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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 7:10 pm/et on Thursday, May 23 2013

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • 2012 May Pole Sitter: #43-Aric Almirola, 192.940mph, finished 16th

  • 2012 October Pole Sitter: #16-Greg Biffle, 193.708mph, finished 4th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Greg Biffle, Oct 2012, 193.708mph

  • Coke 600 Qualifying Record: #12-Ryan Newman, May 2005, 192.988mph

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 22 years, 2 months, 6 days, 10/10/1993

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Bobby Allison, 49 years, 10 months, 8 days, 10/11/1987

  • Fastest First Practice Speed: #78-Busch, 190.846mph, scheduled to qualify 23rd 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

  • Hamlin wins Charlotte pole: #11-Denny Hamlin won the pole for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with new track record speed of 195.624mph for his 2nd pole of 2013 and 14th of his career. #78-Busch is on the outside pole, followed by #20-Kenseth, #55-Martin, #15-Bowyer, #5-Kahne, #16-Biffle, #18-Busch, #1-McMurray and #39-Newman. The first nine drivers all were faster then the track record, set in Oct 2012 by Greg Biffle (193.709). Missing the race was: #19-Bliss [was 40th fastest and 44th in owners points].(5-23-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Charlotte:
    #11- Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 54th Annual COCA-COLA 600 with a lap of 27.604 seconds, 195.624 mph.
    This is his 14th pole in 267 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and seventh top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in 16 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #78-Kurt Busch (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2013 and his sixth in 26 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #20-Matt Kenseth (third) posted his 10th top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his eighth in 12 races this season.
    #10-Danica Patrick (24th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(5-23-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 7:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED at 7:00pm/et
    Radio: Performace Racing Network at goprn.com.
    Scheduled Qualifying TV Re-Air: none

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #2-Keselowski, 1st out to qualify, 191.884mph, starts 20th
    #42-Montoya, 5th out, 192.287, starts 16th
    #48-Johnson, 9th out, 193.292, starts 12th
    #18-Busch, 11th out, 193.952, starts 8th, Track Record
    #78-Busch, 22nd out, 195.221, starts 2nd, Track Record
    #11-Hamlin, 37th out, 195.624, starts 1st - on the pole, Track Record

  • Thursday practice for the Coca Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top 5, slowest and any notes:
    #78-Busch 190.846
    #18-Busch 190.469
    #48-Johnson 189.660
    #5-Kahne 189.660
    #43-Almirola 189.454
    slowest: #35-Wise 181.232 & #83-Reutimann 182.766
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Charlotte Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(5-23-2013)

  • 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
Coca-Cola 600
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manu Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(secs)
1 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 195.624 27.604
2 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing / Sealy Chevy 195.221 27.661
3 20 Matt Kenseth Home Depot / Husky Toyota 195.094 27.679
4 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 194.595 27.750
5 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 194.503 27.763
6 5 Kasey Kahne Time Warner Cable Chevy 194.349 27.785
7 16 Greg Biffle Fastenal Ford 194.238 27.801
8 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Red-White-Blue M-Prove America Toyota 193.952 27.842
9 1 Jamie McMurray Bad Boy Buggies Chevy 193.694 27.879
10 39 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevy 193.639 27.887
11 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevy 193.444 27.915
12 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Patriotic Chevy 193.292 27.937
13 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 193.271 27.940
14 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevy 192.961 27.985
15 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevy 192.520 28.049
16 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 192.287 28.083
17 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 192.191 28.097
18 43 Aric Almirola US Air Force Ford 192.130 28.106
19 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 192.123 28.107
20 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 191.884 28.142
21 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 191.884 28.142
22 27 Paul Menard Menards / Serta Chevy 191.727 28.165
23 36 JJ Yeley World Trade Barter Solutions Chevy 190.988 28.274
24 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy.com Chevy 190.826 28.298
25 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevy 190.792 28.303
26 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 190.665 28.322
27 31 Jeff Burton Cheerios Chevy 190.490 28.348
28 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 190.416 28.359
29 21 Trevor Bayne Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 190.409 28.360
30 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Fastenal Ford 190.241 28.385
31 22 Joey Logano Pennzoil Shell Ford 190.047 28.414
32 98 Michael McDowell Hyde Park Storage Suites Ford 189.967 28.426
33 7 Dave Blaney SANY Chevy 189.793 28.452
34 47 Bobby Labonte Bush's Grillin' Beans Toyota 189.401 28.511
35 34 David Ragan Dockside Logistics Ford 189.049 28.564
36 51 Regan Smith(i) Hendrickcars.com Chevy 188.725 28.613
37-OP 95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 188.659 28.623
38-OP 83 David Reutimann Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 188.383 28.665
39-OP 30 David Stremme Lean 1 / Swan Energy Toyota 188.265 28.683
40-OP 32 Timmy Hill # OXY Water Ford 188.114 28.706
41-OP 87 Joe Nemechek(i) NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 188.081 28.711
42-OP 33 Landon Cassill(i) ShopBicycleCards.com / Little Joe's Autos Chevy 188.075 28.712
43-OP 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford 186.406 28.969
44-DNQ 19 Mike Bliss(i) Gentry Plastics / Plinker Tactical Toyota 188.219 28.690

NASCAR changed the starting lineup a few hours after it ended, moving the #95 to 37th and dropping the rest down one position - it is now updated

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) (updated)


Qualifying Results
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Coca-Cola 600
Charlotte Motor Speedway
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 39 37 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 195.624 27.604 188.528 15 7.096 18
2 23 22 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 195.221 27.661 190.846 1 4.375 21
3 43 42 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 195.094 27.679 189.056 9 6.038 3
4 31 30 55 Mark Martin Toyota 194.595 27.750 189.115 8 5.480 15
5 44 43 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 194.503 27.763 188.706 13 5.797 5
6 40 38 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 194.349 27.785 189.660 3 4.689 6
7 25 24 16 Greg Biffle Ford 194.238 27.801 187.859 22 6.379 13
8 11 11 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 193.952 27.842 190.469 2 3.483 8
9 33 32 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 193.694 27.879 187.617 23 6.077 17
10 32 31 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 193.639 27.887 188.186 18 5.453 20
11 34 33 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 193.444 27.915 188.871 12 4.573 4
12 9 9 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Chevy 193.292 27.937 189.660 4 3.632 1
13 30 29 99 Carl Edwards Ford 193.271 27.940 188.534 14 4.737 2
14 26 25 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 192.961 27.985 188.890 11 4.071 12
15 21 20 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 192.520 28.049 189.135 7 3.385 10
16 5 5 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 192.287 28.083 189.228 6 3.059 25
17 27 26 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 192.191 28.097 188.990 10 3.201 14
18 20 19 43 Aric Almirola Ford 192.130 28.106 189.454 5 2.676 9
19 36 39 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 192.123 28.107 188.062 20 4.061 26
20 1 1 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 191.884 28.142 187.084 26 4.800 7
21 10 10 13 Casey Mears Ford 191.884 28.142 187.065 27 4.819 27
22 3 3 27 Paul Menard Chevy 191.727 28.165 188.416 17 3.311 11
23 38 35 36 JJ Yeley Chevy 190.988 28.274 184.212 40 6.776 34
24 19 18 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 190.826 28.298 186.948 29 3.878 29
25 35 36 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Chevy 190.792 28.303 188.429 16 2.363 24
26 29 28 38 David Gilliland Ford 190.665 28.322 186.632 33 4.033 32
27 7 7 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 190.490 28.348 187.591 24 2.899 23
28 41 40 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 190.416 28.359 186.175 34 4.241 38
29 12 12 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 190.409 28.360 188.022 21 2.387 43
30 8 8 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford 190.241 28.385 187.058 28 3.183 19
31 2 2 22 Joey Logano Ford 190.047 28.414 188.094 19 1.953 22
32 15 15 98 Michael McDowell Ford 189.967 28.426 186.787 32 3.180 42
33 42 41 7 Dave Blaney Chevy 189.793 28.452 185.287 38 4.506 31
34 28 27 47 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Toyota 189.401 28.511 185.185 39 4.216 30
35 37 34 34 David Ragan Ford 189.049 28.564 186.800 31 2.249 28
36 14 14 51 Regan Smith(i) Chevy 188.725 28.613 187.097 25 1.628 16
37 17 17 95 Scott Speed Ford 188.659 28.623 186.162 35 2.497 41
38 24 23 83 David Reutimann Toyota 188.383 28.665 182.766 43 5.617 35
39 16 16 30 David Stremme Toyota 188.265 28.683 185.338 37 2.927 33
40 22 21 19 Mike Bliss(i) Toyota 188.219 28.690 186.838 30 1.381 44
41 13 13 32 Timmy Hill # Ford 188.114 28.706 184.005 42 4.109 39
42 4 4 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 188.081 28.711 185.580 36 2.501 40
43 18 44 33 Landon Cassill(i) Chevy 188.075 28.712 184.106 41 3.969 36
44 6 6 35 Josh Wise(i) Ford 186.406 28.969 181.232 44 5.174 37

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
Coca-Cola 600
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Manufactuer Practice
Speed
Rank
First
Practice
Speed
Owners
Points
Rank
Team
Race
Attempts
1 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 26 187.084 7 11
2 22 Joey Logano Ford 19 188.094 22 11
3 27 Paul Menard Chevy 17 188.416 11 11
4 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 36 185.580 40 11
5 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 6 189.228 25 11
6 35 Josh Wise(i) Ford 44 181.232 37 11
7 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 24 187.591 23 11
8 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford 28 187.058 19 11
9 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Chevy 4 189.660 1 11
10 13 Casey Mears Ford 27 187.065 27 11
11 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 2 190.469 8 11
12 21 Trevor Bayne Ford 21 188.022 43 4
13 32 Timmy Hill # Ford 42 184.005 39 11
14 51 Regan Smith(i) Chevy 25 187.097 16 11
15 98 Michael McDowell Ford 32 186.787 42 10
16 30 David Stremme Toyota 37 185.338 33 11
17 95 Scott Speed Ford 35 186.162 41 8
18 33 Landon Cassill(i) Chevy 41 184.106 36 11
19 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 29 186.948 29 11
20 43 Aric Almirola Ford 5 189.454 9 11
21 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 7 189.135 10 11
22 19 Mike Bliss(i) Toyota 30 186.838 44 10
23 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 1 190.846 21 11
24 83 David Reutimann Toyota 43 182.766 35 11
25 16 Greg Biffle Ford 22 187.859 13 11
26 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 11 188.890 12 11
27 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 10 188.990 14 11
28 47 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Toyota 39 185.185 30 11
29 38 David Gilliland Ford 33 186.632 32 11
30 99 Carl Edwards Ford 14 188.534 2 11
31 55 Mark Martin Toyota 8 189.115 15 11
32 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 18 188.186 20 11
33 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 23 187.617 17 11
34 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 12 188.871 4 11
35 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Chevy 16 188.429 24 11
36 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 20 188.062 26 11
37 34 David Ragan Ford 31 186.800 28 11
38 36 JJ Yeley Chevy 40 184.212 34 11
39 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 15 188.528 18 11
40 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 3 189.660 6 11
41 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 34 186.175 38 11
42 7 Dave Blaney Chevy 38 185.287 31 11
43 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 9 189.056 3 11
44 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 13 188.706 5 11

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

BLUE = would miss the race if qualifying is cancelled due to lowest number of race attempts

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 (37-42/43), the cars will be placed in the starting lineup by their qualifying speed in descending order with the fastest qualifying speed starting 37th.
    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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