Knockin' on Heaven's Door
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup 1 through 35 owner’s points = HEAVEN. 36 and beyond = HELL. On a race weekend like Texas when qualifying gets rained out, being in the top 35 in points proves to be all the more important. Starting 36th today as a 2006 race winner, Brian Vickers drove another solid run to finish 14th on the lead lap, even leading two green flap laps (100-101) along the way. While closing the gap, the No. 83 still sits 5 spots and 65 points outside the coveted top 35 in owner’s points, which guarantees a grid slot for the next race. Meanwhile, AJ Allmendinger and the No. 84 car, out of the top 35, never got the chance to qualify on Friday due to the tornado-spewing thunderstorm and had to sit out this one again.