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How NASCAR driver points are awarded per race

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.

New for 2017 is the addition of three stages to every points-paying race. Drivers can earn race points through their performances in Stage 1 and Stage 2. Drivers who are running first through 10th at the conclusion of Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 will receive points, starting with 10 points for first place, nine points for second place, down to one point for 10th place. Points earned in those two stages are then added to what drivers earn after the Final Stage, which sets the full race results.

Points are accumulated over each of the 36 races. There is a reset for the 16 drivers in the playoffs 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 each three-race postseason round.

Additionally, a driver can earn bonus playoff points for the following:

-- Five playoff points to the race-winning driver
-- One playoff bonus point to the driver who wins Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 in every event

Those points are added on to a driver's total once the postseason starts. The accumulated playoff points will carry over at the start of the Round of 16, Round of 12 and Round of 8.

Other key items to know:

The driver who starts the race receives the points; a relief driver does not earn points.

Bonus points are not awarded in the final race of the season to the Championship 4 drivers.

Below is a look at how a driver earns points based on finishing position at the end of the Final Stage.

Finish in race Finish points
1st 40
2nd 35
3rd 34
4th 33
5th 32
6th 31
7th 30
8th 29
9th 28
10th 27
11th 26
12th 25
13th 24
14th 23
15th 22
16th 21
17th 20
18th 19
19th 18
20th 17
21st 16
22nd 15
23rd 14
24th 13
25th 12
26th 11
27th 10
28th 9
29th 8
30th 7
31st 6
32nd 5
33rd 4
34th 3
35th 2
36th 1
37th 1
38th 1
39th 1
40th 1

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