2015 Past Champions Provisional

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updated on 11-22-2015

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  • How the Past Champions Provisional Works: If after starting positions 1 through 42 are assigned via Group Qualifying and six provisonals 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 Champion's Provisional starting position is defined as the starting position assigned to the entry 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 car owner in that vehicle by the entry deadline.

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car owners are eligible for a maximum of six (6) "Champion's Provisional" opportunities during the current season, regardless of the Champion driver. The most recent NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion driver not previously qualifying for positions 1 through 42 will be assigned the "Champion's Provisional" starting position if the car owner is eligible.

    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's will be eligible for a maximum of six (6) "Champion's Provisional" opportunities during the current season. A current or former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion driver shall be eligible for a "Champion's Provisional" once every six (6) qualifying attempts in the current season after using a "Champion's Provisional".

    If the 43rd provisional starting position is not filled by an eligible NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to the as described above for positions 36-42.

    In the event there is more than one driver eligible for the Champion's Provisional who has not already qualified for positions 1st - 43rd for that Event, the most recent NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion driver not previously qualified for positions 1st - 43rd will be assigned the Champion's Provisional starting position provided the car owner and champion driver are otherwise eligible.

  • Past Champions Provisional Rules which began in 2013: Past Sprint Cup champions can use a past champion's provisional only once every six races this season instead of having unlimited access to provisionals as in the past. Provisional starting spots are available to drivers who don't make the field on speed under NASCAR's new qualifying rules. Any past champion who ran at least one race the previous season starts the year with one provisional starting spot. Once a driver uses it, they must make six attempts to qualify before getting another past champion's provisional - the driver would get use of the provisional at that sixth race.(2-9-2013)

  • Previous Season the previous season owners points position is used for the first THREE races of the season

PAST CHAMPION PROVISIONAL STATUS
Past
Champion
Rank
Driver Team Year of Last
Championship
Owners
Points Pos
Champions
Provisional Used
Races until
another provisional
can be used
Team/Driver
1 Kevin Harvick 4 2014 2 0 0
2 Jimmie Johnson 48 2013 10 0 0
3 Brad Keselowski 2 2012 7 0 0
4 Tony Stewart 14 2011 27 0 0
5 Kurt Busch 41 2004 8 0 0
6 Matt Kenseth 20 2003 14 0 0
7 Jeff Gordon 24 2001 3 0 0
8 Bobby Labonte* (A) 32 2000 42 1 5
Past
Champion
Rank
Driver Team Year of Last
Championship
Owners
Points Pos
Champions
Provisional Used
Races until
another provisional
can be used
Team/Driver

* part time driver

  • (A) scheduled to run the four 2015 restrictor plate races for the #32 team, Daytona in February and July, Talladega in May and October.

  • Past Champions Provisional Used in 2015:
    Daytona, 2-22-2015, #32-Bobby Labonte, has 5 remaining


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