The BestNASCAR Pool Challenge

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With Fantasy NASCAR pool contests, the total amount of prizes grow with the number of teams playing the game. The bigger the pool gets, the bigger the prizes.
Can you put together the best 8-car fantasy team?

Draft Your Team For 2021

Join the Salary Cap Challenge pool and draft the best 8-car team for the 2020 NASCAR season.

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How To Win

There are a few ways to take home prize money in this pool. By having one of the 3 highest score in one of the 36 races, you win. Also, the top 80 teams for the entire season take home cash prizes. Those amounts are determined by the number of teams in the pool. Finally, the team with the highest "Weekly Score" over the whole season wins $100.

2021 Prize Structure for the Salary Cap Challenge

Estimated Prizes

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Prizes are determined based on the amount of participating teams in the pool. The higher number of teams registered, the higher the prizes will be. Below you will find a detailed chart that shows the approx. amount prizes will be.

1,531 teams

registered for the 2021 Salary Cap Challenge pool


prize pool

The “Prize Pot” referenced in the chart is calculated by taking the number of registered teams multiplied by $30.00, and then subtracting $3,340 (for the Weekly Win prizes + "Highest Score For One Race (all season)" Prize). So, if there are 800 teams in the pool, the "Prize Pot" would be $20,660, as ($30 x 800 = $24,000) minus $3,340 = $20,660. The “Places” below will be determined based on the ‘Standings Calculation’ section within the Official Rules.

Weekly Prizes = $3,240 ($90 x 36 races) ... 1st wins $40, 2nd wins $30, 3rd wins $20
Highest Score For One Race (all season) = $100
1st Place$2,960.00|10th Place$1,362.88|31st - 35th Place$383.31 (each)
2nd Place$2,342.45|11th Place$1,320.29|36th - 40th Place$340.72 (each)
3rd Place$1,959.14|12th Place$1,277.70|41st - 45th Place$298.13 (each)
4th Place$1,873.96|13th Place$1,171.23|46th - 50th Place$255.54 (each)
5th Place$1,788.78|14th Place$958.28|51st - 55th Place$212.95 (each)
6th Place$1,703.60|15th Place$851.80|56th - 60th Place$170.36 (each)
7th Place$1,618.42|16th - 20th Place$648.85 (each)|61st - 70th Place$127.77 (each)
8th Place$1,533.24|21st - 25th Place$532.38 (each)|71st - 80th Place$85.18 (each)
9th Place$1,448.06|26th - 30th Place$425.90 (each)|

2021 Salary Cap Challenge Driver Salaries

*Driver names are included for informational purposes only. Scoring is based on car number.*

Salary Cap for Roster = $1,500
Each roster must have 7 "regular cars" plus one "All Star Car" (salary cost doubled) for a total of 8.

DriverSalary DriverSalary DriverSalary
#4 Ford (Harvick)$200.00#20 Toyota (Bell)$160.00#34 Ford (McDowell)$110.00
#9 Chevy (Elliott)$197.50#8 Chevy (Reddick)$155.00#38 Ford (Alfredo)$105.00
#11 Toyota (Hamlin)$195.00#21 Ford (DiBenedetto)$152.50#7 Chevy (LaJoie)$100.00
#19 Toyota (Truex)$190.00#3 Chevy (Dillon)$150.00#99 Chevy (Suarez)$97.50
#18 Toyota (Kyle Busch)$187.50#14 Ford (Briscoe)$140.00#96 Toyota (TBA)$95.00
#22 Ford (Logano)$185.00#41 Ford (Custer)$137.50#15 Chevy (TBA)$92.50
#2 Ford (Keselowski)$182.50#42 Chevy (Chastain)$135.00#00 Chevy (Houff)$90.00
#12 Ford (Blaney)$177.50#17 Ford (Buescher)$130.00#78 Ford (McLeod)$87.50
#5 Chevy (Larson)$175.00#6 Ford (Newman)$127.50#77 Chevy (TBA)$85.00
#48 Chevy (Bowman)$172.50#43 Chevy (Jones)$122.50#51 Ford (Ware)$82.50
#1 Chevy (Kurt Busch)$167.50#23 Toyota (Wallace)$120.00#53 Ford (Davison)$80.00
#24 Chevy (Byron)$165.00#47 Chevy (Stenhouse)$117.50#52 Chevy (Bilicki)$77.50
#10 Ford (Almirola)$162.50#37 Chevy (Preece)$112.50#66 Toyota (Hill)$75.00

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Quick Scoring Guide

*Please see official rules below for full scoring explanation.*
The "All Star Car" points are doubled.
Pole Sitter = 5 points
Win From Pole = 5 points
Most Laps Led = 10 points
Lap Led = 1 point
"Championship Winner" pick = up to 100 points (see Rules)
Final Race Finish (each points-paying race)
1st100 points9th64 points17th48 points25th32 points33rd16 points
2nd78 points10th62 points18th46 points26th30 points34th14 points
3rd76 points11th60 points19th44 points27th28 points35th12 points
4th74 points12th58 points20th42 points28th26 points36th10 points
5th72 points13th56 points21st40 points29th24 points37th8 points
6th70 points14th54 points22nd38 points30th22 points38th6 points
7th68 points15th52 points23rd36 points31st20 points39th4 points
8th66 points16th50 points24th34 points32nd18 points40th2 points
Stage Finish (Each)
1st10 points3rd8 points5th6 points7th4 points9th2 points
2nd9 points4th7 points6th5 points8th3 points10th1 point

Official Rules for the Salary Cap Challenge

Just so we're all on the same page, let's make sure you know how to play the game.

Overall League Rules & How To Play

  • The entry fee is $30.00 per team. There is no limit on the number of entries that a player submits.
  • The Salary Cap Challenge is scheduled to run during the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.
  • Only the 36 points-paying Cup races are used in this contest.
  • Each team will submit a “Roster” prior to the start of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. Deadline for entry is February 14, 2021 at 2:30 pm ET. If a team would like to change their “Roster” prior to the deadline, they can do so without penalty by re-submitting a roster. The number of these “Changes” allowed are limited to two (2) total. This is not single-car changes; you can change your entire lineup if you'd like before the season starts.
  • Each “Roster” will consist of a total of eight (8) car numbers–seven (7) ‘regular’ and one (1) “All Star Car,” which costs double the salary and scores double the points each week. There can be no duplicate car numbers on a “Roster,” there must be eight (8) different car numbers on each team.
  • To build a “Roster,” each team must stay at or below a $1,500.00 salary cap with each car number being assigned a salary. As mentioned before, the “All Star Car” costs double its ‘normal’ salary.
  • Each team will select a "Championship Winner" driver pick in addition to their 8-car "Roster." This pick gives the team an opportunity to score additional points at the end of the year (see Scoring). The "Championship Winner" driver pick will not score points on a weekly basis, only (potentially) at the end of the season. The "Championship Winner" driver pick cannot be changed once the season has started.
  • It is the player’s responsibility to ensure that there are no duplicate car numbers on their roster. If a roster is submitted with duplicate car numbers, the first duplicate will be replaced with a car number that has the highest salary that is not also a duplicate while still staying underneath the salary cap. If a ‘regular’ car number and the ‘All Star Car’ are duplicates, the ‘regular’ car number will be the one that is replaced.
  • Each team is allowed up to three (3) car changes during the first half of the season. Requests for a car change must be made before the start of the 19th points-paying race of the season (originally set for June 27, 2021, but may change depending on schedule alterations). A “car change” is considered a drop of one car number currently on your team’s roster replaced with another car number not already on your team. The switching of a current ‘regular’ car and the All Star car is also considered a “car change.” With all “car changes,” the team must stay at or below the $1,500.00 salary cap.
  • Changes must be submitted before the green flag of the upcoming race to go into effect for that race.


  • Each “Roster” will accumulate points in each of the 36 Cup Series points-paying races during the 2021 season, starting with the Daytona 500. Points are awarded based on car number, not driver name, so if there is a substitution or change during the year, you shouldn't be negatively effected as long as the car number itself is still racing.
  • Car numbers will receive points based on their finishing position in each race. Please see the "Quick Scoring Guide" chart above for how points are awarded.
  • Fantasy points will be awarded to drivers each race based on the two first “Stages” of the race, which are set by NASCAR. The 1st place finisher of each “Stage” will receive ten (10) fantasy points, 2nd place will receive nine (9) fantasy points, etc. down to 10th, which will receive one (1) fantasy point. This is only for the first two “Stages” (three for any race that has four total “Stages,” such as the Coca-Cola 600)–the final finishing order of the race will receive fantasy points as outlined above.
  • If a car number leads any number of laps in a race, it will receive one (1) additional fantasy point.
  • If a car number leads the most laps in a race, it will receive ten (10) additional fantasy points. If two or more car numbers tie for the most laps led, they will all receive the ten (10) additional fantasy points.
  • The car number that wins the pole for each race will receive five (5) additional fantasy points. If qualifying is rained out or cancelled, the car number starting 1st for the race will receive the fantasy points.
  • If a car number wins the race from the pole, it will receive an additional five (5) fantasy points.
  • The "Championship Winner" driver pick can earn the team additional points at the end of the season if the driver picked is a part of the "Championship Four." If the driver picked as the "Champion Winner" driver wins the Cup Series Championship, the fantasy team will be awarded an additional 100 additional points in the Salary Cap Challenge. If the "Championship Winner" driver pick finishes 2nd in the Cup Series points standings, the fantasy team will be awarded 75 additional points in the Salary Cap Challenge. If the "Championship Winner" driver pick finishes 3rd in the Cup Series points standings, the fantasy team will be awarded 50 additional points in the Salary Cap Challenge. If the "Championship Winner" driver pick finishes 4th in the Cup Series points standings, the fantasy team will be awarded 25 additional points in the Salary Cap Challenge. If the "Championship Winner" driver pick finishes 5th or worse in the Cup Series points standings, the fantasy team will be awarded zero (0) additional points in the Salary Cap Challenge.
  • Any penalties accrued by a driver or team will not be considered in this fantasy game, EXCEPT for post-race penalties of car(s) failing inspection. Finishes and points will go off of NASCAR's official finishing positions posted. These penalties could also affect Stage points.
  • The “Weekly Score” for each team during each eligible race will be calculated by adding together all of the fantasy points that the car numbers on the team have scored for that race. The fantasy points from the “All Star Car” on each team will be doubled in this calculation.

Standings Calculation & Tiebreakers

  • Each team will earn fantasy points based on the “Scoring” rules above. All scores for each team will be added together for a cumulative total (“Standings”), which will be updated after each points-paying race.
  • There are no dropped scores. The team with the highest amount of points accumulated over the course of the 2021 season will be named the “2021 Salary Cap Challenge Champion.”
  • The "Highest Score For One Race (all season)" prize winner will be determined by which team has the highest "Weekly Prize" score across the entire season's 36 points-paying races.
  • If there is a tie among teams for prize money, the prizes for the tied spot as well as the next prize(s) will be added together and split evenly between the teams. For example, if there is a two-way tie between two teams for 1st place, the 1st- and 2nd-place prizes will be added together and split evenly between the two teams. If there is a three-way tie for 1st place, the 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-place prizes will be added together and split evenly between the three teams. Etc. The next team in the Standings will then earn their respective prize, so if there's a 2-way tie for 1st, the next team will finish and earn the prize for 3rd, since the two tying teams got the 1st- and 2nd-place prizes.
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