TOP-35 STANDINGS AND PREVIEW

By Peter Carcia
TheRacingExperts.com Lead Reporter
9/22/2010

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  #34, #37, #38 TRAVIS KVAPIL                #7 ROBBY GORDON                        #38, #36 DAVE BLANEY                          #34 TONY RAINES

Normally, you see me out on the trail of the big shots, but along with this week’s usual, I’m gonna give you an update on another battle; the top 35 race. As you probably already know, the top 35 teams at the end of the 2010 season are locked in and have an advantage over those not in for the first 5 2011 races. Here’s a general view of who’s in contention of coming in and falling out:

 

 30

Richard Petty Motorsports #19

2377

 31

Furniture Row Racing #78

2303

 32

Front Row Motorsports #37

2009

 33

Front Row Motorsports #34

2007

 34

TRG Motorsports #71

1980

 35

Robby Gordon Motorsports #7

1941

 36

Front Row Motorsports #38

1831

 37

Latitude 43 Motorsports #26

1796

 38

Tommy Baldwin Racing #36

1378

 39

Phoenix Racing #09

1345

 40

Germain Racing #13

1327

 41

Whitney Motorsports #46

1127

 42

NEMCO Motorsports #87

1127

 43

Prism Motorsports #55

999

 44

Prism Motorsports #66

972

 45

Wood Brothers Racing #21

800

 46

Gunselman Motorsports #64

552

 47

Braun Racing #32

389

Are expected to return in 2011

Have not made official plans for 2011

Expected to close in 2011                                                      Source: Yahoo! Sports

 

            First of all, you can see that the teams in 30th and 36th place are expected to close next year. This opens the door for a couple of the other drivers to come in. However, there is a legitimate chance that the newly instated #22 car for Kurt Busch might take that dream away for some. If Sam Hornish Jr. can not find a sponsor, it is likely that the 22 will take his locked in spot instead of keeping 36th in danger. Keep in mind though, FRM is taking out that 38 car next year, opening the door for Latitude 43, who has a 400+ point cushion from TBR, to lock in for the second year in a row. Since we don’t have a clear view of the smaller team’s team chart however, this race is still wide open.


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