Thanks to our friends at Grotto Pizza, the Checkered Flag Challenge is back and ready for another great year! It's your chance to win some big prizes throughout the entire NASCAR Sprint Cup Season. We've got great weekly prizes, plus a shot at two unbelieveable Grand Prizes.

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If you played the Checkered Flag Challenge last year, you will still need to create a new account. Accounts do not carry over year-to-year.

We've come to the end of another exciting NASCAR season. Congratulations go to James Kehler of Lincoln, DE, who earned the most points since the mid-point of the season. James wins two tickets to the Spring 2017 Sprint Cup Race at Dover International Speedway. We hope to see you again next year!

The first half of the Checkered Flag Challenge is over. Congratulations to our first half winner, Bill O'Brien of Greenwood. Bill wins 2 tickets to the Fall 2016 Sprint Cup Race at Dover International Speedway!

Now, we begin the second half of the contest. All the scores have been reset to zero, giving you a clean start and a great opportunity to try once again to win Sprint Cup tickets!

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To play, just pick any 5 drivers you like from the entire Sprint Cup field. You'll want to pick the 5 drivers you think will make up the Top 5 finishers of this weekend's race. But pick your drivers carefully - the drivers you pick this week can't be picked again next week!

Every Monday after a race, we'll score the entries. If any of your drivers finish in the Top 5, you'll earn points. If you've picked the exact position any of them finished in, you'll earn bonus points. The top scoring player each week* will receive the Weekly Prize: a $25 gift card to Grotto Pizza!

But don't stop at the weekly prizes; we'll keep tallying your scores after that. The person with the most points at the end of the first half of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season** will receive the Grand Prize: two tickets to the Fall 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway!

Then we'll reset everyone's scores and give you another chance to win into the fall with our Second Half Grand Prize: A pair of tickets to the Spring 2017 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover International Speedway!

And the best part about the grand prize totals? We'll only count your top 15 weekly scores! So if you miss an entry or have a bad week or two, you'll still have a chance to win.

* - Checkered Flag Challenge players are only allowed to win ONE (1) Weekly Prize for each half of the contest. If the top scoring player has already won a Weekly Prize, the prize will move down to the next highest scoring person who has NOT won a Prize Pack.
** - The first half of the season concludes with Race #18, the Quaker State 400 on July 9.
For more information on the contest schedule,
Click here for Official Contest Rules.

How To Play
When you view each week's Checkered Flag Challenge entry form, you'll see five entry fields. All 5 fields contain an alphabetical listing of every driver currently listed on the official NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers List and/or NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Standings list. Just pick the 5 drivers you think will finish in 1st through 5th place in this week's race, including the order in which you think they'll finish.

That said, there will be 5 drivers missing from the lists - the 5 drivers you picked in the previous race. That's right, you can't pick the same drivers for two consecutive races. If this is your first time playing, or if you forgot to play last week, you'll have access to the full drivers list. But if you played last week, expect to notice some missing drivers this week. Last week's drivers will be available to you again next week... but then the drivers you pick this week won't be!

Your points are determined by where the drivers you pick finish in that week's race. If one of your drivers wins the race, you get 100 points. 2nd place gets you 90 points, 80 points for 3rd, 70 for 4th, and 60 for 5th. And if any of your drivers finish in the exact position you picked for them, you'll earn a 25 point bonus for each.

As an example, let's say you pick Jimmie Johnson to finish 3rd this week. As long as Jimmie finishes somewhere in the Top 5, you'll earn points, from 60 to 100, depending on what place he finishes. So if he finishes 3rd, you'd get 80 points. But since you picked him to finish 3rd, and he actually did finish 3rd, you'd get a 25 point bonus, bringing your total score for picking Jimmie to 105 points. The same scoring procedure will be used for all 5 of your weekly picks.

Several important notes about scoring:

  • Scoring is based on the drivers you pick, not on team or car number. You will only receive points based on how the drivers you pick fare. If there is a substitute driver on a team for any given week, that substitute driver is credited with the points he wins, NOT the driver who usually drives that car.
  • Our scoring method does not factor in whether a driver is competing for a Sprint Cup championship. If a driver races in a Sprint Cup race, you can earn points for picking him/her.

Scoring is cumulative, so come back every week to play. But if you do miss a week or have a bad one, don't give up! Each half of the Checkered Flag Challenge includes 18 races, but we'll only count your 15 best scores. Now a bad or missed week doesn't mean the end of your chances! Whoever has earned the most points at the end of each half of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season receives the grand prize!

For more details about the contest, click here for the Official Rules.


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