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1954 NASCAR Grand National Recap


1954 NASCAR Grand National Standings

1954 NASCAR Grand National Champion Lee Petty.
1954 NASCAR Grand National Champion Lee Petty

Parlaying consistency, Lee Petty took the points lead in mid May and cruised to a 283-point victory in the 1954 NASCAR Grand National ­championship chase.

Two-time champion Herb Thomas gave chase, but was unable to catch the smooth-driving Petty. Petty logged 32 top-10 finishes in the 34 races he started. Thomas won 12 times and had 27 top-10 finishes. Buck Baker, who led the standings for six weeks in early spring, wound up third in the standings on the strength of four wins.

Petty won seven races during the season, including the Daytona Beach NASCAR Grand National event. He only finished out of the top five in 10 races. The 1954 championship was sweet revenge for Petty, who lost the 1950 title when NASCAR docked him 849 points for competing in a non-NASCAR-­sanctioned event. The following chart compiles the complete standings for 1954.

1954 NASCAR Grand National Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Lee Petty
8,649
7
$21,101.35
2
Herb Thomas
8,366
12
29,974.05
3
Buck Baker
6,893
4
19,367.87
4
Dick Rathmann
6,760
3
15,938.84
5
Joe Eubanks
5,467
0
8,558.45
6
Hershel McGriff
5,137
4
12,999.23
7
Jim Paschal
3,903
1
5,450.70
8
Jimmie Lewallen
3,233
0
4,668.37
9
Curtis Turner
2,994
1
10,119.84
10
Ralph Liguori
2,905
0
3,494.84
11
Blackie Pitt
2,661
0
1,924.11
12
Dave Terrell
2,645
0
2,224.84
13
Bill Blair
2,362
0
2,649.84
14
Laird Bruner
2,243
0
2,079.84
15
Gober Sosebee
2,114
1
3,149.84
16
Joan Soares
2,072
1
3,261.56
17
Marvin Panch
1,935
0
4,746.56
18
Eddie Skinner
1,794
0
1,016.56
19
Joel Million
1,779
0
1,091.56
20
Elton Hildreth
1,710
0
1,151.56
21
Arden Mounts
1,705
0
875.00
22
Fireball Roberts
1,648
0
1,080.00
23
Speedy Thompson
1,480
0
1,165.00
24
Johnny Patterson
1,417
0
1,240.00
25
Erick Erickson
1,337
0
1,365.00
26
Ray Duhigg
1,245
0
1,375.00
27
Slick Smith
1,122
0
950.00
28
Clyde Minter
1,116
0
900.00
29
Gwyn Staley
1,088
0
670.00
30
Lloyd Dane
984
0
1,600.00
31
Donald Thomas
980
0
1,675.00
32
Ted Chamberlain
920
0
475.00
33
Danny Letner
915
1
1,975.00
34
Elmo Langley
864
0
450.00
35
Tim Flock
860
0
1,050.00
36
Fred Dove
832
0
525.00
37
Bill Widenhouse
805
0
425.00
38
Gene Comstock
780
0
400.00
39
Walt Flinchum
756
0
425.00
40
Charles Cregar
716
0
405.00
41
Bill Amick
700
0
250.00
42
Harvey Eakin
698
0
425.00
43
Lou Figaro
690
0
425.00
44
Ken Fisher
668
0
400.00
45
Jim Reed
631
0
965.00
46
Russ Hepler
624
0
525.00
47
Allen Adkins
624
0
1,150.00
48
Van Van Wey
602
0
495.00
49
Tony Nelson
568
0
325.00
50
Johnny Dodd, Jr.
552
0
150.00

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