The NASCAR 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.
NEW FOR 2019: We will be using Fantrax to run the league this season. Typically, their software is set up with a draft and run using a typical Fantasy Football/Baseball setup. This is NOT how this league will be run and there will be NO draft. Fantrax has made some changes in this area to allow us to continue to use the same "picking from groups" setup it has enjoyed using for over a decade.
While this is not a Salary Cap league, the salary function with be used to assign drivers to groups with safeguards to ensure that everyone is picking a correct roster of drivers each week. For more detailed instructions, click on the link to the tutorial here to get a better understanding of how it will work.
Drivers/cars are divided into 6 groups.
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 have a driver in an incorrect group as a result of groups changing, you will need to change your lineup prior to the next race. If not, you may be subject to possible penalties for having a driver in an incorrect group. See "Pick Penalties" section below for more information.
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.
Qualifying points will not be counted as part of this league. Points will be awarded for each of the first 2 stages and of course the final standings of each race, which makes qualifying a bit less important.
DRIVERS USED TO DETERMINE POINTS:
Change for 2019: 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, the driver who drove the car in the race will be the one who is awarded the points. If a driver is replaced mid race, the driver that started the race will receive the points.
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 roster page to make changes to their lineups to ensure a correct driver is in each group.
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 based on points
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 scoring the most bonus points during the first 26 races of those fantasy teams that have not yet made the playoffs.
Bonus Points are awarded as follows:
5 bonus points for each driver you choose that wins a race
1 bonus point for each driver that wins a stage during each race.
Wildcard Tiebreaker: If 2 or more Wildcard eligible teams have the same amount of bonus points, the tie will be broken by total number of race winners chosen over the first 26 races of those teams still tied.
If there is still a tie after the tiebreaker, both teams will qualify for the Fantasy Nascar Playoffs.
Nascar divides 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.
FANTASY PLAYOFF BONUS POINTS (START OF THE PLAYOFFS): 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. Add the bonus points to the 5,000 points listed above and 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 reward the fantasy team owners that choose race winners and stage winners each race.
There will be no points resets and no bonus points awarded during the Nascar's playoffs. 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 that do not make the playoffs 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 drivers in your lineup 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.
BTGO Promotion: During the 2019 season, if you purchase 2 Fantasy Nascar entries, you receive a free entry into any one of our 2019 pools with a $20 or less entry fee. There is no limit to the amount of Nascar entries you can purchase, nor free entries you can earn this way.
SIGNUP AND PAYMENT:
To sign up, click "Sign Up Now" in the "Cost To Play" box at the top of this page, or click on "Signup" at the top right of any page on this site.
We will be using Fantrax to run the league this season. If you do not have an account with them, no worries. After you sign up, an email will be sent to you with instructions on how to get setup, how to accept your email invite to join the league, and how to make your payment for the season.
NOTE: If you wish to use another form of payment besides the one requested, please contact the commish and he will try to accommodate.
Please note that in order to maintain the highest integrity of these leagues/pools, payments for all entries must be received by the deadline at the start of the season. If entries are not paid by the deadline, they will be removed from the league for lack of payment. If you are having trouble with payment, please contact the league office.
Selections can be any time before each race deadline and can be made more than one race ahead. Please be aware though, that when driver groups change, this could affect any future roster changes you may have made previously.
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 roster page and make your picks again.
Changes are due each week one minute prior to the posted start time of the race. The deadline to make your selections will be posted on the "Commish Messages" section of the league homepage every week.
It is recommended that you make selections well before this, since start times can 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 rosters are locked in on time 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 set your roster at the originally scheduled deadline, if you are making any, each week.
HELP MAKING SELECTIONS: If you need help making your selections, please email the commish your roster for the week before the deadline and he will enter them for you. If you are having trouble logging in to your league and its approaching the deadline, email your roster to the commish immediately. That way your picks are at least submitted on time for the week. Then you and the commish can work out the issues you are having.
LATE SELECTIONS/NO 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. You can view all rosters at once by going to the "Team" dropdown and clicking on "Team Roster Chart".
LIVE SCORING: NEW FOR 2019: This season, Live Scoring will be used for the first time in this league. Stage results and final race results should be posted shortly after completion of each.
Please note that while live scoring is timely and pretty accurate, it is NOT the official scoring. Final results do not become official until Nascar makes the race official the day after each race, so changes could be made to the points once official results are posted.
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
2.) Drivers/cars that finish in the Top 10 after Stage 2 of each race
3.) Drivers/cars based on their Stage 3 finishing position (final results)
NOTE: The spring Charlotte race (600 mile race) uses 3 stages and the 4th stage is the 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):
NOTE: No stage points are awarded for the final race of the season.
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):