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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 3:40 pm/et on Friday, August 16, 2013

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • June 2013 Pole Sitter: #99-Carl Edwards, 202.452mph, finished 8th

  • 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: #48-Johnson, 203.355mph, scheduled to qualify 35th out of 44 drivers


  • NOTE: not doing semi-live qualifying anymore. With NASCAR.com and Fox Sports having real time qualifying and hits for my qualifying pages way down due to the availability 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 real time qualifying, check out:
    NASCAR.com
    FoxSports

  • Logano wins Michigan pole: #22-Joey Logano won the pole for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway with TRACK RECORD speed of 203.949mph for his 1st pole of 2013, which puts him in the 2014 Sprint Unlimited and his 6th career pole.
    Logano becomes the youngest Michigan pole winner at 23 years, 2 months, 22 days. The old record was held by Jeff Gordon from June 18, 1995 when he was 23 years, 10 months, 14 days old. See the list for all the tracks on my Young-Old Driver records page.
    Three drivers ran faster the old track record of 203.321mph, set in June 2012 by Marcos Ambrose.
    #78-Busch is on the outside pole followed by #48-Johnson, #55-Martin, #31-Burton, #42-Montoya, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #11-Hamlin, #2-Keselowski and #18-Busch.
    Missing the race was: #19-Scott Riggs.(8-16-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Michigan:
    #22-Joey Logano won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 44th Annual Pure Michigan 400 with a track qualifying record lap of 35.303 seconds, 203.949 mph. The previous record was 203.241 mph set by Marcos Ambrose in June of 2012.
    Logano's lap was the ninth-fastest pole-winning lap in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history.
    This is the 13th track qualifying record set by the Gen-6 race car in 2013.
    This is his sixth pole in 170 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and 11th top-10 start in 2013. With the pole, Logano is locked into the 2014 Sprint Unlimited.
    This is his first pole in ten races at Michigan International Speedway.
    #78-Kurt Busch (second) posted his 10th top-10 start of 2013 and his 10th in 26 races at Michigan International Speedway.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 16th top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his 13th in 23 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-16-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 16, 2013 at 3:40pm/et.
    TV: SPEED at 3:30pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network at motorracingnetwork.com.
    Scheduled Qualifying TV Re-Air: 9:00pm/et and 4:00am/et on SPEED

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #47-Labonte, 1st out to qualify, 198.829, starts 30th
    #42-Montoya, 2nd out, 202.988, starts 6th
    #31-Burton, 12th out, 203.114, starts 5th
    #55-Martin, 13th out, 203.218, starts 4th
    #78-Busch, 15th out, 203.695, starts 2nd, TRACK Record
    #22-Logano, 16th out, 203.949, starts 1st, TRACK Record

  • Friday practice for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 100 (10 added due to a few red flags) scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #48-Johnson 203.355 (faster the track record)
    #42-Montoya 203.132
    #18-Busch 202.634
    #22-Logano 202.537
    #99-Edwards 201.998
    (Twenty drivers were over 200 mph)
    slowest: #87-Nemechek 190.345 & #19-Riggs 191.795
    Notes: Track record is 203.241mph, set in June 2012 by #9-Ambrose. Halfway thru practice, #1-McMurray lost an engine, the team will change engines and the #1 will start at the rear of the field on Sunday. #9-Ambrose had a loose oil line 8 minutes into practice, but the track was cleaned and practice continued. No serious damage to the #9.
    In the event that qualifying is cancelled, this practice would set the lineup, top 36 by speed, then by race attempts and then set by speed.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and more on the Michigan Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(8-16-2013)

  • 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
Pure Michigan 400
Michigan International Speedway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Sponsor
Manu
Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(secs)
1 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 203.949 35.303
2 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row / Serta Chevy 203.695 35.347
3 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevy 203.470 35.386
4 55 Mark Martin Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 203.218 35.430
5 31 Jeff Burton Cheerios Chevy 203.114 35.448
6 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 202.988 35.470
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Youth Foundation Chevy 202.817 35.500
8 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 202.800 35.503
9 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite / Luke Bryan Ford 202.726 35.516
10 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 202.384 35.576
11 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 202.304 35.590
12 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 202.230 35.603
13 24 Jeff Gordon Standox Chevy 202.117 35.623
14 43 Aric Almirola Eckrich Ford 201.799 35.679
15 29 Kevin Harvick Rheem Chevy 201.641 35.707
16 16 Greg Biffle First / 3M Ford 201.590 35.716
17 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 201.590 35.716
18 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 201.337 35.761
19 99 Carl Edwards Best Buy Geek Squad / Fastenal Ford 201.033 35.815
20 27 Paul Menard Nibco / Menards Chevy 200.736 35.868
21 39 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans / PTA Chevy 200.613 35.890
22 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Fifth Third Ford 200.613 35.890
23 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 200.518 35.907
24 34 David Ragan Taco Bell Ford 200.261 35.953
25 83 David Reutimann Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 200.178 35.968
26 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 199.994 36.001
27 14 Austin Dillon(i) Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops Chevy 199.983 36.003
28 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy Chevy 199.689 36.056
29 1 Jamie McMurray Advil Chevy 199.518 36.087
30 47 Bobby Labonte KingsFord Charcoal Toyota 198.829 36.212
31 5 Kasey Kahne Pepsi Max Chevy 197.906 36.381
32 95 Scott Speed Leavine Family Racing Ford 197.704 36.418
33 13 Casey Mears Valvoline NextGen Ford 197.672 36.424
34 32 Timmy Hill # U.S. Chrome Ford 197.028 36.543
35 36 JJ Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy 197.012 36.546
36 30 David Stremme Lean1 Toyota 196.980 36.552
37-OP 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 196.818 36.582
38-OP 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 196.148 36.707
39-OP 51 Brendan Gaughan(i) South Point Hotel & Casino Chevy 195.679 36.795
40-OP 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford 195.610 36.808
41-OP 98 Johnny Sauter(i) Phil Parsons Racing Ford 195.180 36.889
42-OP 7 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy 194.542 37.010
43-OP 33 Landon Cassill(i) LittleJoesAutos.com Chevy 192.627 37.378
44-DNQ 19 Scott Riggs Plinker Tactical Toyota 193.372 37.234

BLUE = speeds were faster than the track old record

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
Pure Michigan 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 16 16 22 Joey Logano Ford 203.949 35.303 202.537 4 1.412 17
2 15 15 78 Kurt Busch (PC3) Chevy 203.695 35.347 201.179 11 2.516 12
3 35 38 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC2) Chevy 203.470 35.386 203.355 1 0.115 1
4 13 13 55 Mark Martin Toyota 203.218 35.430 201.387 9 1.831 18
5 12 12 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 203.114 35.448 201.969 6 1.145 22
6 2 2 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 202.988 35.470 203.132 2 -0.144 23
7 33 33 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 202.817 35.500 201.545 8 1.272 6
8 25 25 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 202.800 35.503 199.878 22 2.922 25
9 8 8 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 202.726 35.516 200.966 13 1.760 8
10 19 19 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 202.384 35.576 202.634 3 -0.250 5
11 5 5 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 202.304 35.590 200.669 15 1.635 2
12 38 36 20 Matt Kenseth (PC4) Toyota 202.230 35.603 199.302 25 2.928 7
13 40 39 24 Jeff Gordon (PC5) Chevy 202.117 35.623 201.348 10 0.769 14
14 28 28 43 Aric Almirola Ford 201.799 35.679 200.479 17 1.320 19
15 26 26 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 201.641 35.707 201.896 7 -0.255 4
16 42 42 16 Greg Biffle Ford 201.590 35.716 201.145 12 0.445 9
17 34 37 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 201.590 35.716 200.887 14 0.703 10
18 11 11 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Ford 201.337 35.761 196.732 34 4.605 41
19 43 40 99 Carl Edwards Ford 201.033 35.815 201.998 5 -0.965 3
20 17 17 27 Paul Menard Chevy 200.736 35.868 200.039 20 0.697 20
21 31 30 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 200.613 35.890 200.234 19 0.379 15
22 9 9 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford 200.613 35.890 199.872 23 0.741 21
23 32 31 38 David Gilliland Ford 200.518 35.907 198.895 28 1.623 31
24 4 4 34 David Ragan Ford 200.261 35.953 198.741 29 1.520 29
25 23 22 83 David Reutimann Toyota 200.178 35.968 198.972 27 1.206 34
26 44 41 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 199.994 36.001 199.983 21 0.011 24
27 36 34 14 Austin Dillon(i) Chevy 199.983 36.003 200.518 16 -0.535 11
28 10 10 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 199.689 36.056 199.452 24 0.237 30
29 21 20 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 199.518 36.087 194.342 39 5.176 16
30 1 1 47 Bobby Labonte (PC6) Toyota 198.829 36.212 198.473 30 0.356 28
31 20 21 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 197.906 36.381 200.362 18 -2.456 13
32 37 35 95 Scott Speed Ford 197.704 36.418 195.956 36 1.748 43
33 7 7 13 Casey Mears Ford 197.672 36.424 199.181 26 -1.509 26
34 29 29 32 Timmy Hill # Ford 197.028 36.543 194.311 40 2.717 37
35 14 14 36 JJ Yeley Chevy 197.012 36.546 195.053 38 1.959 35
36 24 23 30 David Stremme Toyota 196.980 36.552 196.823 33 0.157 33
37 6 6 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 196.818 36.582 193.403 42 3.415 40
38 39 43 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 196.148 36.707 196.057 35 0.091 38
39 41 44 51 Brendan Gaughan(i) Chevy 195.679 36.795 197.553 31 -1.874 27
40 22 24 35 Josh Wise(i) Ford 195.610 36.808 197.26 32 -1.650 39
41 30 32 98 Johnny Sauter(i) Ford 195.180 36.889 195.562 37 -0.382 42
42 18 18 7 Dave Blaney Chevy 194.542 37.010 193.418 41 1.124 32
43 3 3 19 Scott Riggs Toyota 193.372 37.234 191.795 43 1.577 44-DNQ
44 27 27 33 Landon Cassill(i) Chevy 192.627 37.378 190.825 44 1.802 36

MAROON = but has a Champions Provisional Available. Six of the drivers are past series champion and will have the provisional available to them.

RED = needs to get in the race on speed and has no provisional 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
Pure Michigan 400
Michigan International Speedway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
First
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Owners
Points
Rank
Owners
Race
Attempts
1 47 Bobby Labonte (PC6) Toyota 198.473 30 28 22
2 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 203.132 2 23 22
3 19 Scott Riggs Toyota 191.795 43 44 20
4 34 David Ragan Ford 198.741 29 29 22
5 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 200.669 15 2 22
6 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 193.403 42 40 22
7 13 Casey Mears Ford 199.181 26 26 22
8 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 200.966 13 8 22
9 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford 199.872 23 21 22
10 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 199.452 24 30 22
11 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Ford 196.732 34 41 8
12 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 201.969 6 22 22
13 55 Mark Martin Toyota 201.387 9 18 22
14 36 JJ Yeley Chevy 195.053 38 35 22
15 78 Kurt Busch (PC3) Chevy 201.179 11 12 22
16 22 Joey Logano Ford 202.537 4 17 22
17 27 Paul Menard Chevy 200.039 20 20 22
18 7 Dave Blaney Chevy 193.418 41 32 22
19 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 202.634 3 5 22
20 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 200.362 18 13 22
21 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 194.342 39 16 22
22 35 Josh Wise(i) Ford 197.26 32 39 22
23 83 David Reutimann Toyota 198.972 27 34 22
24 30 David Stremme Toyota 196.823 33 33 22
25 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 199.878 22 25 22
26 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 201.896 7 4 22
27 33 Landon Cassill(i) Chevy 190.825 44 36 22
28 43 Aric Almirola Ford 200.479 17 19 22
29 32 Timmy Hill # Ford 194.311 40 37 22
30 98 Johnny Sauter(i) Ford 195.562 37 42 19
31 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 200.234 19 15 22
32 38 David Gilliland Ford 198.895 28 31 22
33 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 201.545 8 6 22
34 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 200.887 14 10 22
35 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC2) Chevy 203.355 1 1 22
36 14 Austin Dillon(i) Chevy 200.518 16 11 22
37 95 Scott Speed Ford 195.956 36 43 11
38 20 Matt Kenseth (PC4) Toyota 199.302 25 7 22
39 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 196.057 35 38 22
40 24 Jeff Gordon (PC5) Chevy 201.348 10 14 22
41 51 Brendan Gaughan(i) Chevy 197.553 31 27 22
42 16 Greg Biffle Ford 201.145 12 9 22
43 99 Carl Edwards Ford 201.998 5 3 22
44 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 199.983 21 24 22

MAROON = but has a Champions Provisional Available. Seven of the drivers are past series champion and will have the provisional available to them.

RED = needs to get in the race on speed and has no provisional 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 random 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) Race 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.
    Provisionals 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 Provisional and rules and limits on my 2013 Past Champions Provisional Page

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