How To Play

Welcome to the "Driver Group Game"! Manage your own fantasy team of NASCAR Cup Series drivers each race week by selecting a driver team from among three groups of eligible drivers.

Official DRIVER GROUP GAME League

If you want to have a team that competes against a large group of players be sure to join the DGG League.

Your DGG League entry is the one that makes you eligible for Hall of Fame Awards. Since commissioners are able to change their league settings - even down to the races and drivers, not just scoring - those league entries are not an apples-to-apples representation of the default leagues scoring.

Default Rules - DGG LEAGUE

Length of Season

Driver Group Game is a weekly game that runs the full 36 race 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. It begins with race #1, the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 20, 2022, and concludes after race #36 at Phoenix Raceway.

Non-points races ('The Clash', 'Duels' and the 'All-Star Race') are not included in the game. Take your owner hat off and enjoy the action!

Spring, Summer and Playoff Segments

The full-season will be divided into three segments.

  • Spring: Begins with race #1, the Daytona 500 (February 20, 2022) at Daytona International Speedway and ends with race #13 on May 15, 2022, at Kansas Speedway.
  • Summer: Begins with race #14 on May 29, 2022, at Charlotte Motor Speedway and ends with race #26 on August 27, 2022, at Darlington Raceway.
  • Playoffs: Begins with race #27 on September 4, 2022, at Darlington Raceway and ends with race #36 on Sunday, November 6, 2022, at Phoenix Raceway.

Joining the Game

The Driver Group Game is free to play.

For purposes of playing the game and creating a team entry you will need to sign up on my site.

You can join the game anytime from when the game opens for entries until the final deadline for the last race of the 2022 NASCAR race season. The game comprises weekly contests that begin on Monday and conclude on Sunday, unless Monday racing is required to decide a real-life race winner.

Join as many leagues as you like! There is no need to create additional registrations on the site because each league you play in has an entry for you unique to that league.

Joining or Creating a League

Create a Private League and personally invite only those friends or colleagues you want to join. To join someone else's Private League, you must get the League ID# and password from the league founder. Or, create a Public league for others to join with you.

You remain in leagues season after season. There is no need to create a new league each year.

Weekly Team Carry Over

Your weekly team entry does carry over from race-to-race. If you're going to play the game to win, it makes sense to set the optimum line-up each race. But, even the most diligent player could have some real life event that causes them to miss setting their team. As such, your line-up from the previous week will advance forward to the current race. If, however, a driver on the 'carry over' team is out of eligible usage because their starts have reached 0, you will no longer receive any points for them.

Weekly email reminders are sent each week.

Selecting Drivers for Your Team Entry

Available drivers are broken into three driver groups. A, B and C. Placement of drivers in these three groups is determined prior to the season based on their level of past or predicted future performance. Once in the A, B or C driver group a driver will not be moved to another group at any time during the season. However, I may add additional drivers to a group at any point during the season.

Select drivers on your entry page to choose your team entry for each race week. You must choose either a four-driver team for races without qualifying (or an eight-driver team for races that do). This is one (or two) drivers from the A Group, two (or four) from the B Group, and one (or two) from the C Group.

When you have finished setting your team lineup click the Save Team button to save your entry.

Substitute Drivers

If a driver on your locked roster gets substituted with another driver you will still earn the points they earn. The original driver will be charged with a start.

If a driver replaces another driver in his normal vehicle for one or more races, the replacement driver (who could be in a driver group different from the original driver) must be selected for your team entry and will incur a driver usage.

The number of races each driver has started for you will be listed along with all of his other stats.

Maximum Starts

Each driver in the Driver Group Game can be used on your team in no more than nine races.

Once a driver has reached the nine-race limit, he will no longer accumulate any fantasy points for your team even if he occupies a spot on your entry. This limit does not change no matter when you join the game.

Your driver's start totals DO NOT RESET at the segment divisions of the season. If you start your driver nine times during the first segment of the season, he will not be eligible to earn ANY fantasy points (qualifying, finish or lap points) for the remainder of the season.

Qualifying Bonus Points

Practice and qualifying returns this season to the NASCAR race weekends and the default rules go back to using 4 Starters and 4 Bench drivers each race.

  • 8-driver entry form with designated 'Starter' and 'Active' slots (2 A, 4 B, 2 C).
  • Entry form 'partially locks' at 8AM ET the day of qualifying. No drivers can be added or removed, but can be moved between 'Starter' and 'Bench'. The DGG Truck Series league does not lock prior to qualifying and only locks at the scheduled race time.
  • All 8 drivers are eligible to earn qualifying bonus points.
  • Entry form 'fully locks' at the posted race time. No drivers can be moved from 'Starter' to 'Bench'.
  • Only 'Starter' drivers are eligible to earn lap, stage and finish points.
  • Only 'Starter' drivers are charged with a usage.

Deadlines

Each week leagues have their entry form lock at 8AM ET (7:00 AM Central / 6:00 AM Mountain / 5:00 AM Pacific) the day of qualifying. In the event that qualifying is cancelled whereby the race line-up is set by points, there will be no qualifying bonus points awarded.

The deadlines for your entry for each league is posted in your main dashboard and on your league entry. Always refer to it for the upcoming lock times.

Scheduled start is listed on your entry form. Please note that the scheduled race time will likely differ from the actual start time of the race. Rosters are locked based on the start time displayed on your 'Dashboard' and 'My Entry' pages for that race. It is noted as 'FULL LOCK'.

In the event that NASCAR changes the start time of the race to an earlier time than I have published, then entry forms will lock accordingly.

In the event that NASCAR changes the start time of the race to a later time (or day) than I have published, the deadline to change your drivers will not change. Entries will not remain open or be re-opened back up after they have locked.

2022 Driver Groups - Cup Series

The drivers for the A, B and C Groups are divided up as follows:

A DRIVER GROUP

  • Anon Starter
  • Chase Elliott
  • Denny Hamlin
  • Kevin Harvick
  • Kyle Busch
  • Kyle Larson
  • Martin Truex Jr
  • Ryan Blaney

B DRIVER GROUP

  • Alex Bowman
  • Aric Almirola
  • Austin Dillon
  • BBnon Starter
  • Bnon Starter
  • Brad Keselowski
  • Bubba Wallace
  • Chase Briscoe
  • Chris Buescher
  • Christopher Bell
  • Joey Logano
  • Kurt Busch
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr
  • Ross Chastain
  • Tyler Reddick
  • William Byron

C DRIVER GROUP

  • AJ Allmendinger
  • Andy Lally
  • Anthony Alfredo
  • Austin Cindric
  • Ben Rhodes
  • BJ McLeod
  • Boris Said
  • Chad Finchum
  • Chris Windom
  • Cnon Starter
  • Cody Ware
  • Cole Custer
  • Corey Lajoie
  • Daniel Hemric
  • Daniel Suarez
  • David Ragan
  • David Starr
  • Erik Jones
  • Garrett Smithley
  • Greg Biffle
  • Harrison Burton
  • Jacques Villeneuve
  • James Davison
  • JJ Yeley
  • Joey Gase
  • Joey Hand
  • Josh Berry
  • Josh Bilicki
  • Justin Allgaier
  • Justin Haley
  • Kaz Grala
  • Landon Cassill
  • Loris Hezemans
  • Matt DiBenedetto
  • Matt Mills
  • Michael McDowell
  • Mike Marlar
  • Noah Gragson
  • Parker Kligerman
  • Quin Houff
  • RC Enerson
  • Ryan Ellis
  • Ryan Eversley
  • Ryan Newman
  • Ryan Preece
  • Scott Heckert
  • Shane Golobic
  • Stewart Friesen
  • Timmy Hill
  • Todd Gilliland
  • Ty Dillon
  • Zane Smith

2022 Driver Groups - Truck Series

The drivers for the A, B and C Groups are divided up as follows:

A DRIVER GROUP

  • Ben Rhodes
  • Carson Hocevar
  • John Hunter Nemechek
  • Matt Crafton
  • Zane Smith

B DRIVER GROUP

  • Austin Wayne Self
  • Chandler Smith
  • Corey Heim
  • Derek Kraus
  • Grant Enfinger
  • Hailie Deegan
  • Jesse Little
  • Johnny Sauter
  • Matt DiBenedetto
  • Spencer Boyd
  • Stewart Friesen
  • Tanner Gray
  • Tate Fogleman
  • Tyler Ankrum

C DRIVER GROUP

  • Alex Bowman
  • Andrew Gordon
  • Austin Dillon
  • Austin Hill
  • Blaine Perkins
  • Blake Lothian
  • Bret Holmes
  • Brett Moffitt
  • Bryan Dauzat
  • Buddy Kofoid
  • Camden Murphy
  • Chase Elliott
  • Chase Janes
  • Chase Purdy
  • Christian Eckes
  • Clay Greenfield
  • Colby Howard
  • Cory Roper
  • Dawson Cram
  • Dean Thompson
  • Dillon Steuer
  • Harrison Burton
  • Jack Wood
  • Jake Garcia
  • Jennifer Jo Cobb
  • Jessica Friesen
  • Joe Nemechek
  • Joey Logano
  • John Atwell
  • Jordan Anderson
  • Josh Reaume
  • Justin Carroll
  • Kaden Honeycutt
  • Kaz Grala
  • Keith Mcgee
  • Kris Wright
  • Kyle Busch
  • Lawless Alan
  • Logan Bearden
  • Matt Jaskol
  • Matt Mills
  • Mike Marlar
  • Norm Benning
  • Parker Kligerman
  • Paul Menard
  • Raphael Lessard
  • Ray Ciccarelli
  • Riley Herbst
  • Roger Reuse
  • Ross Chastain
  • Ryan Newman
  • Ryan Preece
  • Sam Mayer
  • Samuel Lecomte
  • Sheldon Creed
  • Spencer Davis
  • Taylor Gray
  • Thad Moffitt
  • Tim Viens
  • Timmy Hill
  • Timothy Peters
  • Todd Bodine
  • Todd Gilliland
  • Trey Hutchens
  • Ty Majeski
  • Tyler Hill
  • William Byron

Scoring (Qualifying)

  • Pole = 10 points
  • 2nd = 5 points
  • 3rd = 3 points
  • 4th = 2 points
  • 5th = 1 point

Scoring (Laps Led and Most Laps Led)

  • Most Laps Led = 5 points
  • Lead a Lap = 5 points

Scoring (Stage Position)

Our stages match NASCAR stages. Historically, there are two stages at all races except the Charlotte 600 which has three. To clarify, 'stages' does not include the final stage of the race which results in the checkered flag. Rather, 'stages' are the segments of the race that NASCAR refers to as 'stages' and end with a yellow flag.

  • 1st = 10 points
  • 2nd = 9 points
  • 3rd = 8 points
  • 4th = 7 points
  • 5th = 6 point
  • 6th = 5 points
  • 7th = 4 points
  • 8th = 3 points
  • 9th = 2 points
  • 10th = 1 point

Scoring (Finish position)

  • Winner = 100 points
  • 2nd = 90 points
  • 3rd = 88 points (-2 points for every finish thereafter)

If a race is officially canceled, no fantasy team will receive any points for that race. All other scoring rules stay the same. If qualifying or a race is delayed or postponed, no points will be awarded until it is completed. If qualifying is canceled and the starting grid is determined by other means, no qualifying bonus points will be awarded.

Finish Position is the driver's standing order at the end of the race. If a driver is disqualified as a result of post-race inspection, it will not change the driver's Stage Positions, Finishing Position or Laps Led.

Standings

All applicable driver statistics are updated following qualifying and after each race. All weekly fantasy point totals, group standings, and Leaderboards will be updated as soon as data is available after the race, and I've had time to process the scoring.

Standings on private league pages display points for all team entries in the league.