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NASCAR Nationwide Series top-30 owners shakeup? Well, not really

By Lee Montgomery

CONCORD, N.C. - Michael McDowell's 20th-place finish in Saturday's Tech-Net Auto Service 300 vaulted the MacDonald Motorsports No. 81 Dodge back in the top 30 of the NASCAR Nationwide Series owners standings.

But the team McDowell passed should be locked in the field for next weekend's standalone race at Nashville Superspeedway. Team Rensi Motorsports' No. 24 driven by Eric McClure fell to 31st in the owners standings, but Phoenix Racing plans to skip Nashville, keeping McClure in the race.

McClure finished 29th at Charlotte as Team Rensi fell 20 points behind MacDonald. Jason Keller's TriStar Motorsports team, which has failed to qualify for three races in 2010, moved within striking distance. Keller was 19th at Charlotte to move within 67 points of McClure and 87 of McDowell.

Less than 100 points separate positions 23 through 31 in the owners standings. Key Motorsports is 23rd, 89 points ahead of Team Rensi.

Trailing Key is R3 Motorsports (13 behind Key), Roush Fenway Racing's No. 16 (15 behind R3), JD Motorsports (nine behind Roush Fenway), RAB Racing (seven behind JDM), JR Motorsports (four behind RAB), Nemco Motorsports (seven behind JRM) and MacDonald (two behind Nemco).

See the unofficial Nationwide Series owners standings here.