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« on: March 26, 2007, 02:10:18 PM »

Quite a surprise that Kahne made it after wrecking, but he did work his way back up through the field by the end, I guess.   Nothing against DJ personally, but it doesn't break my heart to see him drop out of the top 35.  Too bad  he still has two more Past Champions' Charity Provisionals to use.   Angry  Glad Nemechk's failing to make this race did not drop him out of the top 35.  Ward's only made two races and he's still 3 positions higher than Jarrett?   Grin

From Jayski:

"Top-35 in Owners Points and a guaranteed starting spot at Martinsville Speedway are set:
the following drivers/teams are in the top-35 in owners points:
30) #96-Raines/HOF Racing 404, +73
31) #14-Marlin/Ginn Racing 400, +69
32) #45-Petty/Petty Enterprises 382, +51
33) #88-Rudd/RYR 374, +43
34) #9-Kahne/Evernham 365, +34
35) #70-Sauter/Haas CNC Racing 365, 34 pts ahead of 36th
these teams and drivers must qualify by speed:
36) #4-Burton/Morgan-McClure Motorsports 331, 34 pts behind 35th
37) #22-Blaney/Bill Davis Racing 325, -40
38) #83-Vickers/Team Red Bull 322, -43
39) #44-Jarrett/Michael Waltrip Racing 320 [has 2 champ provisionals left to use], -45
40) #21-Schrader-Wood/ Wood Brothers 320, -45
41) #49-Bliss/BAM Racing 287, -78
42) #15-Menard/DEI 281, -84
43) #10-Riggs/Evernham 265, -100
(3-25-2007)"
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2007, 04:48:50 PM »

To put it another way, three teams (#13, #14, #70) have now earned a free starting spot at Martinsville, while the #10, #21, and #22 must now earn their way into the field.

And it's possible that only one Toyota team will make the next race. Wink
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2007, 08:53:01 PM »

Speaking of Nemechek, I still think there is something wrong with a system and a car owner that puts him in the position.  After all these years, he should, as well as any other driver, be able to qualify to race and not be limited on whether or not his owner has points on the car he is driving.  JMO
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2007, 04:34:11 PM »

Ward's only made two races and he's still 3 positions higher than Jarrett?   Grin

Good for him, but no matter how well he does, the #4 team is out of the mix to be locked in for any race for the entire season and even the start of 2008! Shocked

Why?  The #4 team points is actually the #09 points from Daytona and California, plus the #4 from the three races since.  Only one problem: the #09 team did not show up at California the week after Mike Wallace's remarkable run in the #09 at the Daytona 500.  NASCAR rules stipulate that, for a team to take an automatic qualifying position, the team must attempt all the races in that season and be in the top 35 in points.  Otherwise, the team must qualify on time for the entire season.  The same status would apply for the first five races of the following year, as the rules stand now.

So it's possible that the 36th-place team would qualify for a race automatically, instead of the #4 ahead of it.
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