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Will NASCAR put a stop to the owner's points madness?

Nick Bromberg
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The owner's points switcheroos began when Steve Wallace got the owner points from Sam Hornish's No. 77 for the Daytona 500 and are now apparently in full force.

And they need to be stopped. Immediately.

From Sirius Speedway:

Sources say Wood Brothers Racing has acquired 2010 owner points from the #19 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford driven last season by Elliott Sadler, which is not slated for competition this year. Richard Childress Racing now owns the owner points accrued by the #71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet last season, for use on Menard’s new #27 RCR Chevrolet.

But get this: TRG owner Kevin Buckler says that the team has every intention of being at Daytona and that there hasn't been a transfer of owner's points. RCR says that there has been, because Thomas Pumpelly, who owned the team with Buckler, "divested his partnership" with TRG on January 27 and the points are now RCR's.

If what RCR is saying is true, it leads to even more craziness.

Sources speaking on the condition of anonymity tell Sirius Speedway that Buckler will compete at Daytona using owner points accrued last season by the #98 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, though that could not immediately be confirmed.

Get that? If true, that means that TRG Motorsports will have sold its owner's points and bought other owner's points. Why in the world is this allowed?

So to recap, if this all goes down, the No. 21 and Trevor Bayne are guaranteed a starting spot in the Daytona 500 with the No. 19's owner points. Menard's car will have owner's points from TRG's No. 71 and the No. 71 will have owner's points from the No. 98, Menard's car last season.

On the surface -- and given the current setup of how easily owner's points can be transferred -- the swap between TRG and RCR makes sense because TRG used RCR cars and engines in 2010. But with the way that this may all shake out, it's just one more example of how ridiculous the point transfers have become to try to skirt around the top-35 rule.

And if this finaggling to get into the top 35 isn't confusing enough for you now, just wait until we're a few races into the season. Wallace's run in the 500 is a one-off deal, and the Wood Brothers are running a partial schedule this season. So in the first race that either car doesn't attempt, the team next-highest in owner's points but not guaranteed a starting spot will be locked in. And when both aren't in the field, the next car after that not already guaranteed a starting position will be locked in.

Anyone else have a headache?

Update: The swaps have been approved. Go find the Advil.

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