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1951 NASCAR Grand National Recap


1951 NASCAR Grand National Standings

1951 NASCAR Grand National Champion Herb Thomas.
1951 NASCAR Grand National Champion Herb Thomas

With his overwhelming victory in the Southern 500 at Darlington on Labor Day, Herb Thomas leapt atop the NASCAR Grand National points standings and led the rest of the season. Thomas, winner of seven races during the 41-race season, wound up only 146.2 points ahead of runner-up Fonty Flock, who won eight races.

Thomas remained within striking distance of the points lead throughout the first half of the season, but didn't take the lead until his big victory at Darlington, when he earned 1,250 points. Distribution of points in 1951 was parallel to the posted awards, and the Southern 500 was the richest race on the NASCAR Grand National schedule. Fonty Flock finished eighth at Darlington and earned 375 points.

The points lead changed hands nine times among four drivers during the course of the season. Tim Flock finished third in points after leading the standings for 13 races. Lee Petty and Frank Mundy rounded out the top five in the final tally. The following chart compiles the complete standings for 1951.

1951 NASCAR Grand National Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Herb Thomas
4,208.45
7
$21,050.00
2
Fonty Flock
4,062.25
8
15,535.00
3
Tim Flock
3,722.50
7
15,155.00
4
Lee Petty
2,392.25
1
7,340.00
5
Frank Mundy
1,963.50
3
7,095.00
6
Buddy Shuman
1,368.75
0
2,755.00
7
Jesse James Taylor
1,214.00
0
3,700.00
8
Dick Rathmann
1,040.00
0
3,480.00
9
Bill Snowden
1,009.25
0
2,365.00
10
Joe Eubanks
1,005.50
0
3,350.00
11
Lloyd Moore
996.50
0
2,335.00
12
Fireball Roberts
930.00
0
2,110.00
13
Jimmie Lewallen
874.25
0
2,180.00
14
Bob Flock
869.00
1
3,680.00
15
Jim Paschal
858.50
0
2,360.00
16
Bill Blair 840.00 0
2,735.00
17
Gober Sosebee
784.00
0
2,953.00
18
Erick Erickson
773.50
0
2,285.00
19
Tommy Thompson
755.00
1
5,435.00
20
Donald Thomas
743.50
0
1,645.00
21
Johnny Mantz
725.00
0
2,025.00
22
Lou Figaro
684.20
1
2,135.00
23
Buck Baker
644.50
0
1,650.00
24
Dick Meyer
626.50
0
1,650.00
25
Harold Kite
625.00
0
800.00
26
Billy Carden
509.75
0
1,460.00
27
Jimmy Florian
462.50
0
1,100.00
28
Jim Fiebelkorn
455.00
0
1,355.00
29
Ronnie Kohler
432.00
0
1,100.00
30
Danny Weinberg
423.50
1
1,470.00
31
Roscoe Hough
423.00
0
760.00
32
Woody Brown
421.00
0
1,125.00
33
Neil Cole
382.00
1
2,050.00
34
Paul Newkirk
375.00
0
500.00
35
John McGinley
372.50
0
1,300.00
36
Marvin Panch
371.50
0
1,075.00
37
Oda Greene
366.50
0
825.00
38
Jack Goodwin
362.50
0
725.00
39
Jack Smith
360.50
0
1,275.00
40
Bob Caswell
350.00
0
1,325.00
41
Lloyd Dane
323.50
0
975.00
42
Cotton Owens
312.50
0
225.00
43
Fred Steinbroner
306.50
0
700.00
44
Ewell Weddle
293.50
0
435.00
45
George Seeger
278.00
0
910.00
46
Sam Hawks
262.50
0
650.00
47
Don Bailey
239.50
0
625.00
48
Bud Farrell
227.50
0
700.00
49
Harvey "Bud" Riley
226.50
0
475.00
50
Freddie Lee
224.00
0
450.00

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