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2018 NASCAR Cup Sunoco Rookie of the Year Standings

Updated 11-18-2018

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

SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR WINNER

William Byron is the NASCAR Cup Series 2018 rookie of the year: In the penultimate race of the year, the driver of the #24 Hertz Chevy locked up the title with a ninth-place finish – his fourth top-10 of the year. “Really just had a good car this weekend, so that was a lot of fun and good for us to have a weekend like that,” Byron said. “Something to build toward for Homestead and next year’s going to be a different deal for us.
Byron is the fourth Hendrick Motorsports driver to earn the title in the Cup Series, joining Jeff Gordon (1993), Kyle Busch (2005) and Chase Elliott (2016).
Proud to have that and thankful for Hertz and all their support, Hendrick Motorsports and all the people back at the shop.” He has now won rookie of the year honors in four consecutive seasons after earning the award in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2017, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2016 and the K&N Pro Series East in 2015. He joins Erik Jones as just the second driver to win rookie of the year in the Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series in back-to-back-to-back seasons. Byron is the fourth Hendrick Motorsports driver to earn the title in the Cup Series, joining Jeff Gordon (1993), Kyle Busch (2005) and Chase Elliott (2016).[More](11-11-2018)

SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR SCORING SYSTEM

NASCAR updates National Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year points system: NASCAR announced an update to the Sunoco Rookie of the Year points structure in all three national series, placing a brighter spotlight on some of those young stars. Beginning the 2018 season, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year point system will mirror the points structure that awards the season-long championship, including stage points and playoff points, with the eventual Sunoco Rookie of the Year earning the most points throughout the season.
As is the case with the season-long points structure, a race win will earn a Sunoco Rookie 40 points and five playoff points. A second-place finish will earn a Sunoco Rookie 35 points; a third-place finish nets 34 points, and so on. A Sunoco Rookie who wins a stage will earn 10 points and one playoff point.
The new Sunoco Rookie of the Year guidelines will take effect in all three NASCAR national series – the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.[Full PR](1-18-2018)


ROOKIE ‘YELLOW’ 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 a Rookie of the Year Candidate may have to run a yellow stripe if they not competed on that race track before.
or if NASCAR decides the driver doesn’t have enough experience.
No idea when this first started appearing on rookie cars.


FINAL 2018 SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR STANDINGS
as of 11/18/2018)

car#, driver, rookie points, best finish
#24-William Byron, 587, best finish of 6th
#43-Bubba Wallace, 471, best finish of 2nd

William Byron is the NASCAR Cup Series 2018 rookie of the year: In the penultimate race of the year, the driver of the #24 Hertz Chevy locked up the title with a ninth-place finish – his fourth top-10 of the year. “Really just had a good car this weekend, so that was a lot of fun and good for us to have a weekend like that,” Byron said. “Something to build toward for Homestead and next year’s going to be a different deal for us.

Byron is the fourth Hendrick Motorsports driver to earn the title in the Cup Series, joining Jeff Gordon (1993), Kyle Busch (2005) and Chase Elliott (2016).

Proud to have that and thankful for Hertz and all their support, Hendrick Motorsports and all the people back at the shop.” He has now won rookie of the year honors in four consecutive seasons after earning the award in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2017, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2016 and the K&N Pro Series East in 2015. He joins Erik Jones as just the second driver to win rookie of the year in the Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series in back-to-back-to-back seasons. Byron is the fourth Hendrick Motorsports driver to earn the title in the Cup Series, joining Jeff Gordon (1993), Kyle Busch (2005) and Chase Elliott (2016).[More](11-11-2018)


HIGHEST FINISHING ROOKIE BY RACE
race, driver, finish, points
1) Daytona 500, Wallace, 2, 47
2) Atlanta, Byron, 18, 19
3) Las Vegas, Wallace(2), 21, 16
4) Phoenix, Byron (2), 12, 25
5) Auto Club, Byron (3), 15, 23
6) Martinsville, Byron (4), 20, 17
7) Texas, Wallace(3), 8, 29
8) Bristol, Wallace(4), 16, 22
9) Richmond, Byron(5), 12, 38
10) Talladega, Wallace(5), 16, 21
11) Dover, Byron (6), 14, 23
12) Kansas, Wallace(6), 23, 14
13) Charlotte, Wallace(7), 16, 21
14) Pocono, Byron (7), 18, 19
15) Michigan, Byron (8), 13, 28
16) Sonoma, Byron (9), 25, 12
17) Chicago, Byron (10), 20, 17
18) Daytona(2), Wallace(8), 14, 23
19) Kentucky, Byron (11), 20, 17
20) New Hampshire, Byron (12), 14, 23
21) Pocono(2), Byron (13), 6, 32
22) Watkins Glen, Byron (14), 8, 37
23) Michigan(2), Wallace(9), 23, 14
24) Bristol(2), Byron (15), 23, 14
25) Darlington, Wallace(10), 26, 11
26) Indianapolis, Byron (16), 19, 21
27) Las Vegas, Byron (17), 37, 1
28) Richmond, Byron (18), 20, 17
29) Charlotte(ROVAL), Byron (19), 34, 3
30) Dover, Byron (20), 19, 18
31) Talladega, Wallace(11), 19, 18
32) Kansas, Wallace(12), 26, 11
33) Martinsville, Wallace(13), 34, 3
34) Texas, Byron (21), 16, 21
35) Phoenix, Byron (22), 9, 30
36) Homestead, Wallace(14), 21, 16
Best Finishing Rookies, Times: after 36 races
#24-Byron, 22
#43-Wallace, 14
Races with no rookie, 0


2018 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race-by-Race Results

Homestead Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (11-18-2018):
#43-Wallace, finished 21st, 16 points
#24-Byron, 24th, 13

Phoenix(ISM)(2) Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (11-11-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 9th, 30 points
#43-Wallace, 10th, 27

Texas(2) Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (11-4-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 16th, 21 points
#43-Wallace, 25th, 12

Martinsville(2) Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (10-28-2018):
#43-Wallace, finished 34th, 3 points
#24-Byron, 39th, 1

Kansas(2) Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (10-21-2018):
#43-Wallace, finished 26th, 11 points
#24-Byron, 38th, 1

Talladega(2) Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (10-14-2018):
#43-Wallace, finished 19th, 18 points
#24-Byron, 20th, 17

Dover(2) Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (10-7-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 19th, 18 points
#43-Wallace, 23rd, 14

Charlotte ROVAL Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (9-30-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 34th, 3 points
#43-Wallace, 36th, 1

Richmond(2) Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (9-22-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 20th, 17 points
#43-Wallace, 27th, 10

Las Vegas(2) Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (9-16-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 37th, 1 point
#43-Wallace, 38th, 1

Indianapolis Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (9-10-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 19th, 21 points
#43-Wallace, 38th, 1

Darlington Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (9-2-2018):
#43-Wallace, finished 26th, 11 points
#24-Byron, 35th, 2

Bristol(2) Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (8-18-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 23rd, 14 points
#43-Wallace, 38th, 1

Michigan(2) Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (7-7-2018):
#43-Wallace, finished 23rd, 14 points
#24-Byron, 36th, 1

Watkins Glen Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (8-5-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 8th, 37 points
#43-Wallace, 25th, 12

Pocono(2) Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (7-29-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 6th, 32 points
#43-Wallace, 33rd, 4

New Hampshire Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (7-22-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 14th, 23 points
#43-Wallace, 24th, 13

Kentucky Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (7-14-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 20th, 17 points
#43-Wallace, 27th, 10

Daytona(2) Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (7-7-2018):
#43-Wallace, finished 14th, 23 points
#24-Byron, 32nd, 5

Chicago Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (7-1-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 20th, 17 points
#43-Wallace, 23rd, 14

Sonoma Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (6-24-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 25th, 12 points
#43-Wallace, 29th, 8

Michigan Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (6-10-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 13th, 28 points
#43-Wallace, 19th, 18

Pocono Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (6-3-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 18th, 19 points
#43-Wallace, 38th, 1

Charlotte Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (5-27-2018):
#43-Wallace, finished 16th, 21 points
#24-Byron, 39th, 1

Kansas Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (5-12-2018):
#43-Wallace, finished 23rd, 14 points
#24-Byron, 33rd, 4

Dover Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (5-6-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 14th, 23 points
#43-Wallace, 25th, 12

Talladega Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (4-29-2018):
#43-Wallace, finished 16th, 21 points
#24-Byron, 29th, 10

Richmond Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (4-21-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 12th, 38 points
#43-Wallace, 25th, 12

Bristol Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (4-16-2018):
#43-Wallace, finished 16th, 22 points
#24-Byron, 18th, 19

Texas Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (4-8-2018):
#43-Wallace, finished 8th, 29 points
#24-Byron, 10th, 27

Martinsville Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (3-26-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 20th, 17 points
#43-Wallace, 34th, 3

Auto Club Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (3-18-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 15th, 23 points
#43-Wallace, 20th, 17

Phoenix Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (3-11-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 12th, 25 points
#43-Wallace, 28th, 9

Las Vegas Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (3-4-2018):
#43-Wallace, finished 21st, 16 points
#24-Byron, 27th, 10

Atlanta Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (2-25-2018):
#24-Byron, finished 18th, 19 points
#43-Wallace, 32nd, 5

Daytona 500 Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (2-18-2018):
#43-Wallace, finished 2nd, 47 points
#24-Byron, 23rd, 14

DNR = Did Not Race/Not Entered
DNQ = Did not qualify/Make the race


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



Rookie of the Year Pages by Season / Year:
2019, 2018,