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Nascar Bracket Challenge - Rules


This pool is similar to the March Madness pools run on this site, except it's used with Nascar drivers. It is perfect for someone who wants to join a Nascar league, but does not wish to play the whole season. This bracket challenge is an additional pool run periodically during the Nascar season. This will not replace any full season league run on this site. 

32 drivers/car numbers are placed in a single-elimination bracket seeded 1 through 32 based primarily on their Nascar points at the time of placement. 

Each bracket challenge is 5 rounds long. 
Each round in the bracket represents the next points race on the Nascar schedule.

The following races will be used in next Bracket Challenge:

Dates of Bracket Challenge #2
Round: Date of Race: Track:
Round of 32 June 16, 2024 Iowa
Round of 16 June 23, 2024 New Hampshire
Motor Speedway
Quarterfinals: June 30, 2024 Nashville
Semifinals: July 7, 2024 Chicago
Street Course
Finals: July 14, 2024 Pocono
Bracket Posted: Signups/Payment Deadline: Bracket Picks Deadline:
Tuesday, June 11
no later than 6pm ET
Sunday, June 16
by 6pm ET
Sunday, June 16
by 7pm ET


For determining winners for each matchup, points accumulated during the assigned race will be used to determine which drivers advance to the next round.


Choose who you think will win every matchup through each of the 5 rounds all the way to the championship. 
NOTE: Its total race points, not finishing position, that determine which car advances to the next round. 

Points will be awarded for each correct pick according to the point structure below.
Additional points will be awarded for the seed number of the winning teams you choose.


Each correct pick in the 1st Round: 1 point 
Each correct pick in the 2nd Round: 2 points
Each correct pick in the Quarterfinals: 4 points
Each correct pick in the Semifinals: 8 points
Each correct pick in the Championship: 16 points


The seed of the winning team is added to your point total. Since anyone can pick the higher-ranking drivers and do relatively well, a twist has been added to reward those that pick upset winners.

Example #1:

If you choose the #32 seed and they win in Round 1, you receive 33 points for that correct pick.
(32 (seed) + 1 (correct pick in Round 1) = 33 points)

Example #2:

If you choose #10 seed and they win in the semifinals, you receive 18 points for that correct pick.
(10 (seed) + 8 (correct pick in Round 4) = 18 points) 

You must get the pick correct in order to get the bonus points.


Since bracket seeds will be determined based on car number, we will be using car numbers to determine points for each matchup. Any replacement drivers will still get points for the car they drive.

For example: Josh Berry subbed for Chase Elliott for a few races in 2023. If this were to happen during the pool, the 9 car will still earn points with Berry as the driver. 


The entry that accumulates the most points according to their correct picks and additional points will become the Bracket Challenge champion. If there is a tie the following criteria will break any ties: 

Tiebreaker #1: The entry that selects the most correct picks in the entire pool will win the tiebreaker.

Tiebreaker #2: Strength of Victory (SOV): Add (or subtract) the scoring differential for each matchup. Correct picks add to this total. Incorrect picks subtract from this total.

Tiebreaker #3: If there is still a tie, all tied entries will split any respective payout.


To increase your chances of winning, you may play as many times as you wish. Each entry will be scored separately.

If you would like to play a 2nd or 3rd entry, you may choose them at signup. If you have already signed up and wish to add additional entries, please contact me at


IF YOU PLAYED IN THE LAST CHALLENGE OR LAST SEASON, when the pool is ready for the new bracket, you will receive an email invitation from me. There will be a link inside the email that will take you to a renewal form. Just complete the form, pay for your entries, and you should be good to go. If you wish to sign up sooner, you can also use the regular method to sign up for the pool. 

IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE POOL, You will need to sign up before you can make selections online. The sign-up link is at the top of this page. Here's how to sign up:

Please follow these steps closely for a pain free sign-up process.  

1.) Click the "Sign Up Now" button in the "Cost to Play" section at the top of this page. This will take you to the sign-up page.
2.) Complete the sign-up page, then click "Submit" at the bottom of the sign-up page. Make sure you complete all required fields, or it won't submit.

After you have signed up, you should receive email instructions on how to access and pay for your entry/entries.

If you have any questions during the process, please don't hesitate to contact me. Just click on the email address at the bottom of this page.

Please note that in order to maintain the highest integrity of these pools, payments for all entries must be received by the pool deadline. If entries are not paid by the deadline, they will be removed from the pool for non-payment. If you are having trouble with payment, please contact me. 

IMPORTANT: We use Office Pool Stop (OPS) to run these pools, however, please DO NOT signup through them. For your convenience, by signing up on this site, I simplify the process, so you only have to sign up once. You will only have to login to get started. 

ALREADY HAVE AN OPS ACCOUNT? Even if you have an account with them, please use our signup pages, but enter your existing OPS login credentials. We use OPS for many of our pools. This will ensure all your pools will stay together under your existing account.

Once added, you can login anytime using the "Login" link at the top right of any page at Prime Fantasy Sports. Just choose the "Nascar Bracket" login option. 


Selections for the entire bracket are due prior to the deadline of the first race on the schedule for that bracket challenge. Once the deadline has passed for that bracket, your picks are locked in for that challenge. 

PICKS POSTED BY COMMISH: If you need help making your selections or are having computer problems, please contact me with your selections before the deadline and I will enter them for you. This must be done before the start of any bracket challenge or you are out of luck. 


WHEN ARE SELECTIONS POSTED: Selections are posted shortly after the deadline of the first race of the bracket challenge.

WHEN ARE RESULTS POSTED: Unofficial Results are posted shortly after Nascar posts the results at the conclusion of each race. The race is not official until Nascar deems the race results official on Tuesday following each race.


If a driver is disqualified by Nascar after the race, they will be disqualified in this challenge as well. Where they are placed in the finalized Nascar race results (presumably last place) will be where they finish in these challenges. They will receive the corresponding points that go with that finish. 

If a driver/car is docked points by NASCAR after a race and does not cause a disqualification, such as driver/crew conduct, there will be no points deductions in this challenge. 


Race Points awarded based on the following:

1.) Cars that finish in the Top 10 after Stage 1 of each race
2.) Cars that finish in the Top 10 after Stage 2 of each race
3.) Based on the final race results (sometimes known at Stage 3)

NOTE: The spring Charlotte race (600-mile race) uses 4 stages. 3 race stages and the 4th stage is the final results.


  1st:   10 pts    6th:   5 pts 
  2nd:    9 pts    7th:   4 pts 
  3rd:    8 pts    8th:   3 pts 
  4th:    7 pts    9th:   2 pts 
  5th:   6 pts   10th:   1 pt 



 1st:   40 pts    11th:   26 pts    21st:   16 pts    31st:   6 pts  
 2nd:   35 pts    12th:   25 pts   22nd:   15 pts   32nd:   5 pts 
 3rd:   34 pts  
 13th:   24 pts   23rd:  14 pts   33rd:  4 pts 
 4th:   33 pts   14th:   23 pts   24th:  13 pts   34th:  3 pts 
 5th:   32 pts   15th:   22 pts   25th:  12 pts   35th:  2 pts 
 6th:   31 pts  16th:  21 pts  26th:  11 pts   36th:  1 pt 
 7th:   30 pts  17th:  20 pts  27th:  10 pts   37th:  1 pt 
 8th:  29 pts  18th:  19 pts   28th:   9 pts   38th:  1 pt 
 9th:  28 pts  19th:  18 pts  29th:   8 pts   39th:  1 pt 
10th:  27 pts  20th:  17 pts  30th:   7 pts   40th:  1 pt 


We would be happy to answer any questions on rules not covered here. Please contact the league office at


Cost to Play

1 entry $15, $16 Online
2 entries for $25, $26 Online

What You Win

Total Payout:

70% total paid entries

Sample Pages

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Pool Champions

2024 Bracket #1: Mark Mueller