LABONTE MAKING A RUN AT FLOPPER AWARD

Take heart, Paul Menard. Bobby Labonte's 31st-place finish at Charlotte inched him slightly closer to the FLOPPER lead. Not far behind Menard and Labonte, three other drivers are creeping within striking distance. And in the next group we find Sam Hornish Jr., who single-handedly spun himself out twice to bring out the first two cautions of last week’s race. Way to earn your FLOPPER status, Sam.I thought it would be interesting this week to include the prize winnings of each driver in this ...

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BRIGHT SPOT FOR FLOPPER STANDINGS LEADER PAUL MENARD

Sunday’s race in Fontana did not produce much of a change in the FLOPPER standings. Auto racing's worst prize is still Paul Menard’s to win. Or lose - depending on your perspective. A few notes: 1.) Paul Menard still holds a decent lead, with four guys between 85 and 144 points behind him.   2.) There is still a chance for one of the others to make a late move to the top of these standings. Six races is a lot of time to make something happen in the FLOPPER chase.&nb ...

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RAGAN, STREMME, LABONTE ALL CLOSING IN ON FLOPPER LEAD

Good news for Paul Menard. (How often does anyone get to write that?) The race in Kansas on Sunday tightened up the FLOPPER standings. FLOPPER stands for Finishes Last in Overall Points while Participating in Every Race.  1) David Ragan, Bobby Labonte and David Stremme are virtually tied, and are about 80 points ahead of Paul Menard for the title.2) This week I included a list of each driver's laps led on the season. Interesting to see the range of those numbers from 0 to 179. Definitely ...

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MENARD’S FLOPPER LEAD SHRINKS

With Dover over and Kansas on the horizon, it is time to update the FLOPPER standings. For those of you new to the game, FLOPPER stands for Finishes Last in Overall Points while Participating in Every Race. Until a few weeks ago the title was Robby Gordon’s to lose, which is exactly what he did when he skipped the race in Richmond to go off-roading in Nevada. Now the award is Paul Menard’s to lose, and he appears intent on losing it as well. Let's take a look at an expanded version o ...

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MENARD STRENGTHENS FLOPPER LEAD

Paul Menard finished Sunday’s race in New Hampshire a strong 34th, 13 laps off the lead. Thanks to that effort - and Robby Gordon's decision not to run at Richmond - he now holds a triple-digit advantage in the FLOPPER standings. With only nine races to go, this might be too big of a lead for anybody else to overcome.   How about the effort by Bobby Labonte to get last-minute funding and drive his No. 71 TRG car to a lead-lap finish in 22nd place? He even led a lap, earning a ...

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