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


    QUALIFYING is scheduled to START
    at approx 11:15am/et
    on Saturday, April 28, 2007

  • October 2006 Pole Sitter: #38-David Gilliland, 191.721mph, finished 15th

  • May 2006 Pole Sitter: #38-Elliott Sadler, 188.511mph, finished 16th

  • 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)

  • Fastest Last Practice Speed: #7-Gordon 197.423mph [drafting] goes out 36th out of 52 drivers


    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL


  • Jeff Gordon wins pole at Phoenix: #24-Jeff Gordon won the Budweiser Pole for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 192.069mph for his 4th pole of 2007 and 60th of his career, now the leader for the modern era [1972-present, 1 more then DW]. The rest of the top-10 are #38-Gilliland [who teid Gordon's speed, but tie goes tot the highest in OWNERS pts], #11-Hamlin, #14-Marlin, #88-Rudd, #78-Kenny Wallace [best of the non top-35's], #25-Mears, #48-Johnson, #10-Riggs and #6-Ragan. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #78-Wallace, #10-Riggs, #60-Said, #00-Reutimann, #4-Burton, #36-Mayfield, #15-Menard and #44-Jarrett [used his final champ prov of 2007 and is now OUT of provs]. See the qualifying results below.(4-28-2007)

  • Nine do not qualify for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway: #55-Waltrip, #83-Vickers, #22-Blaney, #84-Allmendinger, #21-Schrader, #09-Wallace, #34-Lapage, #37-Andretti and #49-Bliss.(4-28-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 11:15am/et.
    TV: SPEED - 11:00am/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #24-Gordon, 1st out to qualify, 192.069mph, starts 1st
    (4-28-2007)

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying?
    Top four are in 8 in and 9 out [52 entered for 43 spots]:
    will make the race
    #78-Kenny Wallace, 190.909
    #10-Scott Riggs, 190.465
    #60-Boris Said, 190.393
    #00-David Reutimann, 190.204
    #4-Ward Burton, 190.177
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 190.098
    #15-Paul Menard, 190.079
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 185.650 [Champ Prov again]
    will miss the race:
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 190.045
    #83-Brian Vickers, 189.977
    #22-Dave Blaney, 189.526
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 189.522
    #21-Ken Schrader, 189.114
    #09-Mike Wallace, 188.999
    #34-Kevin Lepage, 188.378
    #37-John Andretti, 188.282
    #49-Mike Bliss, 187.978
    (4-28-2007)

  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #00-David Reutimann, 190.204, starts 14th
    #6-David Ragan, 190.393, starts 10th
    #15-Paul Menard, 190.079, starts 19th
    #42-Juan Montoya, , starts 24th
    #?-Brandon Whitt, DNR
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 189.522, starts DNQ
    DNR = Did not race
    DNQ = Did not qualify for race.(4-28-2007)

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    #37-Andretti's car was late out of inspection and fell back in the order a bit.
    TIE: #24-Gordon and #38-Gilliland are tied with a speed of 192.069mph, the tie breaker goes to the highest in OWNERS Pts, Gordon's team is 1st, Gilliland's is 30th, so Gordon would start ahead of Gilliland
    (4-28-2007)

  • Practice Results:
    Practice Speeds Page

  • 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).


    Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, April 28, 2007 @ 01:54 PM Eastern

    Start
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual
    Time
    Qual
    Speed
    1 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevy 49.857 192.069
    2 38 David Gilliland M & M's Dark Ford 49.857 192.069
    3 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Chevy 49.992 191.551
    4 14 Sterling Marlin Ginn Resorts Chevy 50.130 191.023
    5 88 Ricky Rudd Snickers Ford 50.156 190.924
    6 78 Kenny Wallace National Day of Prayer/Furniture Row 50.160 190.909
    7 25 Casey Mears National Guard/GMAC Chevy 50.192 190.787
    8 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevy 50.200 190.757
    9 10 Scott Riggs Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge 50.277 190.465
    10 6 David Ragan # AAA Travel Ford 50.296 190.393
    11 60 Boris Said SOBE No Fear Energy Drink Ford 50.296 190.393
    12 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 50.319 190.306
    13 5 Kyle Busch Carquest/Kellogg's Chevy 50.338 190.234
    14 00 David Reutimann # Domino's Toyota 50.346 190.204
    15 4 Ward Burton State Water Heaters Chevy 50.353 190.177
    16 99 Carl Edwards Office Depot Ford 50.357 190.162
    17 17 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Ford 50.360 190.151
    18 36 Jeremy Mayfield 360 OTC Toyota 50.374 190.098
    19 15 Paul Menard # Menards Chevy 50.379 190.079
    20 40 David Stremme Wrigley's Winterfresh Dodge 50.407 189.974
    21 70 Johnny Sauter Yellow Fleet Pride Chevy 50.416 189.940
    22 01 Regan Smith U.S. Army Chevy 50.457 189.785
    23 45 Kyle Petty National Tire & Battery Dodge 50.476 189.714
    24 42 Juan Pablo Montoya # Texaco/Havoline Dodge 50.489 189.665
    25 26 Jamie McMurray Sharp Vikuiti Ford 50.496 189.639
    26 2 Kurt Busch Miller Lite Dodge 50.497 189.635
    27 96 Tony Raines DLP HDTV Chevy 50.507 189.597
    28 12 Ryan Newman Kodak Dodge 50.552 189.429
    29 41 Reed Sorenson Target Dodge 50.607 189.223
    30 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge 50.684 188.935
    31 18 J.J. Yeley Interstate Batteries Chevy 50.701 188.872
    32 20 Tony Stewart Home Depot Chevy 50.754 188.675
    33 13 Joe Nemechek CertainTeed/Ginn Resorts Chevy 50.803 188.493
    34 66 Jeff Green Best Buy Chevy 50.815 188.448
    35 43 Bobby Labonte Cheerios Racing/Spiderman 3 Dodge 50.822 188.422
    36 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser Chevy 50.831 188.389
    37-OP 1 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevy 50.836 188.370
    38-OP 7 Robby Gordon Menards/MAPEI Ford 50.854 188.304
    37-OP 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge 51.123 187.313
    38-OP 07 Clint Bowyer Jack Daniel's Chevy 51.181 187.101
    37-OP 29 Kevin Harvick Shell/Pennzoil Chevy 51.241 186.882
    38-OP 31 Jeff Burton Cingular Wireless Chevy 51.324 186.579
    43-CH 44 Dale Jarrett UPS Toyota 51.581 185.650
    DNQ 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 50.388 190.045
    DNQ 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 50.406 189.977
    DNQ 22 Dave Blaney Toyota 50.526 189.526
    DNQ 84 AJ Allmendinger # Toyota 50.527 189.522
    DNQ 21 Ken Schrader Ford 50.636 189.114
    DNQ 09 Mike Wallace Chevy 50.667 188.999
    DNQ 34 Kevin Lepage Dodge 50.834 188.378
    DNQ 37 John Andretti Dodge 50.860 188.282
    DNQ 49 Mike Bliss Dodge 50.942 187.978



    Qualifying is OVER

    QUALIFYING RESULTS by SPEED

    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL

    Qualifying after 52 of 52 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 1 1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 192.069 49.857 195.138 11 -3.069 1
    2 21 21 38 David Gilliland Ford 192.069 49.857 189.853 36 2.216 30
    3 2 2 11 Denny Hamlin Chevy 191.551 49.992 193.693 25 -2.142 6
    4 43 43 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy 191.023 50.130 190.272 32 0.751 31
    5 48 48 88 Ricky Rudd Ford 190.924 50.156 190.544 31 0.380 32
    6 35 35 78 Kenny Wallace Chevy 190.909 50.160 190.219 33 0.690 45-IN
    7 29 28 25 Casey Mears Chevy 190.787 50.192 190.609 30 0.178 35
    8 20 20 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 190.757 50.200 195.162 10 -4.405 4
    9 44 44 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 190.465 50.277 189.609 39 0.856 38-IN
    10 39 39 6 David Ragan # Ford 190.393 50.296 197.232 4 -6.839 28
    11 24 24 60 Boris Said Ford 190.393 50.296 188.768 46 1.625 50-IN
    12 7 7 16 Greg Biffle Ford 190.306 50.319 196.814 7 -6.508 14
    13 14 14 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 190.234 50.338 193.693 24 -3.459 7
    14 51 51 00 David Reutimann # Toyota 190.204 50.346 189.650 37 0.554 44-IN
    15 26 26 4 Ward Burton Chevy 190.177 50.353 189.062 43 1.115 42-IN
    16 16 16 99 Carl Edwards Ford 190.162 50.537 194.773 16 -4.611 9
    17 23 23 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 190.151 50.360 194.551 20 -4.400 3
    18 13 13 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 190.098 50.374 187.993 48 2.105 46-IN
    19 27 27 15 Paul Menard # Chevy 190.079 50.379 189.286 42 0.793 40-IN
    20 40 40 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 190.045 50.388 189.459 40 0.586 49-DNQ
    21 5 4 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 189.977 50.406 188.950 45 1.027 41-DNQ
    22 52 52 40 David Stremme Dodge 189.974 50.407 190.158 34 -0.184 18
    23 17 17 70 Johnny Sauter Chevy 189.940 50.416 197.256 2 -7.316 29
    24 42 42 01 Regan Smith Chevy 189.785 50.457 189.612 38 0.173 5
    25 47 47 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 189.714 50.476 194.777 15 -5.063 34
    26 49 49 42 Juan Pablo Montoya # Dodge 189.665 50.489 194.559 19 -4.894 16
    27 10 10 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 189.639 50.496 0.000 52 x 12
    28 9 9 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 189.635 50.497 193.154 26 -3.519 13
    29 11 11 96 Tony Raines Chevy 189.597 50.507 194.816 14 -5.219 22
    30 45 45 22 Dave Blaney Toyota 189.526 50.526 190.091 35 -0.565 39-DNQ
    31 50 50 84 AJ Allmendinger # Toyota 189.522 50.527 188.537 47 0.985 48-DNQ
    32 32 31 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 189.429 50.552 197.240 3 -7.811 26
    33 38 38 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge 189.223 50.607 196.519 9 -7.296 27
    34 31 30 21 Ken Schrader Ford 189.114 50.636 191.325 28 -2.211 36-DNQ
    35 30 29 09 Mike Wallace Chevy 188.999 50.667 189.447 41 -0.448 55-DNQ
    36 34 34 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 188.935 50.684 194.137 22 -5.202 33
    37 19 19 18 J.J. Yeley Chevy 188.782 50.725 195.011 12 -6.229 23
    38 15 15 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 188.675 50.754 194.377 21 -5.702 8
    39 22 22 66 Jeff Green Chevy 188.448 50.815 196.835 6 -8.387 25
    40 37 37 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 188.422 50.822 197.130 5 -8.708 19
    41 8 8 13 Joe Nemechek Chevy 188.403 50.827 187.901 49 0.502 21
    42 6 6 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 188.389 50.831 189.036 44 -0.647 15
    43 41 41 34 Kevin Lepage Dodge 188.378 50.834 187.346 50 1.032 51-DNQ
    44 12 12 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 188.370 50.836 196.528 8 -8.158 20
    45 36 36 7 Robby Gordon Ford 188.304 50.854 197.423 1 -9.119 24
    46 28 32 37 John Andretti Dodge 188.282 50.860 191.275 29 -2.993 47-DNQ
    47 4 5 49 Mike Bliss Dodge 187.978 50.942 186.188 51 1.790 43-DNQ
    48 46 46 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 187.313 51.123 194.876 13 -7.563 17
    49 25 25 07 Clint Bowyer Chevy 187.101 51.181 194.690 18 -7.589 10
    50 33 33 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 186.882 51.241 194.705 17 -7.823 11
    51 3 3 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 186.579 51.324 193.933 23 -7.354 2
    52 18 18 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota 185.650 51.581 192.994 27 -7.344 44-CH-IN


    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 Final
    Practice
    Speed
    Prac
    Speed
    Rank
    Owners
    Points
    Rank
    1 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 195.138 11 1
    2 11 Denny Hamlin Chevy 193.693 25 6
    3 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 193.933 23 2
    4 49 * Mike Bliss Dodge 186.188 51 43-x
    5 83 * Brian Vickers Toyota 188.950 45 41-x
    6 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 189.036 44 15
    7 16 Greg Biffle Ford 196.814 7 14
    8 13 Joe Nemechek Chevy 187.901 49 21
    9 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 193.154 26 13
    10 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 0.000 52 12
    11 96 Tony Raines Chevy 194.816 14 22
    12 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 196.528 8 20
    13 36 * Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 187.993 48 46-x
    14 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 193.693 24 7
    15 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 194.377 21 8
    16 99 Carl Edwards Ford 194.773 16 9
    17 70 Johnny Sauter Chevy 197.256 2 29
    18 44 * Dale Jarrett Toyota 192.994 27 44-CH-x
    19 18 J.J. Yeley Chevy 195.011 12 23
    20 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 195.162 10 4
    21 38 David Gilliland Ford 189.853 36 30
    22 66 Jeff Green Chevy 196.835 6 25
    23 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 194.551 20 3
    24 60 * Boris Said Ford 188.768 46 50-x
    25 07 Clint Bowyer Chevy 194.690 18 10
    26 4 * Ward Burton Chevy 189.062 43 42-x
    27 15 * Paul Menard # Chevy 189.286 42 40-x
    28 37 * John Andretti Dodge 191.275 29 47-x
    29 25 Casey Mears Chevy 190.609 30 35
    30 09 * Mike Wallace Chevy 189.447 41 55
    31 21 * Ken Schrader Ford 191.325 28 36-x
    32 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 197.240 3 26
    33 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 194.705 17 11
    34 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 194.137 22 33
    35 78 * Kenny Wallace Chevy 190.219 33 45-x
    36 7 Robby Gordon Ford 197.423 1 24
    37 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 197.130 5 19
    38 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge 196.519 9 27
    39 6 David Ragan # Ford 197.232 4 28
    40 55 * Michael Waltrip Toyota 189.459 40 49-x
    41 34 * Kevin Lepage Dodge 187.346 50 51-x
    42 01 Regan Smith Chevy 189.612 38 5
    43 14 Sterling Marlin Chevy 190.272 32 31
    44 10 * Scott Riggs Dodge 189.609 39 38-x
    45 22 * Dave Blaney Toyota 190.091 35 39-x
    46 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 194.876 13 17
    47 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 194.777 15 34
    48 88 Ricky Rudd Ford 190.544 31 32
    49 42 Juan Pablo Montoya # Dodge 194.559 19 16
    50 84 * AJ Allmendinger # Toyota 188.537 47 48-x
    51 00 * David Reutimann # Toyota 189.650 37 44-x
    52 40 David Stremme Dodge 190.158 34 18


    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

    • IMPOUND RULES on my Impound Rules page.

    • 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

    • 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)

    • 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]

    • 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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