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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 5:10 pm/et on Friday, June 28, 2013

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • June 2012 Pole Sitter: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 181.818mph, 6th

  • Track Qualifying Record: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 6/29/2012, 181.818mph

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 36 years, 9 months, and 12 days, 6/29/2012

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 36 years, 9 months, and 12 days, 6/29/2012

  • Fastest First Practice Speed: #29-Harvick, 178.784mph, scheduled to qualify 8th 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

  • Earnhardt Jr. wins Kentucky pole: #88-Earnhardt Jr. won the pole for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway with a track record speed of 183.636mph for his 1st pole of 2013 and 12th of his career. Earnhardt Jr. has never won from the pole in eleven tries.
    #99-Edwards is on the outside pole, followed by #48-Johnson, #18-Busch, #9-Ambrose, #11-Hamlin, #39-Newman, #2-Keselowski, #55-Vickers and #42-Montoya. The first nine drivers broke the old track record of 181.818mph set by Johnson last June. Since there were on 43 entries, all drivers made the race.(6-28-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Kentucky:
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 3rd Annual Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts with a lap of 29.406 seconds, 183.636 mph.
    His qualifying speed set a track qualifying record previously held by #48-Jimmie Johnson (181.818 mph) from June 30, 2012.
    Nine different drivers posted faster laps than the old record.
    This is his 12th pole in 486 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole in three races at Kentucky Speedway.
    #99-Carl Edwards (second) posted his eighth top-10 start of 2013 and his second in three races at Kentucky Speedway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his third top-10 start at Kentucky Speedway. It is his ninth in 17 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(6-28-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is scheduled for Friday, June 28, 2013 at 5:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED at 5:00pm/et
    Radio: Performace Racing Network at goprn.com
    Scheduled Qualifying TV Re-Air: 12:00am/et on SPEED

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #87-Nemechek, 1st out to qualify, 175.234mph, starts 41st
    #51-Dillon, 2nd out, 179.802, starts 26th
    #5-Kahne, 3rd out, 180.638, starts 21st
    #16-Biffle, 5th out, 180.765, starts 20th
    #48-Johnson, 10th out, 183.144, starts 3rd, TRACK RECORD
    #88-Earnhardt Jr., 15th out, 183.636, starts 1st, TRACK RECORD

  • Happy Hour practice for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is being over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #48-Johnson 181.093
    #99-Edwards 180.385
    #18-Busch 180.379
    #24-Gordon 180.210
    #31-Burton 179.952
    slowest: #32-Schrader 170.946 & #19-Bliss 171.146
    Notes: #83-Reutimann spun in turn 3 early in practice, may have scraped the wall a tad.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the Kentucky Happy Hour Practice Speeds page (pdf).(6-28-2013)

  • First Friday practice for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #29-Harvick 178.784
    #48-Johnson 177.690
    #2-Keselowski 177.032
    #78-Busch 176.898
    #24-Gordon 176.557
    slowest: #32-Schrader 169.833 & #19-Bliss 170.326
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the Kentucky Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(6-28-2013)

  • 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
Quaker Oil 400
Kentucky Speedway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Manu Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(secs)
1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 183.636 29.406
2 99 Carl Edwards Ford 183.306 29.459
3 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Chevy 183.144 29.485
4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 182.593 29.574
5 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 182.587 29.575
6 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 182.340 29.615
7 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 182.254 29.629
8 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 182.192 29.639
9 55 Brian Vickers(i) Toyota 181.922 29.683
10 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 181.720 29.716
11 22 Joey Logano Ford 181.708 29.718
12 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 181.653 29.727
13 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford 181.391 29.770
14 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 181.360 29.775
15 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 181.159 29.808
16 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 181.111 29.818
17 47 AJ Allmendinger Toyota 180.892 29.852
18 43 Aric Almirola Ford 180.868 29.856
19 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 180.832 29.862
20 16 Greg Biffle Ford 180.765 29.873
21 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 180.638 29.894
22 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 180.578 29.904
23 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 180.445 29.926
24 27 Paul Menard Chevy 179.970 30.005
25 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Chevy 179.964 30.006
26 51 Austin Dillon(i) Chevy 179.802 30.033
27 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 179.390 30.102
28 30 David Stremme Toyota 179.075 30.155
29 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 178.944 30.177
30 33 Landon Cassill(i) Chevy 178.265 30.292
31 13 Casey Mears Ford 178.235 30.297
32 7 Dave Blaney Chevy 177.983 30.340
33 98 Michael McDowell Ford 177.713 30.386
34 38 David Gilliland Ford 177.486 30.425
35 36 JJ Yeley Chevy 176.638 30.571
36 83 David Reutimann Toyota 176.488 30.597
37-OP 35 Josh Wise(i) Ford 176.384 30.615
38-OP 34 David Ragan Ford 176.344 30.622
39-OP 19 Mike Bliss(i) Toyota 175.816 30.714
40-OP 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 175.707 30.733
41-OP 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 175.234 30.816
42-OP 32 Ken Schrader Ford 172.988 31.216
43 44 Scott Riggs Ford 175.143 30.832

Speeds in BLUE are faster then the old track record of 181.818mph, set in 2012.

# 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
Quaker Oil 400
Kentucky 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 15 15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 183.636 29.406 175.467 22 8.169 7
2 34 34 99 Carl Edwards Ford 183.306 29.459 175.690 18 7.616 2
3 10 10 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Chevy 183.144 29.485 177.690 2 5.454 1
4 26 26 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 182.593 29.574 176.505 6 6.088 8
5 35 35 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 182.587 29.575 175.856 14 6.731 24
6 25 25 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 182.340 29.615 175.063 28 7.277 20
7 13 13 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 182.254 29.629 175.296 26 6.958 19
8 37 37 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 182.192 29.639 177.032 3 5.160 9
9 38 38 55 Brian Vickers(i) Toyota 181.922 29.683 176.407 7 5.515 18
10 17 19 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 181.720 29.716 176.280 8 5.440 25
11 22 22 22 Joey Logano Ford 181.708 29.718 175.804 16 5.904 14
12 21 21 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 181.653 29.727 176.557 5 5.096 13
13 14 14 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford 181.391 29.770 176.160 10 5.231 21
14 11 11 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 181.360 29.775 176.079 12 5.281 22
15 32 32 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 181.159 29.808 175.393 24 5.766 3
16 42 43 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 181.111 29.818 175.844 15 5.267 5
17 33 33 47 AJ Allmendinger Toyota 180.892 29.852 174.791 30 6.101 30
18 12 12 43 Aric Almirola Ford 180.868 29.856 175.200 27 5.668 16
19 16 16 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 180.832 29.862 175.353 25 5.479 10
20 5 5 16 Greg Biffle Ford 180.765 29.873 175.741 17 5.024 6
21 3 3 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 180.638 29.894 175.673 20 4.965 11
22 8 8 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 180.578 29.904 178.784 1 1.794 4
23 23 23 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 180.445 29.926 175.970 13 4.475 23
24 19 17 27 Paul Menard Chevy 179.970 30.005 176.177 9 3.793 12
25 41 41 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Chevy 179.964 30.006 175.399 23 4.565 15
26 2 2 51 Austin Dillon(i) Chevy 179.802 30.033 176.097 11 3.705 26
27 18 18 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 179.390 30.102 176.898 4 2.492 17
28 6 6 30 David Stremme Toyota 179.075 30.155 174.571 31 4.504 33
29 9 9 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 178.944 30.177 174.893 29 4.051 28
30 31 31 33 Landon Cassill(i) Chevy 178.265 30.292 173.840 34 4.425 35
31 39 39 13 Casey Mears Ford 178.235 30.297 174.194 32 4.041 27
32 36 36 7 Dave Blaney Chevy 177.983 30.340 173.360 36 4.623 32
33 24 24 98 Michael McDowell Ford 177.713 30.386 175.530 21 2.183 42
34 27 27 38 David Gilliland Ford 177.486 30.425 171.581 39 5.905 29
35 43 42 36 JJ Yeley Chevy 176.638 30.571 170.390 41 6.248 36
36 7 7 83 David Reutimann Toyota 176.488 30.597 171.434 40 5.054 34
37 4 4 35 Josh Wise(i) Ford 176.384 30.615 175.684 19 0.700 39
38 30 30 34 David Ragan Ford 176.344 30.622 173.466 35 2.878 31
39 20 20 19 Mike Bliss(i) Toyota 175.816 30.714 170.326 42 5.490 44
40 28 28 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 175.707 30.733 173.099 37 2.608 37
41 1 1 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 175.234 30.816 173.879 33 1.355 41
42 40 40 44 Scott Riggs Ford 175.143 30.832 171.723 38 3.420 45
43 29 29 32 Ken Schrader Ford 172.988 31.216 169.843 43 3.145 38

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
Quaker Oil 400
Kentucky Speedway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
Owners
Points
Rank
Owners
Race
Attempts
First
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
1 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 41 16 173.879 33
2 51 Austin Dillon(i) Chevy 26 16 176.097 11
3 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 11 16 175.673 20
4 35 Josh Wise(i) Ford 39 16 175.684 19
5 16 Greg Biffle Ford 6 16 175.741 17
6 30 David Stremme Toyota 33 16 174.571 31
7 83 David Reutimann Toyota 34 16 171.434 40
8 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 4 16 178.784 1
9 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 28 16 174.893 29
10 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC3) Chevy 1 16 177.690 2
11 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 22 16 176.079 12
12 43 Aric Almirola Ford 16 16 175.200 27
13 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 19 16 175.296 26
14 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford 21 16 176.160 10
15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 7 16 175.467 22
16 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 10 16 175.353 25
17 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 25 16 176.280 8
18 78 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 17 16 176.898 4
19 27 Paul Menard Chevy 12 16 176.177 9
20 19 Mike Bliss(i) Toyota 44 15 170.326 42
21 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 13 16 176.557 5
22 22 Joey Logano Ford 14 16 175.804 16
23 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 23 16 175.970 13
24 98 Michael McDowell Ford 42 14 175.530 21
25 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 20 16 175.063 28
26 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 8 16 176.505 6
27 38 David Gilliland Ford 29 16 171.581 39
28 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 37 16 173.099 37
29 32 Ken Schrader Ford 38 16 169.843 43
30 34 David Ragan Ford 31 16 173.466 35
31 33 Landon Cassill(i) Chevy 35 16 173.840 34
32 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 3 16 175.393 24
33 47 AJ Allmendinger Toyota 30 16 174.791 30
34 99 Carl Edwards Ford 2 16 175.690 18
35 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 24 16 175.856 14
36 7 Dave Blaney Chevy 32 16 173.360 36
37 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 9 16 177.032 3
38 55 Brian Vickers(i) Toyota 18 16 176.407 7
39 13 Casey Mears Ford 27 16 174.194 32
40 44 Scott Riggs Ford 45 8 171.723 38
41 14 Tony Stewart (PC2) Chevy 15 16 175.399 23
42 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 5 16 175.844 15
43 36 JJ Yeley Chevy 36 16 170.390 41

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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