How does the match points system work?

The first round of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series qualifiers is set to conclude tonight at Bristol Motor Speedway. How does the match points system work?

At the end of the 26 2022 race NASCAR In the regular season of the Cup Series, the total points of all 16 drivers who qualified for the playoffs are reset to 2000, along with the number of playoff points they scored throughout the regular season.

The most important things first 16 drivers He is the regular season champion plus 15 drivers rank next in wins. In this case, that was Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott and 15 other drivers who found their way to victory during the regular season.

But one of those other winners, 23XI Racing’s Kurt Busch, Withdrew from the qualifiers Because of the concussion-like symptoms he suffered after a qualifying crash at Pocono Raceway back in July. So, Ryan Blaney of the Penske team, the highest non-winning achievement, took his place.

Five points are awarded for each victory in the race, and one point is awarded for each victory in the stage. Each race, with the exception of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, features three stages (two stages plus the finish of the race). Coca-Cola 600 contains four.

Additional break points are awarded at the end of the regular season to drivers who finish the regular season in the top ten in Ranking of points.

  • 1st place – 15
  • 2nd place – 10
  • 3rd place – 8
  • Fourth place – 7
  • Fifth place – 6
  • Sixth place – 5
  • 7th place – 4
  • Eighth place – 3
  • 9th place – 2
  • 10th place – 1

Notably, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Martin Truex Jr finished the regular season fourth in the points standings but did not qualify for the playoffs. So those seven points cut-off were skipped, instead awarded to the fifth-placed driver instead.

Let’s use Elliott as an example. Won four regular season races (20 break points), five regular season stages (five break points), and the regular season championship (15 break points). So he started the playoffs with 2040 points.

The same points are awarded in the same way during the playoffs as they are in the regular season. Here is how they are awarded After each of the first two stages in the race.

  • 1st place – 10
  • 2nd place – 9
  • 3rd place – 8
  • Fourth place – 7
  • Fifth place – 6
  • Sixth place – 5
  • 7th place – 4
  • Eighth place – 3
  • 9th place – 2
  • 10th place – 1

Here’s how they are awarded after the race itself.

  • 1st place – 40
  • 2nd place – 35
  • 3rd place – 34
  • 4th place – 33
  • Fifth place – 32
  • Sixth place – 31
  • 7th place – 30
  • 8th place – 29
  • 9th place – 28
  • 10th place – 27
  • Eleventh place – 26
  • 12th place – 25
  • Thirteenth place – 24
  • 14th place – 23
  • Fifteenth place – 22
  • 16th place – 21
  • 17th place – 20
  • 18th place – 19
  • 19th place – 18
  • 20th place – 17
  • 21st place – 16
  • 22nd place – 15
  • Position 23 – 14
  • 24th place – 13
  • 25th place – 12
  • 26th – 11th place
  • 27th place – 10
  • Position 28 – 9
  • Twenty-ninth place – 8
  • Position 30 – 7
  • 31st place – 6
  • Position 32 – 5
  • Position 33 – 4
  • Position 34 – 3
  • Position 35 – 2
  • 36 and below – 1

Playoffs still use winning and in shape. For example, if a three-race round of 16 includes two different players in the qualifiers, those two drivers lock themselves into the round of 12. The four 16-winner round with the fewest points at the end of the round is disqualified.

Upon entering the Round of 12, 12 drivers still eligible to win the Championship, their points total is reset to 3000, plus the number of Qualifying Points they scored throughout the regular season And the Round of 16.

This round works the same way, in that it uses the win and in shape to qualify for the eighth round. At the end of a round of three races of 12, the four round of 12 winners with the lowest total points are eliminated.

Upon entering the quarter-finals, the eight drivers who are still eligible to win the championship have their points total reset to 4,000, plus the number of supplement points they scored throughout the regular season, round of 16, and round of 12.

This round works in the same way, in that it uses a win and in shape to qualify for Championship 4. At the end of the three-race round of 8, the four of the 8 non-winners with the lowest total points are eliminated.

In the fourth championship, all four drivers who qualify for the championship start with 5,000 points. The top finisher driver of the season crowns the winning take-it-all champion, as no one is eligible to score stage points in this race.

Royal Qualifiers

The same form is used in qualifying for the owner. The 16 teams in the championship competition usually account for 16 drivers, so they don’t generate much interest, but due to Busch’s prolonged absence, that’s a little different this year.

Busch’s #45 team still qualified for the owner title, with Bubba Wallace serving as Toyota’s #45 qualifying driver, due to Busch’s win at Kansas Speedway in mid-May.

As a result, Blaney’s team No. 12 boxers did not qualify, although Blaney himself could still win the tournament. on the flip side, Wallace himself is ineligible for the tournamentHe was eliminated before the start of the playoffs.

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