Rookie of the year points standings

I was curious about the rookie of the year (ROTY) standings so far this year, and didn’t see anything that had them listed, so I went and calculated them out.

The basic premise is this – it doesn’t really matter where they finish in the race, but where they finish relative to the other ROTY candidates.

Highest finishing rookie gets 10 points, second gets 9, third gets 8, etc…

Or in this case, no “etc…” because there are only three declared ROTY candidates.

So here are the standings as of Fontana:

Rookie Standings, 2013


Danica Patrick

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

Timmy Hill

Race Finish Rookie Points Finish Rookie Points Finish Rookie Points
Daytona 500 8th 10 12th 9 N/A 0
Phoenix 1 39th 9 16th 10 N/A 0
Las Vegas 33rd 9 18th 10 N/A 0
Bristol 28th 9 16th 10 N/A 0
Fontana 26th 9 20th 10 39th 8
Martinsville 12th 10 25th 9 N/A 0
———— Standings ————
  Rank Points Rank Points Rank Points
Totals 2nd 56 1st 58 3rd 8

At the end of the year, only the 10 best rookie points finishes will be counted, so Danica could catch up to Stenhouse if he has a bunch of bad days/blown engines/wrecks.

But probably not.

Timmy Hill could also conceivably be more competitive since he is scheduled for more than 10 races this season.

But the bottom line is – does anyone else care?