Erik Jones was crowned the 2017 NASCAR Sunoco Rookie of the Year after Sunday’s final race of the season, the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Jones beat out future Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez for the honors, which has a different scoring system than the normal Cup Series fixtures.
A 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 point system is used for scoring finishing positions by the rookies. The highest-finishing rookie in each race earns 10 points, the second-highest, nine points, etc. Of the 36 races, only the top 17 are counted in rookie race.
Another reason to celebrate, @erik_jones is your @SunocoRacing Rookie of the Year! #WeAreFurnitureRow pic.twitter.com/IrWU0BV3OB
— Furniture Row Racing (@FRRacingTeam) November 19, 2017
With the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors, Jones will be awarded a $50,000 year-end bonus.