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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 2:05 pm/et on Saturday, June 22, 2013

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • June 2012 Pole Sitter: #9-Marcos Ambrose, 95.262mph, finished 8th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, June 2000, 99.309mph (old layout)

  • Track Qualifying Record: Marcos Ambrose, 6/22/2012, 95.262mph (current layout)

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Rusty Wallace, 43 years, 10 months, 11 days, 6/25/2000

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Joey Logano, 21 years, 1 month, 0 days, 6/24/2011

  • Fastest First Practice Speed: #9-Ambrose, 94.049mph, scheduled to qualify in the final group.


  • 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

  • McMurray wins Sonoma pole: #1-Jamie McMurray won the pole for the Toyota / Save Mart 350k Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway with speed of 94.986mph for his 1st pole of 2013 and 9th of his career. #9-Ambrose is on the outside pole, followed by #99-Edwards, #16-Biffle, #15-Bowyer, #20-Kenseth, #78-Busch, #22-Logano, #18-Busch, and #24-Gordon. There are 43 cars at the track so no one missed the race. #36-Gonzalez, Jr. wrecked on his first qualifying lap. He will go to a backup car.(6-22-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Sonoma:
    Jamie McMurray won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 25th Annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 with a lap of 75.422 seconds, 94.986 mph.
    This is his ninth pole in 382 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. His last pole, 81 races ago, came at Martinsville Speedway in March 2011.
    This is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his second pole in 11 races at Sonoma Raceway. His previous pole came in 2007.
    Marcos Ambrose (second) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2013 and his sixth in six races at Sonoma Raceway.
    Carl Edwards (third) posted his first top-10 start at Sonoma Raceway. It is his seventh in 16 races this season.
    Danica Patrick (31st) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(6-22-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Toyota / Save Mart 350k Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 2:05pm/et.
    TV: SPEED at 2:00pm/et
    Radio: Performace Racing Network at goprn.com.
    Scheduled Qualifying TV Re-Air: none

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole after the first group, who got it next, and who ended up with it)
    #30-Stremme, 1st group out to qualify, 93.258mph, starting 28th
    #34-Ragan, 2nd group out to qualify, 93.535mph, starting 23rd
    #51-Villeneuve, 3rd group out to qualify, 93.554mph, starting 22nd
    #48-Johnson, 4th group out to qualify, 93.683mph, starting 19th
    #99-Edwards, 5th group out to qualify, 94.779mph, starting 3rd
    #1-McMurray, 8th group out to qualify, 94.986mph, starting 1st - on pole

  • Final practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #15-Bowyer 94.556
    #1-McMurray 94.422
    #18-Busch 94.380
    #99-Edwards 94.329
    #42-Montoya 94.262
    Slowest: #52-Harraka 90.832 & #87-Drissi 88.713. No speed: #37-Yeley.
    Notes: #39-Newman did a lazy spin early but didn't hit anything. #48-Johnson also spun. #11-Hamlin slid off track and into the wall, suffering some rear end damage.The team will repair the car.
    Qualifying will be Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm/et.
    See speeds, laps run on the Sonoma Practice 2 Speeds (pdf) page.(6-21-2013)

  • First Friday practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway is over after 105 scheduled minutes, the top five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #9-Ambrose 94.049
    #42-Montoya 93.890
    #13-Mears 93.535
    #78-Busch 93.430
    #1-McMurray 93.421
    Slowest: #37-Yeley 88.588 & #87-Drissi 88.129.
    Notes: Several drivers spun or got off track during the session: #43-Almirola, #27-Menard, #48-Johnson, #37-Yeley, #11-Hamlin, #5-Kahne, #93-Kvapil, #29-Harvick.
    This practice will be shown on SPEED, tape-delayed at 4:00pm/et. Happy Hour (final) practice is scheduled for 6:30-8:00pm/et tonight and will be shown on SPEED. Qualifying will be Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm/et. Speeds from this session will be used to group drivers for qualifying.
    (6-21-2013)

  • New NASCAR Sprint Cup Road-Course Qualifying Procedure Announced: NASCAR announced that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will implement the group-based road course qualifying procedure used in NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Touring Series competition during its road-course events at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International. Under the new procedure, cars will qualify in groups instead of the traditional single-car qualifying runs held on oval race tracks. "The change will add an exciting element to road-course qualifying," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "Fans will be treated to new strategy and increased competition with several cars on track at once."
    The new qualifying rules for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at road courses are as follows:
    Cars attempting to qualify will be divided into groups. The number of groups, and amount of cars in each, will depend on the number of cars that practice for the event.
    Group assignments will be based on final practice times.
    Each qualifying group will be on-track for a set period of time, determined by the Series Director.
    A car's best lap time during the group session will be the qualifying lap time of record.
    A group's time begins when the first car receives the green flag at the start/finish line.
    "This is going to be a terrific new format for our NASCAR weekend," said Steve Page, president and general manager of Sonoma Raceway. "It will intensify the action, with multiple cars on the track at the same time. It's a very positive development for our fans."
    "The new format of qualifying at Watkins Glen International enhances the fan experience which is our top priority," said Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen. "Qualifying on Saturday for our Cheez-ItTM 355 at The Glen is even more of a not-to-be missed aspect of a weekend of high-quality racing."
    The new format will debut with the Toyota Save-Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 23 and will return at Watkins Glen for the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen on August 11.(NASCAR)(4-22-2013)

  • 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 / Save Mart 350k
Sonoma Raceway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manu Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(secs)
1 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevy 94.986 75.422
2 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 94.924 75.471
3 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 94.779 75.586
4 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 94.772 75.592
5 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 94.737 75.620
6 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Home Depot / Husky Toyota 94.623 75.711
7 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Furniture Row Racing Chevy 94.574 75.750
8 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 94.527 75.788
9 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 94.346 75.933
10 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Drive to End Hunger Chevy 94.334 75.943
11 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops Chevy 94.251 76.010
12 29 Kevin Harvick Rheem Chevy 94.215 76.039
13 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 94.215 76.039
14 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 94.016 76.200
15 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevy 93.768 76.401
16 27 Paul Menard Menards / MOEN Chevy 93.691 76.464
17 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 93.690 76.465
18 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Miller Lite Ford 93.684 76.470
19 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Lowe's Chevy 93.683 76.471
20 47 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Kingsford Toyota 93.668 76.483
21 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 93.580 76.555
22 51 Jacques Villeneuve Tag Heuer Avant-Garde Eyewear Chevy 93.554 76.576
23 34 David Ragan Taco Bell Ford 93.535 76.592
24 32 Boris Said Hendrickcars.com Ford 93.474 76.642
25 33 Ron Fellows Canadian Tire Chevy 93.464 76.650
26 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevy 93.420 76.686
27 31 Jeff Burton Utility Trailers Chevy 93.301 76.784
28 30 David Stremme Lean 1 / Raley's / Swan Energy Toyota 93.258 76.819
29 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 93.246 76.829
30 39 Ryan Newman HAAS Automation 30th Anniversary Chevy 93.187 76.878
31 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy.com Chevy 93.133 76.922
32 43 Aric Almirola Farmland Ford 93.038 77.001
33 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 92.835 77.169
34 55 Jason Bowles(i) RKMotorsCharlotte.com Toyota 92.769 77.224
35 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford 92.750 77.240
36 7 Justin Marks GoPro Chevy 92.606 77.360
37 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford EcoBoost Ford 92.504 77.445
38 83 David Reutimann Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 92.331 77.590
39 19 Alex Kennedy MediaMaster Toyota 91.528 78.271
40 52 Paulie Harraka(i) Hasa Pool Products Ford 91.416 78.367
41 87 Tomy Drissi TheWolverineMovie.Com Toyota 90.625 79.051
42 36 Victor Gonzalez Jr. IMCA Dominican Republic Chevy 0.000 0.000
43 37 JJ Yeley Chevy 89.390 80.143

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 / Save Mart 350k
Sonoma Raceway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Rank Sched
Qual
Group
Actual
Qual
Group
Car# Driver Manu Fastest
Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Fastest
Qualifying
Time
(secs)
First
Practice
Speed
First
Practice
Rank
Difference from
practice speed
Owners
Points
Rank
1 8 8 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 94.986 75.422 93.421 5 1.565 23
2 8 8 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 94.924 75.471 94.049 1 0.875 26
3 5 5 99 Carl Edwards Ford 94.779 75.586 92.501 19 2.278 2
4 7 7 16 Greg Biffle Ford 94.779 75.586 93.402 6 1.377 8
5 7 7 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 94.737 75.620 93.374 8 1.363 3
6 5 5 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 94.623 75.711 92.610 17 2.013 5
7 8 8 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 94.574 75.750 93.430 4 1.144 22
8 7 7 22 Joey Logano Ford 94.527 75.788 93.091 10 1.436 14
9 5 5 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 94.346 75.933 92.561 18 1.785 6
10 6 6 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 94.334 75.943 92.898 11 1.436 16
11 6 6 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Chevy 94.251 76.010 92.818 14 1.433 10
12 6 6 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 94.215 76.039 92.881 12 1.334 4
13 8 8 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 94.215 76.039 93.890 2 0.325 24
14 7 7 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 94.016 76.200 93.208 9 0.808 13
15 5 5 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 93.768 76.401 92.446 20 1.322 12
16 6 6 27 Paul Menard Chevy 93.691 76.464 92.776 15 0.915 11
17 6 6 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 93.690 76.465 92.828 13 0.862 17
18 7 7 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 93.684 76.470 93.377 7 0.307 9
19 4 4 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Chevy 93.683 76.741 92.417 21 1.266 1
20 4 4 47 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Toyota 93.668 76.483 92.366 24 1.302 28
21 8 8 13 Casey Mears Ford 93.580 76.555 93.535 3 0.045 27
22 3 3 51 Jacques Villeneuve Chevy 93.554 76.576 91.663 30 1.891 25
23 2 2 34 David Ragan Ford 93.535 76.592 91.628 32 1.907 30
24 2 2 32 Boris Said Ford 93.474 76.642 91.435 34 2.039 39
25 3 3 33 Ron Fellows Chevy 93.464 76.650 92.145 26 1.319 36
26 3 3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 93.420 76.686 92.110 27 1.310 7
27 4 4 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 93.301 76.784 92.407 22 0.894 18
28 1 1 30 David Stremme Toyota 93.258 76.819 90.393 38 2.865 33
29 2 2 38 David Gilliland Ford 93.246 76.829 91.529 33 1.717 31
30 5 5 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 93.187 76.878 92.714 16 0.473 20
31 3 3 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 93.133 76.922 91.659 31 1.474 29
32 4 4 43 Aric Almirola Ford 93.038 77.001 92.272 25 0.766 15
33 4 4 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 92.835 77.169 92.368 23 0.467 38
34 3 3 55 Jason Bowles(i) Toyota 92.769 77.224 91.988 28 0.781 19
35 2 2 35 Josh Wise(i) Ford 92.750 77.240 91.157 36 1.593 37
36 1 1 7 Justin Marks Chevy 92.606 77.360 89.903 40 2.703 32
37 3 3 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford 92.504 77.445 91.867 29 0.637 21
38 2 2 83 David Reutimann Toyota 92.331 77.590 91.421 35 0.910 34
39 2 2 19 Alex Kennedy Toyota 91.528 78.271 90.403 37 1.125 44
40 1 1 52 Paulie Harraka (i) Ford 91.416 78.367 89.596 41 1.820 47
41 1 1 87 Tomy Drissi Toyota 90.625 79.051 88.129 43 2.496 41
42 1 1 37 J.J. Yeley Chevy 89.390 80.143 88.588 42 0.802 49
43 1 1 36 Victor Gonzalez Jr. Chevy 0.000 0.000 90.131 39 -90.131 35

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 / Save Mart 350k
Sonoma Raceway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Sched
Qual
Group
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
Final
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Owners
Points
Rank
Owners
Race
Attempts
Group 1
1 30 David Stremme Lean 1 / Raley's / Swan Energy Toyota 90.393 38 33 15
1 36 Victor Gonzalez Jr. IMCA Dominican Republic Chevy 90.131 39 35 15
1 7 Justin Marks GoPro Chevy 89.903 40 32 15
1 52 Paulie Harraka(i) Hasa Pool Products Ford 89.596 41 47 2
1 37 JJ Yeley Chevy 88.588 42 49 0
1 87 Tomy Drissi TheWolverineMovie.Com Toyota 88.129 43 41 15
Group 2
2 34 David Ragan Taco Bell Ford 91.628 32 30 15
2 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 91.529 33 31 15
2 32 Boris Said Hendrickcars.com Ford 91.435 34 39 15
2 83 David Reutimann Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 91.421 35 34 15
2 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford 91.157 36 37 15
2 19 Alex Kennedy MediaMaster Toyota 90.403 37 44 14
Group 3
3 33 Ron Fellows Canadian Tire Chevy 92.145 26 36 15
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevy 92.110 27 7 15
3 55 Jason Bowles(i) RKMotorsCharlotte.com Toyota 91.988 28 19 15
3 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford EcoBoost Ford 91.867 29 21 15
3 51 Jacques Villeneuve Tag Heuer Avant-Garde Eyewear 91.663 30 25 15
3 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy.com Chevy 91.659 31 29 15
Group 4
4 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Lowe's Chevy 92.417 21 1 15
4 31 Jeff Burton Utility Trailers Chevy 92.407 22 18 15
4 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 92.368 23 38 15
4 47 Bobby Labonte (PC7) Kingsford Toyota 92.366 24 28 15
4 43 Aric Almirola Farmland Ford 92.272 25 15 15
Group 5
5 39 Ryan Newman HAAS Automation 30th Anniversary Chevy 92.714 16 20 15
5 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Home Depot / Husky Toyota 92.610 17 5 15
5 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 92.561 18 6 15
5 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 92.501 19 2 15
5 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevy 92.446 20 12 15
Group 6
6 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Drive to End Hunger Chevy 92.898 11 15 15
6 29 Kevin Harvick Rheem Chevy 92.881 12 4 15
6 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 92.828 13 17 15
6 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops Chevy 92.818 14 10 15
6 27 Paul Menard Menards / MOEN Chevy 92.776 15 11 15
Group 7
7 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 93.402 6 8 15
7 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Miller Lite Ford 93.377 7 9 15
7 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 93.374 8 3 15
7 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 93.208 9 13 15
7 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 93.091 10 14 15
Group 8
8 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 94.049 1 26 15
8 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 93.890 2 24 15
8 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 93.535 3 27 15
8 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Furniture Row Racing / Sealy Chevy 93.430 4 22 15
8 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevy 93.421 5 23 15

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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