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Charting the Chase: Edwards, Labonte in danger zone
As we drove home from Atlanta, Steve Byrnes brought up a great point about the top 35 in owner points being locked into races. For the the first five races of this season, the top 35 in 2005 owner points are locked into the field. But after the fifth race this weekend at Bristol, the top 35 is based on the owner point standings after each race for the rest of the season. If you're in the top 35 after Bristol, you're not locked in for the rest of the season. When the Nextel Cup Series goes to Martinsville next week, the current top 35 in owner points will be guaranteed a starting spot. When we head to Texas the following week, drivers who were not locked in headed into Martinsville could be locked in headed to Texas and vice versa. It's a race-to-race deal.
|Danger zone: Owner points after 4 races|
Up and down day
|Speed Mail Larry|
FOX race analyst Larry McReynolds has more than 25 years of NASCAR experience as a mechanic, crew chief and broadcaster. He and his fellow Crew Chief Club members take you behind the wall at www.crewchiefclub.com.
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