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2016 NASCAR Cup Sunoco Rookie of the Year Standings

Updated 11-21-2016

Sections of this page (jumps):
Rookie Stripes, Standings,
Race-by-Race Results, Previous ROTY Pages


2016 SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR SCORING SYSTEM


The scoring system to determine the Sunoco Rookie of the Year varies from NASCAR’S point system for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. The following is a breakdown of the Sunoco Rookie of the Year scoring system:

* A 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 point system is used for scoring finishing positions by the rookies. The highest-finishing rookie in each race earns 10 points, the second-highest, nine points, etc.

* Of the 36 races, only the top 17 are counted in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie race.

* In order to be eligible for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award, a driver must attempt to qualify in at least eight events out of the first 20 events.

* Attempting to qualify for a race earns the rookies one bonus point, which is a bonus that is available for all 36 events.

* Bonus points are awarded for a finish in the top 10. A rookie who wins a race is awarded 10 points, second place gets nine and so on down the line with a 10th-place effort earning one point.

* Following the final race of the season, the highest-ranking rookie in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship receives 10 bonus points. The second-highest rookie earns nine points, third receives eight, etc.

* During the final weekend of the season, a Sunoco Rookie of the Year panel meets and rewards favorable conduct in the following categories: Conduct with NASCAR officials in the garage and pit areas; conduct and awareness on track; personal appearance and relationship with the media. The panel rates each driver, with scoring ranging from a maximum of 10 to a minimum of 1. 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 Sunoco Rookie of the Year winner.
(NASCAR.com)(1-31-2015)


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 Rookie of the Year award may have yellow stripes on tracks they have not competed on in the past
or if NASCAR decides the driver doesn’t have enough experience.


FINAL 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Standings


On the same weekend Sunoco Rookie of the year candidates won all three NASCAR national series races for the first time in history:
Chris Buescher, 23 years old, won the NASCAR Cup Series at Pocono on August 1, 2016;
Erik Jones, 20, won the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Iowa Speedway on July 31, 2016;
William Byron, 18, won the NASCAR Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway on July 30, 2016.
Their average age is 20.33.(NASCAR)(8-4-2016)

Car#-Driver, Races Attempted/Races Run; Attempt Point + Race Rookie Pts + Bonus Pts + Final Bonus = Total Rookie Pts
Jayski.com calculations using the last know rules (see above):
#24-Chase Elliott: 36/36; 36 + 166 + 96 = 298
#21-Ryan Blaney: 36/36; 36 + 169 + 28 = 233
#34-Chris Buescher: 36/36; 36 + 148 + 16 = 200
#44-Brian Scott: 36/36; 36 + 143 + 9 = 188
#32/#83-Jeffrey Earnhardt: 22/22; 22 + 116 + 0 = 138 (part-time)
(without the bonus points awarded by panel after the final race of the season)
(thru 11-21-2016)
#24-Chase Elliott, 339 (best finish of 2nd(2x))
#21-Ryan Blaney, 269 (best finish of 5th)
#34-Chris Buescher, 237 (won a race)
#44-Brian Scott, 221 (best finish of 2nd)
#32/#83-Jeffrey Earnhardt, 169 (best finish of 26th)
(thru 11-21-2016)
(includes the final bonus points awarded by panel after the final race of the season)

HIGHEST FINISHING ROOKIE BY RACE
Race, Highest-Finishing Rookie (finish), points awarded
1) Daytona 500, #21-Blaney, 19th, 11
2) Atlanta, #24-Elliott, 8th, 14
3) Las Vegas, #21-Blaney, 6th, 16
4) Phoenix, #24-Elliott, 8th, 14
5) Auto Club, #24-Elliott, 6th, 16
6) Martinsville, #21-Blaney, 19th, 11
7) Texas, #24-Elliott, 5th, 17
8) Bristol, #24-Elliott, 4th, 18
9) Richmond, #24-Elliott, 12th, 11
10) Talladega, #24-Elliott, 5th, 17
11) Kansas, #21-Blaney, 5th, 17
12) Dover, #24-Elliott, 3rd, 19
13) Charlotte, #24-Elliott, 8th, 14
14) Pocono, #24-Elliott, 4th, 18
15) Michigan, #24-Elliott, 2nd, 20
16) Sonoma, #24-Elliott, 21st, 11
17) Daytona, #21-Blaney, 14th, 11
18) Kentucky, #32-Earnhardt, 28th, 11
19) New Hampshire, #21-Blaney, 11th, 11
20) Indianapolis, #34-Buescher, 14th, 11
21) Pocono, #34-Buescher, WON, 21
22) Watkins Glen, #24-Elliott, 13th, 11
23) Bristol, #34-Buescher, 5th, 17
24) Michigan, #24-Elliott, 2nd, 20
25) Darlington, #24-Elliott, 10th, 12
26) Richmond, #24-Elliott, 19th, 11
27) Chicago, #24-Elliott, 3rd, 19
28) New Hampshire, #21-Blaney, 12th, 11
29) Dover, #24-Elliott, 3rd, 19
30) Charlotte, #34-Buescher, 16th, 11
31) Kansas, #21-Blaney, 14th, 11
32) Talladega, #44-Scott, 2nd, 20
33) Martinsville, #24-Elliott, 12th, 11
34) Texas, #24-Elliott, 4th, 18
35) Phoenix, #21-Blaney, 8th, 14
36) Homestead, #24-Elliott, 11th, 11

Best Finishing Rookies, Times:
Chase Elliott, 21
Ryan Blaney, 9
Chris Buescher, 4
Jeffrey Earnhardt, 1
Brian Scott, 1
Races with no rookie, 0



2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race-by-Race Results


Homestead Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 11th, 11 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 15th, 10 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 24th, 9 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 26th, 8 rookie points
#83-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 31st, 7 rookie points
(11-20-2016)

Phoenix Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 8th, 14 rookie points
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 9th, 12 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 30th, 9 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 32nd, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 33rd, 7 rookie points
(11-13-2016)

Texas Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 4th, 18 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 12th, 10 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 21st, 9 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 27th, 8 rookie points
#83-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 24th, 7 rookie points
(11-6-2016)

Martinsville Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 12th, 11 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 19th, 10 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 27th, 9 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 33rd, 8 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 34th, 7 rookie points
(10-30-2016)

Talladega Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#44-Brian Scott, finished 2nd, 20 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 11th, 10 rookie points
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 12th, 9 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 22nd, 8 rookie points
#83-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 34th, 7 rookie points
(10-23-2016)

Kansas Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 14th, 11 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 21st, 10 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 28th, 9 rookie points
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 31st, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, was not entered, Joey Gase in the car
(10-16-2016)

Charlotte Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 16th, 11 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 22nd, 10 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 26th, 9 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 31st, 8 rookie points
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 33rd, 7 rookie points
(10-9-2016)

Dover Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 3rd, 19 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 21st, 10 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 23rd, 9 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 36th, 8 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 38th, 7 rookie points
(10-2-2016)

New Hampshire Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 12th, 11 rookie points
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 13th, 10 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 30th, 9 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 31st, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 37th, 7 rookie points
(9-25-2016)

Chicago Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 3rd, 19 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 4th, 17 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 28th, 9 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 31st, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, was not entered, Joey Gase in the car
(9-18-2016)

Richmond Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 19th, 11 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 24th, 10 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 27th, 9 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 35th, 8 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 39th, 7 rookie points
(9-10-2016)

Darlington Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 10th, 12 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 13th, 10 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 17th, 9 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 38th, 8 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 39th, 7 rookie points
(9-4-2016)

Michigan Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 2nd, 20 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 4th, 18 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 28th, 9 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 35th, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 37th, 7 rookie points
(8-28-2016)

Bristol Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 5th, 17 rookie points
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 15th, 10 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 18th, 9 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 29th, 8 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 35th, 7 rookie points
(8-21-2016)

Watkins Glen Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 13th, 11 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 19th, 10 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 25th, 9 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 30th, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, was not entered, Boris Said in the car
(8-7-2016)

Pocono Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#34-Chris Buescher, won the race, 21 rookie points (best career finish)
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 11th, 10 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 24th, 9 rookie points
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 33rd, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, was not entered, Jeb Burton in the car
(8-1-2016)

Indianapolis Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 14th, 11 rookie points (best career finish)
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 15th, 10 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 27th, 9 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 36th, accident, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, was not entered, Patrick Carpentier in the car
(7-24-2016)

New Hampshire Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 11th, 11 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 29th, 10 rookie points
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 34th, 9 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 38th, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, was not entered, Eddie MacDonald in the car
(7-17-2016)

Kentucky Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 28th (best career finish), 11 rookie points
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 31st, accident, 10 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 33rd, accident, 9 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 35th, accident, 8 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 37th, accident, 7 rookie points
(7-9-2016)

Daytona Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 14th, 11 rookie points
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 33rd, accident, 10 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 37th, accident, 9 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 40th, accident, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, was not entered, Bobby Labonte in the car
(7-2-2016)

Sonoma Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 21st, 11 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 23rd, 10 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 30th, 9 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 33rd, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, not entered, Patrick Carpentier in the car
(6-26-2016)

Michigan Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 2nd, 20 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 17th, 10 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 20th, 9 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 37th, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 37th, 7 rookie points
(6-12-2016)

Pocono Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 4th, 18 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 10th, 11 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 25th, 9 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 39th, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, not entered, Jeb Burton in the car
(6-6-2016)

Charlotte Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 8th, 14 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 20th, 10 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 29th, 9 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 37th, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 39th, 7 rookie points
(5-29-2016)

Dover Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 3rd, 19 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 8th, 13 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 18th, 9 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 24th, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 35th, 7 rookie points
(5-15-2016)

Kansas Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 5th, 17 rookie points
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 9th, 12 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 22nd, 9 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 24th, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, not entered, Joey Gase in the car
(5-7-2016)

Talladega Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 5th, 17 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 9th, 12 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 30th, 9 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 37th, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, not entered, Bobby Labonte in the car
(5-1-2016)

Richmond Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 12th, 11 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 28th, 10 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 34th, 9 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 35th, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 38th, 7 rookie points
(4-24-2016)

Bristol Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 4th, 18 rookie points (best career finish)
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 11th, 10 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 21st, 9 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 30th, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 32nd, 7 rookie points
(4-17-2016)

Texas Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 5th, 17 rookie points (best career finish)
#44-Brian Scott, finished 27th, 10 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 28th, 9 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 29th, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 35th, 7 rookie points
(4-9-2016)

Martinsville Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 19th, 11 rookie points
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 20th, 10 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 26th, 9 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 33rd, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, not entered, Joey Gase in the car
(4-3-2016)

Auto Club Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 6th, 16 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 12th, 10 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 33rd, 9 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 34th, 8 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 35th, 7 rookie points
(3-20-2016)

Phoenix Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 8th, 14 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 10th, 11 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 27th, 9 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 30th, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, not entered, Joey Gase in the car
(3-13-2016)

Las Vegas Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 6th, 16 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 26th, 10 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 27th, 9 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 35th, 8 rookie points
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 38th, 7 rookie points
(3-6-2016)

Atlanta Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 8th, 14 rookie points
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 25th, 10 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 28th, 9 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 32nd, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, finished 38th, 7 rookie points
(2-28-2016)

Daytona Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points:
#21-Ryan Blaney, finished 19th, 11 rookie points
#44-Brian Scott, finished 24th, 10 rookie points
#24-Chase Elliott, finished 37th, 9 rookie points
#34-Chris Buescher, finished 39th, 8 rookie points
#32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, not entered, Bobby Labonte in the car
(2-21-2016)DNR = Did Not Race/Not Entered
DNQ = Did not qualify/Make the race

NOTES: the rule used to be that once a driver ran more then seven races in a season,
they were not eligible for Rookie of the Year,
but the rules changed when NASCAR required drivers to declare which series to accrue points for during the season.
So since Danica Patrick didn’t run for Sprint Cup Series points in 2012, she ran for rookie of the year in 2013.
Trevor Bayne had not ran for Sprint Cup points but NASCAR ruled he ran enough Sprint Cup races not to be allowed to run for rookie of the year in 2015


All-Time NASCAR Cup Rookie of the Year Winners / Stats / Records page



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