During the final weekend of the season, a Sunoco Rookie of the Year panel meets and rewards favorable conduct in the following categories: Conduct with NASCAR officials in the garage and pit areas; conduct and awareness on track; personal appearance and relationship with the media.
The panel rates each driver, with scoring ranging from a maximum of 10 to a minimum of 1. Total points will be averaged from each panel member’s ballot. The points derived from the panel will be added to the entry, competition, and bonus points after the final race of the season to determine the overall Sunoco Rookie of the Year winner.
The Sunoco Rookie of the Race is awarded $1,500 each week. The Sunoco Rookie of the Year is awarded a $50,000 year-end bonus.
The 2016 Sunoco Rookies of the Year are Chase Elliott in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series; Erik Jones in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and William Bryon in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Chase Elliott, driver of the #24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates with the 21 Means 21 pole award after qualifying for pole position for NASCAR premier series’ GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 30, 2016 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo:Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Erik Jones, driver of the #20 DeWalt Toyota, celebrates with the checkered flag after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250 at Iowa Speedway on July 30, 2016 in Newton, Iowa. (Photo: Jonathan Moore/NASCAR via Getty Images)
William Byron, driver of the #9 Liberty University Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway on May 6, 2016 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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