WINSTON CUP PROVISIONAL STATUS
and OWNERS POINTS PAGE

Updated 1-20-1999


Provisional Questions and Changes: Have heard via the Winston Cup Scene and That's Racin' that there will be changes in the Cup provisionals for the 1999 season. Nothing is finalized yet, but NASCAR hopes to get the changes done by the end of this week(1-18-1999)

Provisional Changes: NASCAR officials are considering more changes in the guidelines for race provisionals next season, including limiting the number of times a driver can use the past champion provisional.(JournalNow)(11-2-1998)

The Winston Cup teams provisional status priority
based on 1998 OWNER points as listed below.

Provisional Rules The Main Chart - Owners Points Provs used by track and team Did Not Qualify by Race


PROVISIONALS - THE RULES
Teams that did used a provisional in the 1998 season and have started all the races: #'s 2, 24, 43, and 88. No team qualified for every race in the first round(Gordon was close, he failed once all year to qualify first round, excluding the Daytona 500's wacky but exciting qualifying).
Provisionals used for the NAPA 500 at Atlanat (starting place was determined using 1998 OWNERS points standings(in parenthesis):

37th-#3(8)
38th-#5(9)
39th-#36(15)
40th-#26(21)
41st-#44(30)
42nd-#81(31)
43rd-#35(41/champ)

The # 44 and 81 teams lost an allotted provisional(since it's the last race doesn't matter anyhow) as they all were in the top 25 in points(see rules below on this).
Five teams missed the NAPA 500 at Atlanta - DNQ's - Did Not Qualify(Prov place in parans):
#75-Rick Mast(36)
#98-Rich Bickle(38)
#96-Steve Grissom(43)
#80-Andy Hillenburg(61)
#08-Harris DeVane(none)
See chart below for all the 1998 DNQ's.

Teams are awarded a provisional spot based on the teams position in the OWNERS points. OWNERS and DRIVERS points are different. Teams such as the #50, #30, #31, #98 who have substitute drivers still generate OWNERS points for the teams.
There is no longer a restriction to that a team has to be in Top 40 in OWNER points to be eligibile to be awarded a provisional starting spot. If a team is currently in the top 25 in owner points, a provisional start is awarded but the provisionals remaining to that team are not reduced. In other words, only teams below 25th in owner points will lose one from the total provisionals they have remaining.
NASCAR has increased the number of provisional starting positions available at each event from four(sometimes 5 when the Champ Provisioanl was used) to seven positions, while increasing the starting field to 43 cars every race. There is no longer a Winston West Provisional available for any of the west coast races.
In 1998 provisional starting positions 37-43 rather than 39-42 will be awarded based on OWNERS points. The 1997 OWNERS point standings were used through the fourth week at Atlanta. Starting with the fifth week at Darlington the 1998 owner points standings were used to determine provisional starting spots. Teams who have attempted ALL the Cup races get the provisional awarded first, then it goes down the order by attempts, then OWNERS points
Each team starts the season with four(4) and earns one more after their eighth(Martinsville), 16th(Sears Point), 24th(Darlington) and 32nd(Rockingham) attempted race. So if a team is out of provisonals going into the 8th race and they make a qualifying run, they earn a provisional and can use it in that race if their speed does not get them into the field.

Unused provisionals in the previous year are not carried forward to the nest season.
All teams, who pass inspection and fail to make the race, get OWNER points based on the quickest non-qualifier to the slowest earn the position/points immediately below the last car in the field. These points will be included with those earned from the races to establish car/owner priority in gaining a provisional for the race. The driver get NO points for making an attempt, this is why OWNERS points and DRIVERS points for the same team will sometimes differ, if a driver misses a race. For Instance: Sterling Marlin's DRIVER points are not the same as the #40 team OWNER points, because they misses a race early in the season and were awarded OWNERS points.
The 43rd and last starting position is the seventh provisional and will be available to a car owner who has a former NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion as his driver, if he has not otherwise qualified or if he does not make the field any other way. If no past champ has failed to qualify for the race then the 43rd spot goes to the next team in the owner points.(or NASCAR's decretion) If no former champion needs the spot, the 43rd position will be set using criteria from the event's entry blank, such as the Winston West provisional or the next car owner in points who has not made the race as long as they have not used their allotment of provisionals
There is only one former champion's provisional. It goes to the most recent champion when two champions fail to qualify. These do not count towards the provisionals used as they are by Owners points and the Champions Provisional is based on past driver performance and a past champion can use as many of these as are awarded through the whole season.
After observing the way NASCAR is awarding provisionals in 1998, I think I have it figured out. If there is one former champion not qualified, NASCAR awards him the champ prov(such as Labonte at Martinsville). If more than one it looks like NASCAR awards the highest ranking champ on owners points a regular prov and the next former champ the champ prov. An example would be Darrell Waltrip being awarded the champ prov at Bristol and Dale Earnhardt and Bill Elliott being awarded regular provisionals based on owner points. But at Texas, Labonte and Elliott were awarded regular provsionals and Lake Speed took the 43rd spot.
NASCAR uses their descretion in awarding the final spot. Other provisionals are possible should the race be a combination event with another series, like the Winston West series with WC events at Sears Point and Phoenix and the Busch North series with BGN events.
Former NASCAR Winston Cup Champions still active on the circuit are(most recent): Jeff Gordon; Terry Labonte; Dale Earnhardt; Rusty Wallace; Bill Elliott and Darrell Waltrip.
Provisionals are not used in case of rain as was the case in 1997 at Richmond and Texas. In the event of rain, the top 35 positions are based on OWNER points and the rest of the field is filled by former race winner, WC Champion and based on Date/Time on the entry form for the event.
If a Busch Series driver also drives in the Winston Cup Series and is 35th or higher in Cup driver points he cannot take a provisional in the Busch Series. This supposedly does not apply to former BGN champs
Additional Story on Provisionals can be found at NASCAR Online - NASCAR increases provisionals.



This chart updated thru Atlanta
PROVISIONALS - THE CHART
Pos Prior Owner
Points
Car# Owner Driver Provs
Used
Provs
Left
Race
Attempts
Races
Started
1 1 5328 24 Rick Hendrick Jeff Gordon 0 8 33 33
2 2 4969 6 Jack Roush Mark Martin 1 8 33 33
3 3 4619 88 Robert Yates Dale Jarrett 0 8 33 33
4 4 4501 2 Roger Penske Rusty Wallace 0 8 33 33
5 5 4415 99 Robert Corn Jeff Burton 3 8 33 33
6 6 4180 18 Joe Gibbs Bobby Labonte 3 8 33 33
7 7 4157 12 Michael Kranefuss Jeremy Mayfield 3 8 33 33
8 8 3928 3 Richard Childress Dale Earnhardt 8 8 33 33
9 9 3901 5 Rick Hendrick Terry Labonte 3 8 33 33
10 10 3783 4 Larry McClure Bobby Hamilton 13 6 33 33
11 11 3682 43 Richard Petty John Andretti 0 8 33 33
12 13 3675 33 Andy Petree Ken Schrader 2 8 33 33
13 12 3635 23 Travis Carter Jimmy Spencer 4 8 33 33
14 14 3558 40 Felix Sabates Sterling Marlin 1 8 33 32
15 15 3475 36 Read Morton Ernie Irvan 8 6 33 33
16 16 3455 94 Bill Elliott Bill Elliott 4 8 33 33
17 17 3454 97 Georgetta Roush Chad Little 9 7 33 32
18 19 3399 31 Richard Childress Mike Skinner 1 7 33 33
19 18 3374 21 Glen Wood Michael Waltrip 4 8 33 32
20 20 3352 22 Bill Davis Ward Burton 1 8 33 33
21 21 3247 16 Geoffrey Smith Kevin Lepage 8 8 33 33
22 22 3179 26 Evan Lyall Johnny Benson 11 8 33 32
23 23 3131 10 Ricky Rudd Ricky Rudd 2 8 33 33
24 24 2925 42 Felix Sabates Joe Nemechek 1 8 33 32
25 25 2907 11 Brett Bodine Brett Bodine 6 7 33 33
26 27 2874 7 James Mattei Geoff Bodine 7 1 33 32
27 26 2801 50 Joe Hendrick Jr Wally Dallenbach 7 8 33 33
28 28 2790 1 Teresa Earnhardt Steve Park 9 2 33 30
29 29 2788 28 Robert Yates Kenny Irwin 4 6 33 32
30 32 2709 90 Junie Donlavey Dick Trickle 10 4 33 32
31 30 2675 44 Kyle Petty Kyle Petty 7 3 33 33
32 31 2656 81 Filbert Martocci Kenny Wallace 4 4 33 31
33 33 2601 77 Doug Bawel Robert Pressley 7 3 33 32
34 34 2556 9 Harry Melling Jerry Nadeau 7 1 33 33
35 35 2516 91 Joe Falk Todd Bodine 6 2 33 30
36 36 2383 75 Butch Mock Rick Mast 5 3 33 30
37 37 2368 41 Larry Hedrick David Green 15 1 33 28
38 39 2326 13 Dan Marino Ted Musgrave 5 3 33 30
39 38 2292 98 Cale Yarborough Rich Bickle 6 2 33 28
40 40 2289 30 Chuck Rider Derrike Cope 7 1 33 29
41 41 2180 35 Bob Hancher/Tim Beverely Darrell Waltrip 16 5 33 24
42 42 2139 46 Caroyln Sabates Jeff Green 2 6 33 25
43 43 1919 96 Buz McCall Steve Grissom 3 5 33 26
44 44 1470 71 Helen Marcis Dave Marcis 2 6 33 13
45 45 1053 78 Jim Wilson Gary Bradberry 0 6 27 12
46 46 696 8 William Stavola Morgan Shepherd 1 4 14 8
47 47 406 00 Billy Jones/Stavolas Buckshot Jones 0 4 8 5
48 48 322 29 Gary Bechtel shut down 1 3 7 3
49 49 285 47 Billy Standridge Billy Standridge 0 4 6 4
50 50 278 17 Darrell Waltrip sold to Beverley 4 4 5 5
51 51 170 95 Earl Sadler ? 0 4 5 1
52 52 160 07 Hal Hicks Dan Pardus 0 4 7 1
53 53 152 19 Kurt Roehrig Tony Raines 0 4 6 1
54 54 128 92 Gary Bechtel ? 0 4 2 2
55 55 121 17 Tim Beverley see #35 0 4 1 1
56 56 106 89 Bill Elliott Dennis Setzer 0 4 1 1
57 57 101 79 Ted Walters Ken Bouchard 0 4 6 0
58 58 99 15 Bud Moore ? 0 4 3 2
59 59 94 73 Linda Barkdoll Mike Wallace 0 4 1 1
60 60 86 85 Francis Dixon Randy MacDonald 0 4 4 0
61 61 79 80 Stanton Hover Jr Andy Hillenburg 0 4 4 0
62 62 44 59 Ed Schrer Mark Gibson Brian Cunningham 0 4 2 0
63 63 38 05 Cindy Shepherd Morgan Shepherd 0 4 3 0
64 64 37 55 Andy Petree Hut Stricklin 0 4 1 1
65 65 28 45   Jeff Ward 0 4 1 0
66 66 25 19 Kathy Smith Tony Raines 0 4 1 0
67 67 25 58 Lawrence Johnson Larry Gunselman 0 4 2 0
68 68 22 60 Geoff Smith Matt Kenseth 0 4 1 0
69 69 20 14 Richard Jackson Lance Hooper 0 4 2 0
70 70 19 54 AJ Foyt Bobby Gerhart 0 4 1 0
71 72 19 08 ? Harris DeVane 0 4 1 0
72 71 0 37 Tamara Turner ? 0 4 1 0
73 73 0 38 William Stroppe Butch Gilliland 0 4 1 0
74 74 0 70 Ed Ash Rick Ware 0 4 1 0



PROVISIONAL'S USED BY TRACK and CAR#
Race# Track 37th 38th 39th 40th 41st 42nd 43rd
1 Daytona 16 28 44 10 41 11 17(CH)
2 Rockingham 3 18 98 36 9 97 17(2CH)
3 Las Vegas 33 28(2) 50 41(2) 4 8 9(2)
4 Atlanta 33(2) 16(2) 44(2) 41(3) 4(2) 36(2) 17(3CH)
5 Darlington 12 4(3) 36(3) 44(3) 35 29 17(4CH)
6 Bristol 3(2) 94 22 4(4) 90 41(4) 1(5CH for DW
1st for #1)
7 Texas 5 94(2) 23 21 90(2) 41(5) 9(3)
8 Martinsville 26 97(2) 90(3) 7 30 13 5(2-1CH)
9 Talladega 12(2) 6 26(2) 16(3) 11(2) 41(6) 77
10 California 21(2) 11(3) 50(2) 97(3) 41(7) 35(2) 3(1-CH,2-REG)
11 Charlotte 21(3) 99(1) 26(3) 4(5) 16(4) 81(1) 1(6CH-DW
2-#1)
12 Dover 99(2) 4(6) 97(4) 50(3) 41(8) 91(1) 1(7CH-DW,3rd-team)
13 Richmond 23(2) 3(3-reg;1 CH) 4(7) 75(1) 7(2) 1(4) 30(2)
14 Michigan 97(5) 90(4) 77(2) 41(9) 31(1) 44(4) 96(1)
15 Pocono 26(4) 41(10) 7(3) 9(4) 30(3) 91(2) 35(3)
16 Sears Point 50(4) 90(5) 41(11) 9(5) 30(4) 91(3) 94(1st-CH;
has used 2 reg)
17 Loudon 4(8) 21(4) 26(5) 41(12) 77(3) 7(4) 91(4)
18 Pocono 4(9) 11(4) 77(4) 7(5) 30(5) 13(2) 98(2)
19 Indianapolis 94(3) 16(5) 26(6) 11(5) 9(6) 75(2) 35(8CH-DW;
1st CH by team;
team has used 3 reg)
20 Watkins Glen 18(2) 97(6) 90(6) 41(13) 91(5) 30(6) 35(9CH-DW;
2nd CH by team;
team has used 3 reg)
21 Michigan 3(4-reg;1 CH) 26(7) 16(6) 97(7) 11(6) 41(14) 35(10CH-DW;
3rd CH by team;
team has used 3 reg)
22 Bristol 36(4) 50(5) 90(7) 91(6) 13(3) 96(2) 35(11CH-DW;
4th CH by team;
team has used 3 reg)
23 Loudon 40(1) 26(8) 1(1 reg
3CH with DW)
98(3) 96(3) 71(1) 35(12CH-DW;
5th CH by team;
team has used 3 reg)
24 Darlington 28(3) 41(15) 81(2) 98(4) 46(1) 13(4) 35(13CH-DW;
6th CH by team;
team has used 3 reg)
25 Richmond 12(3) 16(7) 42(1) 1(2 reg
3CH with DW)
90(8) 7(6) 35(14CH-DW;
7th CH by team;
team has used 3 reg)
26 Dover 4(10) 97(8) 50(6) 77(5) 75(3) 98(5) 3(2nd champ, 4-reg)
27 Martinsville 23(3) 1(3 reg
3-CH with DW)
28(4) 9(7) 75(4) 30(7) 71(2)
28 Charlotte 26(9) 1(4 reg
3-CH with DW)
7(7) 77(6) 75(5) 98(6) 35(15CH-DW;
8th CH by team;
team has used 3 reg)
29 Talladega 4(11) 16(8) 50(7) 90(9) 44(5) 81(3) 35(16CH-DW;
9th CH by team;
team has used 3 reg)
30 Daytona 4(12) 23(4) 36(5) 26(10) 10(2) 44(6) 35(17CH-DW;
10th CH by team;
team has used 3 reg)
31 Phoenix 18(2) 99(3) 3(5reg,2CH) 5(2reg,1CH) 36(6) 97(9) 35(18CH-DW;
11th CH by team;
team has used 3 reg)
32 Rockingham 36(7) 1(5reg,3CH/DW) 90(10) 77(7) 13(5) 46(2) 35(19CH-DW;
12th CH by team;
team has used 3 reg)
33 Atlanta 3(6reg,2CH) 5(3reg,1CH) 36(8) 26(11) 44(7) 81(4) 35(20CH-DW;
13th CH by team;
team has used 3 reg)
NUMBER OF PROVISIONAL'S USED BY EACH TEAM IN PARENTHESIS
The #41 Team lead all teams with 15 regular provisionals used in 1998, the #35 took 16, 13 champ and 3 regular in 1998.
Darrell Waltrip has used 21 Past Champion Provisionals -
4 in the #17, 4 in the #1 and 13 in the #35



DRIVER DNQ(did not qualify) by Track 1998
# Race Drivers Who Missed The Race
Car #(Number Missed)
1 Daytona Allen #14; Benning #79; Benson #26; T Bodine #35; Bradberry #78; Clochetti #80; Dallenbach #46; D Green #96; J Green #29; Gibson #59; Pardus #07; Stricklin #8; K Wallace #81
2 Rockingham T Bodine #35(2); Bradberry #78(2); Dallenbach #46(2); LePage #91; Marcis #71; Shepherd #05
3 Las Vegas T Bodine #35(3); Bradberry #78(3); Gilliland #38; Gunselman #37; Marcis #71(2); Nadeau #13; Park #1; Raines #19;
4 Atlanta J Green #29(2); Hillinburg #95; Little #97; Marcis #71(3); Marlin #40; Park/Parsons #1(2); Shepherd #05(2)
5 Darlington Bradberry #78(4); Dallenbach #46(3); Hornaday #1(his 1st, team(3)); Marcis #71(4); Shepherd #05(3); Stricklin #8(2)
6 Bristol Bradberry #78(5); J Green #29(3); Marcis #71(5); Nemechek #42
7 Texas T Bodine #35(4); Cope #30; Hillenburg #95(2); Nadeau #13(2); Standridge #47
8 Martinsville Bradberry #78(6); Dallenbach #46(4); Marcis #71(6);
9 Talladega Bickle #98; G Bodine #7; T Bodine #35(5);Bradberry #78(7); J Green #29(4); Kenseth #60; Pardus #07(2); Strait #85(team 2); Stricklin #8(3)
10 California Bickle #98(2); Marcis #71(7); Raines #19(2); Stricklin #8(4)
11 Charlotte Marcis #71(8); Stricklin #8(5); Irwin #28; Shepherd #46(1-46;3-05;5-team); Standridge #47(2); MacDonald #85(1-85;3-team); Pardus #07(3); Hillenburg #95(3)
12 Dover T Bodine #35(6); Setzer #13(1st for Setzer; 3rd for the team);Shepherd #46(2-46;3-05;6-team)
13 Richmond Lepage #91(2); Buckshot Jones #8(his 1st;team 6th) - note Lepage drove the #96 car after failing to get the #91 in the race
14 Michigan T Bodine #35(7); Cope #30(2); Marcis #71(9); Raines #19(3)
15 Pocono Jones #00(1st with #00, 2nd including the #8); Marcis #71(10)
16 Sears Point T Bodine #35(8); Kendall #46(his 1st-teams 7th); Marcis #71(11); Rick Ware #70(1-Winston West)
17 Loudon Marcis #71(12)
18 Pocono Bradberry #78(8); Horton #35(his 1st, team 9th); MacDonald #79(his 2nd, team 2nd)
19 Indianapolis Bradberry #78(9); MacDonald #95(his 3rd, team 3rd); Cope #30(3); Stricklin #96(his 6th;team 2); R Gordon #19(his 1st; team 4); Lance Hooper #14(his 1st; team 2nd); Pardus #07(4); Allen #15(his 2nd; team 1)
20 Watkins Glen Brian Cunningham #59(his 1st; team 2nd); Larry Gunselman #58(2); Marcis #71(13)
21 Michigan(2) Bradberry #78(10); Marcis #71(14); Stricklin #96(his 7th;team 3rd); K Wallace #81(2)
22 Bristol(2) Bouchard #85(his 1st; teams 2nd); Bradberry #78(11); Grissom #41(1st miss); Marcis #71(15);
23 Loudon(2) Cope #30(4); B Jones #00(2nd with #00, 3rd including the #8); Pardus #07(withdrew); Bouchard #79(withdrew)
24 Darlington(2) Marcis #71(16); Shepherd #91(withdrew); Stricklin #96(his 8th, team 4th)
25 Richmond(2) Bickle #98(3); Bradberry #78(12); K Bouchard #79(his 2nd, team 3rd); B Jones #00(3rd with #00, 4th including the #8)
26 Dover(2) Grissom #41(2); Marcis #71(17); Shepherd #96(his 9th, team 5th)
27 Martinsville(2) Bouchard #79(his 3rd, team 4th); Bradberry #78(13); David Green #41(his 2nd, team 3rd); MacDonald #85(his 4th, team 4th)
28 Charlotte(2) J Green #46(his 5th, team 8th); Hillenburg #80(his 4th, team 2nd); MacDonald #85(his 5th, team 5th); Marcis #71(18); Raines #19(his 4th, team 5th)
29 Talladega(2) Bickle #98(4); Bradberry #78(14); Bobby Gerhart #54(1); Mast #75(1); Pardus 07(5); Rick Wilson(his 1st, team 4)
30 Daytona(2) Bradberry #78(15); Mast #75(2); Robert Pressley #77(1st); Dick Trickle #90(1st); Rick Wilson(his 2nd, team 5)
31 Phoenix Marcis #71(19); M Waltrip #21(1); Jeff Ward #45(1)
32 Rockingham Marcis #71(20); Grissom #96(his 3rd;team 6th); Andy Hillenburg #80(his 5th; team 6th)
33 Atlanta Bickle #98(5); Harris DeVane #08(1); Grissom #96(his 4th;team 7th); Andy Hillenburg #80(his 6th; team 7th); Mast #75(3)

The rules for how the field is completed and the provisional system is the best I could figure out from various magazines and website stories.

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