Sprint Cup Series All-Time Pole Winners & Records

updated on 7-9-2017

2016 Pole Winners
2016 The Sprint Limited / 2015 Pole Winners
2015 The Sprint Limited / 2014 Pole Winners
2014 The Sprint Limited / 2013 Pole Winners
2013 The Sprint Limited / 2012 Pole Winners
2011 Poles
2010 Poles

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Starting in 2013 The Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona was again to be for the previous season pole winners
as it was from 1979 thru 2008. But in 2015, Chase drivers, not already in the event, were added, then by points up to 25 drivers
for 2017, it is 2016 pole winners, former event winners and former Daytona 500 pole winners.


CURRENT Fastest Speeds at Each Track

  • These are the fastest speeds by latest qualifying sessions
    (last race at that track - barring rain out of qualifying) at the other tour tracks
    [track record/date in bracket]:

    1)  Michigan, 202.156mph [Track Record 204.557 mph August 2014]
    2)  Texas, 198.405 [200.111 October 2014]
    3)  Las Vegas, 193.680 [196.378 March 2015 (old layout 174.904 March 2004)]
    4)  Charlotte, 193.424 [198.771 October 2014]
    5)  Talladega, 191.547 [212.809 April 1987 before restrictor plates]
    6)  Daytona, 190.973 [210.364 Feb 1987 before restrictor plates]
    7)  Atlanta, 190.398 [197.478 Nov 1997]
    8) Kentucky, 190.282 [190.282 July 2017]
    9)  Kansas, 189.600 [197.612 Oct 2014] - old layout was 180.856 Oct 2005
    10)  Chicago, 189.414 [189.414 September 2013]
    11) Auto Club, 187.047 [188.511 March 2016]
    12) Indianapolis, 184.634 [188.889 July 2014]
    13) Pocono, 179.151 [183.438 August 2014]
    14) Darlington, 178.874 [184.145 April 2014]
    15) Homestead-Miami, 177.737 [181.238 Nov 2013] - old layout 156.440 Nov 2000
    16) Dover, 158.954 [164.444 May 2014]
    17) Phoenix, 137.321 [143.158 November 2015]
    18) New Hampshire, 133.077 [140.598 September 2014]
    19) Bristol, 131.668 [131.668 August 2016]
    20) Watkins Glen, 126.562 [129.491 Aug 2014](road course)
    21) Richmond, 121.076 [130.599 September 2013]
    22) Martinsville, 98.206 [100.201 March 2014]
    23) Sonoma, 95.925 [96.524 June 2015](road course)


Track Qualifying Records set in 2017

    ONE qualifying track records have been set in 2017
    1) Kentucky, #18-Kyle Busch, 190.828mph, July 7, 2017, set in 2nd (final) round of qualifying; old record was 188.791 in June 2014.
    (7-14-2017)


Track Qualifying Records set in 2016

    THREE qualifying track records were set in 2016
    1) Las Vegas, #41-Kurt Busch, 196.378, March 4, 2016, was 194.679 from March 2015. Set in 1st round of qualifying by Busch.
    2) Auto Club, #11-Denny Hamlin, 188.511, March 18, 2016, was 188.245 from Feb 2005. Set in 2nd round of qualifying, #3-Dillon won pole.
    3) Bristol, #11-Denny Hamlin, 131.668, August 19, 2016, was 131.407 from August 2016. Set in 1st round of qualifying, #19-Edwards won the pole.
    (11-20-2016)


Track Qualifying Records set in 2015

    FOUR qualifying track records were set in 2015
    1) Las Vegas, #24-Jeff Gordon, 194.679, March 6, 2015, was 193.278 from March 2014
    2) Sonoma, #42-Kyle Larson, 96.524 (didn't win pole), June 27, was 96.350 from June 2014. Record was set in first round of qualifying.
    3) Bristol, #11-Denny Hamlin, 131.407, August 21, 2015, was 131.362 from August 2014
    4) Phoenix, #48-Jimmie Johnson, 143.158, November 13, 2015, was 142.141 from November 2014
    (11-20-2015)


Track Records set in 2014

    TWENTY FOUR qualifying track records were set in 2014 (7 tracks twice) - a new record
    1) Phoenix, #2-Brad Keselowski, 139.384, February 28, 2014, was 139.222 from November 2014
    2) Las Vegas, #22-Joey Logano, 193.278, March 7, 2014, was 190.456 from March 2012
    3) Bristol, #11-Denny Hamlin, 129.991, March 14, 2014, was 129.353 from March 2013
    4) Martinsville, #22-Joey Logano, 100.201, March 28,2014, was 99.595 from October 2013. Record was set in first round of qualifying.
    5) Texas, #4-Kevin Harvick, 198.282, April 5,2014, was 196.299 from April 2013. Record was set in first round of qualifying.
    6) Darlington, #43-Aric Almirola, 184.145, April 11,2014, was 181.918 from May 2013. Record was set in second round of qualifying.
    7) Kansas, #4-Kevin Harvick, 194.658, May 9, 2014, was 191.864 from April 2013. Record was set in second round of qualifying.
    8) Dover, #2-Brad Keselowski, 164.444, May 30, 2014, was 161.849 from September 2013. Record was set in second/final round of qualifying.
    9) Pocono, #11-Denny Hamlin, 181.415, June 6, 2014, was 180.654 from August 2013. Record was set in third/final round of qualifying.
    10) Michigan, #4-Kevin Harvick, 204.557, June 13, 2014, was 203.949 from August 2013. Record was set in third/final round of qualifying.
    11) Sonoma, #1-Jamie McMurray, 96.350, June 21, 2014, was 95.262 from June 2012. Record was set in second/final round of qualifying.
    12) Kentucky, #2-Brad Keselowski, 188.791, June 27, 2014; was 183.636 from June 2013. Record was set in third/final round of qualifying.
    13) New Hampshire, #41-Kurt Busch, 138.130, July 11, 2014; was 136.497 from September 2013. Record was set in second/final round of qualifying.
    14) Indianapolis, #4-Kevin Harvick, 188.889, July 26, 2014; was 187.531 from July 2013. Record was set in first round of qualifying.
    15) Pocono(2), #42-Kyle Larson, 183.438, August 1, 2014, was 181.415 from June 2014. Record was set in third/final round of qualifying.
    16) Watkins Glen, #9-Marcos Ambrose, 129.491, August 9, 2014. was 128.241 from August 2013. Record was set in 1st round of qualifying, #24-Gordon won pole at 129.466.
    17) Michigan(2), #24-Jeff Gordon, 206.558, August 15, was 204.557 from June 2014. Record was set in third/final round of qualifying.
    18) Bristol(2), #4-Kevin Harvick, 131.362, August 22, 2014, was 129.991 from March 2014
    19) New Hampshire(2), #2-Brad Keselowski, 140.598, September 19, 2014; was 138.130 from July 11, 2014. Record was set in second/final round of qualifying.
    20) Kansas(2), #4-Kevin Harvick, 197.773, October 3, 2014, was 194.658 from May 2014. Record was set in second round of qualifying.
    21) Charlotte, #41-Kurt Busch, 198.771, October 9, 2014, was 195.624 from May 2013. Record was set in second round of qualifying.
    22) Texas(2), #14-Tony Stewart, 200.111, October 31, 2014, was 198.282 from April 2014. Record was set in second round of qualifying.
    23) Phoenix(2), #22-Joey Logano, 142.141, November 7, 2014, was 139.384 from February 2014. Record was set in first round of qualifying.
    24) Homestead-Miami, #2-Brad Keselowski, 181.238, November 14, 2014, was 181.111 from September 2003. Record was set in first round of qualifying.
    (11-14-2014)


19 Track Records set in 2013

    NINETEEN qualifying track records were set in 2013 (three tracks twice)
    1) Bristol, #18-Kyle Busch, 129.535mph, March 15, 2013 - was 128.709 from March 2003
    2) Martinsville, #48-Jimmie Johnson, 98.400, April 5, 2013 - was 98.083 from October 2005
    3) Texas, #18-Kyle Busch, 196.299, April 12, 2013 - was 196.235 from November 2006
    4) Kansas, #20-Matt Kenseth, 191.748, April 19, 2013 - was 191.360 from October 2012
    5) Richmond, #20-Matt Kenseth, 130.334, April 26, 2013 - was 129.983 from May 2004
    6) Darlington, #78-Kurt Busch, 181.918, May 10, 2013 - was 181.254 from May 2011
    7) Charlotte, #11-Denny Hamlin, 195.624, May 23, 2013 - was 193.708 from Oct 2012
    8) Kentucky, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 183.636, June 28, 2013 - was 181.818 from June 2012
    9) New Hampshire, #2-Brad Keselowski, 135.922, July 12, 2013, was 135.232 from July 2011
    10) Indianapolis, #39-Ryan Newman, 187.531, July 27, 2013, was 186.293 from August 2004
    11) Pocono, #48-Jimmie Johnson, 180.654, August 2, 2013, was 179.598 from June 2012
    12) Watkins Glen, #9-Marcos Ambrose, 128.241, August 10, 2013, was 127.020 from August 2012
    13) Michigan, #22-Joey Logano, 203.949, August 16, 2013; was 203.241mph from June 2012
    14) Richmond(2), #24-Jeff Gordon, 130.599, September 6, 2013; was 130.344 from April 2013
    15) Chicago, #22-Joey Logano, 189.414, September 13, 2013; was 188.147 from July 2005
    16) New Hampshire(2), #39-Ryan Newman, 136.497, September 20, 2013; was 135.922 from July 2013
    17) Dover, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 161.849, September 27, 2013; was 161.522 from June 2004
    18) Martinsville(2), #11-Denny Hamlin, 99.595, October 25, 2013 - was 98.400 from April 2013
    19) Phoenix, #48-Jimmie Johnson, 139.222, November 8, 2013 - was 138.766 from November 2012
    (11-15-2013)


TOP 10 Fastest Pole / Qualifying Speeds for the Generation 6 Car [2013-current]

    1)   Michigan, #24-Gordon, 206.558, August 2014
    2)   Michigan, #4-Harvick, 204.557, June 2014
    3)   Michigan, #22-Logano, 203.949, August 2013
    4)   Michigan, #99-Edwards, 202.452, June 2013
    5)   Michigan, #42-Larson, 202.156, June 2017 (3rd qualifying round)
    6)   Michigan, #5-Kahne, 201.992, June 2015 (3rd qualifying round)
    7)   Michigan, #42-Larson, 201.879, August 2016 (2nd qualifying round)
    8)   Daytona, #24-Gordon, 201.293, February 2015 (3rd qualifying round)
    9)   Talladega, #18-Busch, 200.574, May 2014 (1st qualifying round)
    10)   Texas, #14-Stewart, 200.111, October 2014 (2nd qualifying round)
    (speeds are fastest for that event, so only one speed is posted per event)
    (7-7-2017)


Fastest All-Time Pole / Qualifying Speeds in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series History - 200mph and above

    rank, speed, driver, track, date, finished
    1) 212.809mph, Bill Elliott, Talladega, April 1987, 22nd
    2) 212.229, Bill Elliott, Talladega, May 1986, 24th
    3) 210.364, Bill Elliott, Daytona, February 1987, 1st
    4) 209.398, Bill Elliott, Talladega, May 1985, 1st
    5) 209.005, Bill Elliott, Talladega, July 1986, 27th
    6) 207.578, Bill Elliott, Talladega, July 1985, 4th
    7) 206.558, Jeff Gordon, Michigan, August 2014, 1st
    8) 205.114, Bill Elliott, Daytona, February 1985, 1st
    9) 205.039, Bill Elliott, Daytona, February 1986, 13th
    10) 204.557, Kevin Harvick, Michigan, June 2014, 2nd
    11) 203.949, Joey Logano, Michigan, August 2013, 1st
    12) 203.827, Bill Elliott, Talladega, July 1987, 1st
    13) 203.519, Cale Yarborough, Daytona, July 1986, 17th
    14) 203.321, Marcos Ambrose. Michigan, June 2012, 9th
    15) 202.692, Cale Yarborough, Talladega, May 1984, 1st
    16) 202.650, Cale Yarborough, Talladega, May 1983, 29th
    17) 202.474, Cale Yarborough, Talladega, July 1984, 5th
    18) 202.452, Carl Edwards, Michigan, June 2013, 8th
    19) 202.156, Kyle Larson, Michigan, June 2017, 1st (final round of qualifying)
    20) 201.992, Kasey Kahne, Michigan, June 2015, 15th
    21) 201.879, Kyle Larson, Michigan, August 2016, 1st (2nd round qualifying)*, 1st(started 12th)
    22) 201.848, Cale Yarborough, Daytona, February 1984, 1st
    23) 201.744, Cale Yarborough, Talladega, July 1983, 24th
    24) 201.293, Jeff Gordon, Daytona, February 2015, 33rd
    25) 200.574, Kyle Busch, Talladega, May 2014, 12th (1st round qualifying)*
    26) 201.523, Bill Elliott, Daytona, July 1985, 2nd
    27) 200.176, Benny Parsons, Talladega, May 1982, 3rd [first ever over 200mph qualifying]
    28) 200.111, Tony Stewart, Texas, October 2014, 11th (2nd round group qualifying)*
    * not the pole winner
    (7-7-2017)


FINAL Top-Five Fastest Speeds for the Car of Tomorrow (COT/Gen-5)
with the SPOILER

    1) Michigan, #9-Ambrose, 203.241, June 2012
    2) Michigan, #55-Martin, 199.706, August 2012
    3) Texas, #19-Sadler, 195.397, November 2010
    4) Daytona, #99-Edwards, 194.738, February 2012
    5) Texas, #16-Biffle, 193.736, November 2011
    (11-18-2012)


FINAL Fastest Speeds for the Car of Tomorrow (COT)
with the WING [93 races]

    1) Atlanta, #88-Earnhardt Jr., 192.761, March 2010
    2) Charlotte, #48-Johnson, 192.376, October 2009


POLE STREAKS

  • No poles for first two drivers in points, 1st time ever: For the first time in the history of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, both the champion and second in points failed to win a pole during the season. Neither #2-Brad Keselowski nor #15-Clint Bowyer won a pole in 2012. Keselowski is the eighth driver to win the championship without scoring a pole. The last was Matt Kenseth in 2003.(11-19-2012)

  • Some pole streaks at different tracks:
    Ryan Newman won 6 straight poles at Atlanta Motor Speedway thru Oct 2005
    David Pearson won 11 straight poles at Charlotte Motor Speedway [a record], all while driving for the [#21] Wood Brothers from 1973 through 1978

  • Four drivers from same team start 1-2-3-4: Only three times in NASCAR Spint Cup history has an organization swept the top four starting spots for a race. Owner Pete DePaolo's cars started 1-5 at Concord, N.C., in 1956; cars owned by Jack Roush claimed the top four spots on the grid at Fontana in 2005 and Hendrick Motorsports at Talladega in April 2011:
    DePaolo Engineering, Concord NC, December 1956: Curtis Turner on pole, then Joe Weatherly, Marvin Panch, Ralph Moody and Bill Amick.
    Roush Fenway Racing, Auto Club Speedway, September 2005: Carl Edwards on pole, then Mark Martin, Kurt Busch & Greg Biffle.
    Hendrick Motorsports, Talladega, April 2011: Jeff Gordon on pole, then Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin & Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    (4-16-2011)

  • Won a pole in 2017 and extended or started their streaks of at least one pole a season:
    seasons streak, driver, track
    11, Kyle Busch, Dover, June 2017
    8, Joey Logano, Phoenix, March 2017
    6, Matt Kenseth, Richmond, April 2017
    5, Kevin Harvick, Atlanta, March 2017
    5, Brad Keselowski, Las Vegas, March 2017
    2, Chase Elliott, Daytona, February 2017
    2, Martin Truex Jr., New Hampshire, July 2017
    1, Kyle Larson, Auto Club, March 2017
    1, Ryan Blaney, Kansas, May 2017
    1, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Talladega, May 2017
    1, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Daytona, July 2017

  • Won a pole in 2016 and extended or started their streaks of at least one pole a season:
    seasons streak, driver, track
    5, Denny Hamlin, Richmond, September 2016
    5, Jimmie Johnson, New Hampshire, July 2016
    2, Kurt Busch, Atlanta, February 2016
    2, Carl Edwards, Texas, April 2016 (not racing in 2017)
    1, Austin Dillon, Auto Club, March 2016
    1, Greg Biffle, Daytona, July 2016 (not racing in 2017)
    1, Alex Bowman, Phoenix, November 2016 (no Cup ride 2017)

  • All Time Pole Season Streaks:
    years, driver, from-to
    23, Jeff Gordon, 1993-2015
    20, David Pearson, 1962-1981
    18, Richard Petty, 1960-1977
    13, Darrell Waltrip, 1974-1986
    12, Cale Yarborough, 1973-1984
    12, Bill Elliott, 1984-1995
    12, Mark Martin, 1988-1999
    11, Kyle Busch, 2007-2017 (current)
    11, Bobby Allison, 1966-1976
    11, Ryan Newman, 2001-2011
    10, Geoff Bodine, 1982-1991
    10, Buck Baker, 1952-1961

  • 200 (now 211) POLES: Hendrick Motorsports First To Reach Century Mark ... TWICE:
    1 - Hendrick recorded its first series pole with #5-Geoff Bodine at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 25, 1985
    18 - The number of different Hendrick Motorsports drivers that have posted at least one pole
    26 - The number of different tracks at which Hendrick posted a pole
    40 - The number of wins from the pole (qualifying was canceled for two of the wins)
    206.558 - The MPH of the fastest pole winning speed for a Hendrick driver - #24-Jeff Gordon at Michigan on Aug. 17, 2014
    Driver Poles
    1) Jeff Gordon, 81*
    2) Jimmie Johnson, 34*
    3) Geoff Bodine, 22
    4) Ken Schrader, 17
    5) Mark Martin, 10
    6) Tim Richmond, 9
    7) Terry Labonte, 7
    8) Dale Earnhardt Jr., 7*
    9) Kasey Kahne, 5*
    10) Brian Vickers, 4
    11) Ricky Rudd, 4
    12) Chase Elliott, 3*
    13) Darrell Waltrip, 2
    14) Kyle Busch, 2
    15) Casey Mears, 1
    16) Greg Sacks, 1
    17) Ricky Craven, 1
    18) Alex Bowman, 1
    * currently active with HMS
    TOTAL POLES: 211
    (NASCAR, updated here since)(7-14-2017)


MOST POLE RECORDS

  • Most Poles in one season [modern era 1972-present]:
    Cale Yarborough, 1980, 14
    Bill Elliott, 1985, 11
    Darrell Waltrip, 1981, 11
    Ryan Newman, 2003, 11

  • All Time Record for the most Poles in one season:
    Bobby Issac, 1969, 20
    Richard Petty, 1967, 19
    Tim Flock, 1955, 18
    Richard Petty, 1966, 16
    Cale Yarborough, 1980, 14
    David Pearson, 1969, 14
    Bobby Issac, 1970, 13


some POLE notes and other POLE records:

  • Last time a Daytona 500 winner won the pole for following race?: Jamie McMurray in 2010, who won the Daytona 500 and then won the pole for the following race at Auto Club Speedway finishing 17th.(3-1-2015)

  • Ryan Newman Wins 50th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole: In winning the Coors Light Pole Award at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, #39-Ryan Newman, a native of South Bend, Ind., became the ninth driver with at least 50 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series poles. With a speed of 187.531 mph (47.992 seconds), Newman won his first Indianapolis pole, and joined an exclusive list that features some of the sport's all-time greats.
    Here is the exclusive "50 Poles Club": All-Time NSCS Poles Driver Wins: Richard Petty 123; David Pearson 113; Jeff Gordon 72; Cale Yarborough 69; Darrell Waltrip 59; Bobby Allison 58; Mark Martin 56; Bill Elliott 55; Ryan Newman 50.
    Newman won 11 poles in 2003, the largest single-season number of a NASCAR Sprint Cup career that began in 2000 thus earning him the nickname "Rocket Man." This is the 12th season in which Newman has won at least one pole. Newman has won five or more poles in five different seasons. Of his previous 49 poles, Newman has won the corresponding race four times with 18 top-five and 26 top-10 finishes. His last win from the pole came at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September 2011. Newman's first pole came in the third start of his NASCAR Sprint Cup career, at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May of 2001, at the age of 23. Pole number 50 comes in his 424th start, at the age of 35. He won 43 poles driving for Penske Racing and seven since joining Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009. Newman has won at least one pole at 17 different tracks, the most coming at Charlotte (nine).(NASCAR)(7-27-2013)

  • Oldest Pole Winner
    Harry Gant, 54 years, 7 months, 15 days, Bristol, 8/26/1994, finished 9th
    Mark Martin, 54 years, 1 month, 4 days, Phoenix, 3/1/2013, finished 21st
    Harry Gant, 53 years, 10 months, 4 days, Atlanta, 11/14/1993, finished 28th
    Mark Martin, 53 years, 7 months, 8 days, Michigan, 8/17/2012, finished 35th
    Mark Martin, 53 years, 4 months, and 24 days, Dover, 6/2/2012, finished 15th
    Mark Martin, 53 years, 3 month, 19 days, Richmond, 4/27/2012, finished 8th
    Mark Martin, 53 years, 1 month, 25 days, Phoenix, 3/3/2012, finished 9th
    See young/old race/pole winners by track on Jayski.com's Young Old Race Pole Winners page.

  • Drivers who scored 20 poles in the least amount of races:
    Fonty Flock 68 races
    Ryan Newman 84
    Fred Lorenzen 87
    Dick Hutcherson 91
    Herb Thomas 104
    Tim Flock 120
    Rex White 135
    Fireball Roberts 138
    Buck Baker 157
    Bobby Isaac 162
    Jeff Gordon 171
    David Pearson 180
    Alan Kulwicki 180
    Geoff Bodine 181
    Bill Elliott 191

  • Kahne Sets Mark: #9-Kasey Kahne set another mark in winning the Bud Pole for the 2004 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at Darlington Raceway. Kahne scored his second Bud pole in just five career starts and became just one of five drivers in NASCAR history to do so. No driver has won more than two. He joins the following drivers:
    Martin, Mark (2) - 7/11/81 Nashville International Raceway; 9/13/81 Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway
    Hutcherson, Dick (2) - 3/28/64 Greenville-Pickens Speedway; 4/14/64 Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds
    Burdick, Bob (2) - 5/17/59 Trenton Speedway; 6/18/59 Columbia Speedway
    Kieper, John (2) - 5/27/56 Portland Speedway; 5/30/56 Eureka Speedway
    Kahne, Kasey (2) - 3/5/04 Las Vegas; 3/19/04 Darlington (NASCAR Statistics)(3-20-2004)

  • Most poles with NO wins:
    Ken Schrader, 23 poles, 0 wins
    Neil Bonnett, 20, 0
    * Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 14, 0
    Greg Biffle, 13, 0
    Dick Rathmann, 13, 0
    * Jamie McMurray, 11, 0
    Juan Pablo Montoya, 9, 0
    Jeremy Mayfield, 9, 0
    Elliott Sadler, 8, 0
    (* = active)(7-14-2017)

  • Most wins from the pole:
    Richard Petty, 61
    David Pearson, 37
    Darrell Waltrip, 24
    Bobby Isaac, 21 (1 included, no qualifying held)
    Bobby Allison, 20
    Jeff Gordon, 20
    Herb Thomas, 19
    Bill Elliott, 17 (1)
    Tim Flock, 17
    Cale Yarborough, 16 (1)
    Jimmie Johnson, 14 (1)
    Buck Baker, 13
    Junior Johnson, 12 (1)
    Ned Jarrett, 11
    Fred Lorenzen, 11
    (active driver bold
    (7-14-2017)

  • Most poles with few wins:
    Ryan Newman, who has 51 poles [since his last pole at New Hampshire in Sept 2013], has only won 5 races from the pole. Newman had gone winless in 35 straight races that he has started from the pole [the all-time record] until he won at New Hampshire in July 2011. Newman has 5 wins from the pole. Ryan Newman only went 0 for 3 before scoring his first win from the pole. He was hot for awhile, winning 3 times in his first 12 poles, then the 35 race streak took over until ending at NHMS.
    Geoff Bodine, who had 37 poles in his career, lost 27 consecutive races when starting from the pole from his career start in 1982 until he won at Martinsville in 1990. He would end up winning win from the pole three times.
    Ricky Rudd went 0 for 26 to begin his career and only had one win from the pole position before finishing his career with 29 poles.
    Alan Kulwicki only had 1 win from winning 24 poles.

  • First career poles, two in a row (only three drivers):
    Marcos Ambrose won his first career pole at Michigan on June 16, 2012 and won the pole for the next race at Sonoma, June 22, 2012.
    Casey Mears won his first career pole at Pocono on July 31, 2004 and won the pole for the next race at Indianapolis, August 7, 2004.
    Billy Wade won his first career pole at Old Bridge, NJ and then at Bridgehampton, NY - July 1964

  • Foreign born drivers to win a Sprint Cup Series pole: four drivers
    1) Lloyd Shaw; Toronto, Canada; Langhorne, PA, June 1953, finished 23rd [only Cup start]
    2) Patrick Carpentier; Ville LaSalle, Quebec, Canada; New Hampshire, June 2008, finished 31st
    3) Juan Pablo Montoya; Bogota, Colombia; Talladega, April 2009, finished 20th
    Juan Pablo Montoya (2); Bogota, Colombia; New Hampshire, Sept. 2009, finished 3rd
    Juan Pablo Montoya (3); Bogota, Colombia; New Hampshire, June 2010, finished 34th
    Juan Pablo Montoya (4); Bogota, Colombia; Indianapolis, July 2010, finished 32nd
    Juan Pablo Montoya (5); Bogota, Colombia; Talladega, October 2010, finished 3rd
    Juan Pablo Montoya (6); Bogota, Colombia; Auto Club, March 2011, finished 10th
    Juan Pablo Montoya (7); Bogota, Colombia; Richmond, April 2011, finished 8th
    Juan Pablo Montoya (8); Bogota, Colombia; Pocono, August 2012, finished 20th
    Juan Pablo Montoya (9); Bogota, Colombia; Watkins Glen, August 2012, finished 33rd
    4) Marcos Ambrose; Launceston, Australia; Michigan, June 2012, finished 9th
    Marcos Ambrose (2); Launceston, Australia; Sonoma, June 2012, finished 8th

  • Pole winner...finished last: According to Lastcar statistics, #11-Denny Hamlin, the pole sitter for the Atlanta race on September 5, 2010. Hamlin is the 36th driver to finish last in the race after starting 1st / on the pole. Hamlin's 74 laps led are also the second-most led by any Cup last-place finisher, behind only #16-Greg Biffle's 95 laps led at Darlington in 2008, the pole winner of that race.(Lastcar)
    UPDATE - 37th driver: #78-Martin Truex Jr., who won the pole for the Hellman's 500 Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway, finished 40th / last on October 23, 2016, becoming the 37th driver to accomplish that feat.(7-7-2017)

  • Three Consecutive Poles (since 1996):
    2011: #22-Kurt Busch - Kansas (June), Pocono (June), Michigan (June).
    2009: #83-Brian Vickers - Michigan (June), Sonoma (June), Chicago (July).
      (Note: Two qualifying sessions, New Hampshire, Daytona, were canceled during Vickers streak).
    2007: #12-Ryan Newman - Charlotte (May), Dover (June), Pocono (June)
    2004: #24-Jeff Gordon - New Hampshire (June), Sonoma (June), Daytona (July).
    2003: #12-Ryan Newman - Atlanta (Oct), Phoenix (Nov) Rockingham (Nov).
    1996: #24-Jeff Gordon - Charlotte (May), Dover (June), Pocono (June)
    (7-14-2017)

  • Elliott four in a row in 1985? a few conflicting things about whether Bill Elliott has four straight poles in 1985. NASCAR Reports, TV Coverage and most columns state: This is the first time a driver has won four consecutive poles since Bill Elliott did it in July-August 1985. Elliott won five poles in a six-race stretch that year. The one race he didn't win the pole, he started on it as the points leader after qualifying was rained out. Only Cale Yarborough (1980) and Bobby Allison (1972) have won five consecutive poles [modern era].
    HOWEVER...been asked, if you look at NASCAR.com July Pocono race results from 1985, it shows Bill Elliott starting 2nd and Darrell Waltrip starting 1st, and Pocono Results from racing-reference.com show the same thing, BUT if you above, it says: Pole Speed: 151.973 mph (Pole won by Bill Elliott). So....huh? So I went thru the following books I have: NASCAR Encyclopedia, Stock Car Racing Encyclopedia, 1986 UMI NASCAR Press Guide [stats from 1985], 1985 UMI NASCAR Yearbook and Greg Fielden's 40 Years of Stock Car Racing: Vol 4 with the following results:
    NASCAR Encyclopedia has on page 977, the 1985 races, pole winners:
    Race#, Track, Driver, Speed
    1448, Pocono, Elliott, 152.563
    1449, Michigan, no qualifying, Elliott was points leader started first
    1450, Daytona, Elliott, 201.523
    1451, Pocono, Darrell Waltrip, 151.973 [same as Elliott's above]
    1452, Talladega, Elliott, 207.578
    1453, Michigan, Elliott, 165.479
    and if you count the number of poles for Elliott on that list is has 10, where all records show 11.
    Stock Car Racing Encyclopedia has the same EXCEPT, it has Bill Elliott in race 1451-Pocono, same speed.
    The 1985 UMI NASCAR Yearbook simply has DW 1st and Elliott 2nd
    1986 UMI NASCAR Press Guide has Elliott starting 2nd and DW 1st BUT in the notes lists Elliott as the Bud Pole winner with a speed of 151.973.
    OK So why the confusion? finally I got to Greg Fielden's 40 Years of Stock Car Racing: Vol 4, once again, it shows DW 1st and Elliott starting 2nd BUT with Elliott on the pole with a speed of 151.937mph BUT with an asterisk (*), so at the bottom, there is this note: "Darrell Waltrip started on the pole after posting a 152.552 lap. 18 days later NASCAR Disallowed the pole time due to illegal fuel additives." So Elliott now gets credit for the pole. So didn't really start from the pole, but was awarded it later, he did start 5 of 6 races from the pole and officially would be 6. Whew...that was a lot of work....(7-10-2004)

  • Pole for different teams in same season:
    2010: Kasey Kahne, 1 pole in #83 Toyota for Red Bull Racing and 3 poles in #9 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports
    2003: Steve Park, 1 pole in #1 Chevy for Dale Earnhardt Inc at Auto Club Speedway and 1 pole in #30 Chevy for Richard Childress Racing at Daytona in July.
    1993: Ernie Irvan, 2 poles with #4 Morgan McClure Chevy team and 2 poles with #28 Robert Yates Racing Ford.
    not sure before that


    ALL TIME SPRINT CUP POLE WINNERS

    Thru 7-14-2017

    # Rank Driver Poles Wins
    from
    Pole*
    1 1 Petty, Richard 123 61
    2 2 Pearson, David 113 37
    3 3 Gordon, Jeff 81 20
    4 4 Yarborough, Cale 69 16
    5 5 Waltrip, Darrell 59 24
    6 6 Allison, Bobby 58 20
    7 7 Martin, Mark 56 8
    8 8 Elliott, Bill 55 17
    9 9 Newman, Ryan 51 5
    10 10 Isaac, Bobby 49 21
    11 11 Johnson, Junior 46 12
    12 12 Baker, Buck 45 13
    13 13 Thomas, Herb 39 19
    14 14 Baker, Buddy 38 4
    15 15 Bodine, Geoff 37 3
    16   Flock, Tim 37 17
    17 16 Wallace, Rusty 36 9
    18   White, Rex 36 7
    19 17 Jarrett, Ned 35 11
    20   Johnson, Jimmie 35 15
    21 18 Flock, Fonty 33 10
    22 19 Lorenzen, Fred 32 11
    23   Roberts, Fireball 32 6
    24 20 Rudd, Ricky 29 1
    25 21 Labonte, Terry 27 4
    26   Kahne, Kasey 27 5
    27 22 Labonte, Bobby 26 4
    28 23 Kulwicki, Alan 24 1
    29   Hamlin, Denny 24 4
    30 24 Schrader, Ken 23 0
    31   Smith, Jack 23 6
    32 25 Busch, Kyle 22 4
    33   Earnhardt, Dale 22 3
    34   Edwards, Carl 22 3
    35   Irvan, Ernie 22 2
    36   Panch, Marvin 22 6
    37 26 Busch, Kurt 21 1
    38   Hutcherson, Dick 21 4
    39 27 Bonnett, Neil 20 0
    40   Harvick, Kevin 20 5
    41   Parsons, Benny 20 1
    42 28 Kenseth, Matt 19 4
    43   Thompson, Speedy 19 7
    44 29 Allison, Donnie 18 2
    45   Logano, Joey 18 3
    46   Petty, Lee 18 6
    47   Weatherly, Joe 18 6
    48 30 Gant, Harry 17 2
    49 31 Jarrett, Dale 16 2
    50   Turner, Curtis 16 4
    51 32 Stewart, Tony 15 2
    52 33 Allison, Davey 14 2
    53   Earnhardt, Jr., Dale 14 0
    54   Marcis, Dave 14 1
    55   Richmond, Tim 14 4
    56   Wood, Glen 14 3
    57 34 Biffle, Greg 13 0
    58   Keselowski, Brad 13 2
    59   Rathmann, Dick 13 0
    60   Truex Jr., Martin 13 1
    61 35 Glotzbach, Charlie 12 2
    62   Paschal, Jim 12 4
    63   Vickers, Brian 12 1
    64 36 Marlin, Sterling 11 1
    65   McMurray, Jamie 11 0
    66 37 Nemechek, Joe 10 1
    67   Owens, Cotton 10 3
    68   Yarbrough, LeeRoy 10 1
    69 38 Dieringer, Darel 9 2
    70   Foyt, A.J. 9 3
    71   Mayfield, Jeremy 9 0
    72   Montoya, Juan Panlo 9 0
    73 39 Petty, Kyle 8 3
    74   Sadler, Elliott 8 0
    75 40 Burton, Ward 7 0
    76   Goldsmith, Paul 7 2
    77   Shepherd, Morgan 7 0
    78   Welborn, Bob 7 2
    79 41 Burton, Jeff 6 0
    80   Craven, Ricky 6 0
    81   Lund, Tiny 6 0
    82   Pagan, Eddie 6 2
    83   Skinner, Mike 6 0
    84 42 Amick, Bill 5 0
    85   Bodine, Brett 5 0
    86   Bodine, Todd 5 0
    87   Hamilton, Bobby 5 1
    88   Linder, Dick 5 2
    89   McGriff, Hershel 5 3
    90   Moody, Ralph 5 1
    91   Musgrave, Ted 5 0
    92   Pistone, Tom 5 0
    93   Pond, Lennie 5 0
    94   Reed, Jim 5 2
    95   Wade, Billy 5 3
    96   Watts, Art 5 1
    97 43 Allmendinger, A.J. 4 0
    98   Andretti, John 4 0
    99   Hylton, James 4 0
    100   Larson, Kyle 4 2
    101   Mast, Rick 4 0
    102   Mundy, Frank 4 2
    103   Park, Steve 4 0
    104   Reutimann, David 4 0
    105   Sosebee, Gober 4 0
    106   Waltrip, Michael 4 0
    107 44 Allen, Johnny 3 0
    108   Allen, Loy 3 0
    109   Ambrose. Marcos 3 0
    110   Bouchard, Ron 3 0
    111   Dillon, Austin 3 0
    112   Elliott, Chase 3 0
    113   Eubanks, Joe 3 0
    114   Gilliland, David 3 0
    115   Gurney, Dan 3 1
    116   Hamilton, Pete 3 0
    117   Irwin Jr, Kenny 3 0
    118   Jones, Parnelli 3 1
    119   Kieper, John 3 0
    120   Matthews, Banjo 3 0
    121   Mears, Casey 3 0
    122   Pardue, Jimmy 3 0
    123   Riggs, Scott 3 0
    124   Ruttman, Joe 3 0
    125   Spencer, Jimmy 3 0
    126   Stenhouse Jr. Ricky 3 1
    127   Wallace, Kenny 3 0
    128 45 Benson Jr, Johnny 2 0
    129   Blaney, Dave 2 0
    130   Bowyer, Clint 2 1
    131   Burdick, Bob 2 0
    132   Byron, Red 2 0
    133   Carden, Billy 2 0
    134   Compton, Stacy 2 0
    135   Flock, Bob 2 0
    136   Green, Jeff 2 0
    137   Hassler, Friday 2 0
    138   Irwin, Tommy 2 0
    139   Johns, Bobby 2 0
    140   Larson, Mel 2 0
    141   Ragan, David 2 0
    142   Rush, Ken 2 0
    143   Sacks, Greg 2 0
    144   Said, Boris 2 0
    145   Sears, John 2 0
    146   Staley, Gwyn 2 1
    147   Teague, Marshall 2 2
    148   Yates, Doug 2 0
    149   Zervakis, Emanuel 2 0
    150 46 Almirola, Aric 1 0
    151   Atwood, Casey 1 0
    152   Bailey, Dick 1 0
    153   Baumel, Larry 1 0
    154   Blair, Bill 1 0
    155   Ryan Blaney 1 0
    156   Bonnell, Al 1 0
    157   Bowman, Alex 1 0
    158   Bown, Chuck 1 0
    159   Brown, Perk 1 0
    160   Campbell, Wally 1 0
    161   Carpentier, Patrick 1 0
    162   Cole, Neil 1 1
    163   Cook, Jim 1 1
    164   Cope, Derrike 1 0
    165   Cox, Doug 1 0
    166   Dane, Lloyd 1 0
    167   Dennis, Bill 1 0
    168   Duell, Bob 1 0
    169   Dunn, George 1 0
    170   Earnhardt, Ralph 1 0
    171   Figaro, Lou 1 1
    172   Florian, Jimmy 1 0
    173   Follmer, George 1 0
    174   Gordon, Robby 1 0
    175   Graves, Danny 1 1
    176   Gray, Eddie 1 0
    177   Green, David 1 0
    178   Haggerty, Royce 1 0
    179   Hensley, Jimmy 1 0
    180   Hepler, Russ 1 0
    181   Hunter, Jim 1 0
    182   Jones, Possum 1 0
    183   Keller, Al 1 0
    184   Kirkwood, Pat 1 0
    185   Kvapil, Travis 1 0
    186   Langley, Elmo 1 0
    187   Leffler, Jason 1 0
    188   Lepage, Kevin 1 0
    189   Letner, Danny 1 0
    190   Lewallen, Jimmy 1 0
    191   Lewis, Paul 1 0
    192   Littlejohn, Joe 1 0
    193   Mahoney, Chuck 1 0
    194   Massey, Jimmy 1 0
    195   McDuffie, J.D. 1 0
    196   Menard, Paul 1 0
    197   Millikan, Joe 1 0
    198   Moon, Tommy 1 0
    199   Moore, Bud 1 0
    200   Myers, Billy 1 0
    201   Nelson, Norm 1 1
    202   Patrick. Danica 1 0
    203   Pierce, Andy 1 0
    204   Pronger, Bob 1 0
    205   Rexford, Bill 1 0
    206   Ross, Bob 1 0
    207   Rostek, John 1 0
    208   Schneider, Frankie 1 0
    209   Scott, Brian 1 0
    210   Scott, Wendell 1 0
    211   Secrist, Frank 1 0
    212   Shaw, Lloyd 1 0
    213   Smith, Slick 1 0
    214   Sommers, Sam 1 0
    215   Sorenson, Reed 1 0
    216   Spencer, G.C. 1 0
    217   Stott, Ramo 1 0
    218   Stricklin, Hut 1 0
    219   Thomas, Donald 1 1
    220   Trickle, Dick 1 0
    221   Wagner, Ken 1 0
    222   Weinberg, Danny 1 0
    223   Widenhouse, Dink 1 0
    224   Wilson, Rick 1 0
    225   Yeley, J.J. 1 0

    Active driver bold and italics
    *WINs from the pole only count if the pole was won, not set by rules book/points/rain out

    driver in red is the latest pole award winner
    driver in blue has won a pole in the current season


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    and in 2013 when it was changed back to pole winners from the previuos season, just known as The Shootout currently
    2013 Shootout

    and in 2010-2012 when it was changed to Daytona, Bud Shootout winners and past champs
    2012 Budweiser Shootout
    2011 Budweiser Shootout
    2010 Budweiser Shootout
    that changed for 2009, when it was 6 highest manufacturers in Owners standings
    2009 Budweiser Shootout
    For the past Bud Shootout pages, 1979-2008, the races was for pole sitters
    2008 Budweiser Shootout
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