I don't set any of the scoring, that's all mandated by Nascar.com
However, I can tell you how there is such a difference in your final points. You aren't rated based on JUST finish positions.
NASCAR Fantasy Live is the first game of its kind to score your team of Sprint Cup drivers based on several statistical categories instead of just how your drivers finish each Race.
Drivers are scored across five (5) statistical categories:
Laps Led: Total number of laps led divided by 2. Example: If Carl Edwards lead 70 laps, he would earn 35 points. NASCAR Timing & Scoring will be the official source of this statistical category.
Fastest Laps: Total number of fastest laps divided by 2. Example: If Denny Hamlin recorded 50 fastest laps, he would earn 25 points. NASCAR Timing & Scoring will be the official source of this statistical category.
Quality Passes: Total number of quality passes in Race divided by 2. Quality passes are determined to be any pass for position that occurs while that driver is in the top 15 places at any time during the Race. NASCAR Timing & Scoring will be the official source of this statistical category.
Place Differential: Starting position (based on official qualifying order) minus finish position, +/- 1 point for each driver’s place differential. Example: If Jimmie Johnson started 7th but finished 1st, his place differential would be +6, and he would earn 6 points. If Jeff Gordon started 6th and finished 10th, his place differential would be -4, earning him -4 points.
Finishing Position: 1st place gets 47 points, 2nd place gets 42, 3rd place gets 41, 4th place gets 40 points and so on in decrements of one point per position, with 43rd place earning 1 point. The Game will be scored based on the final Race results tabulated by NASCAR Timing and Scoring
If a Driver on a participant’s Team Roster does not start a Race, that Driver will be awarded zero (0) points for that Race.
Car Manufacturer: 10-point bonus for picking the winning car manufacturer for that week.
Pit Crew: 10-point bonus for picking a Top-5 pit crew (based on positions gained/lost on pit road) for that week. Pit road positions are gained/lost by drivers on a lead lap who pit under caution during the Race. Pit road points accumulate based on how many positions the lead-lap drivers gain or lose during a yellow flag pit stop. Pit road points are calculated by adding up all positions gained or lost during pit stops under yellow for lead-lap drivers during the Race. Points are earned or lost at a 1:1 ratio. For example, Driver A gained 5 positions on pit stop 1 but lost 2 positions on pit stop 2, his pit road +/- score would be +3 points. Example B: Driver B gained 5 positions on pit stop 1 but lost 6 positions on pit stop 2, his pit road +/- would be -1 points.
If you give me your team name and his team name I can explain it better for you. It's basically all the little things like Fastest Laps, Place Differential and such.
Just to go over a few quick ones, I know Kyle Bush finished 9 positions ahead of his Qualifying position, that gives him an easy 9 points jump start and since Keselowski lost 2 spots from his starting spot, that gives him -2 points right there.
Kyle led 20 some odd laps, Brad led only 12.
Kyle had 57 quality passes, Brad only had 33. (Because Kyle came from the back of the pack twice at Vegas)
There is so much to look at, not just those two guys. The scoring is really diverse and can get pretty confusing. While the finishing position definitely matters when you are picking, you need to look at those things too. Taking a guy that is on the pole seems like a great idea because he has a fast car, but if it doesn't convert to race time, you're also going to risk losing a lot of points if he falls down the running order. Passes are probably the best thing you can get on here.