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


    QUALIFYING is scheduled to START
    at approx 6:40pm/et
    on Friday, September 1, 2006
  • Track Qualifying Record: Kyle Busch, Feb 2005, 188.425mph

  • Feb 2006 Pole Sitter: #2-Kurt Busch, 187.086, finished 16th

  • Sept 2005 Pole Sitter: #99-Carl Edwards, 185.061, finished 4th


    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL


  • Kurt Busch sweeps poles at California: #2-Kurt Busch won the Budweiser Pole for the SONY HD 500 at California Speedway with a speed of 184.540mph for his 2nd pole at California this season, 5th pole of 2006 and 8th of his career. Starting on the outside pole is #25-Brian Vickers; #07-Clint Bowyer, #10-Scott Riggs, #1-Martin Truex Jr. are the top-5, rounding out the top-10 are #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #31-Jeff Burton, #11-Denny Hamlin, #9-Kasey Kahne and #5-Kyle Busch. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #4-Wimmer, #00-Elliott, #44-Labonte, #14-Marlin, #55-Waltrip, #49-Lepage, #78-Wallace and #32-Kvapil. Missing the race were: #06-Kluever, #34-Davis, #61-Chaffin and #23-Lester. See the qualifying results below.(9-1-2006)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the SONY HD 500 at California Speedway is scheduled for Friday,September 1, 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: 1:00am/et on Speed Channel

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #06-Kluever, 1st out to qualify,175.949mph, DNQ
    #29-Harvick, 2nd out, 181.087, starts 15th
    #01-Nemechek, 3rd out, 181.722, starts 13th
    #12-Newman, 8th out, 181.951, starts 12th
    #5-Busch, 16th out, 182.223, starts 10th
    #8-Earnhardt Jr. 22nd out, 182.792, starts 6th
    #2-Busch, 35th out, 184.540, starts 1st
    (9-1-2006)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying?
    Eight in and four out [47 entered for 43 spots]:
    has made the race:
    #4-Scott Wimmer, 180.736
    #00-Bill Elliott [CH2], 180.099
    #44-Terry Labonte [CH1], 179.964
    #14-Sterling Marlin, 179.721
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 178.505
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 177.738
    #49-Kevin Lepage, 177.765
    #32-Travis Kvapil, 177.274
    will miss the race:
    #06-Todd Kluever, 175.949
    #34-Kertus Davis, 175.387
    #61-Chad Chaffin, 173.035
    #23-Bill Lester, spunout, 0.000
    (9-1-2006)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #07-Clint Bowyer, 183.505, starts 3rd
    #1-Martin Truex Jr., , starts 5th
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 182.454, starts 8th
    #18-J.J. Yeley, 180.709, starts 19th
    #40-David Stremme, 179.426, starts 32nd
    #41-Reed Sorenson, 178.869, starts 34th
    #04-Brent Sherman, DNR
    DNR = Did not race
    DNQ = Did not qualify for race.(9-1-2006)

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    #23-Lester spun the car on the frontstretch coming to the white flag, turned it around to redo the first lap and get momentum for the 2nd lap BUT after recording the 1st lap of 38.108mph, he shut the car down in turn 2 as the handling was gone with the flat spotted tires.(9-1-2006)

  • Practice Results:
    Practice Speeds Page


    STARTING LINEUP

    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL
    Start
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual
    Speed
    1 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 184.540
    2 25 Brian Vickers Chevy 184.049
    3 07 Clint Bowyer # Chevy 183.505
    4 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 183.197
    5 1 Martin Truex Jr. # Chevy 182.950
    6 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 182.792
    7 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 182.672
    8 11 Denny Hamlin # Chevy 182.454
    9 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 182.292
    10 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 182.223
    11 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 182.209
    12 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 181.951
    13 01 Joe Nemechek Chevy 181.722
    14 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 181.438
    15 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 181.087
    16 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 180.941
    17 4 Scott Wimmer Chevy 180.737
    18 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 180.727
    19 18 J.J. Yeley # Chevy 180.709
    20 38 David Gilliland Ford 180.560
    21 16 Greg Biffle Ford 180.519
    22 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 180.180
    23 00 Bill Elliott Chevy 180.099
    24 99 Carl Edwards Ford 180.027
    25 7 Robby Gordon Chevy 179.964
    26 44 Terry Labonte Chevy 179.964
    27 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy 179.721
    28 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 179.677
    29 21 Ken Schrader Ford 179.641
    30 66 Jeff Green Chevy 179.636
    31 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 179.462
    32 40 David Stremme # Dodge 179.426
    33 42 Casey Mears Dodge 178.931
    34 41 Reed Sorenson # Dodge 178.869
    35 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 178.740
    36 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 178.545
    37 55 Michael Waltrip Dodge 178.505
    38 6 Mark Martin Ford 178.086
    39 49 Kevin Lepage Dodge 177.765
    40 78 Kenny Wallace Chevy 177.738
    41 22 Dave Blaney Dodge 176.978
    42-OP 96 Tony Raines Chevy 175.310
    43 32 Travis Kvapil Chevy 177.274
    DNQ 06 Todd Kluever Ford 175.949
    DNQ 34 Kertus Davis Chevy 175.387
    DNQ 61 Chad Chaffin Dodge 173.035
    DNQ 23 Bill Lester Dodge 38.108
    DNQ = Missed the race
    WD = withdrew from race before qualifying
    Not in the Top 35 in 2006 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 47 of 47 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 35 35 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 184.540 39.016 178.891 12 5.649 14
    2 38 38 25 Brian Vickers Chevy 184.049 39.120 180.131 1 3.918 17
    3 36 36 07 Clint Bowyer # Chevy 183.505 39.236 178.998 9 4.507 20
    4 44 44 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 183.197 39.302 179.412 5 3.785 19
    5 46 46 1 Martin Truex Jr. # Chevy 182.950 39.355 178.753 13 4.197 22
    6 23 22 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 182.792 39.389 176.956 26 5.836 9
    7 27 26 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 182.672 39.415 178.430 16 4.242 7
    8 24 23 11 Denny Hamlin # Chevy 182.454 39.462 180.036 2 2.418 6
    9 45 45 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 182.292 39.497 179.047 8 3.245 11
    10 17 16 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 182.223 39.512 177.936 18 4.287 4
    11 34 34 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 182.209 39.515 177.537 23 4.672 2
    12 9 8 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 181.951 39.571 177.309 24 4.642 15
    13 4 3 01 Joe Nemechek Chevy 181.722 39.621 179.865 3 1.857 32
    14 39 39 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 181.438 39.683 177.747 20 3.691 5
    15 3 2 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 181.087 39.760 178.958 11 2.129 3
    16 6 5 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 180.941 39.792 179.600 4 1.341 1
    17 41 41 4 Scott Wimmer Chevy 180.737 39.837 178.980 10 1.757 39-IN
    18 22 20 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 180.727 39.839 179.216 6 1.511 34
    19 18 17 18 J.J. Yeley # Chevy 180.709 39.843 179.069 7 1.640 29
    20 40 40 38 David Gilliland Ford 180.560 39.876 177.296 25 3.264 23
    21 20 21 16 Greg Biffle Ford 180.519 39.885 176.423 32 4.096 12
    22 8 7 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 180.180 39.960 178.722 14 1.458 8
    23 37 37 00 Bill Elliott Chevy 180.099 39.978 176.909 27 3.190 54-CH2-IN
    24 25 24 99 Carl Edwards Ford 180.027 39.994 176.696 29 3.331 13
    25 42 42 7 Robby Gordon Chevy 179.964 40.008 177.923 19 2.041 24
    26 43 43 44 Terry Labonte Chevy 179.964 40.008 175.456 36 4.508 47-CH1-IN
    27 12 11 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy 179.721 40.062 176.440 31 3.281 36-IN
    28 11 10 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 179.677 40.072 174.313 43 5.364 25
    29 32 32 21 Ken Schrader Ford 179.641 40.080 178.509 15 1.132 31
    30 1 27 66 Jeff Green Chevy 179.636 40.081 176.700 28 2.936 28
    31 21 19 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 179.462 40.120 174.622 41 4.840 18
    32 15 14 40 David Stremme # Dodge 179.426 40.128 176.639 30 2.787 33
    33 16 15 42 Casey Mears Dodge 178.931 40.239 177.681 21 1.250 16
    34 13 12 41 Reed Sorenson # Dodge 178.869 40.253 177.642 22 1.227 21
    35 28 28 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 178.740 40.282 176.328 33 2.412 35
    36 33 33 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 178.545 40.326 173.193 44 5.352 26
    37 29 29 55 Michael Waltrip Dodge 178.505 40.335 176.031 34 2.474 38-IN
    38 7 6 6 Mark Martin Ford 178.086 40.730 178.271 17 -0.185 10
    39 31 31 49 Kevin Lepage Dodge 177.765 40.503 175.298 38 2.467 40-IN
    40 5 4 78 Kenny Wallace Chevy 177.738 40.509 174.486 42 3.252 42-IN
    41 14 13 32 Travis Kvapil Chevy 177.274 40.615 175.695 35 1.579 37-IN
    42 26 25 22 Dave Blaney Dodge 176.978 40.683 175.038 39 1.940 30
    43 2 1 06 Todd Kluever Ford 175.949 40.921 175.033 40 0.916 62-DNQ
    44 47 47 34 Kertus Davis Chevy 175.387 41.052 171.343 47 4.044 43-DNQ
    45 19 18 96 Tony Raines Chevy 175.310 41.070 175.396 37 -0.086 27
    46 10 9 61 Chad Chaffin Dodge 173.035 41.610 172.068 46 0.967 41-DNQ
    47 30 30 23 Bill Lester Dodge 38.108 spun 172.716 45 x 60-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

    an '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


    Qualifying Order:

    Sched
    Qual
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Final
    Practice
    Speed
    Prac
    Speed
    Rank
    Owners
    Points
    Rank
    1 66 Jeff Green Chevy 176.700 28 28
    2 06 Todd Kluever Ford 175.033 40 62-x
    3 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 178.958 11 3
    4 01 Joe Nemechek Chevy 179.865 3 32
    5 78 Kenny Wallace Chevy 174.486 42 42-x
    6 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 179.600 4 1
    7 6 Mark Martin Ford 178.271 17 10
    8 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 178.722 14 8
    9 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 177.309 24 15
    10 61 Chad Chaffin Dodge 172.068 46 41-x
    11 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 174.313 43 25
    12 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy 176.440 31 36-x
    13 41 Reed Sorenson # Dodge 177.642 22 21
    14 32 Travis Kvapil Chevy 175.695 35 37-x
    15 40 David Stremme # Dodge 176.639 30 33
    16 42 Casey Mears Dodge 177.681 21 16
    17 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 177.936 18 4
    18 18 J.J. Yeley # Chevy 179.069 7 29
    19 96 Tony Raines Chevy 175.396 37 27
    20 16 Greg Biffle Ford 176.423 32 12
    21 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 174.622 41 18
    22 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 179.216 6 34
    23 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 176.956 26 9
    24 11 Denny Hamlin # Chevy 180.036 2 6
    25 99 Carl Edwards Ford 176.696 29 13
    26 22 Dave Blaney Dodge 175.038 39 30
    27 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 178.430 16 7
    28 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 176.328 33 35
    29 55 Michael Waltrip Dodge 176.031 34 38-x
    30 23 Bill Lester Dodge 172.716 45 60-x
    31 49 Kevin Lepage Dodge 175.298 38 40-x
    32 21 Ken Schrader Ford 178.509 15 31
    33 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 173.193 44 26
    34 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 177.537 23 2
    35 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 178.891 12 14
    36 07 Clint Bowyer # Chevy 178.998 9 20
    37 00 Bill Elliott Chevy 176.909 27 54-CH2
    38 25 Brian Vickers Chevy 180.131 1 17
    39 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 177.747 20 5
    40 38 David Gilliland Ford 177.296 25 23
    41 4 Scott Wimmer Chevy 178.980 10 39-x
    42 7 Robby Gordon Chevy 177.923 19 24
    43 44 Terry Labonte Chevy 175.456 36 47-CH1
    44 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 179.412 5 19
    45 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 179.047 8 11
    46 1 Martin Truex Jr. # Chevy 178.753 13 22
    47 34 Kertus Davis Chevy 171.343 47 43-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.


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

    • Race info at: California Race Info Page

    • California 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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