1952 NASCAR Grand National Standings

1952 NASCAR Grand National Champion Tim Flock.
1952 NASCAR Grand National Champion Tim Flock

The battle for the 1952 championship came down to the final event of the season at West Palm Beach. Tim Flock, who took the points lead from Herb Thomas at Langhorne in September, clinched the title by simply starting the 100-miler. Flock smacked the wall and flipped down the front chute in the West Palm Beach finale, but he had accumulated enough points to seal the championship.

"I think I'm the only guy who ever won a championship on his head," cracked Flock afterward.

Thomas, who had taken the points lead at Darlington, only held it for two races before Flock was back in front. The margin at the end of the season was 106 points.

Flock and Thomas both won eight races during the 34-race campaign. Lee Petty, Fonty Flock, and Dick Rath­mann, all multiple race winners, filled out the top five in the final ­NASCAR Grand National points standings. The following chart compiles the complete standings for 1952.

1952 NASCAR Grand National Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Tim Flock
6,858.50
8
$22,890.00
2
Herb Thomas
6,752.50 8
18,965.00
3
Lee Petty
6,498.50
3
16,876.00
4
Fonty Flock
5,183.50
2
19,112.00
5
Dick Rathmann
3,952.00
5
11,248.00
6
Bill Blair
3,449.00
1
7,899.00
7
Joe Eubanks
3,090.50
0
3,630.00
8
Ray Duhigg
2,986.50
0
3,811.00
9
Donald Thomas
2,574.00
1
4,477.00
10
Buddy Shuman
2,483.00
1
4,587.00
11
Ted Chamberlain
2,208.00
0
1,277.00
12
Buck Baker
2,159.00
1
3,187.00
13
Perk Brown
2,151.50
0
2,187.00
14
Jimmie Lewallen
2,033.00
0
2,052.00
15
Bub King
1,993.00
0
2,737.00
16
Herschel Buchanan
1,868.00
0
2,468.00
17
Johnny Patterson
1,708.00
0
3,618.00
18
Jim Paschal
1,694.00
0
1,483.00
19
Neil Cole
1,618.00
0
1,793.00
20
Lloyd Moore
1,513.50
0
2,193.00
21
Gene Comstock
1,339.00
0
785.00
22
Banjo Matthews
1,240.00
0
1,000.00
23
Ralph Liguori
1,230.00
0
920.00
24
Jack Reynolds
1,177.50
0
1,450.00
25
Dick Passwate
1,148.00
0
945.00
26
Bucky Sager
1,119.50
0
710.00
27
Frankie Schneider
931.00
0
1,350.00
28
Otis Martin
873.50
0
275.00
29
Coleman Lawrence
846.00
0
375.00
30
Ed Samples
827.00
0
1,535.00
31
Fred Dove
780.00
0
390.00
32
Slick Smith
746.00
0
725.00
33
Iggy Katona
742.00
0
525.00
34
Jack Smith
729.00
0
820.00
35
Tommy Moon
726.00
0
1,145.00
36
Rollin Smith
700.00
0
350.00
37
Speedy Thompson
656.00
0
305.00
38
Jimmy Thompson
650.00
0
300.00
39
George Farrell
648.00
0
325.00
40
Weldon Adams
634.00
0
275.00
41
Clyde Minter
632.00
0
375.00
42
Elton Hildreth
614.00
0
375.00
43
Dave Terrell
612.00
0
475.00
44
Tommy Thompson
602.50
0
525.00
45
Bob Moore
579.50
0
575.00
46
Jim Reed
567.00
0
475.00
47
E.C. Ramsey
560.00
0
260.00
48
Jimmy Florian
551.00
0
175.00
49
Ed Benedict
526.00
0
360.00
50
Curtis Turner
505.00
0
265.00

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