JAYSKI's Semi-Live QUALIFYING/GRID page
for the Pocono 500
at Pocono Raceway


    QUALIFYING is scheduled to START
    at approx 3:40pm/et
    on Friday, June 9, 2006
  • Track Qualifying Record: Kasey Kahne, June 2004, 172.533mph
  • June 2005 Pole Sitter: #15-Michael Waltrip, 169.052, finished 5th
  • July 2005 Pole Sitter: #42-Jamie McMurray, 168.761, finished 11th
  • Fastest Last Practice Speed: #25-Vickers, 167.442mph (scheduled to go out 28th of 48 drivers)


    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL


  • Hamlin wins pole at Pocono: #11-Denny Hamlin won the Budweiser Pole for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway with a speed of 169.638mpg for his 1st pole of 2006 and 2nd of his career [last November at Phoenix]. Starting on the outside pole is #2-Kurt Busch, followed by #9-Kasey Kahne, #25-Brians Vickers and #31-Jeff Burton. #44-Terry Labonte qualified 39th. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #40-Stremme, #78-Spencer, #55-Waltrip, #61-Chaffin, #32-Kvapil, #44-Labonte, #49-Lepage and #51-Garvey. Missing the race were: #4-Wimmer, #34-Sacks, #95-Barrett, #74-Cope and #72-Sherman. See the qualifying results below.(6-9-2006)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway is scheduled for Friday, June 9, 2006 at 3:40pm/et.
    TV: Speed Channel - 3:30pm/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)
    #95-Barrett, 1st out to qualify, 162.957mph, DNQ
    #48-Johnson, 2nd out, 167.957, starts 10th
    #5-Busch, 7th out, 168.026, starts 9th
    #31-Burton, 23rd out, 168.505, starts 5th
    #2-Busch, 25th out, 169.485, starts 2nd
    #11-Hamlin, 36th out, 169.638, starts 1st
    (6-9-2006)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying?
    Eight in and five out [48 entered for 43 spots]:
    #4-Scott Wimmer, 163.663, DNQ
    #32-Travis Kvapil, 164.264, IN
    #34-Greg Sacks, 162.575, DNQ
    #40-David Stremme, 165.029, IN
    #44-Terry Labonte [CH], 164.258, IN
    #49-Kevin Lepage, 164.213, IN
    #51-Mike Garvey, 163.782, IN
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 164.408, IN
    #61-Chad Chaffin, 164.300, IN
    #72-Brent Sherman, 162.285, DNQ
    #74-Derrike Cope, 165.993, DNQ
    #78-Jimmy Spencer, 165.010, IN
    #95-Stanton Barrett, 162.957, DNQ
    CH = has a past champ provisional to use if needed
    (6-9-2006)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #07-Clint Bowyer, 164.138, starts 42nd
    #1-Martin Truex Jr., 167.345, starts 15th
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 169.638, starts 1st - pole
    #18-J.J. Yeley, 166.506, starts 24th
    #40-David Stremme, 165.029, starts 32nd
    #41-Reed Sorenson, 163.782, starts 35th
    #72-Brent Sherman, 162.285, DNQ
    DNR = Did not race
    DNQ = Did not qualify for race.(6-9-2006)

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    #74-Cope wacked the turn 2 wall on his lap, but was able to finish his lap.(6-9-2006)

  • Practice Results:
    Practice Speeds Page


    STARTING LINEUP

    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL
    Start
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual
    Speed
    1 11 Denny Hamlin # Chevy 169.638
    2 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 169.485
    3 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 169.011
    4 25 Brian Vickers Chevy 168.792
    5 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 168.505
    6 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 168.281
    7 16 Greg Biffle Ford 168.256
    8 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 168.168
    9 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 168.026
    10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 167.957
    11 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 167.838
    12 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 167.838
    13 38 Elliott Sadler Ford 167.826
    14 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 167.713
    15 1 Martin Truex Jr. # Chevy 167.345
    16 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy 167.311
    17 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 167.159
    18 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 166.988
    19 66 Jeff Green Chevy 166.982
    20 6 Mark Martin Ford 166.933
    21 01 Joe Nemechek Chevy 166.827
    22 42 Casey Mears Dodge 166.790
    23 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 166.630
    24 18 J.J. Yeley # Chevy 166.506
    25 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 166.436
    26 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 166.260
    27 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 166.180
    28 7 Robby Gordon Chevy 165.831
    29 21 Ken Schrader Ford 165.752
    30 22 Dave Blaney Dodge 165.706
    31 96 Tony Raines Chevy 165.359
    32 40 David Stremme # Dodge 165.029
    33 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 165.023
    34 78 Jimmy Spencer Chevy 165.010
    35 41 Reed Sorenson # Dodge 164.965
    36 55 Michael Waltrip Dodge 164.408
    37 61 Chad Chaffin Ford 164.300
    38 32 Travis Kvapil Chevy 164.264
    39 44 Terry Labonte Chevy 164.258
    40 99 Carl Edwards Ford 164.234
    41 49 Kevin Lepage Dodge 164.213
    42 07 Clint Bowyer # Chevy 164.138
    43 51 Mike Garvey Chevy 163.782
    DNQ 4 Scott Wimmer Chevy 163.663
    DNQ 74 Derrike Cope Dodge 162.993
    DNQ 95 Stanton Barrett Chevy 162.743
    DNQ 34 Greg Sacks Chevy 162.575
    DNQ 72 Brent Sherman # Dodge 162.285
    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 36 36 11 Denny Hamlin # Chevy 169.638 53.054 163.479 22 6.159 11
    2 26 25 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 169.485 53.102 166.846 2 2.639 18
    3 31 30 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 169.011 53.251 165.265 9 3.746 6
    4 28 27 25 Brian Vickers Chevy 168.792 53.320 167.442 1 1.350 26
    5 24 23 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 168.505 53.411 164.012 13 4.493 7
    6 35 35 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 168.281 53.482 163.651 20 4.630 9
    7 44 44 16 Greg Biffle Ford 168.256 53.490 163.881 14 4.375 12
    8 42 42 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 168.168 53.518 163.035 30 5.133 15
    9 7 7 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 168.026 53.563 164.645 11 3.381 10
    10 2 2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 167.957 53.585 166.042 4 1.915 1
    11 43 43 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 167.838 53.623 163.043 29 4.795 4
    12 39 39 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 167.838 53.623 164.784 10 3.054 8
    13 20 19 38 Elliott Sadler Ford 167.826 53.627 163.532 21 4.294 20
    14 25 24 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 167.713 53.663 165.453 7 2.260 19
    15 32 31 1 Martin Truex Jr. # Chevy 167.345 58.781 162.458 34 4.887 24
    16 29 28 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy 167.311 53.792 165.490 6 1.821 34
    17 6 6 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 167.159 53.841 166.285 3 0.874 22
    18 4 4 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 166.988 53.896 163.197 25 3.791 5
    19 33 32 66 Jeff Green Chevy 166.982 53.898 163.182 26 3.800 23
    20 16 15 6 Mark Martin Ford 166.933 53.914 164.063 12 2.870 3
    21 14 33 01 Joe Nemechek Chevy 166.827 53.948 165.374 8 1.453 29
    22 48 48 42 Casey Mears Dodge 166.790 53.960 165.615 5 1.175 13
    23 37 37 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 166.630 54.012 162.007 38 4.623 25
    24 13 13 18 J.J. Yeley # Chevy 166.506 54.052 162.763 32 3.743 27
    25 5 5 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 166.436 54.075 163.767 18 2.669 2
    26 10 10 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 166.260 54.132 163.174 27 3.086 35
    27 27 26 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 166.180 54.158 162.107 36 4.073 17
    28 34 34 7 Robby Gordon Chevy 165.831 54.272 161.516 42 4.315 28
    29 23 22 21 Ken Schrader Ford 165.752 54.298 162.922 31 2.830 31
    30 47 47 22 Dave Blaney Dodge 165.706 54.313 161.993 39 3.713 33
    31 15 14 96 Tony Raines Chevy 165.359 54.427 163.773 17 1.586 30
    32 40 40 40 David Stremme # Dodge 165.029 54.536 163.881 15 1.148 39-IN
    33 21 20 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 165.023 54.538 161.833 40 3.190 32
    34 38 38 78 Jimmy Spencer Chevy 165.010 54.542 160.953 45 4.057 42-IN
    35 9 9 41 Reed Sorenson # Dodge 164.965 54.557 161.322 43 3.643 21
    36 12 12 55 Michael Waltrip Dodge 164.408 54.742 163.836 16 0.572 37-IN
    37 45 45 61 Chad Chaffin Ford 164.300 54.778 160.961 44 3.339 40-IN
    38 17 16 32 Travis Kvapil Chevy 164.264 54.790 162.519 33 1.745 38-IN
    39 11 11 44 Terry Labonte Chevy 164.258 54.792 163.242 23 1.016 48-CH-IN
    40 8 8 99 Carl Edwards Ford 164.234 54.800 163.103 28 1.131 14
    41 30 29 49 Kevin Lepage Dodge 164.213 54.807 163.236 24 0.977 41-IN
    42 46 46 07 Clint Bowyer # Chevy 164.138 54.832 163.696 19 0.442 16
    43 3 3 51 Mike Garvey Chevy 163.782 55.197 162.346 35 1.436 49-IN
    44 18 17 4 Scott Wimmer Chevy 163.663 54.991 162.034 37 1.629 36-DNQ
    45 22 21 74 Derrike Cope Dodge 162.993 55.217 161.780 41 1.213 47-DNQ
    46 1 1 95 Stanton Barrett Chevy 162.743 55.302 160.063 47 2.680 43-DNQ
    47 41 41 34 Greg Sacks Chevy 162.575 55.359 158.328 48 4.247 44-DNQ
    48 19 18 72 Brent Sherman # Dodge 162.285 55.458 160.439 46 1.846 62-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 95 Stanton Barrett Chevy 160.063 47 43-x
    2 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 166.042 4 1
    3 51 Mike Garvey Chevy 162.346 35 49-x
    4 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 163.197 25 5
    5 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 163.767 18 2
    6 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 166.285 3 22
    7 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 164.645 11 10
    8 99 Carl Edwards Ford 163.103 28 14
    9 41 Reed Sorenson # Dodge 161.322 43 21
    10 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 163.174 27 35
    11 44 Terry Labonte Chevy 163.242 23 48-CH
    12 55 Michael Waltrip Dodge 163.836 16 37-x
    13 18 J.J. Yeley # Chevy 162.763 32 27
    14 01 Joe Nemechek Chevy 165.374 8 29
    15 96 Tony Raines Chevy 163.773 17 30
    16 6 Mark Martin Ford 164.063 12 3
    17 32 Travis Kvapil Chevy 162.519 33 38-x
    18 4 Scott Wimmer Chevy 162.034 37 36-x
    19 72 Brent Sherman # Dodge 160.439 46 62-x
    20 38 Elliott Sadler Ford 163.532 21 20
    21 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 161.833 40 32
    22 74 Derrike Cope Dodge 161.780 41 47-x
    23 21 Ken Schrader Ford 162.922 31 31
    24 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 164.012 13 7
    25 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 165.453 7 19
    26 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 166.846 2 18
    27 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 162.107 36 17
    28 25 Brian Vickers Chevy 167.442 1 26
    29 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy 165.490 6 34
    30 49 Kevin Lepage Dodge 163.236 24 41-x
    31 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 165.265 9 6
    32 1 Martin Truex Jr. # Chevy 162.458 34 24
    33 66 Jeff Green Chevy 163.182 26 23
    34 7 Robby Gordon Chevy 161.516 42 28
    35 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 163.651 20 9
    36 11 Denny Hamlin # Chevy 163.479 22 11
    37 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 162.007 38 25
    38 78 Jimmy Spencer Chevy 160.953 45 42-x
    39 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 164.784 10 8
    40 40 David Stremme # Dodge 163.881 15 39-x
    41 34 Greg Sacks Chevy 158.328 48 44-x
    42 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 163.035 30 15
    43 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 163.043 29 4
    44 16 Greg Biffle Ford 163.881 14 12
    45 61 Chad Chaffin Ford 160.961 44 40-x
    46 07 Clint Bowyer # Chevy 163.696 19 16
    47 22 Dave Blaney Dodge 161.993 39 33
    48 42 Casey Mears Dodge 165.615 5 13


    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: Pocono Race Info Page

    • Pocono 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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