NASCAR is changing the way points are earned for the 2017 season.
Monday it was announced that races will now be run in three stages, with points awarded in each stage.
The leader of each stage, and the rest of the top 10 field will be rewarded with points.
Stage 1 will end about 25-30 percent through the race — it is different for each race, dependent on track size and race length. At the conclusion of Stage 1, there is a caution period for drivers to come down pit road . Then Stage 2 will then begin with a drop of the green flag for the restart. There will be another caution period after the second stage before another restart to being the Final Stage.
Race points are then awarded to the entire field based on finishing order. The winner receives 40 points. Second place receives 35 points, third place receives 34 points, fourth place receives 33 points … down to one point for drivers who finish 36th-40th.
There no longer will be a bonus point for leading a lap, or a bonus point for leading the most laps.
You can get all of the details HERE.