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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 6:05 pm/et on Friday, April 11, 2014

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • 2013 Pole Winner: #78-Kurt Busch, 181.918mph, finished 14th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Kurt Busch, May 2013, 181.918mph

  • Oldest Pole Winner: David Pearson, 47 years, 8 months, 15 days, 9/06/1982

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Kurt Busch, 23 years, 0 months, 29 days, 9/02/2001

  • Fastest First Practice Speed: #4-Harvick, 177.665mph

  • Fastest Happy Hour Practice Speed: #31-Newman, 179.167mph


  • Harvick wins the Darlington pole for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over, after the five minutes final round. #4-Kevin Harvick won the pole with a third round lap of 183.479mph for his 1st pole of 2014, 1st at Darlington and 7th of his career. Harvick has won from the pole three times. Harvick is the 8th different pole winner in 8 races this season.
    #43-Almirola, who will start 3rd, broke the track record of 181.918mph set last May by Kurt Busch. Almirola ran a lap of 184.245mph in the second qualifying session,.
    #22-Logano will start 2nd followed by #43-Almirola, #9-Ambrose, #2-Keselowsk, #1-McMurray, #31-Newman, #18-Busch, #24-Gordon, #11-Hamlin, #27-Menard and #78-Truex Jr.
    Fastest in the second qualifying session was #43-Almirola at 184.245 (new track record)
    Fastest in the first qualifying session was #27-Menard at 183.946mph
    #22-Logano is the only driver to advance to the final round in all eight races this season.
    Missing the race are: #35-Reutimann.(4-11-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Darlington:
    #4-Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 65th Annual Bojangles' Southern 500 with a lap of 26.802 seconds, 183.479 mph.
    This is his seventh pole in 474 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and third top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his first pole in 18 races at Darlington Raceway.
    #22-Joey Logano (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2014 and his second in six races at Darlington Raceway.
    #43-Aric Almirola (third) posted his first top-10 start at Darlington Raceway. It is his third in eight races this season.
    #42-Kyle Larson (17th) was the fastest qualifying rookie. #43-Aric Almirola set a new track record during Round 2 of qualifying with a lap of 26.705 seconds, 183.479 mph. It is the sixth track record in eight races this year.(NASCAR Statistics)(4-11-2014)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over after 10 minutes. 14 drivers ran faster then the track record of 181.918mph, set by Kurt Busch last May and #43-Almirola broke the track record and was faster then the record set in the 1st round, running a lap of 184.145mph.
    #43-Almirola 184.145
    #22-Logano 183.870
    #1-McMurray 182.953
    #4-Harvick 182.926
    #9-Ambrose 182.872
    the rest of the top 12: 27 2 31 24 11 18 78;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 41 55 88 15 42 47 16 3 99 5 14 51
    (4-11-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over, after 25 minutes. 25 drivers broke the track record of 181.918mph, set by Kurt Busch last May while driving the #78 Chevy.
    #27-Menard 183.946
    #11-Hamlin 183.726
    #1-McMurray 183.719
    #43-Amirola 183.568
    #41-Busch 183.393
    Driver who will miss the race: #35-Reutimann.
    (4-11-2014)

  • For the new 2014 group qualifying rules and starting procedures, see the Qualifying Rules page

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is scheduled for Friday, April 11, 2014 at 6:05 pm/et.
    Television: FS1 at 6:00 pm/et
    Radio: Motor Racing Network at motorracingnetwork.com.
    Scheduled Qualifying TV Re-Air: at 4:30am/et on FS1

  • Qualifying Progression:
    driver that was fastest after the first session, the second session and the pole winner from the final session of group qualifying.
    First Session: #27-Menard, 183.946mph, starts 11th
    Second Session: #43-Almirola, 184.145mph, starts 3rd
    Final Session: #4-Harvick, 183.479mph, starts 1st on the pole

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates Qualifying Results:
    #3-Austin Dillon, starts 20th
    #7-Michael Annett, 30th
    #23-Alex Bowman, 34th
    #26-Cole Whitt, 42nd
    #30-Parker Kligerman, 38th
    #42-Kyle Larson, 17th
    #51-Justin Allgaier, 24th
    #83-Ryan Truex, 39th

  • Happy Hour practice for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over, after 60 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #31-Newman 179.167
    #9-Ambrose 178.978
    #24-Gordon 178.906
    #18-Busch 178.802
    #22-Logano 178.731
    slowest: #40-Cassill 170.691 & #66-Nemechek 173.399
    #22-Logano was fastest in the 10-lap consecutive run at 173.294mph (out of 9 drivers).
    Notes: #9-Ambrose got a Darlington stripe late in Happy Hour and the team was working on the car to fix the right side.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and 10-lap consecutive average on the Darlington Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf).(4-11-2014)

  • First Friday practice for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over, after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #4-Harvick 177.665
    #15-Bowyer 176.746
    #48-Johnson 176.670
    #2-Keselowski 175.886
    #24-Gordon 175.767
    slowest: #26-Whitt 167.790 and #30-Kligerman 167.819
    #2-Keselowski was fastest in the 10-lap consecutive run at 174.151mph.
    Notes: the Darlington Stripe was acquired by the following drivers so far: #3-Dillon, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #23-Bowman, #42-Larson & #78-Truex Jr. Larson hit so hard that the team is bring out the backup car.
    See fastest speeds, laps run and 10-lap consecutive average on the Darlington Practice 1 speeds page (pdf).(4-11-2014)

  • Race info at: Race Info Page

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  • Qualifying Rules

  • Past Champions Provisional

  • All Time Sprint Cup Pole Winners


Starting Lineup
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Bojangles' Southern 500
Darlington Raceway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Sponsor
Manu
Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(secs)
1 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevy 183.479 26.802
2 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 183.049 26.865
3 43 Aric Almirola Fresh from Florida Ford 182.946 26.880
4 9 Marcos Ambrose DeWalt Ford 182.485 26.948
5 2 Brad Keselowski (PC2) Miller Lite Ford 182.059 27.011
6 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevy 182.019 27.017
7 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevy 181.985 27.022
8 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 181.763 27.055
9 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Drive to End Hunger Chevy 181.756 27.056
10 11 Denny Hamlin Sport Clips Toyota 181.548 27.087
11 27 Paul Menard CertainTeed / Menards Chevy 181.481 27.097
12 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevy 181.200 27.139
13 41 Kurt Busch (PC4) Haas Automation Chevy 182.181 26.993
14 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 181.985 27.022
15 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevy 181.689 27.066
16 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 181.247 27.132
17 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevy 181.194 27.140
18 47 AJ Allmendinger Clorox Chevy 181.127 27.150
19 16 Greg Biffle 3M / Red Cross Ford 180.947 27.177
20 3 Austin Dillon # Dow Chevy 180.914 27.182
21 99 Carl Edwards Ford EcoBoost Ford 180.901 27.184
22 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevy 180.787 27.201
23 14 Tony Stewart (PC3) Mobil 1 / Bass Pro Shops Chevy 180.185 27.292
24 51 Justin Allgaier # Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes 178.958 27.479
25 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Home Depot Husky Toyota 182.059 27.011
26 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC1) Lowe's / Kobalt Tools Chevy 181.911 27.033
27 38 David Gilliland A&W All American Food Ford 181.548 27.087
28 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Nationwide Ford 181.394 27.110
29 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevy 180.549 27.237
30 7 Michael Annett # Pilot / Flying J Chevy 180.330 27.270
31 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevy 180.310 27.273
32 34 David Ragan CSX Ford 180.204 27.289
33 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevy 180.158 27.296
34 23 Alex Bowman # Dr Pepper Toyota 179.993 27.321
35 40 Landon Cassill(i) Hillman Racing Chevy 179.717 27.363
36 77 Dave Blaney Ford 179.606 27.380
37-OP 33 David Stremme Chevy 179.024 27.469
38-OP 30 Parker Kligerman # SMS Audio Toyota 178.543 27.543
39-OP 83 Ryan Truex # Borla Exhaust Toyota 178.400 27.565
40-OP 36 Reed Sorenson Chevy 177.961 27.633
41-OP 32 Travis Kvapil Keen Parts Ford 177.768 27.663
42-OP 26 Cole Whitt # Swan Energy Toyota 177.659 27.680
43-OP 66 Joe Nemechek(i) Justin Johnson / Land Castle Title Toyota 177.166 27.757
44-DNQ 35 David Reutimann Ford 178.491 27.551

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 2014 Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points

Starting Lineup (pdf)


Qualifying Results
Qualifying Round 3
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Bojangles' Southern 500
Darlington Raceway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Rank Car# Driver Manu Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(secs)
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Difference from
practice speed
Owners
Points
Rank
1 4 Kevin Harvick Chevy 183.479 26.802 177.665 1 5.814 26
2 22 Joey Logano Ford 183.049 26.865 175.097 12 7.952 4
3 43 Aric Almirola Ford 182.946 26.880 174.007 23 8.939 22
4 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 182.485 26.948 175.097 11 7.388 18
5 2 Brad Keselowski (PC2) Ford 182.059 27.011 175.886 4 6.173 9
6 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 182.019 27.017 174.873 16 7.146 21
7 31 Ryan Newman Chevy 181.985 27.022 175.353 8 6.632 12
8 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 181.763 27.055 174.929 15 6.834 5
9 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 181.756 27.056 175.767 5 5.989 1
10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 181.548 27.087 174.972 14 6.576 8
11 27 Paul Menard Chevy 181.481 27.097 174.786 18 6.695 11
12 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Chevy 181.200 27.139 174.773 19 6.427 27


Qualifying Results
Qualifying Round 2
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Bojangles' Southern 500
Darlington Raceway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Rank Car# Driver Manu Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(secs)
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Difference from
practice speed
Owners
Points
Rank
1 43 Aric Almirola Ford 184.145 26.705 174.007 23 10.138 22
2 22 Joey Logano Ford 183.870 26.745 175.097 12 8.773 4
3 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 182.953 26.879 174.873 16 8.080 21
4 4 Kevin Harvick Chevy 182.926 26.883 177.665 1 5.261 26
5 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 182.872 26.891 175.097 11 7.775 18
6 27 Paul Menard Chevy 182.647 26.924 174.786 18 7.861 11
7 2 Brad Keselowski (PC2) Ford 182.627 26.927 175.886 4 6.741 9
8 31 Ryan Newman Chevy 182.492 26.947 175.353 8 7.139 12
9 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 182.404 26.960 175.767 5 6.637 1
10 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 182.397 26.961 174.972 14 7.425 8
11 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 182.343 26.969 174.929 15 7.414 5
12 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Chevy 182.343 26.969 174.773 19 7.570 27
Top 12 Advance to the Final Round of Qualifying
13 41 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 182.181 26.993 175.491 6 6.690 25
14 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 181.985 27.022 173.755 26 8.230 10
15 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevy 181.689 27.066 175.022 13 6.667 6
16 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 181.247 27.132 176.746 2 4.501 17
17 42 Kyle Larson # Chevy 181.194 27.140 175.272 10 5.922 15
18 47 A.J. Allmendinger Chevy 181.127 27.150 173.656 28 7.471 20
19 16 Greg Biffle Ford 180.947 27.177 174.210 22 6.737 16
20 3 Austin Dillon # Chevy 180.914 27.182 174.334 21 6.580 13
21 99 Carl Edwards Ford 180.901 27.184 175.372 7 5.529 3
22 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 180.787 27.201 175.309 9 5.478 19
23 14 Tony Stewart (PC3) Chevy 180.185 27.292 173.951 25 6.234 14
24 51 Justin Allgaier # Chevy 178.958 27.479 173.552 30 5.406 28


Qualifying Results
Qualifying Round 1
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Bojangles' Southern 500
Darlington Raceway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Rank Car# Driver Manu Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(secs)
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
Difference from
practice speed
Owners
Points
Rank
1 27 Paul Menard Chevy 183.946 26.734 174.786 18 9.160 11
2 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 183.726 26.766 174.972 14 8.754 8
3 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 183.719 26.767 174.873 16 8.846 21
4 43 Aric Almirola Ford 183.568 26.789 174.007 23 9.561 22
5 41 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 183.383 26.816 175.491 6 7.892 25
6 31 Ryan Newman Chevy 183.376 26.817 175.353 8 8.023 12
7 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 183.178 26.846 175.767 5 7.411 1
8 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 183.158 26.849 175.097 11 8.061 18
9 99 Carl Edwards Ford 182.851 26.894 175.372 7 7.479 3
10 22 Joey Logano Ford 182.797 26.902 175.097 12 7.700 4
11 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 182.702 26.916 174.929 15 7.773 5
12 16 Greg Biffle Ford 182.593 26.932 174.210 22 8.383 16
13 3 Austin Dillon # Chevy 182.586 26.933 174.334 21 8.252 13
14 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 182.505 26.945 175.309 9 7.196 19
15 2 Brad Keselowski (PC2) Ford 182.492 26.947 175.886 4 6.606 9
16 4 Kevin Harvick Chevy 182.464 26.951 177.665 1 4.799 26
17 47 A.J. Allmendinger Chevy 182.444 26.954 173.656 28 8.788 20
18 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 182.390 26.962 173.755 26 8.635 10
19 14 Tony Stewart (PC3) Chevy 182.316 26.973 173.951 25 8.365 14
20 51 Justin Allgaier # Chevy 182.275 26.979 173.552 30 8.723 28
21 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Chevy 182.255 26.982 174.773 19 7.482 27
22 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevy 182.181 26.993 175.022 13 7.159 6
23 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 182.133 27.000 176.746 2 5.387 17
24 42 Kyle Larson # Chevy 182.106 27.004 175.272 10 6.834 15
Top 24 Advance to the Second Round of Qualifying
25 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 182.059 27.011 174.525 20 7.534 2
26 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC1) Chevy 181.911 27.033 176.670 3 5.241 7
27 38 David Gilliland Ford 181.548 27.087 171.387 37 10.161 31
28 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Ford 181.394 27.110 173.705 27 7.689 24
29 98 Josh Wise Chevy 180.549 27.237 173.976 24 6.573 38
30 7 Michael Annett # Chevy 180.330 27.270 170.224 41 10.106 32
31 13 Casey Mears Chevy 180.310 27.273 174.854 17 5.456 23
32 34 David Ragan Ford 180.204 27.289 173.222 31 6.982 35
33 10 Danica Patrick Chevy 180.158 27.296 171.620 36 8.538 29
34 23 Alex Bowman # Toyota 179.993 27.321 172.004 34 7.989 36
35 40 Landon Cassill (i) Chevy 179.717 27.363 170.596 40 9.121 34
36 77 Dave Blaney Ford 179.606 27.380 173.051 32 6.555 47
37 33 David Stremme Chevy 179.024 27.469 172.760 33 6.264 41
38 30 Parker Kligerman # Chevy 178.543 27.543 167.819 43 10.724 43
39 35 David Reutimann Ford 178.491 27.551 171.890 35 6.601 46
40 83 Ryan Truex # Toyota 178.400 27.565 169.971 42 8.429 42
41 36 Reed Sorenson Chevy 177.961 27.633 171.160 38 6.801 30
42 32 Travis Kvapil Ford 177.768 27.663 170.797 39 6.971 37
43 26 Cole Whitt # Toyota 177.659 27.680 167.790 44 9.869 33
44 66 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 177.166 27.757 173.613 29 3.553 40

RED = Needs to qualify by speed, not eligible for a regular provisional, no owners points or too deeply ranked in owners points

BLUE = Eligible for 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 2014 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
Bojangles' Southern 500
Darlington Raceway
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
Owners
Points
Rank
Owners
Race
Attempts
First
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
1 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC1) Chevy 7 7 176.670 3
2 98 Josh Wise Chevy 38 7 173.976 24
3 7 Michael Annett # Chevy 32 7 170.224 41
4 83 Ryan Truex # Toyota 42 7 169.971 42
5 4 Kevin Harvick Chevy 26 7 177.665 1
6 10 Danica Patrick Chevy 29 7 171.620 36
7 23 Alex Bowman # Toyota 36 7 172.004 34
8 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 1 7 175.767 5
9 34 David Ragan Ford 35 7 173.222 31
10 26 Cole Whitt # Toyota 33 7 167.790 44
11 42 Kyle Larson # Chevy 15 7 175.272 10
12 78 Martin Truex, Jr. Chevy 27 7 174.773 19
13 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevy 6 7 175.022 13
14 13 Casey Mears Chevy 23 7 174.854 17
15 3 Austin Dillon # Chevy 13 7 174.334 21
16 30 Parker Kligerman # Chevy 43 7 167.819 43
17 40 Landon Cassill (i) Chevy 34 7 170.596 40
18 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 21 7 174.873 16
19 36 Reed Sorenson Chevy 30 7 171.160 38
20 27 Paul Menard Chevy 11 7 174.786 18
21 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 18 7 175.097 11
22 14 Tony Stewart (PC3) Chevy 14 7 173.951 25
23 33 David Stremme Chevy 41 7 172.760 33
24 32 Travis Kvapil Ford 37 7 170.797 39
25 41 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 25 7 175.491 6
26 47 A.J. Allmendinger Chevy 20 7 173.656 28
27 38 David Gilliland Ford 31 7 171.387 37
28 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 19 7 175.309 9
29 17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Ford 24 7 173.705 27
30 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 5 7 174.929 15
31 2 Brad Keselowski (PC2) Ford 9 7 175.886 4
32 35 David Reutimann Ford 46 7 171.890 35
33 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 8 7 174.972 14
34 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 10 7 173.755 26
35 51 Justin Allgaier # Chevy 28 7 173.552 30
36 31 Ryan Newman Chevy 12 7 175.353 8
37 16 Greg Biffle Ford 16 7 174.210 22
38 99 Carl Edwards Ford 3 7 175.372 7
39 43 Aric Almirola Ford 22 7 174.007 23
40 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 2 7 174.525 20
41 22 Joey Logano Ford 4 7 175.097 12
42 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 17 7 176.746 2
43 77 Dave Blaney Ford 47 5 173.051 32
44 66 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 40 7 173.613 29

RED = Needs to qualify by speed, not eligible for a regular provisional, no owners points or too deeply ranked in owners points

BLUE = Eligible for 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 2014 Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points

Qualifying Order (pdf)


  • For the new 2014 group qualifying rules and starting procedures, see the Qualifying Rules page

  • Qualifying order is by a random draw. Someone from the team draws a bingo like ball just before the first practice of the event.

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