3rd         Clint Bowyer                        

9th         Brian Vickers                         

19th       Jeff Burton                             


CLINT BOWYER, No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing

Starting Position:  3rd 

How was qualifying? “I’m not used to this. Our normal deal is to be scared once a weekend -- three times is a lot to ask out of us. You know it is really exciting, especially once you get down to the end and you’re in the game and you got a shot at it. Not a huge fan of the cool down deal. I really hope that NASCAR looks at that -- that first deal everybody’s out there going fast, you’re 200 miles an hour out there and cars that aren’t even running are running about 40 (MPH). Hopefully, we can make some adjustments there. I’m super excited about the knockout deal towards the end. It’s a lot of fun. It’s nerve-wracking. Qualifying has always been that way. Being able to bust that one lap off a weekend was big, but having to do that two or three times here -- that’s a lot.”


Is qualifying now more stressful? “Knowing that you got a shot at it and it’s no different than it’s ever been as far as that part goes, but the aspect of your tires wearing out, and sometimes that throws everybody for a loop. You might have done a better job cooling your tires off than the next guy, or his car might react different the next time around. Every time I went out my front end turned less and less and less. Again, you can adjust that -- you can adjust air pressure and free the thing up and counter that a little bit but you can’t go too far. There’s a lot of things right there. There’s a lot to learn on everybody’s aspect. I’ll tell you what, this shows you what’s happened with our sport right now is how close everything is. These are Martinsville times on a mile-and-a-half race track. It’s pretty hard to grasp right now.”


Do you have a handle on this new qualifying format? “Well, I’ve never had a firm grasp on qualifying obviously, if look at my qualifying record. However, it is a breath of fresh air to have a good day in qualifying and at least bounce back after not even making the second cut there last weekend. Happy and proud for my guys -- we’ve been fast since we unloaded. That’s a huge confidence-builder on these mile-and-a-half tracks and they make up the most part of our season.”


BRIAN VICKERS, No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing

Starting Position:  9th 

How was qualifying? “Ninth, that’s not too bad for the Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota. We should have been top-three if not on the pole. We had a really fast car but we struggled on execution. Getting jammed up, knowing when to go out -- things like that. We have to improve on execution during qualifying. On the speed side, I was really proud of the guys. We did a great job of getting the car fast. On that first run we were really fast. The biggest thing that disturbed me about the whole deal are the policies on qualifying. We don’t have impact data on 170-180 MPH differential impacts. If I hit someone with those speed discrepancies that’s going to be really bad for everyone. Unquestionably it’s more exciting for the fans. It’s fun, interesting, but there are some things that have to take place. That’s the most dangerous thing I’ve ever done in a race car.”


JEFF BURTON, No. 66 Let’s Go Places Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing

Starting Position:  19th

How was qualifying? “It’s nerve-wracking. The strategy and that -- after everybody had run that first time we were sitting there P12. We knew people would go faster the second time out. We didn’t want to go out and run -- we had to go out and run. Any other track where the tires don’t pick up the second time you go out -- we would have been sitting pretty where we could have sat there. Having to go out twice the first time put us in a position where we got hot when we went out the second time. It was really, really close. Just from being hot. That’s nerve-wracking -- it really is.”



  • Joey Logano won the pole
  • Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer, Austin Dillon and Jimmie Johnson rounded out top five.
  • Vickers was quickest in the first of three rounds.


Rank     Driver                                    Time                Speed

1            Joey Logano                         27.939             193.278  

2            Brad Keselowski                   27.965             193.099  

3            Clint Bowyer                       28.021             192.713  

4            Austin Dillon                          28.026             192.678  

5            Jimmie Johnson                   28.038             192.596  

6            Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.            28.038             192.596  

7            Jamie McMurray                  28.067             192.397  

8            Aric Almirola                         28.076             192.335  

9            Brian Vickers                       28.087             192.260  

10          Ryan Newman                      28.134             191.939  

11          Carl Edwards                        28.185             191.591  

12          Martin Truex, Jr.                   28.197             191.510  

13          Kasey Kahne                        28.175             191.659  

14          Dale Earnhardt, Jr.               28.181             191.618  

15          Jeff Gordon                          28.181             191.618  

16          Kevin Harvick                       28.184             191.598  

17          Kyle Larson                           28.199             191.496  

18          A.J. Allmendinger                 28.200             191.489  

19          Jeff Burton                          28.208             191.435  

20          Kyle Busch                            28.216             191.381  

21          Paul Menard                         28.282             190.934  

22          Danica Patrick                      28.340             190.543  

23          Kurt Busch                            28.346             190.503  

24          Tony Stewart                        28.494             189.514  

24          Tony Stewart                        28.352             190.463  

25          Greg Biffle                            28.362             190.396  

26          David Ragan                         28.437             189.893  

27          Denny Hamlin                       28.456             189.767  

28          Cole Whitt                             28.474             189.647  

29          Matt Kenseth                         28.522             189.328  

30          Casey Mears                        28.532             189.261  

31          Josh Wise                             28.594             188.851  

32          Parker Kligerman                  28.596             188.838  

33          David Gilliland                       28.619             188.686  

34          Trevor Bayne                        28.658             188.429  

35          Michael McDowell                28.682             188.271  

36          Alex Bowman                       28.698             188.166  

37          Justin Allgaier                        28.813             187.415  

38          Michael Annett                      28.908             186.800  

39          Ryan Truex                           28.991             186.265  

40          Reed Sorenson                     29.028             186.027  

41          Timmy Hill                             29.115             185.471  

42          Travis Kvapil                         29.135             185.344  

43          Marcos Ambrose                  29.922             180.469  

44          Blake Koch                           28.926             186.683  

45          Landon Cassill                       29.000             186.207  

46          Dave Blaney                         29.010             186.143  

47          Joe Nemechek                     29.537             182.822  

48          J.J. Yeley                              29.827             181.044  

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