NASCAR - 2009 Sprint Cup All-Star Qualifying
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  • I believe the fastest speed there was 119mph
  • Jeff Gordon was at a disadvantage because he went out first after a long rain delay which had cancelled both truck and the showdown qualifying events
  • The best moment of the entire qualifying event, though, was Tony Stewart
  • It was really amazing to see these guys qualify like this

    • by Orrymain
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      Normally I wouldn’t do a review of qualifying for a Sprint Cup race, but today’s qualifying for the All-Star race tomorrow night in NASCAR was just too fun not to review the event.

      Qualifying for the All-Star race in Charlotte, North Carolina is different than for any other race. Drivers run three laps and have to make one pit stop where they change four tires. All of the teams today chose to take that pit stop at the end of the second lap. Also different is that when leaving pit road, the racers can speed away. In fact, that’s a big part of the success — how fast can they take off after the pit stop?

      Strategy comes into play during the takeoff


      from the pit. Drivers can stay on the concrete, go up to the asphalt that lines pit road, or be half and half. Today, we saw all three, though the fastest speeds were achieved by those who stayed on the concrete where all the pit stalls are. I believe the fastest speed there was 119mph. Slower exits on the asphalt were down at 110mph, and that often made the difference in the overall performance.

      A final difference is that penalties are assigned for too fast entering the pits and for loose lug nuts. These several-second fines took out several drivers who had achieved times that would have put them into the top five. Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, and Jeff Burton ...


      • were three of those caught and hurt by the fines.

        The Hendrick Motorsports gang had a steady handle on the qualifying. Jeff Gordon was at a disadvantage because he went out first after a long rain delay which had cancelled both truck and the showdown qualifying events. A lot of the speedy dry was on the track and considering the speeds the cars go and the slickness of the track, going out first wasn’t an envious position. Overall, he finished sixth. Jimmie Johnson won the pole, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. fourth and Mark Martin fifth. Not bad for the four Hendrick guys. Sandwiched in the 2nd and 3rd positions are Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth.

        The best moment of the entire

        qualifying event, though, was Tony Stewart. He got into the pit okay, but he left after his crew had only put on the left side tires. The looks on his pit crews’ faces and their demeanor was hysterical. Tony hadn’t gotten far when he realized his mistake. “I’ll be right back,” he called out over the radio. It was a riot. Afterwards, he just laughed when interviewed and took all the blame. It was a great moment.

        Save-wise, the best was Mark Martin who went wobbly all over pit road as he exited and yet still had that great finish.

        It was really amazing to see these guys qualify like this. It was a thrill, and Stewart made it a great comedic afternoon.




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