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JAYSKI's Semi-Live QUALIFYING/GRID page
for the Aaron's 499
at Talladega Superspeedway


    QUALIFYING is scheduled to START
    at approx 11:40am/et
    on Saturday, April 29th
  • Last Year's Pole Sitter: Kevin Harvick, 189.804mph, finished 12th

  • Oct 2005 Pole Sitter: Elliott Sadler, 189.260mph, finished 34th

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record (no restrictor plate): Bill Elliott, April 1987, 212.809mph

  • Track/Event Qualifying Record (Restrictor Plate): Bill Elliott, May 1990, 199.388 (15/16th inch plate)

  • Race info at: Talladega Race Info Page

  • Talladega Entry List


    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL


  • Sadler wins pole at Talladega: #38-Elliott Sadler won the Budweiser pole for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway with a lap of 188.511mph, for his 2nd straight pole at Talladega, 1st of 2006 and 7th of his career. #20-Stewart will start 2nd, followed by #99-Carl Edwards, #88-Dale Jarrett and #2-Kurt Busch. #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. starts 27th in the black Chevy, points leader, #17-Matt Kenseth starts 12th. #40-David Stremme was the fastest of the non top-35 drivers and will start 17th, #55-Michael Waltrip, also no longer in the top-35 in owners points, had to race in and did so, starting 21st. #27-Kirk Shelmerdine made the race and #4-Scott Wimmer gets the final starting spot. Missing the race were: #78-Wallace, #95-Barrett, #49-Sherman, #92-Blount, #09-MWallace and #89-Shepherd. See the qualifying results below.(4-29-2006)

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

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Aaron's 499
    at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2006 at 11:40am/et.
    TV: FX - 12:00pm/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)
    #34-Chaffin, 1st out to qualify, 185.230mph, starts 34th
    #12-Newman, 3rd out, 186.427, starts 18th
    #18-Yeley, 4th out, 186.827, starts 11th
    #6-Martin, 5th out, 186.856, starts 10th
    #38-Sadler, 8th out, 188.511, starts 1st
    (4-29-2006)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying?
    Eight in and six out [49 entered for 43 spots]:

    in the race:
    #40-David Stremme, 186.463, starts 17th
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 185.971, 21st
    #27-Kirk Shelmerdine, 185.787, 22nd
    #61-Kevin Lepage, 185.761, 23rd
    #00-Hermie Sadler, 185.758, 24th
    #32-Travis Kvapil, 185.632, 26th
    #34-Chad Chaffin, 185.230, 34th
    #4-Scott Wimmer, 185.154. 43rd

    will miss the race:
    #89-Morgan Shepherd, 184.847
    #95-Stanton Barrett, 184.811
    #09-Mike Wallace, 184.590
    #92-Chad Blount, 183.360
    #49-Brent Sherman, 183.014
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 182.598
    (4-29-2006)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #07-Clint Bowyer, 186.621, starts 15th
    #1-Martin Truex Jr., 186.018, starts 20th
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 185.445, starts 30th
    #18-J.J. Yeley, 186.827, starts 11th
    #40-David Stremme, 186.463, starts 17th
    #41-Reed Sorenson, 183.892, starts 41dt
    #49-Brent Sherman, 183.014, DNQ
    DNR = Did not race
    DNQ = Did not qualify for race.(4-29-2006)

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    none...yet.(4-29-2006)

  • Practice Results:
    Practice Speeds Page

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #20-Tony Stewart, 187.658, starts 2nd
    Dodge: #2-Kurt Busch, 187.137, starts 5th
    Ford: #38-Elliott Sadler, 188.511, starts 1st
    Toyota - oops, not until 2007.......(4-29-2006)


    STARTING LINEUP

    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL
    Start
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual
    Speed
    1 38 Elliott Sadler Ford 188.511
    2 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 187.658
    3 99 Carl Edwards Ford 187.320
    4 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 187.232
    5 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 187.137
    6 01 Joe Nemechek Chevy 187.130
    7 16 Greg Biffle Ford 186.991
    8 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 186.933
    9 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy 186.925
    10 6 Mark Martin Ford 186.856
    11 18 J.J. Yeley # Chevy 186.827
    12 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 186.685
    13 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 186.652
    14 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 186.587
    15 07 Clint Bowyer # Chevy 186.521
    16 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 186.478
    17 40 David Stremme # Dodge 186.463
    18 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 186.427
    19 7 Robby Gordon Chevy 186.217
    20 1 Martin Truex Jr. # Chevy 186.018
    21 55 Michael Waltrip Dodge 185.971
    22 27 Kirk Shelmerdine Chevy 185.787
    23 61 Kevin Lepage Ford 185.761
    24 00 Hermie Sadler Ford 185.758
    25 42 Casey Mears Dodge 185.689
    26 32 Travis Kvapil Chevy 185.632
    27 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 185.578
    28 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 185.571
    29 96 Tony Raines Chevy 185.527
    30 11 Denny Hamlin # Chevy 185.445
    31 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 185.426
    32 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 185.423
    33 25 Brian Vickers Chevy 185.348
    34 34 Chad Chaffin Chevy 185.230
    35 21 Ken Schrader Ford 185.140
    36 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 185.126
    37 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 185.104
    38 22 Dave Blaney Dodge 184.815
    39-OP 66 Jeff Green Chevy 184.250
    40-OP 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 184.012
    41-OP 41 Reed Sorenson # Dodge 183.892
    42-OP 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 183.864
    43 4 Scott Wimmer Chevy 185.154
    DNQ 89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge 184.847
    DNQ 95 Stanton Barrett Chevy 184.811
    DNQ 09 Mike Wallace Ford 184.590
    DNQ 92 Chad Blount Dodge 183.360
    DNQ 49 Brent Sherman # Dodge 183.014
    DNQ 78 Kenny Wallace Chevy 182.598
    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 49 of 49 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
    2005
    Owners
    Point
    Rank
    1 8 8 38 Elliott Sadler Ford 188.511 50.798 188.008 36 0.503 14
    2 25 24 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 187.658 51.029 191.413 26 -3.755 5
    3 23 23 99 Carl Edwards Ford 187.320 51.121 193.185 3 -5.865 16
    4 17 17 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 187.232 51.145 192.200 13 -4.968 11
    5 40 40 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 187.137 51.171 191.424 25 -4.287 17
    6 34 33 01 Joe Nemechek Chevy 187.130 51.173 187.695 37 -0.565 30
    7 45 45 16 Greg Biffle Ford 186.991 51.211 192.707 6 -5.716 21
    8 29 29 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 186.933 51.227 192.529 10 -5.596 20
    9 38 38 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy 186.925 51.229 190.620 33 -3.695 31
    10 5 5 6 Mark Martin Ford 186.856 51.248 192.181 14 -5.325 4
    11 4 4 18 J.J. Yeley # Chevy 186.827 51.526 191.069 31 -4.242 26
    12 13 13 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 186.685 51.295 191.222 28 -4.537 1
    13 24 25 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 186.652 51.304 191.954 17 -5.302 9
    14 9 9 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 186.587 51.322 193.072 5 -6.485 6
    15 44 44 07 Clint Bowyer # Chevy 186.521 51.340 191.700 21 -5.179 12
    16 43 43 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 186.478 51.352 191.885 19 -5.407 2
    17 30 30 40 David Stremme # Dodge 186.463 51.356 185.718 43 0.745 37-IN
    18 3 3 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 186.427 51.366 192.146 15 -5.719 22
    19 20 20 7 Robby Gordon Chevy 186.217 51.424 194.141 1 -7.924 32
    20 14 14 1 Martin Truex Jr. # Chevy 186.018 51.479 191.742 20 -5.724 15
    21 32 31 55 Michael Waltrip Dodge 185.971 51.492 186.025 41 -0.054 36-IN
    22 10 10 27 Kirk Shelmerdine Chevy 185.787 51.543 189.402 35 -3.615 50-IN
    23 15 15 61 Kevin Lepage Ford 185.761 51.550 186.576 39 -0.815 40-IN
    24 18 18 00 Hermie Sadler Ford 185.758 51.551 184.943 45 0.815 45-IN
    25 22 22 42 Casey Mears Dodge 185.689 51.570 190.370 34 -4.681 10
    26 12 12 32 Travis Kvapil Chevy 185.632 51.586 192.274 12 -6.642 39-IN
    27 33 34 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 185.578 51.601 191.432 24 -5.854 7
    28 21 21 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 185.571 51.603 192.104 16 -6.533 34
    29 39 39 96 Tony Raines Chevy 185.527 51.615 191.134 29 -5.607 27
    30 6 6 11 Denny Hamlin # Chevy 185.445 51.638 193.174 4 -7.729 18
    31 31 32 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 185.426 51.643 192.618 9 -7.192 25
    32 7 7 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 185.423 51.644 194.050 2 -8.627 28
    33 36 36 25 Brian Vickers Chevy 185.348 51.665 191.100 30 -5.752 19
    34 1 1 34 Chad Chaffin Chevy 185.230 51.698 185.841 42 -0.611 44-IN
    35 28 28 4 Scott Wimmer Chevy 185.154 51.719 186.362 40 -1.212 38-IN
    36 2 2 21 Ken Schrader Ford 185.140 51.723 192.297 11 -7.157 29
    37 16 16 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 185.126 51.727 191.321 27 -6.195 35
    38 35 35 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 185.104 51.733 191.516 22 -6.412 3
    39 19 19 89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge 184.847 51.805 184.274 47 0.573 51-DNQ
    40 41 41 22 Dave Blaney Dodge 184.815 51.814 191.463 23 -6.648 33
    41 11 11 95 Stanton Barrett Chevy 184.811 51.815 185.154 44 -0.343 42-DNQ
    42 37 37 09 Mike Wallace Ford 184.590 51.877 190.886 32 -6.296 52-DNQ
    43 49 49 66 Jeff Green Chevy 184.250 51.973 192.680 8 -8.430 23
    44 48 48 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 184.012 52.040 191.927 18 -7.915 13
    45 46 46 41 Reed Sorenson # Dodge 183.892 52.074 192.688 7 -8.796 24
    46 47 47 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 183.864 52.082 0.000 49 x 8
    47 27 27 92 Chad Blount Dodge 183.360 52.225 184.740 46 -1.380 48-DNQ
    48 26 26 49 Brent Sherman # Dodge 183.014 52.324 183.526 48 -0.512 41-DNQ
    49 42 42 78 Kenny Wallace Chevy 182.598 52.443 187.112 38 -4.514 43-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, 6 will miss the race.


    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 34 Chad Chaffin Chevy 185.841 42 44-X
    2 21 Ken Schrader Ford 192.297 11 29
    3 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 192.146 15 22
    4 18 J.J. Yeley # Chevy 191.069 31 26
    5 6 Mark Martin Ford 192.181 14 4
    6 11 Denny Hamlin # Chevy 193.174 4 18
    7 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 194.050 2 28
    8 38 Elliott Sadler Ford 188.008 36 14
    9 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 193.072 5 6
    10 27 Kirk Shelmerdine Chevy 189.402 35 50-X
    11 95 Stanton Barrett Chevy 185.154 44 42-X
    12 32 Travis Kvapil Chevy 192.274 12 39-X
    13 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 191.222 28 1
    14 1 Martin Truex Jr. # Chevy 191.742 20 15
    15 61 Kevin Lepage Ford 186.576 39 40-X
    16 19 Jeremy Mayfield Dodge 191.321 27 35
    17 88 Dale Jarrett Ford 192.200 13 11
    18 00 Hermie Sadler Ford 184.943 45 45-X
    19 89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge 184.274 47 51-X
    20 7 Robby Gordon Chevy 194.141 1 32
    21 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 192.104 16 34
    22 42 Casey Mears Dodge 190.370 34 10
    23 99 Carl Edwards Ford 193.185 3 16
    24 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 191.954 17 9
    25 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 191.413 26 5
    26 49 Brent Sherman # Dodge 183.526 48 41-X
    27 92 Chad Blount Dodge 184.740 46 48-X
    28 4 Scott Wimmer Chevy 186.362 40 38-X
    29 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 192.529 10 20
    30 40 David Stremme # Dodge 185.718 43 37-X
    31 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 192.618 9 25
    32 55 Michael Waltrip Dodge 186.025 41 36-X
    33 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 191.432 24 7
    34 01 Joe Nemechek Chevy 187.695 37 30
    35 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 191.516 22 3
    36 25 Brian Vickers Chevy 191.100 30 19
    37 09 Mike Wallace Ford 190.886 32 52-X
    38 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy 190.620 33 31
    39 96 Tony Raines Chevy 191.134 29 27
    40 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 191.424 25 17
    41 22 Dave Blaney Dodge 191.463 23 33
    42 78 Kenny Wallace Chevy 187.112 38 43-X
    43 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 191.885 19 2
    44 07 Clint Bowyer # Chevy 191.700 21 12
    45 16 Greg Biffle Ford 192.707 6 21
    46 41 Reed Sorenson # Dodge 192.688 7 24
    47 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 0.000 49 8
    48 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 191.927 18 13
    49 66 Jeff Green Chevy 192.680 8 23


    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

    • 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)

    • see my Final 2005 Owners Points with the 2006 teams listed page - for 1st five races

    • 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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