NASCAR releases stage lengths and other race format details



Let’s get to the point.

NASCAR released details on its enhanced race format on Thursday — including stage lengths for each of the events.

Races in the top three tours — Monster Energy Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series — will be broken into three segments: Stage 1, Stage 2 and the Final Stage. The first two segments each will feature 25 to 30 percent of the race’s total distance to be determined before the event (See the below charts for Stage lengths).

The winner of each of the first two stages will receive one Playoff Point after the green-checkered flag waves. The top-10 finishers in each stage will receive regular driver points — 10 points to the winner of the stage, nine points to the second-place driver, eight points to third-place and so on in descending scale.

The Final Stage winner will receive five-playoff points in addition to 40 points for winning the race. The second-place finisher receives 35 points, third-place driver earns 34 points, fourth-place 33 points, and so on.

Following the regular season (or first 26 races prior to the Playoffs), the top 10 drivers will receive additional Playoff Points with top driver in the standings receiving 15 Playoff Points. Second-place in the standings receives 10 points. The third-place driver is rewarded eight Playoff Points, with fourth-place earning seven points down to one point for 10th-place.

What Chase?

When the Playoffs kick off at Chicagoland Speedway, points will be reset at 2,000 points plus the Playoff Points drivers have accumulated throughout the regular season. Drivers that do not qualify for the Playoffs will not accumulate Playoff Points.

Race winners still automatically advance to the next round of playoffs and the drivers advancing will be reseeded according to playoff points. Drivers eliminated in the playoffs retain their Playoff Points.

Drivers that qualify for the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will not accrue Playoff Points. The first driver to the finish line wins the title.

A few housekeeping notes

Drivers can begin accumulating Playoff Points starting with the Can-Am Duel at Daytona. The top 10 drivers will receive points with the winners earning 10 points, nine points for the second-place and so on.

If a race is affected by inclement weather, the event will be considered complete following Stage 2. If the race is called for rain, drivers will earn both Stage 2 and Final Stage points at the conclusion.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race segments

Track Stage 1 Stage 2 Final Stage
Daytona International Speedway 60 120 200
Atlanta Motor Speedway 85 170 325
Las Vegas Motor Speedway 80 160 267
Phoenix International Raceway 75 150 312
Auto Club Speedway 60 120 200
Martinsville Speedway 130 260 500
Texas Motor Speedway 85 170 334
Bristol Motor Speedway 125 250 500
Richmond International Raceway 100 200 400
Talladega Superspeedway 55 110 188
Kansas Speedway 80 160 267
Charlotte Motor Speedway 115 230 400
Dover International Speedway 120 240 400
Pocono Raceway 50 100 160
Michigan International Raceway 60 120 200
Sonoma Raceway 25 50 110
Daytona International Speedway 40 80 160
Kentucky Speedway 80 160 267
New Hampshire Motor Speedway 75 150 301
Indianapolis Motor Speedway 50 100 160
Pocono Raceway 50 100 160
Watkins Glen International 20 40 90
Michigan International Raceway 60 120 200
Bristol Motor Speedway 125 250 500
Darlington Raceway 100 200 367
Richmond International Raceway 100 200 400
Chicagoland Speedway 80 160 267
New Hampshire Motor Speedway 75 150 300
Dover International Speedway 120 240 400
Charlotte Motor Speedway 90 180 334
Talladega Superspeedway 55 110 188
Kansas Speedway 80 160 267
Martinsville Speedway 130 260 500
Texas Motor Speedway 85 170 334
Phoenix International Raceway 75 150 312
Homestead-Miami Speedway 80 160 267

NASCAR Xfinity Series race segments

Track Stage 1 Stage 2 Final Stage
Daytona International Speedway 30 60 120
Atlanta Motor Speedway 40 80 163
Las Vegas Motor Speedway 45 90 200
Phoenix International Raceway 60 120 200
Auto Club Speedway 35 70 150
Texas Motor Speedway 45 90 200
Bristol Motor Speedway 85 170 300
Richmond International Raceway 75 150 250
Talladega Superspeedway 25 50 113
Charlotte Motor Speedway 45 90 200
Dover International Speedway 60 120 200
Pocono Raceway 25 50 100
Michigan International Speedway 30 60 125
Iowa Speedway 60 120 250
Daytona International Speedway 30 60 100
Kentucky Speedway 45 90 200
New Hampshire Motor Speedway 45 90 200
Indianapolis Motor Speedway 25 50 100
Iowa Speedway 60 120 250
Watkins Glen International 20 40 82
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 20 40 75
Bristol Motor Speedway 85 170 300
Road America 10 20 45
Darlington Raceway 45 90 147
Richmond International Raceway 75 150 250
Chicagoland Speedway 45 90 200
Kentucky Speedway 45 90 200
Dover International Speedway 60 120 200
Charlotte Motor Speedway 45 90 200
Kansas Speedway 45 90 200
Texas Motor Speedway 45 90 200
Phoenix International Raceway 60 120 200
Homestead-Miami Speedway 45 90 200

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race segments

Track Stage 1 Stage 2 Final Stage
Daytona International Speedway 20 40 100
Atlanta Motor Speedway 40 80 130
Martinsville Speedway 70 140 250
Kansas Speedway 40 80 167
Charlotte Motor Speedway 40 80 134
Dover International Speedway 45 90 200
Texas Motor Speedway 40 80 167
Gateway Motorsports Park 35 70 160
Iowa Speedway 60 120 200
Kentucky Speedway 35 70 150
Eldora Speedway 40 90 150
Pocono Raceway 15 30 60
Michigan International Speedway 30 60 100
Bristol Motor Speedway 55 110 200
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park 20 40 64
Chicagoland Speedway 35 70 150
New Hampshire Motor Speedway 55 110 175
Las Vegas Motor Speedway 35 70 146
Talladega Superspeedway 20 40 94
Martinsville Speedway 50 100 200
Texas Motor Speedway 35 70 147
Phoenix International Raceway 40 80 150
Homestead-Miami Speedway 40 80 134