jackman holds a comfortable lead in first, with a 12th-place standing in the summer season. TOOLIN's in second, despite an elimination in the double-elim heat competition - that should help it stay at or near the top come the fall.
21 teams are eligible for the Chase with eight races to go to Richmond. Wins (an additional 50 points) are the key at this point to keeping, losing or gaining positions.
Average week for the RPD, but for the third straight week, the sub-200 point group was in the single digits. key west flyers, TOOLIN, BURNINRUBBER and Abbie Knows have posted consecutive 300-plus weeks, the first since Charlotte-Dover.
Daytona marks the end of round three. Lots of blowouts and in all likelihood TOOLIN (358 over Tar urn), jackman (259 over FordFucus), Caguama Racing (255 over BLOWINSMOKE) and yduck (197 over Wade Chapman) will advance. Hooser leads #3 by just 18 and Rolling Thunder leads Gotta Love Jr by just 4.
One race left in Round Five, and only losers' bracket matchups. Tony is the Man leads Cooter by 150 and key west leads BLOWINSMOKE by 110. The closest matchup is moonshiners' 21-point lead over Black Bear.FordFucus received a losers' bracket bye in the sixth round; winners bracket matchups on deck are need4speed-Rolling Thunder and TOOLIN-BlessedWyoMom.
SINGLE ELIMINATION BRACKETDaytona is the final race in the third round. Abbie Knows currently holds the final spot, 58 points ahead of Rolling Thunder (seeded seventh) and 62 ahead of Gotta Love Jr. Everyone below is in big trouble, including our other remaining top 10 seeds (No. 2 Tony is the Man; No. 9 BlessedWyoMom; and No. 1 Cooter).
The fifth round - losers' heat only - ends at Daytona. FordFucus currently holds the final advancing spot by just 3 points over kl motorsports, 4 over Hoosier and 8 over Black Bear. No. 3 Tar turn and No. 1 Cooter are more than 100 points back.
BlessedWyoMom, Rolling Thunder, jackman and key west will battle in the sixth-round winners' heat.
Three weeks remain in the Champion Qualifying; the top two teams in each group advance. Here's a look at who will advance to the bracket (group):
IN: red clouds racing (Earnhardt), Hoosier (Gordon), Anyone but Jimmie (Pearson), TOOLIN (Yarborough), Rolling Thunder (Allison).
Typically by this point in the round, a handful of teams have been eliminated; not so with this competitive bunch. Everyone in the Champion Qualifying is still eligible to advance. The Petty, Waltrip and Johnson groups are very close after New Hampshire.