The Winston Cup drivers will reach the midway point of the season next week
with the Pepsi 400 at Daytona, Saturday night, July 6th. Sterling Marlin
has held the points lead since the second race of the season at Rockingham,
but his lead has slowly dwindled in the last few races.
As of late, it seems like NASCARís older statesmen have turned up the
intensity in hopes of catching Marlin for the points lead. The top 10 in
points are separated by only 226 points. Mark Martin, who is 43 years old,
has moved into second just 62 behind Marlin, 45.
In the 6th position is Rusty Wallace, 45, 144 points behind the leader, also
one of only 3 drivers in the top 10 without a win this season. Just 4
points behind Wallace is Ricky Rudd, 45, who finally got his much deserved
first win this season. With the bad luck finally off his back, his momentum
could certainly carry him higher in the points by seasons end.
The fifth driver over 40 in the top 10 is Bill Elliott, who is also the
oldest in the bunch at 46. Elliott has yet to score a win this season, but
it appears that the Evernham boys are getting all the bugs worked out in
their program, as Bill has had several good runs in the last few weeks.
With the halfway point now here, the championship is far from over. The top
7 positions are separated by only 148 points. With the standings that
tight, things could change drastically in a single race, and of course, the
next race is Daytona. Watch out for the Big One boys.
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