Nextel Cup Series Points System at SBG Global

November 30, 2010 Auto Racing

Everything you should know about Nextel Cup Series and Nascar Point System.

The Nextel Cup Series runs from February to November. The season consists of 36 races. Each of the regular season races involves 43 cars. The major change with the Nextel Cup Series is the points system.

Nextel Cup Series Links:

Chase Cup Standings
Chase Cup
2007 Nextel Cup schedule

Nextel Cup Series Points System

The way it works is that every car in the race is awarded a certain number of points even if the car comes in last place. There is also a possibility for bonus points. If a driver is in the lead for at least one lap, they are awarded 5 bonus points. The driver who is in the lead for the most laps will receive an additional 5 bonus points. Obviously, the driver with the most points is the winner.

The last 10 races in the Nextel Cup Series are called the Chase for the Championship. Basically, the points accrued during the season are adjusted. First place will receive 5,050 points, second place 5,045 and each driver down the line with 5 points less than the driver before them. The top 10 drivers are in the Chase, as well as any driver within 400 points of the lead driver. At the end of the Chase for the Championship, the driver with the most points will be declared the Nextel Cup Series Champion. See the table below for a breakdown of the points system for the regular season races.

Nextel Cup Series Points System
Finish Points Finish Points Finish Points Finish Points
1 180 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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