"Who gets the points?"
Posted by NASCARdude on January 1, 2010
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This is in reference to more teams going away in the Sprint Cup Series. The #26 and the #44, I would assume, are dissolving and will not be back. There could be more teams, like the #96, that could dissolve before the season. The common trait in all those teams is that they are in the top 35 in points. This was a topic that got much more air time last year with so many mergers happening for many reasons. This discussion could heat up again because we will have some teams with guaranteed spots that will not be back. The problem becomes determining who gets the points. NASCAR has the final say in who gets the points. No doubt some teams that are not guaranteed spots in the first five races will try to get those points. The problem is determining if garages, as I like to say, have five teams in them. NASCAR might rule that those teams will dissolve and no one will get the points and the guaranteed spots will go to the #82 and #71 teams, who are 36th and 37th in points. If more teams dissolve, it will go to the next teams on the list. This is due to the fact that Roush Fenway will have four teams and Richard Petty Motorsports will have four teams after "buying out" Yates Racing. However, NASCAR has the final say. No doubt the teams that are 36th and lower are ready to find out if they will have guaranteed spots into the first five races.
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