NASCAR now requires drivers to 'declare' a series that they will be racing in full time to earn points in. For example; Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, (and others) have picked the Xfinity series as their series to race in full time. Per NASCAR they receive no points in CUP events.
However, for our purposes, we will treat all drivers in the race as if they ALL are full time CUP drivers, and they will receive points for their finishing position, leading a lap, etc. (No one has to worry about picking a driver and getting zero points because that drive didn't declare he was running full time in the CUP series).
Also, at the end of each segment, the driver groupings could be swapped around according to official NASCAR Points standings (roughly). Final determination of each segment of the drivers groupings are at the discretion of the Coordinator.
Points will be earned closely similar to the way that NASCAR awards points. Since NASCAR introduced the new "Segments" for the 2017 season; This is how points will be awarded.
Complete list follows. (NO points will be awarded for Daytona's Twin 150's)
Segment #1 and #2 (and #3 in races that have them).
Final Portion of Race
1st.......53 15th.......26 28th........13
2nd......50 16th.......25 29th........12
3rd.......47 17th.......24 30th........11
4th.......44 18th.......23 31st........10
5th.......42 19th.......22 32nd.........9
6th.......40 20th.......21 33rd..........8
7th.......38 21st.......20 34th..........7
8th.......36 22nd......19 35th..........6
9th.......34 23rd.......18 36th..........5
10th.....32 24th.......17 37th..........4
11th.....30 25th.......16 38th..........3
12th.....29 26th.......15 39th..........2
13th.....28 27th.......14 40th..........1
Also we award:
5 - points for pole winner ##(see note below)
4 - points for qualifying 2nd
3 - points for 3rd qualifier
2 - points for 4th qualifier
4 - points for leading at half-way of total laps completed
1 - points for leading any lap in each / any segment (can win points in all three segments)
2 - additional points for leading the most laps in each segment (one drive can win points in multiple segments)
3 - points for leading the most laps in the race.
4 - additional point for leading over 1/2 of the total laps completed
Game Bonus Contingency awards
Additional points will be awarded for each of the following:
2 - Mobil1 Performance Award / goes to winner or highest finishing eligible driver
2 - Sunoco Rookie of the Race / goes to best finishing rookie
1 - Green Flag Restart Award / has fastest average speed on restarts and finishes on lead lap
1 - Fastest Lap of the Race Award / driver who runs fastest lap of race
1 - Moog Go the extra mile / goes to driver who advance most from first half of the race to the second half of the race.
2 - Biggest Mover Award / driver improving most positions from official starting position to official finish position at end of race. ##
1 - additional point if the improvement is 20 or more positions (goes to any driver that improves 20 or more positions from official starting position to official finish position at end of race.)
## Qualifying points - Points for qualifying are awarded based on qualifying results. So if a driver wins the pole, and the next practice session they wreck or blow a motor; and has to go to a back-up car. NASCAR requires the driver to go to the rear of the field to start the race. Since the driver DID win the pole; he would still get points for starting points and winning the pole. Points for second through fourth starting spots will work the same way.
(Yes you WILL know the drivers who will get starting position bonus points before the race starts.)
## This will also apply to the Biggest Mover Award. Points will be awarded for the positions gained from their "official" starting position. So once again if a driver starts up front; but has to go to a back-up car and move to the rear; their 'official' starting position will be the one of record; not where they actually end up starting.
NOW; be aware this is different than if a driver qualifies and then fails post qualifying inspection and his time is disallowed. If they fail tech, technically they have "no time".
In the event qualifying is rained out, and the field is set by NASCAR; we will proceed as if qualifying actually occurred, and the first four starting positions, will receive the points for fastest qualifiers. Qualifying points are awarded every race; rain or shine.
Bonus points; IF you make the Chase:
Players that qualify for the Chase will get additional bonus points to kick off each stage of the Chase. (just like in NASCAR a race winner gets 5 points to carry into the Chase and one point for each stage win)
Points will be distributed in the following manner:
For each weekly win a player gets they will get 12 bonus points; each
second place finish will get 9 points;
third place finish will get 6 points;
fourth place finish will get 4 points;
fifth place finish will get 2 points;
For example if a player wins one weekly race; finishes second once; and finishes fourth twice he'd get an additional 29 bonus points to kick off stage one of the Chase.
You don't HAVE to win a stage to get bonus points. A player could make the Chase via points; but had two second place finishes; a third an a fourth; and start the Chase with 28 points.
This rewards people who have consistent finishes all season long. Like NASCAR the points you accumulate you carry with you at the start of each stage; and carry them all the way to the final stage. NO bonus points will be carried forward for the final race of the season.