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NASCAR’s Mendoza Line: Ranking Teams 31-40 in Sprint Cup Owners Points

In baseball, the mark of mediocrity for a hitter is called the "Mendoza line." Named for former shortstop Mario Mendoza, a career .215 hitter, players unfortunate enough to fall below a .200 average are known to be "below the Mendoza line."In NASCAR, that mark of mediocrity exists for teams as well: the cutoff in owners' points that guarantees the top 35 teams in the sport a starting spot from week to week. Teams hovering at or around this line are usually the definition of mediocre, whether because they're a fully-funded team that disappoints or a start-and-park team that doesn't run enough to show their true caliber on the track.Those 35 guaranteed starting spots are a huge selling point for teams, even though they can change from week to...

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