Driver talent doesn't rule NACAR money does just like ANY form of racing from karts to Champ Car, Indy Car and even F1.
Paul Menard (DEI) is now in the top 35 in points (the only way he's going to get there I think) because his parents have very deep pockets and bought the owner points from Ginn. Now he doesn't have to race his way into the races every week. I think that had a lot to do with it besides the houseing market hitting the dumps (Ginn is a developer) and Ginn not having the $$$ he had a year ago coming in.
Jr looked sort of good in quailifing just now even though he went out first.