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1955 NASCAR Grand National Recap


1955 NASCAR Grand National Standings

The 1955 NASCAR Grand National Champion Tim Flock.
1955 NASCAR Grand National Champion Tim Flock

Tim Flock thoroughly dominated the 1955 NASCAR Grand National season, winning 18 races in 38 starts along the way to his second championship in four years. Flock finished 1,508 points in front of runner-up Buck Baker, but he didn't take the points lead until the 33rd race of the season in mid August.

Consistent Lee Petty led the points standings most of the season, but was no match for the determined Flock, who drove the powerful Kiekhaefer Chryslers. Petty's consistency kept him on top of the points standings, but he tapered off in the second half of the season. Petty won six races and wound up third in the final standings.

Herb Thomas rallied back from injuries suffered at Charlotte in May to finish fifth in the standings. He was on the sidelines for over three months, but rebounded strongly.

Flock's record of 18 wins wasn't ­surpassed until 1967 when Richard Petty won 27 races. The following chart compiles the complete standings for 1955.

1955 NASCAR Grand National Standings

Rank
Driver Points Wins Earnings
1
Tim Flock
9,596
18
$37,779.60
2
Buck Baker
8,088 3
19,770.90
3
Lee Petty
7,194
6
18,919.29
4
Bob Welborn
5,460
0
10,146.76
5
Herb Thomas
5,186
3
18,023.47
6
Junior Johnson
4,810
5
13,802.78
7
Eddie Skinner
4,652
0
4,736.85
8
Jim Paschal
4,572
5
10,585.88
9
Jimmie Lewallen
4,526
0
6,439.51
10
Gwyn Staley
4,360
3
6,546.43
11
Fonty Flock
4,266
0
13,099.11
12
Dave Terrell
3,170
0
3,654.11
13
Jimmy Massey
2,924
3
3,509.11
14
Marvin Panch
2,812
0
4,384.11
15
Speedy Thompson
2,452
0
7,089.11
16
Jim Reed
2,416
0
2,702.74
17
Gene Simpson
2,388
2
2,157.74
18
Dick Rathmann
2,298
0
4,367.74
19
Ralph Liguori
2,124
0
1,972.74
20
Joe Eubanks
2,028
0
2,007.74
21
Blackie Pitt
1,992
0
1,785.00
22
Harvey Henderson
1,930
0
1,810.00
23
Banks Simpson
1,852
0
870.00
24
Dink Widenhouse
1,752
0
1,660.00
25
Johnny Dodd, Jr.
1,496
0
1,695.00
26
Bill Widenhouse
1,444
0
1,065.00
27
Lou Spears
1,272
0
810.00
28
Larry Flynn
1,260
0
1,175.00
29
Cotton Owens
1,248
0
900.00
30
Gordon Smith
1,212
0
975.00
31
Billy Carden
1,172
0
1,340.00
32
Arden Mounts
1,170
0
1,025.00
33
Joe Million
1,136
0
1,685.00
34
Curtis Turner
1,120
0
2,605.00
35
John Lindsay
1,052
0
575.00
36
Nace Mattingly
992
0
700.00
37
Bill Blair
974
0
440.00
38
Donald Thomas
932
0
1,240.00
39
Ed Cole, Jr.
924
0
645.00
40
Mack Hanbury
900
0
575.00
41
Danny Letner
892
1
1,780.00
42
George Parrish
880
0
750.00
43
Banjo Matthews
860
0
745.00
44
Carl Krueger
748
0
585.00
45
Ted Cannady
744
0
450.00
46
Allen Adkins
740
0
1,160.00
47
Joe Weatherly
724
0
2,575.00
48
John McVitty
684
0
550.00
49
Lloyd Dane
674
0
780.00
50
Fred Dove
668
0
750.00

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