JAYSKI's Semi-Live QUALIFYING/GRID page
for the Dodge/Save Mart 350
at Infineon Raceway


    QUALIFYING is scheduled to START
    at approx 7:05pm/et
    on Friday, June 23, 2006
  • June 2005 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 94.325mph, finished 33rd

  • Track Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, June 2000, 99.309mph (old layout)

  • Track Qualifying Record: Jeff Gordon, 6/24/05, 94.325mph (current layout)


    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL


  • Kurt Busch wins pole at Sonoma: #2-Kurt Busch won the Budweiser pole for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway with a speed of 93.055mph for his 2nd pole of 2006 and 5th of his career, both of his poles won in the state of California. #26-Jamie McMurray [with Busch's old team] will start 2nd, followed by #29-Kevin Harvick, #12-Ryan Newman and #60-Boris Said. Points leader #48-Jimmie Johnson will start 16th, and pole favorites #24-Jeff Gordon, got slightly off course on his run and will start 11th. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #32-Fellows, #55-Waltrip, #40-Pruett, #02-Ash, #27-Hubert, #4-Jones and #72-Gilliland. Missing the race were: #78-Kvapil, #61-Simo, #49-Cook, #95-Barrett and #34-Miller. See the qualifying results below.(6-23-2006)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway is scheduled for Friday, June 23, 2006 at 7:05pm/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: 12:30am/et on Speed Channel

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #01-Nemechek, 1st out to qualify, 92.158mph, starts 10th
    #9-Kahne, 5th out, 92.495, starts 6th
    #60-Said, 11th out, 92.663, starts 5th
    #2-Busch, 22nd out, 93.055, starts 1st
    (6-23-2006)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying?
    Eight in and five out [48 entered for 43 spots]:
    #02-Brandon Ash, 90.715, IN
    #4-P.J. Jones, 92.020, IN
    #27-Tom Hubert, 91.265, IN
    #32-Ron Fellows, 91.859, IN
    #34-Johnny Miller, 90.552, DNQ
    #40-Scott Pruett, 91.382, IN
    #49-Chris Cook, 89.642, DNQ
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 90.929, IN
    #60-Boris Said, 92.663, IN
    #61-Brian Simo, 88.289, DNQ
    #72-David Gilliland, 91.132, IN
    #78-Travis Kvapil, 89.571, DNQ
    #95-Stanton Barrett, 88.432, DNQ
    (6-23-2006)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #07-Clint Bowyer, 91.381, starts 28th
    #1-Martin Truex Jr., 90.251, starts 39th
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 90.186, starts 40th
    #18-J.J. Yeley, 90.306, starts 38th
    #40-David Stremme, DNR
    #41-Reed Sorenson, , starts 41st
    #?-Brent Sherman, DNR
    DNR = Did not race
    DNQ = Did not qualify for race.(6-23-2006)

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    #29-Harvick cme out later then scheduled, the team changed the transmission, at the road course events, the team doesn't have to go to the rear of the field at the start of the race.
    #25-Vickers got off track into the kitty little but was able to finish his lap.
    #24-Gordon got off track in turn 8 but saved the car and kept the car on the track and a good lap.
    #11-Hamlin wrecked in practice and will qualify a backup car.
    (6-23-2006)

  • Practice Results:
    Practice Speeds Page


    STARTING LINEUP

    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL
    Start
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual
    Speed
    1 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 93.055
    2 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 92.948
    3 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 92.889
    4 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 92.812
    5 60 Boris Said Ford 92.663
    6 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 92.495
    7 16 Greg Biffle Ford 92.308
    8 6 Mark Martin Ford 92.295
    9 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 92.226
    10 01 Joe Nemechek Chevy 92.158
    11 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 92.086
    12 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 92.076
    13 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 92.027
    14 7 Robby Gordon Chevy 92.025
    15 4 P.J. Jones Chevy 92.020
    16 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 91.893
    17 32 Ron Fellows Chevy 91.859
    18 21 Ken Schrader Ford 91.837
    19 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 91.821
    20 99 Carl Edwards Ford 91.726
    21 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 91.684
    22 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 91.644
    23 66 Jeff Green Chevy 91.585
    24 38 Elliott Sadler Ford 91.559
    25 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 91.483
    26 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 91.445
    27 40 Scott Pruett Dodge 91.382
    28 07 Clint Bowyer # Chevy 91.381
    29 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy 91.308
    30 27 Tom Hubert Ford 91.265
    31 72 David Gilliland Dodge 91.132
    32 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 91.067
    33 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 91.012
    34 42 Casey Mears Dodge 91.010
    35 55 Michael Waltrip Dodge 90.929
    36 22 Dave Blaney Dodge 90.825
    37 96 Terry Labonte Chevy 90.684
    38 18 J.J. Yeley # Chevy 90.306
    39 1 Martin Truex Jr. # Chevy 90.251
    40 11 Denny Hamlin # Chevy 90.186
    41-OP 41 Reed Sorenson # Dodge 90.028
    42-OP 25 Brian Vickers Chevy 88.497
    43 02 Brandon Ash Dodge 90.715
    DNQ 34 Johnny Miller Chevy 90.552
    DNQ 49 Chris Cook Dodge 89.642
    DNQ 78 Travis Kvapil Chevy 89.571
    DNQ 95 Stanton Barrett Chevy 89.432
    DNQ 61 Brian Simo Chevy 88.289
    DNQ = Missed the race; WD = withdrew
    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 48 of 48 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 22 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 93.055 76.987 93.072 2 -0.017 16
    2 37 35 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 92.948 77.075 92.496 9 0.452 15
    3 3 40 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 92.889 77.124 92.333 11 0.556 8
    4 42 41 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 92.812 77.188 92.405 10 0.407 17
    5 12 11 60 Boris Said Ford 92.663 77.312 92.782 4 -0.119 n/a-IN
    6 6 5 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 92.495 77.453 91.117 32 1.378 3
    7 8 6 16 Greg Biffle Ford 92.308 77.610 92.654 5 -0.346 10
    8 34 32 6 Mark Martin Ford 92.295 77.621 92.061 18 0.234 5
    9 40 37 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 92.226 77.679 92.036 19 0.190 2
    10 1 1 01 Joe Nemechek Chevy 92.158 77.736 92.117 16 0.041 29
    11 14 13 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 92.086 77.797 93.555 1 -1.469 11
    12 36 34 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 92.076 77.805 92.094 17 -0.018 6
    13 11 10 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 92.027 77.847 91.076 33 0.951 7
    14 2 2 7 Robby Gordon Chevy 92.025 77.848 92.985 3 -0.960 28
    15 46 46 4 P.J. Jones Chevy 92.020 77.853 92.160 14 -0.140 39-IN
    16 19 17 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 91.893 77.960 92.169 13 -0.276 1
    17 15 14 32 Ron Fellows Chevy 91.859 77.989 92.644 6 -0.785 36-IN
    18 41 38 21 Ken Schrader Ford 91.837 78.008 92.517 8 -0.680 32
    19 39 39 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 91.821 78.021 89.886 44 1.935 12
    20 33 31 99 Carl Edwards Ford 91.726 78.102 92.236 12 -0.510 13
    21 18 16 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 91.684 78.138 92.140 15 -0.456 25
    22 48 48 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 91.644 78.172 91.270 30 0.374 19
    23 26 24 66 Jeff Green Chevy 91.585 78.222 90.749 38 0.836 26
    24 21 19 38 Elliott Sadler Ford 91.559 78.245 91.956 21 -0.397 21
    25 20 18 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 91.483 78.310 92.016 20 -0.533 22
    26 27 25 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 91.445 78.342 89.905 43 1.540 4
    27 38 36 40 Scott Pruett Dodge 91.382 78.396 91.573 27 -0.191 38-IN
    28 43 42 07 Clint Bowyer # Chevy 91.381 78.397 91.720 24 -0.339 18
    29 10 9 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy 91.308 78.460 90.782 37 0.526 35
    30 28 26 27 Tom Hubert Ford 91.265 78.497 90.921 35 0.344 52-IN
    31 47 47 72 David Gilliland Dodge 91.132 78.611 89.520 46 1.612 59-IN
    32 45 45 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 91.067 78.667 91.785 22 -0.718 33
    33 35 33 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 91.012 78.715 91.587 26 -0.575 34
    34 5 4 42 Casey Mears Dodge 91.010 78.717 90.955 34 0.055 14
    35 31 29 55 Michael Waltrip Dodge 90.929 78.787 91.729 23 -0.800 37-IN
    36 7 8 22 Dave Blaney Dodge 90.825 78.877 89.462 47 1.363 31
    37 29 27 02 Brandon Ash Dodge 90.715 78.973 90.209 41 0.506 57-IN
    38 25 23 96 Terry Labonte Chevy 90.684 79.000 91.602 25 -0.918 30
    39 32 30 34 Johnny Miller Chevy 90.552 79.115 88.898 48 1.654 43-DNQ
    40 4 3 18 J.J. Yeley # Chevy 90.306 79.330 90.255 40 0.051 27
    41 13 12 1 Martin Truex Jr. # Chevy 90.251 79.379 91.143 31 -0.892 24
    42 16 43 11 Denny Hamlin # Chevy 90.186 79.436 90.880 36 -0.694 9
    43 44 44 41 Reed Sorenson # Dodge 90.028 79.575 90.136 42 -0.108 20
    44 17 15 49 Chris Cook Dodge 89.642 79.918 91.383 29 -1.741 40-DNQ
    45 30 28 78 Travis Kvapil Chevy 89.571 79.981 91.479 28 -1.908 42-DNQ
    46 24 21 95 Stanton Barrett Chevy 89.432 80.106 89.798 45 -0.366 44-DNQ
    47 22 20 25 Brian Vickers Chevy 88.497 80.952 92.599 7 -4.102 23
    48 9 7 61 Brian Simo Chevy 88.289 81.143 90.588 39 -2.299 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, 5 will miss the race.


    Qualifying Order:

    Sched
    Qual
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Final
    Practice
    Speed
    Prac
    Speed
    Rank
    Owners
    Points
    Rank
    1 01 Joe Nemechek Chevy 92.117 16 29
    2 7 Robby Gordon Chevy 92.985 3 28
    3 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 92.333 11 8
    4 18 J.J. Yeley # Chevy 90.255 40 27
    5 42 Casey Mears Dodge 90.955 34 14
    6 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 91.117 32 3
    7 22 Dave Blaney Dodge 89.462 47 31
    8 16 Greg Biffle Ford 92.654 5 10
    9 61 Brian Simo Chevy 90.588 39 41-x
    10 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy 90.782 37 35
    11 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 91.076 33 7
    12 60 Boris Said Ford 92.782 4 n/a-x
    13 1 Martin Truex Jr. # Chevy 91.143 31 24
    14 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 93.555 1 11
    15 32 Ron Fellows Chevy 92.644 6 36-x
    16 11 Denny Hamlin # Chevy 90.880 36 9
    17 49 Chris Cook Dodge 91.383 29 40-x
    18 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 92.140 15 25
    19 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 92.169 13 1
    20 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 92.016 20 22
    21 38 Elliott Sadler Ford 91.956 21 21
    22 25 Brian Vickers Chevy 92.599 7 23
    23 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 93.072 2 16
    24 95 Stanton Barrett Chevy 89.798 45 44-x
    25 96 Terry Labonte Chevy 91.602 25 30
    26 66 Jeff Green Chevy 90.749 38 26
    27 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 89.905 43 4
    28 27 Tom Hubert Chevy 90.921 35 52-x
    29 02 Brandon Ash Dodge 90.209 41 57-x
    30 78 Travis Kvapil Chevy 91.479 28 42-x
    31 55 Michael Waltrip Dodge 91.729 23 37-x
    32 34 Johnny Miller Chevy 88.898 48 43-x
    33 99 Carl Edwards Ford 92.236 12 13
    34 6 Mark Martin Ford 92.061 18 5
    35 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 91.587 26 34
    36 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 92.094 17 6
    37 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 92.496 9 15
    38 40 Scott Pruett Dodge 91.573 27 38-x
    39 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 89.886 44 12
    40 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 92.036 19 2
    41 21 Ken Schrader Ford 92.517 8 32
    42 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 92.405 10 17
    43 07 Clint Bowyer # Chevy 91.720 24 18
    44 41 Reed Sorenson # Dodge 90.136 42 20
    45 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 91.785 22 33
    46 4 P.J. Jones Chevy 92.160 14 39-x
    47 72 David Gilliland Dodge 89.520 46 59-x
    48 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 91.270 30 19


    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: Sonoma Race Info Page

    • Sonoma 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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