The scoring system to determine the Rookie of the Year varies from NASCAR’S point system for the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship. The following is a breakdown of the 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 33 races, only the top 16 are counted in the NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie race.
• In order to be eligible for the Rookie of the Year award, a driver must attempt to qualify in at least eight 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 33 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 Nationwide 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 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 Rookie of the Year winner.
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