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

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • 2013 May Pole Sitter: #11-Denny Hamlin, 195.624mph, finished 4th

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

  • Track Qualifying Record: Denny Hamlin, May 2013, 195.624mph

  • Coke 600 Qualifying Record: Denny Hamlin, May 2013, 195.624mph

  • 500 mile Qualifying Record: Greg Biffle, Oct 2012, 193.708mph

  • 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: #5-Kahne, 193.805mph, scheduled to qualify 2nd out of 43 drivers


  • Gordon wins Charlotte pole: #24-Jeff Gordon was the last driver to make a qualifying attempt and won the pole for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway with speed of 194.308mph for his 2nd pole of 2013, 9th pole at Charlotte and 74th of his career.
    #29-Harvick is on the outside pole, followed by #16-Biffle, #48-Johnson, #5-Kahne, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #39-Newman, #42-Montoya, #18-Busch and #78-Busch.
    Nine Chase drivers qualified in the top-10, Montoya was the only non-Chaser not in the top-10. Other Chase drivers and where they start: #22-Logano 12th; #15-Bowyer 14th; #99-Edwards 15th; and points leader #20-Kenseth starts 20th.
    The best starting rookie is #17-Stenhouse Jr. who will start 16th.
    : Three drivers are making their Sprint Cup debuts this week at Charlotte: #33-Scott starts 19th; #51-Larson 21st; and #95-Koch 43rd.
    Since there were only 43 cars entered, no driver missed the race.(10-10-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Charlotte:
    #24-Jeff Gordon won the Pole Award for the 54th Annual Bank of America 500 with a lap of 27.791 seconds, 194.308 mph.
    This is his 74th pole in 720 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his second pole and 16th top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his ninth pole in 42 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He earned his first career pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway ion Oct. 10, 1993, becoming the youngest pole winner at the track -- 22 years, 2 months, 6 days. The record still stands.
    Jeff Gordon won five straight poles for the spring races at Charlotte Motor Speedway between 1994 and 1998.
    #29-Kevin Harvick (second) posted his ninth top-10 start of 2013 and his sixth in 26 races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    #16-Greg Biffle (third) posted his ninth top-10 start at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is his 12th in 31 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-10-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 7:10pm/et.
    Television: ESPN2 at 7:00pm/et
    Radio: Performance 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)
    #20-Kenseth, 1st out to qualify, 191.993mph, starts 20th
    #5-Kahne, 2nd out, 193.694, starts 5th
    #16-Biffle, 38th out, 193.959, starts 3rd
    #29-Harvick, 42nd out, 194.203, starts 2nd
    #24-Gordon, 43rd out, 194.308, starts 1st

  • Thursday practice for the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #5-Kahne 193.805
    #18-Busch 193.653
    #29-Harvick 193.548
    #24-Gordon 193.424
    #22-Logano 193.292
    slowest: #95-Koch 182.828 & #36-Yeley 185.211
    notes: #48-Johnson had to park on pit road in the 'penalty box' for the first 15 minutes of practice due to going thru the Kansas inspection area more then twice last Sunday.(FoxSports1 coverage)
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(10-10-2013)

  • Charlotte Notes & Facts - poles: Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Charlotte in 1960 with a speed of 133.904 mph.
    42 drivers have Coors Light poles at Charlotte, led by David Pearson with 14. Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in poles, with nine, followed by Jeff Gordon with eight.
    12 drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles at Charlotte. David Pearson holds the record for most consecutive poles at Charlotte with 11; from the fall of 1973 through 1978.
    Jeff Gordon won five straight poles for the spring races at Charlotte between 1994 and 1998.
    14 of the 109 (12.8%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Charlotte have been won from the Coors Light pole; the two most recent were Jimmie Johnson in 2004 and 2009.
    The second-place starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (17) than any other starting position at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
    Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway twice; the fall race of 2002 and the fall race of 2008.
    Four active drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (10/10/93), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (5/28/00), Ryan Newman (5/27/01) and Aric Almirola (5/27/12). Almirolas pole last season was the first time since 5/22/1966 that the No. 43 car had won the Coors Light pole at CMS.(NASCAR)(10-10-2013)

  • 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
Bank of America 500
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Sponsor
Manu
Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(secs)
1 24 Jeff Gordon Axalta Chevy 194.308 27.791
2 29 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevy 194.203 27.806
3 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 193.959 27.841
4 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Dover White Chevy 193.791 27.865
5 5 Kasey Kahne Quaker State Chevy 193.694 27.879
6 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Time Warner Cable Chevy 193.535 27.902
7 39 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevy 193.458 27.913
8 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 193.417 27.919
9 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 193.403 27.921
10 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevy 193.112 27.963
11 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 192.995 27.980
12 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil/Hertz Ford 192.974 27.983
13 27 Paul Menard Menards/Duracell Chevy 192.754 28.015
14 15 Clint Bowyer Rbrry5hrEnrgybnftngLvngByndBrstCncr Toyota 192.719 28.020
15 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 192.575 28.041
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # My Best Buy Ford 192.362 28.072
17 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 192.232 28.091
18 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 192.123 28.107
19 33 Brian Scott(i) Shore Lodge Chevy 192.020 28.122
20 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 191.993 28.126
21 51 Kyle Larson(i) Target Chevy 191.959 28.131
22 14 Mark Martin Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy 191.782 28.157
23 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 191.748 28.162
24 47 Bobby Labonte Scott Products Toyota 191.632 28.179
25 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevy 191.564 28.189
26 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevy 191.469 28.203
27 55 Brian Vickers(i) Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 190.961 28.278
28 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 190.590 28.333
29 9 Marcos Ambrose Bostitch Ford 190.550 28.339
30 34 David Ragan Taco Bell Ford 190.349 28.369
31 30 Cole Whitt(i) Swan Energy Toyota 190.342 28.370
32 40 Landon Cassill(i) Moonshine Attitude Attire Chevy 189.673 28.470
33 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford 189.195 28.542
34 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 189.069 28.561
35 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy Breast Cancer Awareness Chevy 188.923 28.583
36 83 David Reutimann Burger King/Dr.Pepper Toyota 188.607 28.631
37-OP 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 188.422 28.659
38-OP 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 187.885 28.741
39-OP 7 Dave Blaney Breast Cancer Awareness Chevy 187.852 28.746
40-OP 32 Timmy Hill # U.S. Chrome Ford 187.350 28.823
41-OP 93 Travis Kvapil Dr.Pepper Toyota 186.696 28.924
42-OP 36 JJ Yeley United Mining Equipment Chevy 185.893 29.049
43-OP 95 Blake Koch(i) supportmilitary.org Ford 180.572 29.905

GREEN = is a Chase driver.

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
Bank of America 500
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 43 43 24 Jeff Gordon (PC5) Chevy 194.308 27.791 193.424 4 0.884 4
2 42 42 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 194.203 27.806 193.548 3 0.655 3
3 38 38 16 Greg Biffle Ford 193.959 27.841 193.237 6 0.722 6
4 41 41 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC2) Chevy 193.791 27.865 192.328 17 1.463 2
5 2 2 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 193.694 27.879 193.805 1 -0.111 13
6 37 37 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 193.535 27.902 192.198 19 1.337 8
7 36 36 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 193.458 27.913 191.517 23 1.941 12
8 23 23 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 193.417 27.919 193.209 7 0.208 23
9 27 27 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 193.403 27.921 193.653 2 -0.250 5
10 34 34 78 Kurt Busch (PC3) Chevy 193.112 27.963 192.232 18 0.880 7
11 13 13 43 Aric Almirola Ford 192.995 27.980 192.376 15 0.619 19
12 12 12 22 Joey Logano Ford 192.974 27.983 193.292 5 -0.318 10
13 26 26 27 Paul Menard Chevy 192.754 28.015 191.700 22 1.054 18
14 14 14 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 192.719 28.020 192.651 13 0.068 9
15 21 21 99 Carl Edwards Ford 192.575 28.041 192.988 9 -0.413 11
16 4 4 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford 192.362 28.072 192.479 14 -0.117 22
17 20 20 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 192.232 28.091 192.349 16 -0.117 17
18 6 6 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 192.123 28.107 192.781 11 -0.658 25
19 3 3 33 Brian Scott(i) Chevy 192.020 28.122 190.968 25 1.052 38
20 1 1 20 Matt Kenseth (PC4) Toyota 191.993 28.126 192.995 8 -1.002 1
21 16 16 51 Kyle Larson(i) Chevy 191.959 28.131 192.761 12 -0.802 29
22 39 39 14 Mark Martin Chevy 191.782 28.157 192.143 20 -0.361 16
23 15 15 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 191.748 28.162 192.823 10 -1.075 15
24 29 29 47 Bobby Labonte (PC6) Toyota 191.632 28.179 190.114 31 1.518 28
25 40 40 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 191.564 28.189 190.188 30 1.376 14
26 32 32 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 191.469 28.203 190.813 26 0.656 20
27 22 22 55 Brian Vickers(i) Toyota 190.961 28.278 192.123 21 -1.162 24
28 7 7 13 Casey Mears Ford 190.590 28.333 190.315 29 0.275 26
29 35 35 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 190.550 28.339 191.042 24 -0.492 21
30 17 17 34 David Ragan Ford 190.349 28.369 189.873 32 0.476 27
31 33 33 30 Cole Whitt(i) Toyota 190.342 28.370 190.396 28 -0.054 33
32 24 24 40 Landon Cassill(i) Chevy 189.673 28.470 188.383 36 1.290 43
33 8 8 35 Josh Wise(i) Ford 189.195 28.542 185.644 41 3.551 39
34 31 31 38 David Gilliland Ford 189.069 28.561 189.793 33 -0.724 31
35 11 11 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 188.923 28.583 190.510 27 -1.587 30
36 18 18 83 David Reutimann Toyota 188.607 28.631 188.719 35 -0.112 36
37 28 28 98 Michael McDowell Ford 188.422 28.659 187.207 38 1.215 42
38 30 30 87 Joe Nemechek (i) Toyota 187.885 28.741 186.987 39 0.898 40
39 9 9 7 Dave Blaney Chevy 187.852 28.746 187.898 37 -0.046 32
40 25 25 32 Timmy Hill# Ford 187.350 28.823 186.111 40 1.239 37
41 19 19 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 186.696 28.924 189.274 34 -2.578 34
42 10 10 36 J.J. Yeley Chevy 185.893 29.049 185.211 42 0.682 35
43 5 5 95 Blake Koch(i) Ford 180.572 29.905 182.828 43 -2.256 44

GREEN = is a Chase driver.

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)

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Qualifying Order
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Bank of America 500
Charlotte Motor 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 20 Matt Kenseth (PC4) Toyota 1 30 192.995 8
2 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 13 30 193.805 1
3 33 Brian Scott(i) Chevy 38 30 190.968 25
4 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Ford 22 30 192.479 14
5 95 Blake Koch(i) Ford 44 19 182.828 43
6 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 25 30 192.781 11
7 13 Casey Mears Ford 26 30 190.315 29
8 35 Josh Wise(i) Ford 39 30 185.644 41
9 7 Dave Blaney Chevy 32 30 187.898 37
10 36 J.J. Yeley Chevy 35 30 185.211 42
11 10 Danica Patrick # Chevy 30 30 190.510 27
12 22 Joey Logano Ford 10 30 193.292 5
13 43 Aric Almirola Ford 19 30 192.376 15
14 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 9 30 192.651 13
15 2 Brad Keselowski (PC1) Ford 15 30 192.823 10
16 51 Kyle Larson(i) Chevy 29 30 192.761 12
17 34 David Ragan Ford 27 30 189.873 32
18 83 David Reutimann Toyota 36 30 188.719 35
19 93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 34 30 189.274 34
20 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 17 30 192.349 16
21 99 Carl Edwards Ford 11 30 192.988 9
22 55 Brian Vickers(i) Toyota 24 30 192.123 21
23 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy 23 30 193.209 7
24 40 Landon Cassill(i) Chevy 43 10 188.383 36
25 32 Timmy Hill# Ford 37 30 186.111 40
26 27 Paul Menard Chevy 18 30 191.700 22
27 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 5 30 193.653 2
28 98 Michael McDowell Ford 42 27 187.207 38
29 47 Bobby Labonte (PC6) Toyota 28 30 190.114 31
30 87 Joe Nemechek (i) Toyota 40 30 186.987 39
31 38 David Gilliland Ford 31 30 189.793 33
32 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 20 30 190.813 26
33 30 Cole Whitt(i) Toyota 33 30 190.396 28
34 78 Kurt Busch (PC3) Chevy 7 30 192.232 18
35 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 21 30 191.042 24
36 39 Ryan Newman Chevy 12 30 191.517 23
37 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 8 30 192.198 19
38 16 Greg Biffle Ford 6 30 193.237 6
39 14 Mark Martin Chevy 16 30 192.143 20
40 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 14 30 190.188 30
41 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC2) Chevy 2 30 192.328 17
42 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 3 30 193.548 3
43 24 Jeff Gordon (PC5) Chevy 4 30 193.424 4

MAROON = has a Past Champions Provisional Available.

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)


  • NOTE: not doing semi-live qualifying anymore. With NASCAR.com and FoxSports 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

  • Qualifying order is by 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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