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JAYSKI's Semi-Live QUALIFYING/GRID page
for the Auto Club 500
at California Speedway


    QUALIFYING is scheduled to START
    at approx 6:40pm/et
    on Friday, February 24th
  • Track Qualifying Record: Kyle Busch, Feb 2005, 188.425mph

  • 2005 Pole Sitter: #5-Kyle Busch, 188.245, finished 23rd

  • Fastest Last Practice Speed: #01-Joe Nemechek 184.720mph (scheduled to go out 21st of 20 drivers)

  • Race info at: California Race Info Page

  • Auto Club 500 Entry List


    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL


  • Kurt Busch wins pole at California Speedway: #2-Kurt Busch win the pole for the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway in a 2004 Dodge Intrepid with a lap of 187.086mph for his first pole of 2006 [and with Penske Racing], 4th of his career and first since Homestead in Nov 2004. #16-Greg Biffle is on the outside pole with a speed of 186.186, followed by #48-Jimmie Johnson, #18-J.J. Yeley and #11-Denny Hamlin. The rest of the top-10: Jeff Burton in the #31 Cingular Chevy, #5-Kyle Busch, #01-Joe Nemechek, #24-Jeff Gordon and #6-Mark Martin. #10-Scott Riggs made the race, qualifying 14th after missing the Daytona 500. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were Riggs, #95-Barrett, #7-Gordon, #51-Garvey, #78-K Wallace, #61-Lepage and #4-Wimmer [after missing the 500]. #96-Terry Labonte uses the Champions Provisional for the 2nd week in a row. Missing the race were: #32-Kvapil, #00-Sadler, #74-Cope, #34-LaJoie, #89-Shepherd. #37-Skinner and #92-Chaffin withdrew and never made a practice lap. No wrecks or major incidents. See the qualifying results below.(2-24-2006)

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

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Auto Club 500 at Califonria Speedway is scheduled for Friday, February 24, 2006 at 6:40pm/et.
    TV: Speed Channel - 6:30pm/et
    Radio: MRN 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: none

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #21-Ken Schrader, 1st out to qualify, 179.341mph, starts 41st
    #40-David Stremme, 4th out, 181.005, starts 40th
    #19-Jeremy Mayfield, 5th out, 183.397, starts 21st
    #38-Elliott Sadler, 6th out, 183.767, starts 16th
    #29-Kevin Harvick, 14th out, 184.195, starts 15th
    #01-Joe Nemechek, 18th out, 184.757, starts 8th
    #31-Jeff Burton, 30th out, 184.871, starts 6th
    #2-Kurt Busch, 32nd out, 187.086 [not a misprint], starts 1st
    (2-24-2006)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying?
    Eight in and seven out [50 entered for 43 spots]:
    #00-Hermie Sadler, 179.167, DNQ
    #4-Scott Wimmer, 182.007, IN
    #7-Robby Gordon, 182.380, IN
    #10-Scott Riggs, 184.209, IN
    #32-Travis Kvapil, 180.090, DNQ
    #34-Randy LaJoie, 175.764, DNQ
    #37-Mike Skinner, withdrew, DNQ
    #51-Mike Garvey, 182.320, IN
    #61-Kevin Lepage, 182.242, IN
    #74-Derrike Cope, 178.735, DNQ
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 182.306, IN
    #89-Morgan Shepherd, 173.019, DNQ
    #92-Chad Chaffin, no attempt, DNQ
    #95-Stanton Barrett, 182.801, IN
    #96-Terry Labonte [CH], 181.059, IN
    (2-24-2006)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #07-Clint Bowyer, 182.486, starts 32nd
    #1-Martin Truex Jr., 183.173, starts 23rd
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 184.919, starts 5th
    #18-J.J. Yeley, 185.180, starts 4th
    #40-David Stremme, 181.005, starts 40th
    #41-Reed Sorenson, 182.820, starts 29th
    #49-Brent Sherman, 178.169, starts 42nd
    #92-Chad Chaffin, no attempt
    DNR = Did not race
    DNQ = Did not qualify for race.(2-24-2006)

  • Practice Results:
    California Practice page


    STARTING LINEUP

    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL
    Start
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual
    Speed
    1 2 Kurt Busch Intrepid 187.086
    2 16 Greg Biffle Ford 186.186
    3 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 185.735
    4 18 J.J. Yeley # Chevy 185.180
    5 11 Denny Hamlin # Chevy 184.919
    6 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 184.871
    7 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 184.800
    8 01 Joe Nemechek Chevy 184.757
    9 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 184.720
    10 6 Mark Martin Ford 184.450
    11 12 Ryan Newman Intrepid 184.318
    12 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 184.303
    13 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 184.219
    14 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 184.209
    15 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 184.195
    16 38 Elliott Sadler Ford 183.767
    17 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy 183.613
    18 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 183.570
    19 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 183.566
    20 42 Casey Mears Dodge 183.524
    21 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 183.397
    22 99 Carl Edwards Ford 183.360
    23 1 Martin Truex Jr. # Chevy 183.173
    24 22 Dave Blaney Dodge 183.155
    25 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 183.090
    26 66 Jeff Green Chevy 183.020
    27 43 Bobby Labonte Intrepid 183.020
    28 25 Brian Vickers Chevy 182.913
    29 41 Reed Sorenson # Dodge 182.820
    30 95 Stanton Barrett Chevy 182.801
    31 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 182.588
    32 07 Clint Bowyer # Chevy 182.486
    33 55 Michael Waltrip Dodge 182.454
    34 7 Robby Gordon Chevy 182.380
    35 51 Mike Garvey Chevy 182.320
    36 78 Kenny Wallace Chevy 182.306
    37 61 Kevin Lepage Ford 182.242
    38 4 Scott Wimmer Chevy 182.007
    39 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 181.461
    40 40 David Stremme # Dodge 181.005
    41-OP 21 Ken Schrader Ford 179.341
    42-OP 49 Brent Sherman # Dodge 178.169
    43-CH 96 Terry Labonte Chevy 181.059
    DNQ 32 Travis Kvapil Chevy 180.090
    DNQ 00 Hermie Sadler Ford 179.167
    DNQ 74 Derrike Cope Dodge 178.735
    DNQ 34 Randy LaJoie Dodge 175.764
    DNQ 89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge 173.019
    DNQ 37 Mike Skinner Dodge 0.000
    DNQ 92 Chad Chaffin # Chevy 0.000
    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 50 of 50 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 37 32 2 Kurt Busch Intrepid 187.086 38.485 183.454 6 3.632 9
    2 41 45 16 Greg Biffle Ford 186.186 38.671 182.163 20 4.023 2
    3 45 42 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 185.735 38.765 183.211 9 2.524 5
    4 40 36 18 J.J. Yeley # Chevy 185.180 38.881 181.378 27 3.802 24
    5 49 47 11 Denny Hamlin # Chevy 184.919 38.936 182.579 15 2.340 33
    6 34 30 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 184.871 38.946 184.077 2 0.794 18
    7 47 43 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 184.800 38.961 182.625 14 2.175 20
    8 21 18 01 Joe Nemechek Chevy 184.757 38.970 184.720 1 0.037 16
    9 33 28 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 184.720 38.978 182.149 21 2.571 11
    10 22 19 6 Mark Martin Ford 184.450 39.035 183.617 4 0.833 4
    11 44 40 12 Ryan Newman Intrepid 184.318 39.063 183.220 8 1.098 6
    12 28 21 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 184.303 39.066 183.477 5 0.826 1
    13 23 22 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 184.219 39.084 183.211 10 1.008 23
    14 30 34 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 184.209 39.086 183.739 3 0.470 46-IN
    15 19 14 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 184.195 39.089 182.278 19 1.917 14
    16 6 6 38 Elliott Sadler Ford 183.767 39.180 182.440 17 1.327 13
    17 38 35 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy 183.613 39.213 181.529 26 2.084 35
    18 8 7 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 183.570 39.222 182.426 18 1.144 19
    19 50 48 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 183.566 39.223 181.296 29 2.270 15
    20 43 39 42 Casey Mears Dodge 183.524 39.232 182.959 11 0.565 12
    21 7 5 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 183.397 39.259 183.421 7 -0.024 10
    22 48 46 99 Carl Edwards Ford 183.360 39.267 182.039 22 1.321 3
    23 10 9 1 Martin Truex Jr. # Chevy 183.173 39.307 182.560 16 0.613 25
    24 29 27 22 Dave Blaney Dodge 183.155 39.311 180.873 32 2.282 32
    25 31 26 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 183.090 39.325 180.185 38 2.905 8
    26 11 15 66 Jeff Green Chevy 183.020 39.34 182.936 12 0.084 29
    27 12 10 43 Bobby Labonte Intrepid 183.020 39.34 178.625 42 4.395 30
    28 14 16 25 Brian Vickers Chevy 182.913 39.363 182.885 13 0.028 17
    29 27 25 41 Reed Sorenson # Dodge 182.820 39.383 181.305 28 1.515 22
    30 35 31 95 Stanton Barrett Chevy 182.801 39.387 177.305 45 5.496 59-IN
    31 9 8 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 182.588 39.433 181.860 23 0.728 7
    32 16 12 07 Clint Bowyer # Chevy 182.486 39.455 181.777 25 0.709 27
    33 3 44 55 Michael Waltrip Dodge 182.454 39.462 180.955 31 1.499 34
    34 39 38 7 Robby Gordon Chevy 182.380 39.478 180.782 33 1.598 38-IN
    35 15 17 51 Mike Garvey Chevy 182.320 39.491 179.605 40 2.715 51-IN
    36 17 13 78 Kenny Wallace Chevy 182.306 39.494 180.297 37 2.009 64-IN
    37 42 37 61 Kevin Lepage Ford 182.242 39.508 181.159 30 1.083 40-IN
    38 13 11 4 Scott Wimmer Chevy 182.007 39.559 181.850 24 0.157 36-IN
    39 26 20 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 181.461 39.678 180.650 35 0.811 28
    40 36 33 96 Terry Labonte Chevy 181.059 39.766 177.998 44 3.061 n/a(CH)-IN
    41 5 4 40 David Stremme # Dodge 181.005 39.778 180.419 36 0.586 26
    42 32 29 32 Travis Kvapil Chevy 180.090 39.98 180.759 34 -0.669 37-DNQ
    43 1 1 21 Ken Schrader Ford 179.341 40.147 179.739 39 -0.398 21
    44 46 41 00 Hermie Sadler Ford 179.167 40.186 178.873 41 0.294 57-DNQ
    45 2 2 74 Derrike Cope Dodge 178.735 40.283 175.498 48 3.237 45-DNQ
    46 24 23 49 Brent Sherman # Dodge 178.169 40.411 178.258 43 -0.089 31
    47 25 24 34 Randy LaJoie Dodge 175.764 40.964 175.610 47 0.154 44-DNQ
    48 4 3 89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge 173.019 41.614 175.816 46 -2.797 50-DNQ
    x 18 x 37 Mike Skinner Dodge 0.000 withdrew 0.000 50 x 39-DNQ
    x 20 x 92 Chad Chaffin # Chevy 0.000 no atmpt 0.000 49 x 41-DNQ


    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, 7 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
    Owners
    Points
    Rank
      1   21 Ken Schrader Ford     179.739 39   21
      2   74 Derrike Cope Dodge     175.498 48   45-x
      3   55 Michael Waltrip Dodge     180.955 31   34
      4   89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge     175.816 46   50-x
      5   40 David Stremme # Dodge     180.419 36   26
      6   38 Elliott Sadler Ford     182.440 17   13
      7   19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge     183.421 7   10
      8   8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy     182.426 18   19
      9   17 Matt Kenseth Ford     181.860 23   7
      10   1 Martin Truex Jr. # Chevy     182.560 16   25
      11   66 Jeff Green Chevy     182.936 12   29
      12   43 Bobby Labonte Dodge     178.625 42   30
      13   4 Scott Wimmer Chevy     181.850 24   36-x
      14   25 Brian Vickers Chevy     182.885 13   17
      15   51 Mike Garvey Chevy     179.605 40   51-x
      16   07 Clint Bowyer # Chevy     181.777 25   27
      17   78 Kenny Wallace Chevy     180.297 37   64-x
      18   37 Mike Skinner Dodge     0.000 50   39-x
      19   29 Kevin Harvick Chevy     182.278 19   14
      20   92 Chad Chaffin # Chevy     0.000 49   41-x
      21   01 Joe Nemechek Chevy     184.720 1   16
      22   6 Mark Martin Ford     183.617 4   4
      23   9 Kasey Kahne Dodge     183.211 10   23
      24   49 Brent Sherman # Dodge     178.258 43   31
      25   34 Randy LaJoie Chevy     175.610 47   44-x
      26   45 Kyle Petty Dodge     180.650 35   28
      27   41 Reed Sorenson # Dodge     181.305 28   22
      28   20 Tony Stewart Chevy     183.477 5   1
      29   22 Dave Blaney Dodge     180.873 32   32
      30   10 Scott Riggs Dodge     183.739 3   46-x
      31   26 Jamie McMurray Ford     180.185 38   8
      32   32 Travis Kvapil Chevy     180.759 34   37-x
      33   24 Jeff Gordon Chevy     182.149 21   11
      34   31 Jeff Burton Chevy     184.077 2   18
      35   95 Stanton Barrett Chevy     177.305 45   59-x
      36   96 Terry Labonte Chevy     177.998 44   n/a(CH)
      37   2 Kurt Busch Dodge     183.454 6   9
      38   14 Sterling Marlin Chevy     181.529 26   35
      39   7 Robby Gordon Chevy     180.782 33   38-x
      40   18 J.J. Yeley # Chevy     181.378 27   24
      41   16 Greg Biffle Ford     182.163 20   2
      42   61 Kevin Lepage Ford     181.159 30   40-x
      43   42 Casey Mears Dodge     182.959 11   12
      44   12 Ryan Newman Dodge     183.220 8   6
      45   48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy     183.211 9   5
      46   00 Hermie Sadler Ford     178.873 41   57-x
      47   5 Kyle Busch Chevy     182.625 14   20
      48   99 Carl Edwards Ford     182.039 22   3
      49   11 Denny Hamlin # Chevy     182.579 15   33
      50   88 Dale Jarrett Ford     181.296 29   15


    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

    • Weather -- IF qualifying is rained out, the field would be set as follows (per the rulebook):

      #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
      #2) - Previous Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if already NOT in the field by step 1
      #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 13 days before the race)


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