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Most drivers unhappy with qualifying format

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12:03 PM ET 04.03 | Few drivers seemed particularly pleased with the new Saturday qualifying format at Martinsville Speedway and several other tracks owned by International Speedway Corp. While the drivers, no doubt, have legitimate concerns, the move was designed for fans, not drivers. Fans now get Cup qualifying and a secondary race on Saturday, making that ticket more attractive.

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April 3, 2011  01:18 PM ET

Check the empty seats at M-Ville ... OMG!!

April 3, 2011  02:39 PM ET

wow something was done for the fans.....do the fans know about this ? LOL

April 3, 2011  03:23 PM ET

Why are the drivers unhappy? Less time to make corrections? They want to sleep in? Inquiring minds want to know. And so do I.

April 3, 2011  05:19 PM ET

sooooo close..

April 3, 2011  06:10 PM ET
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sooooo close..

I wonder where all the Jr haters are?

April 3, 2011  06:20 PM ET

just when I think the articles here cant get any lamer than Junior doesnt tweet, they do.

April 3, 2011  06:20 PM ET

good run by junior and a couple others.

April 3, 2011  06:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I wonder where all the Jr haters are?

Cheering 2nd place, by a nose at that. Pretty good last few laps.

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April 3, 2011  08:13 PM ET
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Has anyone seen the updated standings yet?

Check Jayski -- "Unoffical" but damn close until tomorrow when NASCAR will post ...

April 3, 2011  08:31 PM ET

Not being a Jr fan, but I wished to hell he would have won today, it would have left a bad taste in a few mouths, 2nd was good for him. J Gordon's 5th place made me happy.

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April 3, 2011  09:41 PM ET

Im a harvick fan so Im glad to see him doing good, but I do think jrs winless streak will come to an end this year for sure. Letarte is making great calls in the pits, and jr seems to be in a better place mentally. He will make the chase and win a race or 2 this year. I just hope harvick can keep it going!

April 3, 2011  09:59 PM ET
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Im a harvick fan so Im glad to see him doing good, but I do think jrs winless streak will come to an end this year for sure. Letarte is making great calls in the pits, and jr seems to be in a better place mentally. He will make the chase and win a race or 2 this year. I just hope harvick can keep it going!

Agreed mtb80, he has made good strides so far. Harvick is on a roll, he's looking like a champion driver the past couple of years. Good for RCR

April 3, 2011  10:39 PM ET

Not a Jooonya hater and also not a fan but I thought he would win today. I have to admit, shhh don't tell anyone, that when it was clear that he had put Kyle behind him, I actually jumped up and truly hoped he would win. I was alone at work so I will deny this if word gets out. I hoped for a nudge to Harvick by Jooonya but it didn't happen. Congratulations to Jooonya and he had a decent interview after the race.

April 3, 2011  11:03 PM ET

23 and 24 -- yes sir to both comments.

April 3, 2011  11:14 PM ET

SLY 1; how come your guy #24 loves Kyle so much?

 
April 3, 2011  11:35 PM ET

It was nice to see J.J. get nailed for speeding on pit road.
If not Harvick, I think someone is going to end J.J.'s reign.

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