WINSTON CUP PROVISIONAL STATUS
and OWNERS POINTS PAGE

Updated 11-21-2000

The Winston Cup teams provisional status priority
is based on 2000 OWNER points

REMEMBER, OWNERS and DRIVERS points are NOT the same!!


Provisional Rules The Main Chart - Owners Points provisionals Used by Track DNQ's by Race Champs Provisional Page Where'd They Finish



Three teams that have started every race and not used a provisional in 2000(thru 11-18-2000): #'s 6-Martin, 24-Gordon, and 88-Jarrett.

Did you know? #24-Jeff Gordon has never used a provisional in his Winston Cup career, he started 40th at Atlanta in 1994 when there were only two provisional spots, 41 and 42. And #88-Dale Jarrett has never uses a provisional with the #88 team.

No teams/driver have qualified for every race in the first round: #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr was the last one before Sears Point(6-23-2000), Excluding the Daytona 500 with it's different qualifying with the Twin 125's.

Provisionals - Who used them at the latest race and who missed the race and why
Provisionals used at Atlanta
(starting place was determined using 2000 OWNERS points standings):

Starting
Place
Car# Driver Owner
Standing
37 99 Jeff Burton 2
38 28 Ricky Rudd 6
39 31 Mike Skinner 12
40 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr 17
41 43 John Andretti 25
42 77 Robert Pressley 26*
43 66 Darrell Waltrip 39*
* lost an allotted provisional as the team is not in the top 25 in OWNERS points.(see rules below on this).

provisionals Used by Track in 2000


The following drivers/teams missed the race at Atlanta - DNQ's - Did Not Qualify(Prov place in parans) ranked by speed in qualifying:

The following team(s) were not high enough in the owners points to use a provisional or fast enough to make the top 36:

(car#, driver,owners standings,speed,owners points)

  #9-Stacy Compton(40th), 189.577, 31
  #60-Hermie Sadler(38th and out of provisionals), 189.493, 28
  #90-Hut Stricklin(43rd), 189.448, 25
  #71-Dick Trickle(46th), 189.138, 22
  #91-Blaise Alexander(52nd), 188.796, 19
  #80-Morgan Shepherd(n/a), 187.837, 16
  #61-Tim Sauter(63rd), 187.513, 13
  #41-Larry Foyt(n/a, 186.799, 10
  #16-Kevin Lepage(27th), 186.686, 7
  #85-Carl Long(51st), 186.516, 4
  #27-Mike Bliss(37th), 182.105, 1
  #44-Steve Grissom(41st), 181.717, 1
  #84-Norm Benning(64th), 0.000, 1

Teams that do NOT make the race are awarded OWNERS points, in order of fastest speed.

Did Not Qualify List Page(DNQ) by Race
PROVISIONALS - THE RULES

What the heck is a provisional starting spot?

A brief, simple explanation:
Six provisional starting spots are available for positions 37-42. These positions are based on the current NASCAR Winston Cup Series car OWNER points. The 43rd and final starting position is available to any eligible past NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion who fails to make the field through qualifying, starting with the most recent champion. If there are no eligible past champions, the 43rd spot will be filled through current NASCAR Winston Cup Series car OWNER points, with the team highest in the OWNER points, not in the field, getting the spot.

Why does NASCAR use the provisional starting system?

The theory, from what I am told, is that it protects the teams that attempt to make all the races. It allows a team to 'have a bad day' if they fail to qualify for the race or encounter problems.

How many provisionals per race?

There are seven provisional positions and a starting field to 43 cars every race. Six spots are awarded by the use of provisionals based on OWNERS points. The seventh is awarded to a past champion who has not OTHERWISE qualified for the race. If no past champ needs the provisional, the next team in the OWNER points will be awarded a provisional. There is not a Winston West Provisional available for any of the west coast races.

before 1994 not sure how it was handled
1994 - two
1995 - four
1996 - four plus 1 champs(if no champ used it, it went unused)
1997 - four plus 1 champs(if no champ used it, the next team in owners points got it)
1998 - six plus 1 champs(if no champ used it, the next team in owners points got it)
1999 - six plus 1 champs(if no champ used it, the next team in owners points got it)

How are provisionals awarded?

Teams are awarded a provisional spot based on the teams position in the OWNERS points. OWNERS and DRIVERS points are different. Teams that use more then one driver during a season still generate OWNERS points for the same team/owner.

Teams who have attempted ALL the Cup races get the provisional awarded first, then it goes down the order by attempts, then OWNERS points.(Note: while the #42/01 has not attempted all the races, they did show up and practice before Kenny Irwin was killed, so it can be assumed NASCAR waived the full attempt and is allowing the team to use provisionals)

How are provisionals awarded at the beginning of the season?

In 2000(as in 1999), provisional starting positions 37-42 will be awarded based on OWNERS points. The 43rd spot is awarded to any Past Champion who is not otherwise eligible. If no past champion needs the provisional it falls back to the next un-qualified team in the owners points. The previous season OWNERS point standings will be used through the fourth race at Atlanta. Starting with the fifth race at Darlington the current season OWNER points standings are used to determine provisional starting spots.

New teams start out the season with ZERO provisionals until the fifth race (Atlanta), UNLESS, the driver is a past WINSTON CUP champion, then the team can use the final provisional spot. The team is deducted a provisional if used in this manner(like the #66 team and Darrell Waltrip in 1999)

How many provisionals are the teams allotted for the season?

Each existing team starts the season with four(4) and earns one more after their eighth(Martinsville), 16th(Sears Point), 24th(Darlington) and 32nd(Phoenix) attempted race. So if a team is out of provisionals 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.
New teams are allotted their provisionals starting at the fifth race of the season, Darlington in 2000

In reality, teams are not really allotted provisionals but are charged one if used, unless they are in the top 25 in OWNERS points. The rule is 'a team can use four charged provisionals starting spots in the first 7 races of the season. If a team is in the top 25, they will not be charged a provisional. So if a team was out of the top 25 in owners points and is charged all four provisionals and then gets into the top 25, that team can still use a provisional spot because it will NOT be charged

Unused provisionals in the previous year are not carried forward to the next season.

How do the OWNERS get points? How do they differ from the DRIVERS points?

All teams, who pass inspection and fail to make the race, get OWNER points based on the fastest 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. Points are awarded as follows: fastest who fails to qualify gets 31 points, then it goes in order: 28,25,22,19,16,13,10,7,4,1 - all remaining car owners get 1 point for the team race attempt.

Are there any restrictions using a provisional?

There is no longer a restriction to that a team has to be in Top 40 in OWNER points to be eligible to be awarded a provisional starting spot(this was changed prior to the 1998 season).

If a team is currently in the top 25 in owner points, a provisional start is awarded but a provisional is not charged against the total allowed. Only teams 26th or worse in OWNERS points will be charged a provisional. If a team stays in the top 25 all season, it can use a provisional spot for every race.

What happens if at least 43 cars attempt a race but more then one team is out of provisionals and fails to qualify for the race with still a spot open in the field?

If one or a few of the teams without provisionals fail to get in on speed, then the part time teams(don't attempt all races and are deep in the OWNERS points) get a shot at the provisionals, lining up by Owners Points. If spots are still available, then the teams without provisionals get placed in the field by fastest qualifying speed until all 43 spots are filled

What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

Provisionals are not used in case of rain. A new rule in 2000:
If it is the first 4 races of the season and the past season OWNERS points are used then:

#1) - previous season Owner Points
#2) - Race winners from the previous and current season not already in the field
#3) - Past Winston Cup Champions not in by 1 and 2
#4) - Current season Owner Points
#5) - Qualifying draw order
No more by the postmark on the entry blank

If is past the first four races then:
#1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
#2) - Race winners from the current season not already in the field
#3) - Past Winston Cup Champions not in by 1 and 2
#4) - Qualifying draw order

In the Busch series, can a CUP driver use a provisional?

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 does not apply to former BGN champs(David Green, Bobby Labonte, Joe Nemechek, Steve Grissom, etc)



* 100 points deducted after NASCAR penalized the team 100 owners and Gordon 100 drivers points(9-12-2000)

Chart updated thru end of the season, based on 2000 OWNERS Points
PROVISIONALS - THE CHART - OWNERS POINTS
Pos Prior 1999
Owner
Points
2000
Owner
Points
Car# Owner Driver Provs
Used
Provs
Left
Race
Attempts
Races
Started
1 1 2 5130 18 Joe Gibbs Bobby Labonte 2 8 34 34
2 3 7 4865 3 Richard Childress Dale Earnhardt 5 8 34 34
3 2 5 4836 99 Robert Corn Jeff Burton 5 8 34 34
4 4 1 4684 88 Robert Yates Dale Jarrett 0 8 34 34
5 6 19 4575 28 Robert Yates Ricky Rudd 2 8 34 34
6 5 4 4570 20 Joe Gibbs Tony Stewart 4 8 34 34
7 7 8 4544 2 Roger Penske Rusty Wallace 1 8 34 34
8 8 3 4410 6 Jack Roush Mark Martin 0 8 34 34
9 9 6 4361 24 Rick Hendrick Jeff Gordon 0 8 34 34
10 10 9 4152 22 Bill Davis Ward Burton 3 8 34 34
11 11 14 3934 1 Dale Earnhardt Steve Park 3 8 34 34
12 12 10 3898 31 Richard Childress Mike Skinner 1 8 34 34
13 13 35 3741 10 Tim Beverely Johnny Benson 2 8 34 33
14 14 49 3711 17 Mark Martin Matt Kenseth 7 8 34 34
15 15 12 3669 5 Rick Hendrick Terry Labonte 11 8 34 34
16 16 15 3534 33 Andy Petree Joe Nemechek 2 8 34 34
17 17 48 3516 8 Dale Earnhardt Dale Earnhardt Jr 2 8 34 34
18 19 21 3410 94 Bill Elliott Bill Elliott 3 8 34 34
19 18 32 3398 36 Nelson Bowers Ken Schrader 5 7 34 34
20 21 16 3363 40 Felix Sabates Sterling Marlin 10 8 34 34
21 20 11 3287 12 Michael Kranefuss Jeremy Mayfield 3 8 34 34
22 24 18 3273 25 Joe Hendrick Jr Jerry Nadeau 2 7 34 34
23 22 23 3247 97 Georgetta Roush Kurt Busch 15 8 34 34
24 23 20 3188 26 Travis Carter Jimmy Spencer 6 8 34 34
25 25 17 3169 43 Richard Petty John Andretti 4 8 34 34
26 26 39 3055 77 Doug Bawel Robert Pressley 8 2 34 34
27 29 22 2874 55 Andy Petree Kenny Wallace 4 6 34 34
28 28 30 2849 01 Felix Sabates Bobby Hamilton Jr 10 0 33 31
29 27 25 2830 16 Geoffrey Smith Kevin Lepage 7 4 34 32
30 30 29 2797 7 James Mattei Michael Waltrip 7 1 34 34
31 31 24 2781 21 Glen Wood Elliott Sadler 6 3 34 33
32 32 13 2715 4 Larry McClure Bobby Hamilton 10 2 34 34
33 33 50 2681 93 Gail Davis Dave Blaney 3 5 34 33
34 34 34 2453 75 Darwin Oordt Wally Dallenbach 7 1 34 30
35 35 x 2389 14 AJ Foyt Rick Mast 1 7 34 27
36 36 37 2267 11 Diane Bodine Brett Bodine 4 4 34 29
37 38 27 2144 60 Joe Bessey Hermie Sadler 8 0 34 25
38 37 42 2122 27 Jack Birmingham Mike Bliss 7 1 34 30
39 39 38 2091 66 Carl Haas Darrell Waltrip 8 0 34 28
40 40 36 2056 9 Mark Melling Stacy Compton 7 1 34 28
41 42 x 2044 32 Calvin Wells Scott Pruett 3 5 34 28
42 41 26 2002 44 Kyle Petty Steve Grissom 8 1 34 22
43 44 x 1517 13 Michael Held Robby Gordon 6 0 24 18
44 43 44 1510 90 Junie Donlavey Hut Stricklin 7 1 34 18
45 45 46 1393 50 Hal Hicks Ricky Craven 0 6 24 16
46 46 43 1298 71 Helen Marcis Dave Marcis 7 1 34 12
47 47 40 537 41 Larry Hedrick inactive 3 2 9 7
48 48 x 328 19 Ray Evernham Casey Atwood 0 4 3 3
49 49 53 318 15 Robert Fenley inactive 0 4 6 4
50 50 x 314 196 Calvin Wells Andy Houston 0 4 5 5
51 51 57 314 185 Thee Dixon Carl Long 2 2 11 3
52 52 45 281 91 Joe Falk Blaise Alexander 0 4 7 2
53 53 x 144 45 Kyle Petty Kyle Petty 0 4 3 2
54 x x 121 46 Travis Carter Todd Bodine 0 0 1 1
57 54 x 80 98 Chip MacPherson Jeff Fuller 0 4 2 2
58 55 x 68 123 Patrica Spencer Boris Said 0 4 2 1
59 56 x 64 57 Bobby Hamilton Bobby Hamilton Jr 0 4 1 1
60 57 x 54 72 Tex Powell Dwayne Leik 0 4 3 0
61 x x 52 00 Billy Jones Buckshot Jones 0 0 1 1
62 58 x 50 95 Earl Sadler David Keith 0 4 2 0
63 59 x 41 152 Bill Baird Bill Baird 0 4 2 0
64 60 x 40 02 Roger Penske Ryan Newman 0 4 1 1
65 61 x 37 34 Frank Cicci Todd Bodine 0 4 1 1
66 62 x 34 87 Joe Nemechek Ron Fellows 0 4 1 1
67 x x 34 35 Andy Petree Geoffrey Bodine 0 0 1 1
68 63 x 28(A) 161 Steve Coulter Tim Sauter 0 4 2 0
69 64 x 18 184 Norm Benning Norm Benning 0 4 3 0
70 65 55 16 189 Terry Cameron Austin Cameron 0 4 1 0
71 x 52 16 80 Stan Hoover Morgan Shepherd 0 0 1 0
72 66 54 13 96 Beau Petty Greg Sacks 0 4 1 0
73 67 x 10 89 William Gerhart Bobby Gerhart 0 4 1 0
74 68 x 7 48 Mark Smith inactive 0 4 1 0
75 69 x 1 134 Jackie Kersee inactive 0 4 1 0
76 70 x 1 65 Paul Medlin Dan Pardus 0 4 1 0
x x x (A) 223 Bill Davis Scott Wimmer 0 0 1 1
x x x (A) 141 AJ Foyt Larry Foyt 0 0 1 0


(A) Since Wimmer, Larry Foyt and Tim Sauter entered the NAPA 500 at Atlanta after the entry deadline,
the teams are not eligible for owners points per NASCAR rules.




OTHER JAYSKI PROVISIONAL PAGES

Provisionals Used by Track DNQ's by Race Champs Provisional Page
Rules and Chart
Where'd They Finish Final 1999 Provisional Status Page 2001 Provisional Status Page



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