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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 5:10 pm/et on Friday, May 10, 2013

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • 2012 Pole Sitter: #16-Greg Biffle, 180.257mph, finished 12th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, May 2011, 181.254mph

  • Oldest Pole Winner: David Pearson, 47 years, 8 months, 15 days, 9/06/1982

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Kurt Busch, 23 years, 0 months, 29 days, 9/02/2001

  • Fastest Final Practice Speed: #42-Montoya, 177.070mph, scheduled to qualify 6th 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

  • Kurt Busch wins Darlington pole: #78-Kurt Busch won the pole for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway with speed of 181.918mph, a new track record, for his 1st pole of 2013 and 16th of his career. #48-Johnson is on the outside pole, followed by #18-Busch, #5-Kahne, #56-Truex, Jr., #11-Hamlin, #20-Kenseth, #24-Gordon, #16-Biffle, and #29-Harvick. There were 43 cars entered so no one missed the race.(5-10-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Darlington:
    Kurt Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 64th Annual Bojangles' Southern 500 with a lap of 27.032 seconds, 181.918 mph. This is a track record, which was previously set by Kasey Kahne in 2011 with a lap of 181.254 mph.
    This is his 16th pole in 446 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his second pole in 17 races at Darlington Raceway.
    He was the youngest pole winner at Darlington Raceway when he won the pole in September 2001. He was 23 years and 29 days old.
    Jimmie Johnson (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2013 and his eighth in 15 races at Darlington Raceway.
    Kyle Busch (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Darlington Raceway. It is his eighth in 11 races this season.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(5-10-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is scheduled for Friday, May 10, 2013 at 5:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED at 5:00pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network at motorracingnetwork.com.
    Scheduled Qualifying TV Re-Air: 12:00am/et

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #56-Truex, Jr., 1st out to qualify, 180.284mph, starting 5th
    #5-Kahne, 10th out, 170.841, starts 4th
    #48-Johnson, 26th out, 180.974, starts 2nd
    #78-Busch,33rd out, 181.918, starts 1st - pole

  • Final practice for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over after 45 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and any notes:
    #42-Montoya 177.070
    #17-Stenhouse, Jr. 176.809
    #99-Edwards 176.543
    #31-Burton 176.492
    #78-Busch 175.993
    slowest: #7-Blaney 166.953 & #36-Yeley 166.326. No speed: #87-Nemechek.
    Notes: Qualifying will start at 5:10pm/et today and shown on SPEED. With 43 cars at the track, everyone will make the race.
    See fastest kaps, best ten-lap average, laps run and more on the Darlington Practice 2 Speeds (pdf) page.

  • First Friday practice for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over after 120 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and any notes:
    #27-Menard 173.963
    #15-Bowyer 173.626
    #1-McMurray 172.936
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 172.596
    #99-Edwards 172.481
    slowest: #30-Stremme 166.444 & #35-Wise 166.337.
    Notes: #16-Biffle got a Darlington stripe early in the session. The team repaired the car. #36-Yeley, #30-Stremme, and #24-Gordon also scraped the wall, with only minor damage. #10-Patrick hit the wall hard enough that she will have to go to a backup car.
    See fastest kaps, best ten-lap average, laps run and more on the Darlington 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
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Bojangles' Southern 500
Darlington Raceway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manu Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(secs)
1 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Furniture Row Racing / Serta Chevy 181.918 27.032
2 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Lowe's Emerald Green Chevy 180.974 27.173
3 18 Kyle Busch Doublemint Toyota 180.920 27.181
4 5 Kasey Kahne Time Warner Cable Chevy 180.741 27.208
5 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 180.284 27.277
6 11 Denny Hamlin SportClips Toyota 180.158 27.296
7 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Home Depot / Husky Toyota 180.112 27.303
8 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Cromax Pro Chevy 180.105 27.304
9 16 Greg Biffle Meguiar's Ford 180.000 27.320
10 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevy 179.770 27.355
11 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevy 179.684 27.368
12 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 179.632 27.376
13 15 Clint Bowyer KFC Boneless Toyota 179.599 27.381
14 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Zest Ford 179.514 27.394
15 27 Paul Menard Menards / Pittsburgh Paints Chevy 179.468 27.401
16 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevy 179.409 27.410
17 99 Carl Edwards Geek Squad Ford 179.004 27.472
18 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 178.822 27.500
19 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 178.815 27.501
20 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevy 178.750 27.511
21 39 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevy 178.497 27.550
22 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 178.316 27.578
23 47 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Kingsford Charcoal Grill Out for Mom Toyota 178.219 27.593
24 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 177.980 27.630
25 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevy 177.974 27.631
26 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Miller Lite Ford 177.961 27.633
27 51 Regan Smith (i) Hendrickcars.com Chevy 177.948 27.635
28 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 177.730 27.669
29 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 177.685 27.676
30 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 177.653 27.681
31 34 David Ragan Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts Ford 177.646 27.682
32 33 Landon Cassill Little Joe's Autos Chevy 177.300 27.736
33 83 David Reutimann Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 177.051 27.775
34 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford 176.670 27.835
35 98 Michael McDowell Curb Records Ford 176.657 27.837
36 95 Scott Speed Ford 176.359 27.884
37 7 Dave Blaney SANY Chevy 175.918 27.954
38 19 Mike Bliss(i) Plinker Tactical Toyota 175.874 27.961
39 30 David Stremme Swan Energy Toyota 175.748 27.981
40 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy.com Chevy 175.541 28.014
41 32 Timmy Hill # OXY Water Ford 175.128 28.080
42 36 J.J. Yeley Chevy 175.109 28.083
43 87 Joe Nemechek (i) RoyalTeakCollection.com Toyota 173.675 28.315

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
Bojangles' Southern 500
Darlington 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 33 33 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 181.918 27.032 175.993 5 5.925 23
2 26 26 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Chevy 180.974 27.173 174.842 15 6.132 1
3 39 39 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 180.921 27.181 175.779 10 5.142 9
4 11 10 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 180.741 27.208 174.960 14 5.781 6
5 2 1 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 180.284 27.277 175.811 9 4.473 15
6 28 28 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 180.158 27.296 175.372 13 4.786 19
7 42 42 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 180.112 27.303 175.974 7 4.138 12
8 34 34 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 180.105 27.304 175.836 8 4.269 16
9 19 18 16 Greg Biffle Ford 180.000 27.320 175.987 6 4.013 11
10 21 20 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 179.770 27.355 175.528 12 4.242 13
11 41 41 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 179.684 27.368 176.492 4 3.192 22
12 6 5 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 179.632 27.376 177.070 1 2.562 27
13 20 19 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 179.599 27.381 174.525 19 5.074 4
14 18 17 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford 179.514 27.394 176.809 2 2.705 18
15 27 27 27 Paul Menard Chevy 179.486 27.401 173.994 24 5.492 8
16 8 7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 179.409 27.410 175.603 11 3.806 3
17 12 11 99 Carl Edwards Ford 179.004 27.472 176.543 3 2.461 2
18 3 2 43 Aric Almirola Ford 178.822 27.500 174.680 17 4.142 7
19 7 6 13 Casey Mears Ford 178.815 27.501 174.334 21 4.481 26
20 24 23 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Chevy 178.750 27.511 173.626 26 5.124 25
21 17 16 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 178.497 27.550 174.222 22 4.275 20
22 29 29 55 Mark Martin Toyota 178.316 27.578 174.216 23 4.100 10
23 30 30 47 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Toyota 178.219 27.593 173.204 29 5.015 30
24 16 15 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 177.980 27.630 168.515 39 9.465 24
25 37 37 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 177.974 27.631 174.408 20 3.566 17
26 36 36 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 177.961 27.633 172.669 31 5.292 5
27 43 43 51 Regan Smith (i) Chevy 177.948 27.635 173.466 27 4.482 14
28 9 8 38 David Gilliland Ford 177.865 27.676 172.239 34 5.626 31
29 22 22 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 177.730 27.669 174.823 16 2.477 39
30 35 35 22 Joey Logano Ford 177.653 27.681 174.668 18 2.985 21
31 4 3 34 David Ragan Ford 177.646 27.682 172.336 33 5.310 28
32 32 32 33 Landon Cassill Chevy 177.300 27.736 173.246 28 4.054 36
33 25 25 83 David Reutimann Toyota 177.051 27.775 172.905 30 4.146 35
34 14 13 35 Josh Wise(i) Ford 176.670 27.835 172.445 32 4.225 37
35 31 31 98 Michael McDowell Ford 176.657 27.837 169.508 36 7.149 42
36 10 9 95 Scott Speed Ford 176.359 27.884 173.791 25 2.568 41
37 38 38 7 Dave Blaney Chevy 175.918 27.954 166.953 41 8.965 32
38 13 12 19 Mike Bliss(i) Toyota 175.874 27.961 170.513 35 5.361 44
39 5 4 30 David Stremme Toyota 175.748 27.981 169.019 37 6.729 33
40 1 24 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 175.541 28.014 168.758 38 6.783 29
41 23 21 32 Timmy Hill # Ford 175.128 28.080 168.163 40 6.965 38
42 40 40 36 J.J. Yeley Chevy 175.109 28.083 166.326 42 8.783 34
43 15 14 87 Joe Nemechek (i) Toyota 173.675 28.315 0.000 43 173.675 40

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
Bojangles' Southern 500
Darlington Raceway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
Final
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Owners
Points
Rank
1 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy.com Chevy 168.758 38 29
2 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 175.811 9 15
3 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 174.680 17 7
4 34 David Ragan Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts Ford 172.336 33 28
5 30 David Stremme Swan Energy Toyota 169.019 37 33
6 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 177.070 1 27
7 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 174.334 21 26
8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevy 175.603 11 3
9 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 172.239 34 31
10 95 Scott Speed Ford 173.791 25 41
11 5 Kasey Kahne Time Warner Cable Chevy 174.960 14 6
12 99 Carl Edwards Geek Squad Ford 176.543 3 2
13 19 Mike Bliss(i) Plinker Tactical Toyota 170.513 35 44
14 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford 172.445 32 37
15 87 Joe Nemechek (i) RoyalTeakCollection.com Toyota 0.000 43 40
16 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 168.515 39 24
17 39 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevy 174.222 22 20
18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Zest Ford 176.809 2 18
19 16 Greg Biffle Meguiar's Ford 175.987 6 11
20 15 Clint Bowyer RKMotorsCharlotte.com Toyota 174.525 19 4
21 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevy 175.528 12 13
22 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 174.823 16 39
23 32 Timmy Hill # OXY Water Ford 168.163 40 38
24 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevy 173.626 26 25
25 83 David Reutimann Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 172.905 30 35
26 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Lowe's Emerald Green Chevy 174.842 15 1
27 27 Paul Menard Menards / Pittsburgh Paints Chevy 173.994 24 8
28 11 Denny Hamlin SportClips Toyota 175.372 13 19
29 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 174.216 23 10
30 47 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Kingsford Charcoal Grill Out for Mom Toyota 173.204 29 30
31 98 Michael McDowell Curb Records Ford 169.508 36 42
32 33 Landon Cassill Little Joe's Autos Chevy 173.246 28 36
33 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Furniture Row Racing / Serta Chevy 175.993 5 23
34 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Cromax Pro Chevy 175.836 8 16
35 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 174.668 18 21
36 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Miller Lite Ford 172.669 31 5
37 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevy 174.408 20 17
38 7 Dave Blaney SANY Chevy 166.953 41 32
39 18 Kyle Busch Doublemint Toyota 175.779 10 9
40 36 J.J. Yeley Chevy 166.326 42 34
41 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevy 176.492 4 22
42 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Home Depot / Husky Toyota 175.974 7 12
43 51 Regan Smith (i) Hendrickcars.com Chevy 173.466 27 14

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.

  • 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:
    1) Top 36 in owners points.
    2) Past Series Champions not in the top 36 of owners points.
    3) 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.

    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.

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

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