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QUALIFYING for the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at Darlington Raceway
  • Qualifying is OVER

  • Cup Qualifying at Darlington: Qualifying for the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at Darlington Raceway is scheduled to start at 2:30pm/et on Friday, March 14th, will be televised live on Fox Sports Net [check local listings] and re-aired on Speed Channel at 8:00pm/et and Sat, March 15th at 1:00am/et.

    Qualifying can be heard on radio via MRN Radio and XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio - Channel 144 (subscription required).

    and via the Internet at NASCAR.com's paid service, TrackPass.(3-14-2003)

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record: Ward Burton, Mar 1996, 173.797mph

  • March 2002 Pole Sitter: Ricky Craven, 170.089mph, finished 41st

  • Fastest Practice Speed on Friday: #38-Elliott Sadler, 168.845 (goes out 16th of 43rd)

    Track Specs:
    Banking: Turns 1/2 - 25 degrees, width 79 ft; Turns 3/4 - 23 degrees, width 62 ft; Front - 3 degrees, Back - 2 degrees.
    Frontstretch 1,229 ft long, 90 ft wide;
    Backstretch - 1,229 ft long, 90 ft wide
    Pit Road: Length: 2,025 feet, Width: 46 feet
    Track Repaved in late 1995
    Grandstand Seating: 60,000

  • Track Homepage: Darlington Raceway

    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL

  • Pole Progression at Darlington: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr, 1st out to qualify, 168.175, starts 16th
    #40-Sterling Marlin, 2nd out, 168.816, starts 8th
    #97-Kurt Busch, 15th out, 168.984, starts 6th
    #38-Elliott Sadler, 16th out, 170.147, starts on the pole.(3-14-2003)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they? where do the start?
    #0-Jack Sprague, 166.789, starts 34th
    #14-Larry Foyt, 164.298, starts 42nd provisional
    #16-Greg Biffle, 168.146, starts 17th
    #41-Casey Mears, 167.876, starts 24th
    #42-Jamie McMurray, 168.066, starts 19th
    #66-Hideo Fukuyama, Did Not Race
    #74-Tony Raines, 164.915, starts 41st provisional.(3-14-2003)

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy - #24-Jeff Gordon, 169.071, starts 5th
    Dodge - #12-Ryan Newman, 169.374, starts 2nd
    Ford - #38-Elliott Sadler, 170.147, on the pole
    Pontiac - #01-Jerry Nadeau, 169.170, starts 3rd
    Toyota - oops, not yet.......(3-14-2003)


    Qualifying after ALL of 43 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 16 16 38 Elliott Sadler Ford 170.147 168.845 1 1.302 19
    2 26 26 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 169.374 168.112 3 1.262 13
    3 22 22 01 Jerry Nadeau Pontiac 169.170 166.744 16 2.426 32
    4 27 27 7 Jimmy Spencer Dodge 169.088 166.523 20 2.565 23
    5 17 17 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 169.071 167.968 4 1.103 8
    6 15 15 97 Kurt Busch Ford 168.984 167.802 5 1.182 14
    7 41 41 22 Ward Burton Dodge 168.926 166.800 14 2.126 28
    8 2 2 40 Sterling Marlin Dodge 168.816 166.936 10 1.880 20
    9 9 9 15 Michael Waltrip Chevy 168.769 165.849 26 2.920 3
    10 43 43 54 Todd Bodine Ford 168.764 165.087 32 3.677 31
    11 28 28 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 168.682 166.023 23 2.659 24
    12 31 31 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 168.665 165.866 24 2.799 1
    13 18 18 2 Rusty Wallace Dodge 168.538 167.499 8 1.039 22
    14 23 23 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 168.469 166.614 18 1.855 4
    15 20 20 49 Ken Schrader Dodge 168.261 165.665 28 2.596 41
    16 1 1 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 168.175 167.642 7 0.533 10
    17 35 35 16 Greg Biffle Ford 168.146 165.503 29 2.643 29
    18 30 30 77 Dave Blaney Ford 168.094 166.936 11 1.158 15
    19 8 8 42 Jamie McMurray Dodge 168.066 165.855 25 2.211 30
    20 5 5 18 Bobby Labonte Chevy 168.043 168.330 2 -0.287 5
    21 4 4 23 Kenny Wallace Dodge 168.025 167.653 6 0.372 33
    22 36 36 10 Johnny Benson Pontiac 167.980 166.349 21 1.631 6
    23 11 11 4 Mike Skinner Pontiac 167.951 166.225 22 1.726 40
    24 7 7 41 Casey Mears Dodge 167.876 164.860 36 3.016 27
    25 6 6 9 Bill Elliott Dodge 167.785 166.868 13 0.917 36
    26 38 38 43 John Andretti Dodge 167.767 164.987 33 2.780 38
    27 34 34 6 Mark Martin Ford 167.665 167.493 9 0.172 25
    28 25 25 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 167.619 165.259 31 2.360 2
    29 33 33 5 Terry Labonte Chevy 167.368 166.715 17 0.653 26
    30 19 19 31 Robby Gordon Chevy 167.135 166.597 19 0.538 17
    31 21 21 32 Ricky Craven Pontiac 167.123 164.893 35 2.230 16
    32 12 12 30 Jeff Green Chevy 166.913 165.281 30 1.632 39
    33 40 40 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 166.908 164.965 34 1.943 7
    34 10 10 0 Jack Sprague Pontiac 166.789 164.485 39 2.304 34
    35 42 42 1 Steve Park Chevy 166.71 166.925 12 -0.215 18
    36 3 3 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 166.394 165.738 27 0.656 12
    37 14 14 21 Ricky Rudd Ford 166.292 164.782 37 1.510 21
    38 13 13 99 Jeff Burton Ford 165.928 164.749 38 1.179 9
    39 39 39 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 165.894 161.928 43 3.966 35
    40 37 37 57 Brett Bodine Ford 165.816 163.555 41 2.261 51
    41 32 32 25 Joe Nemechek Chevy 165.253 166.766 15 -1.513 11
    42 24 24 74 Tony Raines Chevy 164.915 162.501 42 2.414 37
    43 29 29 14 Larry Foyt Dodge 164.298 163.653 40 0.645 42


    PROVISIONALS

    (no one misses this week)

    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 13 13 99 Jeff Burton Ford 165.928 164.749 38 1.179 9
    38 32 32 25 Joe Nemechek Chevy 165.253 166.766 15 -1.513 11
    39 14 14 21 Ricky Rudd Ford 166.292 164.782 37 1.510 21
    40 39 39 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 165.894 161.928 43 3.966 35
    41 24 24 74 Tony Raines Chevy 164.915 162.501 42 2.414 37
    42 29 29 14 Larry Foyt Dodge 164.298 163.653 40 0.645 42
    43 37 37 57 Brett Bodine Ford 165.816 163.555 41 2.261 51



  • Darlington Qualifying Results/Race Lineup at:
    ThatsRacin.com
    MotorsportsOne
    NASCAR.com
    (3-14-2003)

  • Weather at Darlington looks iffy for the weekend [better for Friday, worse for Saturday], with a 20% chance of PM Showers on Friday, 70% chance of T-Storms on Saturday and a 70% chance of rain on Sunday.(Weather.com)(3-14-2003)

  • Friday Cup Practice is being run at Darlington Raceway. Just halfway over and #38-Elliott Sadler is the quickest at 168.845mph, followed by #97-Kurt Busch 167.802 and #23-Kenny Wallace at 167.653. The Petty cars are slowest, #45-Kyle Petty at 161.307 and #43-John Andretti at 162.479.(3-14-2003)

  • Qualifying Order is up for Darlington. See my Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Race Info page for the links. 43 cars are listed [all make the race, no provisionals charged]. First driver due out is #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Last and 43rd driver svheduled to go out is #54-Todd Bodine.(3-14-2003)

  • Only 42 cars at Darlington? UPDATE: the Entry List is up for the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Winston Cup race at Darlington Raceway. There are only 42 drivers/cars/teams listed, all the full time teams [#09-Mike Wallace will NOT be attempting the race as rumored]. 43 make up a full field (a full field - why 43? see my Racing FAQ page). If it stays at 43 or under, no team that uses a Provisional will be charged, this is the first race that 2003 Owners Points are used to determine Provisional's. See my Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Race Info page for the Entry List link and much more info and links.
    UPDATE: make it 43 as Brett Bodine has been entered in the #57 Team CLR Ford.(3-11-2003)

  • Brett Bodine to run the #57 car at Darlington: Brett Bodine, owner/driver of the #11 Hooter's Ford, who is running a limited 2003 Cup Schedule and had not planned to run at Darlington Raceway, will drive drive the #57 Team CLR Ford, which will fill out the field at Darlington to 43 cars.(Fox Sports Net's Totally NASCAR)(3-11-2003)

  • #750 for Labonte; #700 for Elliott; #650 for Kyle; #500 for Jarrett; #300 for Burton: a few milestones for the 100th Cup race at Darlington this weekend, the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400:
    Start #750 for #5-Terry Labonte (first start was at Darlington in Sept 1978), 5th on the all time starts list
    Start #700 for #9-Bill Elliott (first start was at Rockingham in Feb 1976), 7th all time
    Start #650 for #45-Kyle Petty (first start was at Talladega in Aug 1979), 11th all time
    Start #500 for #88-Dale Jarrett (first start was at Martinsville in April 1984)
    Start #300 for #99-Jeff Burton (first start was at New Hampshire in July 1993)(Winston Cup Updates Book)(3-11-2003)

  • What did the Top 10 in Drivers Points a year ago, after four races? See my Stats Menu and Links page for this (I will update it weekely) and many other stats.

  • The Next Race Info Page: Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 Race Info page in Darlington, SC at Darlington Raceway, 1:00pm/et on Sunday, March 16th - TV: Fox (pre-race show at 12:30pm/et)
    Included on the informational page is: Odds Links, Purse/Race Awards, National Anthem at Darlington, Winston Cup leader bonus = $40,000, Provisional Rules [now using 2003 Owners Points], 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 MBNA Bass Pro Shops 500 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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