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2021 NASCAR Cup Sunoco Rookie of the Year Standings

Updated 2-22-2021

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


National Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year points system: the Sunoco Rookie of the Year point system mirrors 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 earns a Sunoco Rookie 40 points and five playoff points. A second-place finish earns a Sunoco Rookie 35 points; a third-place finish nets 34 points, and so on. A Sunoco Rookie who wins a stage earns 10 points and one playoff point.
The Sunoco Rookie of the Year points system is in all three NASCAR national series – the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Truck Series.

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, but have seen it on a car as early as 1970.


car#, driver, rookie/driver points, best 2021 finish
#14-Chase Briscoe, 23, best finish 19th at Daytona, February 14
#38-Anthony Alfredo, 20, best finish 22nd at Daytona road course, February 21
NOTE: #42-Chastain was declared ineligible for the award due the fact that he ran 79 Cup races during the 2017-2020 seasons.

race, driver(times rookie of race), finish, points
1) Daytona 500, #14-Briscoe (1 race best rookie), 19th, 18 points
2) Daytona (road course), #38-Alfredo, 22nd, 15
3) Homestead, TBD
4) Las Vegas, TBD
5) Phoenix, TBD
6) Atlanta, TBD
7) Bristol (dirt), TBD
8) Martinsville, TBD
9) Richmond, TBD
10) Talladega, TBD
11) Kansas, TBD
12) Darlington, TBD
13) Dover, TBD
14) Circuit of the Americas (Texas), TBD
15) Charlotte, TBD
16) Sonoma, TBD
17) Nashville, TBD
18) Pocono, TBD
19) Pocono(2), TBD
20) Road America, TBD
21) Atlanta(2), TBD
22) New Hampshire, TBD
23) Watkins Glen, TBD
24) Indianapolis (road course), TBD
25) Michigan, TBD
26) Daytona(2), TBD
27) Darlington(2), TBD
28) Richmond(2), TBD
29) Bristol, TBD
30) Las Vegas(2), TBD
31) Talladega(2), TBD
32) Charlotte (ROVAL), TBD
33) Texas, TBD
34) Kansas(2), TBD
35) Martinsville(2), TBD
36) Phoenix(2), TBD

Highest Finishing Rookies, Times:
#14-Briscoe, 1
#38-Alfredo, 1
Races with no rookie, 0

2020 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Race-by-Race Results

* earned stage points in the race

Daytona road course Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (2-21-2021):
#38-Alfredo, finished 22nd, 15 points
#14-Briscoe, 32nd, 5

Daytona 500 Rookie of the Year Race Results & Points (2-14-2021):
#14-Briscoe, finished 19th, 18 points
#38-Alfredo, 32nd, 5

* earned stage points in the race
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:
2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013