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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 3:35 pm/et on Friday, June 14, 2013

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • June 2012 Pole Sitter: #9-Marcos Ambrose, 203.241mph, finished 9th

  • August 2012 Pole Sitter: #55-Mark Martin, 199.706mph, finished 35th

  • New Track Qualifying Record: #9-Marcos Ambrose, June 2012, 203.241mph (after repave 2012)

  • Old Track Qualifying Record: #12-Ryan Newman, June 2005, 194.232mph (before repave 2012)

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 53 years, 7 months, 8 days, 8/17/2012

  • Young Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 10 months, 14 days, 6/18/1995

  • Fastest First Practice Speed: #5-Kahne, 200.619mph, scheduled to qualify 26th 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

  • Edwards wins Michigan pole: #99-Carl Edwards won the pole for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway with speed of 202.452mph for his 1st pole of 2013 which puts him in the 2014 Sprint Unlimited and 12th pole of his career. Edwards has won twice from the pole in his career. His last pole was for the 2012 Daytona 500.
    #78-Busch is on the outside pole, followed by #5-Kahne, #27-Menard, #43-Almirola, #22-Logano, #33-Dillon, #20-Kenseth, #18-Busch & #42-Montoya. Thirteen drivers went over 200mph. One driver missed the race, #44-Scott Riggs.(6-14-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Michigan:
    #99-Carl Edwards won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 45th Annual Quicken Loans 400 with a lap of 35.564 seconds, 202.452 mph.
    This is his 12th pole in 316 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    With the pole, Edwards earns a spot in the 2014 Sprint Unlimited.
    This is his first pole and sixth top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in 18 races at Michigan International Speedway. His previous best start was second, last August.
    #78-Kurt Busch (second) posted his fifth top-10 start of 2013 and his ninth in 25 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    #5-Kasey Kahne (third) posted his 13th top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 11th in 15 races this season. (NASCAR Statistics)(6-14-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, June 14, 2013 at 3:35pm/et.
    TV: SPEED at 3:30pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network at motorracingnetwork.com.
    Scheduled Qualifying TV Re-Air: 8:30pm/et

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #24-Gordon, 1st out to qualify, 197.922mph, starts 29th
    #16-Biffle, 2nd out, 199.380mph, starts 19th
    #20-Kenseth, 4th out, 200.568mph, starts 8th
    #99-Edwards, 6th out, 202.452, starts 1st

  • Friday practice for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #5-Kahne 200.619
    #78-Busch 200.239
    #43-Almirola 200.028
    #29-Harvick 200.011
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 199.922
    Slowest: #44-Riggs 190.345 & #32-Schrader 191.479
    Notes: #14-Stewart slapped the turn two wall hard early in practice and the team pulled out the backup car. With 15 minutes left in practice, #14-Stewart got the backup car on the track.
    See speds, laps run on the Michigan Practice 1 Speeds (pdf) page.(6-14-2013)

  • 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
Quicken Loans 400
Michigan International Speedway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manu Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(secs)
1 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 202.452 35.564
2 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row/Sealy Chevy 201.879 35.665
3 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevy 201.213 35.783
4 27 Paul Menard Menards/CertainTeed Chevy 200.803 35.856
5 43 Aric Almirola Eckrich Ford 200.764 35.863
6 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 200.725 35.870
7 33 Austin Dillon(i) American Ethanol Chevy 200.630 35.887
8 20 Matt Kenseth Home Depot Husky Toyota 200.568 35.898
9 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 200.457 35.918
10 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 200.445 35.920
11 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 200.406 35.927
12 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard/Man of Steel Chevy 200.100 35.982
13 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 200.050 35.991
14 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy 199.789 36.038
15 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Zest Ford 199.761 36.043
16 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 199.750 36.045
17 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevy 199.689 36.056
18 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevy 199.656 36.062
19 16 Greg Biffle 3M/Give Kids a Smile Ford 199.380 36.112
20 51 Bobby Labonte Phoenix Construction Services Chevy 199.358 36.116
21 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevy 199.231 36.139
22 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 199.214 36.142
23 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 198.692 36.237
24 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 198.593 36.255
25 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 198.429 36.285
26 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 198.364 36.297
27 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 198.292 36.310
28 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevy 198.080 36.349
29 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevy 197.922 36.378
30 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 197.217 36.508
31 34 David Ragan Taco Bell Ford 196.813 36.583
32 47 AJ Allmendinger Charter Toyota 196.791 36.587
33 83 David Reutimann Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 196.276 36.683
34 30 David Stremme Widow Wax Toyota 196.266 36.685
35 39 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevy 195.737 36.784
36 7 Dave Blaney SANY Chevy 195.514 36.826
37-OP 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy Chevy 194.900 36.942
38-OP 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford 193.908 37.131
39-OP 32 Ken Schrader Federated Auto Parts Ford 193.092 37.288
40-OP 36 JJ Yeley Chevy 192.962 37.313
41-OP 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 192.833 37.338
42-OP 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Belle Tire Toyota 191.990 37.502
43-OP 19 Mike Bliss(i) Plinker Tactical Toyota 187.149 38.472
44-DNQ 44 Scott Riggs No Label Ford 184.393 39.047

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
Quicken Loans 400
Michigan International 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 6 6 99 Carl Edwards Ford 202.452 35.564 199.369 10 3.083 2
2 41 41 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 201.879 35.665 200.239 2 1.640 16
3 26 26 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 201.213 35.783 200.619 1 0.594 8
4 39 39 27 Paul Menard Chevy 200.803 35.856 197.677 19 3.126 12
5 14 14 43 Aric Almirola Ford 200.764 35.863 200.028 3 0.736 15
6 23 23 22 Joey Logano Ford 200.725 35.870 198.675 13 2.050 18
7 30 30 33 Austin Dillon (i) Chevy 200.630 35.887 199.490 9 1.140 37
8 4 4 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 200.568 35.898 199.297 11 1.271 6
9 5 5 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 200.457 35.918 196.732 27 3.725 7
10 16 16 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 200.445 35.920 198.374 17 2.071 25
11 37 37 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 200.406 35.927 196.260 31 4.146 14
12 21 21 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 200.100 35.982 199.922 5 0.178 4
13 11 11 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 200.050 35.991 199.595 7 0.455 19
14 18 18 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Chevy 199.789 38.038 194.963 35 4.826 13
15 34 34 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford 199.761 36.043 197.482 20 2.279 22
16 8 8 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 199.750 36.045 196.990 23 2.760 9
17 25 25 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Chevy 199.689 36.056 199.523 8 0.166 1
18 42 42 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 199.656 36.062 198.637 14 1.019 23
19 2 2 16 Greg Biffle Ford 199.380 36.112 198.254 18 1.126 10
20 10 10 51 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Chevy 199.358 36.116 199.286 12 0.072 24
21 35 35 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 199.231 36.139 200.011 4 -0.780 5
22 13 13 55 Mark Martin Toyota 199.214 36.142 199.861 6 -0.647 17
23 24 24 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 198.692 36.237 198.599 15 0.093 26
24 44 44 13 Casey Mears Ford 198.593 36.255 196.883 24 1.710 27
25 22 22 21 Trevor Bayne (i) Ford 198.429 36.285 197.466 21 0.963 41
26 38 38 38 David Gilliland Ford 198.364 36.297 195.249 34 3.115 31
27 3 3 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 198.292 36.310 198.374 16 -0.082 3
28 29 29 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 198.080 36.349 196.780 26 1.300 21
29 1 1 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 197.922 36.378 196.721 28 1.201 11
30 15 15 98 Michael McDowell Ford 197.217 36.508 197.450 22 -0.233 42
31 27 27 34 David Ragan Ford 196.813 36.583 196.791 25 0.022 30
32 33 33 47 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota 196.791 36.587 195.339 33 1.452 28
33 36 36 83 David Reutimann Toyota 196.276 36.683 196.298 30 -0.022 34
34 7 7 30 David Stremme Toyota 196.266 36.685 195.838 32 0.428 33
35 40 40 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 195.737 36.784 196.705 29 -0.968 20
36 19 19 7 Dave Blaney Chevy 195.517 36.825 194.921 36 0.596 32
37 9 9 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 194.900 36.942 194.128 37 0.772 29
38 17 17 35 Josh Wise(i) Ford 193.908 37.131 193.128 38 0.780 36
39 43 43 32 Ken Schrader Ford 193.092 37.288 191.479 43 1.613 38
40 31 31 36 J.J. Yeley Chevy 192.962 37.313 192.776 39 0.186 35
41 32 32 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 192.833 37.338 191.872 41 0.961 39
42 20 20 87 Joe Nemechek (i) Toyota 191.990 37.502 192.560 40 -0.570 40
43 28 28 19 Mike Bliss(i) Toyota 187.149 38.472 191.591 42 -4.442 44
44 12 12 44 Scott Riggs(i) Ford 184.393 39.047 190.345 44 -5.952 45

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
Quicken Loans 400
Michigan International Speedway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
Owners
Points
Rank
Team
Race
Attempts
First
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
1 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 11 14 196.721 28
2 16 Greg Biffle Ford 10 14 198.254 18
3 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 3 14 198.374 16
4 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 6 14 199.297 11
5 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 7 14 196.732 27
6 99 Carl Edwards Ford 2 14 199.369 10
7 30 David Stremme Toyota 33 14 195.838 32
8 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 9 14 196.990 23
9 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 29 14 194.128 37
10 51 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Chevy 24 14 199.286 12
11 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 19 14 199.595 7
12 44 Scott Riggs(i) Ford 45 7 190.345 44
13 55 Mark Martin Toyota 17 14 199.861 6
14 43 Aric Almirola Ford 15 14 200.028 3
15 98 Michael McDowell Ford 42 13 197.450 22
16 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 25 14 198.374 17
17 35 Josh Wise(i) Ford 36 14 193.128 38
18 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Chevy 13 14 194.963 35
19 7 Dave Blaney Chevy 32 14 194.921 36
20 87 Joe Nemechek (i) Toyota 40 14 192.560 40
21 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 4 14 199.922 5
22 21 Trevor Bayne (i) Ford 41 5 197.466 21
23 22 Joey Logano Ford 18 14 198.675 13
24 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 26 14 198.599 15
25 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Chevy 1 14 199.523 8
26 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 8 14 200.619 1
27 34 David Ragan Ford 30 14 196.791 25
28 19 Mike Bliss(i) Toyota 44 13 191.591 42
29 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 21 14 196.780 26
30 33 Austin Dillon (i) Chevy 37 14 199.490 9
31 36 J.J. Yeley Chevy 35 14 192.776 39
32 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 39 14 191.872 41
33 47 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota 28 14 195.339 33
34 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford 22 14 197.482 20
35 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 5 14 200.011 4
36 83 David Reutimann Toyota 34 14 196.298 30
37 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 14 14 196.260 31
38 38 David Gilliland Ford 31 14 195.249 34
39 27 Paul Menard Chevy 12 14 197.677 19
40 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 20 14 196.705 29
41 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 16 14 200.239 2
42 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 23 14 198.637 14
43 32 Ken Schrader Ford 38 14 191.479 43
44 13 Casey Mears Ford 27 14 196.883 24

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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