updated on 2-12-2011
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
53rd Annual Daytona "500"
Daytona International Speedway - 2/20/2011
Last Update: 2/10/2011 3:33:00 PM
Provided by NASCAR Public Relations Statistics
|1||00||David Reutimann||Toyota||Aaron's Dream Machine||Rob Kauffman|
|2||1||Jamie McMurray||Chevy||Bass Pro Shops||Teresa Earnhardt|
|3||2||Brad Keselowski||Dodge||Miller Lite||Roger Penske|
|4||4||Kasey Kahne||Toyota||Red Bull||Dietrich Mateschitz|
|5||5||Mark Martin||Chevy||GoDaddy.com||Mary Hendrick|
|6||6||David Ragan||Ford||UPS||John Henry|
|7||7||Robby Gordon||Dodge||SPEED Energy||Robby Gordon|
|8||9||Marcos Ambrose||Ford||Stanley / DeWalt Tools||Richard Petty|
|9||09||Bill Elliott [PC2]||Chevy||Phoenix Construction||James Finch|
|10||11||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||FedEx Express||J D Gibbs|
|11||13||Casey Mears||Toyota||GEICO||Bob Germain|
|12||14||Tony Stewart||Chevy||Office Depot / Mobil 1||Margaret Haas|
|13||15||Michael Waltrip||Toyota||NAPA Auto Parts||Michael Waltrip|
|14||16||Greg Biffle||Ford||3M||Jack Roush|
|15||17||Matt Kenseth||Ford||Crown Royal Black||John Henry|
|16||18||Kyle Busch||Toyota||M&M's||Joe Gibbs|
|17||20||Joey Logano||Toyota||Home Depot||Joe Gibbs|
|18||21||Trevor Bayne (X)||Ford||Motorcraft / Quick Lane||Richard Petty|
|19||22||Kurt Busch||Dodge||Shell / Pennzoil||Walter Czarnecki|
|20||24||Jeff Gordon||Chevy||Drive to End Hunger||Rick Hendrick|
|21||27||Paul Menard||Chevy||Menards||Tom Pumpelly|
|22||29||Kevin Harvick||Chevy||Budweiser||Richard Childress|
|23||31||Jeff Burton||Chevy||Caterpillar||Richard Childress|
|24||32||Terry Labonte [PC1]||Ford||U.S. Chrome||Frank Stoddard|
|25||33||Clint Bowyer||Chevy||Cheerios / Hamburger Helper||Richard Childress|
|26||34||David Gilliland||Ford||Taco Bell||Bob Jenkins|
|27||36||Dave Blaney||Chevy||TBD||Tommy Baldwin|
|28||37||Robert Richardson Jr. (X)||Ford||North Texas Pipe||Bob Jenkins|
|29||38||Travis Kvapil (X)||Ford||Long John Silver's||Bob Jenkins|
|30||39||Ryan Newman||Chevy||U.S. Army||Tony Stewart|
|31||42||Juan PabloMontoya||Chevy||Target||Chip Ganassi|
|32||43||A.J. Allmendinger||Ford||Best Buy||Richard Petty|
|33||46||J.J. Yeley||Chevy||TBA||Tommy McMillan|
|34||47||Bobby Labonte||Toyota||Kroger-USO||Tad Geschickter|
|35||48||Jimmie Johnson||Chevy||Lowe's - Kobalt Tools||Jeff Gordon|
|36||56||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota||NAPA||Michael Waltrip|
|37||57||Norm Benning (X)||Chevy||TBA||Norm Benning|
|38||60||Todd Bodine (X)||Toyota||Tire Kingdom-Valvoline||Bob Germain|
|39||64||Derrike Cope||Toyota||Sta-Bil||Larry Gunselman|
|40||66||Michael McDowell||Toyota||HP Racing||Phil Parsons|
|41||71||Andy Lally||Chevy||TRG Motorsports||Richard Petty|
|42||77||Steve Wallace (X)||Toyota||5 Hour Energy Drink||Roger Penske|
|43||78||Regan Smith||Chevy||Furniture Row||Barney Vissar|
|44||83||Brian Vickers||Toyota||Red Bull||Dietrich Mateschitz|
|45||87||Joe Nemechek (X)||Toyota||AM FM Energy||Andrea Nemechek|
|46||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevy||AMP Energy / National Guard||Rick Hendrick|
|47||92||Brian Keselowski||Dodge||TBA||Brian Keselowski|
|48||97||Kevin Conway (X)||Toyota||Extenze||Andrea Nemechek|
|49||99||Carl Edwards||Ford||Aflac||Jack Roush|
RED = needs to get in on speed, not Top 35 2010 Owners Points
BLUE = not Top 35 2010 Owners Points but has a Champions Provisional Available
# Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate
(X) - driver not running for 2011 Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points
From NASCAR Statistics with updates, corrections updated when found out.
NASCAR's Competition Department distributes entry blanks for each race to owners in the series.
Those entries must be returned before the deadline, which is set 13 days in advance of the event.
When the entry is received by Competition, the car is added to the entry list.
There is an inspection fee for each entry.
What happens if all qualifying gets cancelled [rain/weather/other]?
FOR THE DAYTONA 500, they will still draw for qualifying order and not go by practice speeds
If bad weather cancels qualifying, the final starting lineup will be determined by practice speeds. The same rule book procedures will be used to determine eligibility to start a race. If weather cancels practice sessions, then the starting lineup will be set by points, per the rule book. The qualifying order will be set based upon slowest to fastest practice speeds.
IF QUALIFYING AND ALL PRACTICES ARE CANCELED, then:
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][team does not have to attempt all the races]
#2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
#3) - Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 or 2
#4) - Current season Owner Position [Top 35][not in by rules 1-3]
#5) - Current season race attempts ties broken by current owners position [not in by rules 1-4]
If qualifying AND all practices are rained out or cancelled
(and the unlikely chance that the Gatorade Duel was also cancelled)
the teams making the race would be:
#32 Past Champion - 1996 TLabonte [none, none]
#09 Past Champion - 1988 Elliott [39th, 36]
#38, 36th in 2010 Owners pts, 36 attempts
#13, 38th, 36
#36, 40th, 36
#87, 41st, 36
#46, 42nd, 36
#66, 44th, 36
missing the race would be:
#64, 46th, 24
#92, 54th, 4
#97, 56th, 2
#15, 53rd, 1
#57, 63rd, 1
Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Sprint Cup Series that started with the 2007 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. 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
See my 2011 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.
Pole Day: This “locks in” the first two positions – the front row – for the Daytona 500. It also establishes the starting orders for the Gatorade Duel at Daytona, which are two 150-mile qualifying races for the Daytona 500.
The fastest car earns the pole for the Daytona 500 AND the pole for the first Gatorade Duel race.
The second-fastest car earns the outside pole for the Daytona 500 AND the pole for the second Gatorade Duel race.
The Gatorade Duel at Daytona: These two 150-mile qualifying races set positions 3-39 for the Daytona 500.
A combined total of 66 cars will be allowed into the two Gatorade Duel races.
Cars must compete in one of the Gatorade Duel races, in order to race in the Daytona 500.
Odd-number finishers in the final car owner point standings from last season (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) are in the first Gatorade Duel race.
Even-number finishers in the final car owner point standings from last season (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.) are in the second Gatorade Duel race.
Additional qualified cars that weren’t in the final top 35 in last season's owners points are alternated between the two Gatorade Duel fields using an odd-even format.
Setting the Daytona 500 field:
Cars that finished in the top 35 in last seasons final owner point standings automatically make the Daytona 500 field.
The top two starting positions are determined by Pole Day qualifying speeds.
Positions 3-39 are determined by finishing orders in the Gatorade Duel races.
The final four spots in the 43-car field will be based on Pole Day qualifying speeds of cars that have not already earned a starting position. However, if there is an eligible Sprint Cup Series past champion entered who has not already qualified, that past champion will receive the 43rd and final position. If there is more than one past champion eligible for this berth, it goes to the most recent champion.
another way to look at it:
The following cars will be assigned to the first of the two qualifying races:
The odd-number positions (1st, 3rd, 5th, etc.) of the highest-ranked 35 finishers in the final previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car owner points standings.
The pole winner from Pole Day Qualifying. Should the pole winner be among the highest-ranked 35 in the the previous season owner points, the pole winner will start in the first race regardless of his odd or even position in those standings. The following cars will be assigned to the second of the two qualifying races:
The even-number positions (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.) of the highest-ranked 35 finishers in the final previous season NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car owner points standings.
The second-fastest qualifier from qualifying. Should this car be among the highest-ranked 35 in the previous season owner points, it will start in the second race regardless of its odd or even position in those standings. Additional cars that were not among the highest-ranked 35 in the final previous season car owner points will be alternated between the first and second 150-mile qualifying events using an odd-even format. The odd-number positions will be assigned to the first qualifier while the even-number positions will be assigned to the second qualifier.
The odd-even positions are not determined by where the car qualified in the overall field, but their specific qualifying order among those cars not part of the highest-ranked 35 group. For example, a car qualifies eighth overall in qualifying, but ranks third-fastest among those cars not part of the highest-ranked 35. That car would be an odd-number position and start in the first race as a result of its qualifying standing of those cars not in the highest-ranked 35.
The lineup for each qualifying race will be set based upon the qualifying speeds in the time trials for all cars, including those who are among the highest-ranked 35 in the finalprevious season car owner point standings. The highest-ranked 35 designation does not determine the car’s starting position, only the assignment of its 150-mile qualifying event.
A maximum of 66 cars will be permitted to compete between the two qualifying races, and all cars must compete in one of these events to be eligible for the Daytona 500.
Starting positions for the Daytona 500 will be designated for the highest-ranked 35 positions from the final previous season car owner point standings from each qualifier, the two-highest finishing cars in each qualifier not among that highest-ranked 35 group and the two front-row qualifiers.
The balance of the 43-car field will be filled by the fastest remaining qualifiers who have not earned a starting position, with the exception of the 43rd position which will be assigned to an eligible former or current Sprint Cup Series champion. Should there not be an eligible champion, the position will be assigned to the next fastest qualifier not in the field.
The simple version: how the Daytona 500 lineup is set:
Pos 1 and 2: Pole sitter and outside pole sitter from qualifying
[no need to be top 35 in prevoius season car Owners Points]
Pos 3 thru 39: top 35 in prevoius season car owners points and two highest finishing teams in each Gatorade Duel races race NOT in the top 35 set by their finishing postion in the Gatorade Duel races.
Pos 40-42: fastest qualifiers not in by above
Pos 43: past champion provisional - at this point only. Otherwise the spot goes to the next fastest qualifier.
The Gatorade Duel races:
The Daytona 500 pole-sitter will start on the pole of the first Gatorade Duel at Daytona. The outside pole winner will start on the pole of the second qualifying race.
Cars that finished in odd positions (first, third, fifth, etc.) in owner's points last season will fill the first qualifying race, and those with even-number finishes will compete in the second race. The lineup for each qualifying race will be set based on the qualifying speeds. Owner's points do not determine the car's starting position, only which of the two Duel races in which it will race.
Cars that were not among the highest-ranked 35 in the previous season will be alternately entered into the two 150-mile qualifying events based on qualifying speeds. The non-top 35 car with the fastest qualifying time is entered into the first (odd) Duel race, the next-fastest in the second (even) race and so on.