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Qualifying format needs an overhaul, Waltrip says

The top 35 teams in owner points are guaranteed spots in each Cup race. And the non-qualifiers? The "scrubs," as Michael Waltrip calls them, need NASCAR's help, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: April 29, 2007, 5:38 AM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Michael Waltrip realizes it sounds like sour grapes.

For a guy who hasn't qualified in the past seven Nextel Cup races, saying you want to change the qualifying format is like a man standing naked on the North Pole saying he needs a coat.

But Waltrip firmly believes the system has some flaws for "the scrubs" -- his term for the teams that don't have a guaranteed spot in the in the 43-car field.

"This is something that I've talked a lot to NASCAR about," ...

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