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Casey Mears lives on the edge

A good showing at Sunday's Auto Club 400 is critical to avoid qualifying in the future

Updated: March 22, 2011, 1:43 AM ET
By Tim Haddock | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

It's been a rough start to the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Casey Mears. His engine blew up in one of the qualifying races for the Daytona 500 and he had a fuel pump failure at the Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Four races into the Sprint Cup Series season, Mears is in 33rd place in the standings and sitting on the cutoff point for teams that earn automatic starting spots in races; the teams in the top 35 in the Cup standings are guaranteed to start after the fifth ...

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