JAYSKI's Semi-Live QUALIFYING/GRID page
for the UAW-Ford 500
at Talladega Superspeedway


    QUALIFYING is scheduled to START
    at approx 12:10pm/et
    on Saturday, October 6, 2007

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

  • April 2007 Pole Sitter: #24-Jeff Gordon, 192.069mph, finished 1st

  • 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: #20-Stewart 194.054mph [drafting] goes out 15th out of 51 drivers


    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL


  • Waltrip wins pole at Talladega: #55-Michael Waltrip won the Budweiser Pole for the UAW-Ford at Talladega Superspeedway with a speed of 189.070mph for his 1st pole of 2007, first since Pocono in June 2005, the 4th of his career and 2nd ever for Toyoya. #22-Blaney qualified second with the rest of the top-10 quite different from the norm: #83-Vickers, #78-Nemechek, #00-Reutimann, #27-Jacques Villeneuve [Cup debut], #49-Andretti, #43-Labonte, #9-Kahne and #19-Sadler. The non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #55-Waltrip, #22-Blaney, #83-Vickers, #78-Nemechek, #00-Reutimann, #27-Villeneuve, #49-Andretti and #44-Jarrett [who qualified 8th but will start 43rd as the top 7 non-top 35 start where they qualified and 8th starts 43rd unless an eligible past champ needs the spot]
    NOTE: #2-Kurt Busch and #6-David Ragan failed postrace inspection for being too low in the front. Their times will be disallowed, forcing them to start at the rear Sunday.(10-6-2007)

  • Talladega Qualifying Fast Facts
    .. Michael Waltrip won the Bud Pole for the UAW-Ford 500 with a lap of 50.648 seconds, 189.070 mph.
    .. This is his fourth Bud Pole in 686 career Nextel Cup races.
    .. This is his first Bud Pole and first top-10 start 11 races in 2007.
    .. This is Waltrip’s first Bud Pole and 11th top-10 start in 43 races at Talladega Superspeedway.
    .. Dave Blaney posted the second-fastest qualifying time with a lap of 50.838 seconds, 188.838 mph. He posted his second top-10 start in 14 races at Talladega and his seventh top-10 start in 27 races in 2007.
    .. Brian Vickers (third) posted his second top-10 start in seven Talladega races. It is his second top-10 start in 19 races this season.
    .. Jacques Villeneuve (sixth) qualified for his career-first Nextel Cup race.
    .. Waltrip was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.
    .. David Reutimann (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.(NASCAR Statistics)(10-6-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway is scheduled for Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 12:10pm/et.
    TV: SPEED - 1:00pm/et via tape
    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)
    #44-Jarrett, 1st out to qualify, 187.658mph, starts 43rd
    #49-Andretti, 10th out, 187.798. starts 7th
    #83-Vickers, 19th out, 188.779, starts 3rdBR> #55-Waltrip, 24th out, 189.070, starts 1st

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying?
    Top eight get in and six will miss the race [49 entered for 43 spots]:

    will make the race
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 189.070
    #22-Dave Blaney, 188.839
    #83-Brian Vickers, 188.779
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 188.471
    #00-David Reutimann, 188.459
    #27-Jacques Villeneuve, 188.215
    #49-John Andretti, 187.798
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 187.658, will start 43rd
    will miss the race:
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 187.596
    #60-Boris Said, 187.423
    #10-Scott Riggs, 187.324
    #06-Sam Hornish Jr., 187.262
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 187.130
    #09-Sterling Marlin, 186.696
    #4-Ward Burton, 185.963
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 185.765


  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #00-David Reutimann, 188.459, starts 5th
    #6-David Ragan, 185.525, starts 42nd
    #15-Paul Menard, 185.463, starts 30th
    #42-Juan Montoya, 185.938mph, starts 22nd
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 187.596, starts DNQ
    DNR = Did not race
    DNQ = Did not qualify for race

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    something different, #16-Biffle and team chose to only take ONE lap, something not seen at Talladega in a long time
    #26-McMurray, #38-Gilliland, #21-Schrader, #41-Sorensen, #99-Edwards also only ran one lap
    #2-Busch and #6-Ragan failed postrace inspection for being too low in the front. Their times will be disallowed, forcing them to start at the rear Sunday.

  • 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).

  • Qualifying Rules Page


    Starting Line Up by Row
    Talladega Superspeedway
    UAW-Ford 500
    Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, October 06, 2007 @ 02:32 PM Central


    Start
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual
    Time
    Qual
    Speed
    1 55 Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 189.070 50.648
    2 22 Dave Blaney Caterpillar Toyota 188.838 50.710
    3 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota 188.779 50.726
    4 78 Joe Nemechek Furniture Row Chevy 188.471 50.809
    5 00 David Reutimann # Burger King Toyota 188.459 50.812
    6 27 Jacques Villeneuve unicef Toyota 188.215 50.878
    7 49 John Andretti Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge 187.798 50.991
    8 43 Bobby Labonte Cheerios Racing/Pillsbury Food Service 187.284 51.131
    9 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge 187.258 51.138
    10 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge 187.119 51.176
    11 20 Tony Stewart Home Depot Chevy 187.057 51.193
    12 45 Kyle Petty American Spirit Motor Oil Dodge 186.827 51.256
    13 1 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Chevy 186.816 51.259
    14 96 Tony Raines DLP HDTV Chevy 186.761 51.274
    15 88 Mike Wallace M&M's Ford 186.692 51.293
    16 12 Ryan Newman alltel Dodge 186.663 51.301
    17 18 J.J. Yeley Interstate Batteries Chevy 186.467 51.355
    18 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Chevy 186.202 51.428
    19 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevy 186.133 51.447
    20 16 Greg Biffle Dish Network/Starz Ford 186.014 51.480
    21 31 Jeff Burton AT&T Mobility Chevy 185.956 51.496
    22 42 Juan Pablo Montoya # Texaco/Havoline Dodge 185.938 51.501
    23 07 Clint Bowyer Jack Daniel's Chevy 185.826 51.532
    24 7 Robby Gordon Camping World Ford 185.797 51.540
    25 17 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Ford 185.783 51.544
    26 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser Chevy 185.783 51.544
    27 38 David Gilliland M&M's Ford 185.725 51.560
    28 41 Reed Sorenson Target Dodge 185.625 51.588
    29 25 Casey Mears National Guard/GMAC Chevy 185.542 51.611
    30 15 Paul Menard # Menards/PEAK Chevy 185.463 51.633
    31 99 Carl Edwards Office Depot Ford 185.323 51.672
    32 66 Jeff Green GARMIN Chevy 185.212 51.703
    33 40 David Stremme Coors Light Dodge 185.061 51.745
    34-OP 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont/Pepsi Chevy 185.051 51.748
    35-OP 26 Jamie McMurray Irwin Ford 184.918 51.785
    36-OP 5 Kyle Busch Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevy 184.890 51.793
    37-OP 29 Kevin Harvick Shell/Pennzoil Chevy 184.726 51.839
    38-OP 01 Aric Almirola U.S. Army Chevy 184.580 51.880
    39-OP 70 Johnny Sauter Radioactive Energy Chevy 184.580 51.880
    40-OP 21 Ken Schrader Motorcraft Ford 184.193 51.989
    41-OP 2 Kurt Busch Miller Lite Dodge disallowed 0.000
    42-OP 6 David Ragan # AAA Travel Ford disallowed 0.000
    43 44 Dale Jarrett UPS Toyota 187.658 51.029
    DNQ 84 AJ Allmendinger # Red Bull Toyota 187.596 51.046
    DNQ 60 Boris Said No Fear Energy Drink Ford 187.423 51.093
    DNQ 10 Scott Riggs Valvoline Dodge 187.324 51.120
    DNQ 06 Sam Hornish Jr. Mobil 1 Dodge 187.262 51.137
    DNQ 36 Jeremy Mayfield 360 OTC Toyota 187.130 51.173
    DNQ 09 Sterling Marlin Miccosukee Resort Chevy 186.696 51.292
    DNQ 4 Ward Burton State Water Heaters Chevy 185.963 51.494
    DNQ 37 Kevin Lepage Taco Bell Dodge 185.765 51.549





    Qualifying is OVER

    QUALIFYING RESULTS by SPEED

    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL

    Qualifying after 51 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 24 24 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 189.070 50.648 188.827 22 0.243 44-IN
    2 25 25 22 Dave Blaney Toyota 188.839 50.710 188.226 25 0.613 36-IN
    3 19 19 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 188.779 50.726 187.956 28 0.823 38-IN
    4 39 39 78 Joe Nemechek Chevy 188.471 50.809 187.068 34 1.403 42-IN
    5 41 41 00 David Reutimann # Toyota 188.459 50.812 188.134 26 0.325 39-IN
    6 21 21 27 Jacques Villeneuve Toyota 188.215 50.878 188.478 24 -0.263 70-IN
    7 10 10 49 John Andretti Dodge 187.798 50.991 187.291 31 0.507 47-IN
    8 1 1 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota 187.658 51.029 188.123 27 -0.465 41-IN
    9 33 33 84 AJ Allmendinger # Toyota 187.596 51.046 188.608 23 -1.012 48-DNQ
    10 50 50 60 Boris Said Ford 187.423 51.093 186.242 38 1.181 50-DNQ
    11 26 26 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 187.324 51.120 187.857 29 -0.533 37-DNQ
    12 13 13 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 187.284 51.131 187.108 33 0.176 19
    13 17 17 06 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 187.262 51.137 187.313 30 -0.051 57-DNQ
    14 27 27 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 187.258 51.138 192.339 14 -5.081 23
    15 6 6 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 187.130 51.173 186.169 39 0.961 45-DNQ
    16 47 47 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 187.119 51.176 193.412 11 -6.293 25
    17 15 15 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 187.057 51.193 194.054 1 -6.997 4
    18 31 31 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 186.827 51.256 186.659 35 0.168 34
    19 49 49 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 186.816 51.259 193.634 6 -6.818 8
    20 34 34 96 Tony Raines Chevy 186.761 51.274 193.494 9 -6.733 27
    21 32 32 09 Sterling Marlin Chevy 186.696 51.292 186.532 36 0.164 56-DNQ
    22 18 18 88 Mike Wallace Ford 186.692 51.293 192.146 18 -5.454 32
    23 44 44 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 186.663 51.301 182.008 49 4.655 17
    24 9 9 18 J.J. Yeley Chevy 186.467 51.355 186.380 37 0.087 20
    25 22 22 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 186.416 51.369 193.701 4 -7.285 9
    26 40 40 11 Denny Hamlin Chevy 186.202 51.428 0 51 x 12
    27 35 35 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 186.113 51.453 185.906 42 0.207 1
    28 7 7 16 Greg Biffle Ford 186.014 51.480 192.200 15 -6.186 15
    29 3 3 4 Ward Burton Chevy 185.963 51.494 185.758 43 0.205 43-DNQ
    30 48 48 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 185.956 51.496 193.580 7 -7.624 10
    31 11 11 42 Juan Pablo Montoya # Dodge 185.938 51.501 185.733 44 0.205 21
    32 29 29 07 Clint Bowyer Chevy 185.826 51.532 186.047 40 -0.221 3
    33 38 38 7 Robby Gordon Ford 185.797 51.540 185.610 45 0.187 26
    34 5 5 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 185.783 51.444 192.154 16 -6.371 11
    35 12 12 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 185.783 51.544 193.240 13 -7.457 13
    36 14 14 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge 185.765 51.549 187.243 32 -1.478 49-DNQ
    37 45 45 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge 185.725 51.560 185.913 41 -0.188 24
    38 20 20 38 David Gilliland Ford 185.725 51.560 192.135 20 -6.410 31
    39 37 37 25 Casey Mears Chevy 185.542 51.611 184.744 48 0.798 16
    40 28 28 15 Paul Menard # Chevy 185.463 51.633 193.878 2 -8.415 29
    41 46 46 99 Carl Edwards Ford 185.323 51.672 192.146 17 -6.823 7
    42 42 42 6 David Ragan # Ford 185.255 51.691 192.146 19 -6.891 22
    43 43 43 66 Jeff Green Chevy 185.212 51.703 193.560 8 -8.348 30
    44 8 8 40 David Stremme Dodge 185.061 51.745 190.639 21 -5.578 28
    45 51 51 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 185.051 51.748 0 50 x 2
    46 16 16 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 184.918 51.785 193.678 5 -8.760 18
    47 2 2 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 184.890 51.793 193.854 3 -8.964 6
    48 30 30 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 184.726 51.839 193.388 12 -8.662 5
    49 36 36 01 Aric Almirola Chevy 184.580 51.880 185.326 46 -0.746 14
    50 4 4 70 Johnny Sauter Chevy 184.580 51.880 193.462 10 -8.882 33
    51 23 23 21 Ken Schrader Ford 184.193 51.989 185.165 47 -0.972 35


    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 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota     41
    2 5 Kyle Busch Chevy     6
    3 4 Ward Burton Chevy     43
    4 70 Johnny Sauter Chevy     33
    5 17 Matt Kenseth Ford     11
    6 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota     45
    7 16 Greg Biffle Ford     15
    8 40 David Stremme Dodge     28
    9 18 J.J. Yeley Chevy     20
    10 49 John Andretti Dodge     47
    11 42 Juan Pablo Montoya # Dodge     21
    12 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy     13
    13 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge     19
    14 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge     49
    15 20 Tony Stewart Chevy     4
    16 26 Jamie McMurray Ford     18
    17 06 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge     57
    18 88 Mike Wallace Ford     32
    19 83 Brian Vickers Toyota     38
    20 38 David Gilliland Ford     31
    21 27 Jacques Villeneuve Toyota     70
    22 2 Kurt Busch Dodge     9
    23 21 Ken Schrader Ford     35
    24 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota     44
    25 22 Dave Blaney Toyota     36
    26 10 Scott Riggs Dodge     37
    27 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge     23
    28 15 Paul Menard # Chevy     29
    29 07 Clint Bowyer Chevy     3
    30 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy     5
    31 45 Kyle Petty Dodge     34
    32 09 Sterling Marlin Chevy     56
    33 84 AJ Allmendinger # Toyota     48
    34 96 Tony Raines Chevy     27
    35 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy     1
    36 01 Aric Almirola Chevy     14
    37 25 Casey Mears Chevy     16
    38 7 Robby Gordon Ford     26
    39 78 Joe Nemechek Chevy     42
    40 11 Denny Hamlin Chevy     12
    41 00 David Reutimann # Toyota     39
    42 6 David Ragan # Ford     22
    43 66 Jeff Green Chevy     30
    44 12 Ryan Newman Dodge     17
    45 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge     24
    46 99 Carl Edwards Ford     7
    47 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge     25
    48 31 Jeff Burton Chevy     10
    49 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy     8
    50 60 Boris Said Ford     50
    51 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy     2


    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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