August 2010 Pole Sitter: #9-Kasey Kahne, 187.183mph, finished 14th
June 2011 Pole Sitter: #2-Kurt Busch, 188.699mph, finished 11th
Track Qualifying Record: #12-Ryan Newman, June 2005, 194.232mph
Oldest Pole Winner: Dale Jarrett, 45 years, 6 months, 21 days, 6/16/2002
Young Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 10 months, 14 days, 6/18/1995
Fastest Last Practice Speed: #17-Kenseth, 188.813mph, scheduled to qualify 46th out of 46 drivers
Biffle wins Michigan pole: #16-Greg Biffle won the Coors Light pole for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway with a speed of 190.345mph. It is his 1st pole of the season and the 7th of his career. Biffle has never won a race from the pole. #17-Kenseth starts 2nd followed by #39-Newman, #11-Hamlin, #5-Martin, #2-Keselowski, #6-Ragan, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #24-Gordon, and #1-McMurray. Points leader #18-Busch will start 17th.
The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #21-Bayne, #38-Kvapil, #55-Yeley, #30-Stremme, #87-Nemechek, #66-TBodine, #37-Raines and #60-Skinner .
The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (3): #7-Sauter/Gordon, #46-Darnell and #50-Bell
See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Michigan Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(8-19-2011)
Qualifying Fast Facts - Michigan:
#16-Greg Biffle won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 42nd Annual Pure Michigan 400 with a lap of 37.826 seconds, 190.345 mph.
This is his seventh pole in 317 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is Biffle's first pole of 2011. His last pole came at Dover in June of 2008, 117 races ago.
This is his seventh top-10 start in 2011.
This is his first pole in 18 races at Michigan International Speedway. His previous best start was second in August of 2007.
#17-Matt Kenseth (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2011 and his fifth in 25 races at Michigan International Speedway.
The last time Roush Fenway Racing had two drivers on the front row was at Texas in April of this season.
#39-Ryan Newman (third) posted his 12th top-10 start at Michigan International Speedway. It is his ninth in 23 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(8-19-2011)
Coverage of Qualifying for the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm/et.
Television (TV): SPEED, 3:30pm/et
Qualifying Re-Air: 8:00pm/et and 1:30am/et on SPEED
Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
#37-Raines, 1st out to qualify, 183.538mph, starts 41st
#34-Gilliland, 7th out, 184.933mph, starts 39th
#87-Nemechek, 8th out, 185.261mph, starts 37th
#36-Blaney, 11th out, 185.500, starts 34th
#55-Yeley, 12th out, 186.287, starts 31st
#47-Labonte, 13th out, 186.703, starts 28th
#38-Kvapil, 14th out, 186.848, starts 27th
#13-Mears, 15th out, 187.710, starts 21st
#48-Johnson, 21st out, 187.774, starts 19th
#56-Truex Jr., 22nd out, 188.088, starts 15th
#00-Reutimann, 29th out, 188.353, starts 12th
#88-Earnhardt Jr., 32nd out, 188.669, starts 8th
#11-Hamlin, 35th out, 189.294, starts 4th
#16-Biffle, 44th out, 190.345, starts 1st
How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying?
Fastest 7 get in, 8th [43rd] spot goes to most recent past champ not in the race already or 8th fastest
[46 entered for 43 spots]:
have qualified for the race:
#21-Trevor Bayne, 187.759
#38-Travis Kvapil, 186.848
#55-J.J. Yeley, 186.287
#30-David Stremme, 185.624
#87-Joe Nemechek, 185.261
#66-Todd Bodine, 184.838
#37-Tony Raines, 183.538
#60-Mike Skinner, 183.215
will miss the race:
#7-Johnny Sauter, 182.815
#46-Erik Darnell, 182.062
#50-T.J. Bell, 181.269
Rookie of the Year Candidates:
how fast were they and where do they start:
#50-T.J. Bell (X), 181.229, DNQ
#71-Andy Lally, 185.142, starts 38th
#92-Brian Keselowski (X), DNR
(X) = needs to race their way in to the race
DNR = Did not race
DNQ = Did not qualify for race
Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
Chevy: #39-Newman, 189.573, starts 3rd
Dodge: #2-Keselowski, 189.006, starts 6th
Ford: #16-Biffle, 190.345, starts 1st
Toyota: #11-Hamlin, 189.294, starts 4th
Some Qualifying Notes:
Michigan International Speedway
42nd Annual Pure Michigan 400
Provided by NASCAR Statistics
Fri, August 19, 2011 @ 05:18 PM Eastern
|1||16||Greg Biffle||Pure Michigan Ford||190.345||37.826|
|2||17||Matt Kenseth||Kroger Ford||190.209||37.853|
|3||39||Ryan Newman||WIX Filters Chevy||189.573||37.980|
|4||11||Denny Hamlin||FedEx Freight Toyota||189.294||38.036|
|5||5||Mark Martin||CARQUEST / GoDaddy.com Chevy||189.190||38.057|
|6||2||Brad Keselowski||Miller Lite Dodge||189.006||38.094|
|7||6||David Ragan||UPS Ford||188.734||38.149|
|8||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||National Guard / AMP Energy Chevy||188.669||38.162|
|9||24||Jeff Gordon||DuPont Chevy||188.600||38.176|
|10||1||Jamie McMurray||Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevy||188.462||38.204|
|11||27||Paul Menard||Duracell / Menards Chevy||188.378||38.221|
|12||00||David Reutimann||Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota||188.353||38.226|
|13||22||Kurt Busch||Shell Pennzoil Dodge||188.230||38.251|
|14||4||Kasey Kahne||Red Bull Toyota||188.112||38.275|
|15||56||Martin Truex Jr.||NAPA Auto Parts Toyota||188.088||38.280|
|16||9||Marcos Ambrose||Stanley Ford||188.058||38.286|
|17||18||Kyle Busch||Interstate Batteries Toyota||188.004||38.297|
|18||14||Tony Stewart||Mobil 1 / Office Depot Chevy||187.999||38.298|
|19||48||Jimmie Johnson||Lowe's Chevy||187.774||38.344|
|20||21||Trevor Bayne (i)||JDRF / Motorcraft / Quick Lane Ford||187.759||38.347|
|21||13||Casey Mears||GEICO Toyota||187.710||38.357|
|22||99||Carl Edwards||Aflac Ford||187.676||38.364|
|23||20||Joey Logano||The Home Depot Toyota||187.651||38.369|
|24||29||Kevin Harvick||Jimmy John's Chevy||187.432||38.414|
|25||42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Target Chevy||186.994||38.504|
|26||83||Brian Vickers||Red Bull Toyota||186.921||38.519|
|27||38||Travis Kvapil (i)||Long John Silver's Ford||186.848||38.534|
|28||47||Bobby Labonte||Kingsford / Bush's Baked Beans Toyota||186.703||38.564|
|29||43||AJ Allmendinger||Best Buy Ford||186.611||38.583|
|30||78||Regan Smith||FurnitureRowRacing/FarmAmerican Chev||186.340||38.639|
|31||55||JJ Yeley||Front Row Motorsports Ford||186.287||38.650|
|32||31||Jeff Burton||CAT Financial Chevy||186.234||38.661|
|33||51||Landon Cassill (i)||PhoenixCnstrctn/ThankATchrToday Chev||185.624||38.788|
|34||36||Dave Blaney||Accell Construction Chevy||185.500||38.814|
|35||33||Clint Bowyer||Cheerios / Hamburger Helper Chevy||185.405||38.834|
|36||30||David Stremme||Inception Motorsports Chevy||185.323||38.851|
|37||87||Joe Nemechek (i)||NEMCO Motorsports Toyota||185.261||38.864|
|38||71||Andy Lally #||Interstate Moving Services Ford||185.142||38.889|
|39||34||David Gilliland||Front Row Motorsports Ford||184.933||38.933|
|40||66||Todd Bodine (i)||HP Racing Toyota||184.838||38.953|
|41||37||Tony Raines||Front Row Motorsports Ford||183.538||39.229|
|42||32||Ken Schrader||KOMA Unwind Ford||183.234||39.294|
|43||60||Mike Skinner (i)||Big Red Toyota||183.215||39.298|
|DNQ||7||Johnny Sauter||Speed Energy Dodge||182.815||39.384|
|DNQ||50||T.J. Bell #||Green Smoke Chevy||181.269||39.720|
# Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender
a driver/car# in RED is a go-or-go-homer and had to qualify by speed to make the race
a driver/car# in BLUE is a go-or-go-homer and is a past series champions, eligible to use a past champ provisional
PC = Past Champion Provisional used
DNQ = Did not qualify
OP = made field by Owners Points - in the top 35 in owners points
WD = Withdrew before qualifying
|First Practice Speed||Practice
Qual vs Prac
|8||32||32||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevy||188.669||38.162||187.310||15||1.359||9|
|15||22||22||56||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota||188.088||38.280||186.659||25||1.429||21|
|25||33||33||42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Chevy||186.994||38.504||187.359||14||-0.365||20|
|38||10||10||71||Andy Lally #||Ford||185.142||38.889||184.696||37||0.446||35|
|46||2||3||50||T.J. Bell #||Chevy||181.269||39.720||182.343||45||-1.074||49-DNQ|
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(s) to make an attempt in BLUE
# Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender
In 2011, the qualifying order will be based on practice speeds,
with each driver’s best lap in the first practice determining qualifying spots,
with the top-35 and non-top 35 drivers mixed in from slowest to fastest.
If qualifying is rained out, the order of the starting lineup would be determined by first practice speed.
Who actually gets in the field is based primarily on owners points and other criteria in the rule book.
The top 35 are set by 1st practice speed, then the go-or-go homers are in by race attempts
ties broken by owners points position, those eight drivers are then set by 1st practice speeds, with fastest 36th
NASCAR holds a draw for teams without any owners points [not making a race this season].
|22||56||Martin Truex Jr.||Toyota||186.659||25||21|
|32||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevy||187.310||15||9|
|33||42||Juan Pablo Montoya||Chevy||187.359||14||20|
Drivers in RED will be required to qualify on time/speed, not in top 35
# Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender
(i) Ineligible for points in this series
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)