How the Rookie of the Year Supposedly Works:JAYSKI NOTE: These Rules are good as far as I know from NASCAR Statstical Services
Can't seem to get any updates or answers on the rules
many times the points awarded don't match up to calculations using the rules given
and too many arbitrary factors [Based on or subject to individual judgment or preference] go into play and seems to be no creditibilty to the system.
but I wil try my best to get it right....so this is just a GUIDE...not official at all.
The point systems that are used to determine the Raybestos Rookie of the Year in NASCAR's top three divisions is very different from the NASCAR point system that is used.
Raybestos , the official brake of NASCAR, presents a $50,000 Award to the eligible driver finishing first in the fianls NASCAR Nextel Cup Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year points standings. It is a complicated and arbitrary process...but here are the rules:
To remain eligible for the Rookie of the Year award, the driver must qualify for 8 of the 20 first races of the season.
Drivers can cannot particiapte in more than 7 Cup races in one season to maintain their rookie status for the following season.
The rookie point system is determined by the following:
1. Only the driver's best 17 races are counted in head-to-head competition in the Nextel Cup Series, 16 for the Busch Series and 14 in the Craftsman Truck Series.
2. One point is awarded for each race in which a rookie of the year candidate qualifies and is eligible for championship points [not a post entry for example].
3. A 10-1 point system is in place for the rookies according to where they finish in the race in relation to the other rookies. The highest finishing rookie in each race earns 10 points; the second highest finishing rookie earns nine points, and so on.
4. Each rookie contender will receive bonus points for a finish in the top 10. If a rookie finishes 10th, he will be awarded one point. If a rookie finishes in fifth place, he will receive six points and for a win the rookie will receive 10 bonus points.
A 10th place finish is worth 1 bonus rookie point
9th is 2 bonus rookie points
8th is 3 bonus rookie points
7th is 4 bonus rookie points
6th is 5 bonus rookie points
5th is 6 bonus rookie points
4th is 7 bonus rookie points
3rd is 8 bonus rookie points
2nd is 9 bonus rookie points
1st/WIN is 10 bonus rookie point
5. Bonus points are also awarded to each rookie after race numer 10, 20 and the final race . The candidate with the most Nextel Cup championship points accumulated in each segment will receive 10 bonus points; the candidate earning the second highest number of points receives nine, and so on.
6. Following the final race of the season, the highest ranking rookie in the series drivers points standings receives an extra 10 bonus points, the second highest rookie receives nine points, and so on.
7. There is also a Rookie of the Year panel for the series. The panel has the right to penalize any rookie for conduct or acts that might discredit or reflect unfavorably upon NASCAR.
8. During the final weekend of the season in each series, the panel meets to discuss the Rookie of the Year candidates and each competitor is evaluated on three criteria:
A. Conduct with the officials in the garage and pit areas,
B. Conduct and awareness on the track, and
C. Personal appearance and relationship with the media.
The voting in the three areas will consist of a 10-1 point system. Voting may be distributed by a panel member in any way that he/she chooses. Total points will be averaged from each panel member's ballot. The points derived from the panel will be added to the entry, competition, and bonus points after the final race of the season to determine the overall Rookie of the Year winner in each division.
NOTE: these points are not usually announced, just a final total.
Rookie Stripes: rookies will be noted on the car they drive by a yellow stripe on the rear bumper of the car.
sometimes a driver not up for the award may have yellow stripes on tracks they have not competed on before.
Born on Date: February 3, 2005
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