JAYSKI's Semi-Live QUALIFYING/GRID page
for the Sylvania 300
at New Hampshire International Speedway




    QUALIFYING is scheduled to START
    at approx 3:10pm/et
    on Friday, September 14, 2007

  • Track Qualifying Record: Ryan Newman, 133.357mph, 9/12/03

  • 2006 Sept Pole Sitter: #29-Kevin Harvick, 132.282mph, finished 1st


  • 2007 July Pole Sitter: #22-Dave Blaney, 129.437mph, finished 29th


    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL


  • Clint Bowyer wins pole at New Hampshire: #07-Clint Bowyer won the Budweiser Pole for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway with a speed of 130.412mph for his 2nd pole of 2007 and the 2nd of his career. #1-Truex, Jr. qualified second with the rest of the top-10: #2-Busch, #48-Johnson, #12-Newman, #20-Stewart, #19-Sadler, #29-Harvick, #16-Biffle, and #22-Blaney (the highest go or go home driver). The rest of the non-top 35 teams that made the race were: #00-Reutimann, #4-Burton, #10-Riggs, #78-Nemechek, #84-Allmendinger, #83-Vickers, and #98-Said. #49-Andretti posted the 26th fastest time in qualifying but his time was disallowed after NASCAR determined the car was too low.(9-14-2007)

  • Six do not qualify [DNQ] for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway: #44-Jarrett [26 race attempts / 41st in owner points], #06-Hornish [0/0], #36-Mayfield [26/44]; #55-Waltrip [26/46], #37-Lepage [25/49], and #49-Andretti [26/47].(9-14-2007)

  • Ramblings - New Hampshire:
    Clint Bowyer kicked off the Chase in style today.... Bowyer took the Bud Pole today at New Hampshire International Speedway for Sunday's Sylvania 300 with a time of 29.206 (130.412 mph) for his second career top-spot and second of the season (he led 'em to the green at Darlington back in May).
    Martin Truex Jr (2nd) ties his career-best starting spot this week. He also had the outside pole at Chicagoland in July.
    Kevin Harvick (8th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 8th at Daytona in July.
    Paul Menard (17th) has his best starting spot since he timed in 16th at Chicagoland in July.
    DON'T LEAVE YET BORIS!!! John Andretti's time was disallowed (they were too low in post-qual inspection) and Boris Said draws in at 43rd.
    STREAKIN....Jimmie Johnson has 7 Top-10 starts in a row. Ryan Newman has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.
    We had four sets of ties today (thanks to our buddy Dan Beaver for that heads-up)....and remember that a tie is broken by Owner Points. 6/7, 11/12, 27/28, and 40/41 were the spots.
    We had 49 cars take a time, and six got the early out. The Trouble Train included Dale Jarrett (his 10th dnq of the season), Sam Hornish Jr (his first attempt this season was futile), Jeremy Mayfield (their 16th dnq), Michael Waltrip (his 16th also), Kevin Lepage (that team's 23rd), and John Andretti (that team's 16th).
    The Chase starts this weekend so I hope your favorite is in it, or else he'll be relegated to the world of the unknown and irrelevant. Unless of course he wins. Then he'll get a small mention before we get the latest points rundown. Oh, and don't get in the way either.....(Stock Car Fans)(9-14-2007)

  • Richmond Qualifying Fast Facts:
    .. Clint Bowyer won the Bud Pole for the Sylvania 300 with a lap of 29.206 seconds, 130.412 mph.
    .. This is his second Bud Pole in 27 career Nextel Cup races.
    .. This is his second Bud Pole and eighth top-10 start in 2007.
    .. This is Bowyer’s first start better than 24th in four races at New Hampshire International Speedway.
    .. Martin Truex Jr. posted the second-fastest qualifying time with a lap of 29.241 seconds, 130.255 mph. Truex has posted top-10 starts in three of his four New Hampshire races.
    .. Kurt Busch (third) posted his eight top-10 start in 14 New Hampshire races.
    .. Six of the 12 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Bowyer, Truex, Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson (fourth), Tony Stewart (sixth) and Kevin Harvick (eighth).
    .. Dave Blaney (10th) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time.
    .. Paul Menard (17th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(9-14-2007)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway is scheduled for Friday, September 14, 2007 at 3:10pm/et.
    TV: ESPN2 - 3:00pm/et
    Radio: MRN Radio and Sirius Satellite NASCAR Radio
    Qualifying Re-Air: none

  • Pole Progression: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
    #70-Sauter, 1st out to qualify, 127.525mph, starts 36th
    #38-Gilliland, 2nd out, 127.615mph, starts 35th
    #42-Montoya, 6th out, 127.829mph, starts 31st
    #8-Earnhardt, Jr., 7th out, 128.784mph, starts 19th
    #15-Menard, 15th out, 128.854mph, starts 17th
    #01-Smith, 18th out, 128.859mph, starts 16th
    #29-Harvick, 20th out, 129.362mph, starts 8th
    #1-Truex, Jr., 28th out, 130.255mph, starts 2nd
    #07-Bowyer, 45th out, 130.412moh, starts 1st

  • How did the non Top-35 teams do in qualifying?
    Top four are in 8 in and 6 out [49 entered for 43 spots]:
    will make the race
    #22-Dave Blaney, 129.164mph
    #00-David Reutimann, 128.776mph
    #49-John Andretti, 128.109mpn
    #4-Ward Burton, 128.014mph
    #10-Scott Riggs, 127.868mph
    #78-Joe Nemechek, 127.470mph
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 126.998mph
    #83-Brian Vickers, 126.812mph
    will miss the race:
    #98-Boris Said, 126.745mph
    #44-Dale Jarrett, 126.690mph
    #06-Sam Hornish Jr., 126.631mph
    #36-Jeremy Mayfield, 126.086mph
    #55-Michael Waltrip, 125.649mph
    #37-Kevin Lepage, 125.034mph


  • Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they and where do they start:
    #42-Juan Montoya, 127.829mph, starts 31st
    #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 126.998mph, starts 39th
    #15-Paul Menard, 128.854mph, starts 17th
    #00-David Reutimann, 128.776mph, starts 20th
    #6-David Ragan, 127.155mph, starts 38th
    DNR = Did not race
    DNQ = Did not qualify for race

  • Some Qualifying Notes:
    #99-Edwards has been excused from his qualifying position while the crew puts an engine in the backup car
    #55-Waltrip spun coming off of turn 3 on his second lap, but didn't hit anything.
    #7-Gordon scraped the wall coming to the green flag for his qualiying lap.
  • Practice Results:
    Practice Speeds Page

  • Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
    Chevy: #07-Bowyer, 130.412, starts 1st
    Dodge: #2-Busch, 130.011, starts 3rd
    Ford: #16-Biffle, 129.226, starts 9th
    Toyota: #22-Blaney, 129.164, starts 10th

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers).

  • Qualifying Rules Page


    Starting Line Up by Row
    New Hampshire International Speedway
    SYLVANIA 300
    Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Fri, September 14, 2007 @ 05:02 PM Eastern


    Start
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual
    Time
    Qual
    Speed
    1 07 Clint Bowyer Jack Daniel's Chevy 29.206 130.412
    2 1 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Chevy 29.241 130.255
    3 2 Kurt Busch Miller Lite Dodge 29.296 130.011
    4 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevy 29.344 129.798
    5 12 Ryan Newman Mobil 1 Dodge 29.361 129.723
    6 20 Tony Stewart Home Depot Chevy 29.371 129.679
    7 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge 29.371 129.679
    8 29 Kevin Harvick Shell/Pennzoil Chevy 29.443 129.362
    9 16 Greg Biffle Lumber Liquidators Ford 29.474 129.226
    10 22 Dave Blaney Caterpillar Toyota 29.488 129.164
    11 99 Carl Edwards Marriott Vacation Club Ford 29.520 129.024
    12 5 Kyle Busch CARQUEST/Kellogg's Chevy 29.520 129.024
    13 41 Reed Sorenson Target Dodge 29.524 129.007
    14 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Chevy 29.538 128.946
    15 25 Casey Mears National Guard/GMAC Chevy 29.552 128.885
    16 01 Regan Smith Principal Financial Chevy 29.558 128.859
    17 15 Paul Menard # Menards/Sylvania Chevy 29.559 128.854
    18 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevy 29.565 128.828
    19 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Budweiser Chevy 29.575 128.784
    20 00 David Reutimann # Burger King Toyota 29.577 128.776
    21 18 J.J. Yeley Interstate Battieries Chevy 29.578 128.771
    22 26 Jamie McMurray Crown Royal Ford 29.688 128.294
    23 31 Jeff Burton AT&T Mobility Chevy 29.710 128.199
    24 96 Tony Raines DLP HDTV Chevy 29.712 128.191
    25 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge 29.723 128.143
    26 43 Bobby Labonte Cheerios/Trix/Lucky & Friends Dodge 29.736 128.087
    27 88 Kenny Wallace Snickers Ford 29.753 128.014
    28 4 Ward Burton State Water Heaters/Lucas Oil Chevy 29.753 128.014
    29 10 Scott Riggs Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge 29.787 127.868
    30 17 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Ford 29.794 127.838
    31 42 Juan Pablo Montoya # Texaco/Havoline Dodge 29.796 127.829
    32 40 David Stremme Energizer Dodge 29.797 127.825
    33 66 Jeff Green Best Buy Chevy 29.805 127.791
    34 21 Ken Schrader Little Debbie Ford 29.829 127.688
    35 38 David Gilliland M&M's Ford 29.846 127.615
    36 70 Johnny Sauter Yellow Transportation Chevy 29.867 127.525
    37 78 Joe Nemechek Furniture Row Chevy 29.880 127.470
    38 6 David Ragan # AAA Ford 29.954 127.155
    39 84 AJ Allmendinger # Red Bull Toyota 29.991 126.998
    40 7 Robby Gordon Jim Beam Ford 30.000 126.960
    41 45 Kyle Petty Victory Junction Gang Camp Dodge 30.000 126.960
    42 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota 30.035 126.812
    43 98 Boris Said Valvoline Dodge 30.051 126.745
    DNQ 44 Dale Jarrett UPS Toyota 29.731 128.109
    DNQ 06 Sam Hornish, Jr. Penske Truck Rental Dodge 30.064 126.690
    DNQ 36 Jeremy Mayfield 360 OTC Toyota 30.078 126.631
    DNQ 55 Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 30.208 126.086
    DNQ 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge 30.313 125.649
    DNQ 49 John Andretti Paralyzed Veterans of America Dodge 00.000 Disallowed





    Qualifying is OVER

    QUALIFYING RESULTS by SPEED

    THIS IS UNOFFICIAL

    Qualifying after 49 of 49 drivers:

    Pos Sched
    Qual
    Pos
    Actual
    Qual
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Qual
    Speed
    Qual
    Time
    (secs)
    Last
    Prac
    Speed
    Prac
    Speed
    Rank
    Diff
    Qual vs
    Prac
    Owners
    Point
    Rank
    1 45 45 07 Clint Bowyer Chevy 130.412 29.206 129.143 2 1.269 12
    2 29 28 1 Martin Truex Jr Chevy 130.255 29.241 128.389 9 1.866 7
    3 48 48 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 130.011 29.296 128.928 3 1.083 5
    4 31 30 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 129.798 29.344 129.410 1 0.388 1
    5 35 33 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 129.723 29.361 128.710 5 1.013 15
    6 43 42 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 129.679 29.371 128.433 7 1.246 3
    7 46 46 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 129.679 29.371 128.229 15 1.45 27
    8 20 20 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 129.362 29.443 128.394 8 0.968 11
    9 37 35 16 Greg Biffle Ford 129.226 29.474 127.538 29 1.688 16
    10 36 34 22 Dave Blaney Toyota 129.164 29.488 128.281 14 0.883 36-IN
    11 33 44 99 Carl Edwards Ford 129.024 29.520 126.257 43 2.767 4
    12 40 38 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 129.024 29.520 128.359 11 0.665 9
    13 42 41 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge 129.007 29.524 128.841 4 0.166 25
    14 22 22 11 Denny Hamlin Chevy 128.946 29.538 127.372 31 1.574 6
    15 49 49 25 Casey Mears Chevy 128.885 29.552 127.662 26 1.223 17
    16 18 18 01 Regan Smith Chevy 128.859 29.558 127.589 27 1.27 14
    17 15 15 15 Paul Menard Chevy 128.854 29.559 128.014 18 0.84 29
    18 30 29 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 128.828 29.565 128.372 10 0.456 2
    19 7 7 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevy 128.784 29.575 127.838 22 0.946 13
    20 17 17 00 David Reutimann Toyota 128.776 29.577 128.290 13 0.486 39-IN
    21 12 12 18 J.J. Yeley Chevy 128.771 29.578 128.031 17 0.74 20
    22 44 43 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 128.294 29.688 127.692 24 0.602 19
    23 32 31 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 128.199 29.710 127.705 23 0.494 10
    24 16 16 96 Tony Raines Chevy 128.191 29.712 127.414 30 0.777 26
    25 23 23 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 128.143 29.723 127.024 35 1.119 23
    26 34 32 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 128.087 29.736 127.560 28 0.527 18
    27 26 26 4 Ward Burton Chevy 128.014 29.753 126.601 37 1.413 42-IN
    28 28 41 88 Kenny Wallace Ford 128.014 29.753 127.053 33 0.961 32
    29 47 47 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 127.868 29.787 128.567 6 -0.699 37-IN
    30 19 19 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 127.838 29.794 125.815 46 2.023 8
    31 6 6 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Dodge 127.829 29.796 127.666 25 0.163 21
    32 25 25 40 David Stremme Dodge 127.825 29.797 128.303 12 -0.478 24
    33 24 24 66 Jeff Green Chevy 127.791 29.805 127.941 19 -0.15 31
    34 38 36 21 Ken Schrader Ford 127.688 29.829 126.799 36 0.889 35
    35 2 2 38 David Gilliland Ford 127.615 29.846 126.190 44 1.425 30
    36 1 1 70 Johnny Sauter Chevy 127.525 29.867 127.295 32 0.23 33
    37 5 4 78 Joe Nemechek Chevy 127.470 29.880 127.898 21 -0.428 45-IN
    38 39 37 6 David Ragan Ford 127.155 29.954 127.045 34 0.11 22
    39 9 9 84 AJ Allmendinger Toyota 126.998 29.991 126.111 45 0.887 48-IN
    40 13 13 7 Robby Gordon Ford 126.960 30.000 125.707 48 1.253 28
    41 21 21 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 126.960 30.000 126.291 42 0.669 34
    42 4 5 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 126.812 30.035 126.320 41 0.492 38-IN
    43 11 11 98 Boris Said Dodge 126.745 30.051 125.803 47 0.942 N/A-DNQ
    44 10 10 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota 126.690 30.064 126.362 40 0.328 41-DNQ
    45 41 39 06 Sam Hornish, Jr. Dodge 126.631 30.078 127.928 20 -1.297 N/A-DNQ
    46 8 8 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 126.086 30.208 126.576 38 -0.49 44-DNQ
    47 3 3 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 125.649 30.313 126.412 39 -0.763 46-DNQ
    48 27 27 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge 125.034 30.462 125.257 49 -0.223 49-DNQ
    49 14 14 49 John Andretti Dodge 128.109 29.731 128.204 16 -0.095 47-DNQ


    a GREEN 'IN' in a green box indicates that team/driver have made the race, NOT in the top 35

    a RED 'DNQ' in a pink box indicated that team/driver will miss the race, NOT in the top 35

    Last driver to make an attempt in BLUE

    a light blue box in the owners ponts pos means that team is NOT in the top 35 and must make the race by speed, the owners pts position is 2007 points position, a driver with an orange colored box is elgible for a past champ provisional


    Qualifying Order:

    Sched
    Qual
    Pos
    Car# Driver Manu Final
    Practice
    Speed
    Prac
    Speed
    Rank
    Owners
    Points
    Rank
    1 70 Johnny Sauter Chevy 127.295 32 33
    2 38 David Gilliland Ford 126.190 44 30
    3 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 126.412 39 46
    4 83 Brian Vickers Toyota 126.320 41 38
    5 78 Joe Nemechek Chevy 127.898 21 45
    6 42 Juan Pablo Montoya # Dodge 127.666 25 21
    7 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy 127.838 22 13
    8 36 Jeremy Mayfield Toyota 126.576 38 44
    9 84 AJ Allmendinger # Toyota 126.111 45 48
    10 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota 126.362 40 41
    11 98 Boris Said Dodge 125.803 47 N/A
    12 18 J.J. Yeley Chevy 128.031 17 20
    13 7 Robby Gordon Ford 125.707 48 28
    14 49 John Andretti Dodge 128.204 16 47
    15 15 Paul Menard # Chevy 128.014 18 29
    16 96 Tony Raines Chevy 127.414 30 26
    17 00 David Reutimann # Ford 128.290 13 39
    18 01 Regan Smith Chevy 127.589 27 14
    19 17 Matt Kenseth Ford 125.815 46 8
    20 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy 128.394 8 11
    21 45 Kyle Petty Dodge 126.291 42 34
    22 11 Denny Hamlin Chevy 127.372 31 6
    23 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge 127.024 35 23
    24 66 Jeff Green Chevy 127.941 19 31
    25 40 David Stremme Dodge 128.303 12 24
    26 4 Ward Burton Chevy 126.601 37 42
    27 37 Kevin Lepage Dodge 125.257 49 49
    28 88 Kenny Wallace Ford 127.053 33 32
    29 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevy 128.389 9 7
    30 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy 128.372 10 2
    31 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 129.410 1 1
    32 31 Jeff Burton Chevy 127.705 23 10
    33 99 Carl Edwards Ford 126.257 43 4
    34 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge 127.560 28 18
    35 12 Ryan Newman Dodge 128.710 5 15
    36 22 Dave Blaney Toyota 128.281 14 36
    37 16 Greg Biffle Ford 127.538 29 16
    38 21 Ken Schrader Ford 126.799 36 35
    39 6 David Ragan # Ford 127.045 34 22
    40 5 Kyle Busch Chevy 128.359 11 9
    41 06 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 127.928 20 N/A
    42 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge 128.841 4 25
    43 20 Tony Stewart Chevy 128.433 7 3
    44 26 Jamie McMurray Ford 127.692 24 19
    45 07 Clint Bowyer Chevy 129.143 2 12
    46 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge 128.229 15 27
    47 10 Scott Riggs Dodge 128.567 6 37
    48 2 Kurt Busch Dodge 128.928 3 5
    49 25 Casey Mears Chevy 127.662 26 17


    Drivers in RED will be required to qualify on time/speed, not in top 35

    Drivers in MAROON will be required to qualify on time/speed, not in top 35
    BUT has a past champions provisional available if needed, only one is used, so if there are two or more past champs
    the driver who has won the championship most recently, gets the spot.


    • Some weather forecast links for the race area:
      Raceweather.net
      The Weather Channel

    • Race info at: Race Info Page

    • Event Entry List

    • Results: for results, links, owners/drivers points (after each race back thru the season)
      see my:
      2007 Nextel Cup Race Results
      2006 Nextel Cup Race Results
      2005 Nextel Cup Race Results
      2004 Nextel Cup Race Results

    • Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Nextel Cup Series [NNCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NNCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NNCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
      The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Nextel Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
      If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Nextel Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
      Through the first five races of the season for the Nextel Cup, the top 35 in the NNCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
      Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]

    • What happens if qualifying gets rained out?

      After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
      #1) - First 35 by current Owner Points
      #2) - Last Years Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not 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 Nextel Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [provisional not used/charged]
      #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 7-13 days before the race)

    • Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Cup: NASCAR announced an update to the past champion’s provisional rule in the Nextel Cup Series for 2007. Beginning this season, a past champion’s provisional may be used by an eligible driver a maximum of six times over the course of the season. In addition, a team with a past champion eligible driver may only use this provisional a maximum of six times during a season. Previously, there was no limit on usage of the past champion’s provisional over the course of the 36-race season. The provisional gives the eligible driver the 43rd and final starting position in the race field. "As NASCAR seeks to place more emphasis on competition, we have decided the time is right to limit the number of provisionals allowed,” said NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton. “We believe this revision brings the provisional policy in line with the continued growth of the sport.”(NASCAR PR)
      This is only for a team/driver OUTSIDE the top-35 in owners points, drivers whose team is in the top-35 in owners points, would already be guaranteed in the field and not need the Past Champions Provisional.(1-31-2007)
      See my 2007 Past Champions Provisional Page for more.(2-8-2007)


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