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List of NASCAR points scoring systems

This is a list of points scoring systems used to determine the outcome of the NASCAR Championships since 1949. The Championships are awarded each year to the driver who accumulate the most championship points over the course of the Championship season.

Determined by moneyEdit

1949–1965Edit

  • Points based on amount of prize money paid.
  • 1954–1962: Competitors were awarded points per the old system with additional points awarded per a separate schedule.
  • 1963–1965: Events paying $4,200-$6,000 awarded winner 400 points with each succeeding position receiving 16 fewer points. Events paying $7,000-$10,000 awarded points per the point schedule listed in the 1963 NASCAR Rule Book. Events paying over $10,000 awarded points on the basis of 50 points per $1,000 posted by promoter.
Prize Money 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th
$1000 50 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5
$3500 175 157,5 140 122,5 105 87,5 70 52,5 35 17,5
$4000 200 192 184 176 168 160 152 144 136 128 120 112 104 96 88 80 72 64 56 48 40 32 24 16 8
$6000 400 384 368 352 336 320 304 288 272 256 240 224 208 192 176 160 144 128 112 96 80 64 48 32 16
$10000 500 480 460 440 420 400 380 360 340 320 300 280 260 240 220 200 180 160 140 120 100 80 60 40 20
$20000 1000 960 920 880 840 800 760 720 680 640 600 560 520 480 440 400 360 320 280 240 200 160 120 80 40
$25000 1250 1200 1150 1100 1050 1000 950 900 850 800 750 700 650 600 550 500 450 400 350 300 250 200 150 100 50

1966–1967Edit

Prize Money 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th+
$5000–$7000 400 384 368 352 336 320 304 288 272 256 240 224 208 192 176 160 144 128 112 96 80 64 48 32 16 0
$7000–$10000 500 480 460 440 420 400 380 360 340 320 300 280 260 240 220 200 180 160 140 120 100 80 60 40 20 0

1974Edit

  • Money (dollars) winnings from track purses (qualifying and contingency awards did not count), multiplied by the number of races started.
  • The resulting figure divided by 1,000 determined the number of points earned.

Determined by mileageEdit

1968–1971Edit

  • Instead of using money, the championship points now determined by the length of the race.
  • There was no special award for race winner, a constant gap of points was used between all ranks.
Event Length 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th 30th 31st 32nd 33rd 34th 35th 36th 37th 38th 39th 40th 41st 42nd 43rd 44th 45th 46th 47th 48th 49th 50th
< 250 miles 50 49 48 47 46 45 44 43 42 41 40 39 38 37 36 35 34 33 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
250–399 miles 100 98 96 94 92 90 88 86 84 82 80 78 76 74 72 70 68 66 64 62 60 58 56 54 52 50 48 46 44 42 40 38 36 34 32 30 28 26 24 22 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2
> 399 miles 150 147 144 141 138 135 132 129 126 123 120 117 114 111 108 105 102 99 96 93 90 87 84 81 78 75 72 69 66 63 60 57 54 51 48 45 42 39 36 33 30 27 24 21 18 15 12 9 6 3

1972Edit

Points were awarded to the top 50 placing drivers in every race, using the following structure:

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th ... 10th 11th 12th ... 20th 21st 22nd ... 50th
Points 100 98 96 94 92 90 88 ... 82 80 78 ... 62 60 58 ... 2

Additionally, points for laps completed were awarded per the following schedule:

Track lap distance Points per number of laps completed
< 1 mile 0.25
1 mile 0.50
1.3 miles 0.70
1.5 miles 0.75
2 miles 1.00
2.5 miles 1.25

1973Edit

The Winston Cup points system used in 1973 was almost similar to 1972. The only difference was that the winner was awarded 25 extra points.

Points were awarded to the top 50 placing drivers in every race, using the following structure:

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th ... 10th 11th 12th ... 20th 21st 22nd ... 50th
Points 125 98 96 94 92 90 88 ... 82 80 78 ... 62 60 58 ... 2

Additionally, points for laps completed were awarded per the following schedule:

Track lap distance Points per number of laps completed
< 1 mile 0.25
1 mile 0.50
1.3 miles 0.70
1.5 miles 0.75
2 miles 1.00
2.5 miles 1.25

Equal points per raceEdit

1975–2010Edit

  • In the 1975 season, a new scoring system was introduced, created by Bob Latford. Equal points are awarded in all races, regardless of their length or purse.
  • Between rank 1 and 6 Starting at 175 there were 5 points gaps, between rank 6 and 11 were 4 points gaps and below rank 11 - 3 points gaps respectively.
  • In the point scoring system there were points up to 54th place. These were not all awarded to drivers (drivers points were only awarded to drivers who qualified for a race, so depending on the race and year anywhere from 30-something up to 43 drivers might score points). Points were also awarded to owners, and these were awarded in order of qualifying time to cars which did not qualify for a race (e.g. if 43 cars qualify, and 3 DNQ, those 3 cars would get 40, 37, and 34 points). Owner points were used to determine provisional starting positions, starting order when qualifying is rained out, etc.
  • Along with the points based on the finishing position, a driver who leads at least one lap in a race would be credited 5 bonus points. Along with the 5 bonus points, only one driver in a race would receive an additional 5 bonus points for leading the most laps, so the driver who led the most would receive 10 bonus points altogether.
  • In 2004 NASCAR introduced a new playoff format, but still using the old points scoring scheme.
  • In 2004, 1st place was increased 5 points to 180, and another 5 points in 2007, to 185. So the gap between 1st and 2nd was extended to 10 and then to 15 points respectively.
Year 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th 30th 31st 32nd 33rd 34th 35th 36th 37th 38th 39th 40th 41st 42nd 43rd ... 54th Lead a Lap Lead the Most Laps
1975–2003 175 170 165 160 155 150 146 142 138 134 130 127 124 121 118 115 112 109 106 103 100 97 94 91 88 85 82 79 76 73 70 67 64 61 58 55 52 49 46 43 40 37 34 ... 1 5 5
2004–2006 180 170 165 160 155 150 146 142 138 134 130 127 124 121 118 115 112 109 106 103 100 97 94 91 88 85 82 79 76 73 70 67 64 61 58 55 52 49 46 43 40 37 34 ... 1 5 5
2007–2010 185 170 165 160 155 150 146 142 138 134 130 127 124 121 118 115 112 109 106 103 100 97 94 91 88 85 82 79 76 73 70 67 64 61 58 55 52 49 46 43 40 37 34 ... 1 5 5

2011–2015Edit

  • In 2010, a new scoring system for 2011 was developed. Equal points are awarded in all races, regardless of their length.
  • In contrast to the previous point system, there are only steps of 1 point between all ranks, beginning with 1 point for rank 43.
  • The winner automatically receives an additional 3-point bonus for winning a race and the 1 point bonus for leading the final lap. A driver receives 47 points at minimum for winning a race. If a driver leads the most laps and wins, they receive a maximum amount of 48 points.
  • In 2014 and 2015, bonus points for laps led and for the win were not awarded to Championship 4 drivers in the season finale, which was the final round of the elimination-style Chase for the Cup format.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th 30th 31st 32nd 33rd 34th 35th 36th 37th 38th 39th 40th 41st 42nd 43rd Lead a Lap Lead the Most Laps
43 (+3) 42 41 40 39 38 37 36 35 34 33 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1

2016Edit

  • In 2016, the number of cars were reduced to 40 per race, so the points scoring system was modified to reflect this change.
  • The winner automatically receives the 3 points bonus for winning the race and the 1 point bonus for leading the final lap. The winner would normally receive 44 points, with a maximum point total of 45 if the driver led the most laps.
  • Championship 4 drivers do not earn bonus points in the championship-deciding season finale. Jimmie Johnson won the 2016 Ford EcoBoost 400 to clinch his seventh championship, and earned only 40 points as a result. Runner-up Kyle Larson received 41 points after two point bonuses for leading a lap and leading the most laps of the race.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th 30th 31st 32nd 33rd 34th 35th 36th 37th 38th 39th 40th Lead a Lap Lead the most Laps
40 (+3) 39 38 37 36 35 34 33 32 31 30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1

Stage pointsEdit

2017–PresentEdit

For all series in NASCAR, there is both a drivers and an owners championship, with the system based on finishing positions equal in both championships. Since 2011 in the National Series competition and 2012 in the Regional Series competition, the points system has been a one-point per position system except between the winner and second-place finisher, where the difference is five points.[1] In all series except the Whelen All-American Series, a driver who leads a lap during the race will earn one bonus point (the only place leading counts is the start/finish line). Starting in 2011, drivers must declare which series they will earn championship points and cannot earn points in other series than the one that they have declared. This rule does not apply for owners, as their drivers' finishing positions will score owner points, regardless of the driver being eligible for points in that series or not. If an ineligible driver wins the race, he/she does not score any driver points, but the owner will score 40 (and stage points if the driver scores). Under NASCAR's charter system beginning in 2016, the last place finisher will earn 1 point (previously the last place driver earned 1 point for the 40-car field has been used).

A new NASCAR Point System has been announced for the 2017 season:

For the first time since 1971, the Can-Am Duel qualifying races will become points paying races with the top-10 finishers will earn points.

In the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, there are only 32 competitors, so the last-place driver will receive five points. Teams must submit an entry form to NASCAR 13 days prior to the event with the race's entry fee, or they are deemed ineligible for points.

Points are awarded to the drivers in the first two stages:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 S1WIN S2WIN S3WIN[a]
MENCS 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1 1
NXS 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1 -
NGOTS 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1 -
Notes
  1. ^ Only for Coca-Cola 600

Points are awarded to drivers and owners in the three national series in the final stage:

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

2017 Playoff rulesEdit

In NASCAR's top three national series, there is a playoff format contested over the final races of the season. When Sprint Nextel was the title sponsor of NASCAR's premiere series it was known as the Chase. Starting in 2017 it is simply known as the playoffs.[2]

QualificationEdit

The points leader at the end of the regular season will advance to the playoffs, along with the Top 15 drivers with the most wins over the first 26 races qualify for the Playoffs provided they finish in the Top 30 in driver points and attempted to qualify for every race. A driver may be exempt from the requirement to start every race if he has to miss races because of injuries, is on family leave, or under extenuating circumstances by NASCAR.

If there are fewer than 15 different race winners in the first 26 races, the remaining positions will be determined by drivers highest in points standings. All ties will be broken by drivers' point standings.

Drivers who qualify for the playoffs will have their points reset to 2,000 points, along with one point for each stage won during the regular season, and five points for each race win. Also, more bonus points for Top-10 in points standings at the end of the regular season: 1st place in regular season points earns 15 playoff bonus points in addition to the points earned with race or stage wins; 2nd place earns 10 playoff points; 3rd place: 8; 4th place: 7; 5th place: 6; 6th place: 5; 7th place: 4; 8th place: 3; 9th place: 2 and 10th place: 1.

Advancement model during the PlayoffsEdit

  • The first three races of the Playoffs (27–29) will be known as the Round of 16, races 30–32 will be known as the Round of 12, races 33–35 will be the Round of 8, and race No. 36 will be the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship.
  • In the first two years of the Playoffs, the rounds were known as the Challenger, Contender, and Eliminator Round, but those names were dropped for 2016.
  • The number of championship drivers in contention for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship will decrease after every three Playoff races, from 16 to start; 12 after Playoff race 3; eight after Playoff race 6; and four after Playoff race 9.
  • After the first cut (Race 29), the 12 drivers that remain will have their points reset at 3,000 at the start of Race 30. After the second cut (Race 32), the top eight drivers will have their points reset to 4,000 at the start of Race 33. After the third cut (Race 35), the top four drivers will have their points reset to 5,000 at the start of Race 36.
  • Starting in 2017, stage wins earn 1 playoff point which will be added to each driver's total with a race win earning 5 playoff points. Further, the regular season champion will receive 15 bonus playoff points with, second place driver in regular season standings earning 10 playoff points, and the third place driver earning 8 playoff points, and each subsequent drivers in the top 10 earning a descending number of points with the tenth place driver in regular season standings earning 1 playoff point. These points will be added to each drivers total and carry through the first three rounds of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff and the first two rounds of the NASCAR Xfinity Series & NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series playoffs.
  • A win by a championship-eligible driver in any Playoff race automatically clinches the winning driver a spot in the next playoff round.
  • The Xfinity Series Chase will only have 12 drivers and 3 rounds consisting of 7 total races. The Gander Outdoors Truck Series Playoffs will only have 8 drivers, with 2 drivers eliminated after each round.[3]

Finishing fifthEdit

  • Drivers that miss the cut at the end of each elimination race will race for fifth place in the NASCAR Cup Series standings.
  • After the first cut, eliminated drivers will keep their points after Race 29, and accumulate points for the remaining seven races, with points added to points as of Race 29.
  • For subsequent cuts, the eliminated driver's base score reverts to the start of the Playoffs (Race 27), and points earned in each race ( in Races 27-35) will be accumulated and added to the driver's base score.
  • The driver highest in points of the 12 eliminated drivers at the end of the 36th race will finish fifth. Positions 5-16 will be determined by the driver's base score at the start of the Playoffs and all points accumulated in the final ten races.

Championship finaleEdit

Four drivers will enter the 36th and final race of the season, the NASCAR Cup Championship, currently at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Official finishing position alone will decide the champion. No bonus points will be awarded to championship-contending teams for a lap led or for most laps led. Also, the race winner, should he be a Championship Four driver, will score only 40 points for the win, not 44 or 45 (if they lead the most laps). The 3 other championship contenders will score the minimum for their position (35 points-1 point).

A driver and/or team not in the Championship Four who wins will score the full 44 (or 45) points for the win and be eligible for bonus points (maximum:60), since final points will count towards season-ending bonus and ensuing season plan money, along with season-commencing provisional status.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ White, Rea (June 6, 2014). "NASCAR makes changes to points, Chase". FoxSports.com. Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  2. ^ "NASCAR announces Chase for the Sprint Cup format change". NASCAR.com. Official NASCAR Release. January 30, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2016/1/19/nascar-official-release-xfinity-truck-series-changes-championship-chase.html

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