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Two-Thirds of the way thru the Cup season, we start the stretch drive this weekend at Darlington. With 22 races down and 10 to go, this is a good time to see who's been moving up, who's going south, and who's just floating along. Here are the...

Two-Thirds of the way thru the Cup season, we start the stretch drive this weekend at Darlington. With 22 races down and 10 to go, this is a good time to see who's been moving up, who's going south, and who's just floating along. Here are the point standings for the first 11 races, the second 11 races, and the current standings:

        FIRST 11                SECOND 11               SEASON
   --------------          -----------------       --------------
 1 Labonte Terry    1691   Martin Mark      1711   Martin Mark      3270
 2 Gordon Jeff      1685   Gordon Jeff      1572   Gordon Jeff      3257
 3 Jarrett Dale     1579   Burton Jeff      1547   Jarrett Dale     3099
 4 Martin Mark      1559   Jarrett Dale     1520   Labonte Terry    3030
 5 Labonte Bobby    1484   Musgrave Ted     1494   Burton Jeff      2979
 6 Earnhardt Dale   1438   Earnhardt Dale   1427   Earnhardt Dale   2865
 7 Burton Jeff      1432   Elliott Bill     1368   Labonte Bobby    2760
 8 Rudd Ricky       1306   Mayfield Jeremy  1363   Musgrave Ted     2597
 9 Wallace Rusty    1257   Labonte Terry    1339   Elliott Bill     2591
10 Waltrip Michael  1238   Schrader Ken     1293   Rudd Ricky       2534
11 Elliott Bill     1223   Benson Johnny    1289   Mayfield Jeremy  2510
12 Hamilton Bobby   1197   Labonte Bobby    1276   Benson Johnny    2469
13 Benson Johnny    1180   Craven Ricky     1270   Wallace Rusty    2439
14 Irvan Ernie      1172   Rudd Ricky       1228   Schrader Ken     2380
15 Burton Ward      1153   Petty Kyle       1216   Irvan Ernie      2340
16 Waltrip Darrell  1148   Wallace Rusty    1182   Waltrip Michael  2308
17 Mayfield Jeremy  1147   Spencer Jimmy    1179   Waltrip Darrell  2267
18 Bodine Brett     1103   Irvan Ernie      1168   Petty Kyle       2224
19 Musgrave Ted     1103   Waltrip Darrell  1119   Spencer Jimmy    2216
20 Schrader Ken     1087   Marlin Sterling  1115   Marlin Sterling  2179
21 Shepherd Morgan  1080   Grissom Steve    1109   Hamilton Bobby   2130
22 Marlin Sterling  1064   Andretti John    1081   Andretti John    2114
23 Spencer Jimmy    1037   Waltrip Michael  1070   Craven Ricky     2094
24 Andretti John    1033   Cope Derrike     1024   Grissom Steve    2023
25 Petty Kyle       1008   Bodine Geoff      989   Burton Ward      2010
26 Skinner Mike     1006   Skinner Mike      962   Skinner Mike     1968
27 Bodine Geoff      950   Hamilton Bobby    933   Bodine Brett     1963
28 Speed Lake        937   Mast Rick         920   Bodine Geoff     1939
29 Grissom Steve     914   Green David       899   Cope Derrike     1901
30 Cope Derrike      877   Nemechek Joe      896   Mast Rick        1784

Just for the record, the first 11 races included 7 Super Speedways, 3 Short Tracks, & 1 Road Course....the second 11 included 9 Super Speedways, 1 Short Track, & 1 Road Course.

The guys on the improve are Ted Musgrave, Ken Schrader, Kyle Petty, Jeremy Mayfield, & Steve Grissom (discounting Ricky Craven who missed 2 races with injuries early in the season). Musgrave has improved the most positions in the standings since Race #11 (Charlotte) with a whopping 11 position gain....Petty has advanced 7 spots, Mayfield & Schrader 6 each, and Grissom has shown a 5 position improvement.

On the down side, it's a free-fall for Ward Burton, Bobby Hamilton, & Brett Bodine. Burton has fallen 10 spots since CMS, Hamilton & Bodine 9 each.

Time is running out for some of these guys to turn it around....and Darlington is not usually a place conducive to an about-face (of course, everything is gonna be turned around this weekend, so who knows).

Henry Dubret (henry@nascarfans.com) NASCAR Fans _______________________________________ NASCAR Fans Website http://www.nascarfans.com

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , John Andretti , Brett Bodine , Jeff Burton , Ward Burton , Derrike Cope , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Hamilton , Ernie Irvan , Dale Jarrett , Darrell Waltrip , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Rusty Wallace , Michael Waltrip , Mike Skinner , Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Jimmy Spencer , Joe Nemechek , Sterling Marlin , Johnny Benson , Ted Musgrave , Ricky Craven , David Green , Rick Mast , Steve Grissom , Morgan Shepherd , Mark Martin , Ricky Rudd