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QUALIFYING for the MBNA Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta
  • Qualifying is OVER

  • Cup Qualifying at Atlanta: Qualifying for the MBNA Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled to start at 3:05pm/et on Friday, March 7th, will be televised via TAPE on FX [check local listings] at 8:00pm/et [no re-air date/time found].

    Qualifying can be heard LIVE on radio via PRN Radio and XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio - Channel 144

    and via the Internet at NASCAR.com's paid service, Trackpass.
    Jayski is back to normal and Eastern Time and will run my separate Qualifying page with all the speeds updated every five drivers or so, with practice speeds to compare, provisional rank; as I watch/listen to qualifying.(3-7-2003)

  • Track Qualifying Record: Geoffrey Bodine, Nov 1997, 197.478mph

  • Race Qualifying Record: Bobby Labonte, 194.957mph, March 1999

  • March 2002 Pole Sitter: Bill Elliott, 191.542mph, finished 35th

  • Fastest Practice Speed on Friday: #12-Ryan Newman, 191.867 (goes out 15 of 45 drivers)

  • Track Specs: Atlanta Motor Speedway:
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees
    Straightaways: Banking: 5 degrees; Straights: Frontstretch - 1471 feet; Backstretch - 1380 feet.
    Grandstand Seating: 124,000

    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL

  • Pole Progression at Atlanta: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #32-Ricky Craven, 1st out to qualify, 188.546, starts 22nd
    #18-Bobby Labonte, 5th out, 190.594, starts 4th
    #12-Ryan Newman, 15th out, 191.417 - on the pole, starts 1st
    (3-7-2003)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they?
    #0-Jack Sprague, 185.897, starts 43rd provisional
    #14-Larry Foyt, 0.0, starts 41st provisional
    #16-Greg Biffle, 188.745, starts 20th
    #41-Casey Mears, 187.767, starts 33rd
    #42-Jamie McMurray, 187.849, starts 31st
    #74-Tony Raines, 187.449, starts 36th.(3-7-2003)

  • Qualifying Notes: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr got loose on his first lap and almost lost it and was not able to re-gain the speed and ended up in provisional land. #14-Larry Foyt, shut off his car before he even took a lap and took it back to the garage.(3-7-2003)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer:
    Chevy - #18-Bobby Labonte, 190.594, starts 4th
    Dodge - #12-Ryan Newman, 191.417, starts 1st
    Ford - #38-Elliott Sadler, 190.883, starts 3rd
    Pontiac - #01-Jerry Nadeau, 189.202, starts 14th
    Toyota - oops, not yet.......(3-7-2003)

    Qualifying after ALL of 45 drivers:

    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL

    Pos Sched
    Qual
    Pos
    Actual
    Qual
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual Speed Best
    Friday
    Practice
    Speed
    Prac
    Speed
    Rank
    Diff
    Qual vs
    Prac
    Provisional
    Rank
    1 15 15 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 191.417 191.867 1 -0.45 6
    2 36 36 9 Bill Elliott Dodge 191.232 190.339 6 0.893 14
    3 20 20 38 Elliott Sadler Ford 190.883 191.370 3 -0.487 11
    4 5 5 18 Bobby Labonte Chevy 190.594 190.084 10 0.51 17
    5 29 29 7 Jimmy Spencer Dodge 190.339 188.507 23 1.832 38
    6 19 19 15 Michael Waltrip Chevy 190.287 190.117 9 0.17 15
    7 40 40 2 Rusty Wallace Dodge 189.798 190.424 5 -0.626 7
    8 26 26 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 189.746 187.856 31 1.89 1
    9 13 13 97 Kurt Busch Ford 189.707 188.130 28 1.577 3
    10 23 23 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 189.701 189.506 14 0.195 28
    11 25 25 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 189.623 190.000 12 -0.377 5
    12 10 10 22 Ward Burton Dodge 189.461 187.862 30 1.599 26
    13 18 18 25 Joe Nemechek Chevy 189.286 190.136 8 -0.85 34
    14 8 8 01 Jerry Nadeau Pontiac 189.202 189.740 13 -0.538 33
    15 22 22 1 Steve Park Chevy 189.047 187.234 36 1.813 31
    16 31 31 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 188.996 188.661 21 0.335 10
    17 30 30 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 188.946 188.867 18 0.079 22
    18 34 34 31 Robby Gordon Chevy 188.867 188.616 22 0.251 20
    19 39 39 43 John Andretti Dodge 188.783 188.732 20 0.051 30
    20 21 21 16 Greg Biffle Ford 188.745 191.364 4 -2.619 57
    21 27 27 21 Ricky Rudd Ford 188.700 186.755 40 1.945 24
    22 1 1 32 Ricky Craven Pontiac 188.546 188.283 27 0.263 16
    23 2 2 10 Johnny Benson Pontiac 188.494 185.803 43 2.691 21
    24 4 4 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 188.392 191.417 2 -3.025 9
    25 32 32 11 Brett Bodine Ford 188.296 188.328 26 -0.032 40
    26 14 14 99 Jeff Burton Ford 188.124 188.392 25 -0.268 13
    27 17 17 77 Dave Blaney Ford 188.085 190.300 7 -2.215 19
    28 38 38 30 Jeff Green Chevy 188.060 188.867 19 -0.807 18
    29 9 9 6 Mark Martin Ford 188.034 188.469 24 -0.435 2
    30 11 11 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 187.964 190.006 11 -2.042 4
    31 44 44 42 Jamie McMurray Dodge 187.849 186.950 39 0.899 78
    32 7 7 4 Mike Skinner Pontiac 187.792 187.513 32 0.279 35
    33 37 37 41 Casey Mears Dodge 187.767 189.209 16 -1.442 27
    34 16 16 40 Sterling Marlin Dodge 187.595 189.286 15 -1.691 8
    35 33 33 54 Todd Bodine Ford 187.500 188.021 29 -0.521 36
    36 6 6 74 Tony Raines Chevy 187.449 186.159 42 1.29 45
    37 24 24 49 Ken Schrader Dodge 186.315 187.443 33 -1.128 41
    38 3 3 23 Kenny Wallace Dodge 185.965 187.070 38 -1.105 32
    39 43 43 0 Jack Sprague Pontiac 185.897 187.240 35 -1.343 52
    40 35 35 5 Terry Labonte Chevy 185.766 187.316 34 -1.55 25
    41 45 45 35 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Ford 185.319 186.585 41 -1.266 n/a
    42 28 28 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 184.708 187.202 37 -2.494 23
    43 12 12 57 Jeff Fultz Ford 183.832 183.862 44 -0.03 62
    44 41 41 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 183.564 189.009 17 -5.445 12
    45 42 42 14 Larry Foyt Dodge 0.000 181.248 45 x 37


    PROVISIONALS and MISSES

    Pos Sched
    Qual
    Pos
    Actual
    Qual
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual Speed Friday
    Practice
    Speed
    Practice
    Speed
    Rank
    Diff
    Qual vs
    Prac
    Provisional
    Rank
    37 41 41 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 183.564 189.009 17 -5.445 12
    38 28 28 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 184.708 187.202 37 -2.494 23
    39 35 35 5 Terry Labonte Chevy 185.766 187.316 34 -1.55 25
    40 3 3 23 Kenny Wallace Dodge 185.965 187.070 38 -1.105 32
    41 42 42 14 Larry Foyt Dodge 0.000 181.248 45 x 37
    42 24 24 49 Ken Schrader Dodge 186.315 187.443 33 -1.128 41
    43 43 43 0 Jack Sprague Pontiac 185.897 187.240 35 -1.343 52
    DNQ 12 12 57 Jeff Fultz Ford 183.832 183.862 44 -0.03 62
    DNQ 45 45 35 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Ford 185.319 186.585 41 -1.266 n/a


  • Atlanta Qualifying Results/Race Lineup at:
    ThatsRacin.com
    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com (3-7-2003)

  • Surprise! Rain at Atlanta: The early morning rain that fell at Atlanta Motor Speedway appears to be on its way out of the area, but it has juggled the Friday schedule for activities. ARCA series competitors are expected to line up for Saturday's race according to points, but crews should be finished drying the Hampton, Ga., track soon, allowing Winston Cup cars onto the track surface for a two-hour practice. Officials hope to work in a 45-minute ARCA series practice before Cup qualifying for Sunday's Bass Pro Shops/MBNA 500 Friday afternoon.(ThatsRacin.com)(3-7-2003)

  • Qualifying Order is up for Atlanta. See links on my MBNA Bass Pro Shops 500 Race Info page. 45 drivers/team listed. First driver scheduled out is #32-Ricky Craven. 45th and last driver scheduled to go out is #35-Bobby Hamilton.(3-7-2003)

  • Race Coverage of the MBNA Bass Pro Shops 500: at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA can be seen March 9th on Fox starting at 1:00pm/et (pre-race at 12:30pm/et), heard on PRN Radio or XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio - Channel 144 and online at NASCAR.com's TrackPass(pay). The race will be re-aired on Speed Channel, Wed, Mar 12th, 8:00pm/et (enhanced) and Thurs, Mar 13th, 1:00am/et and at 3:00pm/et.(3-7-2003)

  • Press Releases: many Winston Cup team/driver pre-race press release links (and Marketing and Sponsorship links) at the Press Release Page, links posted on 3-7-2003: Johnny Benson, Greg Biffle, Dave Blaney, Jeff Burton, Ward Burton, Ricky Craven, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Robby Gordon, Jeff Green, Kevin Harvick, Dale Jarrett, Jimmie Johnson, Sterling Marlin, Mark Martin, Jamie McMurray, Jerry Nadeau, Ryan Newman, Ricky Rudd, Elliott Sadler, Jack Sprague, Rusty Wallace;
    and posted on 3-5-2003: John Andretti, Todd Bodine, Bill Elliott, Matt Kenseth, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Jeremy Mayfield, Kyle Petty, Ken Schrader, Tony Stewart and others

  • Entry List is up for Atlanta, see my MBNA Bass Pro Shops 500 Race Info page for the link. 45 drivers/teams listed, the 42 full time teams, plus #11-Brett Bodine, #57-Jeff Fultz and #35-Bobby Hamilton Jr.(3-4-2003)

  • The Next Race Info Page: MBNA Bass Pro Shops 500 Race Info page in Hampton, GA at Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1:00pm/et on Sunday, March 9th - TV: Fox (pre-race show at 12:30pm/et)
    Included on the informational page is: Qualifying Order, Past Race/Pole Winners, Entry List Link, Purse/Race Awards, ODDs Links, Winston Cup leader bonus = $30,000, Provisional Rules, Race Facts, Security, Scanners, Practice and Qualifying times, Qualifying Draw time, Race Re-Air dates and times (if avail), Weather forecast links, Satellite/backhaul link, Radio and Newspaper links, Television/Radio Information, Camping Info, Info Links, Race Track Specs, Driver/Team News, Track Reviews, Site Links for Fans going to the race, Speed Conversion Calculation to get MPH from Time.
    This page is updated when needed until raceday.
    For the last race, see my UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Race Info page (past races are linked to on the 2002 Cup Schedule page and 2003 Cup Schedule page and on the 2003 Results Page)

  • Some stats pages:
    Provisional Land/Standings
    2003 Provisonals Used
    Did Not Qualify (DNQ)
    Budweiser Shootout 2003
    Budweiser Shootout 2004

  • Results: for results, links, owners/drivers points (after each race back thru the season), see my 2003 Winston Cup Race Results



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