NASCAR Points System

Oct 4, 2020; Lincoln, Alabama, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Aric Almirola (10) leads the field early in the YellaWood 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

NASCAR Points System

When NASCAR introduced the new Charter Framework in 2016, they also changed the points system in the sport.

A NASCAR Cup Series race can have up to 40 vehicles, and unlike some other sports, each driver completing the race gets a certain number of points.


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The driver who finishes first in the race wins 40 points, whereas the driver who finishes last gets one point.

Both drivers and teams keep accumulating these points over the season, which then decide the drivers' standings and the owners' standings.

The element of three stages to each points race includes another exciting component. Drivers can procure race points through their exhibitions in Stage 1 and Stage 2. Drivers who are running first to tenth at the finish of Stage 1 as well as Stage 2 get points.

It starts with 10 points for the lead position all the way to one point for the tenth spot. Although, points collected in those two phases are then added to the points drivers win after the Final Stage. It then sets the full race results.

Points are aggregated over every single race of the season. However, there is a reset for the 16 drivers in the postseason races after the regular-season finale at Daytona.

In addition, there are extra points resets in the postseason after the culmination of every three-race postseason round.

How are points awarded in NASCAR

From 1949 to 1967, the NASCAR Points system depended generally on race money. If a race paid more money, higher points were awarded. The specific equation for granting points was changed multiple times over those 19 seasons.

From 1968 to 1971, points relied upon the distance of the race. Races of 249 miles or less were of 50 points. Races of 250 to 399 miles awarded 100 points to the winner. Races lasting 400 miles or longer awarded 150 points to thel winner.

In 1972, NASCAR utilized a framework that granted points for each lap finished. The measure of points relied upon the track size. The greater the track, the more points per lap were awarded.

The accompanying season it was changed to incorporate 100 points for the victor. Points decreased by 2 with extra points for laps finished.

Then, in 1974, NASCAR calculated points by evaluating race money multiplied by the number of races started by a driver and dividing it by 1,000.

Under Latford's framework in 1975, a victory gave 175 points to the driver and then every following driver used to get five to three points less than the driver ahead of them. The 43rd-place finisher used to get 34 points.


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Even leading a lap gave five extra points and leading the most laps gave extra five points. In 2004, NASCAR expanded the winning driver's points to 180. From 2007-10, the winning driver got 185 points.

In 2011, NASCAR changed the point framework once again. The winner would get 43 points. Additionally, he would get three extra points for winning. second place driver would get 42 points. Points diminished by 1-point and the last-place finisher would get only one point.

How do NASCAR points work in 2020


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NASCAR balanced this framework in 2016. The race winner would get 40 points, in addition to three extra points. From that point, it diminished by one for every position.