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


    QUALIFYING is scheduled to START
    at approx 6:10pm/et
    on Friday, August 31, 2007

  • Track Qualifying Record: #5-Kyle Busch, Feb 2005, 188.425mph

  • Sept 2006 Pole Sitter: #2-Kurt Busch, 184.540, finished 27th

  • Feb 2007 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 185.735, finished 2nd


    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL


  • Kurt Busch wins pole at California: #2-Kurt Busch won the Budweiser Pole for the Sharp Aquos 500 at California Speedway with a speed of 182.399mph for his 1st pole of 2007 and 10th of his career. #48-Johnson qualified 2nd with the rest of the top-10: #9-Kahne, #12-Newman, #5-Busch, #19-Sadler, #8-Earnhardt, Jr., #1-Truex, Jr., #11-Hamlin, and #16-Biffle. Points leader #24-Gordon will start 16th. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #83-Vickers, #84-Allmendinger, #55-Waltrip, #21-Elliott, #36-Mayfield, #00-Reutimann, #78-Nemechek, and #49-Andretti. See qualifying results below.(8-31-2007)

  • Three do not qualify [DNQ] for the Sharp Aquos 500 at California Speedway: #10-Riggs [24 team attempts/37th in OWNERS pts], #4-Burton [23/41]; #44-Jarrett [24/40].(8-31-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Sharp Aquos 500 at Calfiornia Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 31, 2007 at 6:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 6:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Qualifying Re-Air: 1:00am/et

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #40-Stremme, 1st out to qualify, 179.721mph, starts 21st
    #1-Truex, Jr, 6th out, 180.818mph, starts 8th
    #8-Earnhardt, Jr., 11th out, 181.132mph, starts 7th
    #5-Busch, 20th out, 181.342mph, starts 5th
    #12-Newman, 21st out, 181.415mph, starts 4th
    #2-Busch, 27th out, 182.399mph, starts 1st
    (8-31-2007)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying?
    Top four are in 8 in and 3 out [46 entered for 43 spots]:
    will make the race
    #83-Brian Vickers, 180.144
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 180.086
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 179.332
    #21-Bill Elliott [PC], 179.305
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 179.207
    #00-David Reutimann, 179.203
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 179.024
    #49-John Andretti, 178.722
    will miss the race:
    #10-Scott Riggs, 178.709
    #4-Ward Burton, 177.993
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 177.405
    (8-31-2007)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #6-David Ragan, 178.576, starts 33rd
    #42-Juan Montoya, DNS, starts 42nd
    #00-David Reutimann, 179.203, starts 28th
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 180.086, starts 18th
    #15-Paul Menard, 179.856, starts 20th
    DNR = Did not race
    DNQ = Did not qualify for race.(8-31-2007)

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    #01-Almirola was excused from his place in qualifying while the team worked on the engine.
    #42-Montoya went out on the track for his lap, but slowed on the backstretch and came onto pit road. He lost an engine.
    (8-31-2007)

  • Practice Results:
    Practice Speeds Page

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Dodge: #2-Busch, 1382.399, starts 1st
    Chevy: #48-Johnson, 182.394, starts 2nd
    Ford: #16-Biffle, 180.605, starts 10th
    Toyota: #83-Vickers, 131.229, starts 17th
    (8-31-2007)

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).

  • Qualifying Rules Page


    Starting Line Up
    California Speedway
    Sharp AQUOS 500
    Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, August 31, 2007 @ 04:49 PM Eastern

    Start
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual
    Time
    Qual
    Speed
    1 2 Kurt Busch Miller Lite Dodge 39.474 182.399
    2 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's/Jimmie Johnson Foundation 39.475 182.394
    3 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge 39.556 182.020
    4 12 Ryan Newman Kodak Dodge 39.688 181.415
    5 5 Kyle Busch Cheez-it/CARQUEST Chevy 39.704 181.342
    6 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge 39.706 181.333
    7 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser Chevy 39.750 181.132
    8 1 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevy 39.819 180.818
    9 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Chevy 39.822 180.805
    10 16 Greg Biffle Aflac Ford 39.866 180.605
    11 43 Bobby Labonte Cheerios/Totino's Pizza Rolls Dodge 39.868 180.596
    12 29 Kevin Harvick Shell/Pennzoil Chevy 39.880 180.542
    13 25 Casey Mears National Guard/GMAC Chevy 39.880 180.542
    14 38 David Gilliland M&M's Ford 39.882 180.533
    15 31 Jeff Burton RCR Chevy Chevy 39.925 180.338
    16 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont/Cromax Pro Chevy 39.959 180.185
    17 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota 39.968 180.144
    18 84 AJ Allmendinger # Red Bull Toyota 39.981 180.086
    19 99 Carl Edwards Office Depot Ford 40.014 179.937
    20 15 Paul Menard # Menards/Johns Manville Chevy 40.032 179.856
    21 40 David Stremme Target Dodge 40.062 179.721
    22 20 Tony Stewart Home Depot Chevy 40.111 179.502
    23 18 J.J. Yeley Interstate Batteries Chevy 40.112 179.497
    24 07 Clint Bowyer DirecTV Chevy 40.130 179.417
    25 55 Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 40.149 179.332
    26 21 Bill Elliott Motorcraft Ford 40.155 179.305
    27 36 Jeremy Mayfield 360 OTC Toyota 40.177 179.207
    28 00 David Reutimann # Burger King Toyota 40.178 179.203
    29 78 Joe Nemechek Furniture Row Chevy 40.218 179.024
    30 22 Dave Blaney Caterpillar Toyota 40.245 178.904
    31 41 Reed Sorenson Target/Memorex Dodge 40.263 178.824
    32 66 Jeff Green Best Buy Chevy 40.315 178.594
    33 6 David Ragan # AAA Insurance Ford 40.319 178.576
    34 96 Tony Raines DLP HDTV/Best Buy Chevy 40.326 178.545
    35 7 Robby Gordon Original Road House Grill/Jim Beam Ford 40.365 178.372
    36 17 Matt Kenseth R&L Carriers/DeWalt Ford 40.382 178.297
    37 88 Ricky Rudd Snickers/Generation max Ford 40.391 178.258
    38 26 Jamie McMurray Sharp AQUOS Ford 40.444 178.024
    39 45 Kyle Petty Wells Fargo Dodge 40.725 176.796
    40 01 Aric Almirola U.S. Army Chevy 41.095 175.204
    41 70 Johnny Sauter HAAS Automation/Yellow Chevy 41.200 174.757
    42 42 Juan Pablo Montoya # Wrigley's Big Red Dodge 00.000 000.000
    43 49 John Andretti Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge 40.286 178.722
    DNQ 10 Scott Riggs Sears Auto Center/Valvoline/Stanley Tools Dodge 40.289 178.709
    DNQ 4 Ward Burton State Water Heaters/Lucas Oil Chevy 40.451 177.993
    DNQ 44 Dale Jarrett UPS Toyota 40.585 177.405





    Qualifying is OVER

    QUALIFYING RESULTS by SPEED

    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL
    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 30 27 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 182.399 39.474 178.355 8 4.039 12
    2 37 36 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 182.394 39.475 180.158 1 2.236 6
    3 31 28 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 182.020 39.556 178.341 9 3.679 24
    4 23 21 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 181.415 39.688 178.891 3 2.524 15
    5 22 19 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 181.342 39.704 177.905 12 3.437 8
    6 41 40 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 181.333 39.706 178.011 11 3.322 27
    7 13 11 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy 181.132 39.750 178.284 10 2.848 14
    8 8 6 1 Martin Truex Jr Chevy 180.818 39.819 179.051 2 1.767 11
    9 12 10 11 Denny Hamlin Chevy 180.805 39.822 178.509 4 2.296 3
    10 34 33 16 Greg Biffle Ford 180.605 39.866 177.148 20 3.457 16
    11 39 38 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 180.596 39.868 174.351 40 6.245 18
    12 29 26 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 180.542 39.880 177.721 13 2.821 10
    13 45 44 25 Casey Mears Chevy 180.542 39.880 176.869 22 3.673 17
    14 38 37 38 David Gilliland Ford 180.533 39.882 176.211 29 4.322 30
    15 21 19 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 180.338 39.925 177.196 19 3.142 7
    16 26 24 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 180.185 39.959 177.022 21 3.163 1
    17 32 29 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 180.144 39.968 177.436 17 2.708 39-IN
    18 40 39 84 AJ Allmendinger Toyota 180.086 39.981 177.218 18 2.868 48-IN
    19 17 15 99 Carl Edwards Ford 179.937 40.014 178.399 6 1.538 5
    20 46 45 15 Paul Menard Chevy 179.856 40.032 176.104 32 3.752 29
    21 1 1 40 David Stremme Dodge 179.721 40.062 176.155 31 3.566 22
    22 11 9 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 179.502 40.111 176.605 24 2.897 2
    23 18 16 18 J.J. Yeley Chevy 179.497 40.112 178.394 7 1.103 21
    24 2 2 07 Clint Bowyer Chevy 179.417 40.130 178.421 5 0.996 9
    25 24 22 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 179.332 40.149 174.292 42 5.04 46-IN
    26 19 17 21 Bill Elliott Ford 179.305 40.155 175.811 33 3.494 36-IN
    27 28 32 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 179.207 40.177 174.237 43 4.97 44-IN
    28 16 14 00 David Reutimann Toyota 179.203 40.178 176.527 26 2.676 40-IN
    29 35 34 78 Joe Nemechek Chevy 179.024 40.218 177.585 16 1.439 45-IN
    30 15 13 22 Dave Blaney Toyota 178.904 40.245 177.655 14 1.249 35
    31 9 7 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge 178.824 40.263 176.345 28 2.479 28
    32 7 5 49 John Andretti Dodge 178.722 40.286 177.602 15 1.12 47-IN
    33 6 4 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 178.709 40.289 176.471 27 2.238 37-DNQ
    34 43 42 66 Jeff Green Chevy 178.594 40.315 176.639 23 1.955 31
    35 4 3 6 David Ragan Ford 178.576 40.319 175.050 38 3.526 26
    36 14 12 96 Tony Raines Chevy 178.545 40.326 175.503 35 3.042 25
    37 10 8 7 Robby Gordon Ford 178.372 40.365 175.293 37 3.079 23
    38 44 43 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 178.297 40.382 175.798 34 2.499 4
    39 25   88 Ricky Rudd Ford 178.258 40.391 174.482 39 3.776 32
    40 20 18 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 178.024 40.444 176.531 25 1.493 20
    41 33 31 4 Ward Burton Chevy 177.993 40.451 174.326 41 3.667 43-DNQ
    42 42 41 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota 177.405 40.585 175.494 36 1.911 42-DNQ
    43 27 25 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 176.796 40.725 174.195 44 2.601 34
    44 3 30 01 Aric Almirola Chevy 175.204 41.095 168.634 46 6.57 13
    45 36 35 70 Johnny Sauter Chevy 174.757 41.200 170.827 45 3.93 33
    46 5 DNS 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Dodge 0.000 DNS 176.164 30 -176.164 19


    a GREEN 'IN' in a green box indicates that team/driver have made the race, NOT in the top 35

    a RED 'DNQ' in a pink box indicated that team/driver will miss the race, NOT in the top 35

    Last driver to make an attempt in BLUE

    a light blue box in the owners ponts pos means that team is NOT in the top 35 and must make the race by speed, the owners pts position is 2007 points position, a driver with an orange colored box is elgible for a past champ provisional


    Qualifying Order:

    Sched
    Qual
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Final
    Practice
    Speed
    Prac
    Speed
    Rank
    Owners
    Points
    Rank
    1 40 David Stremme Dodge 176.155 31 22
    2 07 Clint Bowyer Chevy 178.421 5 9
    3 01 Aric Almirola Chevy 168.634 46 13
    4 6 David Ragan # Ford 175.050 38 26
    5 42 Juan Pablo Montoya # Dodge 176.164 30 19
    6 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 176.471 27 37
    7 49 John Andretti Dodge 177.602 15 47
    8 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 179.051 2 11
    9 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge 176.345 28 28
    10 7 Robby Gordon Ford 175.293 37 23
    11 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 176.605 24 2
    12 11 Denny Hamlin Chevy 178.509 4 3
    13 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 178.284 10 14
    14 96 Tony Raines Chevy 175.503 35 25
    15 22 Dave Blaney Toyota 177.655 14 35
    16 00 David Reutimann # Toyota 176.527 26 40
    17 99 Carl Edwards Ford 178.399 6 5
    18 18 J.J. Yeley Chevy 178.394 7 21
    19 21 Bill Elliott Ford 175.811 33 36
    20 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 176.531 25 20
    21 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 177.196 19 7
    22 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 177.905 12 8
    23 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 178.891 3 15
    24 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 174.292 42 46
    25 88 Ricky Rudd Ford 174.482 39 32
    26 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 177.022 21 1
    27 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 174.195 44 34
    28 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 174.237 43 44
    29 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 177.721 13 10
    30 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 178.355 8 12
    31 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 178.341 9 24
    32 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 177.436 17 39
    33 4 Ward Burton Chevy 174.326 41 43
    34 16 Greg Biffle Ford 177.148 20 16
    35 78 Joe Nemechek Chevy 177.585 16 45
    36 70 Johnny Sauter Chevy 170.827 45 33
    37 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 180.158 1 6
    38 38 David Gilliland Ford 176.211 29 30
    39 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 174.351 40 18
    40 84 AJ Allmendinger # Toyota 177.218 18 48
    41 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 178.011 11 27
    42 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota 175.494 36 42
    43 66 Jeff Green Chevy 176.639 23 31
    44 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 175.798 34 4
    45 25 Casey Mears Chevy 176.869 22 17
    46 15 Paul Menard # Chevy 176.104 32 29


    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 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 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 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 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?

      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 [provisional not used/charged]
      #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)

    • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Nextel Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
      This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.(1-31-2007)
      See my 2007 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2007)


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