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JAYSKI's Semi-Live QUALIFYING/GRID page
for the Golden Corral 500
at Atlanta Motor Speedway


    QUALIFYING is scheduled to START
    at approx 7:00pm/et
    on Friday, March 17th
  • 2005 Pole Sitter: Ryan Newman, 194.690, finished 14th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Geoffrey Bodine, 11/16/97, 197.479mph

  • Fastest Last Practice Speed: #9-Kasey Kahne 189.247mph (scheduled to go out 5th of 52 drivers)

  • Race info at: Atlanta Race Info Page

  • Atlanta Entry List


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  • Kahne wins pole at Atlanta: #9-Kasey Kahne won the Budweiser Pole for the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a lap of 192.553mph for his first pole of 2006 and 7th of his career. #12-Ryan Newman just missed the pole by .002 seconds/.013mph, and missed his 7th straight pole at Atlanta, but will start on the outside pole/2nd. #31-Jeff Burton will start 3rd, followed by #43-Bobby Labonte and #18-J.J. Yeley. The big news was that #23-Bill Lester qualified for the race, the first African-American to make a Cup race since Willy T. Ribbs in June 1986 at Michigan, Lester was the fastest of the drivers not on the top-35 teams in owners points [Desperados?] and will start 19th. #96-Terry Labonte made the race using a past champions provisional [for the 3rd time in 4 races]. #25-Vickers blew an engine after his first lap and will have to fall to the rear of the field before the start of the race. Missing the race were: #32-Kvapil, #13-Sacks, #74-Cope, #34-Chaffin, #37-Skinner, #92-Blount, #51-Garvey, #78-KWallace and #95-Barrett. See the qualifying results/starting lineup below.(3-17-2006)

  • Some weather forecast links for the race area:
    Raceweather.net
    The Weather Channel

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 17, 2006 at 7:00pm/et.
    TV: Speed Channel - 7:00pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and XM Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Jayski.com: Jayski's FREE Semi-Live Qualifying Page.
    Qualifying Re-Air: 3/18 at 2:30am/et

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 1st out to qualify, 190.817mph, starts 14th
    #9-Kasey Kahne, 5th out, 192.553, starts 1st
    (3-17-2006)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying?
    Eight in and nine out [52 entered for 43 spots]:
    #00-Hermie Sadler, 187.304, IN
    #4-Scott Wimmer, 187.139, IN
    #7-Robby Gordon, 188.162, IN
    #10-Scott Riggs, 189.131, IN
    #13-Greg Sacks, 184.125, SNQ
    #15-Paul Menard, 189.785, IN
    #23-Bill Lester, 190.502, IN
    #32-Travis Kvapil, 184.923, DNQ
    #34-Chad Chaffin, 185.449, DNQ
    #37-Mike Skinner, 184.560, DNQ
    #51-Mike Garvey, 186.975, DNQ
    #61-Kevin Lepage, 189.720, IN
    #74-Derrike Cope, 185.430, DNQ
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 185.424, DNQ
    #92-Chad Blount, 179.307, DNQ
    #95-Stanton Barrett, 185.654
    #96-Terry Labonte [CH], 185.406, IN-CHAMP
    (3-17-2006)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #07-Clint Bowyer, 190.765, starts 16th
    #1-Martin Truex Jr., 188.264, starts 35th
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 191.695, starts 7th
    #18-J.J. Yeley, 191.854, starts 5th
    #40-David Stremme, 187.970, starts 38th
    #41-Reed Sorenson, 190.804, starts 15th
    #49-Brent Sherman, 187.614, starts 40th
    DNR = Did not race
    DNQ = Did not qualify for race.(3-17-2006)

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    #25-Vickers only took one lap and it was reported on PRN radio that there was aloud sond, smoke and then some fire from the exhaust pipes, could have an engine problem, the track workers went out to check the track for oil/parts.(3-17-2006)

  • Practice Results:
    Atlanta Practice page


    STARTING LINEUP

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    Start
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual
    Speed
    1 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 192.553
    2 12 Ryan Newman Intrepid 192.540
    3 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 191.973
    4 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 191.914
    5 18 J.J. Yeley # Chevy 191.854
    6 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 191.794
    7 11 Denny Hamlin # Chevy 191.695
    8 16 Greg Biffle Ford 191.496
    9 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 191.357
    10 42 Casey Mears Dodge 191.245
    11 6 Mark Martin Ford 190.968
    12 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 190.962
    13 01 Joe Nemechek Chevy 190.922
    14 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 190.817
    15 41 Reed Sorenson # Dodge 190.804
    16 07 Clint Bowyer # Chevy 190.765
    17 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 190.633
    18 99 Carl Edwards Ford 190.568
    19 23 Bill Lester Dodge 190.502
    20 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 189.928
    21 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 189.896
    22 15 Paul Menard Chevy 189.785
    23 61 Kevin Lepage Ford 189.720
    24 55 Michael Waltrip Dodge 189.649
    25 21 Ken Schrader Ford 189.441
    26 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 189.396
    27 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 189.357
    28 38 Elliott Sadler Ford 189.286
    29 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 189.131
    30 22 Dave Blaney Dodge 189.092
    31 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 188.552
    32 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 188.398
    33 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy 188.398
    34 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 188.341
    35 1 Martin Truex Jr. # Chevy 188.264
    36 7 Robby Gordon Chevy 188.162
    37 25 Brian Vickers Chevy 188.041
    38 40 David Stremme # Dodge 187.970
    39 66 Jeff Green Chevy 187.843
    40 49 Brent Sherman # Dodge 187.614
    41 00 Hermie Sadler Ford 187.304
    42 4 Scott Wimmer Chevy 187.139
    43-CH 96 Terry Labonte Chevy 185.406
    DNQ 51 Mike Garvey Chevy 186.975
    DNQ 95 Stanton Barrett Chevy 185.654
    DNQ 34 Chad Chaffin # Dodge 185.449
    DNQ 74 Derrike Cope Dodge 185.430
    DNQ 78 Kenny Wallace Chevy 185.424
    DNQ 32 Travis Kvapil Chevy 184.923
    DNQ 37 Mike Skinner Dodge 184.560
    DNQ 13 Greg Sacks Ford 184.125
    DNQ 92 Chad Blount Chevy 179.307
    WD 89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge x
    DNQ = Missed the race; WD = withdrew
    Not in the Top 35 in 2005 Owners Points
    and not fast enough
    OP = made field by being in the Top 35 in Owners points, not speed
    CH = used a Champions Provisional to make the field



    Qualifying is OVER

    QUALIFYING RESULTS by SPEED

    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL

    Qualifying after 52 of 52 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
    2005
    Owners
    Point
    Rank
    1 5 5 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 192.553 28.792 189.247 1 3.306 23
    2 18 18 12 Ryan Newman Intrepid 192.540 28.794 186.906 17 5.634 6
    3 47 47 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 191.973 28.879 187.608 8 4.365 18
    4 35 35 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 191.914 28.888 187.983 5 3.931 30
    5 20 20 18 J.J. Yeley # Chevy 191.854 28.897 186.623 20 5.231 24
    6 10 10 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 191.794 28.906 186.228 22 5.566 14
    7 8 8 11 Denny Hamlin # Chevy 191.695 28.921 187.095 12 4.600 33
    8 51 51 16 Greg Biffle Ford 191.496 28.951 187.089 13 4.407 2
    9 29 29 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 191.357 28.972 189.041 3 2.316 9
    10 24 25 42 Casey Mears Dodge 191.245 28.989 184.517 37 6.728 12
    11 30 30 6 Mark Martin Ford 190.968 29.031 186.247 21 4.721 4
    12 21 21 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 190.962 29.032 187.000 15 3.962 11
    13 7 7 01 Joe Nemechek Chevy 190.922 29.038 187.621 7 3.301 16
    14 1 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 190.817 29.054 185.480 29 5.337 5
    15 12 12 41 Reed Sorenson # Dodge 190.804 29.056 189.209 2 1.595 22
    16 3 3 07 Clint Bowyer # Chevy 190.765 29..062 187.990 4 2.775 27
    17 44 44 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 190.633 29.082 187.120 10 3.513 20
    18 28 28 99 Carl Edwards Ford 190.568 29.092 187.894 6 2.674 3
    19 11 11 23 Bill Lester Dodge 190.502 29.102 184.542 36 5.960 52-IN
    20 32 32 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 189.928 29.190 183.954 40 5.974 10
    21 34 34 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 189.896 29.195 181.759 45 8.137 1
    22 39 39 15 Paul Menard Chevy 189.785 29.212 184.782 33 5.003 48-IN
    23 22 22 61 Kevin Lepage Ford 189.720 29.222 185.940 26 3.780 40-IN
    24 17 17 55 Michael Waltrip Dodge 189.649 29.233 185.139 31 4.510 34
    25 46 46 21 Ken Schrader Ford 189.441 29.265 186.805 18 2.636 21
    26 13 13 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 189.396 29.272 185.828 28 3.568 19
    27 19 19 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 189.357 29.278 186.623 19 2.734 7
    28 49 49 38 Elliott Sadler Ford 189.286 29.289 187.101 11 2.185 13
    29 37 37 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 189.131 29.313 186.203 23 2.928 46-IN
    30 4 4 22 Dave Blaney Dodge 189.092 29.319 185.412 30 3.680 32
    31 41 41 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 188.552 29.403 187.089 14 1.463 15
    32 31 31 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 188.398 29.427 187.158 9 1.240 28
    33 36 36 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy 188.398 29.427 186.115 24 2.283 35
    34 50 50 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 188.341 29.436 184.732 34 3.609 8
    35 14 14 1 Martin Truex Jr. # Chevy 188.264 29.448 184.505 38 3.759 25
    36 43 43 7 Robby Gordon Chevy 188.162 29.464 185.922 27 2.240 38-IN
    37 25 24 25 Brian Vickers Chevy 188.041 29.483 186.034 25 2.007 17
    38 38 38 40 David Stremme # Dodge 187.970 29.494 182.934 42 5.036 26
    39 6 6 66 Jeff Green Chevy 187.843 29.514 186.950 16 0.893 29
    40 2 2 49 Brent Sherman # Dodge 187.614 29.550 183.164 41 4.450 31
    41 26 26 00 Hermie Sadler Ford 187.304 29.599 178.920 51 8.384 57-IN
    42 27 27 4 Scott Wimmer Chevy 187.139 29.625 184.708 35 2.431 36-IN
    43 23 23 51 Mike Garvey Chevy 186.975 29.651 184.788 32 2.187 51-DNQ
    44 40 40 95 Stanton Barrett Chevy 185.654 29.862 181.100 48 4.554 59-DNQ
    45 15 15 34 Chad Chaffin # Dodge 185.449 29.895 181.360 46 4.089 44-DNQ
    46 48 48 74 Derrike Cope Dodge 185.430 29.898 179.354 50 6.076 45-DNQ
    47 42 42 78 Kenny Wallace Chevy 185.424 29.899 180.857 49 4.567 64-DNQ
    48 45 45 96 Terry Labonte Chevy 185.406 29.902 181.242 47 4.164 n/a(CH)-IN
    49 33 33 32 Travis Kvapil Chevy 184.923 29.980 184.192 39 0.731 37-DNQ
    50 9 9 37 Mike Skinner Dodge 184.560 30.039 182.838 43 1.722 39-DNQ
    51 52 52 13 Greg Sacks Ford 184.125 30.110 181.961 44 2.164 66-DNQ
    52 16 16 92 Chad Blount Chevy 179.307 30.919 178.482 52 0.825 41-DNQ
    x x x 89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge 0 withdrew x x x 50-X


    a GREEN 'IN' means that team/driver have made the race, NOT in the top 35

    a RED 'DNQ' means that team/driver will miss the race, NOT in the top 35

    Last driver to make an attempt in BLUE

    'x' in owners ponts pos and RED driver name means that team is NOT in the top 35 and must make the race by speed

    8 teams will get in by speed, 10 will miss the race.
    UNLESS #96-Labonte need to use the 43rd spot as a Champions Provisional
    #44/#96-Labonte gets the spots first as he was last champ in 1996, Elliott was champ in 1988.
    Then the fastest non-Top 35 teams getting in on speed would be 7



    Qualifying Order:

    Sched
    Qual
    Pos
    Actual
    Qual
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual
    Speed
    Qual
    Time
    (secs)
    Final
    Saturday
    Practice
    Speed
    Prac
    Speed
    Rank
    Diff
    Qual vs
    Prac
    2005
    Owners
    Points
    Rank
      1   48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy     185.480 29   5
      2   49 Brent Sherman # Dodge     183.164 41   31
      3   07 Clint Bowyer # Chevy     187.990 4   27
      4   22 Dave Blaney Dodge     185.412 30   32
      5   9 Kasey Kahne Dodge     189.247 1   23
      6   66 Jeff Green Chevy     186.950 16   29
      7   01 Joe Nemechek Chevy     187.621 7   16
      8   11 Denny Hamlin # Chevy     187.095 12   33
      9   37 Mike Skinner Dodge     182.838 43   39-X
      10   29 Kevin Harvick Chevy     186.228 22   14
      11   23 Bill Lester Dodge     184.542 36   52-X
      12   41 Reed Sorenson # Dodge     189.209 2   22
      13   8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy     185.828 28   19
      14   1 Martin Truex Jr. # Chevy     184.505 38   25
      15   34 Chad Chaffin # Dodge     181.360 46   44-X
      16   92 Chad Blount Chevy     178.482 52   41-X
      17   55 Michael Waltrip Dodge     185.139 31   34
      18   12 Ryan Newman Intrepid     186.906 17   6
      19   17 Matt Kenseth Ford     186.623 19   7
      20   18 J.J. Yeley # Chevy     186.623 20   24
      21   24 Jeff Gordon Chevy     187.000 15   11
      22   61 Kevin Lepage Ford     185.940 26   40-X
      23   51 Mike Garvey Chevy     184.788 32   51-X
      24   42 Casey Mears Dodge     184.517 37   12
      25   25 Brian Vickers Chevy     186.034 25   17
      26   00 Hermie Sadler Ford     178.920 51   57-X
      27   4 Scott Wimmer Chevy     184.708 35   36-X
      28   99 Carl Edwards Ford     187.894 6   3
      29   2 Kurt Busch Dodge     189.041 3   9
      30   6 Mark Martin Ford     186.247 21   4
      31   45 Kyle Petty Dodge     187.158 9   28
      32   19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge     183.954 40   10
      33   32 Travis Kvapil Chevy     184.192 39   37-X
      34   20 Tony Stewart Chevy     181.759 45   1
      35   43 Bobby Labonte Dodge     187.983 5   30
      36   14 Sterling Marlin Chevy     186.115 24   35
      37   10 Scott Riggs Dodge     186.203 23   46-X
      38   40 David Stremme # Dodge     182.934 42   26
      39   15 Paul Menard Chevy     184.782 33   48-X
      40   95 Stanton Barrett Chevy     181.100 48   59-X
      41   88 Dale Jarrett Ford     187.089 14   15
      42   78 Kenny Wallace Chevy     180.857 49   64-X
      43   7 Robby Gordon Chevy     185.922 27   38-X
      44   5 Kyle Busch Chevy     187.120 10   20
      45   96 Terry Labonte Chevy     181.242 47   n/a(CH)-X
      46   21 Ken Schrader Ford     186.805 18   21
      47   31 Jeff Burton Chevy     187.608 8   18
      48   74 Derrike Cope Dodge     179.354 50   45-X
      49   38 Elliott Sadler Ford     187.101 11   13
      50   26 Jamie McMurray Ford     184.732 34   8
      51   16 Greg Biffle Ford     187.089 13   2
      52   13 Greg Sacks Ford     181.961 44   66-X


    Drivers in RED will be required to qualify on time/speed, not in top 35

    Drivers in MAROON will be required to qualify on time/speed, not in top 35
    BUT has a past champions provisional available if needed, only one is used, so if there are two or more past champs
    the driver who has won the championship most recently, gets the spot.


    • IMPOUND RULES on my Impound Rules page.

    • Results: for results, links, owners/drivers points (after each race back thru the season)
      see my:
      2006 Nextel Cup Race Results
      2005 Nextel Cup Race Results
      2004 Nextel Cup Race Results

    • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
      The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
      If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
      Through the first five races of the season for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)

    • see my Final 2005 Owners Points with the 2006 teams listed page - for 1st five races

    • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

      If it is the first 5 races of the season, the previous season OWNERS points are used:

      #1) - Previous season Owner Points [position 1-35]
      #2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
      #3) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
      #4) - Current season Owner Points [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
      #5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners points standings [not in by rules 1-4]
      After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
      #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
      #2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
      #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
      #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
      #5) - Past Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4
      #6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker
      #7) - Qualifying Order Position
      (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)


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