Posted By Pete Pistone
The Wood Brothers will reportedly acquire the 2010 owner points from Richard Petty Motorsports' No. 19 entry.
Elliott Sadler drove the RPM car last season and accumulated enough points to stay within the Top 35 in the owner standings. But when the Petty organization went through a restructuring over the winter, the 19 and 98 entries were shut down.
By purchasing the 19 team points, the Woods have assured their No. 21 entry and driver Trevor Bayne a guaranteed starting spot in the first five races of the 2011 Sprint Cup season including the Daytona 500. Teams who finished within the first 35 in the owner standings of the previous year earn locked-in status in the opening five events of the following season.
The points racked up by Paul Menard, who drove the RPM No. 98 Ford last year, were bought by Richard Childress who applied them to the No. 27 entry Menard will drive for RCR this season.
The practice of buying and selling owner points as a commodity has been a practice since NASCAR instituted the Top 35 rule a few years ago. The sanctioning body has not indicated it will step in to stop the procedure.