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Qualifying is scheduled to START at approx 1:45pm/et on Saturday, September 5, 2015

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  • 2014 Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 183.479mph, finished 1st

  • Track Qualifying Record: Aric Almirola, April 2014, 184.145mph (set during 2nd round of qualifying)

  • 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: #16-Biffle, 176.201 mph

  • Fastest Happy Hour Practice Speed: #2-Keselowski, 175.880 mph


  • Keselowski wins Darlington pole: #2-Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light pole for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway with speed of 178.874mph for his 1st pole of 2015, 1st at Darlington and 9th of his career. Keselowski has won 2 races from the pole out of 8 previous poles.
    #41-Busch is on the outside pole followed by #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #24-Gordon, #11-Hamlin, #78-Truex, Jr., #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #21-Blaney, #18-Busch, #43-Almirola, and #27-Menard.
    Missing the race were: #32-Wise, #30-Kvapil, #62-Hill.(9-5-2015)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Darlington:
    Brad Keselowski won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 66th Annual Bojangles' Southern 500 with a lap of 27.492 seconds, 178.874 mph.
    This is his ninth pole in 222 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and 15th top-10 start in 2015.
    This is his first pole in seven races at Darlington Raceway.
    Kurt Busch (second) posted his 11th top-10 start of 2015 and his ninth in 19 races at Darlington Raceway.
    Kevin Harvick (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at Darlington Raceway. It is his 17th in 25 races this season.
    Matt DiBenedetto (25th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(9-5-2015)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #2-Keselowski 179.200
    #4-Harvick 178.562
    #22-Logano 178.556
    #41-Busch 178.238
    #24-Gordon 178.129
    the rest of the top 12: 11 43 27 17 18 78 21;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 19 20 5 42 14 6 48 1 55 25 31 16
    (9-5-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
    #41-Busch 179.501
    #17-Stenhouse, Jr. 179.389
    #22-Logano 179.363
    #24-Gordon 179.245
    #5-Kahne 179.095
    the rest of the top 24: 18 2 55 19 20 4 1 42 31 11 43 78 14 16 27 6 25 21 48;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 83 88 51 15 3 10 40 13 9 47 7 26 35 32 38 46 62 30 34 23 32 98
    Drivers who will miss the race: #32-Wise, #30-Kvapil, #62-Hill.
    (9-5-2015)

  • For 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 Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 1:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): NBCSN, 1:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, September 5 at 11:30pm/et on NBCSN.

  • 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: #41-Busch, 179.501mph, starts 2nd
    Second Session: #2-Keselowski, 179.200mph, starts 1st on the pole
    Final Session: #2-Keselowski, 178.874mph, starts 1st on the pole

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates Qualifying Results:
    #26/23-Jeb Burton, starts 41st
    #33-Alex Kennedy, Did Not Race
    #34/55-Brett Moffitt, starts 40th
    #83-Matt DiBenedetto, starts 25th

  • Final practice for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over after 115 scheduled minutes, the top-five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #2-Keselowski 175.880
    #16-Biffle 175.729
    #41-Busch 175.723
    #27-Menard 175.484
    #3-Dillon 175.453
    slowest: #26-Yeley 168.307 & #33-Bliss 163.468.
    Notes: #18-Busch got into the wall and will go to a backup car. He does not have to start at the rear for the race. NASCAR is not holding technical inspection until tomorrow, because of the low-downforce package testing.
    Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday at 1:45pm/et and will be televised on NBCSN.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10-lap consecutive laps run on the Darlington Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(9-4-2015)

  • 1st practice for the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway is over after 115 scheduled minutes, the top-five fastest, slowest and notes:
    #16-Biffle 176.201
    #41-Busch 175.842
    #14-Stewart 175.710
    #4-Harvick 175.654
    #19-Edwards 175.647
    slowest: #33-Bliss 165.292 & #98-Bell 164.976.
    Notes: #3-Dillon hit the wall coming off turn 2 for the first Darlington stripe of the weekend. The team will repair the car.
    Happy Hour practice is scheduled for 4:30pm/et on NBCSN. Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday at 1:45pm/et and will be televised on NBCSN.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10-lap consecutive laps run on the Darlington Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(9-4-2015)

  • Race info at: Race Info Page

  • Event Entry List

  • Qualifying Rules

  • Past Champions Provisional

  • All Time Sprint Cup Pole Winners

  • 2015 Pole Winners / 2016 Sprint Unlimited


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 2 Brad Keselowski (PC3) Miller High Life Ford 178.874 27.492
2 41 Kurt Busch (PC5) Haas Automation Chevy 177.588 27.691
3 4 Kevin Harvick (PC1) Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevy 177.415 27.718
4 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 177.319 27.733
5 24 Jeff Gordon (PC7) 3M Chevy 177.192 27.753
6 11 Denny Hamlin Sport Clips Toyota 176.905 27.798
7 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevy 176.848 27.807
8 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Cargill Ford 176.670 27.835
9 21 Ryan Blaney(i) Snap-on Tools Ford 176.195 27.910
10 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Crispy Toyota 176.075 27.929
11 43 Aric Almirola STP Ford 175.962 27.947
12 27 Paul Menard Moen/Menards Chevy 175.297 28.053
13 19 Carl Edwards ARRIS Toyota 177.511 27.703
14 20 Matt Kenseth (PC6) Dollar General Toyota 177.217 27.749
15 5 Kasey Kahne HendrickRideAlong.com Chevy 177.204 27.751
16 42 Kyle Larson Mello Yello Chevy 177.134 27.762
17 14 Tony Stewart (PC4) Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy 177.045 27.776
18 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 177.013 27.781
19 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC2) Lowe's Chevy 176.860 27.805
20 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's/Cessna Chevy 176.568 27.851
21 55 David Ragan Ol' Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 176.264 27.899
22 25 Chase Elliott(i) NAPA Auto Parts Chevy 176.119 27.922
23 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevy 175.943 27.950
24 16 Greg Biffle Ortho Ford 153.498 32.037
25 83 Matt Dibenedetto # Cosmo Motors Toyota 177.339 27.730
26 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Valvoline Chevy 177.000 27.783
27 51 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevy 177.000 27.783
28 15 Clint Bowyer Buddy Baker Tribute Toyota 176.714 27.828
29 3 Austin Dillon American Ethanol Chevy 176.682 27.833
30 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevy 176.613 27.844
31 40 Landon Cassill(i) #Snap Honor Chevy 176.594 27.847
32 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevy 176.511 27.860
33 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Winn Dixie Ford 176.372 27.882
34 47 A.J. Allmendinger Kroger/House-Autry Chevy 176.144 27.918
35 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy 176.025 27.937
36 26 J.J. Yeley(i) Beds For Kids Toyota 175.981 27.944
37-OP 35 Cole Whitt Speed Stick Ford 175.159 28.075
38-OP 38 David Gilliland Love's Travel Stops Ford 174.680 28.152
39-OP 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevy 174.624 28.161
40-OP 34 Brett Moffitt # Dockside Ford 174.117 28.243
41-OP 23 Jeb Burton # Estes Toyota 173.970 28.267
42-OP 33 Mike Bliss(i) Little Joe's Auto Chevy 172.954 28.433
43-OP 98 TJ Bell Premium Motorsports Ford 172.167 28.563
DNQ 30 Travis Kvapil(i) Curtis Key Plumbing Chevy 174.303 28.213
DNQ 32 Josh Wise CorvetteParts.net/BeerFrost.com Ford 174.979 28.104
DNQ 62 Timmy Hill(i) ChampionMachinery.com Chevy 174.389 28.199

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

Race Attempts in RED = Would miss the race if qualifying is cancelled, lowest number of race attempts

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 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 2 Brad Keselowski (PC3) Miller Lite Ford 178.874 27.492 174.718 10 4.156 5
2 41 Kurt Busch (PC5) Haas Automation Chevy 177.588 27.691 175.842 2 1.746 4
3 4 Kevin Harvick (PC1) Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevy 177.415 27.718 175.654 4 1.761 1
4 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 177.319 27.733 175.472 7 1.847 2
5 24 Jeff Gordon (PC7) 3M Chevy 177.192 27.753 173.847 16 3.345 13
6 11 Denny Hamlin Sport Clips Toyota 176.905 27.798 174.854 9 2.051 9
7 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevy 176.848 27.807 174.093 13 2.755 7
8 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Cargill Ford 176.670 27.835 172.438 28 4.232 29
9 21 Ryan Blaney(i) Snap-On Tools Ford 176.195 27.910 174.991 8 1.204 42
10 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Crispy Toyota 176.075 27.929 173.761 18 2.314 15
11 43 Aric Almirola STP Ford 175.962 27.947 172.426 29 3.536 17
12 27 Paul Menard Moen/Menards Chevy 175.297 28.053 175.541 6 -0.244 12


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 2 Brad Keselowski (PC3) Miller Lite Ford 179.200 27.442 174.718 10 4.482 5
2 4 Kevin Harvick (PC1) Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevy 178.562 27.540 175.654 4 2.908 1
3 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 178.556 27.541 175.472 7 3.084 2
4 41 Kurt Busch (PC5) Haas Automation Chevy 178.238 27.590 175.842 2 2.396 4
5 24 Jeff Gordon (PC7) 3M Chevy 178.129 27.607 173.847 16 4.282 13
6 11 Denny Hamlin Sport Clips Toyota 178.090 27.613 174.854 9 3.236 9
7 43 Aric Almirola STP Ford 177.826 27.654 172.426 29 5.400 17
8 27 Paul Menard Moen/Menards Chevy 177.775 27.662 175.541 6 2.234 12
9 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Cargill Ford 177.723 27.670 172.438 28 5.285 29
10 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Crispy Toyota 177.685 27.676 173.761 18 3.924 15
11 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevy 177.653 27.681 174.093 13 3.560 7
12 21 Ryan Blaney(i) Snap-On Tools Ford 177.640 27.683 174.991 8 2.649 42
Failed to Advance to 3rd/Final round of qualifying
13 19 Carl Edwards ARRIS Toyota 177.511 27.703 175.647 5 1.864 14
14 20 Matt Kenseth (PC6) Dollar General Toyota 177.217 27.749 172.699 25 4.518 8
15 5 Kasey Kahne HendrickRideAlong.com Chevy 177.204 27.751 174.606 11 2.598 18
16 42 Kyle Larson Mello Yello Chevy 177.134 27.762 172.396 30 4.738 19
17 14 Tony Stewart (PC4) Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy 177.045 27.776 175.710 3 1.335 26
18 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 177.013 27.781 172.336 31 4.677 28
19 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC2) Lowe's Chevy 176.860 27.805 173.871 15 2.989 6
20 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's/Cessna Chevy 176.568 27.851 172.457 27 4.111 10
21 55 David Ragan Ol' Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 176.264 27.899 173.724 19 2.540 27
22 25 Chase Elliott(i) NAPA Auto Parts Chevy 176.119 27.922 172.699 26 3.420 45
23 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevy 175.943 27.950 173.509 20 2.434 11
24 16 Greg Biffle Ortho Ford 153.498 32.037 176.201 1 -22.703 20


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 41 Kurt Busch (PC5) Haas Automation Chevy 179.501 27.396 175.842 2 3.659 4
2 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Cargill Ford 179.389 27.413 172.438 28 6.951 29
3 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 179.363 27.417 175.472 7 3.891 2
4 24 Jeff Gordon (PC7) 3M Chevy 179.245 27.435 173.847 16 5.398 13
5 5 Kasey Kahne HendrickRideAlong.com Chevy 179.095 27.458 174.606 11 4.489 18
6 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Crispy Toyota 179.056 27.464 173.761 18 5.295 15
7 2 Brad Keselowski (PC3) Miller Lite Ford 178.939 27.482 174.718 10 4.221 5
8 55 David Ragan Ol' Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 178.919 27.485 173.724 19 5.195 27
9 19 Carl Edwards ARRIS Toyota 178.711 27.517 175.647 5 3.064 14
10 20 Matt Kenseth (PC6) Dollar General Toyota 178.705 27.518 172.699 25 6.006 8
11 4 Kevin Harvick (PC1) Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevy 178.653 27.526 175.654 4 2.999 1
12 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's/Cessna Chevy 178.569 27.539 172.457 27 6.112 10
13 42 Kyle Larson Mello Yello Chevy 178.497 27.550 172.396 30 6.101 19
14 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevy 178.316 27.578 173.509 20 4.807 11
15 11 Denny Hamlin Sport Clips Toyota 178.232 27.591 174.854 9 3.378 9
16 43 Aric Almirola STP Ford 178.226 27.592 172.426 29 5.800 17
17 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevy 178.174 27.600 174.093 13 4.081 7
18 14 Tony Stewart (PC4) Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy 178.129 27.607 175.710 3 2.419 26
19 16 Greg Biffle Ortho Ford 177.980 27.630 176.201 1 1.779 20
20 27 Paul Menard Moen/Menards Chevy 177.968 27.632 175.541 6 2.427 12
21 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 177.871 27.647 172.336 31 5.535 28
22 25 Chase Elliott(i) NAPA Auto Parts Chevy 177.852 27.650 172.699 26 5.153 45
23 21 Ryan Blaney(i) Snap-On Tools Ford 177.826 27.654 174.991 8 2.835 42
24 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC2) Lowe's Chevy 177.396 27.721 173.871 15 3.525 6
Failed to Advance to 2nd round of qualifying
25 83 Matt Dibenedetto # Cosmo Motors Toyota 177.339 27.730 168.949 38 8.390 36
26 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Valvoline Chevy 177.000 27.783 174.445 12 2.555 3
27 51 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevy 177.000 27.783 168.740 40 8.260 30
28 15 Clint Bowyer Buddy Baker Tribute Toyota 176.714 27.828 173.228 21 3.486 16
29 3 Austin Dillon American Ethanol Chevy 176.682 27.833 173.828 17 2.854 21
30 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevy 176.613 27.844 170.946 34 5.667 22
31 40 Landon Cassill(i) #Snap Honor Chevy 176.594 27.847 171.124 33 5.470 34
32 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevy 176.511 27.860 172.711 24 3.800 23
33 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Winn Dixie Ford 176.372 27.882 172.997 22 3.375 25
34 47 A.J. Allmendinger Kroger/House-Autry Chevy 176.144 27.918 174.019 14 2.125 24
35 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy 176.025 27.937 172.978 23 3.047 35
36 26 J.J. Yeley(i) Beds For Kids Toyota 175.981 27.944 171.548 32 4.433 44
37 35 Cole Whitt Speed Stick Ford 175.159 28.075 168.532 41 6.627 31
38 32 Josh Wise CorvetteParts.net/BeerFrost.com Ford 174.979 28.104 168.984 37 5.995 41
39 38 David Gilliland Love's Travel Stops Ford 174.680 28.152 170.295 35 4.385 32
40 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevy 174.624 28.161 168.949 39 5.675 38
41 62 Timmy Hill(i) ChampionMachinery.com Chevy 174.389 28.199 166.135 43 8.254 46
42 30 Travis Kvapil(i) Curtis Key Plumbing Chevy 174.303 28.213 169.211 36 5.092 49
43 34 Brett Moffitt # Dockside Ford 174.117 28.243 168.469 42 5.648 33
44 23 Jeb Burton # Estes Toyota 173.970 28.267 165.620 44 8.350 39
45 33 Mike Bliss(i) Little Joe's Auto Chevy 172.954 28.433 165.292 45 7.662 37
46 98 TJ Bell Premium Motorsports Ford 172.167 28.563 164.976 46 7.191 40

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

Race Attempts in RED = Would miss the race if qualifying is cancelled, lowest number of race attempts

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 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 5 Kasey Kahne HendrickRideAlong.com Chevy 18 24 174.606 11
2 35 Cole Whitt Speed Stick Ford 31 24 168.532 41
3 23 Jeb Burton # Estes Toyota 39 24 165.620 44
4 6 Trevor Bayne AdvoCare Ford 28 24 172.336 31
5 19 Carl Edwards ARRIS Toyota 14 24 175.647 5
6 2 Brad Keselowski (PC3) Miller Lite Ford 5 24 174.718 10
7 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevy 7 24 174.093 13
8 33 Mike Bliss(i) Little Joe's Auto Chevy 37 24 165.292 45
9 42 Kyle Larson Mello Yello Chevy 19 24 172.396 30
10 47 A.J. Allmendinger Kroger/House-Autry Chevy 24 24 174.019 14
11 30 Travis Kvapil(i) Curtis Key Plumbing Chevy 49 9 169.211 36
12 3 Austin Dillon American Ethanol Chevy 21 24 173.828 17
13 40 Landon Cassill(i) #Snap Honor Chevy 34 24 171.124 33
14 25 Chase Elliott(i) NAPA Auto Parts Chevy 45 4 172.699 26
15 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevy 22 24 170.946 34
16 51 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevy 30 24 168.740 40
17 62 Timmy Hill(i) ChampionMachinery.com Chevy 46 24 166.135 43
18 7 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy 35 24 172.978 23
19 24 Jeff Gordon (PC7) 3M Chevy 13 24 173.847 16
20 11 Denny Hamlin Sport Clips Toyota 9 24 174.854 9
21 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 2 24 175.472 7
22 48 Jimmie Johnson (PC2) Lowe's Chevy 6 24 173.871 15
23 15 Clint Bowyer Buddy Baker Tribute Toyota 16 24 173.228 21
24 83 Matt Dibenedetto # Cosmo Motors Toyota 36 24 168.949 38
25 34 Brett Moffitt # Dockside Ford 33 24 168.469 42
26 26 J.J. Yeley(i) Beds For Kids Toyota 44 24 171.548 32
27 38 David Gilliland Love's Travel Stops Ford 32 24 170.295 35
28 20 Matt Kenseth (PC6) Dollar General Toyota 8 24 172.699 25
29 32 Josh Wise CorvetteParts.net/BeerFrost.com Ford 41 24 168.984 37
30 27 Paul Menard Moen/Menards Chevy 12 24 175.541 6
31 4 Kevin Harvick (PC1) Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevy 1 24 175.654 4
32 16 Greg Biffle Ortho Ford 20 24 176.201 1
33 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Cargill Ford 29 24 172.438 28
34 55 David Ragan Ol' Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 27 24 173.724 19
35 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Valvoline Chevy 3 24 174.445 12
36 98 TJ Bell Premium Motorsports Ford 40 24 164.976 46
37 14 Tony Stewart (PC4) Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy 26 24 175.710 3
38 41 Kurt Busch (PC5) Haas Automation Chevy 4 24 175.842 2
39 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevy 23 24 172.711 24
40 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevy 11 24 173.509 20
41 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J Chevy 38 24 168.949 39
42 21 Ryan Blaney(i) Snap-On Tools Ford 42 12 174.991 8
43 43 Aric Almirola STP Ford 17 24 172.426 29
44 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Crispy Toyota 15 24 173.761 18
45 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Winn Dixie Ford 25 24 172.997 22
46 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's/Cessna Chevy 10 24 172.457 27

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

Race Attempts in RED = Would miss the race if qualifying is cancelled, lowest number of race attempts

OP = made race via owners points / provisional, then starting spot set by speed

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 Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points

Qualifying Order (pdf)


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

  • Qualifying order is by a random draw [except at Daytona/Talladega/Indianapolis and the 2nd race at Michigan, set by practice 1 speeds, slowest 1st]. One hour before the start of the 1st practice for an upcoming race, a driver or team member chooses a number from a basket that is spun(like a bingo or lottery type basket) which is located in a designated area, usually where the rookie meeting is being held. The order is by owners points, with the team ranking highest choosing first. There are one more ping pong ball so there is one spot left when all teams have chosen, the number not chosen is just skipped when qualifying is run.

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