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Points Structure & Chase Rules for 2017

Races will consist of three stages, with championship implications in each stage. The green flag begins the race, and therefore is Stage 1. Its length is approximately 25-30 percent of the event's total length and is different for each race, dependent on track size and race length.

At the conclusion of Stage 1 and Stage 2, there is a caution period for drivers to come down pit road if they choose. Green-flag restarts will begin the next segment.

The top-10 finishers in each stage will be awarded additional championship points.

The Chase will now be referred to as the playoffs.

The winner of the first two stages of each race will receive one playoff point, and the race winner will receive five playoff points. Each playoff point will be added to a driver's reset total following the 26th race, if that competitor makes the playoffs.

Points for both stage winners and race winners will transfer into the postseason and an official regular-season champion will be crowned, and rewarded with 15 playoff points to the driver's playoff reset of 2,000. The stage format also gives fans a pair of natural breaks in the action.

All playoff points will carry through to the end of the third round of the postseason (Round of 8), with the Championship 4 racing straight-up at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the title.

The race winner following the final stage will receive 40 points, second-place will earn 35, third-place 34, fourth-place 33, etc.

Top-10 drivers in regular-season points also will receive playoff points with second place earning 10 points, third place getting eight points, fourth place obtaining seven points, etc.

There no longer will be a bonus point for leading a lap, or a bonus point for leading the most laps.

The 150-mile qualifying races at Daytona will be worth points to the top-10 drivers on a 10-to-1 scale but the winners do not get bonus points for the playoffs.

Teams won't be allowed to replace body panels during a race, and teams will have additional limitations on crash repair. This will likely result in wrecked cars not being able to repair and return to the track.

In the case of inclement weather, the race is official at the conclusion of Stage 2. Overtime rules remain the same.


Points Structure & Chase Rules for 2014 - 2016

A victory in the first 26 races all but guarantees a berth in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup a change that will put an unprecedented importance on winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race all season long
Expanding the Chase field from 12 to 16 drivers, with those drivers advancing to what now will be known as the NASCAR Chase Grid
The number of championship drivers in contention for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship will decrease after every three Chase races, from 16 to start in the Chase Grid; 12 after Chase race No. 3; eight after Chase race No. 6; and four after Chase race No. 9
The first three races of the Chase (27-29) will be known as the Challenger Round
Races 30-32 will be known as the Contender Round
Races 33-35 will be the Eliminator Round and race No. 36 will be the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship
A win by a championship-eligible driver in any Chase race automatically clinches the winning driver a spot in the next Chase round
Four drivers will enter the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship with a chance at the title, with the highest finisher among those four capturing the prestigious NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.

Eligibility for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup: The top 15 drivers with the most wins over the first 26 races will earn a spot in the NASCAR Chase Grid provided they have finished in the top 30 in points and attempted to qualify for every race (except in rare instances). The 16th Chase position will go to the points leader after race No. 26, if he/she does not have a victory. In the event that there are 16 or more different winners over 26 races, the only winless driver who can earn a Chase Grid spot would be the points leader after 26 races.
If there are fewer than 16 different winners in the first 26 races, the remaining Chase Grid positions will go to those winless drivers highest in points. If there are 16 or more winners in the first 26 races, the ties will first be broken by number of wins, followed by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver points.
As was implemented in 2011, prior to the start of the Chase, all Chase Grid drivers will have their points adjusted to 2,000, with three additional bonus points added to their total for each win in the first 26 races.

Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Structure After the third Chase race, the Chase Grid will be left with 12 drivers. After the sixth Chase race, the field will drop to eight drivers, and following the ninth Chase race, only four drivers will remain in championship contention for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title. The first round (races 27-29) will be called the Challenger Round. If a driver in the Chase Grid wins a Challenger Round race, the driver automatically advances to the next round. The remaining available positions 1-12 that have not been filled based upon wins will be based on points. Each will then have their points reset to 3,000.
The second round (races 30-32) will be called the Contender Round. Likewise, if a driver in the top 12 in points wins a race in the Contender Round, the driver automatically advances to the next round. The remaining available positions 1-8 that have not been filled based upon wins will be based on points. Each will then have their points reset to 4,000.
The third round (races 33-35) will be called the Eliminator Round. If a driver in the top eight in points wins a race in the Eliminator Round, the driver automatically advances to the next round. The remaining available positions 1-4 that have not been filled based upon wins will be based on points. Each will then have their points reset to 5,000.
Additionally, drivers who are eliminated in the Contender and Eliminator Rounds will have their points readjusted. Each eliminated driver will return to the Chase-start base of 2,000 (plus any regular season wins bonus points), with their accumulated points starting with race No. 27 added. This will allow all drivers not in contention for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title to continue to race for the best possible season-long standing, with final positions fifth-through-16th still up for grabs.

Points Structure & Chase Rules for 2011 - 2013

In addition to the points allocated {See chart below}

* Any driver who leads a lap during a race receives one bonus point.

* The driver who leads the most laps receives an additional one bonus point.

* The race winner receives three bonus points.

Maximum points per race: 48

Drivers can run for points in only ONE series and must declare at the start of the season which series they are running for points.
If a driver runs a Cup race but has declared for points in another series he earns ZERO points in the Cup race regardless of where he finishes.

The Top 10 in points after Race 26 are locked into the Chase. 11th and 12th place in the Chase are awarded to drivers in the Top 20 in points with the most wins. So a driver in 19th place with 2 wins could make the Chase.

Finish Points Finish Points
1 43 23 21
2 42 24 20
3 41 25 19
4 40 26 18
5 39 27 17
6 38 28 16
7 37 29 15
8 36 30 14
9 35 31 13
10 34 32 12
11 33 33 11
12 32 34 10
13 31 35 9
14 30 36 8
15 29 37 7
16 28 38 6
17 27 39 5
18 26 40 4
19 25 41 3
20 24 42 2
21 23 43 1
22 22

Points Structure & Chase Rules effective in 2007 to 2010

Race victories became more important than ever in 2007 as a result of adjustments to the points system and the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup format announced 1/22/07 by NASCAR. The adjustments are designed to establish more balance between winning and consistency, but there is a new emphasis on the former. "The adjustments put a greater emphasis on winning races," said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. "Winning is what this sport is all about. Nobody likes to see drivers content to finish in the top 10. We want our sport - especially during the Chase - to be more about winning."

Chase Adjustments: The Chase - consisting of the season's last 10 races - will further reflect the importance of racing to win, via a variety of adjustments.

During the format's first three years, the top 10 drivers in points after the 26th race of the season (at Richmond International Raceway) qualified for the Chase; in addition, any other driver outside the top 10 but within 400 points of the standings' leader was also eligible.
Starting this season, the 400-point cut-off is eliminated.

Also, after Race 26, the top 12 drivers in the points will qualify for the Chase.
All 12 drivers will have their point totals re-set to 5,000; each will then receive a 10-point bonus for each race victory they had during the first 26 races.

The Chase drivers will be "seeded" to start the Chase based on the number of wins amassed during the regular season.
Points adjustment: In line with the Chase adjustments, wins throughout the season will be more valuable.

Race winners throughout the 36-race season will now receive 185 points, a five-point increase. Counting the five-point bonuses available for leading at least one lap and leading the most laps, a race winner now can earn a maximum of 195 points, creating a possible maximum of 25 points between first- and second-place finishers.

The 2006 season of Kasey Kahne provides a dramatic illustration of the adjusted Chase format's implications. Kahne qualified for last year's Chase, but started it in 10th place - despite having won a series-high five races. Under the new format, Kahne would begin the Chase in first place, with 5,050 points. Mark Martin and Jeff Burton, seventh and eighth at the outset of last year's Chase, would instead start in 11th and 12th, each with 5,000, since they had no race victories entering the Chase. Also, Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle, who failed to make the Chase last year - they were 11th and 12th and beyond the 400-point cut-off - would qualify under the adjusted format. Stewart would be fifth with 5,020 points, Biffle 10th with 5,010.(NASCAR PR)(1-22-2007)

How the Nextel Cup Points System Worked 2004 through 2006.


Winner of Cup, Busch, and Truck gets five more points from 175 points to 180. No longer can second place and first earn the same number of points.

In Nextel Cup-After 26 races (10 to go ) all drivers within 400 points or a minimum of ten teams will have their points changed to the chart at the below.

The rest of the field will keep the points as is. There is a $250,000 bonus to the driver that finishes 11 th, no matter how many cars are in the system.

The top ten in final standings get a minimum of $1,000,000

Winner gets minimum of $5,000,000

1 st 5050
2 nd 5045
3 rd 5040
4 th 5035
5 th 5030
6 th 5025
7 th 5020
8 th 5015
9 th 5010
10 th 5005
11 th 5000
12 th 4995
13 th 4990
14 th 4985
15 th 4980

2006 Chase for the Cup Countdown

10 New Hampshire
9 Dover
8 Kansas
6 Charlotte
5 Martinsville
4 Atlanta
3 Texas
2 Phoenix
1 Miami

The marketing plan features a countdown from ten races to go to the last race of the year.

The point money for positions 11-25 will increase.

Chase for the Championship is the logo.

There will be special recognition for the 11 th place finish at the banquet in New York.

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Nextel Cup - Provisionals

NASCAR has a new provisional system that will allow 38 cars to qualify on speed.

Previously, only 36 cars qualified on speed and the rest of the field of 43 was set by car owner points.

The change reduces the number of provisional starting positions from seven to five for each race.

The past champion's provisional will remain in place for the 43rd and final starting position when applicable.

New car owners and teams not in the top 35 in car owner points will not be eligible for a provisional spot until after their entry makes an attempt to qualify at four races. In the past, those outside the top 35 and new car owners earned four provisionals following their first attempt to qualify for a race.

Additional changes include:
Car owners in the top 35 positions of the 2005 owner championship standings will receive four provisionals at the outset of the season and will receive an additional one after attempting to qualify for six events, for a season maximum of 10. The previous season maximum was eight.

Each provisional used by a car owner during the season - regardless of standing - counts against the owner's season allotment earned. Previously, the top 25 car owners were not charged for provisionals used after the fourth race of the season.

In the event the number of entrants is equal to or less than the number of starting positions available for an event, provisionals assigned to fill starting positions 39 through 43 will not count toward the maximum season allotment.

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How the Rookie of the Year Works:

Based upon the best 17 races finishes(by rookie points);

One point awarded for attempting to make the race; 10 points to highest finishing rookie, 9 points for the next highest, down to one point for the tenth finishing rookie;

Any top 10 finish by a rookie is awarded specific points based on finish, 10 for first 9 for second, down to 1 for a 10th place finish.

Bonus points are awarded four times during a season. After the 10th, 20th, 30th and the final race - based on final Cup points standings of the season as follows: 10 pts to the rookie who earned the most Nextel Cup {formerly Winston Cup} points in the current 10-race segment(third segmant was 9 races), the points incrementally decrease by one point until one bonus point is awarded the tenth highest rookie who earned the most points in the segment;

NASCAR officials also have a 50-point bonus at the end of the season in a caucus vote by four NASCAR executives and the prior year Nextel Cup {formerly Winston Cup} Champion. The panel that grades each rookie candidate in three areas including conduct with officials in the garage and pit areas, conduct and awareness on the track, and personal appearance and relationship with the media on a 10-1 points system.(meaning each member of the panel votes with 10 pts to the rookie each member felt was the best, 9 points for the next rookie, down to 1 point, if 10 rookies run)

A driver loses their rookie status for the following year after starting in eight Nextel Cup {formerly Winston Cup} Events in a single season

Note: this is just a guide to show how the ROTY points are BASICALLY calculated.

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How the Winston Cup Points System Worked - 1971 through 2003.

1. To get the points that are earned during a race, a driver must start the race and complete at least one lap in the car. A relief driver can be used, if needed during the race, due to illness or injury. However, the driver who started the car receives the points earned for the race.

2. Any driver to lead at least one lap will get a 5-point bonus added to the points they get for where they finish.

3. The driver that leads the most laps gets 5 additional bonus points. So they get 10 points added to their total.

4. All races on the schedule count towards the season's points total. There is no "best of" or "dropped" races in the Nextel Cup {formerly Winston Cup} Championship.

Official Nextel Cup {formerly Winston Cup} Points System
Finish Points Finish Points Finish Points Finish Points
1 175 12 127 23 94 34 61
2 170 13 124 24 91 35 58
3 165 14 121 25 88 36 55
4 160 15 118 26 85 37 52
5 155 16 115 27 82 38 49
6 150 17 112 28 79 39 46
7 146 18 109 29 76 40 43
8 142 19 106 30 73 41 40
9 138 20 103 31 70 42 37
10 134 21 100 32 67 43 34
11 130   22 97   33 64      

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winston Cup - Provisionals

1. Six provisional starting spots are available for positions 37-42. These positions are based on the current NASCAR Nextel Cup {formerly Winston Cup} Series car OWNER points. The 43rd and final starting position is available to any eligible past NASCAR Nextel Cup {formerly Winston Cup} Series champion who fails to make the field through qualifying, starting with the most recent champion. If there are no eligible past champions, the 43rd spot will be filled through current NASCAR Nextel Cup {formerly Winston Cup} Series car OWNER points, with the team highest in the OWNER points, not in the field, getting the spot.

2. Teams are awarded a provisional spot based on the teams position in the OWNERS points. OWNERS and DRIVERS points are different. Teams that use more then one driver during a season still generate OWNERS points for the same team/owner. Teams who have attempted ALL the Cup races get the provisional awarded first, then it goes down the order by attempts, then OWNERS points.

3. How are provisionals awarded at the beginning of the season?
Provisional starting positions 37-42 will be awarded based on OWNERS points. The 43rd spot is awarded to any Past Champion who is not otherwise eligible. If no past champion needs the provisional it falls back to the next un-qualified team in the owners points. The previous season OWNERS point standings will be used through the fourth race of the season. Starting with the fifth race the current season OWNER points standings are used to determine provisional starting spots.

New teams start out the season with ZERO provisionals until the fifth race , UNLESS, the driver is a past Nextel Cup {formerly Winston Cup} champion, then the team can use the final provisional spot. The team is deducted a provisional if used in this manner.

4. Each existing team starts the season with four(4) and earns one more after their eighth, 16th, 24th and 32nd attempted race. So if a team is out of provisionals going into the 8th race and they make a qualifying run, they earn a provisional and can use it in that race if their speed does not get them into the field.

New teams are allotted their provisionals starting at the fifth race of the season.

In reality, teams are not really allotted provisionals but are charged one if used, unless they are in the top 25 in OWNERS points. The rule is 'a team can use four charged provisionals starting spots in the first 7 races of the season. If a team is in the top 25, they will not be charged a provisional. So if a team was out of the top 25 in owners points and is charged all four provisionals and then gets into the top 25, that team can still use a provisional spot because it will NOT be charged.

Unused provisionals in the previous year are not carried forward to the next season.

5. How do the OWNERS get points? How do they differ from the DRIVERS points?

All teams, who pass inspection and fail to make the race, get OWNER points based on the fastest non-qualifier to the slowest earn the position/points immediately below the last car in the field. These points will be included with those earned from the races to establish car/owner priority in gaining a provisional for the race. The driver get NO points for making an attempt, this is why OWNERS points and DRIVERS points for the same team will sometimes differ, if a driver misses a race. Points are awarded as follows: fastest who fails to qualify gets 31 points, then it goes in order: 28,25,22,19,16,13,10,7,4,1 - all remaining car owners get 1 point for the team race attempt.

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