
40 7 Dave Blaney Chevy 187.126 30/9 41
41 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 186.685 40/9 42
42 33 Landon Cassill Chevy 182.105 36/9 43
43 36 JJ Yeley Chevy 177.781 34/9 44
did not qualify, too low in owners points / attempts
44 81 Elliott Sadler(i) Toyota 190.370 47/1 36

RED = made the race by race attempts. ties broken by owners points rank

BLUE = made the race as a past NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion.

# 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
Aaron's 499
Talladega Superspeedway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
First
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Owners
Points
Rank
1 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 195.381 32 38
2 35 Josh Wise(i) Ford 196.507 26 37
3 95 Scott Speed Ford 189.823 37 43
4 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 199.317 7 16
5 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 195.985 29 22
6 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 186.685 42 40
7 7 Dave Blaney Chevy 187.126 41 30
8 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 199.608 3 25
9 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 198.664 10 3
10 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 195.860 30 26
11 22 Joey Logano Ford 199.596 4 20
12 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 199.467 6 14
13 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 198.722 9 17
14 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 199.542 5 19
15 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 197.610 20 5
16 43 Aric Almirola Ford 197.962 18 11
17 13 Casey Mears Ford 197.443 22 27
18 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 198.606 11 6
19 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Chevy 196.972 25 24
20 32 Terry Labonte (PC8) Ford 189.103 38 39
21 51 Regan Smith(i) Chevy 194.318 34 15
22 30 David Stremme Toyota 196.342 27 33
23 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford 197.549 21 21
24 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 199.650 2 18
25 36 JJ Yeley Chevy 177.781 44 34
26 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 197.439 23 28
27 34 David Ragan Ford 197.627 19 31
28 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 198.561 12 4
29 81 Elliott Sadler(i) Toyota 190.370 36 47
30 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 197.309 24 9
31 16 Greg Biffle Ford 198.162 17 8
32 83 David Reutimann Toyota 194.129 35 32
33 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 198.372 15 41
34 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 195.098 33 23
35 33 Landon Cassill Chevy 182.105 43 36
36 99 Carl Edwards Ford 199.675 1 2
37 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 198.396 14 13
38 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 196.318 28 12
39 98 Michael McDowell Ford 189.044 39 42
40 38 David Gilliland Ford 195.828 31 35
41 27 Paul Menard Chevy 198.306 16 10
42 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 198.499 13 7
43 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Chevy 199.222 8 1
44 47 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Toyota 188.593 40 29

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 provisional 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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