Under the charter system that was established in 2016, NASCAR's premier series events have 40 cars in the field. Each finishing spot in the field earns a driver points, from a maximum of 40 points to the driver who finishes first, down to one point for the driver who finishes 40th.
These points accrue over a season and determine the driver standings, as well as the owner standings.
Points are accumulated over each of the 36 races. There is a reset for the 16 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup after the regular-season finale at Richmond, the series' 26th race of the season. There are additional points resets in the postseason after the completion of the three-race Round of 16, Round of 12 and Round of 8.
Below is a look at how a driver earns points based on finishing position. Additionally, a driver can earn bonus points for the following:
-- Three bonus points to the race-winning driver
-- One bonus point to any driver who leads a lap in a race
-- One bonus point to the driver who leads the most laps in a race
Other key items to know:
• The driver who starts the race receives the points; a relief driver does not earn points.
• If two or more drivers tie for most laps led, each gets a bonus point.
• Bonus points are not awarded in the final race of the season to the Championship 4 drivers.
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