for the Bass Pro Shops 500
at Atlanta Motor Speedway

    due to rain

    QUALIFYING is scheduled to START
    at approx 7:10pm/et
    on Friday, October 27, 2006

  • October 2005 Pole Sitter: Ryan Newman, 193.928, finished 23rd

  • March 2006 Pole Sitter: Kasey Kahne, 192.533, finished 1st

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


  • Rain forecast at AMS Friday UPDATE all Friday activities cancelled: there is heavy rain forecast for the Hampton, GA area on Friday, October 27 and Friday night also. Qualifying for the Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled to start at 7:10pm/et. Practices for Nextel Cup, IROC plus the Truck Series are scheduled Friday. If all are washed out, qualifying could be cancelled and the field set by the rules book top 35 by OWNERS points, past champs, then by race attempts]. Keep track of the weather at Raceweather.net or The Weather Channel.com.
    UPDATE: All on-track activity at Atlanta Motor Speedway has been canceled for Friday, Oct 27th. NASCAR has announced a revised schedule for tomorrow that includes Truck Series practice at 9:00am/et, Nextel Cup practice for one hour at 10:30am/et with the final session from 12:05 to 12:50pm/et [which was the original Cup practice schedule, both to be aired on SPEED]. Truck qualifying has been rescheduled for 1:15pm/et. Nextel Cup qualifying has been canceled, and the field will be set according to the rulebook.(SceneDaily.com)
    AND Activities at Atlanta Motor Speedway today, including Georgia-Pacific Qualifying and the Papa John's Pizza Shooutout ASA Southern Modified race, have been cancelled due to inclement weather. In accordance with NASCAR procedure, the starting field for Sunday's Bass Pro Shops 500 will be set by owner's points, placing Nextel Cup championship leader Matt Kenseth on the pole. The other nine Chase for the Nextel Cup contenders will round out the top-10 starting positions. Activities at AMS will resume Saturday morning, with two Nextel Cup Series practice sessions taking place and the Crown Royal IROC season finale scheduled to take the green flag at 3:10pm/et. Following the IROC race, the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 Craftsman Truck Series race will start at 5:05pm/et.(AMS PR), see the lineup below.(10-27-2006)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying?
    Eight in and FOUR out [49 entered for 43 spots]:
    will make the race
    #37-Bill Elliott [CH], 36th
    #32-Travis Kvapil, 37th
    #45-Kyle Petty, 38th
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 39th
    #4-Todd Bodine, 40th
    #49-Mike Bliss, 41st
    #61-Kevin Lepage, 42nd
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 43rd
    will miss the race:
    #74-Derrike Cope,
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine,
    #72-Mike Skinner,
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger,

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #07-Clint Bowyer, qual rained out, starts 18th
    #1-Martin Truex Jr., starts 21st
    #11-Denny Hamlin, starts 4th
    #18-J.J. Yeley, starts 30th
    #40-David Stremme, starts 33rd
    #41-Reed Sorenson, starts 24th
    #04-Brent Sherman, DNR
    DNR = Did not race
    DNQ = Did not qualify for race.(10-27-2006)

  • Practice Results:
    Practice Speeds Page

    NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
    Bass Pro Shops 500
    Starting Line-Up by Row
    Atlanta Motor Speedway - Hampton, Ga.
    Provided by NASCAR Statistical Services - Friday, October 27, 2006 @ 03:09 PM Eastern
    Driver Date Time Speed
    Track Race Record Bobby Labonte 11/16/97 03:07:48 159.904
    Pos Car Driver Team Reason
    Row 1 1 17 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Ford 1st in Owner Points
    2 29 Kevin Harvick Reese's Chevy 2nd in Owner Points
    Row 2 3 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevy 3rd in Owner Points
    4 11 Denny Hamlin # FedEx Cup Chevy 4th in Owner Points
    Row 3 5 31 Jeff Burton Cingular Wireless Chevy 5th in Owner Points
    6 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser Chevy 6th in Owner Points
    Row 4 7 6 Mark Martin AAA Ford 7th in Owner Points
    8 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge 8th in Owner Points
    Row 5 9 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont/Nicorette Chevy 9th in Owner Points
    10 5 Kyle Busch Kellogg's Chevy 10th in Owner Points
    Row 6 11 20 Tony Stewart The Home Depot Chevy 11th in Owner Points
    12 99 Carl Edwards Office Depot Ford 12th in Owner Points
    Row 7 13 16 Greg Biffle National Guard Ford 13th in Owner Points
    14 42 Casey Mears Texaco/Havoline Dodge 14th in Owner Points
    Row 8 15 25 Brian Vickers GMAC Chevy 15th in Owner Points
    16 2 Kurt Busch Miller Lite Dodge 16th in Owner Points
    Row 9 17 12 Ryan Newman Mobil 1 Dodge 17th in Owner Points
    18 07 Clint Bowyer # Jack Daniel's Chevy 18th in Owner Points
    Row 10 19 10 Scott Riggs Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge 19th in Owner Points
    20 43 Bobby Labonte Cascadain Farms/Cheerios Dodge 20th in Owner Points
    Row 11 21 1 Martin Truex Jr. # Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Chevy 21st in Owner Points
    22 26 Jamie McMurray Crown Royal Ford 22nd in Owner Points
    Row 12 23 88 Dale Jarrett UPS Ford 23rd in Owner Points
    24 41 Reed Sorenson # Target Dodge 24th in Owner Points
    Row 13 25 38 David Gilliland M&M's Ford 25th in Owner Points
    26 22 Dave Blaney Caterpillar Dodge 26th in Owner Points
    Row 14 27 96 Tony Raines DLP® HDTV Chevy 27th in Owner Points
    28 66 Jeff Green Best Buy/Haas Automation Chevy 28th in Owner Points
    Row 15 29 7 Robby Gordon Jim Beam Chevy 29th in Owner Points
    30 18 J.J. Yeley # VESICare Chevy 30th in Owner Points
    Row 16 31 01 Joe Nemechek U.S. Army Chevy 31st in Owner Points
    32 21 Ken Schrader Little Debbie Ford 32nd in Owner Points
    Row 17 33 40 David Stremme # Coors Light Dodge 33rd in Owner Points
    34 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge 34th in Owner Points
    Row 18 35 14 Sterling Marlin Ginn Clubs & Resorts Chevy 35th in Owner Points
    36 37 Bill Elliott Melling/Spring Mtn. Farms Dodge Past Champion
    Row 19 37 45 Kyle Petty Marathon AmericanSpirit MtrOil Dodge 32 Attempts, 36th in OP
    38 32 Travis Kvapil Tide/Downy Chevy 32 Attempts, 37th in OP
    Row 20 39 55 Michael Waltrip NAPA Dodge 32 Attempts, 38th in OP
    40 4 Todd Bodine Lucas Oil/Hefty Chevy 32 Attempts, 39th in OP
    Row 21 41 49 Mike Bliss whatsOnline.com Dodge 32 Attempts, 40th in OP
    42 61 Kevin Lepage Oak Gloves/Smokey Bones Chevy 32 Attempts, 41st in OP
    Row 22 43 78 Kenny Wallace Furniture Row Chevy 32 Attempts, 42nd in OP
    Did Not Qualify: #74-Derrike Cope; #27-Kirk Shelmerdine; #72-Mike Skinner; #84-A.J. Allmendinger.

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

    • Race info at: Race Info Page

    • Event Entry List

    • 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)
      Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

    • 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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