JAYSKI's Semi-Live QUALIFYING/GRID page
for the Kobalt Tools 500
at Atlanta Motor Speedway


    QUALIFYING is scheduled to START
    at approx 7:10pm/et
    on Friday, March 16, 2007

  • March 2006 Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 192.533, finished 1st

  • October 2006 Pole Sitter: none---rained out

  • Track Qualifying Record: Geoffrey Bodine, 11/16/97, 197.479mph

  • Fastest Last Practice Speed: #2-Busch 190.091mph is scheduled to qualify 35th of 51 drivers


    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL


  • Newman wins pole at Atlanta: #12-Ryan Newman won the Budweiser Pole for the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a speed of 193.124mph for his 1st pole of 2007, 1st in 22 races, 7th pole at Atlanta and 38th of his career. The rest of the top-10 are #19-Sadler, #48-Johnson, #01-Martin, #24-Gordon, #43-Labonte, #40-Stremme, #5-Busch, #49-Bliss [best of the non Top-35 teams] and #10-Riggs. #00-Reutimann was the highest qualifying Toyota at 24th [4 of 7 Toyota's made the race] and the best Ford qualifier was #99-Edwards who will start 14th. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #49-Bliss, #13-Nemechek, #15-Menard, #00-Reutimann, #70-Sauter, #14-Marlin, #83-Vickers and #44-Jarrett [using a past champions provisional]. See the qualifying results below.(3-9-2007)

  • Eight do not qualify for Las Vegas #33-Wimmer, #4-Burton, #37-Andretti, #55-Waltrip, #78-KWallace, #34-Lepage, #36-Mayfield and #84-Allmendiner.(3-16-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 16, 2007 at 7:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 7:00pm/et
    Radio: PRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Internet: NASCAR.com [Pit Command/Trackside - paid]
    Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #14-Marlin, 1st out to qualify, 189.105mph, starts 28th
    #70-Sauter, 3rd out, 189.467, starts 26th
    #99-Edwards, 5th out, 190.398, starts 14th
    #01-Martin, 12th out, 191.774, starts 4th
    #12-Newman, 35th, 193.124, starts 1st
    (3-16-2007)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying?
    Top four are in 8 in and 8 out [51 entered for 43 spots]:
    will run in the race
    #49-Mike Bliss, 191.100
    #13-Joe Nemechek, 189.954
    #15-Paul Menard, 189.818
    #00-David Reutimann, 189.701
    #70-Johnny Sauter, 189.467
    #14-Sterling Marlin, 189.105
    #83-Brian Vickers, 188.828
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 186.660 [will use the past champ prov..again]
    will miss the race:
    #33-Scott Wimmer, 188.751
    #4-Ward Burton, 188.623
    #37-John Andretti, 188.015
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 187.551
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 187.517
    #34-Kevin Lepage, 186.881
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 185.207
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 0.000
    (3-16-2007)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #00-David Reutimann, 189.701, starts 24th
    #6-David Ragan, 185.754 starts 38th
    #15-Paul Menard, 189.818, starts 23rd
    #42-Juan Montoya, 190.293, starts 16th
    #?-Brandon Whitt, DNR
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 0.000, starts DNQ
    DNR = Did not race
    DNQ = Did not qualify for race.(3-16-2007)

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    #55-Waltrip has been excused from his place in the qualifying order as the tea, is repairing damage from a scape of the wall in practice and went out 40th and didn't get any speed up and will miss the race.
    #84-Allmendinger also was excused, no idea why, but he went out 37th, as soon as he took the green flag for his first lap, a big puff of black smoke came out the rear of the car and the engine sounded horrible.
    (3-16-2007)

  • Practice Results:
    Practice Speeds Page

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #48-Johnson, 191.787, starts 3rd
    Dodge: #12-Newman, 193.124, starts 1st
    Ford: #99-Edwards, 190.398, starts 14th
    Toyota: #00-Reutimann, 189.701,starts 24th
    (3-16-2007)


    STARTING LINEUP

    Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, March 16, 2007 @ 08:52 PM Eastern

    Start
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual
    Speed
    1 12 Ryan Newman alltel Dodge 193.124
    2 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge 191.894
    3 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevy 191.787
    4 01 Mark Martin U.S. Army Chevy 191.774
    5 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevy 191.714
    6 43 Bobby Labonte Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge 191.648
    7 40 David Stremme Coors Light Dodge 191.509
    8 5 Kyle Busch Kellogg's/Carquest Chevy 191.503
    9 49 Mike Bliss ZoneLoans.com Dodge 191.100
    10 10 Scott Riggs Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge 190.916
    11 41 Reed Sorenson Target Dodge 190.837
    12 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge 190.686
    13 20 Tony Stewart The Home Depot Chevy 190.594
    14 99 Carl Edwards Office Depot Ford 190.398
    15 07 Clint Bowyer DirecTV Hot Pass Chevy 190.372
    16 42 Juan Pablo Montoya # Texaco/Havoline Dodge 190.293
    17 2 Kurt Busch Miller Lite Dodge 190.189
    18 1 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevy 190.176
    19 13 Joe Nemechek Ginn Resorts Chevy 189.954
    20 18 J.J. Yeley Interstate Batteries Chevy 189.850
    21 17 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Ford 189.837
    22 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser Chevy 189.837
    23 15 Paul Menard # Menards/Quaker State Chevy 189.818
    24 00 David Reutimann # Domino's Toyota 189.701
    25 16 Greg Biffle Jackson Hewitt Ford 189.564
    26 70 Johnny Sauter Best Buy Chevy 189.467
    27 38 David Gilliland M & M's Ford 189.383
    28 14 Sterling Marlin Panasonic Plasma HDTV Chevy 189.105
    29 21 Ken Schrader Little Debbie Snack Cakes Ford 189.067
    30 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Chevy 188.841
    31 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota 188.828
    32 31 Jeff Burton Cingular Wireless Chevy 188.494
    33 96 Tony Raines DLP HDTV Chevy 188.411
    34 25 Casey Mears National Guard/GMAC Chevy 188.360
    35 22 Dave Blaney Caterpillar Toyota 188.302
    36 29 Kevin Harvick Shell/Pennzoil Chevy 187.958
    37 26 Jamie McMurray IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford 187.133
    38-OP 6 David Ragan # AAA Ford 185.754
    39-OP 7 Robby Gordon Ford 185.493
    40-OP 45 Kyle Petty National Tire & Battery Dodge 184.499
    41-OP 66 Jeff Green Yellow Transportation Chevy 184.364
    42-OP 88 Ricky Rudd Snickers Ford 183.515
    43-PC 44 Dale Jarrett UPS Toyota 186.660
    DNQ 33 Scott Wimmer Camping World Chevy 188.751
    DNQ 4 Ward Burton State Water Heaters Chevy 188.623
    DNQ 37 John Andretti Huddle House Dodge 188.015
    DNQ 55 Michael Waltrip NAPA Toyota 187.551
    DNQ 78 Kenny Wallace Furniture Row Chevy 187.517
    DNQ 34 Kevin Lepage Dodge 186.881
    DNQ 36 Jeremy Mayfield 360 OTC Toyota 185.437
    DNQ 84 A.J. Allmendinger Red Bull Toyota 0.000


    OP = made race via owners points
    PC = made the race via Past Champions Provisional
    DNQ = Did not qualify
    WD = Withdrew from race before qualifying


    Qualifying is OVER

    QUALIFYING RESULTS by SPEED

    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL

    Qualifying after 49 of 51 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 35 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 193.124 28.707 188.783 5 4.341 18
    2 46 46 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 191.894 28.891 187.411 20 4.483 34
    3 43 43 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 191.787 28.907 188.507 7 3.280 1
    4 12 12 01 Mark Martin Chevy 191.774 28.909 187.875 14 3.899 28
    5 44 44 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 191.715 28.918 188.398 9 3.317 6
    6 39 38 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 191.648 28.928 186.698 27 4.950 21
    7 47 48 40 David Stremme Dodge 191.509 28.949 188.758 6 2.751 32
    8 16 16 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 191.503 28.950 188.938 3 2.565 10
    9 45 45 49 * Mike Bliss Dodge 191.100 29.011 186.912 25 4.188 47-IN
    10 15 15 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 190.916 29.039 187.939 12 2.977 20
    11 42 42 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge 190.837 29.051 186.284 33 4.553 23
    12 25 23 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 190.686 29.074 187.513 17 3.173 8
    13 17 17 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 190.594 29.088 187.881 13 2.713 11
    14 5 5 99 Carl Edwards Ford 190.398 29.118 188.501 8 1.897 12
    15 26 24 07 Clint Bowyer Chevy 190.372 29.122 188.379 10 1.993 17
    16 29 27 42 Juan Pablo Montoya # Dodge 190.293 29.134 188.918 4 1.375 14
    17 35 33 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 190.189 29.150 190.091 1 0.098 16
    18 20 20 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 190.176 29.152 188.111 11 2.065 19
    19 10 10 13 * Joe Nemechek Chevy 189.954 29.186 186.472 30 3.482 20-IN
    20 32 30 18 J.J. Yeley Chevy 189.850 29.202 187.354 21 2.496 30
    21 19 19 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 189.837 29.204 186.975 24 2.862 2
    22 8 8 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 189.837 29.204 187.411 18 2.426 5
    23 41 41 15 * Paul Menard # Chevy 189.818 29.207 186.434 31 3.384 37-IN
    24 33 31 00 * David Reutimann # Toyota 189.701 29.225 187.869 15 1.832 44-IN
    25 6 6 16 Greg Biffle Ford 189.564 29.246 189.150 2 0.414 13
    26 3 3 70 * Johnny Sauter Chevy 189.467 29.261 187.614 16 1.853 24-IN
    27 24 22 38 David Gilliland Ford 189.393 29.272 185.947 36 3.446 25
    28 1 1 14 * Sterling Marlin Chevy 189.105 29.317 187.171 22 1.934 30-IN
    29 40 39 21 Ken Schrader Ford 189.067 29.323 185.965 35 3.102 33
    30 50 50 11 Denny Hamlin Chevy 188.841 29.358 186.830 26 2.011 3
    31 38 36 83 * Brian Vickers Toyota 188.828 29.360 186.416 32 2.412 41-IN
    32 2 2 33 * Scott Wimmer Chevy 188.751 29.372 187.120 23 1.631 none-DNQ
    33 9 9 4 * Ward Burton Chevy 188.623 29.392 185.853 37 2.770 38-DNQ
    34 4 4 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 188.494 29.412 186.491 29 2.003 7
    35 30 28 96 Tony Raines Chevy 188.411 29.425 186.090 34 2.321 26
    36 13 13 25 Casey Mears Chevy 188.36 29.433 185.722 39 2.638 15
    37 27 25 22 Dave Blaney Toyota 188.302 29.442 185.480 42 2.822 27
    38 11 11 37 * John Andretti Dodge 188.015 29.487 185.263 44 2.752 46-DNQ
    39 34 32 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 187.958 29.496 187.411 19 0.547 4
    40 22 40 55 * Michael Waltrip Toyota 187.551 29.560 185.474 43 2.077 56-DNQ
    41 31 29 78 * Kenny Wallace Chevy 187.517 29.565 184.634 48 2.883 43-DNQ
    42 49 49 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 187.133 29.626 185.548 41 1.585 24
    43 18 18 34 * Kevin Lepage Dodge 186.881 29.666 185.127 46 1.754 52-DNQ
    44 7 7 44 * Dale Jarrett Toyota 186.660 29.701 185.220 45 1.440 32-IN-PC
    45 51 51 6 David Ragan # Ford 185.754 29.846 183.753 50 2.001 9
    46 48 47 7 Robby Gordon Ford 185.493 29.888 186.598 28 -1.105 31
    47 21 21 36 * Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 185.437 29.897 183.929 49 1.508 48-DNQ
    48 14 14 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 184.499 30.049 183.279 51 1.220 35
    49 36 34 66 Jeff Green Chevy 184.364 30.071 185.741 38 -1.377 29
    50 28 26 88 Ricky Rudd Ford 183.515 30.21 185.573 40 -2.058 22
    51 23 37 84 * AJ Allmendinger # Toyota 0.000 ignition 184.911 47 x 50-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, for the first five races, the owners pts position is 2007 points position


    Qualifying Order:

    Sched
    Qual
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Final
    Practice
    Speed
    Prac
    Speed
    Rank
    Owners
    Points
    Rank
    1 14 * Sterling Marlin Chevy 187.171 22 30-x
    2 33 * Scott Wimmer Chevy 187.120 23 none-x
    3 70 * Johnny Sauter Chevy 187.614 16 24-x
    4 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 186.491 29 7
    5 99 Carl Edwards Ford 188.501 8 12
    6 16 Greg Biffle Ford 189.150 2 13
    7 44 * Dale Jarrett Toyota 185.220 45 32-x-PC
    8 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 187.411 18 5
    9 4 * Ward Burton Chevy 185.853 37 38-x
    10 13 * Joe Nemechek Chevy 186.472 30 20-x
    11 37 * John Andretti Dodge 185.263 44 46-x
    12 01 Mark Martin Chevy 187.875 14 28
    13 25 Casey Mears Chevy 185.722 39 15
    14 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 183.279 51 35
    15 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 187.939 12 20
    16 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 188.938 3 10
    17 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 187.881 13 11
    18 34 * Kevin Lepage Dodge 185.127 46 52-x
    19 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 186.975 24 2
    20 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 188.111 11 19
    21 36 * Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 183.929 49 48-x
    22 55 * Michael Waltrip Toyota 185.474 43 56-x
    23 84 * AJ Allmendinger # Toyota 184.911 47 50-x
    24 38 David Gilliland Ford 185.947 36 25
    25 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 187.513 17 8
    26 07 Clint Bowyer Chevy 188.379 10 17
    27 22 Dave Blaney Toyota 185.480 42 27
    28 88 Ricky Rudd Ford 185.573 40 22
    29 42 Juan Pablo Montoya # Dodge 188.918 4 14
    30 96 Tony Raines Chevy 186.090 34 26
    31 78 * Kenny Wallace Chevy 184.634 48 43-x
    32 18 J.J. Yeley Chevy 187.354 21 30
    33 00 * David Reutimann # Toyota 187.869 15 44-x
    34 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 187.411 19 4
    35 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 190.091 1 16
    36 66 Jeff Green Chevy 185.741 38 29
    37 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 188.783 5 18
    38 83 * Brian Vickers Toyota 186.416 32 41-x
    39 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 186.698 27 21
    40 21 Ken Schrader Ford 185.965 35 33
    41 15 * Paul Menard # Chevy 186.434 31 37-x
    42 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge 186.284 33 23
    43 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 188.507 7 1
    44 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 188.398 9 6
    45 49 * Mike Bliss Dodge 186.912 25 47-x
    46 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 187.411 20 34
    47 40 David Stremme Dodge 188.758 6 32
    48 7 Robby Gordon Ford 186.598 28 31
    49 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 185.548 41 24
    50 11 Denny Hamlin Chevy 186.830 26 3
    51 6 David Ragan # Ford 183.753 50 9


    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: Race Info Page

    • Event Entry List

    • Results: for results, links, owners/drivers points (after each race back thru the season)
      see my:
      2007 Nextel Cup Race Results
      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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