In every level of NASCAR, whether it’s the Cup Series, the Xfinity Series or the Truck Series, there’s standings for each one. Drivers race all season to finish atop the standings of their respective series. Many things go into determining how many points a driver gets per race in the Cup Series. The driver who wins the race is awarded 40 points, while the second-place driver is awarded 35. Third is 34, fourth 33, etc.
Cup Series races are split up into three stages and the drivers who finish in the top 10 in each stage are awarded points. 10 for first, 9 for second, etc.
How to read Nascar Standings
When you look at the NASCAR standings, you’ll notice it’s point-based. The leader is at the top with his total number of points and beneath them the competing drivers with their points. It will also tell you how many points each driver is behind the leader.
There’s also columns that tell the reader how many wins the driver has, as well as top-five finishes, top-10 finishes, laps led, stages won and DNFs (did not finish).
Best & Worst NASCAR Teams
While there are teams in NASCAR, it doesn’t impact the standings. Each team has an agreement with the different types of cars.
For example Joe Gibbs racing is partnered with Toyota. Hendrick Motorsports is partnered with Chevrolet and Team Penske Racing is partnered with Ford. Stewart-Haas Racing is also partnered with Ford. There are more teams, smaller and more independent teams, but they typically aren’t near the top of the standings.
Best Strategies used by teams
While NASCAR isn’t typically thought of as a team sport, it is in many ways. When it comes down to the end of a race, a driver is way better off if he has one of his teammates near him at the top. This can help with factors such as blocking, which helps make way for some of their other teammates to come up and join them.
On the superspeedways in particular, it’s almost crucial to find a way to get your teammate near the front with you so they have a drafting partner, help giving them a literal final push to get them the win.Follow us on Twitter