Yes everyone, I understand it is only 2 races and the point standings will be crazy the next couple of weeks. But if the points for the top 35 locked out this week here is who would be locked in and here is who would have to qualify to get into the next race.
2 - Kurt Bush -4th - 299 pts - No real suprise here - Kurt is a solid driver, with good equipment.
83 - Brian Vickers - 11th - 257 pts - Brian ran very well last season when he made the races, now with a solid engine program he should be top 20 all year.
00 - David Reutimann - 18th - 203 pts - Interesting right now the owners points are staying with the 00 when David goes to the 44. This means Michaels Rookie Michael McDowel may not have the pressures of the go or go home for a while when he jumps into the ride (subject to change)
44 - Dale Jarrett - 25th - 184 pts - This is the car David will jump into after Martinsville, Hopefully it will be in good shape and David can just race. Of course DJ's provisionals will help keep him in the lineup.
55 - Michael Waltrip - 29th - 160 pts - Mikey needs a top 20 at Vegas and Phoenix to lock himself into the top 35 before going into Bristol. Of course he has to qualify first.
Those in the top 35 now that will be on the outside looking in:
28 - Travis Kvpail - 36th - 128 pts - Unless this team finds a sponsor for the season this may be a mute point.
22 - Dave Blaney - 37th - 127 pts - The most consistent of the Toyotas last year this guy can't win for losing. He appears to have a black cloud hanging over his head.
01 - Ragan Smith - 38th - 122 pts - Struggles of a young driver. DEI haters will love this but you have to remember he still has 3 races to pull himself up
45 - Kyle Petty - 39th - 110 pts - Could we be seeing Bobby Labonte in the 45 for his past champions to keep this car in the race? Is it time for Kyle to hang it up? Lot going on at Petty Enterprise, IMO it would be a shame for him to miss the top 35.
5 - Casey Mears - 42nd - 95 pts - Could a HMS car have to qualify his way in? If he keeps running into things he just might. Maybe Rick let the wrong driver go.
Those on the bubble, 6, 11,7, 77 and 40.
The next 3 races could get very interesting.