XFINITY SERIES RULES & REGULATIONS
About the League
The purpose of Lucky Dog Racing: Xfinity Series is:
1. Provide an entertaining competitive league for fans of the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
2. Allow members who aren't able to get into the Cup Series yet, a place to play.
3. Act as a stepping stone and training ground before playing with the Cup members.
3. Provide a database of members for the Cup league. If any member leaves the Cup Series during the year, a Xfinity Series member may be called up to replace them.
Cup Series call-up clause
If you join the Lucky Dog Racing: Xfinity Series, there is no guarantee that you will be called up to the Cup Series. It all determines on availability. 46 players are all that we allow in the Cup Series. If nobody leaves or is removed, there is no room for any Xfinity Series members to join. If, however there is a spot that opens up, the following factors determines who will be called up.
1. A player must have completed one full year in the Xfinity series before they can be promoted to the Cup series. No Xfinity rookies will be allowed in.
2. After the 5th race of the year, the highest member who is within the top 10 of the Xfinity series standings, will be asked to join the Cup Series. If all members within the top 10 are already in the Cup Series, the first eligible member on the Cup Series waiting list will be called up. During the off-season, after the top 10 players are called up for openings, the waiting list will be used. Members are ranked by the date in which they join.
3. Once a member is selected, an email will go out to that individual informing them of the opening. From the date that the notification is emailed, that individual has 3 days to email it back to the President.
4. If the individual does not return the email back in time, the next eligible member will then be asked. The first player will have to wait until the next opening is available before they will have a chance again.
5. IMPORTANT: Once a player is given the opportunity to join the Cup Series, and they fail to act on it... they will not be notified of any future Cup openings. They will only be notified if they email the President back and inform him that they wish to join again at the next opportunity. There will be no reminder emails sent to them. The member can be placed back on the waiting list, however they will be placed at the bottom.
There is a $7.00 fee to play a full year of the Cup Series, however if a member is called up after the start of the season, the fee will be waived until next year.
Xfinity Series league operation
1. Each week you choose 5 Xfinity drivers from 5 different classes including the option for a bonus driver.
2. You receive points for how well your driver does for each race. Some points will be added and some may be subtracted. See the Points breakdown below.
3. Your points from each race will determine where you finish in relation to the other members. Those points will be converted into a scoring system that NASCAR uses and will be used within the standings.
Navigating the site
You should be visiting the site at least once a week to see where you placed the previous week, where you are in the standings, and to submit your picks for the next week. You should also visit it to read up on any latest news or rule changes. This section will explain each link on the site's menu:
Pick Your Drivers - This is where you will go each week to make your picks. Select your 5 drivers from the 5 classes and hit submit, simple as that!
View League Picks - After the deadline has passed, everyone's picks will be posted here. You can view yours and all the other members as well.
Schedule/Results - This page displays the schedule for the current season. After a race has been completed, you can click on the race link to see the results.
Lucky Dog Xfinity drivers - This lists the members competing in the Xfinity Series league.
League Standings - This shows the standings for the Xfinity Series League. It shows how many starts, wins, 2nd place, 3rd place, top 5's top 10's and provisionals each member has.
Xfinity stats & records - This page shows the current season's league race stats, league records and all-time winners in the Xfinity series.
Xfinity bonus drivers - This page lists the current bonus drivers picked in the current segment.
Official Rules - The rules & regulations for the Xfinity Series league, where you are now!
Message Board - This is the message board for the league. Members can post whatever they like. Sometimes the President will post important messages too. It is encouraged that you visit the board often and communicate with other members there.
League Entry Form - This is where you can find the entry form to join the Lucky Dog Racing: Xfinity Series league and others.
Xfinity Archives - You can find past race results, standings, and all teams from past Xfinity, Nationwide or Busch Seasons here.
Planning & Leadership Council - This page is all about the governing body of the league. It lists the 7 council members, their duties and any news about the latest changes that have been voted on.
Xfinity Series Home Page - Will take you to the main page of the Xfinity Series league.
Home Page - Will take you to the home page of the main league. The main page features the race results from the last race. Click the top of the rankings where it says race results to go the expanded version. The main page also shows the top 10 drivers in the league, latest news, and other feature columns.
XFINITY SERIES RULES
Creating a team
If you do not have a team name that you used in the Truck series, you will need to create a new name. Choose a name for your team. Please pick a decent sounding name, nothing vulgar. Please try to choose something racing related. The President of the league has the right to reject any name you choose.
Members are restricted to running just one team per player. Each member must have their own email. Picks must be made by that person alone. If there are 2 or more members in a household that use the same computer, please inform the President of this. If an investigation determines that one member is running 2 or more teams, those additional teams or all teams may be removed.
After your team is created, it is then your responsibility to pick drivers for each race. Failure to do so can result in the removal of your team.
Making your picks each week
You must choose 5 drivers each week with the option of a 6th bonus driver. Drivers are divided into five different classes. The first 3 groups are drivers within the top 15 in points. The fourth group consists of the rest of the drivers in the race. The fifth group consists of all Cup series drivers in the race. You have the option to substitute your Cup driver pick for any other Xfinity driver if you choose. Simply choose one driver from each of the first 5 groups on the picks form. Drivers are assigned to their different groups by where they are in the owners standings. In the Xfinity series you are essentially picking the car number over the driver. You will receive points for that car no matter who is driving it. That only applies to your basic picks each week, not your bonus driver. See below for more information on this.
All drivers attempting the race will be displayed on the picks form, however the league will also has a link to the official entry list on motorsportsone.net so you can double check it.
The Xfinity bonus option allows you to pick an extra driver each week. In addition to your 5 picks, you may choose any other driver in the field but can only pick them once in a segment. The season is divided into three segments, you will have to wait until the next segment begins before you can pick a driver as a bonus again. If you pick a driver twice in the same segment, you will not receive any points for that driver.
Weekly submission form
You must submit your picks each week using the submission form. Failure to do so will results in penalties, please read below. Please be careful choosing your Xfinity picks before the race entry list is released. The submission form is usually changed over shortly after the last race, but the entry list is not usually released until Tuesday. Some drivers that you choose may not be attempting the next race.
The deadline for each race is usually just before midnight the day of qualifying unless otherwise noted. You may change any of your drivers up until the deadline. After the deadline passes, you may not change your picks under any circumstances.
Lateness of picks & provisionals
If your picks are not received by the deadline for the race, you will be considered late and will not be able to submit them afterwards. When you miss the deadline, your picks from the previous race will be used. The first time that you miss you will receive full points from your drivers used the previous race. The second time you will receive half points. The third time you will not be listed in the race at all. The fourth time you will be removed from the league and unable to rejoin. If it happens three weeks in a row, you will automatically be removed from the league and replaced by a member from the Truck Series or the waiting list.
If you are a new member signing up for the league after qualifying, you won't be docked points but you will be unable to pick the pole-sitter. Also, if you are late sending in your picks, in the case of tiebreakers with another member, you will receive the lower seed. Late picks will be considered provisionals and will be listed in the standings. If you know that you are going to be away the following week, you can submit your picks early for the next week or two. Just note which races you are submitting for. If you are going to be away for an extended period of time, please e-mail me and we can work something out.
Drivers not making the race
If you pick a driver and he doesn't qualify into the race either by failing to qualify or if qualifying is rained out you will receive 0 points. All the drivers attempting to make the race will appear on the race entry list and the picks form.
EXCEPTIONS: 1. If a driver that appears on the entry list gets sick, injured or by some other circumstance can not race that weekend, you will get the points of the substitute driver that will drive the same car. If the car is not run at all that weekend you won't receive any points. In any case, if it happens before qualifying, you have the option to trade your driver.
2. If a driver does not qualify for the field in his designated car, but gets into the race through a driver switch after qualifying, you will NOT receive the points for that driver. Essentially you are choosing the car #'s, not the driver.
The league follows the same system that NASCAR uses for both points earned by your picks and where you place at the finish of the race. Depending on the amount of players in the field at the start of the season, The race winner will receive that amount of points. With a 50 car field, the winner will receive 50 points. Second place will receive 5 points below that. Each position will decrease by one point from there. The final five drivers will receive one point each.
In addition to the points allocated:
* The top 10 drivers from each of the first 2 segments in a race receive bonus points on a 10-1 scale.
* The race winner receives five bonus points.
* The pole sitter receives three bonus points.
One driver's maximum points in a race: 58
Race rankings & tiebreakers
After each race, the spot that each member finished in will be displayed. If two members finish with the same amount of points, the member that picked the highest finishing driver that the other member did not pick will be ranked higher. That also goes for the winner as well. If two members have the most amounts of points over everyone, the member with the highest finishing driver over the other one will be declared the week's winner . The other member will be ranked as second. If two members have the exact same picks, the first tiebreaker will be the bonus driver. Whichever bonus driver finished higher in the race will be used to break the tie. If both bonus drivers are the same, whichever member is higher in the standings will break the tie. If a member sends their picks in late, they will be awarded the lowest seed in a tiebreaker.
Xfinity Series Chase
Lucky Dog Racing uses the same Chase format that NASCAR uses for the Xfinity series but with more drivers. 16 drivers will qualify for the Chase which will take place over the final seven races of the season. Drivers can qualify for the Chase by winning races in the first 26 races of the season, however they must be in the top 25 of the standings before the Chase begins.
Prior to the start of the Chase, all Chase drivers will have their points adjusted to 2,000, with three additional bonus points added to their total for each win in the first 26 races.
At the end of the regular season, the top 10 finishing drivers will receive playoff bonus points to use in the Chase. The driver finishing in first place will be declared the regular season champion and will receive 15 bonus points in addition to the playoff bonus points that he earned during the season by winning races or finishing in the top 5. Second place will receive 10 points. Third will receive 8 points and will decrease by one point down to 10th place.
The Chase is divided into three rounds. The first round (races 27, 28 & 29) starts with 16 drivers. If a driver in the Chase Grid wins a race in the first round, the driver automatically advances to the next round. The remaining available positions 1-8 that have not been filled based upon wins will be based on points. Each will then have their points reset to 3,000.
The second round (races 30-32) starts with 8 drivers. If a driver in the top eight in points wins a race in that round, the driver automatically advances to the Championship 4. The remaining available positions 1-4 that have not been filled based upon wins will be based on points. Each will then have their points reset to 4,000.
Additionally, drivers who are eliminated in the first two rounds will have their points readjusted. Each eliminated driver will return to the Chase-start base of 2,000 (plus any regular season wins bonus points), with their accumulated points starting with race #27 added. This will allow all drivers not in contention for the Xfinity title to continue to race for the best possible season-long standing, with final positions 5th-through-12th still up for grabs.
Four Drivers, First-to-the-Finish Championship Finale The 33rd and final race of the season will be the Xfinity Championship. Simply stated, the highest finisher in that race among the remaining four eligible drivers will win the Xfinity Series title.
Occasionally there may be an error in the race results. The President is only human after all! It is stressed that you check each week that the correct drivers are posted that you picked! Do this when the starting lineup is posted to the race entry list after qualifying is completed. You should have the e-mail that I replied to after I received your picks. This is your proof for what you have picked. Send it to me if you see something wrong with your picks. Please make sure you send it to the email@example.com address!
You should also check the computations after the race has been completed. Make sure your drivers were scored correctly. E-mail me ASAP if you see a mistake. There will be a 1 week grace period that any errors from a completed race can be fixed!! After a week, the results are frozen and can not be changed.
Community forum policy
All members have the option to read and post messages in the community forum. A member must first register a name before they can do so. Freedom of speech is always allowed on the board, however constant harassment against a member is not. Smack talk is allowed, however taking constant personal shots at a member is discouraged. If a member feels that they are being unfairly treated by another member, they have the right to bring this to the League President. This includes public posts and private messages. The President monitors the board as he sees fit. Firstly, a verbal warning will be emailed to the member to stop the personal harassment. If it continues, a suspension anywhere from a week to a month from the board will be instituted along with a month long probationary period. During the period, if the member continues the harassment against the individual, a long term suspension will be instituted. This ban could last anywhere from a month to the rest of the season depending on the severity on the harassment. A member WILL NOT be kicked out of the league for any behavior on the boards.
League dismissal & re-entry prohibition
The league will only dismiss a member mid-season for the following reasons:
If a member does not submit their picks for 3 weeks in a row they will automatically be removed from the league, unless there is an extraordinary circumstance that prevents otherwise.
If a member misses a total of 4 weeks of not submitting picks they will be removed, unless the council votes them to remain due to an unforeseen reason. A member may be allowed back into the league the following year if space permits and they can provide a suitable explanation. If they are allowed back in and it repeats again, they will permanently be banned from the league.
A member may also be removed from the league if they are found to be guilty of any detrimental actions that affect the entire league. This would include attempted sabotage of a league member's picks or trying to coerce other members to leave the league. These actions will be discussed and voted on by the Lucky Dog Planning & Leadership Council to determine the fate of that member's status in the league. The President also has the right to deny anyone entry into the league or to re-sign the following year for whatever reason he sees fit. These reasons may include problems during the previous season such as harassment of members, sabotage, bashing or degrading the league in some way.
Only once a member is accepted into the league after the start of the season will he have the rights and privileges that all members share.
Once a member is accepted into the league for the season, they have the rights and privileges of all Lucky Dog Racing members.
1. All members have the right to submit picks each week for whatever league they are in.
2. All members have the right to partake on the message board or in the Facebook group.
3. All members have the right to freedom of speech as long as it is not considered personal harassment to another individual. Members have the right to share their ideas or changes to the league.
4. All members have the right to bring a change, idea or concern to the President or any council member. That member has the right for that issue to be voted on by the council.
5. Members have the right to remain in the league without being forced out for any reason except for not submitting picks or for attempts to sabotage the league. Freedom of speech is allowed except when it is used to sway members away from the league. A member may not submit picks under another person's name in an attempt to sabotage their picks for the week.
6. All members have the right to play in a fun and safe environment. If a member is harassed by another player, they have the right to inform the President and appropriate actions will be instituted.
The president has the right to change or amend any rule during the season. Most likely any change that occurs will happen before a race and will not affect the outcome of the previous one. Rule changes for the Busch Series are usually handled by the President himself and not voted on by the council since most council members are not in the Busch Series. Any rule changes will either be posted on the site or mailed to members.
17 Feb 2004
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