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1948 NASCAR Modified Recap


1948 NASCAR Modified Standings

The 1948 NASCAR Modified Champion, Red Byron.
1948 NASCAR Modified Champion Red Byron

Red Byron, a decorated war hero, ­prevailed in an intense battle for the 1948 NASCAR championship after a season-long struggle with 1947 title-winner Fonty Flock. Byron grabbed the points lead in the 49th of 52 national championship races and edged Flock by 32.75 points.

Byron won 11 races during the 1948 campaign, including four in a row in April and May. Flock finished first in 15 races, including six wins in the final two months.

Byron and Flock swapped the points lead five times during the season. Byron snared the lead for keeps after winning the Oct. 17 race at North Wilkesboro.

Young Tim Flock wound up third in the points standings, followed by seven-time winner Curtis Turner and two-race winner Buddy Shuman. Bob Flock claimed five wins, but only ­managed to finish seventh in the final points standings. The following chart compiles the complete standings for 1948.

1948 NASCAR Modified Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Red Byron
2,966.5
11
$13,150.00
2
Fonty Flock
2,963.75
15
14,385.00
3
Tim Flock
1,759.5
1
5,660.00
4
Curtis Turner
1,540.5
7
6,435.00
5
Buddy Shuman
1,350
2
4,365.00
6
Bill Blair
1,188.5
1
4,055.00
7
Bob Flock
1,181.5
5
4,710.00
8
Marshall Teague
1,134.5
1
3,835.00
9
Bill Snowden
1,092.5
0
2,665.00
10
Buck Baker
952.5
0
2,605.00
11
Billy Carden
866.5
2
3,115.00
12
Johnny Grubb
733
0
1,965.00
13
Speedy Thompson
623
0
2,110.00
14
Roscoe Thompson
471
0
1,470.00
15
Jimmie Lewallen
437
1
1,175.00
16
Al Keller
415
1
1,775.00
17
Jimmy Thompson
386
0
1,130.00
18
Jack Smith
384.75
0
1,210.00
19
Pee Wee Martin
354
0
795.00
20
Fred Mahon
353
0
1,255.00
21
Ed Samples
320.5
0
1,350.00
22
Swayne Pritchett
290
0
555.00
23
Wally Campbell
286
0
670.00
24
Carson Dyer
246.5
0
660.00
25
Walt Hartman
245
0
530.00
26
Skimp Hersey
238.5
1
895.00
27
Bob Smith
225
0
570.00
28
Olin Allen
220.5
0
365.00
29
Fireball Roberts
218.5
0
670.00
30
Cotton Owens
218.5
0
605.00
31
J.L. McMichaels
217.5
0
415.00
32
Jim Paschal
194
0
360.00
33
Frank Mundy
7,442
0
235.00
34
Doug Wells
183.5
0
485.00
35
H.D. Trice
183.5
0
445.00
36
Chick DiNatale
180
0
100.00
37
June Cleveland
167.5
0
505.00
38
Lee Morgan
166
0
305.00
39
Pete Harris
158
0
240.00
40
Buck Clardy
155
0
440.00
41
Bill McKeehan
155
0
80.00
42
Leonard Tippett
150
0
380.00
43
Hugh Lanford
149
0
400.00
44
Joe Eubanks
148.5
0
445.00
45
P.E. Godfrey
136
0
400.00
46
Bob Apperson
125.5
0
295.00
47
Jerry Wimbish
110
0
265.00
48
Frank Reynolds
109
0
340.00
49
C.E. Robinson
92.5
0
215.00
50
Bob Richey
87.5
0
170.00

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