2003 WINSTON CUP PROVISIONAL Page
and OWNERS POINTS

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Updated 12-5-2003

the 2003 Owners Points have been used since the fifth race of the 2003 season (Darlington)

The Winston Cup teams provisional status priority
is based on 2003 OWNER points
AFTER the first FOUR 2003 Winston Cup races
REMEMBER, OWNERS and DRIVERS points are NOT the same!!


  • Changes Announced in the Provisional System for 2004: The provisional system for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series will have several changes beginning with the 2004 season, NASCAR officials announced today.
    The most significant change in the system will increase the number of cars that make the 43-car fields via qualifying times, raising the total from 36 to 38. The move reduces the amount of provisional starting positions assigned to a field from seven to five. The “champion’s” provisional remains in place for the 43rd and final starting position when applicable.
    The other key change involves the eligibility for the provisional starting positions for new car owners and also those not among the top 45 in the owner standings. Those owners are ineligible for provisionals until after their entry makes an attempt to qualify at four events. After attempting to qualify for four events, the car owner will receive two provisionals and additional ones can be earned by attempting to qualify for six events, with a season maximum of eight. Previously, those outside the top 45 and new car owners earned four initial provisionals following their first attempt to qualify for a race.
    Additional changes include:
    Car owners in the top 45 positions of the 2003 owner championship standings will receive four provisionals at the outset of the season and will receive an additional one after attempting to qualify for six events, for a season maximum of 10. The previous season maximum was eight.
    Each provisional used by a car owner during the season – regardless of standing – counts against the owner’s season allotment earned. Previously, the top 25 car owners were not charged for provisionals used after the fourth race of the season.
    In the event the number of entrants is equal to or less than the number of starting positions available for an event, provisionals assigned to fill starting positions 39 through 43 will not count toward the maximum season allotment.
    The provisional starting positions procedure for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will remain unchanged for the 2004 season. Also unchanged for 2004 in the NASCAR Busch Series will be the rule in which car owners who utilize a driver who is among the top 35 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series championship points will be ineligible for a provisional starting position.(NASCAR PR)(1-6-2004)

    • Three teams have started every race and not used a provisional in 2003 (thru 11-14-2003):
      #9-Bill Elliott; #20-Tony Stewart; #24-Jeff Gordon
      #16-Greg Biffle has not used a provisional, missed one race - Las Vegas

      Four teams* is OUT of provisionals for the rest of the year;
      [unless car count or teams entered eligible for provisionals are 43 or less].
      #49-Ken Schrader, used the team's 8th charged provisional at Atlanta.
      #14-Larry Foyt, used the team's 7th charged provisional at Rockingham [25 attempts in the #14].
      #4-Kevin Lepage, used the team's 8th charged provisional at Rockingham.
      #43-Jeff Green, used the team's 8th charged provisional at Rockingham.


    Provisionals - Who used them at the latest race and who missed the race and why
    Provisionals used at Homestead [CHARGED]
    (starting place was determined using 2003 OWNERS points standings):

    Starting
    Place
    Car# Driver 2003
    Owner
    Standings
    Provs
    Used/
    Charged
    Team
    37 17 Matt Kenseth 1 7/0
    38 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3 3/0
    39 31 Robby Gordon 16 7/0
    40 6 Mark Martin 17 4/0
    41 40 Sterling Marlin 19 4/0
    42 32 Ricky Craven 27 9/1*
    43 23 Kenny Wallace 31 7/6*
    * lost an allotted provisional as the team is not in the top 25 in OWNERS points
    unless 43 drivers or less attempted to make the race, then none are charged
    OR
    In the event the number of entrants that are eligible for a provisional starting position
    (are NOT out of provisionals) is equal to or less then the number of starting positions available
    [usually 43] then none are charged
    (see rules below on this).
    provisionals Used by Track

    The following drivers/teams missed the race at Homestead:

    DNQ's - Did Not Qualify Page and DNQ - race by race
    (Provisonal/Owners Points standing in parans) ranked by speed in qualifying:


    The following team(s) were not high enough in the owners points or races attempts to make the race after qualifying was rained out:

    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 awarded)

    1) #45-Kyle Petty (39th in Owners Points), 175.861, 31
    2) #49-Ken Schrader (37th but out), 175.285, 28
    3) #09-Mike Wallace (44th), 173.310, 25
    4) #79-Derrike Cope (57th), 171.892, 22
    5) #78/179-Rich Bickle (71st), 169.892, 19

    NOTE: PE means POST ENTRY,
    what it means is that a driver/owner is not eligible for any points as the race entry blank was received after the deadline

    Teams that do NOT make the race are awarded OWNERS points, in order of fastest speed.
    Unless qualifying is rained out or cancelled. Then the OWNERS get points by race attempts,
    ties are then broken by previous OWNERS points

    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)
    2000 - six plus 1 champs(if no champ used it, the next team in owners points got it)
    2001 - six plus 1 champs(if no champ used it, the next team in owners points got it)
    2002 - six plus 1 champs(if no champ used it, the next team in owners points got it)
    2003 - 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.

    How are provisionals awarded at the beginning of the season?

    In 2003 (as in 2002), 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 (Darlington in March 2003), 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.

    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 (Talladega), 16th (Sonoma), 24th (Bristol) and 32nd (Martinsville) 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 March of 2003.

    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.

    No Provisionals are charged to any team, no matter where they are in the OWNERS POINTS standings IF:

    as of sometime in 2002: If the number of entrants [Total Number] is less then the number of starting positions available [usually 43], as provided by the Official Entry Blank, provisionals assigned to fill starting positions 37 through 43 under those conditions will not count toward the maximum season allotment. Meaning if 43 or less show up for a race, no provisionals are charged.

    as of Chicago in July 2003: In the event the number of entrants that are eligible for a provisional starting position for the event is equal to or less then the number of starting positions available [usually 43], as provided by the Official Entry Blank, provisionals assigned to fill starting positions 37 through 43 under those conditions will not count toward the maximum season allotment. So that means if 45 teams are entered, two or more teams are out of provisionals, that would be 43 or less and no provisionals would be charged. What is meant by entrant? Is this the Entry list that is first posted or who actually shows up at the track to practice and qualify?
  • The rule: ok, now I got it....: "In the event the number of entrants that are eligible for a provisional starting position for the event is equal to or less then the number of starting positions available [usually 43], as provided by the Official Entry Blank, provisionals assigned to fill starting positions 37 through 43 under those conditions will not count toward the maximum season allotment". That is a big change.(9-2-2003)


  • 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 Owners Points postion until all 43 spots are filled.[used to be by fastest qualifying speed].

    What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

    Provisionals are not used in case of rain.
    Since 2001:
    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) - Previous Season Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker

    No more by the postmark on the entry blank or qualifying order

    If is past the first four races then:
    #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
    #2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if already in the field
    #3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
    #5) - Past Winston Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4
    #6) - Qualifying Attempts with Owners points as the tie breaker
    #7) - Qualifying Order Position
    (all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 13 days before the race)

    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 (Dale Earnhardt Jr, Kevin Harvick, David Green, Bobby Labonte, Joe Nemechek, Steve Grissom, etc) or if qualifying gets rained out as no provisionals are used in that case.

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    NOTE: PE means POST ENTRY,
    what it means is that a driver/owner is not eligible for any points as the race entry blank was received after the deadline
    which is normally 7 days before the race date.


    • No Points for the #7 at Phoenix? UPDATE: Unless NASCAR issues a reprieve, Jimmy Spencer and the #7 Ultra Motorsports team won't earn any points in this Sunday's Checker Auto Parts 500, not even if they win the race. Spencer's team is listed as a "post-entry" this weekend because NASCAR did not receive the official entry blank before the deadline, which is seven days before qualifying. Teams are required to submit an entry blank for each race, with the deadline anywhere from seven to 10 days before qualifying. If an entry blank is received after the deadline, neither driver nor owner points are awarded. Ultra Motorsports owner Jim Smith and crew chief Tommy Baldwin met briefly with Darby after Winston Cup Happy Hour on Saturday. But Smith said nothing had been worked out yet, but he was hopeful NASCAR would decide to award the team points. Entry blanks are typically mailed in, and Winston Cup director John Darby understands that problems can arise. Darby said the any change in the status of the team would be released when the official race report is sent out Monday. "They're currently listed as a post-entry, but that just on the very surface," Darby said. "We will go back and understand the whole process and try to make sense of it all before we make a final decision."(NASCAR.com)(11-1-2003)
      UPDATE - No Points: per the 'official results' on NASCAR.com, the #7 car is listed as an PE - Post Entry and didn't get any driver/owner points for finishing 40th at Phoenix.(11-3-2003)

    Chart updated 12-5-2003 , based on 2003 OWNERS Points

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