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Bubble Breakdown: Indy (36th-39th)

#71 Andy Lally / TRG Motorsports Ford
Incoming Owner Points Ranking: 36th (-7 behind 35th)
Sunday’s Finish: 26th
Current Owner Points Ranking: 35th (+10 ahead of 36th)

Normally, a 26th place finish is not really anything to write home about. But for Andy Lally and TRG Motorsports, that 26th place finish might as well have been like kissing Miss America as, thanks to Robby Gordon’s early engine woes, TRG Motorsports now finds themselves in the Top 35 for the first time in several weeks. For a team with limited funding and resources, and a driver with limited stock car experience such as Lally, this is nothing short of a wind-fall going into Pocono. The big question now would be can TRG Motorsports pad their advantage in the coming weeks or will Robby Gordon Motorsports slip right back into the Top 35?

#38 Travis Kvapil / Front Row Motorsports Ford
Incoming Owner Points Ranking: 37th (-12 behind 35th)
Sunday’s Result: DNQ
Current Owner Points Ranking: 37th (-23 out of 35th)

As seems to be the medium for the #38 Front Row Motorsports team this year, for every step forward they make, it seems like the team takes two steps backwards. This most recent failure to qualify by Travis Kvapil is especially painful following J.J. Yeley’s more-than-respectable 23rd place finish last week at New Hampshire. One has to wonder if Kvapil has too many more failures to qualify if his ride with Front Row Motorsports just might be in jeopardy. The coming weeks could really tell the tale on Kvapil’s long-term future with the organization. If the poor finishes and DNQ’s continue, it would be less than a shock to see a new driver behind the wheel of the #38 Front Row Motorsports Ford.

#21 Trevor Bayne / Wood Brothers Racing Ford
Incoming Owner Points Ranking: 38th (-17 out of 35th)
Sunday’s Result: 30th
Current Owner Points Ranking: 38th (-31 out of 35th)

Had the race been four laps shorter, Trevor Bayne may have very well had his best performance since his Daytona 500 victory. While running in the fourth position, Bayne had to pit in the closing laps and was regulated to a disappointing 30th place finish. With the Wood Brothers likely to not attempt Pocono, a good performance was crucial today for team morale if not for owner points.

#37 Scott Speed / Max Q Motorsports Ford
Incoming Owner Points Ranking: 39th (-92 out of 35th)
Sunday’s Result: 39th
Current Owner Points Ranking: 39th (-98 out of 35th)

With the Top 35 looking more and more like a pipe dream for Max Q Motorsports, at least on the bright side, Scott Speed got them safely qualified into the field for the Brickyard 400. But that’s where the good news ends, unfortunately. The team parked their car 15 laps into the race and made no head-way toward any hopes (real or imagined) of cracking the Top 35.

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