1953 NASCAR Grand National Standings

1953 NASCAR Grand National Champion Herb Thomas.
1953 NASCAR Grand National Champion Herb Thomas

Herb Thomas took the lead in the 1953 points standings in early March and never looked back as he sailed to his second NASCAR Grand National championship. The Olivia, N.C., Hudson driver won 12 events in the 37-race season and finished a comfortable 646 points ahead of runner-up Lee Petty, who won five races.

Thomas and crew chief Smokey Yunick were true to the test of an exhaustive schedule. In July and the first week in August, the tour made stops in New York, South Carolina, New Jersey, Georgia, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and North Carolina -- in that order! Thomas won four races during that criss-crossing sojourn over America.

Thomas led virtually every major category during his championship run. He won the most races, led the most laps, scored the most top-five and top-10 finishes, completed the most miles and set a new record with $28,909.58 in prize money and post­season awards. The following chart compiles the complete standings for 1953.

1953 NASCAR Grand National Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Herb Thomas
8,460
12
$28,909.58
2
Lee Petty
7,814 5
18,446.50
3
Dick Rathmann
7,362
5
20,245.35
4
Buck Baker
6,713
4
18,166.20
5
Fonty Flock
6,174
4
17,755.48
6
Tim Flock
5,011
1
8,281.86
7
Jim Paschal
4,211
1
5,570.75
8
Joe Eubanks
3,603
0
5,253.60
9
Jimmie Lewallen
3,508
0
4,221.80
10
Curtis Turner
3,373
1
4,371.45
11
Speedy Thompson
2,958
2
6,546.45
12
Slick Smith
2,670
0
2,301.45
13
Elton Hildreth
2,625
0
1,996.45
14
Gober Sosebee
2,525
0
2,721.45
15
Bill Blair
2,457
1
4,534.30
16
Fred Dove
1,997
0
1,239.30
17
Bub King
1,624
0
1,035.30
18
Gene Comstock
1,519
0
989.30
19
Donald Thomas
1,408
0
1,764.30
20
Ralph Liguori
1,336
0
1,097.60
21
Pop McGinnis
1,113
0
975.00
22
Otis Martin
1,068
0
610.00
23
Andy Winfree
954
0
300.00
24
Bob Welborn
761
0
1,160.00
25
Johnny Patterson
753
0
645.00
26
Ted Chamberlain
738
0
500.00
27
Neil Roberts
738
0
400.00
28
Buddy Shuman
713
0
395.00
29
Arden Mounts
644
0
395.00
30
Bobby Myers
644
0
390.00
31
Clyde Minter
636
0
430.00
32
George Osborne
612
0
300.00
33
Jim Reed
590
0
635.00
34
Gordon Bracken
538
0
215.00
35
Don Oldenberg
527
0
375.00
36
C. H. Dingler
520
0
250.00
37
Elbert Allen
488
0
250.00
38
Mike Magill
486
0
235.00
39
Lloyd Hulette
486
0
250.00
40
Bill Harrison
480
0
450.00
41
Tommy Thompson
463
0
865.00
42
Coleman Lawrence
446
0
250.00
43
Dub Livingston
435
0
225.00
44
Buck Smith
400
0
175.00
45
Jimmy Ayers
384
0
150.00
46
Bob Walden
356
0
275.00
47
Eddie Skinner
352
0
200.00
48
Bill Adams
346
0
250.00
49
Mel Kreuger
336
0
175.00
50
Johnny Beauchamp
328
0
150.00

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