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Cup qualifying schedules set

Posted on: February 7, 2011 3:22 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2011 8:14 pm
 
Posted By Pete Pistone

The official word on what tracks will host Sprint Cup qualifying on what days is now official with the release of the circuit's 2011 weekend timetable.

As we reported a few weeks ago, a large number of tracks are pushing Cup time trials to Saturday and eliminating the traditional Friday afternoon sessions that had become common place in recent years.

With dwindling attendance for Friday qualifying days, may tracks have opted to move the session to Saturday where it will join a busy day of practice and support series races in a number of cases.

Not all tracks are following suit but here's how the breakdown looks for 2011 as you plan your racing and travel calendars:

Saturday Qualifying
Phoenix (February and November)
Martinsville (April and October)
Talladega (April and October)
Dover (May and October)
Pocono (June and August)
Auto Club Speedway (March)
Kansas (June)
Michigan (June)
Indianapolis (July)
Watkins Glen (August)
Atlanta (September)
Chicagoland (September)
Homestead (November)


Friday Qualifying
Richmond (April and September)
Texas (April and November)
New Hampshire (July and September)
Bristol (March and August)
Las Vegas (March)
Darlington (May)
Infineon (June)
Daytona (July)
Kentucky (July)
Michigan (August)
Kansas (September)








Category: Auto Racing
Comments

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 9:48 pm
 

Cup qualifying schedules set

You could, but the schedule shifting would be mindnumbing...and lets face it, the top brass at NASCAR HQ already have pretty numb minds.



Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 9:40 am
 

Cup qualifying schedules set

If they cant swing it sub them for a track that does, say swap Bristol in there that would be a great chase race, and swap Daytona for Dega in the chase that would be great as well.



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Cup qualifying schedules set

The cost of installing lights at a track as long as Dega would be enormous.  I know for a fact Dega and Loudon do not have lights..been to Loudon a couple times and by the time the whelen series is done friday night after the trucks, you wish they did lol



Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 3:38 pm
 

Cup qualifying schedules set

If not sub them for a track that does or make them install them. They cant afford not to in my opinion they are getting killed every year by the nfl. as far as if they do or dont. I know for a fact that: Chicago, Charlotte, Kansas, Homested, Pheonix & Texas do. Not sure about: Martinsville, Dover, Loudon & Dega.



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 12:25 pm
 

Cup qualifying schedules set

I like night races as much as the next guy, but there is one problem with that.  I'm not positive, but as far as I know not all the Chase tracks have lighting for a night race. 



Since: Nov 23, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:30 am
 

Cup qualifying schedules set

Hey Mikey I wanted to run this idea by you. Yesterday they came out with the start times for the season, they are just like last year, except the bumped the chase starts back to 2pm. Here is the problem if they think moving the start time from 1 to 2 is going to help the ratings they are crazy. So here is what I propose and wanted to get your thoughts on it. Why not make all the chase races saturday night races, that way they are not having to compete with the NFL for ratings. The only thing they would have to compete with is a handful of college football games. Personally I think ratings would be much higher than they are now. what do you think, and anyone else feel free to voice your opinion.



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:09 am
 

Cup qualifying schedules set

MN, never has NASCAR "made everyone qualify" for the race.  There has always been provisionals.  Prior to the top 35 rule, qualifying went like this:

1.  Top 35 qualifiers were locked in based on their speed

2.  Positions 36 - 42 were provisionals award to those who did not qualify for the race based on  Owners POINTS

3.  Position 43 was awarded to a Past Champion who did not make the race based on 1 & 2 above.  (Rule changed in 1998, I believe stating if no past champion then it would be awarded to the team with the most owners points that did not make the race.) 



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 8:45 am
 

Cup qualifying schedules set

While it would be good mntazzy, you won't ever see it happen...too much of a chance that one of the "big names" might miss out on the race from a qualifying mishap.  If you thought TV ratings were bad before think about if someone like KB, Harvick, Hamlin, JJ, or Jr. missed out on a race from a qualifying crash....yikes.



Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Cup qualifying schedules set

This is a good first step. Now how about if there was no one locked in due to points? Make the ACTUALLY qualify!


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