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Impound race qualifying a joke

Updated: October 9, 2007, 10:36 AM ET
By Terry Blount

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- The quagmire of impound-race qualifying on a restrictor-plate track was clear for everyone to see Saturday.

Here are a few examples of how ridiculous this system has become:

A.J. Allmendinger and Boris Said, the ninth and 10th fastest drivers, respectively, on speed, did not make the 43-car field. Dale Jarrett, the No. 8 qualifier, started last when the green flag flew Sunday. That's a rule. The slowest qualifier who didn't have a guaranteed ...

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