JAYSKI's Semi-Live QUALIFYING/GRID page
for the Dodge Avenger 500
at Darlington Raceway


    QUALIFYING is scheduled to START
    at approx 3:10pm/et
    on Friday, May 11, 2007

  • Track Qualifying Record: Ward Burton, Mar 1996, 173.797mph

  • 2006 Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 169.013, finished 21st


    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL


  • Clint Bowyer wins pole at Darlington: #07-Clint Bowyer won the Budweiser Pole for the Dodge Avenger 500 at Darlington Raceway with a speed of 164.987mph. It is his first career Bud pole. The rest of the top-10 are #16-Biffle, #26-McMurray, #99-McMurray, #9-Kahne, #78-K. Wallace [best of the non top-35s], #11-Hamlin, #21-Schrader, #29-Harvick, and #24-Gordon. The non-top 35 drivers that made the race were #78-Wallace, #21-Schrader, #00-Reutimann, #83-Vickers, #84-Allmendiner, #15-Menard, #22-Blaney, and #37-Lepage.(5-11-2007)

  • Six who did not qualify for the Dodge Avenger 500: at Darlington Raceway: #36-Mayfield, #4-W. Burton, #37-Bliss, #55-Waltrip, #44-Jarrett, and #10-Riggs.(5-11-2007)

  • Darlington Qualifying Notes: Clint Bowyer won the Bud Pole for the Dodge Avenger 500, his first career Bud Pole 48 NASCAR Nextel Cup races.
    .. Bowyer posted a lap of 29.806 seconds at 164.987 mph.
    .. This is his third top-10 start in 2007.
    .. This is Bowyer’s second top-10 start in two races at Darlington. He started third here last season.
    .. Greg Biffle (second) posted a lap of 29.826 seconds at 164.876 mph. This is his fifth top-10 start in six races at Darlington. He has started third twice and ninth twice in his previous top-10 starts. Biffle has won the past two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Darlington.
    .. Jamie McMurray (third) posted his fourth top-10 start of 2007. All of his top-10 have also been topfives and have come in Car-of-Tomorrow races.
    .. David Reutimann (14th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    .. Ken Schrader (eighth) was the fastest of the cars that had to make the field on time. This is his second top-10 start in 2007.(NASCAR)(5-11-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Dodge Avenger 500 at Darlington Raceway is scheduled for Friday, May 11, 2007 at 3:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 3:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Qualifying Re-Air: 12:30am/et

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #25-Mears, 1st out to qualify, 162.299mph, starts 11th
    #9-Kahne, 9th out, 164.073, starts 5th
    #07-Bowyer, 20th out, 164.987, starts 1st
    (5-11-2007)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying?
    Top four are in 8 in and 6 out [49 entered for 43 spots]:
    will make the race
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 163.876
    #21-Ken Schrader, 163.742mph
    #00-David Reutimann, 163.175mph
    #83-Brian Vickers, 163.153mph
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 162.915mph
    #15-Paul Menard, 162.786mph
    #22-Dave Blaney, 162.453mph
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 162.329mph

    will miss the race:
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 162.292mph
    #4-Ward Burton, 161.982mph
    #49-Mike Bliss,161.923mph
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 161.519mph
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 161.339mph
    #10-Scott Riggs, 161.080mph
    (5-11-2007)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #00-David Reutimann, 163.175, starts ?
    #6-David Ragan, 162.630, starts ?
    #15-Paul Menard, 162.786mph, starts ?
    #42-Juan Montoya, 160.057, starts ?
    #?-Brandon Whitt, DNR
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 162.915, starts ?
    DNR = Did not race
    DNQ = Did not qualify for race.(5-11-2007)

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    #25-Mears tapped the wall on his first lap and got a Darlington stripe.
    #10-Riggs tapped the wall on his first lap
    #42-Montoya also scraped the wall on his qualifying lap
    #78-Kenny Wallace made contact with the wall on his lap and still ran 5th fastest
    (5-11-2007)

  • Practice Results:
    Practice Speeds Page

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #07-Bowyer, 164.987, starts 1st
    Ford: #16-Biffle, 164.876, starts 2nd
    Dodge: #9-Kahne, 164.073, starts 5th
    Toyota: #00-Reutimann, 163.175, starts 14th
    (5-11-2007)

  • 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).


    Starting Line Up
    Darlington Raceway
    Dodge Avenger 500
    Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, May 11, 2007 @ 04:48 PM Eastern


    Start
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual
    Time
    Qual
    Speed
    1 7 Clint Bowyer Jack Daniel's Chevy 29.806 164.987
    2 16 Greg Biffle Ameriquest Ford 29.826 164.876
    3 26 Jamie McMurray Crown Royal Ford 29.907 164.43
    4 99 Carl Edwards Office Depot Ford 29.928 164.314
    5 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge 29.972 164.073
    6 78 Kenny Wallace Furniture Row Chevy 30.008 163.876
    7 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Chevy 30.015 163.838
    8 21 Ken Schrader Motocraft Ford 30.036 163.724
    9 29 Kevin Harvick Shell/Pennzoil Chevy 30.038 163.713
    10 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevy 30.044 163.68
    11 25 Casey Mears National Guard/GMAC Chevy 30.114 163.299
    12 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevy 30.116 163.289
    13 43 Bobby Labonte Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge 30.135 163.186
    14 0 David Reutimann # Domino's Toyota 30.137 163.175
    15 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota 30.141 163.153
    16 41 Reed Sorenson Target Dodge 30.15 163.104
    17 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge 30.161 163.045
    18 2 Kurt Busch Miller Lite Dodge 30.169 163.002
    19 70 Johnny Sauter Haas/Yellow Transportation Chevy 30.179 162.948
    20 84 AJ Allmendinger # Red Bull Toyota 30.185 162.915
    21 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser Chevy 30.205 162.807
    22 18 J.J. Yeley Interstate Batteries Chevy 30.208 162.791
    23 15 Paul Menard # Menards/MOEN Chevy 30.209 162.786
    24 6 David Ragan # AAA Ford 30.238 162.63
    25 1 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Chevy 30.24 162.619
    26 20 Tony Stewart Home Depot Chevy 30.252 162.555
    27 22 Dave Blaney Caterpillar Toyota 30.271 162.453
    28 14 Sterling Marlin Ginn Resorts Chevy 30.289 162.356
    29 12 Ryan Newman alltel Dodge 30.304 162.276
    30 40 David Stremme Coors Light Dodge 30.307 162.26
    31 17 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Ford 30.368 161.934
    32 96 Tony Raines DLP HDTV Chevy 30.381 161.864
    33 7 Robby Gordon Menards/MAPEI Ford 30.404 161.742
    34 31 Jeff Burton Cingular Wireless Chevy 30.441 161.545
    35 13 Joe Nemechek Haier Chevy 30.449 161.503
    36 5 Kyle Busch Carquest/Kellogg's Chevy 30.482 161.328
    37 1 Mark Martin U.S. Army Chevy 30.484 161.317
    38 38 David Gilliland M & M's Ford Owner Points  
    39 66 Jeff Green Best Buy Chevy Owner Points  
    40 88 Ricky Rudd Snickers Ford Owner Points  
    41 42 Juan Pablo Montoya # Texaco/Havoline Dodge Owner Points  
    42 45 Kyle Petty MarathonAmericanSpiritMotorOil Dodge Owner Points  
    43 37 Kevin Lepage Long John Silvers Dodge 30.294 162.329





    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 9 20 07 Clint Bowyer Chevy 164.987 29.806 162.905 5 2.082 11
    2 49 49 16 Greg Biffle Ford 164.876 29.826 163.354 3 1.522 15
    3 41 41 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 164.430 29.907 161.386 28 3.044 14
    4 28 28 99 Carl Edwards Ford 164.314 29.928 161.344 30 2.970 12
    5 8 8 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 164.073 29.972 162.292 11 1.781 32
    6 47 47 78 Kenny Wallace Chevy 163.876 30.008 161.646 23 2.230 44-IN
    7 29 29 11 Denny Hamlin Chevy 163.838 30.015 162.700 9 1.138 4
    8 35 35 21 Ken Schrader Ford 163.724 30.036 161.508 26 2.216 39-IN
    9 34 34 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 163.713 30.038 162.158 13 1.555 9
    10 39 39 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 163.680 30.044 161.982 16 1.698 1
    11 1 1 25 Casey Mears Chevy 163.299 30.114 163.435 2 -0.136 34
    12 4 4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 163.289 30.116 162.797 7 0.492 2
    13 15 14 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 163.186 30.135 161.923 17 1.263 18
    14 13 12 00 David Reutimann Toyota 163.175 30.137 163.904 1 -0.729 43-IN
    15 45 45 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 163.153 30.141 161.572 25 1.581 41-IN
    16 38 38 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge 163.104 30.150 161.577 24 1.527 26
    17 43 43 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 163.045 30.161 157.899 48 5.146 16
    18 44 44 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 163.002 30.169 163.072 4 -0.070 10
    19 21 21 70 Johnny Sauter Chevy 162.948 30.179 161.270 31 1.678 33
    20 26 26 84 AJ Allmendinger Toyota 162.915 30.185 162.062 15 0.853 47-IN
    21 30 30 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy 162.807 30.205 160.822 38 1.985 13
    22 48 48 18 J.J. Yeley Chevy 162.791 30.208 160.219 40 2.572 22
    23 6 6 15 Paul Menard Chevy 162.786 30.209 160.864 37 1.922 38-IN
    24 37 37 6 David Ragan Ford 162.630 30.238 161.217 33 1.413 25
    25 2 2 1 Martin Truex Jr Chevy 162.619 30.240 159.943 43 2.676 20
    26 46 46 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 162.555 30.252 162.254 12 0.301 8
    27 3 3 22 Dave Blaney Toyota 162.453 30.271 161.407 27 1.046 37-IN
    28 27 27 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy 162.359 30.289 161.238 32 1.121 28
    29 22 22 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge 162.329 30.294 159.808 45 2.521 48-IN
    30 19 18 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 162.292 30.301 161.106 35 1.186 46-DNQ
    31 23 23 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 162.276 30.304 161.902 18 0.374 19
    32 32 32 40 David Stremme Dodge 162.260 30.307 162.335 10 -0.075 17
    33 11 10 4 Ward Burton Chevy 161.982 30.359 160.203 41 1.779 42-DNQ
    34 16 15 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 161.934 30.368 160.418 39 1.516 3
    35 42 42 49 Mike Bliss Dodge 161.923 30.370 161.715 21 0.208 45-DNQ
    36 12 11 96 Tony Raines Chevy 161.864 30.381 160.083 42 1.781 23
    37 17 16 7 Robby Gordon Ford 161.742 30.404 157.742 49 4.000 30
    38 14 13 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 161.545 30.441 161.859 19 -0.314 5
    39 24 24 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 161.519 30.446 162.099 14 -0.580 50-DNQ
    40 10 9 13 Joe Nemechek Chevy 161.503 30.449 162.791 8 -1.288 27
    41 33 33 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota 161.339 30.480 161.037 36 0.302 40-DNQ
    42 7 7 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 161.328 30.482 161.667 22 -0.339 7
    43 18 17 01 Mark Martin Chevy 161.317 30.484 161.386 29 -0.069 6
    44 5 5 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 161.080 30.529 161.758 20 -0.678 36-DNQ
    45 36 36 38 David Gilliland Ford 161.006 30.543 159.917 44 1.089 29
    46 31 31 66 Jeff Green Chevy 160.869 30.569 161.122 34 -0.253 24
    47 25 25 88 Ricky Rudd Food 160.381 30.662 158.755 47 1.626 35
    48 20 19 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Dodge 160.057 30.724 162.899 6 -2.842 21
    49 40 40 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 159.548 30.822 158.883 46 0.665 31

    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, the owners pts position is 2007 points position


    Qualifying Order:

    Sched
    Qual
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Last
    Practice
    Speed
    Prac
    Speed
    Rank
    Owners
    Points
    Rank
    1 25 Casey Mears Chevy 163.435 2 34
    2 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 159.943 43 20
    3 22 Dave Blaney Toyota 161.407 27 37
    4 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 162.797 7 2
    5 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 161.758 20 36
    6 15 Paul Menard # Chevy 160.864 37 38
    7 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 161.667 22 7
    8 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 162.292 11 32
    9 07 Clint Bowyer Chevy 162.905 5 11
    10 13 Joe Nemechek Chevy 162.791 8 27
    11 4 Ward Burton Chevy 160.203 41 42
    12 96 Tony Raines Chevy 160.083 42 23
    13 00 David Reutimann # Toyota 163.904 1 43
    14 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 161.859 19 5
    15 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 161.923 17 18
    16 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 160.418 39 3
    17 7 Robby Gordon Ford 157.742 49 30
    18 01 Mark Martin Chevy 161.386 29 6
    19 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 161.106 35 46
    20 42 Juan Pablo Montoya # Dodge 162.899 6 21
    21 70 Johnny Sauter Chevy 161.270 31 33
    22 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge 159.808 45 48
    23 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 161.902 18 19
    24 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 162.099 14 50
    25 88 Ricky Rudd Ford 158.755 47 35
    26 84 AJ Allmendinger # Toyota 162.062 15 47
    27 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy 161.238 32 28
    28 99 Carl Edwards Ford 161.344 30 12
    29 11 Denny Hamlin Chevy 162.700 9 4
    30 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 160.822 38 13
    31 66 Jeff Green Chevy 161.122 34 24
    32 40 David Stremme Dodge 162.335 10 17
    33 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota 161.037 36 40
    34 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 162.158 13 9
    35 21 Ken Schrader Ford 161.508 26 39
    36 38 David Gilliland Ford 159.917 44 29
    37 6 David Ragan # Ford 161.217 33 25
    38 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge 161.577 24 26
    39 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 161.982 16 1
    40 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 158.883 46 31
    41 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 161.386 28 14
    42 49 Mike Bliss Dodge 161.715 21 45
    43 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 157.899 48 16
    44 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 163.072 4 10
    45 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 161.572 25 41
    46 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 162.254 12 8
    47 78 Kenny Wallace Chevy 161.646 23 44
    48 18 J.J. Yeley Chevy 160.219 40 22
    49 16 Greg Biffle Ford 163.354 3 15


    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?

      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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