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  • Event/Track Qualifying Record: Bill Elliott, 210.364mph, February 1987

  • Event Qualifying Record with Restrictor Plate: Ken Schrader, 196.996, February 1989

  • 2004 Pole Sitter: Greg Biffle, 188.387, finished 12th


  • Track Specs:
    Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 160 laps, 400 miles
    Tri-oval with 31-degree banking in the turns
    18-degree banking in the tri-oval and 6-degree banking on the straightaways
    Date track opened: 1959
    Banking in turns 1-4: 31 degrees
    Banking in tri-oval: 18 degrees
    Banking on backstretch: 3 degrees
    Banking on the straightaway: 6 degrees
    Length of frontstretch: 3,800 feet
    Length of backstretch: 3,400 feet
    Grandstand Seating: 168,000.
    Pit Road Speed: 55mph
    Pit Road Length: 1,600 feet
    Pit Road Width: 50 feet

  • Track Homepage: www.daytonaintlspeedway.com

  • Jayski's Daytona 500 Race Info Page


    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL


  • Pole Progression at Daytona: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #55-Derrike Cope, 1st scheduled out to qualify, 182.225mph, starts ?
    #0-Mike Bliss, 3rd out, 186.262, starts - depends on Gatorade Duel finish
    #36-Boris Said, 9th out, 187.122, starts - depends on Gatorade Duel finish
    #10-Scott Riggs, 10th out, 187.758, starts - depends on Gatorade Duel finish
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 16th out, 188.155, starts - depends on Gatorade Duel finish
    #88-Dale Jarrett, 23rd out, 188.312, starts 1st
    (2-13-2005)

  • Drivers NOT in the top 35 in 2004 Owners Points the top four in speed are assured of making the Daytona 500, the four drivers/teams who are in at the moment:
    #11-Leffler
    #36-Said
    #23-Skinner
    #14-Andretti
    those not assured a spot and must race their way in the Twin 150's (sorted by highest speed):
    #4-Wallace
    #1-Truex Jr.
    #33-Earnhardt
    #7-Gordon
    #00-Wallace
    #27-Shelmerdine
    #09-Sauter
    #37-Lapage
    #66-Sadler
    #73-McClure
    #92-Barrett
    #13-Sacks
    #89-Shepherd
    #55-Cope
    #34-LaJoie
    #52-Gunselman
    #93-Bodine
    #80-Belmont

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #5-Kyle Busch, 186.486, starts - depends on Gatorade Duel finish
    #73-Eric McClure, 183.963, starts - depends on Gatorade Duel finish
    #77-Travis Kvapil, 183.415, starts - depends on Gatorade Duel finish
    (2-13-2005)

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    #17-Matt Kenseth lost an engine on his 2nd qualifying lap.
    #43-Jeff Green, blew an engine before he completed his first lap.
    #7-Robby Gordon's team changed engines and now has a DEI engine in the car.
    #16-Biffle's car caught fire on pitroad, but the team got it checked out, cleaned and reinspected, and was excuded from it's 6th spot in the qualifying order, if they can't get thru inspection in time.(2-13-2005)


    THE DAYTONA 500 STARTING LINEUP

    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL
    Start Pos Car# Driver Manu Qual Speed Owners Point Reason in race
    1 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 188.312 15 qualifying
    2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 188.170 2 qualifying
    3 15 Michael Waltrip Chevy 185.448 19 won duel 1
    4 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 185.701 6 won duel 2
    5 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 184.888 5 duel 1 finish
    6 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 186.270 24 duel 2 finish
    7 23 Mike Skinner Dodge 186.753 x no owners
    points 1st of 2
    spots in duel 1
    8 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge 184.400 x no owners
    points 1st of 2
    spots in duel 2
    9 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 185.659 7 duel 1 finish
    10 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 185.575 x no owners points
    2nd of 2
    spots in duel 2
    11 21 Ricky Rudd Ford 187.414 25 duel 1 finish
    12 10 Scott Riggs Chevy 187.758 30 duel 2 finish
    13 97 Kurt Busch Ford 187.699 1 duel 1 finish
    14 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 183.494 8 duel 2 finish
    15 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 188.155 3 duel 1 finish
    16 22 Scott Wimmer Dodge 185.793 28 duel 2 finish
    17 42 Jamie McMurray Dodge 186.397 11 duel 1 finish
    18 40 Sterling Marlin Dodge 185.445 20 duel 2 finish
    19 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 186.486 27 duel 1 finish
    20 18 Bobby Labonte Chevy 186.112 12 duel 2 finish
    21 00 Kenny Wallace Chevy 184.703 x no owners points
    2nd of 2
    spots in duel 1
    22 32 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Chevy 182.990 34 duel 2 finish
    23 16 Greg Biffle Ford 186.587 17 duel 1 finish
    24 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 186.143 10 duel 2 finish
    25 77 Travis Kvapil Dodge 183.415 29 duel 1 finish
    26 43 Jeff Green Dodge 0.000 32 duel 2 finish
    27 99 Carl Edwards Ford 186.047 21 duel 1 finish
    28 25 Brian Vickers Chevy 185.239 26 duel 2 finish
    29 41 Casey Mears Dodge 185.300 23 duel 1 finish
    30 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 187.915 14 duel 2 finish
    31 49 Ken Schrader Dodge 185.109 33 duel 1 finish
    32 6 Mark Martin Ford 186.123 4 duel 2 finish
    33 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 186.974 35 duel 1 finish
    34 01 Joe Nemechek Chevy 187.837 18 duel 2 finish
    35 0 Mike Bliss Chevy 186.262 31 duel 1 finish
    36 2 Rusty Wallace Dodge 186.150 16 duel 2 finish
    37 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 186.501 13 duel 1 finish
    38 07 Dave Blaney Chevy 185.636 22 duel 2 finish
    39 38 Elliott Sadler Ford 187.398 9 duel 1 finish
    40 11 Jason Leffler Chevy 187.715 x speed
    41 36 Boris Said Chevy 187.122 x speed
    42 14 John Andretti Ford 186.324 x speed
    43 4 Mike Wallace Chevy 185.908 x speed
    Missed the race
      33 Kerry Earnhardt Chevy 185.502 x  
      7 Robby Gordon Chevy 184.911 x  
      27 Kirk Shelmerdine Ford 184.665 x  
      09 Johnny Sauter Dodge 184.528 x  
      66 Hermie Sadler Ford 184.211 x  
      73 Eric McClure Chevy 183.963 x  
      92 Stanton Barrett Chevy 183.098 x  
      13 Greg Sacks Dodge 183.024 x  
      89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge 182.789 x  
      55 Derrike Cope Chevy 182.275 x  
      34 Randy LaJoie Chevy 181.159 x  
      52 Larry Gunselman Ford 178.409 x  
      93 Geoffrey Bodine Chevy 177.085 x  
      80 Andy Belmont Ford 174.683 x  

    Qualifying is OVER

    QUALIFYING RESULTS by SPEED

    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL

    Qualifying after 57 of 57 drivers:

    Pos Sched
    Qual
    Pos
    Actual
    Qual
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual
    Speed
    Qual
    Time
    (secs)
    Last
    Prac
    Speed
    Prac
    Speed
    Rank
    Diff
    Qual vs
    Prac
    Owners
    Point
    Rank
    1 23 23 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 188.312 47.793 187.837 7 0.475 15
    2 53 52 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 188.170 47.829 188.127 5 0.043 2
    3 16 16 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 188.155 47.833 189.849 1 -1.694 3
    4 29 29 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 187.915 47.894 0.000 57 x 14
    5 28 28 01 Joe Nemechek Chevy 187.837 47.914 187.512 9 0.325 18
    6 11 10 10 Scott Riggs Chevy 187.758 47.934 187.797 8 -0.039 30
    7 17 17 11 Jason Leffler Chevy 187.715 47.945 188.021 6 -0.306 x
    8 25 25 97 Kurt Busch Ford 187.699 47.949 188.233 4 -0.534 1
    9 12 12 21 Ricky Rudd Ford 187.414 48.022 187.250 11 0.164 25
    10 33 33 38 Elliott Sadler Ford 187.398 48.026 188.675 2 -1.277 9
    11 10 9 36 Boris Said Chevy 187.122 48.097 187.297 10 -0.175 x
    12 38 38 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 186.974 48.135 188.312 3 -1.338 35
    13 19 19 23 Mike Skinner Dodge 186.753 48.192 186.827 14 -0.074 x
    14 6 11 16 Greg Biffle Ford 186.587 48.235 186.792 15 -0.205 17
    15 52 53 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 186.501 48.257 185.556 28 0.945 13
    16 54 54 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 186.486 48.261 185.743 24 0.743 27
    17 31 31 42 Jamie McMurray Dodge 186.397 48.284 185.258 33 1.139 11
    18 14 14 14 John Andretti Ford 186.324 48.303 187.137 12 -0.813 x
    19 40 40 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 186.270 48.317 185.529 30 0.741 24
    20 3 3 0 Mike Bliss Chevy 186.262 48.319 186.737 16 -0.475 31
    21 48 48 2 Rusty Wallace Dodge 186.150 48.348 186.097 20 0.053 16
    22 7 6 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 186.143 48.350 185.223 34 0.920 10
    23 30 30 6 Mark Martin Ford 186.123 48.355 186.035 22 0.088 4
    24 46 46 18 Bobby Labonte Chevy 186.112 48.358 185.113 37 0.999 12
    25 55 55 99 Carl Edwards Ford 186.047 48.375 185.601 26 0.446 21
    26 20 20 4 Mike Wallace Chevy 185.908 48.411 185.801 23 0.107 x
    27 5 5 22 Scott Wimmer Dodge 185.793 48.441 185.170 35 0.623 28
    28 49 49 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 185.701 48.465 186.513 18 -0.812 6
    29 37 37 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 185.659 48.476 185.540 29 0.119 7
    30 45 45 07 Dave Blaney Chevy 185.636 48.482 185.586 27 0.050 22
    31 15 15 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 185.575 48.498 186.097 21 -0.522 x
    32 50 50 33 Kerry Earnhardt Chevy 185.502 48.517 184.057 43 1.445 x
    33 21 21 15 Michael Waltrip Chevy 185.448 48.531 186.247 19 -0.799 19
    34 26 26 40 Sterling Marlin Dodge 185.445 48.532 184.320 40 1.125 20
    35 41 41 41 Casey Mears Dodge 185.300 48.570 185.403 32 -0.103 23
    36 39 39 25 Brian Vickers Chevy 185.239 48.586 185.445 31 -0.206 26
    37 22 22 49 Ken Schrader Dodge 185.109 48.620 183.314 47 1.795 33
    38 8 7 7 Robby Gordon Chevy 184.911 48.672 183.711 45 1.200 x
    39 13 13 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 184.888 48.678 184.287 41 0.601 5
    40 42 42 00 Kenny Wallace Chevy 184.703 48.727 185.651 25 -0.948 x
    41 56 56 27 Kirk Shelmerdine Ford 184.665 48.737 182.522 49 2.143 x
    42 34 34 09 Johnny Sauter Dodge 184.528 48.773 184.411 39 0.117 x
    43 51 51 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge 184.400 48.807 184.109 42 0.291 x
    44 44 44 66 Hermie Sadler Ford 184.211 48.857 184.008 44 0.203 x
    45 32 32 73 Eric McClure Chevy 183.963 48.923 185.113 38 -1.150 x
    46 24 24 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 183.494 49.048 185.143 36 -1.649 8
    47 4 4 77 Travis Kvapil Dodge 183.415 49.069 186.920 13 -3.505 29
    48 18 18 92 Stanton Barrett Chevy 183.098 49.154 183.464 46 -0.366 x
    49 35 35 13 Greg Sacks Dodge 183.024 49.174 183.247 48 -0.223 x
    50 47 47 32 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Chevy 182.990 49.183 181.789 51 1.201 34
    51 43 43 89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge 182.789 49.237 182.242 50 0.547 x
    52 1 1 55 Derrike Cope Chevy 182.275 49.376 181.466 52 0.809 x
    53 57 57 34 Randy LaJoie Chevy 181.159 49.680 181.236 53 -0.077 x
    54 2 2 52 Larry Gunselman Ford 178.409 50.446 179.447 55 -1.038 x
    55 36 36 93 Geoffrey Bodine Chevy 177.085 50.823 180.730 54 -3.645 x
    56 27 27 80 Andy Belmont Ford 174.683 51.522 175.531 56 -0.848 x
    57 9 8 43 Jeff Green Dodge 0.000 engine 186.606 17 x 32

    a green x means the team is one of the top four drivers with speeds and the team out of the top 35 owners points, a red x means the driver is not in the fastest four.

    'x' means that team is NOT in the top 35 and must make the race by speed or being one of the top two teams in the Datorade Duel - Twin 150's races on Thursday, Feb 17th. All the drivers in the top 35 in 2004 Owners Points will make the race.


    Unofficial Gatorade Duel Twin 150's
    Starting Lineups

    Unofficial Gatorade Duel Twin 150 Race #1:

    #88-Jarrett (won the pole - 15th in owners points)
    #24-Gordon (3 op)
    #11-Leffler (1st fastest non-top 35)
    #97-Busch (1 op)
    #21-Rudd (25 op)
    #38-Sadler (9 op)
    #45-Petty (35 op)
    #23-Skinner (3rd fastest)
    #16-Biffle (17 op)
    #9-Kahne (13 op)
    #5-Kyle Busch (27 op)
    #42-McMurray (11 op)
    #0-Bliss (31 op)
    #99-Edwards (21 op)
    #4-M Wallace (5th fastest)
    #12-Newman (7 op)
    #33-Earnhardt (7th fastest)
    #15-Waltrip (19 op)
    #41-Mears (23 op)
    #49-Schrader (33 op)
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. (5 op)
    #00-K Wallace (9th fastest)
    #09-Sauter (11th fastest)
    #66-H Sadler (13th fastest)
    #77-Kvapil (29 op)
    #92-Barrett (15th fastest)
    #89-Shepherd (17th fastest)
    #34-LaJoie (19th fastest)
    #93-Bodine (21st fastest)

    Unofficial Gatorade Duel Twin 150 Race #2:

    #48-Johnson (won outside pole - 2nd in owners points)
    #29-Harvick (14 op)
    #01-Nemechek (18 op)
    #10-Riggs (30 op)
    #36-Said (2nd fastest)
    #14-Andretti (4th fastest)
    #31-Burton (24 op)
    #2-Wallace (16 op)
    #19-Mayfield (10 op)
    #6-Martin (4 op)
    #18-Labonte (12 op)
    #22-Wimmer (28 op)
    #20-Stewart (6 op)
    #07-Blaney (22 op)
    #1-Truex Jr. (6th fastest)
    #40-Marlin (20 op)
    #25-Vickers (26 op)
    #7-Gordon (8th fastest)
    #27-Shelmerdine (10th fastest)
    #37-Lepage (12th fastest)
    #73-McClure (14th fastest)
    #17-Kenseth (8 op)
    #13-Sacks (16th fastest)
    #32-Hamitlon Jr. (34 op)
    #55-Cope (18th fastest)
    #52-Gunselman (20th fastest)
    #80-Belmont (22nd fastest)
    #43-Green (32 op)

    op = 2004 owners points standings

    LINKS = NASCAR.com Duel #1 or Duel #2


  • These drivers must get in the race by speed of being the two teams who finish ahead of the other teams NOT in the top 35 in Owners Points. The remaining four spots [40-43] wil be filled by the four teams left not in the race with the fastest speed.
    So the top four drivers are assured of starting the Daytona 500 if they are not in the top two teams in either Twin 150. If any of these drivers are the top two NOT in the top 35 Owners Points, then the next fastest team/driver gets in.
    All drivers from #00-Wallace and back have to be one of the top 2 teams NOT in the top 35 in Owners Points as their speed will not be fast enough to get them in the final four spots.

    Car# Driver Manu Qual
    Speed
    Qual
    Secs
    Prac
    Speed
    Overall
    Prac
    Speed
    Rank
    diff
    prac
    vs
    qual
    Not
    in Top
    35
    11 Jason Leffler Chevy 187.715 47.945 188.021 6 -0.306 x-in
    36 Boris Said Chevy 187.122 48.097 187.297 10 -0.175 x-in
    23 Mike Skinner Dodge 186.753 48.192 186.827 14 -0.074 x-in
    14 John Andretti Ford 186.324 48.303 187.137 12 -0.813 x-in
    4 Mike Wallace Chevy 185.908 48.411 185.801 23 0.107 x-depends
    1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 185.575 48.498 186.097 21 -0.522 x-depends
    33 Kerry Earnhardt Chevy 185.502 48.517 184.057 43 1.445 x-depends
    7 Robby Gordon Chevy 184.911 48.672 183.711 45 1.2 x-depends
    00 Kenny Wallace Chevy 184.703 48.727 185.651 25 -0.948 x-must race in
    27 Kirk Shelmerdine Ford 184.665 48.737 182.522 49 2.143 x-must race in
    09 Johnny Sauter Dodge 184.528 48.773 184.411 39 0.117 x-must race in
    37 Kevin Lepage Dodge 184.4 48.807 184.109 42 0.291 x-must race in
    66 Hermie Sadler Ford 184.211 48.857 184.008 44 0.203 x-must race in
    73 Eric McClure Chevy 183.963 48.923 185.113 38 -1.15 x-must race in
    92 Stanton Barrett Chevy 183.098 49.154 183.464 46 -0.366 x-must race in
    13 Greg Sacks Dodge 183.024 49.174 183.247 48 -0.223 x-must race in
    89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge 182.789 49.237 182.242 50 0.547 x-must race in
    55 Derrike Cope Chevy 182.275 49.376 181.466 52 0.809 x-must race in
    34 Randy LaJoie Chevy 181.159 49.680 181.236 53 -0.077 x-must race in
    52 Larry Gunselman Ford 178.409 50.446 179.447 55 -1.038 x-must race in
    93 Geoffrey Bodine Chevy 177.085 50.823 180.730 54 -3.645 x-must race in
    80 Andy Belmont Ford 174.683 51.522 175.531 56 -0.848 x-must race in



  • New Qualifying Procedure for the Gatorade Duel:

    NASCAR will institute a new procedure for setting the starting lineups for the Gatorade Duel at Daytona scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 17 at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR officials announced.

    The two qualifying races that establish the starting line-up for the Feb. 20 Daytona 500 will feature changes to the procedure of assigning cars to the respective qualifiers, which have been extended from 125 to 150 miles beginning this season.

    The following cars will be assigned to the first of the two qualifying races:

    The odd-number positions (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) of the highest-ranked 35 finishers in the final 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series car owner points standings.

    The pole winner from Bud Pole Qualifying scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 13. Should the pole winner be among the highest-ranked 35 in the 2004 owner points, the pole winner will start in the first race regardless of his odd or even position in those standings. The following cars will be assigned to the second of the two qualifying races:

    The even-number positions (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.) of the highest-ranked 35 finishers in the final 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series car owner points standings.

    The second-fastest qualifier from Bud Pole Qualifying. Should this car be among the highest-ranked 35 in the 2004 owner points, it will start in the second race regardless of its odd or even position in those standings. Additional cars that were not among the highest-ranked 35 in the final 2004 car owner points will be alternated between the first and second 150-mile qualifying events using an odd-even format. The odd-number positions will be assigned to the first qualifier while the even-number positions will be assigned to the second qualifier.

    The odd-even positions are not determined by where the car qualified in the overall field, but their specific qualifying order among those cars not part of the highest-ranked 35 group. For example, a car qualifies eighth overall in Bud Pole qualifying, but ranks third-fastest among those cars not part of the highest-ranked 35. That car would be an odd-number position and start in the first race as a result of its qualifying standing of those cars not in the highest-ranked 35.

    The lineup for each qualifying race will be set based upon the qualifying speeds in the time trials for all cars, including those who are among the highest-ranked 35 in the final 2004 car owner point standings. The highest-ranked 35 designation does not determine the carís starting position, only the assignment of its 150-mile qualifying event.

    A maximum of 66 cars will be permitted to compete between the two qualifying races, and all cars must compete in one of these events to be eligible for the Daytona 500.

    Starting positions for the Daytona 500 will be designated for the highest-ranked 35 positions from the final 2004 car owner point standings from each qualifier, the two-highest finishing cars in each qualifier not among that highest-ranked 35 group and the two front-row qualifiers.

    The balance of the 43-car field will be filled by the fastest remaining qualifiers who have not earned a starting position, with the exception of the 43rd position which will be assigned to an eligible former or current NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion. Should there not be an eligible champion, the position will be assigned to the next fastest qualifier not in the field.

    The Gatorade Duel at Daytona will be broadcast live on FX, beginning at 1:00pm/et, on Feb. 17. The Daytona 500 will be broadcast live on FOX, beginning at 1:00pm/et, on Feb. 20.

  • The simple version: how the Daytona 500 lineup is set:
    Pos 1 and 2: Pole sitter and outside pole sitter from qualifying on Feb 13th
    [no need to be top 35 in 2004 Owners Points]

    Pos 3 thru 39: top 35 in owners points and two highest finishing teams in each Gatorade Duel races [Feb 17th] race NOT in the top 35 set by their finishing postion in the Gatorade Duel races.

    Pos 40-42: fastest qualifiers not in by above

    Pos 43: past champion provisional - at this point only Bill Elliott will have it to use as the other past champions are in the top 35 in owners points and Terry Labonte is not running the Daytona 500 and at this point Elliott has only announced plans to run the Bdweiser Shootout. Otherwise the spot goes to the next fastest qualifier.

  • The Gatorade Duel races: The Daytona 500 pole-sitter will start on the pole of the first Gatorade Duel at Daytona. The outside pole winner will start on the pole of the second qualifying race.

    Cars that finished in odd positions (first, third, fifth, etc.) in owner's points last season will fill the first qualifying race, and those with even-number finishes will compete in the second race. The lineup for each qualifying race will be set based on the qualifying speeds. Owner's points do not determine the car's starting position, only which of the two Duel races in which it will race.

    Cars that were not among the highest-ranked 35 in the 2004 season will be alternately entered into the two 150-mile qualifying events based on qualifying speeds. The non-top 35 car with the fastest qualifying time is entered into the first (odd) Duel race, the next-fastest in the second (even) race and so on.

  • Results: for results, links, owners/drivers points (after each race back thru the season), see my 2004 Winston Cup Race Results

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