Top-35 rule coming under fire in Cup's new era

Is the top-35 rule still viable in Nextel Cup's new era? Marty Smith goes Door-To-Door to find out who is for it, who is against it, and why.

Updated: May 31, 2007, 5:16 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

Before NASCAR implemented the top-35 rule -- which guarantees entrance into the field for the top 35 teams in the week's owner's points standings -- well-funded, full-time teams occasionally were bumped from the field by part-time operations, some of which had no intention of accomplishing more than a start-and-park.

Just making the field meant 50 or 60 grand. They weren't there for points. Some weren't even there for competition but rather for the quick buck.

In turn, some ...

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