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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 11:40am/et on Saturday, August 9, 2014

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL but usually correct or darn close

  • 2013 Pole Winner: #9-Marcos Ambrose, 128.241mph, finished 31st

  • Track Qualifying Record: Marcos Ambrose, August 2013, 128.241mph

  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: Steve Park, August 2000, started 18th

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 8/9/1998 - 27 years, 0 months, 5 days

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Morgan Shepherd, 8/13/1989 - 47 years, 10 months, 1 days

  • Fastest First Practice Speed: 4-Harvick, 128.474 mph

  • Fastest Happy Hour Practice Speed: #47-Allmendinger, 128.688 mph


  • Gordon wins Watkins Glen pole: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light pole for the Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International with speed of 129.466mph for his 1st pole of 2014, 3rd at Watkins Glen and 75th of his career.
    #9-Ambrose is on the outside pole, followed by #48-Johnson, #4-Harvick, #41-Busch, #47-Allmendinger, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #20-Kenseth, #2-Keselowski, #31-Newman, #22-Logano, and #55-Vickers.
    Ambrose set the track record in round 1 of group qualifying at 129.491mph.
    Missing the race was: none, only 43 cars entered.(8-9-2014)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Watkins Glen:
    Jeff Gordon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 29th Annual Cheez-It 355 at The Glen with a lap of 68.126 seconds, 129.466 mph.
    This is his 75th pole in 747 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and 13th top-10 start in 2014.
    This is his third pole in 22 races at Watkins Glen International.
    Marcos Ambrose (second) posted his seventh top-10 start of 2014 and his fifth in seven races at Watkins Glen International.
    Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 10th top-10 start at Watkins Glen International. It is his 11th in 22 races this season.
    Justin Allgaier (15th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-9-2014)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is over, after 30 minutes..
    #9-Ambrose 129.491
    #4-Harvick 129.030
    #47-Allmendinger 128.861
    #24-Gordon 128.844
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 128.714
    the rest of the top 12: 31 2 41 48 20 22 55;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to the final round: 14 1 51 99 11 26 18 27 17 13 42 15 78 34 43 16 95 5 3 77 38 32 83 23 98 33 36 66 40 7 10.
    Driver who will miss the race: none, only 43 cars entered.
    (8-9-2014)

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

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is scheduled for Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 11:40am/et.
    Television (TV): ESPN2, 11:30am/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • 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: #9-Ambrose, 129.491mph, starts 2nd
    Final Session: #24-Gordon, 129.499mph, starts 1st, on the pole

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates Qualifying Results:
    #3-Austin Dillon, starts 31st
    #7-Michael Annett, 42nd
    #23-Alex Bowman, 36th
    #26-Cole Whitt, 18th
    #30-Parker Kligerman, Did not race
    #42-Kyle Larson, 23rd
    #51-Justin Allgaier, 15th
    #83-Ryan Truex, 35th

  • Final practice for the Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is over after 85 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #47-Allmendinger 128.688
    #9-Ambrose 128.682
    #18-Busch 128.660
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 128.259
    #43-Almirola 128.220
    slowest: #40-Cassill 123.555 & #66-Nemechek 122.679.
    notes: #5-Kahne's team is changing the transmission on his car. #10-Patrick's team changed engines between practices. She will start at the rear of the race Sunday. Teammates #1-McMurray & #42-Larson both had power steering issues. #83-Truex & #55-Vickers spun in separate incidents, but didn't hit anything. #10-Patrick cut a tire and hit the wall with a few minutes remaining in the session and will have to go to a backup car.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Watkins Glen Final Practice Speeds page (pdf).(8-8-2014)

  • First Friday practice for the Cheez-It 355 Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen International is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
    #4-Harvick 128.474
    #48-Johnson 127.841
    #2-Keselowski 126.560
    #47-Allmendinger 126.359
    #9-Ambrose 126.356
    slowest: #83-Truex 122.672 & #66-Nemechek 121.758.
    notes: #27-Menard spun off turn 5 early in practice, but did not hit anything. #40-Cassill hit the tire barrier, but the team will repair the car. #14-Stewart's team will change the transmission. #33-Kennedy spun but didn't hit anything.
    The schedule is a little different this weekend. There are two practices today. The only on track action for Cup teams tomorrow is qualifying is Saturday at 11:40am/et. ESPN2 will have TV coverage.
    See fastest speeds, laps run on the Watkins Glen First Practice Speeds page (pdf).(8-8-2014)

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  • 2014 Pole Winners / 2015 Sprint Unlimited


Starting Lineup
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Cheez-It 355
Watkins Glen International
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Starting
Position
Car# Driver Sponsor
Manu
Qualifying
Speed
(mph)
Qualifying
Time
(secs)
1 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Drive to End Hunger Chevy 129.466 68.126
2 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 129.138 68.299
3 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC1) Lowe's Chevy 128.968 68.389
4 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevy 128.859 68.447
5 41 Kurt Busch (PC4) Haas Automation Chevy 128.816 68.47
6 47 A.J. Allmendinger Scott Products Chevy 128.701 68.531
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevy 128.186 68.806
8 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Dollar General Toyota 128.179 68.81
9 2 Brad Keselowski (PC2) Miller Lite Ford 128.052 68.878
10 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevy 127.867 68.978
11 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 127.761 69.035
12 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 127.51 69.171
13 14 Tony Stewart (PC3) Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevy 128.205 68.796
14 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevy 128.131 68.836
15 51 Justin Allgaier # Brandt Professional Agriculture Chevy 128.026 68.892
16 99 Carl Edwards Kellogg's/Cheez-It Ford 127.839 68.993
17 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 127.782 69.024
18 26 Cole Whitt # Bully Hill Vineyards Toyota 127.715 69.06
19 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 127.575 69.136
20 27 Paul Menard Splash/Menards Chevy 127.573 69.137
21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford EcoBoost Ford 127.562 69.143
22 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevy 127.322 69.273
23 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevy 127.309 69.28
24 15 Clint Bowyer RK Motors Charlotte Toyota 127.278 69.297
25 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevy 127.245 69.315
26 34 David Ragan Dockside Logistics Ford 127.243 69.316
27 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 127.197 69.341
28 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 127.192 69.344
29 95 Michael McDowell K-Love Ford 127.177 69.352
30 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevy 127.012 69.442
31 3 Austin Dillon # Dow Chevy 126.819 69.548
32 77 Nelson Piquet Jr. (i) WORX Ford 126.715 69.605
33 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 126.704 69.611
34 32 Boris Said Genny Light Ford 126.571 69.684
35 83 Ryan Truex # Burger King Toyota 126.508 69.719
36 23 Alex Bowman # Dustless Blasting Toyota 125.824 70.098
37-OP 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevy 125.566 70.242
38-OP 33 Alex Kennedy MediaCAST Chevy 125.266 70.410
39-OP 36 Reed Sorenson Chevy 125.122 70.491
40-OP 66 Joe Nemechek(i) Land Castle Title Toyota 125.101 70.503
41-OP 40 Landon Cassill(i) Newtown Building Supplies Chevy 124.986 70.568
42-OP 7 Michael Annett # Pilot/Flying J Chevy 124.981 70.571
43-OP 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevy 124.956 70.585

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 2
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Cheez-It 355
Watkins Glen International
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 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 129.466 68.126 126.296 7 3.170 1
2 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 129.138 68.299 126.356 5 2.782 18
3 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC1) Chevy 128.968 68.389 127.841 2 1.127 6
4 4 Kevin Harvick Chevy 128.859 68.447 128.474 1 0.385 11
5 41 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 128.816 68.47 125.722 12 3.094 23
6 47 A.J. Allmendinger Chevy 128.701 68.531 126.359 4 2.342 25
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 128.186 68.806 126.058 9 2.128 2
8 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 128.179 68.81 125.414 20 2.765 4
9 2 Brad Keselowski (PC2) Ford 128.052 68.878 126.560 3 1.492 3
10 31 Ryan Newman Chevy 127.867 68.978 126.079 8 1.788 5
11 22 Joey Logano Ford 127.761 69.035 126.303 6 1.458 7
12 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 127.51 69.171 125.826 11 1.684 19


Qualifying Results
Qualifying Round 1
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Cheez-It 355
Watkins Glen International
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 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 129.491 68.113 126.356 5 3.135 18
2 4 Kevin Harvick Chevy 129.030 68.356 128.474 1 0.556 11
3 47 A.J. Allmendinger Chevy 128.861 68.446 126.359 4 2.502 25
4 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Chevy 128.844 68.455 126.296 7 2.548 1
5 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 128.714 68.524 126.058 9 2.656 2
6 31 Ryan Newman Chevy 128.645 68.561 126.079 8 2.566 5
7 2 Brad Keselowski (PC2) Ford 128.622 68.573 126.560 3 2.062 3
8 41 Kurt Busch (PC4) Chevy 128.457 68.661 125.722 12 2.735 23
9 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC1) Chevy 128.442 68.669 127.841 2 0.601 6
10 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Toyota 128.414 68.684 125.414 20 3.000 4
11 22 Joey Logano Ford 128.308 68.741 126.303 6 2.005 7
12 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 128.213 68.792 125.826 11 2.387 19
13 14 Tony Stewart (PC3) Chevy 128.205 68.796 125.224 21 2.981 20
14 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy 128.131 68.836 125.577 15 2.554 21
15 51 Justin Allgaier # Chevy 128.026 68.892 125.004 27 3.022 29
16 99 Carl Edwards Ford 127.839 68.993 125.673 13 2.166 8
17 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 127.782 69.024 125.094 23 2.688 17
18 26 Cole Whitt # Toyota 127.715 69.060 123.673 35 4.042 32
19 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 127.575 69.136 125.912 10 1.663 10
20 27 Paul Menard Chevy 127.573 69.137 125.509 17 2.064 16
21 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 127.562 69.143 125.071 24 2.491 27
22 13 Casey Mears Chevy 127.322 69.273 125.532 16 1.790 24
23 42 Kyle Larson # Chevy 127.309 69.280 125.099 22 2.210 12
24 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 127.278 69.297 125.659 14 1.619 9
25 78 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 127.245 69.315 125.057 26 2.188 26
26 34 David Ragan Ford 127.243 69.316 124.719 30 2.524 33
27 43 Aric Almirola Ford 127.197 69.341 125.067 25 2.130 22
28 16 Greg Biffle Ford 127.192 69.344 125.469 19 1.723 13
29 95 Michael McDowell Ford 127.177 69.352 124.546 31 2.631 42
30 5 Kasey Kahne Chevy 127.012 69.442 125.484 18 1.528 14
31 3 Austin Dillon # Chevy 126.819 69.548 124.754 29 2.065 15
32 77 Nelson Piquet, Jr. Ford 126.715 69.605 124.110 33 2.605 49
33 38 David Gilliland Ford 126.704 69.611 124.904 28 1.800 31
34 32 Travis Kvapil Ford 126.571 69.684 123.590 38 2.981 38
35 83 Ryan Truex # Toyota 126.508 69.719 122.672 42 3.836 40
36 23 Alex Bowman # Toyota 125.824 70.098 123.632 36 2.192 37
37 98 Josh Wise Chevy 125.566 70.242 123.341 39 2.225 36
38 33 Alex Kennedy Chevy 125.266 70.410 123.226 40 2.040 41
39 36 Reed Sorenson Chevy 125.122 70.491 123.682 34 1.440 34
40 66 Joe Nemechek(i) Toyota 125.101 70.503 121.800 43 3.301 39
41 40 Landon Cassill(i) Chevy 124.986 70.568 123.619 37 1.367 35
42 7 Michael Annett # Chevy 124.981 70.571 122.886 41 2.095 30
43 10 Danica Patrick Chevy 124.956 70.585 124.292 32 0.664 28

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
Cheez-It 355
Watkins Glen International
Provided by NASCAR Statistics

Sched
Qual
Pos
Car# Driver Sponsor/
Manu
Owners
Points
Rank
Owners
Race
Attempts
First
Practice
Speed
Practice
Speed
Rank
1 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevy 24 21 125.532 16
2 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 7 21 126.303 6
3 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 22 21 125.067 25
4 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furnirure Row Chevy 26 21 125.057 26
5 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevy 36 21 123.341 39
6 51 Justin Allgaier # Brandt Professional Agriculture Chevy 29 21 125.004 27
7 34 David Ragan Dockside Logistics Ford 33 21 124.719 30
8 47 A.J. Allmendinger Scott Products Chevy 25 21 126.359 4
9 33 Alex Kennedy MediaCAST Chevy 41 21 123.226 40
10 99 Carl Edwards Kellogg's/Cheez-It Ford 8 21 125.673 13
11 14 Tony Stewart (PC3) Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Chevy 20 21 125.224 21
12 2 Brad Keselowski (PC2) Miller Lite Ford 3 21 126.560 3
13 27 Paul Menard Splash/Menards Chevy 16 21 125.509 17
14 23 Alex Bowman # Dustless Blasting Toyota 37 21 123.632 36
15 7 Michael Annett # Pilot/Flying J Chevy 30 21 122.886 41
16 24 Jeff Gordon (PC6) Drive to End Hunger Chevy 1 21 126.296 7
17 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 19 21 125.826 11
18 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 17 21 125.094 23
19 41 Kurt Busch (PC4) Haas Automation Chevy 23 21 125.722 12
20 32 Travis Kvapil Genny Light Ford 38 21 123.590 38
21 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevy 2 21 126.058 9
22 83 Ryan Truex # Burger King Toyota 40 21 122.672 42
23 20 Matt Kenseth (PC5) Dollar General Toyota 4 21 125.414 20
24 40 Landon Cassill(i) Newtown Building Supplies Chevy 35 21 123.619 37
25 36 Reed Sorenson Chevy 34 21 123.682 34
26 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevy 14 21 125.484 18
27 95 Michael McDowell K-Love Ford 42 12 124.546 31
28 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 13 21 125.469 19
29 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 31 21 124.904 28
30 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 18 21 126.356 5
31 77 Nelson Piquet, Jr. WORX Ford 49 12 124.110 33
32 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 10 21 125.912 10
33 66 Joe Nemechek(i) Land Castle Title Toyota 39 21 121.800 43
34 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC1) Lowe's Chevy 6 21 127.841 2
35 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevy 11 21 128.474 1
36 15 Clint Bowyer RK Motors Charlotte Toyota 9 21 125.659 14
37 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevy 21 21 125.577 15
38 3 Austin Dillon # Dow Chevy 15 21 124.754 29
39 26 Cole Whitt # Bully Hill Vineyards Toyota 32 21 123.673 35
40 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford EcoBoost Ford 27 21 125.071 24
41 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevy 28 21 124.292 32
42 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevy 5 21 126.079 8
43 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevy 12 21 125.099 22

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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