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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):
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)
PROVISIONALS - THE CHART - OWNERS POINTS
|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|
|48||48||x||328||19||Ray Evernham||Casey Atwood||0||4||3||3|
|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|
|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|
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