1999 WINSTON CUP ROOKIE OF THE YEAR STANDINGS

Updated 1-23-2000
see below the 1999 ROTY table for the rules....

Rookie Changes: in 2000 the Rookie of the Year and rookie status eligibility will change. Instead of the 15 best races counting for the Rookie of the year, it'll be the 17 best races. Also a driver loses their rookie status for the following year after starting in six Winston Cup Events in the present format, in 2000 they can start in up to seven Cup races(National Speed Sport News)(7-9-1999)

Rookie Stuff: The last time a rookie has finished in the top 10 in points was 1980 when Jody Ridley did so. The last time a rookie won a race, was in 1987 when Davey Allison won at Talladega and Dover. Why do I bring this up? Because Tony Stewart is in the top 10 in points and finally won a race after flirting with it all season, winning at Richmond on Sept 11, 1999(6-8/9-11-1999)

Stewart Stuff: Tony Stewart has had such a great season that his best 15 finishes are all in the top 10 and he gets bonus rookie points for these finishes. So some of the races that are not being included, have bonus points, and they do not get included into the Rookie points.

The Highest total a rookie can get in the rookie points is 364, before the final bonus is given out, where 50 points are decided upon by the reigning NASCAR champ and a panel of NASCAR officials. How? 1 point times 34 races made = 34 points. 10 points for being the highest finishing rookie, 10 times 15 = 150. 10 bonus points for each of the 15 best finishes, being wins = 150 points. 10 points for being the highest in the rookie points at the 1/3, 2/3 and final segment of the season = 30 points. So 364 points would be the maximum in the current system before the champ and panel meet, if they award the complete 50 to the rookies, then the final maximum would be 414 points.

1999 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR RACE
F=Finish Position;  R=Point for attempting race;  P=Reg Points Awarded;
B=Bonus Points Awarded;  TP=Total Points
Only Top 15 Count
(see rules below table)
DRIVER Stanton
Barrett
Buckshot
Jones
Dan
Pardus
Elliott
Sadler
Tony
Stewart
TRACK F R P B TP F R P B TP F R P B TP F R P B TP F R P B TP
1 Daytona DNQ 1 0   1 DNQ 1 0   1 DNQ 1 0   1 40 1 9   1 28 1 10   1
2 Rockingham DNR         DNQ 1 0   1 DNR         38 1 9   1 12 1 10   1
3 Las Vegas 30 1 9   10 29 1 10   11 DNR         33 1 8   1 36 1 7   1
4 Atlanta DNR         37 1 8   9 DNR         31 1 9   1 11 1 10   1
5 Darlington DNR         34 1 9   10 DNR         36 1 8   1 6 1 10 5 16
6 Texas DNQ 1     1 35 1 8   9 DNR         10 1 9 1 11 6 1 10 5 16
7 Bristol DNQ 1     1 39 1 8   9 DNR         26 1 9   1 15 1 10   1
8 Martinsville DNR         DNQ 1     1 DNR         28 1 9   1 20 1 10   1
9 Talladega DNR         21 1 9   10 DNQ 1     1 29 1 8   1 5 1 10 6 17
10 California DNR         DNQ 1     1 DNR         21 1 9   10 4 1 10 7 18
11 Richmond DNR         DNQ 1     1 DNR         23 1 9   1 15 1 10   1
  Bonus after 1/3 point       7 7       8 8       6 6       9 9       10 10
12 Lowes DNR         29 1 8   9 DNQ 1     1 17 1 9   10 4 1 10 7 18
13 Dover DNR         DNQ 1     1 DNR         27 1 9   1 4 1 10 7 18
14 Michigan DNR         DNQ 1     1 DNR         36 1 9   1 9 1 10 2 1
15 Pocono DNR         DNR         DNR         20 1 9   10 6 1 10 5 16
16 Sears Point DNR         DNR         DNR         18 1 9   10 15 1 10   11
17 Daytona(2) DNQ 1     1 41 1 8   9 DNR         22 1 9   1 6 1 10 5 16
18 Loudon DNR         DNR         DNR         20 1 9   10 10 1 10 1 1
19 Pocono(2) 31 1 8   9 DNR         DNR         21 1 9   10 4 1 10 7 18
20 Indy DNQ 1     1 DNQ       1 DNR         21 1 9   10 7 1 10 4 1
21 Watkins Glen DNR         DNR         DNR         18 1 9   10 6 1 10 5 16
22 Michigan DNQ 1     1 DNR         DNR         11 1 9   10 3 1 10 8 19
23 Bristol DNR         DNR         DNR         35 1 9   1 5 1 10 6 17
  Bonus after 2/3 point                                     9 9       10 10
24 Darlington DNQ 1     1 DNR         DNR         14 1 9   10 12 1 10   1
25 Richmond DNQ 1     1 DNR         DNR         17 1 9   10 WIN 1 10 10 21
26 Loudon DNR         DNR         DNR         14 1 9   10 2 1 10 9 20
27 Dover DNR         DNR         DNR         12 1 9   10 2 1 10 9 20
28 Martinsville DNR         DNR         DNR         25 1 10   11 41 1 9   1
29 Charlotte(2) DNR         DNQ 1     1 DNR         26 1 9   1 19 1 10   1
30 Talladega(2) DNR         27 1 8   9 DNR         21 1 9   1 6 1 10 5 1
31 Rockingham(2) DNR         DNR         DNR         18 1 9   1 12 1 10   1
32 Phoenix DNR         DNR         DNR         27 1 9   1 1 1 10 10 21
33 Homestead DNR         DNR         DNR         18 1 9   1 1 1 10 10 21
34 Atlanta(2) DNR         26 1 8   9 DNR         16 1 9   1 15 1 10   1
  Final Bonus                                     36         31  
  Points 34 111 3 225 346
  Races Made 2 10 0 34 34
  Races Attempted 10 19 3 34 34
  Ave Finish 30.5 31.8   23.0 10.0
  Bonus Points 7 8 0 55 184



RED indicates Top Rookie for the race
GREEN indicates a race not counted as the one of the top 15(see below for explanation)

THIS IS UNOFFICIAL

How the ROTY Works:

Based upon the best 15 races finishes(by rookie points);

1999 NOTE: Looks like NASCAR has changed the rules a bit. Looks like one(1) point is being awarded to a ROTY candidate for ATTEMPTING the race, NOT making the race as in 1998.

One point awarded to make the race(not awarded if qualifing is rained out)(see above);

10pts to highest finishing rookie,
9 for the next highest, down
to one point for the tenth finishing rookie;

Any top 10 finish by a rookie is awarded specific points based on finish, 10 for first to 1 for a 10th place finish.

Bonus points are awarded three times during a season. After the 10th, 20th and final race of the season as follows: 10pts to the highest rookie in the current WC points down to 1pt for the 10th highest;

there are also discretionary points which are not explained and I have no idea how they decide these.

NASCAR officials also have a 50-point bonus at the end of the season in a caucus vote by four NASCAR executives and the Winston Cup Champion.

Explanation from NASCAR Online:
"The Rookie of the Year is given to the first-year driver who earns the most points based on their finishes in relation to one another. Points are based on each driver's best 15 finishes. Bonus points are awarded for top-10 finishes and standings in the NASCAR Winston Cup points at various times during the season. Points also are awarded on a subjective basis in various areas from a special rookie panel at the end of the season. The winner is awarded $25,000."(will be $50,000 in 2000)

A driver loses their rookie status for the following year after starting in six Winston Cup Events




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