Dallenbach Misses Third Winston Cup Event This Season

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According to driver Wally Dallenbach, NASCAR’s current system of qualifying procedures can leave a driver feeling "suicidal."

With the departure of general manager Jimmy Johnson from Galaxy Motorsports last week and the firing of crew chief Wayne Orme, Dallenbach, driver of the No. 75 RotoZip Ford is starting to feel the heat.

After missing races at Darlington and Texas and posting the 40th fastest time on Friday, Dallenbach was one of four cars that attempted to requalify on Saturday but did not make the show.

"You never want to get yourself in the situation where you're desperate for second round qualifying," Dallenbach said. "We've done it but it's not a comfortable feeling. The main problem you run into is you through everything you have into qualifying and nothing into the race itself. That leaves you with Happy Hour and, with the weather forecast what it is, that's not a real comfortable feeling either."

Dallenbach, 36, has driven for a variety of teams over the years and has never been known as a strong qualifier. But like a lot of teams who have struggled to make the first round and then have had to waste precious practice time in qualifying trim, rather than concentrating on race set-ups, Dallenbach advocates eliminating second-round qualifying altogether.

"I don't know there is a particularly easy solution to all of this," Dallenbach said. "My thoughts are just take the 40 fastest, go back to two provisionals to give some of the top points guys a break, and let the chips fall where they may. Your opinion on how to do second round qualifying tends to change on how each scenario affects you personally. The easiest way for a race team to approach it is, of course, make it in first round. Do that and it's all theory. Don't make it and it's real-life stuff.

"I guess RotoZip is a pretty appropriate sponsor, huh? You hold the RotoZip, then look at your car, then look at your wrists. Pardon the shameless sponsor plug but you do know you'll end up with a clean, painless cut whichever one you go with."

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