The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (formerly known as the Sprint Cup Series) 36 points races make up the whole season. The season is divided into 4 segments using the following format:
Segment 1: (Races 1-9) 9 races
Segment 2: (Races 10-18) 9 races
Segment 3: (Races 19-26) 8 races
Fantasy Playoffs and Segment 4: (Races 27-36) 10 races
The Clash at Daytona in February and All Star Race at Charlotte in May are not part of this league
After every segment is completed, but before the following race, driver/car groups will change. Typically, this is done according to Fantasy points accumulated by the driver/car over the course of the season, but there may be exceptions to this rule in order to attempt to keep a level playing field in all groups.
The fantasy team that qualifies for and scores the most points during the Fantasy Nascar playoffs will become Fantasy Nascar champion
There will also be an additional award for the participant in the league that scores the most points overall for the entire 36 race season.
NOTE: If a team owner does not make selections for a given week, the picks will rollover to the following week. There are exceptions to this rule, so please read further.
Drivers/cars are divided into 6 groups below labeled 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Prior to each new segment beginning (Race 10, 19, and 27), groups will change. Please keep this in mind while making selections throughout the season.
Choose one driver/car from each of the 6 groups. This will comprise your race team each week. You may make changes to your roster every week, but are not required to do so. If you fail to make changes, your picks will roll over from the following week with a few exceptions:
Exceptions: You may be required to make changes prior to Race 10, 19, and 27 as these are the weeks that driver groups will change. If you fail to do so, you may be subject to possible penalties for having an incomplete roster if groups change drastically during those weeks. See "Pick Penalties" section below for more information.
In an effort to simplify the new rules, qualifying points will not be counted as part of the league this season. With stage points being awarded, we thought those points are more important than qualifying points, reducing the need for yet even more points to try and figure out.
CAR NUMBERS USED TO DETERMINE POINTS:
Typically, drivers race in the same car throughout the season. However, there are times when driver swaps happen after qualifying but before the race or even during the race. If a scenario like this should happen, we use car numbers in this league to determine points, so if a driver you choose gets replaced, you still get the points for that car.
Typically, pick penalties happen when groups change at the beginning of a new segment. If a driver/car switches groups and no change is made to a team roster to compensate, the following penalty will be assessed:
-After the race is over, the driver/car in the wrong group will be removed and your team will be assigned the driver/car with the lowest point total in that group for that race.
When driver groups change, team owners are strongly encouraged to go back into their picks page to ensure all groups have a selection.
There are 2 ways to qualify for the Fantasy Nascar Playoffs:
1.) After Race #26 in Richmond, be in the Top 12 in the Overall Fantasy Standings
2.) If you don't have enough points to qualify for the Fantasy Nascar Playoffs in #1 above, you can qualify by being one of the two Wildcard winners by choosing the most race winners during the first 26 races of those fantasy teams that have not made the playoffs.
Wildcard Tiebreaker: If 2 or more Wildcard eligible teams choose the same number of race winners, the tie will be broken by total overall points through the first 26 races
If there is still a tie after the tiebreaker, both teams will qualify for the Fantasy Nascar Playoffs.
NEW FOR 2017: Nascar will be dividing each race into 3 stages and awarding points after each of the 2 stages (Top 10 only) plus the final results. They will also be awarding playoff points to the winners of each stage as well. This league will do the same.
PLAYOFF BONUS POINTS: Nascar currently uses a format that rewards bonus points to use to begin the Nascar playoffs. This league will use a similar format as well. Here is how it works:
The 14 teams that make the playoffs will have their points set to 5,000 points. In addition, each race winner they select (during the first 26 races only), will earn 5 playoff bonus points for their team. They also receive 1 additional playoff bonus point for each driver they choose that wins a stage during each race each week. This total is the amount of points their fantasy team will start the Fantasy Nascar playoffs with.
Example 1: Team A chooses the winning driver/car in 10 races and in 5 stages during the season. They will start the Fantasy Nascar Playoffs with 5,055pts. (5,000 start points + 50 race win points + 5 stage win points)
Example 2: Team B chooses the winning driver/car in 8 races, and in 2 stages during the season. They will start the Fantasy Nascar Playoffs with 5,042 pts. (5,000 start points + 40 race win points + 2 stage win points)
The goal is to award the team owners that choose race winners and stage winners each race.
There will be no points resets between Nascar's playoff rounds. Once the Fantasy playoffs starts, points will be awarded the same as every other race. The team with the most points after the final race of the season (Homestead) is your Fantasy Nascar League Champion.
Fantasy teams outside of the top 14 in fantasy points will be placed in their own segment of 10 races. Everyone in this segment starts at zero and accumulate stage and race points. The team to accumulate the most points in the final 10 races will be the winner of Segment 4. No playoff bonus points will be used towards this segment. Everyone will start equal.
NOTE: Since these team owners are not eligible for the Fantasy Nascar playoffs, this will be scored in its own separate group, meaning, those team owners eligible for the playoffs will not be eligible for any Segment 4 winnings.
After each race, points will be awarded for your driver chosen based on the points structure at the bottom of this rules page.
The entry that scores the most points through the 10 race Fantasy Nascar Playoffs will become the Fantasy Nascar League champion.
1st Tiebreaker: The entry with the most race winners chosen throughout the season (regular season + playoffs).
2nd Tiebreaker: The entry with the most race winners chosen in the playoffs only.
If there is still a tie, the winnings will be split by those tied.
To increase your chances of winning, you may play as many times as you wish. Each entry will be separate.
You will need to signup before you can make your selections online. Click "signup" at the top of this page, and choose Nascar Signup to go to the signup page.
SIGNING UP: We will be using RaceScore.com to run the league this year. For your convenience, Prime Fantasy Sports will only require you to signup once. Once you signup here, we will add you to our league at LeagueScore. You simply need to remember the login credentials you provided at signup and sign in when your team(s) has/have been added. The link to login will be provided in an email sent to you after you sign up. You can also login anytime using the link at the top right of any page at Prime Fantasy Sports. Just choose the Nascar Login option.
Once you have completed the signup, you will be taken to the payment page with instructions on how to pay your entry fee. Payments are due within 7 days of the start of the pool with no exceptions.
NOTE: Payments not received within this 7 day window will have your entry removed from the league for non payment, regardless where your team is in the standings. This will be strictly enforced, even if you are in first place. Please make sure you get your payment in early to avoid this.
Selections can be any time before the race deadline, but may not be made more than one race ahead. If you need to make selections ahead of time (due to extended absences) please contact the league commissioner and he will accommodate. Selections for the next race can be made 24 hours after the conclusion of the previous weeks race.
LESS THAN 6 DRIVERS SELECTED: If, by mistake you choose 5 drivers or less for your roster in a given week, please contact the league commissioner. The missing selections will still have their previous weeks drivers roll over for that group to the current week. This will have to be done manually by the commish, so if it occurs, please contact the commish so he can make the adjustment.
NEW SEGMENTS: Before making selections for the start of the new segments, please allow 24-48 hours for the new groups to be set. If you make a set of picks prior to a new segment or before the new groups are set, you will have to go back in to your picks page and make your picks again.
Changes are due each week one hour prior to the scheduled TV start time. The deadline to make your selections will be posted on your teams picks page ( also known as the "Trades" page). It is recommended that you make selections well before this, since TV times vary from week to week. While effort will be made to keep you posted on this, it is ultimately the team owners responsibility to make sure picks are submitted on time before qualifying each week, if you are making any.
IMPORTANT: If there is a delay to the start of a race for any reason, you are still responsible to submit your selections at the originally scheduled deadline, if you are making any, each week,
PICKS POSTED BY COMMISH: If you need help making your selections or are having computer problems, please email the commish with your selections before the deadline and he will enter them for you.
LATE SELECTIONS/NO SELECTIONS/DUPLICATE SELECTIONS:
If you should fail to make any selections for a particular week, your last weeks team will roll over to the current week, with the following exception:
Exception: If you fail to make selections at the start of a new segment, you may be subject to penalties if the driver that you attempt to roll over from the previous week has moved to a different group. See the "Pick Penalties" section of the rules page for further explanation.
The league commissioner will not be held responsible for any changes being late, lost, or misdirected as a result of any computer malfunction, delay, etc. If you are having computer problems, contact the commissioner before the deadline and he will enter your desired changes for you.
WHEN ARE SELECTIONS POSTED: Selections are posted immediately after the picks deadline has passed. Go to the "Details" page by clicking it under the sidebar on the left side of the page to see who everyone chose.
WHEN ARE RESULTS POSTED: Results are typically posted within a few hours after the race, however there are times when it could take as much as 24 hours for them to be updated.
If a driver is docked points by NASCAR for anything illegal, such as driver/crew conduct, failing pre/post race inspection, etc, there will be no points deductions in this league. Where the driver finished will be his points for that race.
SCORING (RACE/PLAYOFF POINTS BREAKDOWN):
Race Points awarded during the regular season based on the following:
1.) Drivers/cars that finish in the Top 10 after Stage 1 of each race (New this year, Nascar will award points to the Top 10 after each of the first 2 stages each race)
2.) Drivers/cars that finish in the Top 10 after Stage 2 of each race (New this year, Nascar will award points to the Top 10 after each of the first 2 stages each race)
3.) Drivers/cars based on their Stage 3 finishing position (final results)
There are 4 ways to earn Playoff Bonus Points during the season (these points only apply to the playoffs):
1.) Driver/car that is in the lead after stage 1 each race
2.) Driver/car that is in the lead after stage 2 each race
3.) Driver/cars that wins the race.
4.) Fantasy Teams who qualify for the Fantasy Nascar playoffs
No points are awarded for qualifying. Additional points will be awarded for each of the 2 race stages instead.
No points are awarded for leading a lap or leading the most laps.
No playoff bonus points are awarded once the playoffs have begun.
Separate awards will be given for each segment as well as overall winners.
Here is the points breakdown for the season:
RACE STAGE POINTS (AWARDED AFTER STAGE 1 AND 2 OF EACH RACE):
RACE FINISHING POINTS (AWARDED AT THE END OF EACH RACE):
PLAYOFF BONUS POINTS (ACCUMULATED DURING THE SEASON, BUT ONLY USED IN PLAYOFFS):
FINAL REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS BONUS POINTS (AWARDED AFTER RACE #26):
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