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    NASCAR's Shell Game

    Don’t ask what’s going on with Paul Menard. After Ginn Racing disintegrated last month and was swallowed up by DEI, Menard gave up his Menard.jpgride in the #15 car replaced Sterling Marlin in the #14 car, assuming Marlin’s and Ginn’s accumulated owner points for the 2007 season. That automatically put him in the top 35 in points so that he didn’t have to qualify for the race on time anymore. Now he’s back to driving the #15 again, but apparently he gets to keep Marlin’s ownership points. It makes no sense, and it’s just another example of how teams are playing games with the top-35 automatic entry scheme. Of course, with teams like Petty Enterprises, Michael Waltrip Racing, and Wood Brothers Racing playing shell games to get their cars in the field, it’s only a matter of time before someone coaxes Darryl Waltrip to come back and race with his 6 allotted championship provisionals. Meanwhile, owners continue to stock the field with unproven rookies like Chad McCumbee, David Ragan, and David Gilliland, supported by the performances of proven veteran drivers of yesteryear. It’s a mess, and it’s a big reason why the fan base is beginning to erode at NASCAR’s premium level, the Nextel Cup series.

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