NASCAR dramatically changes points system for all three major series

With the intent of creating more excitement and less complacency throughout the entire season, NASCAR introduced on Monday format changes in which races will be broken into three segments. The rationale is most of the field will be packed together while cleanup is happening, instead of being spread over the entire track. The Championships are awarded each year to the driver who accumulate the most championship points over the course of the Championship season. Navigation menu


NASCAR Stage Points & Positions 2018

The top drivers in the standings in the regular season also earn additional playoff points on a scale. Drivers will continue to accumulate points throughout the playoffs and carry all the points earned during the year into each of the first three playoff rounds.

Qualifying for the playoffs remains the same -- the regular-season champion and 15 drivers based on wins with ties broken by points will get into the playoffs, as long as they are in the top 30 in the standings. The playoffs will remain divided into three three-race rounds, with four drivers eliminated after each round to set up four finalists for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Drivers automatically qualify into the next round with a win in that playoff round, and the remaining spots will filled via the point standings. At Homestead, the top-finishing driver among the four finalists at the end of the race wins the title.

The race purse will be paid at the final stage. The mile qualifying races at Daytona will be worth points to the top drivers on a to-1 scale just like a race stage , but the winners do not get bonus points for the playoffs. NASCAR won't allow teams to replace body panels during a race, and teams will have additional limitations on crash repair that likely will mean most drivers who have to go to the garage won't return for that race.

It's not just that 10 races. Every single race matters. NASCAR said it ran the new model for the season, and the same four drivers would have made the final and Jimmie Johnson still would have won the championship. Among the biggest impacts will be the importance of qualifying, since that first stage will be approximately the first quarter of the race.

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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 in the National Series competition and 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.

Starting in , drivers must declare which series they will earn championship points but 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. Under NASCAR's charter system beginning in , the last place finisher will earn 1 point previously the last place driver earned 1 point for the car field has been used.

For the first time since , the Can-Am Duel qualifying races will become points paying races with the top finishers will earn 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. Starting in it is simply known as the playoffs.


NASCAR, not adhering to the FIA rules (despite NASCAR being a member club of ACCUS, the U.S. motor racing sporting authority and representative to the FIA World Motor Sport Council), does not use the flag system outlined in the FIA International Sporting Code. NASCAR fixed that in by giving the race winners extra bonus points. In NASCAR added even more points to the winner's total. In NASCAR overhauled the point system but maintained the race winners bonus as it is today. Equal points per race – In the season, a new scoring system was introduced. Equal points are awarded in all races, regardless of their length or money. Between rank 1 and 6 there were 5 points gaps, between rank 6 and 11 were 4 points gaps and above rank 11 respectively 3 points gaps.