- Rookie Page: do not plan on keeping with or trying to figure out the Rookie of the Year standings. Even following the rules has become fruitless and my numbers never match up all the time, so instead of showing folks the incorrect standings, will just post the standings and who was the highest finishing rookie for each race and NASCAR RoTY standings.(2006)
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. In order to be eligible for the Rookie of the Year award, a driver must attempt to qualify in at least eight events out of the first 20 events.
6. Unless otherwise authorized by the series director, a rookie candidate must qualify and start the car the rookie has qualified to earn rookie points.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
Car#-Driver, Races Attempted, Races Run, Points
Standings from Raybestos/NASCAR
#11-Denny Hamlin, 36, 36, 330 [2 wins]
#07-Clint Bowyer, 36, 36, 271
#1-Martin Truex Jr., 36, 36, 243
#41-Reed Sorenson, 36, 36, 222
#18-J.J. Yeley, 36, 36, 213
#40-David Stremme, 34, 34, 192
#04/49-Brent Sherman, 10, 6, 41
(final thru 11-19-2006 - from results)
Event, Highest Finishing Rookie, Finish
Highest Finishing Raybestos Rookie by Race
Daytona 500, #07-Clint Bowyer, 6th
California , #18-Yeley, 8th
Las Vegas, #11-Hamlin, 10th
Atlanta , #41-Sorenson, 10th
Bristol , #11-Hamlin, 14th (2 times)
Martinsville , #41-Sorenson, 12th (2)
Texas , #11-Hamlin, 4th (3)
Phoenix , #07-Bowyer, 5th (2)
Talladega , #18-Yeley, 11th (2)
Richmond , #11-Hamlin, 2nd (4)
Darlington, #11-Hamlin, 10th (5)
Charlotte , #11-Hamlin, 9th (6)
Dover , #11-Hamlin, 11th (7)
Pocono , #11-Hamlin, 1st-WON (8)
Michigan , #41-Sorenson, 5th (3)
Sonoma, #11-Hamlin, 12th (9)
Daytona , #07-Bowyer, 10th (3)
Chicago, #41-Sorenson, 7th (4)
NHIS , #11-Hamlin, 6th (10)
Pocono  #11-Hamlin, 1st-WON (11)
Indy. #07-Bowyer, 4th (4)
Watkins Glen, #11-Hamlin, 10th (12)
Michigan , #41-Sorenson, 8th (5)
Bristol , #11-Hamlin, 6th (13)
California , #07-Bowyer, 3rd (5)
Richmond , #07-Bowyer, 12th (6)
NHIS , #11-Hamlin, 4th (14)
Dover , #1-Truex Jr., 6th (1)
Kansas, #07-Bowyer, 9th (7)
Talladega , #1-Truex Jr., 5th (2)
Charlotte , #40-Stremme, 15th (1)
Martinsville , #11-Hamlin, 2nd (15)
Atlanta , #11-Hamlin, 8th (16)
Texas , #07-Bowyer, 5th (8)
Phoenix , #11-Hamlin, 3rd (17)
Homestead, #1-Truex Jr., 2nd
#1-Truex Jr., 3
Pre/Post Race Reports/ News
- NO Official Announcement PR was received. One PR came out with Quotes that headlined that Hamlin was named the Official Raybestos Rookie of the Year.(11-19-2006)
- News and Notes - Pre-Homestead, Post-Phoenix:
#11-Denny Hamlin was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the November 12 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International
Raceway. Hamlin finished third, his seventh top-five and 19th top-10 finish of the 2006 season. He took Raybestos Rookie of the Race honors for the 17th time in 35 races.
∑ Hamlin is fourth in the Nextel Cup Series championship standings, 90 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson. He is 27 behind second-place Matt Kenseth and leads fifth-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. by 25.
∑ The Steak Stays Alive: A Raybestos Rookie has finished in the top 15 in all 35 races this season.
∑ Did You Know? Hamlin and Jeff Gordon are the only Chase drivers to score six top-10 finishes in the nine races in the Chase.
∑ Hamlin leads Clint Bowyer by 60 points (294-234) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the Nov. 19 Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
* Did You Know? Tony Stewart is the only Raybestos Rookie to win a Nextel Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He won the inaugural Ford 400 in 1999 by 5.289 seconds over Bobby Labonte. Stewart led the race four times for 44 laps.
* Did You Know? The only other Raybestos Rookie to score a top-five finish in six previous races at Homestead is Casey Atwood, who finished third in 2001.
* Did You Know? The most laps led by a Raybestos Rookie at Homestead is 52 by Atwood in 2001.
* Did You Know? The only Raybestos Rookie to win a pole in six Nextel Cup races at Homestead is Jamie McMurray. McMurray won his first-career pole at the 2003 Ford 400 on his way to claiming Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors. McMurray finished ninth in the race, his 13th top-10 finish of the 2003 season.
* The most Raybestos Rookies to finish inside the top-10 at Homestead are Three in 2001: Atwood, Kevin Harvick (seventh), and Jason Leffler (10th). Harvick led the race three times for 47 laps.
* The only other race where TWO or more Raybestos Rookies finished inside the top-10 was the 2002 Ford 400. Ryan Newman finished sixth while Jimmie Johnson grabbed an eighth-place finish.
* The 2002 race is also the most recent event where at least one Raybestos Rookie has led a lap. Newman led once for 28 laps while Johnson held the top spot one time for 27 laps.
* Top-five finishes by Raybestos Rookies in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
1999: Tony Stewart, first
2001: Casey Atwood, third
* Top-10 finishes by Raybestos Rookies in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
1999: Tony Stewart, first
2000: Dave Blaney, ninth
2001: Casey Atwood, third
2001: Kevin Harvick, seventh
2001: Jason Leffler, 10th
2002: Ryan Newman, sixth
2002: Jimmie Johnson, eighth
2003: Jamie McMurray, ninth
2004: Brendan Gaughan, sixth
∑ Raybestos Rookies that have led at least one lap in the Ford 400:
1999: Tony Stewart (four times for 44 laps) 2001: Casey Atwood (twice for 52 laps) 2001: Kevin Harvick (three times for 47 laps) 2002: Ryan Newman (once for 28 laps) 2002: Jimmie Johnnson (once for 27 laps)
∑ Did You Know? The most recent Raybestos Rookie to lead the Nextel Cup Series championship standings is Jimmie Johnson in 2002. He led after the Kansas event (race No. 28).
∑ Did You Know? Tony Stewart owns the best points finish by a Raybestos Rookie in the sportís modern era (post 1971), placing fourth in the championship standings in 1999. James Hylton holds the best points finish by a Raybestos Rookie in the sportís
history, a second-place effort in 1966.
∑ Did You Know? The most recent race where multiple Raybestos Rookies finished in the top five occurred at Chicagoland Speedway on July 14, 2002. Jimmie Johnson finished fourth, just ahead of fifth-place Ryan Newman.
Raybestos ROOKIE HISTORY
The way to the NASCAR Nextel championship is to win Raybestos Rookie of the Year. Since 1979, SIX Raybestos Rookie of the Year drivers have gone on to win a NASCAR Nextel Cup title: Dale Earnhardt (1979), Rusty Wallace (1984), Alan Kulwicki (1986), Jeff Gordon (1993), Tony Stewart (1999, 2005) and Kenseth (2000).
At least one Raybestos Rookie has won a Bud Pole in each of the last 11 years (1996-2006). There has been a first-time Bud Pole winner in each of the last 20 years (1987-2006).
* Ryan Newman holds the all-time Raybestos Rookie record for most poles (6), most top-fives (14) and most top-10s (22).
* Kasey Kahne holds the record for most earnings by a Raybestos Rookie ($5.4 million in 2004).
* The record for most wins by a Raybestos Rookie is three, shared by Stewart (1999) and Jimmie Johnson (2002).
* A Raybestos Rookie has posted multiple victories SEVEN times in NASCAR Cup history: Davey Allison (two wins in 1987), Stewart (three wins in 1999), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (two wins in 2000), Kevin Harvick (two wins in 2001), Johnson (three wins in 2002), Kyle Busch (two wins in 2005), and Denny Hamlin [two wins so far in 2006)
* At least one Raybestos Rookie has won a Bud Pole in each of the last 11 years (1996-2006).
* Johnson also holds the best ever points finish by a Raybestos Rookie, placing fifth in the championship standings in 2002.
* More than one Raybestos Rookie has posted victories in their rookie season only three times: Morgan Shepherd and Ron Bouchard (one each in 1981), Earnhardt Jr. (two) and Kenseth (2000), Johnson (three) and Newman (2002).(Raybestos PR)(11-16-2006)
see past notes for each race on my 2006 ROTY News and Notes page
ALL TIME ROOKIE of THE YEAR WINNERS