updated on 10-19-2011
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
43rd Annual Good Sam Club "500"
Talladega Superspeedway - 10/23/2011
Provided by NASCAR Public Relations Statistics
Last Update: 10/17/2011 1:34:00 PM
|1||00||David Reutimann||Toyota||Aaron's Dream Machine||Rob Kauffman|
|2||1||Jamie McMurray||Chevy||Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats||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 My Choice||John Henry|
|7||7||Robby Gordon||Dodge||Speed Energy / MAPEI / Menards||Robby Gordon|
|8||9||Marcos Ambrose||Ford||Stanley||Richard Petty|
|9||11||Denny Hamlin||Toyota||FedEx Office||J D Gibbs|
|10||13||Casey Mears||Toyota||GEICO||Bob Germain|
|11||14||Tony Stewart||Chevy||El Monterey / Office Depot||Margaret Haas|
|12||15||Michael Waltrip||Toyota||Aaron's / Darrell Waltrip Hall of Fame||Michael Waltrip|
|13||16||Greg Biffle||Ford||3M / O'Reilly Auto Parts||Jack Roush|
|14||17||Matt Kenseth||Ford||Jeremiah Weed||John Henry|
|15||18||Kyle Busch||Toyota||M&M's - Halloween||Joe Gibbs|
|16||20||Joey Logano||Toyota||Home Depot||Joe Gibbs|
|17||21||Trevor Bayne (i)||Ford||Motorcraft / Quick Lane||Glen Wood|
|18||22||Kurt Busch||Dodge||Shell / Pennzoil||Walter Czarnecki|
|19||24||Jeff Gordon||Chevy||Drive to End Hunger||Rick Hendrick|
|20||27||Paul Menard||Chevy||Serta / Menards||Tom Pumpelly|
|21||29||Kevin Harvick||Chevy||Jimmy Johns||Richard Childress|
|22||31||Jeff Burton||Chevy||Caterpillar||Richard Childress|
|23||32||Terry Labonte||Ford||C&J Energy||Frank Stoddard|
|24||33||Clint Bowyer||Chevy||Chevy 100th||Richard Childress|
|25||34||David Gilliland||Ford||World Hunger Relief||Bob Jenkins|
|26||35||Geoff Bodine||Chevy||Luke and Assoc.||Beth Baldwin|
|27||36||Dave Blaney||Chevy||Golden Corral||Tommy Baldwin|
|28||37||Mike Skinner (i)||Ford||Bradley University||Larry Gunselman|
|29||38||Travis Kvapil (i)||Ford||Long John Silver's||Bob Jenkins|
|30||39||Ryan Newman||Chevy||US Army||Tony Stewart|
|31||42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Chevy||Energizer||Chip Ganassi|
|32||43||A.J. Allmendinger||Ford||Best Buy||Richard Petty|
|33||46||Scott Speed (i)||Ford||Red Line||Tommy McMillan|
|34||47||Bobby Labonte||Toyota||Scott Products||Tad Geschickter|
|35||48||Jimmie Johnson||Chevy||MyLowes||Jeff Gordon|
|36||51||Landon Cassill (i)||Chevy||Thank a Teacher Today||James Finch|
|37||55||J.J. Yeley||Ford||TBA||Bob Jenkins|
|38||56||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota||NAPA Auto Parts||Michael Waltrip|
|39||66||Michael McDowell||Toyota||HP Racing||Phil Parsons|
|40||71||Andy Lally #||Ford||TRG Motorsports||Kevin Buckler|
|41||77||T.J. Bell||Ford||TBA||Kevin Buckler|
|42||78||Regan Smith||Chevy||Furniture Row||Barney Vissar|
|43||83||Brian Vickers||Toyota||Red Bull||Dietrich Mateschitz|
|44||87||Joe Nemechek (i)||Toyota||AM/FM Energy Pellet & Wood Soves||Andrea Nemechek|
|45||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevy||Diet Mountain Dew Paint the 88 / National Guard||Rick Hendrick|
|46||97||Kevin Conway (i)||Toyota||Extenze||Andrea Nemechek|
|47||99||Carl Edwards||Ford||Subway||Jack Roush|
RED = needs to get in on speed, not Top 35 2011 Owners Points
BLUE = not Top 35 2011 Owners Points but has a Champions Provisional Available
PC1 = is the first past champ eligible, PC2 is the 2nd...and so on if more
# Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate
(i) = driver not running for 2011 Sprint Cup Series Championship Drivers Points
Ties are broken as follows:
From NASCAR Statistics with updates, corrections updated when found out.
If qualifying AND all practices are rained out or cancelled
the teams making the race would be:
#21, 38th, 15 attempts, 2011 race winner
#38, 36th, 31
#7, 37th, 31
#37, 39th, 31
#46, 40th, 31
#66, 41st, 31
#87, 42nd, 31
#55, 51st, 13
missing the race would be:
#35, 46th, 9
#97, 55th, 9
#15, 48th, 3
#77, 57th, 1
Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Talladega:
#71's lead drops to 16 pts over 36th in owners pts, the #38 team.
33) #32-Bliss/FAS Lane, 427, +39
34) #13-Mears/Germain, 427, +39
35) #71-Lally/TRG, 404, 16 points ahead of 36th
these teams / drivers will need to qualify by speed:
36) #38-Yeley/Front Row, 388, 16 points out of top 35
37) #7-Gordon/RGM, 309, -79
The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(10-15-2011)
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.
2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying procedures:
1) qualifying order will be determined by the driver's fastest lap in first practice.
2) times on the speed sheet will be inverted with the slowest cars attempting their qualifying runs first
3) go-or-go-home cars will now qualify among the 35 teams locked in on owner points and not be separated by the field. 4) the NASCAR Sprint Cup director does reserve the right to change a driver's qualifying order or allow "adjustments or repairs" to cars after the car has taken the green flag at the start/finish line.
5) all cars must qualify with a full fuel cell.
6) Qualifying consists of two consecutive timed laps (except at road courses, 1 lap)
7) the fastest lap determines qualifying position
8) in case of a rain-out of practice, a random drawing will be held for cars set up in the garage area to determine qualifying order
9) if qualifying is rained out, the order of the field will be set according to Section 9-5 of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup rule book.
What happens if qualifying is cancelled?
After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
#1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [team does not have to attempt all the races]
#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 Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4
#6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker
#7) - NASCAR will hold a draw for teams with no owners points / attempts
#8) - One it is determined which teams/driver made the race, then the field is set by 1st practice speeds.
(all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)
Another new twist to the qualifying format: Starting this weekend at Kentucky Speedway, there will be a rain-out qualifying procedure change for all three NASCAR national series. If first practice is run, but qualifying is unable to take place, the starting lineup will be based on speeds from the car's fastest lap from the first practice, with top-35 cars in owner points no longer segregated from the non-top 35 cars. Previously, the top 35 cars lined up in front of all other eligible car owners.(NASCAR)(7-7-2011)
Past Champions Provisional Berths in Sprint Cup: A past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. A team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a 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.