I thought I might talk about this since there is not much happening again today. This is a move by NASCAR probably for many different reasons. Some people may think it was meant to stop the big teams from taking over the garage. That probably was a part of it. However, it has also helped the big teams in a way because it gives them a set budget to where they can work. They can run four cars all season and run a fifth car in seven races, and they can only use it with a racer who has rookie status.
It has also created chances for other teams to get into the Top 35, as what happened with Front Row Motorsports this past season. That team got the points from the 15 team that went away with the merger of DEI and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. That got them into the first five races of last season and they were able to make it stick all season.
They will have Travis Kvapil in the #34 this season and were able to get a second team together with Kevin Conway in the #37 with a full sponsor. That was also due to the Top 35 rule, which I will discuss later.
As all true NASCAR fans know, the teams that have multiple cars are at a huge advantage. TRG will get a spot in the first five races no matter what happens with the owners points. That is due to the fact that Bobby Labonte is signed, they hope, to run the full season. They will try to get a second team together, but that team is not likely to run the full season.
The teams that start out as single-car operations need to get into the Top 35 as soon as possible. That way there can be more good stories like Front Row Motorsports who start small and build up quickly. As we all know, however, that is like trying to start a sports cable channel to challenge ESPN. It is easier said than done.
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